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‘GAPÔ (at isang puting Pilipino, sa mundo ng mga Amerikanong kulay brown)

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'GAPÔ

Isang security guard na kano sa base-militar ang nakapatay ng Pilipino. Tumangging isuko ng militar-Amerikano sa korte ng Pilipinas ang bata nilang kriminal. Lahat daw ng imbestigasyon sa loob ng base-Amerikano ay kailangan munang basbasan ng mga taga-American Department of Defense.

Ikinulong ng mga kano ang isang minerong Pinoy sa salang pagpasok nang walang pahintulo
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Mass Market Paperback, 152 pages
Published 2012 by Cacho Publishing House, Inc. (first published 1988)
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K.D. Absolutely
'Gapo is the shortened version of Olongapo. It is one of the cities in Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines. It was where the former U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, then the largest overseas military installation of the United States Armed Forces, was used to be located in. It was closed in 1992 when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. The naval base existed for 92 years.

Aside from that naval base, there were other US military bases throughout the country, e.g., the Clark Air Base in Angeles City in Pampa
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Ayban Gabriyel
#1 Book This August

Eto yung pangatlong librong nabasa ko mula kay Lualhati Bautista. Bagaman hindi babae ang pangunahinh karakter ng nobela malaki pa rin ang papel ng mga babae sa karakter na ginampanan nila. Tulad ng iba pang nabasao kong nobela ni Lualhati ("Dekada 70" at "Bata, bata paano ka ginawa") parehas ang time setting nito ang pinagkaiba lang, ang setting ng lugar. Sa titulo palang alam na alam na, "Gapo" at saan nga ba ang Gapo? Hindi'bat pinaikli lamang itong Olonggapo, isang lugar k
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Pamela
This is the first Filipino novel I finished - ever. Canal de la Reina was just so...ughh!

Gapo is a really interesting and fast read. Sure, there's at least two chapters that were outright boring and unnecessary, but the majority of the book was easy enough to read.

I'd write a summary of each chapter, but I already forgot what the first chapter was about so... :P

I'm supposed to write a book report for Gapo. Biggest problem? No plot. So I just wrote what I thought was the plot. The only question I
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Karlo Mikhail
Nov 12, 2014 Karlo Mikhail rated it it was amazing
The protagonists' gripping saga provide a beautiful threshing out of how the personal is intricately enmeshed in the larger social context.

The novel offers a lucid account of the political economy of the former US military bases in Subic and Clark and a sharp critique of the neocolonial relations between the Philippines and the US.

The novel remains fresh in the wake of Jennifer Laude, EDCA, VFA, and the continuing US domination over the country.

Definitely a must read!
Alden
Jun 11, 2011 Alden rated it it was amazing
Isa na namang napakagandang kuwento mula sa batikang manunulat na si Lualhati Bautista. Bago itong "Gapo", una kong nabasa ang "Bata, Bata... Pa'no Ka Ginawa?", sumunod ang "Dekada '70", at ang "Desaparesidos". Sa aking opinyon, ang kuwentong ito na tumatalakay sa malalim na ugnyan ng mga Pilipino at mga Amerikano sa iba't ibang aspeto ay nanumbalik sa Lualhati Bautista na nakita ko sa "Bata, Bata... Pa'no Ka Ginawa?". Malalim at seryoso s'yang magkuwento pero paminsan-minsan ay napapangiti ako ...more
John Levi Masuli
Dec 31, 2011 John Levi Masuli rated it it was ok
Shelves: filipino
The story is fine, has some nice moments, and reading it is kind of easy (maybe because it is in Filipino). However, I find the whole novel too Liwayway-ish, maybe too episodic, possessing the 'petiks' feel of popular pocketbook titles. Maybe this is Lualhati's forte, being pedestrian in narration and humorous in description. Nonetheless, compared to the tightness and dramatic impact of her other novels, most notably Dekada '70, Gapo is more didactic, digressive, up to the point that it seems qu ...more
BookNoy (Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books)
GAPO 2012 published

Naalala ko ang kwento ni Rogelio Ordonez sa aklat na Mga Agos sa Disyerto sa kanyang kwento na “Buhawi” na kahawig na ginawa ni Michael Taylor sa isang Kano sa pag-asang hindi na niya nabago ang kinikimkim na damdamin.

Malalim ang pinaghuhugutan ng kwento mula sa kahirapan, kawalang ng hustisya, at pang-aabuso, pag-abandona.

