Title: Mga Tagpong Mukhang Ewan at Kung Anu Ano Pang Kababalaghan
Author: Manix Abrera
The comic book was all about the compilation of the things normal college students do. These include their lifestyle, how they cope with the life of a university student, the weird things they do and how they make fun of their classmates/friends. The comic book was very particular to the university students who were talking about the problems in the society and making jokes out of it later on.
Aside of being a funny comic book, it also contained some issues about the society.
For example, students in this comic book were able to join in the rally even though they do not know why they were there. So instead of doing nothing, they just yell with the protesters who were rallyingfor the SONA. Well, this is still happening in our present time so there is no doubt that this comic book also helps us to open our minds with what is happening in our society.
Another societal problem that was tackled by the book was about the budget decrease in education.
Of course, the students were complaining about it because they thought of having empty classrooms, and by empty classrooms it meant out of school appliances, tables, chairs etc.
The comic book was very dynamic about the issues in our society, but it was specific with the university students. Despite of having a limited time because of their procrastination, they were still able to finish their projects, assignments and thesis.
They were also able to have a good time in college even though they were loaded with work in school.
The characters in the story all have solid and distinct personalities. These unusual mixes of characters make up for an interesting and entertaining storyline with their humor and witty remarks.
What makes the story unique is that the author used a different way of relaying the story by dividing the comic strips into segments that are somehow related to each other but on a different context. The story gives the readers a vision of how the author is very assertive when it comes to addressing issues in the society.
He used a less serious tone to give emphasis on problems that need to be heard by the readers.
The book can be understood by students since they can relate to it because the characters represent the life of every student especially those in the college level.
We would definitely recommend this book to students to serve as an eye-opener for them to be enlightened on other essential matters that they need to focus on aside from academics.
Overall we rate this comic book 4 star out of 5 because despite its lack of a more solid narrative structure, it still managed to get the attention of the readers because of its captivating and meaningful content.
MgaTagpongMukhang Ewan at Kung Anu-Ano Pang Kababalaghan was written by Manuel “Manix” Abrera. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman. His comic strip Kikomachine runs from Monday to Saturday in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and currently appears in twelve book compilations published by Visprint. His webcomic News Hardcore! appears weekly on GMA News Online. He also has wordless graphic novels titled “12” and “14”. He has won the National Book Awards for his books “14” (2015) and News Hardcore: HukbongSandatahan ng Kahaggardan! (2016).
Abrera started as a komiks artist and writer with the Philippine Collegian, where he served as graphics editor from 2001 to 2003. He, along with friends and band mates JP Cuison and BhengDensing, joined the Inquirer for the comic strip Garapata Blood. Abrera then went solo and created Kiko Machine, which was also the name of the Diliman-based rock band where he played as guitarist.
Kiko Machine was then compilied into seven book compilations, the first of which (MgaTagpongMukhang Ewan at Kung Anu-ano Pang Kababalaghan!”) was released in 2005 while the latest—Sorrowful Sorrowful Mysteries–was released in October 2011.
In 2009, Abrera released his first silent comic-graphic novel 12. 12 and the seven Kiko Machine book compilations are published by VisPrint, Inc.
Kiko Machine komiks also appears on AsintadoMarikenyo, a community newspaper in Marikina City.
For the general population to value the story, the writer utilized a medium that can be effectively comprehended by the readers. ManixAbrera used casual dialect to promote his advocacy and embraced slang for him to be more understood by his audience. Despite the fact that he utilized an alternate and strange method for communicating the story, individuals still grasped it.
This book became a hit to the readers because it tackles the problems in the society in a way that it can be interesting to young readers since most of them are unaware of what is really happening and needs to be given a bigger picture of the current state of the society.
About the Writers and How Do they See Themselves 10 years from Now
CRUZ, CIAN JEREMY S., Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
I don’t know what the future holds but if I were to predict my situation in the near future I would be certain that 10 years from now I would be a graduate of a school that I am very proud of and, to have a degree in a course that I chose freely and have a job that I would love to do every hour of every day. Having time for family friends regardless of the work given.
To have the ability to enjoy life as it is despite of problems that may arise.
To also have the mental capacity to be more responsible and more mature throughout the span of 10 years. To improve overall as a person emotionally and intellectually. To give it my all and just be passionate with the things that I love and proud to do. As Abraham Lincoln have said “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. The future of a person is determined by the foundation that he/she is building today not tomorrow.
Sarip, Hamadi M., Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
Ten years from now, I would be a great mechanical engineer and at the same time a successful writer. I have already made my parents proud and built their dream house. Probably, I am the one who pays for the tuition of my younger brother and sister since I got a lot of money from my job.
I would be the consultant of high school students who are studying for their researches and stuffs.
I would also be a well-known writer. I would inspire other people to make poems and other writings to show what they feel through writing. Despite having a great career, I would still be able to have time for my family. I would be living with my precious wife and our cute children in our dream house. We would have a great connection because we got time for each other. I would also continue to be a great engineer and writer to make them proud.
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