Who is Bob Ong?

bakit-baliktad To say I have been asked this question over a thousand times is not an excess.

Eight years ago, the writer sent me an e-mail asking for my permission for the inclusion of one of my essays in a book project he was working on.

I said, “yes, go ahead”.  I was not aware then how big he was in the Internet and how phenomenal his first book, ABNKKBSNPLAko?!, has turned out.

Bob Ong was so thankful.  He said he had long been looking for me.

A couple of months after, BO e-mailed again to inform me that his book has been published.  He invited me to get my complimentary copy, and the rest is history.

“Sino ba talaga si Bob Ong?”, I always see a sparkle in the eyes of those who ask.  

How the bestselling Filipino author has kept his real identity from his cult following amazes me.  I’m sure he could not have done it alone.  It only takes one person to circulate his personal details and photos in the Internet, and nobody has done that just yet. This but shows how well-respected Bob Ong is among his colleagues and peers (some of whom we share), and this I can attest.

“So, sino na nga ba talaga si Bob Ong, sabihin mo na po, please?”

Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies.  Sorry to disappoint, but am not inclined to squeal.

postcripts: For all of the book’s meteoric sales, all i got was one free copy.  I could have asked for more, and BO sure would have granted my request, but it’s really not in my nature to ask… which is often a downside.  hehehe

You might want to read the Inquirer feature on Bob Ong’s anonimity.

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268 responses to “Who is Bob Ong?

  1. Donna

    Gusto ko din ang books niya. Sad to say, wala pa akong kakilala na uuwi diyan at magpapabili sana ako. He is witty. Pero sino ba siya talaga??!! Bob Ong Pinoy?

  2. Hands down ako kay Bob Ong kasi di nya ginagamit kasikatan nya para sa iba nya pang gawain. Or di sya tulad ng iba na todo enjoy sa pagiging “sikat”.

    May mga nagsabi sa kin na di totoong tao si Bob Ong. Grupo daw ng tao si Bob Ong.

    Here’s the story:

    Batang Ewan: Ate alam ko na yung Bob Ong kwento!

    Me: Ano?

    Batang Ewan: Hindi tao si Bob Ong!

    Me: Haha! Ano sya?

    Batang Ewan: Grupo sya ng Tao.

    Me: Haha! Sino nagsabi?

    Batang Ewan: Si Tado.

    Me: Hehe! At naniwala ka naman kay Tado?

    Batang Ewan: kasi gumawa daw sila ng research tungkol dun dati. nakalagay dun sa museum

    Me: Wag ka magpapaniwala kung kani-kanino. Hindi na rin mahalaga kung tao, babae, lalake, bakla, tomboy, hayop, o engkanto ba si Bob Ong. Ang mahalaga, meron pang tao na may pakialam sa Pilipinas at mga Pilipino.

    Batang Ewan: ….

    (Nakalimutan ko na yung sinabi nya sa sobrang nonsense.)

    (Para sa di nakakaalam, si Tado yung DJ sa Brewrats Magic 89.9 na artista din sa ABS CBN.)

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Take it from me… Totoong tao po si Bob Ong… hindi grupo…

      • i really appreciate the story..
        me too.. ndi aku naniniwla na c bob ong ay totoong tao.. pero bkt parang xea lng ung tao dto sa mundo na may malasakit pa sa pilipinas..

          • bad ong

            si bob ong ay si Untalan. isang sikat na professor ng nursing

            • tita lita

              really…where can i meet him/her ?

            • KingFahdRN

              OMG. That untalan DOES NOT even teach. All he does is sell CDs and his books. A cousin of mine and her classmates flunked the exams because they did not learn any of the DOH programs, IMCI, COPAR, partograph concepts that came out in the boards. line of 8 sa ibang subjects pero pag CHN question na daw nabokya sila. Sa umpisa masaya daw, pero katagalan maiisip mo daw na wala kang natutunan. All he does is teach TEST TAKING STRATEGIES which is just another name for blind guesswork. He is all self-promotion, walang malasakit sa students dahil puro daw pagbebenta ang inatupag.. Kung siya si Bob Ong, na malayong-malayong mangyari, aba’y huwag na siyang magturo ng nursing at yan nalang ang pagtuunan niya ng pansin. Andami niyang estudyanteng niloloko at namimislead. .

      • NosiBaKoa

        FYI. prof ko ISA sa writers ng bob ong book. 😀 pero confidential ang kanilang identity 😀 ..

  3. Alin nga pala yung article mo sa “Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino?”?

  4. Wow talaga? Nice!

    Hey, add nga pala kita sa blogroll ko ha? 😀

  5. nabasa ko na ung sulat ni bob ong. ung
    A B N K B B S N P L a k o. i really enjoyed it. sobrang nakakatawa.

    In his writings, doon mu talaga makikita ang katangian ng isang anak, kaibigan, mag-aaral at isang tao sa totoong buhay.

    talagang napahanga niya lahat ang mga mambabasa. and all of those writings, nagyayari talaga sa totoong buhay…

    I had experienced the same emotions, pain,trials and shortcomings he had in college.. Upon reading that book I feel like it was exactly me whose has been described on it.

