My Thoughts About Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago (Book Review #33)

If we’re going to have our Philippine presidential election this year, I guess this lady will win it…. by a landslide.

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And I finally was able to get hold of a copy of this book by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. Santiago is a Philippine senator-politician that is well known for her wit and charm, bravery and knowledge about politics that was honed by her years of experience in all the three branches of the government, having been served at the executive, judicial and the legislative branches of the government and also with her unmatched educational attainment.

I believe every Filipino that you’ll ask knows about this lady. Her face appears on the TV almost every day, her name is always heard on the radio and her name always printed in newspapers. Recently, she started using pick-up lines and jokes in her speeches as a way to criticize other politicians’ on their wrong doings and that catapulted her status more on the list of the most loved personalities in the Philippines especially by the youth who seemed to enjoy her speeches.

The book includes pickup lines, jokes and speeches. Some of the jokes are common but if you’ll think that it was Senator Santiago delivering the message it’ll definitely make you laugh. The speeches are commendable. They are insightful to the present situation of the country. She understands what needs to be done and how to action it. I, myself, enjoy her lines. It’s like a breath of fresh air from all the many bad things that’s happening in the country.

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The book art is also something worth mentioning. With the help of some of the country’s famous cartoonists, they breathe more life to the book. The illustrations are catchy and added to the entertainment value of the book.

The author successfully mixed humor and wit. She used this book not only to entertain but also to instill values to the readers like values about leadership, marriage and the value of the youth to the country. It teaches readers to be mindful of their every action because it has effects that affect everyone. It doesn’t only make you laugh but will also make you think. She also highlighted the value on the use of social media. How the youth on their simple ways can help propagate the seed of knowledge about who deserves to be elected.

Her words have this piercing effect to me as a reader especially on the topic of leadership. She was straightforward on what she wants us, readers and voters, to realize. She reiterated the value of choosing the right kind of leaders the Philippines needs considering the different factors that hamper the growth of the country.

The book, though, receives criticisms for the author seems to condition her name for the upcoming 2016 presidential election. The book is full of her academic and professional achievements which many interpret as a way of her endorsing herself. In my own opinion, whatever the main purpose of this book is, it should not overshadow the fact that the main purpose of the book is to educate the people that it should not always be fame that should dictate who should we vote for but we should also look at their achievements because those achievements are just proofs how effective they would be when they get elected.

What I also like about this book is that, for me, it caters to the need of everyone in terms of the book engaging to the level of thinking of its readers. It has parts for the “masa” and it also has parts for those who consider themselves part of the highly intellectual individuals.

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This lady’s bravery is something that is commendable. Despite not being cleared yet of her lung cancer, she showed that she can still fight and be a force to reckon in the Philippine political scene.

4 stars out of 5.

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