Book Review: Bru-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Bru-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi

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Bru-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Bru-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi

Since it's halloween season, I decided to make a book review of this book, Bru-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Bru-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi, written by Ma. Corazon Remigio and illustrated by Roland Mechael Ilagan. I bought this book from Adarna Booth during the Manila International Book Fair 2015. This book was a PBBY-Salanga Writer's Prize 1995 Grand Prize Winner.

Before reading the book, I thought this was a horror story about witches in the Philippines. I was very interested in the book because I like Philippine mythology. I don't believe that they really exist but I like their stories. But then after reading the book, I realized that this was not about the witches, the theme of the story was about how we judge other people because of their physical appearances.

Philippine myths have an active role in the lives of rural Filipinos. Filipinos are very superstitious. Although there are no scientific evidence about the existence of different mythical creatures a lot of Filipinos still believe in their existence. As a matter of fact, if you go to different parts of the Philippines, you will find a large variety of mythical creatures and stories.

About the Story
The way the story was told was very creative. The author used Bru-ha-ha-ha-ha, Bru-he-he-he-he, Bru-hi-hi-hi-hi, Bru-ho-ho-ho-ho and Bru-hu-hu-hu-hu in telling the story. I loved how she incorporated these different form of laughs in telling the story. I hope you can read it on your own.

Front Cover of Bru-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Bru-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi-Hi

The front cover of the book was a little girl looking out from her room's window. She looked afraid of while looking at someone on their neighborhood. The main character of the story was this little girl who was afraid of an old lady named Mrs. Magalit in their neighborhood. The little girl suspected that Mrs. Magalit was a witch because Mrs. Magalit has dead and wiry hair, flaring nose, sharp stares, beautiful and white teeth and she laughs like a witch, Bru-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

The little girl was so afraid with Mrs. Magalit. She was so sure that Mrs. Magalit was a witch. She has her reasons and proofs. Witches were afraid to enter a clean house with a broom stick on the door and witches eat with their left hand. Mrs. Magalit never entered their house because their house and the little girl thought that it was because of the broomstick on their door. Mrs. Magalit also eats using her left hand. The little girls was even more afraid every time she hears Mrs. Magalit laughing while watching the television.

People laughing at Mrs. Magalit after she tripped and fell on the ground

The little girl helped Mrs. Magalit to stand up after falling on the ground
This part was my favorite part of the story. This was the start of the great revelation about the identity of Mrs. Magalit. She tripped while walking in the plaza and her white teeth flew out of her mouth. The artificial teeth were broken as it fell on the ground. The people who saw Mrs. Magalit laughed at the poor old lady. They were all laughing like real witches and warlocks.The little girl felt so sorry for Mrs. Magalit and she helped the old lady. She invited the Mrs. Magalit to drop by their house so that the old lady can rest and eat.

Mrs. Magalit and the little girl laughing while watching TV together
She realized the reason why Mrs. Magalit do no enter their house. That was because her feet were dirty and she does not want their floor to be dirty. Mrs. Magalit used here left hand for eating since she cannot move her left hand due to arthritis. She was old that is why her hair was dull and wiry. Her nose was flared because of difficulty in breathing. She stared sharply because of poor vision. 

I guess the little girl felt guilty because she judged Mrs. Magalit and thought that she's bad person and a witch. From that day on, the little girl became so close with Mrs. Magalit. She has no family now. She has no children and her husband is already dead. The little girl in the story became an instant granddaughter to Mrs. Magalit. The little girl never called Mrs. Magalit a witch but she started calling her "Lola" (Granny). 

Lessons from the Story
1. Don't judge other people by their physical appearances. We easily judge other people because of their looks without even knowing them. I hope we will not be like the people int his story who laughed at Mrs. Magalit when she tripped and her artificial teeth flew out of her mouth. Instead of helping the old lady, they just laughed at the old lady. Good thing the little girl in the story helped Mrs. Magalit.

2. Always look for good things. Instead of judging other people, let us always find something good about other people. It's difficult because our minds naturally look for negative things about other people. This is why we have this saying ""When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets". It takes practice but let us strive hard to always look for good things about other person.

3. Care for the elderly. Let us show our love and appreciation to our grandparents. They are not getting any younger so let us show our love to them while they are still with us. Let us honor our grandparents as custodian of individual and cultural memories. They have a lot of stories to tell. Take some time in the future to sit down with your grandparents and ask them about their stories while they're still young. They have nice and interesting stories. Let us thanks them for providing care and love to their children and grandchildren.

I love my grandparents. I was close to them especially my Lola Eya (mother of my mother) because we stay in the same compound. She's already 70 years old now but she's still healthy. I always like going to their house every time I stay in our province in Bataan. She cooks really good food. 

I hope you can buy this children's book. It's a good read guys. Then after reading the story, please give you grandparents a phone message, send them a greeting card, call them through phone or better visit them and hug them. Express your love and gratitude to them.

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