  6. beverly grace bolo

    i have read some of BO’s books and i find it good. most especially the “macarthur”, eventhough there were so many foul words found in the text, meron ka pa ring makukuhang lesson from it… and it depicts how cruel life is…

  7. cess alonzo

    i have already read 5 of his books and i find it quite entertaining bacause there are some of his qoutations which makes me laugh and it is interesting as well.

    I admire him because he wrote whatever he want.Those facts and reality of life

    sino ga ba talaga si Bob Ong?
    -he ussually call himself in his book Roberto Ong

  8. sheana

    sa palagay ko si bob ong ay isang manunulat sa pag kat .jejejejej..yan ang pakakaunawa ko. by the way high way .dumawat nak man complimentary copy of the book.. joke

  9. hi herdy:

    i never thought I could still find the man behind “Who wants to be a Filipino”.

    Your article has impacted and still impacts a lot of Filipinos! Sana’y patuloy nating buhayin ang katotohanan sa pamamagitan ng panulat.

    Mabuhay ka!

    (kung ok lang, isasama kita sa blogroll ko 🙂 )

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      hello hector.

      Tama ka. Ituloy natin ang pagmumulat sa pagsusulat.

      Your site is interesting, I linked you as well.

      Mabuhay.

  10. salamat po sa pagdalaw.

    it’s interesting to note that you have come back to your natives in order to teach.

    what an advocacy.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Umuwi ako ng probinsya habang ang iba (kabilang na ang marami sa mga bumatikos sa akin re: Who wants) e nasa abroad na.

      hehe

  11. yun ang nakakatawang nakakalungkot.

    but of course you can never generalize and point fingers to them all.

    have they come accross the other side because ayaw na nilang maging pinoy?

    or have they went there because the government could not provide their basic necessities.

  12. Herdy La. Yumul

    The point is not to judge others hastily the way they did to me.

  13. well said, herdy.

    at least you have proven who’s really concerned with the Philippines.

  14. jeans

    kumpleto ako sa libro ni bob ong: ABNKKBSNPLAKO?!, Bakit Baliktad…, stainless longganisa, alamat ng gubat, macArthur, paboritong libro ni hudas, (alam ko may nakalimutan pa akong ilista). miyembro rin ako ng bobongpinoy@yahoogroups at paminsan, may mga EBs at socio-civic activities kaming ginagawa.
    but i’m more of a “herdy yumul” fan than anything else. ’nuff said!

  15. Herdy La. Yumul

    kaw naman, kin.

    Ako, am not just your fan. I am one of your faithful subjects, Queen Quirky.

  16. donna

    Herdy, I’ve got 2 books from Bob Ong. My friend who is here for 3 months holiday gave them to me. My gulay, ang sakit sa tiyan ang tumawa. I made the mistake of reading the book at 11 pm. Di na ako nakatulog. At the wee hours, tawa pa din ako ng tawa. Nagmukhang sira-ulo ako talaga. My husband was so annoyed 🙂

  17. donna

    Ang tawa ko..walang finess talaga. As in HAHAHAHAHA with matching tulo-luha pa.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I understand… mahirap namang itranslate sa husband mo, di ba? because of the nuances of the language.

  18. donna

    korek..di siya actually maka-relate. He hates reading, pity though. He can’t imagine laughing at something that you are reading..crazy huh? He only scan management books. That’s his collection..management books…boring…

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Do you read fairy tales to your kids? That may start them off reading. Our dear ananda is fond of books, at age 3. But none of the conventional fairy tales are funny though.

  19. donna

    Yes, we do. That’s a bedtime ritual already. Even with my 1 y.o., we are beginning to do it as well. Kahit inaagaw niya ang book, ok lang. We have to start somewhere….

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Ok ha, and are your bedtime stories politically correct? Kasi may mga revised version na ‘yung ibang mga kuwento, walang mga gender, political, at racial biases.

  20. tita lita

    remember my motto…mountain out of my way.!? and it is out so i am free to blog again and bug you .he he

  21. donna

    We usually read the dutch stories eh. And you could that they are politically correct. At first, I found it strange because I am used to the commercially-known fairy-tales…and they live happily ever afters.. But as I get to read more of their stories here, beginning to appreciate it more. They are more entertaining for the children.

  22. Herdy La. Yumul

    Tita Lita, I did not see your YM request… Kindly add me up again. Thanks.

  23. Herdy La. Yumul

    I will just YM donna your email, tita lita. No worry. Let’s chat soon.

  24. donna

    Cge herdy. I’ll look for the english versions of those stories. I’ll keep you posted.

  25. tita lita

    i did it yesterday and i did it my waaayyy..no help from the videoke machine..he he

  26. tita lita

    check out cholo’s latest..he did a brief docu on gregorio aglipay and good pictures.

