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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 8, 2014

Jericho Rosales Shines As 'Abnkkbsnplako' Author Bob Ong In The Book's Film Version

VIVA FILMS is experimenting with “ABNKKBSNPLAko”, the hit book of humorist Bob Ong who wrote it 13 years ago. According to Viva’s Vincent del Rosario, it was his own daughter who recommended that they film the book that’s so popular with the younger set. We saw the movie’s premiere at UP Film Institute and if the reaction of the crowd there (the theatre was packed to the rafters) is a gauge of how the film will do at the box office, then it seems very encouraging indeed.

The huge crowd was responding, reacting, laughing tremendously in almost every sequence of the movie which chronicles the life of Bob Ong (played by Jericho Rosales) as an elementary, high school and college student. Jericho is exceptionally convincing and we can’t honestly think of no other actor who could play the role more credibly than him. He starts as a pimply 16-year old high school student and is shown later as a teacher with a potbelly in their high school reunion.

Incidentally, Bob Ong is just a pseudonym. No one knows who’s the real Bob Ong is, except perhaps his publisher. It’s said he’s really a teacher and he put up the Bobong Pinoy website known for its outrageous kind of humor which won the People’s Choice for Weird Humor in the Philippine Web Awards in 1998. When he wrote the book, he chose the name from Bobong Pinoy and it became Bob Ong. Other hit books he has written are “Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino”, “Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas”, “Alamat ng Gubat”, “Stainless Longganisa”, “Kapitan Sino”, “Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan” and “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin”. If “ABNKKBSNPLako” would be a big hit, then Viva has the option to also turn his other books into movies.