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Ben Singkol

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He is “supot.” Scared, he ran away from the ritual of manhood. He ran away again from his foxhole in Bataan when the Japanese were closing in. and through much of his life, even when he had become comfortable, he still ran away, haunted by the poverty of his boyhood, of the treachery that he may have committed. This is Benjamin Singkol—perhaps the most interesting characte ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 243 pages
Published 2013 by Solidaridad Publishing House (first published 2001)
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Aklat #5: BEN SINGKOL by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose
(Solidaridad Publishing House, 2001)

Si F. "Manong Frankie" Sionil Jose ang manunulat na Pinoy na sobrang paborito ko. Sa katunayan, 12 aklat na niya ang nabasa ko mula noong maging mahilig (voracious) akong magbasa ng aklat mga 5 taon na ang nakakaraan. Bakit ako nage-enjoy na basahin ang mga akda niya? Dalawang dahilan:
1. Si F. Sionil Jose (ipinanganak noong 1924) ay ang pambato ng Pilipinas sa Nobel Pr
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"You will find that our enemies are our own kin. It is they who will betray us. So learn this most important lesson- in the end, our worst enemies are ourselves."

Although it shames me as a self-proclaimed Pinoy bookworm, I have to admit this is my first F. Sionil Jose novel so as to inform everyone reading this review that my opinion might be unnecessarily "better" than usual due to the fact that I cannot compare this to any other F. Sionil Jose novel. With that being said, I should also add th
Lizzie Ayento
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Story during Japanese occupation and how to rise up on your own and still choosing to live when you know you thought you lost everything.
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am supposed to give this book 4 stars only but the ending just blew me away
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first F. Sionil Jose book I've read. Four stars because I think that I should reserve that one star after reading his other writings. I'm not saying that this book does not deserve that one star, this book is actually amazing. It gives me the exact feeling of what had happened during the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines how much more if I was able to read Ben Singkol's "Pain"? This book would somehow give a reader some hardships on distinguising what's history and what's in thi ...more
Delia Ruth
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is a very moving story, and F. Sionil Jose took me back to history from the mind of someone who experienced it. Quotable quote: "Journalism is quick history; literature is history lived"... something like that. I will read more of his work. I don't have the words... not just yet. I am not evocative like FSJ. He is a hero in his own right! ...more
Bryan Daowan
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of historical fiction books and FSJ didn't let me down ...more
Jie Mauricio
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
“You will find that our enemies are our own kin. It is they who betray us. So learn this most important lesson-in the end, our worst enemy is ourselves”
James Goodin
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Pain can be of different kinds. It can be any sensation of hurt or strong discomfort caused by an injury or disease. It can be a distress or suffering, mental or physical, due to anxiety or grief. Fortunately, drugs like morphine and opium are available to relieve the pain. Depressants can lower the rate of nervous activity when one is depressed. However, I just learned about a man who have had experienced an unbearable pain that no drugs can numb, which according to him, the pain that
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
It is my third attempt. Finally, I have finished Ben Singkol by F Sionil Jose. This is my first Filipino book to finish by a contemporary author -- and hopefully not my last.

It took me years to summon up the courage to read another Filipino writer. I used to believe that Filipino writers were shallow and their works substandard. And God! How wrong I was!

Ben Singkol is a searing masterpiece. Never had I thought that I would finish it, but there was this tiny gleam of hope that I would one day be
Michael Nelmida
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in Japanese occupation - perfectly and well crafted !
John Ray Catingub
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few years since I've read FSJ but the strong qualities of his writing remain even if the time between "Tree" and "Ben Singkol" is 23 years. He has a propensity to weave his characters and narratives effortlessly within and throughout Filipino history. A lot of his ideas present in the Rosales series continue to be present in "Ben Singkol", especially with regards to Filipinos rising from poverty and the vaulted reverence of the conqueror (Spanish, American, Japanese, etc.). Tenses in ...more
David Rosario
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely well written. The novel seems to be leading up to a major event during the ML years but swerves at the last minute to leave the fate of Josie to the reader’s imagination.

Particularly enjoyed the depiction of the post WW2 years. The struggle to re-integrate into normal society after years of war is something that not many have done, but which this book has done well. Also, by depicting Manila before, during, and after the War, the book gives readers a good sense of the impact of War on
Clarissa Alimario
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read this when I am in college.
Romrik Joshua
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read fiction books because I find it boring, but Ben Singkol proves that all of my assumptions were wrong. Ben Singkol is indeed an interesting book and his experiences from his boyhood to where he is now will teach you a lot of things about the irony of life. ...more
Sheanne Marinel Ü
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really a lover of historical fiction novels but this book is just outstanding!
We were given this book as an assignment in class and I loved it! I never thought that historical fiction can be this good! And it's made by F Sionil Jose!
This book is just excellent, the characters, the plot, everything! That ending, I want more! It's just so beautiful!
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Francisco Sionil José was born in 1924 in Pangasinan province and attended the public school in his hometown. He attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II and in 1949, started his career in writing. Since then, his fiction has been published internationally and translated into several languages including his native Ilokano. He has been involved with the international cultural organ ...more

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“You will find that our enemies are our own kin. It is they who betray us. So learn this most important lesson-in the end, our worst enemy is ourselves” 15 likes
“Never, never hide your pain, scream as if you are dying so you will not be harmed more. Never, never hide your poverty, too. The worst enemies of the poor are the poor themselves. And never, never appear that you are virtuous and without sin. It it is the virtuous who have many enemies because for they shame the many without virtue.” 10 likes
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