Thanks to all the readers who joined the LitWit Challenge: Cramming the Philippines. We asked you to recommend a book for the Jolie-Pitts to read on the plane en route to the Philippines, and we got some interesting answers.
The winner is dindin, who recommended The Great Philippine Jungle Energy Cafe by Alfred Krip Yuson. Books written in conventional prose, no matter how finely-crafted or accomplished, cannot adequately capture the strangeness of living in this archipelago. The language simply bogs down and surrenders. Yuson’s novel is not to everyone’s taste but it attempts to express the inexpressibly bizarre quality of Philippine life. (Mawiwindang ang mga bisita.) Living here must be like being on drugs all the time: good luck making regular sense of it.
More than one reader suggested The Great Philippine Jungle Energy Cafe to Angelina and Brad, but dindin’s entry has the fuller explanation.
Congratulations, dindin, please post your full name in Comments (It won’t be published). We’ll alert you when your prizes can be picked up at National Bookstore in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati.
The next LitWit challenge is coming up.
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Thanks, dindin, for your prompt reply. You can have your books picked up any time from the Customer Service counter at National in Rockwell starting tomorrow.