Title: Diary ng Panget
Is a romantic comedy novel by a Wattpad author under the name of HaveYouSeenThisGirL that revolves around an ugly girl’s life and her diary entries. Diary ng Panget was a runaway hit when it was first published online via Wattpad where it garnered over 12 million reads on 2011 and was later the 4th novel in Wattpad to be published in the Philippines after She’s Dating the Gangster, A Hundred and One Reasons, Fourteen Sundays last 2013.
The story also topped the rankings on the bestseller’s list on Philippines which later on has been adapted into a film.
The young author chosen to stay anonymous. She declines to give her real name, selecting to just simply use “Denny,” the name many of her fans know her by. Denny was born in San Pablo City, Laguna, and the youngest of three siblings. She began writing stories at the age of 13. Her dad deals with a resort in the Philippines while her mom works in a therapeutic office for the elderly in the city of Imola in Italy. Subsequent to completing secondary school in San Pablo Colleges in 2010, and on her mom’s appeal, she moved to Italy to study.
Diary ng Panget turned into a web sensation online novel with more than 12 million reads. Its popularity gained the attention of Arnel Gabriel from PSICOM Publishing which held the account of turning the online novel into a book on 2013 This book is categorized under Filipino Novel, Contemporary, Fiction. On the same year, Viva Films announced their acquisition of the title and its long-awaited film adaptation that was shown in March 2014. This is the first movie adaptation of a story first published in Wattpad and was directed by Andoy Ranay.
Reah “Eya” Rodriguez:
The protagonist and narrator of the series, the so-called “panget” Eya portrays herself as an ugly person. She studies at Willford Academy and is a model of a few items that don’t have to demonstrate her face. She was enlisted by Mr. Sandford to be the individual house keeper of his child, Cross.
A handsome, rich and snobbish teenager. He studies at Willford Academy. He works as a model for the mainstream dress line Bench. Eya is his own servant and has detested her as far back as they’ve met. He is called by Eya as “Cookie Monster” due to his identity.
He studies at Wilford Academy. He is a handsome and rich teenager who has a huge crush on Lory. He is notable for his cheerful identity. Chad and Eya progressed toward becoming companions because of an embarrassing situation. Eya is his dearest companion who causes him get Lory.
Lorraine “Lory” Keet:
She studies at Willford Academy. A beautiful and rich teenager who has a huge crush on Cross. She is half-British and is crushed on by almost all of the boys at Willford Academy. She is one of Eya’s close friends and helps her get Cross.
The father of Cross Sanford who is a multi-millionaire businessman. He is the one who hired Eya to be the personal maid of Cross.
The aunt of Eya. She is the one who takes care and look over to Eya because her parents are already dead. She is considered as a cruel and unkind aunt but deep down she’s concern about Eya.
The female head servant in Sanford’s residence. She is in control of the households and usually tells Eya on what to do.
The kind friend of Eya and Cross. He is the one who helped Eya to look better by giving her different facial products to take care of her skin. He’s like a fairy Godfather and really showed concerned for Eya.
The story conveyed acts of showing love, family relationship, and importance of friendship. In the story, the theme of love was emphasized when Eya and Cross, who are not having a good relationship from the start, later on happens to find a connection with each other. Family and friendship is also shown when the friendship of the main characters was tested, also they are always there for one another.
Man vs Society
Everyone seemed to quite dislike Eya and Cross’ relationship, the reason being is that people think that their ‘personality’ or their ‘appearance’ didn’t exactly match and/or that Eya’s social status isn’t on the same level as Cross’. Despite the love and affection that they show to one another many didn’t believe that it would ‘work out’ between the two because Cross was a good-looking guy while Eya is on the ‘not so attractive’ side of things.
Diary ng Panget is undoubtedly funny and entertaining. It is simple, nothing new, a cliché but its simplicity is what made it attractive. It’s not an unfamiliar storyline, but with a few twists on the clichés, it is executed with humor and warmth. Also, the new approach has a fresh distinct. It’s not the typical ugly helpless girl. It was half realistic and half non-realistic.