  27. tita lita

    cholo arellano digital photography

  28. tita lita

    speaking of cholo..we chit chat yesterday.he posted about his mom and did a tribute to her and it brought tears to my eyes.his mom was very young [what a nice kid ]

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I don’t know cholo pala, tita… I was thinking of another photographer.. I visited his site. Magaling siya. But I still prefer Alaric Yanos’ shots. Have you heard of him?

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Mom passed away? Just recently?

  29. tita lita

    again one of my softies..with the nice music playing in the background i was bawling again.remembering also my mom and the good times we had together…she said one time to me “reyna ti kinatangsit “..and one time my sister and i having empanada for merienda she said”allah agawaanyo ti agpalukmeg”we all laughed…. all these memories i will cherish. i am so glad i went home as often as i did..

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Stories like that are really a treasure. This week, my aunt from New Zealand and my uncle and auntie from Hawaii are arriving for the “lagip” of our late lola. Am sure we would be recounting cherished memories, too.

  30. tita lita

    cholos mom died awhile ago..i really like get togethers specially when elderlies are there..they are amazed how i still agmano to them..

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I love those gatherings, too. I feel so loved when in the midst of family. There are also discords, yes, but everybody treasures everyone at the end of the day.

  31. tita lita

    no i haven’t heard of him but i will visit his site later.

  32. tita lita

    you area very disciplined young man. you are up even there is no school..i would just sleep until noon time.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      No, I also find time to unwind… I saw Slumdog Millionaire just last Saturday… always wanted to see it but did not have the chance. A refreshing film? Have you seen that Oscar winner tita, donna?

  33. tita lita

    poor baby ..he has to bike for some film just so he can take pictures of the pretty jogger.i hope they got together and they will live happily ever after. another one of my plots..he he

  34. tita lita

    oh it is about alaric yanos shots..i visited his website..

  35. tita lita

    no i haven’t seen it yet..maybe we will watch it in virginia to kill some time..my cohort cousin in chicago said ” teppelamto ta ngiwatmo..ngak ngak kanto man la nga ngakngaken.” i said i will try

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      hahaha… like my dad, pag nanunood ng movie, ang daming comments, grabeng mag-critique. But he, like my Kuya Henry, has an eye for really good movies.

  36. donna

    Herdy – no, haven’t seen that film yet. I saw last week “The Reader”. This one is a good movie as well. This time, the film is better than the book, which is usually not the case..

  37. tita lita

    so .did you see the biking photographer and the pretty jogger? {i lke that .it sounds like a good title to a story]

  38. tita lita

    when i talk and talk people have nothing to be worried about… it is when i am quiet that i am really upset.i am a recluse ,do not want to talk to anyone..and i forgive but does not forget easily..

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Right, I observed that, hehe. Pareho po tayo. Ganun din ang ugali ko sa mga students. Just that I forget easily… but I learn from every experience.

  39. tita lita

    i will be leaving wednesday..i will have blog withdrawal. do not want to use other computers as i donot want others to use mine.besides i am going there for a vacation and bond with my sisters.if i want to sit infront of my computer i could just do it here by my lonesome. ..

  40. donna

    Herdy – anong generous review ka diyan, tipid nga ng lola mo eh. Pero maganda nga ang movie.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Tita lits, please look at donna’s post. That is another way of using the word “Lola”. She was referrring to her self there.

  41. tita lita

    just go to alaric yanos shots site its the one saying to the effect.”.i did not want to use my roll of film in the damili festival so i biked to la paz hoping to see the pretty jogger i saw there the other day”

  42. tita lita

    yes i noticed..anyways i was just thinking the kids of my nieces are my grand nieces and grand nephews and there are so many of them ranging already from age 25 and under. making me their lola so i had been a lola through and through.. sorry..mea culpa

  43. tita lita

    i might or might not.it will depend on my mood and impulsitivity.and once again ill say mountain out.. of my way. i have lots of cousins in virginia beach and then my brother in laws relative to visit…i am having separation anxiety already.. i know my husband will call me everyday .mysister just called me and asked ” what does my brother in law say about my jetsetter sister?” he he

  44. tita lita

    thank you .i will miss you guys too but remember i will be baaaaack.

  45. tita lita

    see i never heard of that word before.

  46. tita lita

    now i get it we call it “lampong” nalampong nga ubing which i was when i was small..my parents would think i will be taking a nap but i was not. he he.i always outsmarted the smarts.

  47. tita lita

    donna and i decided to give you wrinkles sincewe cannot give you gray hairs because you donot have any ..he he

  48. tita lita

    arrived in virginia yesterday safely and as i told you i had to do my blogging.i was having withdrawal he he.

  49. tita lita

    it was nice to be my usual first class flight.when i go home with my sisters i do coach because i do not feel like being different from them.as soon as i can go on my ym

  50. tita lita

    i had lunch at the airport and i had new york hot dog with sauerkraut and onion rings.i got sick i think from the greasy onion rings.and when we got here to my sisters house i got better and oh starving so we had pinakbet. from fresh vegetables.i usually cook mine from frozen vegies .i wasdoing left and right hands and in the midst i ask my sisters..where is the photographer. they looked at me like i have 2 heads and then said”para makita nila ang katakawan mo?even my sisters do not know how to take me sometimes.

