Mahabang-Mahabang-Mahaba by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz: A Book Review


“What does my name have to be very, very, very, very long?”

The boy has a very, very, very long name is the main concept of the story. So, he tends to be uncomfortable because he tends to miss many things such as the activities after school or during their break time.

The story is a trendy habit in the Philippines; parents are fond of naming their children long names. For them, giving a long name could be UNIQUE.

At the end of the story, the boy liked his very, very, very long name when his mother explained the origin. There could be psychological explanation to the effect of the mother’s action:

(a) The boy might have liked it already knowing that his name is special because of the open communication between his mother and him. It is a matter of positive conditioning.

(b) It could still be a source of discomfort since he is influenced by peer pressure or his environment. In other words, it could be harder to adjust to the world in where there is one thing UNUSUAL.

Ignorant he could be , Gojo Cruz must want to condition children’s psyches to appreciate things their parents have done for them. In contrast, I’d rather give my child-to-be a name with which he/she could be comfortable. Still, I liked the book because the concept of the story is unique. Besides, it is so tender and light.

Rating: 4/ 5 stars ( I really liked it. )


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