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It's a Mens World by Bebang Siy
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Read from April 09 to 16, 2012

For a while, this book was out of stock at Powerbooks. (I rely on this bookstore for local titles. Fully Booked's Filipiana sections are quite disappointing.) I read a feature on Bebang Siy on The Philippine Star (Or Philippine Daily Inquirer, one of those) and immediately became intrigued.

If you think that the title is a big grammatical error, think of it this way... Bebang Siy is a woman. It's a "mens" world is short for... Yup!

"Unang nagka-mens ang kapatid kong si Colay kesa sa akin. Ten years old siya noon at ako, magtu-twelve. Sabi ng mga pinsan ko, nauna raw si Colay kasi mas mataba siya at mas aktibo sa paggalaw-galaw kesa sa akin.

"Naging sentro ng atensiyon si Colay noong araw na reglahin siya. Lahat kami, nasa labas ng kubeta, naghihintay sa paglabas ng “bagong” dalaga. Pagbukas ng pinto, itong stepmother ko, biglang pumasok. Hinanap niya ang panty ni Colay sa loob ng kubeta. Gulat na gulat si Colay siyempre.

"Bakit? Tanong niya sa stepmother namin.

"Labhan mo. Tubig lang. ’Wag kang gagamit ng sabon. Kusot-kusot lang. Tapos ipunas mo sa mukha mo ’yang panty. Tapos sabihin mo, sana maging singkinis ng perlas ang mukha ko. Ulit-ulitin mo. Habang ipinupunas mo sa mukha mo ang panty.

"Sumunod si Colay. Walang tanong-tanong. Mas matanda ’yon, e."

The collection of essays is just like the title -- it teeters between funny, trivial, and sometimes, downright serious. An entertaining read, light enough for a day of doing nothing.
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