  51. donna

    Herdy – naku oo, sa kakulitan namin ni tita lita, sabi ko bigyan ka namin ng wrinkles. Tapos magiging suki ka ni Belo or Calayan..ha..ha..ha..payayamanin mo sila..

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      haha… speaking of belo and calayan, I will share a funny video… But oooops, not know, it’s Good Friday.

  52. tita lita

    my mom use to call me marra marra[messy and tupsey turvey ]i am not saying that i do not clean the house but it is not how the way my sisters do it.they are obsessive compulsive cleaners. i on the other hand, i have my “unique way of doing things.” when they come visit my house they clean and my husband says “why are you letting them clean your house they are suppose to be visiting not cleaning.well if they wanna do it then “cest la vie “i am not complaining..

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      hahaha, OC sisters and a “unique” tita lita… interesting match. Me, I am more of the “marra marra” type. But, of course, you already know that.

  53. tita lita

    i am at my sisters school and i thought there would kids but it is a teachers workshop so they let me in the computer lab .each teacher have their own computer .

  54. donna

    Herdy – so what if it’s Good Friday..common with that video..

    Ha.Ha..OC ba? Ganyan din ako once in a while. Minsan lang ha, di lagi…

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I never went to Church last holy week, tapos sex-laden video pa ang papanuorin, hehe. The treatment of the love scenes was truly artistic though.

  55. donna

    Punta ako ng church ha..noong Palm Sunday at Easter Sunday lang. Dito kasi, di mo feel na Holy Week, normal working days siya.

    The erotic scenes in the movie was really done in a very artistic way. And the acting of Kate Winslet was also very goood. That’s why she deserves the Oscar’s award.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Right, very artistic, but sensual nonetheless. I saw kate winslet the first time in Titanic. She has matured into a formidable actress.

  56. tita lita

    speaking of acting or singing go to you tube ” susan boyle “everyone is raving about her singing “i dreamed a dream” from les miserables.what a voice i even like her interpretation better than leah salonga.

  57. tita lita

    you are welcome.i sing just like her..hehe

  58. donna

    Yes, I saw Susan Boyle, too…the same reaction as with Potts during his time. Amazing!!!

  59. donna

    Go..go..go..tita lita. I’d like to see you on youtube as well.

  60. tita lita

    yes being a techie lola i will perform on you tube..he he you should do it first

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I don’t have the voice e… Sige na po… It’s never late to launch your singing career. I’ll head your fans club. 🙂

  61. tita lita

    yeah you guys you know how sintunado i am. on susan boyle..that goes to prove once again that you cannot judge a book by its cover!!

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      ok, tita, it may not be singing but you sure can do something to make it really BIG on youtube… Go, idol tita lita!

  62. tita lita

    i am back in my domain.as usual my husband was there to meet me with flowers.i am so blessed.”some of our filipino friends asked if i know how lucky i am and his answer was..we both are. he was teasing me at the airport he asked “are you coming or going?”.i almost brought a picture of you.i have forgotten how you look like “i might be kissing the wrong person.you jetsetter you!!!

  63. tita lita

    you are too busy even to read my email never mind heading my fans club!!

  64. tita lita

    maybe your boldness and meanness attracted them..he he

  65. tita lita

    nalampong kamet nga kaskaniakon? or ballog as you call it.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I wish I were nalampong, but I really am not. Pero kaladkarin po ako. Kapag may umaya e sumasama agad ako. I was supposed to go to Badoc last night (It’s their fiesta week), but I decided to cancel the trip when it rained.

  66. tita lita

    i just had my lunch..guesswhat i had..rice and a fried fish. my sister packed me so much stuff like”kakanin , pan de sal ,shrimps, and fresh vegetables.so as i was having my lunch my sister called and they were both laughing and i heard him saying” she is eating with her hands and dipping her fish in tomatoes.nevertheless both hands even!!

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      have you taught your husband how to do the “kamet”, too? Masarap po talaga ang kamayan. hmmmm. I’ll have breakfast na…

  67. tita lita

    hopefully when i come back from my vacation next year there will be a humvee waiting for me.everytime i come back from my vaca to the phil. he always have surprise for me. ” should go to the philippines more often”

  68. tita lita

    no at first hedid not like kammet but he does not say anything anymore

  69. tita lita

    yes cholo said it had been raining everyday! when it rains i am moody.but when thesun comes out i get energized.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I like the rains when there’s somebody to cuddle with…. or run in the rain with? 🙂

      …but there is none. 😦

  70. tita lita

    maybe when you were young you like to tag along.i know iwas just qouting your friend kathy and [garnet ] about your name pops up and you being” mean and bold.”we both know that there is a marshmallow underneath that” jawbreaker ,sour candy.”

  71. tita lita

    i am so happy for my other” nephew” cholo he informed me that a writer from philippine inquirer ask him to go with him to adams and be his photographer .they will be doing docu i guess about the 1 barangay 1 municipality adams .i wish him success.

