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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007LGYG56
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- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Virgin in the Philippines Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
There's a lot of nostalgia here as well. Aside from the stories, the illustrations had reminded me of old school books and Tagalog comic strips that I grew up with. They were a nice touch and adds to its Filipino-esque appeal.
I do wish a lot more visitors to our country would come in with such an open mind. Maybe it helped that there were no island paradise expectations and that this trip was a lot more than the requisite holiday to Boracay. He has immersed himself in the culture and treated it as a learning experience. He was not dismissive nor over-critical of some of our 'backward' or unmodern ways. And how he sees and tries to understand his wife and the townsfolk has actually given me, a Filipino, a different perspective about our people.
Recommended to Filipinos - we're travelling through our home, recognising our families, recalling our own excursions and family outings and reliving our times in the Philippines - nostalgia from a fresh pair of eyes.
Recommended to non-Filipinos - this ebook will help prepare you to see the Philippines as more than the coconut trees, beach and sand.
(as reviewed in AdoboRice.com)
The Philippines is such a remarkable country, every Filipino I've ever met has been so unbelievably kind and polite, so when I saw this book about a man's first visit to the country I was keen to learn more.
Johnnie Johnson recounts his two month stay in the Philippines, documenting his often hilarious encounters with the locals as he visits several towns around the Luzon island of the country. The reader gets a real feel for a culture so different to what we know back home. The Filipino people have so much respect for everyone, and this shines through in often heartwarming stories of Johnson's time spent there.
We could all learn a lot from the people of the Philippines. For a country so frequently blighted by extremely harsh weather that would see most Western countries thown into chaos, we see through this book what makes it such a strong country - the way in which the people work together and help everyone out no matter how small the task.
Reading this book I really felt like I was there in the Philippines with Johnson - I only hope one day I get to see this country for myself!
Johnnie married a Filipina, Fay, late in life. This relationship is where Johnnie opens up his heart as well as his life to a new way of living and learning.
Being an educated man, Johnnie is able to articulate to his readers all the wonders of the Philippines with ease. We get to walk the colorful countryside and visit the rice fields. We ride on Lorries and Jeepneys on our way to family get-togethers. His wife has a large extended family and Johnnie learns to fit right in.
We share Filipino culture in the preparation of delicious meals shared and the honest conversation spoken freely representing the culture. We go to church with Johnnie and Fay where his inner most thoughts are expressed to the reader.
ohnnie enjoys his visit as any reader can tell. However, he doesn't sugar coat the problems in the Philippines. The government is in need of major improvement. We see this as Johnnie describes the ordeal Fay goes through trying to renew her driving license.
The people are optimistic, but Johnnie can't help wondering why at times. For such hard working people, he thinks they should be better off than they are. He finds it mind-boggling that services offered are so inexpensive. He knows this first hand because he had to visit the dentist.
My daughter-in-law is Filipino and I feel I understand her better from reading A Virgin in the Philippines. Her extended family resembles Fay's family in many ways.
Thank you to Johnnie Johnson for such a beautiful insight to daily life in the Philippines! I wish you and Fay much happiness and many more visits back to enjoy the Philippines.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading it so this is not a complete review, but it makes a good read, is informative and humorous and is not soft porn as the title might suggest to some. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David E. Rosser
Repetitive and not very interesting although perhaps if I had never been to the Philippines, I may have found it more interesting.Published 11 months ago by Mr A Bullin
As a British ex-pat living in the Philippines for the last 6 years I can from my own experiences say that this book gives a very true and accurate picture of life here. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr M D Hanwell
I liked this book, it's as if it was written by a much younger guy. I'm very interested in the Philippines as I hope to relocate there. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stevetheheave
I have enjoyed reading this book. The author is brilliant at describing a place and situation(makes one feel that you are there!). Read morePublished 23 months ago by elephant1
I read this book in Manila on my fourth visit to the Philippines,I do so wish I had read it before my first! Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by Forester
This story tickled me immensely...the author gives such a humorous and heartwarming account of his beautiful wife and their meeting, falling in love and subsequent journey to the... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Puting Pinay
I quite enjoyed the book as it gives real insight into the complex family and social structures in Philippine society. Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by Richard Williams
A GOOD STORY TO READ, VERY INTERESTING, HARD TO PUT DOWN AS YOU ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW WHATS NEXT. GOOD STUFFPublished on 13 May 2013 by Stephen