Ano ag iyong reaksyon o pakiramdam na sa sarili mong bahay o bayan ,..Ikaw ay itinuturing na baboy, pinahihirapan, ginagawang pulubi hanggang sa sila ang ma
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Ysa
Sep 01, 2011 Ysa rated it really liked it
Katatapos ko lang basahin ang librong ito... at hindi ko maiwasang itanong: Ano nga ba ang pinagkaiba ng kalagayan natin noon sa kalagayan natin ngayon? Kung pinakikinabangan tayo ng mga Amerikano noon ano pa kaya ngayon? Ang sakit din kasing isipin minsan na lahat ng talino mo't pinag-aralan sila pa rin ang nakikinabang. Ang mga kompanya pa rin nila.
Erika De Belen
Jan 19, 2012 Erika De Belen rated it really liked it
One of the few books of a contemporary Filipino author that I've liked, Gapo by Lualhati Bautista really is an eye-opener, a definitely must-read by the Filipino readers. Set during the 1970s, a time when American bases "ruled" the Philippines, Gapo shows the irony of the "Everlasting Friendship of Two Nations".
Drew
Mar 09, 2011 Drew rated it really liked it
Lualhati Bautista has done it again. "Gapo", like her other books, is gritty and realistic as can be. Bautista holds back no words in expressing the effect of American colonialism in the Filipino people. I love how Bautista captures reality in her work.
Violeta
Sep 24, 2007 Violeta rated it really liked it
a must read for all American soldiers enjoying the Balikatan exercise in the Philippines, including rapists.
Pam
Oct 23, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
This books ignite the fire of nationalism in me at the same time, it makes me ashamed of the way I look up to the Americans.
Jnz
Dec 03, 2008 Jnz rated it it was amazing
well written novel, very profound.
it's like I've been to olonggapo with joe and experienced the colonial mentality of the fuckin' americans.
Glory Joy
inspiring story for a filipino's like me
Erish
Aug 08, 2011 Erish rated it really liked it
Maghapon ko lang binasa yung buong nobela. Masyado kong natuwa sa kwento. :)
Fatz dela Cruz
Oct 15, 2012 Fatz dela Cruz rated it did not like it
The fact that this is another mind-opening, socially relevant work of Lualhati Bautista makes this book okay for me. But, Bautista's crude writing has become a turn-off for this one.
meow_meow
Oct 19, 2008 meow_meow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody!!
Shelves: homegrown
sana may movie version nito. kaso, matagal na akong nag-iisip kung sino ang pwedeng gumanap na bida. sana indie na lang para hindi sirain/baguhin ng commercial production companies.
Bea
Oct 09, 2007 Bea rated it it was amazing
If you really understood this book, you should be able to realize that we are still colonialized by the Americans.

A really political book that everyone should read.
cel de Jesus
Sep 29, 2007 cel de Jesus rated it really liked it
a mirror of colonialism..
Ric
Sep 28, 2014 Ric rated it really liked it
Sa una at medyo mababaw na pag-analisa, maaaring ineengganyo ng nobelang ito ang muling pagbabaga ng nasyonalismo sa diwa ng mga Pilipino. Subalit, kung ating nauunawaan at tinatanggap ng bukal sa loob na mayroon at maraming pagkakaiba ang mga kultura at mga paniniwala sa bawat bayan sa mundo, marahil ay maari nating iinterpreta na ang nobelang ito ay naglalarawan ng kung anong maaaring mangyari, o marahil ng mga nangyari na nga, kapag ang mga mamamayan na galing sa magkakaibang bayan ay magsasa ...more
Claire
Sa aking madalas na pagiikot sa mga bookstore palagi ko itong nakikita sa lagayan, nakadisplay at wari bang hinihikayat akong basahin siya, hanggang isang araw nahikayat niya ako. Isa siyang simpleng libro na katulad ng kanyang nilalaman, isang simpleng istorya ngunit may napakalakas na bombang pasabog kapag ito ay iyong inintindi, isinapuso at ipinasok ang iyong sarili sa kanya. I sang malaking pasasalamat sa aking guro noong hayskul ako dahil sa pagpapakilala niya sa aming mga estudyante niya ...more
Jayne
Feb 08, 2015 Jayne rated it really liked it
I don't often read notes / introductions in some books (especially in classics) because I have been spoiled a few times in doing so, but because this book is so short, I decided to read it as well.