  72. donna

    Herdy – natakot ka sa ulan? You are not made of sugar, you know. Feeling mo siguro, mag-melt ka ano…lol.

    Tita lita – sweet naman ni hubby mo. You are right, you should go on holidays more often.

  73. Herdy La. Yumul

    haha, hindi po ako natakot. Just that mas masarap magkukot pag umuulan, hehe

  74. donna

    Ha.ha..akala ko natakot ka eh. Speaking of kutkot, kakamiss ang champurado pag ganyang umuulan..eh dito, it can rain for days pa naman. Di ako marunong mnagluto niyan eh…

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I was referring to kukot, meaning just to curl in bed. But yes, masarap din pong magkukot or kumain… may mga instant tsamporado na po… hehe

  75. donna

    oh kukot!!! i know the feeling..that’s how i feel in winter time..or every morning..lol

    Meron na bang instant champurado? Nice tips for a pasalubong…thanks herdy.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      yes, at meron na ring instant miki, instant tupig, at instant malunggay products, including malunggay ice cream. I’ll feature them one day.

  76. donna

    Herdy..just had tita lita on YM…she wants to comment on your column but it keeps being discarded.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      hello donna, haven’t been receiving tita lita’s comments. I wrote technical support about the problem. Hope they fix it soonest.

  77. donna

    Sige Herdy, feature them. But do so before september, so that my sister will be able to send some via my father-in-law..thanks a lot!!!

  78. donna

    korek ka jan, herdy and I’ll promote it to my friends here. Mind you, Boy Bawang is available here already. Even the Moondish Laing. Kaya naman, nakakatikim pa din ako ng laing once in a while..

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      I heard Boy Bawang is in every corner of the planet now. How much does it sell there apiece? And please convert to peso… hehe

  79. tita lita

    what is boy bawang?

  80. tita lita

    i am back..it is my new e mail address.

  81. tita lita

    oh i see

  82. tita lita

    see how persistent i am?if there is a will there is a way!! mountain out of my way..

  83. tita lita

    i do not like my new emoticon though. i should have a happy face!!!

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Tita, if you do not like the emoticon, you can enter another email address. It does not matter if the email ad is genuine for as long as I know that it you who wrote the comment. Hope it is a smiling emoticon next time. 🙂

  84. tita lita

    yeah sure no one to run in the rain with?no one to cuddle with?you know what ? i think you are one picky guy and girls are intimidated with all your achievements i think you set your bars too high .you should let your guards down at times..that is what tita lita thinks .

  85. tita lita

    i sent you what akismet sent me.please check your e mail..i am appalled.

  86. donna

    Herdy, I always buy the big bag. If I am not mistaken, it costs 3.79 euros. That’s around 230 pesos. Not too bad, right?

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Not bad, huh…. That price isn’t predatory. Do you prefer the boy bawang over ilocos chichacorn?

  87. tita lita

    someone told me that they are not good in explaining . for god’s sake being a professor it does not make sense.if i was your student and cannot follow your lesson and i asked you to explain will that be your answer ? glitches i can deal with ,unexplainable trouble i don’t think so.

  88. tita lita

    i am sorry to hear about you feeling emotionally down.is there anything i can do? remember i am a psych nurse if you need to talk i will be here.

  89. tita lita

    now i really need my comfort foods…. halo halo and buchi.cholo thinks hopia mongo can take the place of my buchi. he he poor kid he tries.

  90. tita lita

    i think you need to go to the videoke bars and sing you heart out “lead me lord “and let me know what your score is he he .sing it on top of your lungs so you will get a perfect score…like you always tell me.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      It’s supposed to be a laid-back day as it is May 1, holiday, but one household in the neighborhood spoils it because of their non-stop, annoyingly loud videoke.

  91. donna

    herdy, i still prefer our very own chicacorn..especially the one from Nana Rosa or is that Lola Rosa..the one from Paoay. Too bad, I can’t buy it here.

  92. tita lita

    yes my sister bought me a small box of those but i really do not care for it much so i gave it all away.i want my buchi he he..

  93. tita lita

    so what did you do ?did you go and kick their butts?

  94. tita lita

    the eng bee tin hopia mongo you buy here are not as fresh hence i do not like them.

  95. tita lita

    where is boy bawang made? people gave me bags of ilocos chichacorn {nana rosa from paoay} to bring here and nobody eats it at my house so i gave it to our priests together with 2 boxes of goldilocks polvoron and he cannot stop raving about it. i think he is “hooked”

  96. tita lita

    our labor day here is not until september.it is the first monday. and then school opens tuesday for teachers and wednesday for the students.this year the seventh of september is labor day.

