Book Review: Orosa-Nakpil, Malate by Louie Mar Gangcuangco

Orosa Nakpil Malate[This review may contain spoilers]

Orosa-Nakpil, Malate is a book of many things. It is funny, informative, heartbreaking and thought-provoking

Perhaps, the most moving part aside from the “rape chapter” was the last time Dave and Ross saw each other. I thought I’m about to have cardiac arrest reading that scene of the book because it was just totally heartbreaking. When I was just 20 pages away from the end, I told my big sis who have read the first five chapters and last one (IKR? She’s super weird that way) that I know what will happen next, that it is very predictable! I was totally proven wrong though because it’s totally not what I’ve expected!

I fell out of love of Ross due to that sex video tape and I was so enraged by his “betrayal” but again, I was wrong to even feel that way. When the reason came out why that actually transpired, I got really mad but was heartbroken at the same time.

Dave and Ross’s love for each other reminds me so much of Brokeback Mountain, the infamous love story of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist. There’s always the underlying melancholy about their love affair.

And who doesn’t hate Michael Pundasyon in this book? I would’ve kill him myself.

One of my favorite scenes was when Ross collected the pieces of flyers telling everyone in Malate that Dave was positive of HIV-AIDS. That says a lot about Ross. And when I found out that he sold his phone to buy a gift for Dave..awweee…. #tearjerker

I won’t discuss anything about the HIV-AIDS part of the books because I felt like I’m getting an overload of information, but I commend the author for doing this because I really learned so much about the virus.

Overall, it was a good book. This won’t just resonates with gay men but also with everyone. Louie Mar has showcased his ability to transform experiences thru writing and make it possible for readers to be possessed by Dave.

 This was my favorite quote from the book delivered by Ross’s character –

“May mga bagay sa buhay natin na hindi natin kontrolado.May mga pagkakamaling hindi na natin maitatama pa gaano man nating gustuhin. Kaya minsan kailangang gamitin and utak kahit iba ang isinisigaw ng puso. Kahit pa maskit, kailangan nating magtiis.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published 2006 by Louie Mar’s Publications

About The Author
Louie Mar Gangcuangco is the author of a Filipino novel Orosa-Nakpil, Malate. In 2008, Louie Mar Gangcuangco published his second book, Gee, My Grades Are Terrific: A Student’s Guide to Academic Excellence, a self-help book for students.

Louie Mar has served as a guest speaker in UP Manila, UP Diliman, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, San Beda, Philippine Normal University, and the American Chamber Foundation Philippines on various topics including homosexuality, HIV-AIDS, and gay literature in the Philippines.

Louie Mar passed the Straight Internal Medicine Internship in the Philippine General Hospital. He will be graduating from the UP College of Medicine in 2010.

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