Lualhati Bautista said on her introduction that before this became a novel, it was first written as a screenplay, but it was disapproved by the Board of Censors because of its content. Finishing this book, I felt I would love to see it as a movie (if there is still none yet), especially now that the US
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Otakore Literantadodist
Feb 13, 2015 Otakore Literantadodist rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
Napakagaan basahin ng librong ito matapos ang matagal-tagal na di ako nakakapagbasa ng mga Tagalog na aklat. Batid ko ang isyu sa pagitan ng mga Pilipino at Amerikano. Naituro naman ito sa ating eskwelahan at tingin ko'y mauunawaan mo ang mga pangyayari sa kapanahunan ng istorya ng Gapo.

Napaganda ng agos ng kwento at napakagaling dahil napapabago nito ang inaasam ng mambabasa sa kaniyang binabasa. Mula sa positibong karanasan ng mga Pilipinong tauhan sa mga kano hanggang sa negatibong karanasan
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Jotam Magraccia
Oct 21, 2014 Jotam Magraccia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jotam-s-books
A book that defines: prostitution, US imperialism, and the rotten culture of the Philippines and of the womenfolk takes place not in only in Olongapo. Must read. Socially-related.
Ivy Catherine
Mar 06, 2015 Ivy Catherine rated it really liked it
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Marielabiela
i want to read the whole story of 'GAPO, at isang puting pilipino, sa mundo ng mga amerikanong kulay brown
Vicente
Feb 12, 2015 Vicente rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sa nobelang ito pinabubulaanan ng may akda na ang ugnayang pilipinas-america ay perpekto,dahil para lang silang "friends with benefits",oo ngat malaki naging papel ng america sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa,naging kolonya nila ang ating bansa pag tapos ipag bili tayo ng bansang espana,dahil sa pag katalo nila sa digmaang espanya-america noong 1898 at sila din ang tumulong sa ating bansa laban sa bansang hapon noong ikalawang digmaan at dahil sa sobrang nasalanta ang "inang bayan" naging bahagi sil ...more
Tifa Lockhart
Si Michael Taylor Jr. ay isang dalawangpung taong gulang na folk singer sa isang bar na nagngangalang freedom pad. Anak siya sa labas ng isang amerikanong sundalo na hindi niya nakita man o nakilala. Malaki ang galit niya sa mga amerikano dahil sa ginawa ng ama niyang pag-iwan sa kanyang ina at sa kanyang pagiging anak sa labas na ginawang katatawanan ng iba. Lalo siyang nagalit nang masaksihan niya ang pag-aalipusta ng mga sundalong amerikano sa mga kaibigan niya. Si Dolores, ang ina niyang nag ...more
Jared
Mar 20, 2016 Jared rated it it was amazing
Minsan lang ako magbasa ng literaturang Pilipino. Bagaman nasa ibang bansa ako, malapit pa rin sa aking puso sa sining at kultura ng aking lupang sinilangan.

Sa tatlong binasa kong libro ni Bautista (Dekada '70 at Bata,Bata Paano Ka Ginawa?) ang 'GAPÔ ay nag-iwan sa akin ng mga mahahalagang tanong tungkol sa aking pamamahal sa Pilipinas at ang pagtangkilik ko sa banyagang kultura.

Nagustuhan ko ang nobelang ito dahil sa realidad na dala nito. Madalas na sinasabi sa akin ng aking tatay na mas mag
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Eugene
Sep 09, 2016 Eugene rated it it was amazing
Ahh, Gapo. Sa apat na nobela ni Lualhati Bautista na nabasa ko (Dekada, BBPKG, at Desaparesidos), ito ang pinakakakaiba, ngunit hindi lumiliban ang nobelang ito sa paglalahad ng bahong itinatago ng kasunduang Pilipinas-Amerika.

Sa totoo lang, 2014 ko pa yata nabasa itong librong 'to. Pero naaalala ko pa rin ang mga naganap sa kuwento, at ang bawat kabanata nito ay siksik sa detalye—mga salaysay na bumoboses sa politikal na pananaw ni Ms. Bautista ngunit hindi umaalis sa importansya nito sa istory
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She was born in Tondo, Manila on December 2, 1945 to parents Esteban Bautista and Gloria Torres. She studied in public schools, both in her elementary and high school years. She graduated from the Emilio Jacinto Elementary School in 1958 and from Torres High School in 1962.
She took up Journalism in the Lyceum of the Philippines, and eventually stopped schooling because all she wanted to do was wri
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“Yan daw alak at gamot at pagkaapi, nakakasanayan. Kalaunan daw, hindi ka na tatablan pa. Pero hindi totoo 'yon. Lalo na sa kaso ng pagkaapi.” 4 likes
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