My Thoughts About Stupid is Forevermore by Miriam Defensor Santiago (Book Review #78)

The Moron
See the Happy Moron,
He doesn’t give a damn!
I wish I were a moron –
My God! Perhaps I am!
-Anonymous-

What a preface!

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Released during Senator Santiago’s 70th Birthday last June 15, Stupid is Forevermore is the sequel to her book that sold more than 350,000 copies, Stupid is Forever.

Stupid is Forvermore follows the same format as its predecessor. The book is filled with funny, clever and witty quotations, pick-up lines, punch lines and anecdotes about Philippine politics, economy, and educational landscape or, basically, the daily Filipino life in general from the senator. The book also includes Santiago’s privilege speeches and press conference and graduation rites speeches where the serious tone of the book is. And it also has, again, illustrations from Filipino artists illustrators like Adam David, Andrew Drilon, Eugene Madayag, Apol Sta. Maria, Josel Nicolas, Julius Villanueva among others.

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Senator Santiago is know for her speeches that incorporates funny lines to get the attention of the listeners then will eventually follow it up with inspiring messages. At 70, she still remain as one of the most feared senators in the country. In an interview, she was quoted as saying, “We should never underestimate the power of humor, especially among Filipinos, and most especially in politics. When the debates turn ugly or the legalese is too highfalutin, humor is a way for us all to see eye to eye”.

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Being a fan of the senator I know I have to read this book. In terms of being hilarious, the first book is better than this one but in terms of it’s educational value, I prefer this one. This books is like a mirror of the first book only much deeper. I guess, that can also be reflected from how the color of the cover changed from light blue to deep red. I believe that the senator, this time in this book, wants to have people be more engage and be more critical in thinking. The senator challenges its readers to have a deeper understanding about how our country is slowly going into oblivion. The book has a lot of her thoughts and opinions and she wants readers to read between the lines. The book reflects her stand towards corruption and dishonest politicians. She believes that change is possible in this country and that should start from us. I also admire that she acknowledges the power of the youth in changing the Philippine politics’ landscape. She urges the youth to use social media to voice out their opinions.

The senator has already declared her intention to run for next year’s presidential election. And yes, if you will ask, I am voting for Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to become the next Philippine president. Many people value her charisma and intellect, as a decorated scholar and public servant, and I believe that will propel her to the presidency. For me she has the right amount of angst and she couples it with action.

4 stars out of 5 for this book.

BOOK SPECIFICATIONS:

Author: Miriam Defensor Santiago
Format: Trade Paperback
Part of a Series: Standalone
Release Year: June 2015
Publisher: ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.
No. of Pages: 150 pages

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