Title: Alab ng Puso sa Dibdib Mo’y Buhay
Author: Manix Abrera
Alab ng Puso sa Dibdib mo’y Buhay is a comic book that is about the usual scenes of the academe world. No wonder why it is titled with a line from the “Lupang Hinirang” which are sung occasionally at school. It is the 5th book, published in 2009, of the ongoing Kikomachine Komix which has 11 books currently.
The story was written by Manuel Luis Lorenzo Abrera, popularly known as Manix Abrera.
Abrera is a Filipino komiks artist, author, and musician. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in fine arts, major in visual communication, at the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD). He is currently taking his master’s degree in fine arts in the same university. He is best known as the author of the daily comic strip Kiko Machine, which appears on the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He is the son of long time komiks artist Jess Abrera, who also works for the Inquirer.
He is a nominee for the 2011 WikiPinoy of the Year of WikiPilipinas.
II. Plot / Body
The story tells about random jokes and scenes that we often see at a college school. It doesn’t have a specific or chronological order because it is just a collection of comic strips with the same characters that was written by Manix Abrera.
The most noticeable idea that can be realized while reading the comics is the idea of how hard the life of a college student is.
Abrera exaggerated how they take exams, how they do their assignments, how they commute to reach their university, and others. One example of exaggeration is when Abrera drew a scene where one character is taking exams and his head was literally bleeding because of the exams. Another thing that is noticeable in the strips is the line they say when someone says something.
Whenever a character says a corny joke, or an awesome line, characters say “Astigggg” or “Rak en roll” to express how they feel.
And another thing that is noticeable in the comics is the character, Bertong Badtrip. Bertong Badtrip is the character used to represent a hotheaded student. In the strips, Bertong Badtrip usually expresses his anger by physically hurting others, and his famous line in the book is “Hindi ako masamang damo, isa akong badtrip na damo.”, this line just expresses how hotheaded this character is.
These ideas are just some of the things that can be read in the content of the comic book “Alab ng Puso sa Dibdib Mo’y Buhay” by Manix Abrera.
a. From Lance Gio Beltran
The whole book was an unarranged collection of relatable scenes in our daily lives mixed with a unique kind of humor only Filipinos can absorb. It also showed a randomness of the order of the scenes, but some of it was continued in the latter part and it made the book more persuading to read because of the unexpected continuation that showed a little element of surprise.
The first pages of the book only made me excited about the following scenes as it was really fun and entertaining to read, and it is a perfect time-killer book for anyone that can interpret humorous messages and dialogues along with the witty and hand drawn illustrations.
The book used a set of different characters playing unique roles in each scene which perfectly presented a specific trait or characteristic. In every scene you’ll find exaggeration, personification, surprising jokes, and other witty stuff that portrays Filipino culture and things that we see and do every day that can capture the heart and thinking of any reader and make them realize what is really happening in our reality especially in us Filipinos.
b. From Jon Karel Del Rosario
What made the book interesting for me is how the writer used characters to represent the usual life of different college students. It is relatable for people at my age which is another reason why I never lost excitement while reading the book. It is also easy to understand because it is full of graphical representations that show the random problems of a college student.
For me, if you want to read a book that is timely yet humorous, this is the perfect book to suggest to you.
I had fun while reading the book, it is not a typical comic book where you will read about fictions. It is a comic book where you will read about the things that are happening at our everyday life. The characters used in the book can somehow be seen as the different people we see in life. Some are corny and irritating, some are insecure, some are hotheaded, and some are annoying. But because of the diversity of characters, it made the book not boring.
The difference of the characters can somehow make it interesting because you can see that there will be some disagreement in the characters, just like what we see in real life.
Overall, the story shows different jokes and comedies about the Filipino culture in academe. It is a book that will make Filipinos, especially students, open their eyes to what is really happening around us while catching our eyes.
IV. Overall Rating
In overall, we would give the book a rating of 4.6 out of 5. It was really an excellent book to catch the reader’s attention once he/she started reading it. It gives interesting portrayal of scenes that Filipino readers can relate to added with a mix of unique Filipino humor. It is really a good recommendation/suggestion to read the whole series of the book, to completely capture the ideas and entertaining stuff the book/s give to the readers.
About the Writers and How Do they See Themselves 10 years from Now
Lance Gio Beltran, Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
Ten years from now, I see myself as a successful man with a job that I really want and love to do, and is related to the science of computer in either in the field of programming or information technology.
I also see myself accepting all these challenges in life that I know and believe has a payback to make me more confident and comfortable with what I feel doing with my life.
Everything I want and have been dreaming of will eventually make way to complete my dreams and life and all of that will be a result of the hardwork and striving that I will hopefully do in the near future. Basically, I’ll see myself as a man that has attained the ‘life’ that I ever want for all my life.
Jon Karel Del Rosario, Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
If I were to predict how myself is living ten years from now, I would say that have already become a fulfilled man. I won’t say that I am successful, instead I’ll say that I am fulfilled because I don’t just want to success, I also want to fulfill the things that I want to do. And in terms of work or job, I would say that I am already a hired Engineer that is living happily.
And as they say, “Behind every great man, is a great woman.”, in my life there will be no one behind me, because that great woman will be right beside me.
At the age of 27, all of this would probably happen to me, but I don’t know if it will really happen, I guess I’ll just work hard to achieve the things that I want. And if some of these don’t happen, then I’ll just be thankful for I
was able to give my best. To sum it up, I see myself as a man that is fulfilled, for the life that I could possibly live in the next years is the life that I want to live.
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