  97. tita lita

    yes it is eng beetin but she put it an a small box and mailed it overnight

  98. tita lita

    yes they are eng bee tin my sisters love them because they know that most stuff they have in virginia i cannot find it here.she sends stuff overnight mail which is so expensive.one time she sent me cooked crabs overnight and it cost her $40 my husband says it is so” impractical”what can i say even them are under my spell ” he he

  99. tita lita

    like in the last mondays of may it is memorial day here and they do what we do in the philippines go to the cemetery and honor the dead which is all souls day november 2 there.and the danger of frost will not be there so it is safe to plant vegetable which i will be doing.

  100. tita lita

    i like to be pampered and i like to pamper people also

  101. tita lita

    and when ia m sick i like to listen to story telling like when i was a kid.my mom would come in my room and tells me all kinds of stories when they were young ,how they and my dad met etc..

  102. tita lita

    are you getting tired answering my unending comments yet?

  103. tita lita

    i love seeing you busy..he he

  104. tita lita

    it is too bad you cannot sit long enough and chat in ym like cholo and i do

  105. tita lita

    sometimes we have to make time .this is just a little luxury in life .when you pass up times like these soon you will be old and still single and then you will look back and say “i have achieved this and that ,succesful being a writer and a teacher but i am still unmarried and no one to come home and say “honey i am home” and tell how my day in the office went etc etc. so set aside an hour or so one day a week to chat with someone be on line or in person…so be it,i think i am missing being a psych nurse again.

  106. tita lita

    my cousin in chicago in her 60″s and single.not by choice .she was a professor in UST nursing school for years and now head nurse in surgery (heart)in one of chicagos finest northeastern medical hospital she says she now regret being so busy and did not find time to be with her boyfriend (a doctor)who has now gotten married was tired of waiting .”.years went by so quick while i was so busy with my career and i am already in my 60’s and single nice condo in chicago and have a big house in Quezon city and in batac ” but something is missing in my life”…herdy i do not want to see you like her…remember next year you are supposed to introduce me to your girlfriend and be your ninang when you tie the knot?

  107. tita lita

    poor kid ..we will be talking on line and there is a long pause..he was falling asleep and says it is okay tita i can still talk i enjoy talking with you “i do not want to talk anymore go to bed and only then he will…

  108. tita lita

    of course you don’t because you did not want to chat..you can make time if you want to..joke joke

  109. tita lita

    i heard there is a typhoon approaching the philippines..this will be a good reason to just “ag kukot”when we were younger we played cards and “sungka”.i taught my husband to play sungka so everytime we have nothing to do during rainy or snowy days i coerce him to play with me. he he he

  110. tita lita

    i am glad that ilocos is not the center of the typhoon. when i was there in july of last year i braved the heavy rains and winds and waters just to go to my aunts grave and brought her flowers. july 16 it was her birthday. hopefully next year july will be sunshiny days..

  111. tita lita

    we cannot see the future but you can always aim for it.sometimes fate and destiny are so unfair but you cannot always just accept it. we must be willing to sacrifice and work for something we aim for even then we might not get the result we want but at least we can say “we tried “

  112. tita lita

    signs of a hopeless romantic ? which again goes back to where we started from..letting your guards down and donot set your bars up too high !!!

  113. tita lita

    yes with my nephew and his tricycle .i was soaked of course but it was worth it. this aunt is my moms older sister.she is very special aunt. she is the mother of my cousin in chicago .she helped my mom out taking care of us 7 kids.

  114. tita lita

    okay just a little rain.just a night

  115. tita lita

    and needless to say the plans to have a catered merienda did not materialize because the caterer was unable to cook the food..

  116. tita lita

    speaking of food i cooked for dinner katsudon for the first time and it came out so good. my husband had seconds and he said it brings him memories when he was in japan. i am proud of myself !!!

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      awwww.. KATSUDON! I should try cooking it myself, but I am not sure if all the ingredients are available here in Ilocos.

  117. tita lita

    a certain jeans said that she is more of a herdy yumul fan than that of bob ong.wow she must be a really diehard fan of yours specially of the things i heard about this bob ong. who in the world is bob ong anyways? i probably will not enjoy reading his books because i cannot follow jokes( as you know.)

  118. tita lita

    a certain jeans said that she is more of a herdy yumul fan than that of bob ong.wow she must be a really diehard fan of yours specially of the things i heard about this bob ong. who in the world is bob ong anyways? i probably will not enjoy reading his books because i cannot follow jokes( as you know.)is the she president of your fan club?

  119. tita lita

    oh i just remembered seeing the GREAT DEBATERS..starring denzel washington..did you see it?i think it was 2 years ago? i can picture you as being him being so persistent and persuasive to his debaters just so they win .and they did…when is your next debate team coming..i love watching a good debate…

  120. tita lita

    the ingredients are just pork chops,eggs and panko breading,soy , mirin sauce,green onions and brown sugar and rice. i use japanese rice though.

  121. tita lita

    happy cooking. what do you want a not feel good movie?

