I was rereading this book for the #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy and I think that reading it the second time made me love it even more. Back then it felt like one of those tragic love stories we all read but now it made me sympathize with the characters. Or it probably had to do with me experiencing heartbreak first. Ha! Truly experience is the best teacher, and with that I was able to sentimental with the book.
Me quota ang pag- ibig. Sa bawat limang umiibig, isa lang ang magiging maligaya. Ang iba, iibig sa di sila iniibig. O iibig nang di natututo. O iibig sa wala. O di iibig kailanman.
[Love has a quota. For every five person who loves, only one will be truly happy. The rest will love the person who don’t love them, will love without learning, will love no one, or will never love at all.]
In this book we follow five stories, each of them portraying the many faces of love. That Love is not all happy endings, it can be stupid, greedy and cruel and it can also ruin a person and a family but what I admire about this book is each character’s realization of love. Setting love aside, this book also deals with National issues like politics, poverty and double standards. Ricky Lee was able to touch these issues and use them in the background giving it more color, making it much deeper than just a love story. The characters are well developed in such little amount of pages and each story has a great arc intertwined to achieve a greater ending. It’s like reading a book within a book and I love how reading it made me feel like watching a movie.
I would totally recommend this to every Filipino, this will give you all the feels.
I’ve included some of my Favorite quotes and tried my best translating them but somehow it doesn’t convey the same emotion.[*sigh*] Or I’m just no good at all … LOL^^ my bad! I’m open for inputs though.**Naku Ang hirap pala ng trabaho ng book translator mga besh ha! Sumakit ang ulo ko pramis, d na yata ako uulit**
Na-realize niya na dahil ang nararamdaman niya ay hindi kayang ilagay sa mga salita, mas totoo ito, at mas totoo siya
[Her feelings can’t be put to words because She realized that this is more real, and that he’s more than real.]
Dahil totoo ang sabi nila, ang great love mo ay hindi mo makakatuluyan. Ang makakatuluyan mo ay ang correct love.
[It’s true what they say, that you won’t end up with your great love instead it has to be the accepted kind of love (correct love)] ***I find this hard to translate*** huhuhu
Gusto niyang isiping wala na siyang nararamdaman para dito, na nakalimutan na niya ito, pero mas matinding makaalala ang puso kaysa utak.
[She liked to think that she had forgotten him along with her feelings but the heart is fiercer to remember than the mind.]
“Pantay-pantay ang ibinibigay na karapatan sa lahat ng tao upang lumigaya o masaktan o magpakagago pero kapag sumara na ang mga pinto, nawasak na ang mga puso at ang bilang ay umabot na sa zero, goodbye na.”
[Everyone is given their fair share of happiness, to be hurt and fuck up, but when the doors shut, hearts are shattered and the number reached zero then it’s goodbye.]
Rating: 4.5/5 -Maganda to!^^