It’s been uncounted number of years since the time I last finished reading a book written in my native language, Filipino. This long streak of non-sense convention is finally over. And I am glad to announce that the Filipino-language book I finished is sooo me. Its entitled Ampalaya Monologues written by “spoken word” genius, Mark Ghosn.
Ampalaya Monologues is so me! Ampalaya for those who don’t know is Bitter Gourd in the Filipino language or metaphorically defined as “bitter”. There are 27 characters in the book that features varying idiosyncrasies of heartaches, heartbreaks, eccentric longing, quirky hopes, emotional struggles and of course romanticized bitterness.
This I guess would be the very first book written in Filipino that made me cry and laugh out loud at the same time. I literally was laughing at a lot of lines and thoughts in this book for I am so bitter, I can totally relate. Here’s the top six monologues I loved and totally enjoyed!
I haven’t see or talked to the writer yet Ampalaya Monologues seem to have entered into my realm. It was as if Mark Ghosn has entered my cranium and cerebral cortex and wrote what he has seen inside.
According to some write ups, Ampalaya Monologues (like The Vagina Monologues popularized in the past in the western side of the planet) are actually staged and performed by actors in front of big audiences. But I guess reading the book would be a totally different experience. It was as if the character was merely talking to the reader and no one else like in a big crowd. Thus, reading the book I guess would be more intense and can definitely hit you right at your very core.
I love every piece of the chapters/monologues yet the last part was actually the most fitting for it makes you realize that for every tear, every heartache and bitterness a reader felt and experienced in the past, such sufferings will eventually make a person fervently mature and emotionally stronger. I believe in the ultimate message of the book and that is for bitter people like us, there is still a chance to move on and some freaking flicker of hope is awaiting for all of us.
Ang sabi nga sa libro, mas mabuting maging bitter kesa fake!