  122. tita lita

    here is how i cook mine. i season the chops on both sides with salt and pepper.then dip it in eggs,dredge in panko breading and pan fry until golden brown. set aside…for the sauce…simmer in low heat the mirin soy green onions and brown sugar when it starts to boil add the eggs swirling the pan to cook the eggs..in a bowl put the steaming rice, sliced pork chops over it..pour the sauce over it and serve…yummy… and we eat ours on our” dulang ” a low table and we sit on the floor like the japanese do. and i bought a japanese kimonos for us in japan..very dramatic huh.. this is the first series of cooking 101..he he he

  123. tita lita

    can you not buy those in chinese stores.i get mine in “saigon market”.what do you cook or what is your specialty?

  124. tita lita

    the only soup i eat is chicken noodle soup (from scratch) for the soul

  125. tita lita

    i am waiting for a new japanese resto to open here in manchester.i saw it the other day while driving to get some grocery .i hope they cook good….better than mine because there are times that i don’t feel like cooking and so does my husband.

  126. tita lita

    i was just chatting with my sister talking about japanese recipes and restaurants and she just called me japonesa,war lita,and what the japanese use to call me ueda.

  127. Googled my name and I found this thread. I said in these photos, “I wasn’t able to spend a whole roll of film during the Damili festival.”

    I was eager to get it developed so I went for a shoot the next day in order not to waste the remaining several frames. That was my main motivation. Thank you for visiting my stream though.

  128. fathy

    herdy, kaw ba si bob ong???
    kung hindi kaibigan mo ba sya ?
    kung oo naman idol kita..hehe

    tao ba ‘to?
    bagay?

    echoz

  129. Mhariya karmina

    nice haha..
    curious lang ako..
    sino nga ba talaga si bob ong?
    hehe

  130. ganda ng mga libro mo bob ong =)

  131. tita lita

    where in the world is bob ong and who is he really ?i would like to meet him although i do not get his jokes .but then again i do not get anybodys jokes either.i am like the dumb blond when it comes to jokes..(i am not blond mind you)

  132. Tita Lita,

    My eldest daughter reads and collects Bob Ong books and I was able to scan-read some of the books. All are mostly jokes-laden articles in Tagalog mixed with some bits of English words, which are the language of the now generation Pinoys. Bob Ong is a ‘Chinoy’ writer, a Filipino of Chinese descent. He used to have also a blogsite, but find it more rewarding to write books, which really he did! He is more Pinoy than most local pinoys who call these single-syllable-surnamed in Chinese word, as Intsik. Like (peace be upon him) Cardinal Sin, who is a direct descendant from a Chinese immigrant, who is very proud to be a true Pinoy bishop, not Chinoy bishop. Nobody dared call him that! More so to call him as Intsik!!!

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Asiong, are you sure Bob Ong is really of Chinese Descent because he used that surname?

      I agree though. Some Chinoys are even essentially more Pinoy. And Chinese culture has permeated much of our own.

      When you are in Manila, and if you have time, try to visit Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros. It will be worth your while. I always brought my students there when I was still teaching in the Big City. It’s amazing to discover how much of what we have always believed is ours have been influenced by the Chinese.

    • Pero sa isang libro niya sinabi niyang hindi siya Intsik!?

  133. tita lita

    i would love to visit those places .i am always fascinated by different cultures .i did not have time to go places then because whenever i go home to batac i spend all my time taking care of my parents .now that they are gone i will be able to venture….

  134. Yes, sir Herdy! Pinoys have been influenced more by the Chinese, especially so because of our close proximity to China. Chinese have been trading in Pinas long before Spain colonized us. Majority of Pinoys are descendants of Chinese ancestry, even Rizal and Marcos are traced to be descendants of Chinese forefathers. The problem is, some Pinoys demean the Chinese-sounding surnamed Pinoys as Intsik eventhough their parents are already Pinoys, being born and raised here in Pinas. I have been told that here in Laoag, the Castros, Farinases, Mandacs, etc were all from Chinese descent.

  135. Just browsed wikipedia to find Bob Ong as simply pseudonym. I admit my oversight there. Still, it has been observed that most Pinoys with very fair complexion, males that have no hairs in their legs and chests are descendants of Chinese ancestry. Check your own body, sir Herdy… he.he… The aboriginal Pinoys, aetas here in Ilocos, are short, curly hair, dark complexion with squat nose. Tall Pinoys with hairs on their legs and chest are mostly from Spanish or European/American ancestry.

  136. tita lita

    thank you sir herdy

  137. William S.

    @ Asiong: My great-grandmother and grandmother choosed not to slept with the Spanish conquistadores and the Yankees during the occupation, so please spare me I have nothing to check…

  138. It’s pitiful that some Pinoys call those Pinoys with Chinese sounding name as Chinese or Intsik. Take it from one politician who says in the previous election that he is a “tunay na lalake at tunay na Pilipino” alleging one contender is a gay and the other is Chinese, because of his surname. These Chinese-Pinoys are already natural-born Filipino citizens, most even have their parents were born here also and live as almost natives in their places. But Pinoys who acquired citizenships elsewhere, their children and childrens’ children are still considered Pinoys by some people, even to those who are professionals, especially in the broadcast media. Citizenship is what makes a man. The new FilAms also celebrate Thanksgiving (in honor of the European pilgrims who arrived in America) as though they are their forefathers, they being already Americans. It’s their choice if they do so, or still look up to their true forefathers in Pinas as their own…

  139. joana jane santos

    ……bqt ayaw magpakilala ni bob ong??.
    tsaka.ano poh relation nio sa kanya??