The author used Taglish, colloquial talk used by Filipinos in modern times. Use of street lingo, gay lingo, subcultural lingos and conyo is evident in the book. She told the story in casual manner where Filipino readers can easily adapt to it and connect with it. She used words that Filipinos usually use in their everyday lives. Filipinism was evident in the literary work.
The exchange of witty dialogues and ideas were good for it can easily picture-out the scenes in one’s mind.
The culture of the Filipinos was shown magnificently in this book. Filipino’s “po and opo” are evident in the story, even though different lingos are used the author still manage to not let go of Filipino’s respectfulness. Also, Filipino’s hospitality was shown. The different social classes are also revealed, by how the lower class are being treated by the elites or the upper class and vice versa.
It depicts how the normal teen Filipinos use to live as well as their different lifestyles.
Feminism and women empowerment were also highlighted in this book especially by the character of Eya. She showed that women can take care of themselves, can do the things other sex can, and can be strong and be an independent persona. The story was able to demonstrate what is the “millennial” generation.
Unfortunately, this book is far from perfect. It is definitely flawed.
The editing and proofreading were didn’t given much time and effort. There are a lot of misspelled words and grammatical errors.
The title does not compliment the content of the story. The title “Diary ng Panget”, suggest that it is about the diary of Eya.
However, with barely 5 short entries it revolves more about the actual life of Eya. Lastly, a story must be like a mountain, wherein the climax is on the mountain peak but sadly, Diary ng Panget was just a plain one, or maybe a plateau one. This story may have a conflict but it was so mild that the exciting part cannot be recognized.
Comparison of The Book and The Movie Adaptation:
In the movie ‘Diary Ng Panget’ the events were a little less in depth than in the book. Especially with the main parts of it. Such as how Cross fell in love with Eya way too quickly rather than gradually like in the book. The movie showed a ‘fast paced’ story line rather than a more in depth more detailed story like in the book.
The movie didn’t really show the characters personality depicted in the book.
Chad was more of a cheerful lad in the book rather than a dull character showed in the movie, Lory was sassier and the movie didn’t really show much appreciation for Eya for helping out chad with Lory. In short, the movie didn’t quite portray the characters as the readers would like (the viewers rather).
We rate the book 4 out of 5 stars. The book depicts the reality of our lives and although the novel is mainly about love story, it touched the cultural and social aspects of the Philippines. The modern approach and concept made by the writer connects its readers to the novel itself.
Diary ng Panget may not be written professionally, but it has this something – something that will make the readers couldn’t resist it.
There’s this uncontrollable smiling syndrome that you will experience. If you’re looking for a book that will make your vibes good, Diary ng Panget will charm you. It features a common story but carries a positive message: appreciate the person’s whole being by looking beyond his or her superficial appearances. Overall, this book is pretty much recommendable.
About the Writers and How Do they See Themselves 10 years from Now
Mellaine Denise De Leon, Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
Building different infrastructures with different civil engineers and architects in a company of my own, that is how I see myself ten years from now. By that time, I have already made a name of my own. In addition, I have already build my own house and I am enjoying all the luxuries in life and all the things I’ve worked for with my family and friends.
I will also be starting to have my own family to share the rollercoaster ride of life and I would give back to the people who helped me through my journey.
I will also make sure that I will share the blessings I receive with people who need help by building public infrastructures and charities. I will live life to the fullest and nothing will hold me back.
Alyanna Jan Alvaro, Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
After a decade, I see myself as an alumni of University of the Philippines Diliman who had a 4-year experience of being a civil engineer in a very well-known company. Aside from that, I see myself as a helpful daughter to my family, a responsible mother for my child and a loving wife for my husband. I also own a business which is my husband started long ago.
I am also fulfilling my dreams to travel around the world. I may have travelled some parts of the world, but I still have more time to go.
I will also help other people, especially those in needs. With the help of my family and friends, we will conduct charities in different places.
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