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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,897 ratings  ·  362 reviews
Merong matigas
Merong malambot
Merong tuwid
Merong kulot
Merong buo
Merong durog
At merong mga taong
Hindi basta-basta lumulubog.

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Mass Market Paperback, 98 pages
Published 2007 by Visprint, Inc.
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Janus the Erudite Artist
This is my ultimate favorite among Bob Ong’s books. Why you may ask? Because it’s deeply sad and yet heartwarming.

At first, I was questioning, “Why is the title ‘MacArthur’?” What does he have to do with the book? But I knew I had to be patient when it comes to Ong’s book, because surely, there’ll be a surprise in the end.

And I was right to have thought so. MacArthur rubs in the issue of poverty, graft and corruption, theft and drug addiction. This is the first of Bob Ong’s books that, despite
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartbreaking Filipino tragedy centered around the ever-significant themes of poverty, drug addiction, criminality, and corruption.

Ong presents protagonists who are what many consider to be some of Philippine society's most persistent ills: drug addicts and thieves. MacArthur breathes humanity into these words with lives, personalities, dreams, and flaws.

Ong makes a point of showing that the protagonists resort to criminality out of necessity and desperation. That those who live in abject pov
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this during a Christmas party with my Goodreads friends last December. I mentioned this in one of my past posts, saying how I needed a larger bookshelf to fit all the new ones. Frankly, I thought this would be the last book I'd pick up among the promising pile, but figured a short read could easily decrease my backlog.

I liked it. Bob Ong's Macarthur is everything his Kapitan Sino is not. Characters are engaging, and the language flows as smooth as vulgar silk. While the story of
Dawn Tagala
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My family and the people i hang out with are notorious for anything English. That is how amazing Bob Ong is. He makes us read and want to read his works even if it is a compilation of tagalog slangs. His book mac art hur is exactly this. It is a collection of Tagalog slangs. At first I thought maybe this is not his work because it does not have it's usual format, no enumerations (which he so fancies), and most of all, it is dramatic. But it was confirmed that it was his because of his favorite c ...more
Bianca Sy
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought and read this just because of a dare from my friends. But I'm glad they dared me for I wouldn't be able to see the real beauty and talent of a Filipino writer. (yes, I haven't read any book from a Filipino writer even I am born and live in the Philippines. I'm sorry.)

What is the book all about:
This is on the subject of unexpected reality. (read this to see what I am really talking about. HAHAHAHAHA

What I liked:
I admire how Bob Ong wrote this one. It's just a short story (for me) and is
Angela Marie
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No need for reviews. Read this book and see for yourself!
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I scourge NBS yesterday and found the latest book by one of my fave Pinoy authors, Bob Ong. I was disappointed, though, seeing that the book was published last April. Argh! I wasn't aware! Duh?! I understand the slowpoke writing industry of the country. But the hell...even NBS? After four months?

Neways, I used to swear never to read Ong's books again. Seems like I already know how his mind works, not that of other authors who surprise you with their new masterpieces. Seeing MacArthur, however, I
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
" I shall return." The book is metaphorically based on what General Douglas MacArthur said in 1942 as he left the Philippine Islands during World War II in the attempt of organizing the American offensive against Japan to help the Philippines in its cause. What's the connection of that line to the book? It's for the readers to know why the book was entitled MacArthur.

Published in 2007, MacArthur is Bob Ong's sixth book and was often told as the only book that Bob Ong thatis dramatic in nature. L
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked reading this book. Bob Ong (the author) took a step away from writing jokes and humorous stuff and wrote about the reality of being poor, neglected, and underprivileged. It also made me think of how the way the society sees you can put you down. And in the end, the only people you can count on is your family, who would welcome you with open arms. (I even cried. Haha)
Michi Montes
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite in Bob Ong's books. ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MACARTHUR by Bob Ong. This is the first book that I finished for #wikathon and it broke me into million pieces and buried me deep into a post-book depression state that I struggled to pick up my next read because of the heartbreak. I totally enjoyed reading this book.
In the story, we follow the shenanigans of these 4 bogaloids of friends. LOL that’s actually one of the voc words I picked up in this book. These 4 guys are hilarious together despite their personal struggles against poverty.
CutieChuchu(っ.❛ ᴗ ❛.)っ
I had this book for more than 3 years already and I only mustered the courage to flip its pages a while ago. This is so different from the book I've read from the past as it mirrors the society and poverty line in the Philippines which is still a huge issue until now. It's undeniable that the book is also hilarious especially because of outgoing and cheerful traits of every characters despite of the challenges they're experiencing. The book is full of tragedy however it still ignites hope at a s ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2020-reads
it was great tho hehe. it shows how those people who have power (police) in the society can use that in fooling different persons. it also shows the toxicity surrounds us without our knowledge. it was quite sad tho yet compelling because of its concept—like in the perception of the thieves—and how them aren't only affected because of those bad doings but also the people they love (i.e. family); and sometimes you are doing bad things not because you want to, but also you are in need in sustaining ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first Bob Ong book and it did disappoint. The narrative takes a no-holds barred approach to the most-pressing issues in Philippine society--crime, graft and corruption, substance abuse. This is a character-driven story and as well and I liked that since it gives readers the reasoning as to why these people did what they did. Bob Ong’s writing style is colloquial, and I did not have trouble getting engrossed in the narrative as it was easy to follow, conversational in tone, while also ...more
Aquino Kc
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Over its a good book with a great plot as usual of Bob Ong's books however i felt like i was the pacing was oddly slow on the first half of the book though their writing really made it unnoticeable , the characters itself were fairly justified but it couldn't have been more and stands as a representation of real consequential problems.... the ending felt as though empty but that's just since it's not my cater when books are open ended .... There are also few plot hole on story itself tho maybe i ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Bryan Martinez
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since I read this as well as Bob Ong's book 'Kapitan Sino', I have been terrified every time someone in the story gives an important lesson, because they die in the story.

Even if I only read the pdf files for now, I'll make sure at the time I can buy a physical copy of his books
, I will sure complete all of those.

Especially the books, Si and 56, that I haven't read yet.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, the best Bob Ong book I've read. This is a story about ghastly events that happen to real people in our country. It is short and easy to read but it could haunt you after you're done with it. And it's not even a ghost story. ...more
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
be careful!

sagana sa mura
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is much mind-blowing. This book is recomended
Krizia Anna
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an accurate depiction of the Philippines today, poor, helpless and desperate. It was a depressing book. I gave it 3 stars because the writing could have been better.
Anne Papot
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book explains various things about drug abusing. I think it's a perfect book to wake up someone's mind. ...more
Almira Constanza
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bob-ong
I'm very excited and at the same time curious because this story tells about moral lesson about society based on what I read on comment section ...more
Sharli Nicole
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mined
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Rhys Salinas
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tragic Story.
Mark Bryan Olata
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
horrrryyyy f*ccccckkkk
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Bob Ong-book. A socially relevant book that tackles issues and reality—with all its horridness—of society. Ending’s also a bomb, I cried bucket of tears. 😂
Lebron James
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book
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Bob Ong, or Roberto Ong, is the pseudonym of a Filipino contemporary author known for using conversational Filipino to create humorous and reflective depictions of life as a Filipino.

One reviewer notes (translated from the vernacular):
"Filipinos really patronize Bob Ong's works because, while most of his books may have an element of comedy in them, this is presented in a manner that replicates Fil

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