Funny Local Books To Keep You Giggling [Phili’s Book Club]
Aside from being tomes of knowledge, books can also make us laugh! In this month’s roundup of Phili’s Book Club, we want you to have a good chuckle or two as a much-needed break from everything that has been stressing you out lately. There are new releases that deserve a read, plus old favorites we can’t help but pick up every now and then! Here are some funny local books that will make you laugh while teaching you a thing or two about life!
P*cha E ‘Di Komiks by Toto Madayag
Whether you’re a fan or a casual observer of the Libreng Komiks page on Facebook, you cannot help but agree that Libreng Komiks delivers some of the funniest commentaries on Pinoy pop culture and society. P*cha E ‘Di Komiks is a compilation of the various comic strips published in the Libreng Komiks Facebook page, as well as exclusive new content. It’s the kind of book you read bit by bit when you need some laughs!
P*cha E ‘Di Komiks is available at Comic Odyssey. You can also order the book through the Libreng Komiks Facebook page.
Charotism by Ethel Booba
If you grew up in the 2000s, you would remember Ethel Booba as one of the most prominent comedians on TV. These days, Ethel Booba is a social media star, with a Twitter account of more than 200,000 followers. Her clever, yet playful tweets on almost every topic imaginable are a hit with netizens. Just like her tweets, Charotism delves into politics, pop culture, real life, and so much more. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed Boobarian (Ethel’s term of endearment for her fans) or just plain curious, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy and learn some life truths with a dash of charot!
Charotism is available at National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches nationwide for PHP 195.
Life According to Tita by Danielle Veluz
What does it take to be a Tita of Manila? This little book by Danielle Veluz of the popular Twitter account @TitasOfManila is a chronicle of the things that your titas might say and do about almost everything in life, from religion, superstitions, life hacks, style, and more. Spoiler alert: This book might also bring out your inner tita, with matching abaniko and all.
Life According to Tita is available for download via the Buqo app for PHP 175.
President Vice: Ang Bagong Panggulo Ng Pilipinas by Vice Ganda
Say what you want about Vice Ganda, but he is definitely one of the most popular faces (and voices) in showbiz right now. Inspired by the events that transpired during the 2016 elections, President Vice is a parody of how Vice Ganda would solve the problems of the Philippines if he were elected as the president of the country. If you are tired of politics and are looking for humorous answers to our country’s problems, then take a cue from Vice Ganda and pick up a copy!
President Vice is available at various National Bookstore branches for PHP 175.
‘Day Hard! Lakas Ng Loob, Kapal ng Mukha Practical Advice Para Hindi Ka Maging Bobita Sa Love at Life by Annabelle Rama
Annabelle Rama is known for her hard-hitting comments on almost anything and everything. In this book, Annabelle Rama shares her funny, yet brutally honest advice and wisdom on topics you asked about and even the ones you didn’t so that you can succeed in anything that you set your mind to. It’s definitely one of the best funny local books to be released lately!
‘Day Hard is available at various National Bookstore branches for PHP 175.
Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo (at iba pang technique kung paano makaka-move on sa wasak na puso) by Ramon Bautista
Internet action star/radio host/filmmaker/comedian Ramon Bautista made his debut as an author with this book! Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo contains the frequently asked questions on Ramon Bautista’s Formspring page way back when Formspring was everyone’s jam! Many of these questions delve into love and relationships, as well as the art of moving on. Ramon’s answers are straight-up funny yet honest, and they will guarantee to make you laugh.
Fun fact: the book was adapted into a movie in 2013, starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim.
Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo is available in major bookstores in the Philippines.
ABNKKBSNPLako?! by Bob Ong
If you grew up in the 2000s, chances are ABNKKBSNPLako?! was one of the books that you possibly grew up with. ABNKKBSNPLako?! is said to be an account of Bob Ong’s memories from childhood until early adulthood. The book is known for its conversational tone and humorous references and ruminations about Pinoy culture. Since its release in 2001, it has been adapted into a film and a board game. Who doesn’t love a good Bob Ong book?
ABNKKBSNPLako?! is available in major bookstores in the Philippines.
Lakompake! Ang Babaeng Bukod na Pinagpala sa Lahat by Senyora
In a sea of Pinoy online memes, Senyora stands out as that snarky and antagonistic presence on your social media feeds, whose posts are known to poke fun at Pinoy pop culture and everything that is deemed as sosyalin. Four years after her debut on social media, Senyora now has a book under her name. Lakompake! by Senyora is a compilation of her opinions and advice on anything and everything that she thinks are worth mocking.
Lakompake! is available at various National Bookstore branches nationwide.
Stupid is Forever and Stupid is Forevermore by Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Who would have thought that some funny local books would be produced by one of the most inspiring senators of her time? Aside from being an intelligent and brave lawmaker, the late and great Miriam Defensor-Santiago was also known for her ultra-witty pick-up lines, speeches, remarks, and jokes. These two books are collections of her most memorable and witty jokes and remarks over the years. Miriam may be gone, but her legacy as a strong and smart political figure will remain in the collective memory of Filipinos. Her brilliance will continue to inspire young people, and these books serve as a fun and lighthearted introduction to her legacy.
Stupid is Forever and Stupid is Forevermore are available in major bookstores nationwide.
Which funny local books did you pick up recently? Share them with us! If you liked this list, do check out our previous roundup of local books! Stay tuned for the next edition of Phili’s Book Club!