    ..pinagkakait nia poh ba ang itsura nia?. . . .ung kagus2han ng mg tao na makilala xia?? .. .

  140. joana jane santos

    `ano poh b tlga ang purpose nia?

  141. Gusto kong malaman kung ano yung kinuha niyang article sa’yo pero p0tek yung Yellow Book ko hindi pa binabalik ng humiram sa akin. T_T

    Sa testimony mo, tao talaga si Bob Ong!

  142. Alejandro Delgado

    where can we find your “who wants to be a filipino”?

  143. cshelo_722

    identity ni Bob Ong ang Research paper ko… kaya lang, i think its impossible na malaman ko pa. i wont dig in anymore. if privacy ang gusto ni Boss Bob, go lang ng go! 🙂

  144. Abs

    You know guys BO is not a person…. but a group of people

  145. I just knew Bob Ong when I watched Bregada at Channel 11 and it interest me to search for it. I also wish to read his books.

    Thanks for this information.

  146. i am the most reader’s for bob ong’s books . . .and i’m soooo glad that bob ong’s is one of the greatest author that i’d like. . .right now. i conducting a research for autobiography of bob ong..who is bob ong?.is he a simple man that writing with concern to those filipino’s.. for us.who really is bob ong’s?who knows’..i leave this message for you guys!to help me to answer who really is bob ong?…hope you answer my big big big question mark in my head! thank you guys! and godbless us all!

    -sabi nila-

  147. tita lita

    lets try another strategy..instead of asking who bob ong is..lets ask ” where in the world is bob ong right now.”?

  148. isabella

    BOB ONG? eto lang ang hula ko, he is an individual at pwedeng pari xa….

  149. galo

    bob ong:) mysteriously famous …

    astig nya magsulat 🙂 i’ve read almost all his books, ang gaganda.

    *ung tipong, you would really spare less than a day to read the book kc alam mo matatapos mo agad.

    *ung tipong almost all lines sa story mapapasmile at matatawa ka kc nakarelate ka 😛

    “kapitan sino” nalang di ko pa nabasa 😀

    katatapos ko lang basahin ung “mga kaibigan ni mama susan” 😀

    looking forward for the 8th book, i know it would still be nice 🙂

    keep it up ^.^

  150. Paul David

    May tanong ako.
    Ano yung essay na binigay mo? Gusto kong malaman.

  151. MarK AaadiK

    Magaling mag-conceal ng identity si Bob Ong and I agree with you sir na hindi niya kaya yun ng mag-isa lang siya. And that intrigues me more, well he want’s privacy, pero CURIOUS kami ! wala bang cluepara malaman ang first name or last name niya ?

    pengeng clue ! hahaha

  152. mimi

    for me ginagamit lng nya ang bob ong na name para ma identify tlaga sya which is kilalang kilala talaga siya i read some of his books and ganda talaga sometimes diko na namamalayan ang oras kc nmn maganda ang ang pagkaka kwento…jejejeje so hindi BO ang totoong pangalan niya…

  153. Mark Aadik

    mimi, its uhm slightly obvious don’t you think so? 😀 peace. shing shing.

  154. mark

    sir kilala mo ba talaga c bob ong ? pano mo nasabeng nde grupo c bob ong

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  158. Sya ay isang nobalista na manunulat sa libro:-D(B-))bob ong

  159. lorraine

    ganda ng mga libro na sinusulat nya :)) astig talaga :)) di lang basta basta kathang isip lamang :)) sadyang talented at makabayan sya

  160. siopaobilog

    If you’ve read the book “Kapitan Sino” (2009) (kung di ako nagkakamali, sinulat to ni Bob dahil sa tanong na kumakalat na kung sino talaga si Bob Ong), sa page 97-108, nag uusap yung character na si Rogelio at Tessa (bulag na kaibigan ni Rogelio) tungkol sa panlabas na itsura at anyo ng tao.

    -Naisip ko na baka hindi talaga balak ni Bob na ilabas ang impormasyon kung sino talaga sya o sila(kung grupo man sila). Dahil sikat na si Bob, kapag nalaman natin kung sino talaga siya, mas magkakaroon ng interes ang iba tungkol sa tunay niyang pangalan at pagkatao.
    Nakakabilib na kahit sikat sya, di nya nilalabas kung sino siya. Ang gusto nya lang, mabasa natin lahat ng idea at libro nya at hindi para malaman kung sino sya. Kaya kung nag uubos pa kayo ng oras kakahanap ng sagot sa tanong na kung sino talaga sya, itigil nyo na. Basahin nyo nalang yung “Kapitan Sino” para maunawaan nyo yung sagot ni nya sa tanong na “Sino ba talaga si Bob Ong?”

    🙂

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