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Author Bob Ong
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Genre Humor Autobiography
Publisher Visual Print Enterprises
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 135
ISBN 971-92342-0-2
OCLC 52268836

ABNKKBSNPLAko?! is a 2001 novel by Filipino author Bob Ong — his first and most popular work.[1] The title is meant to be read phonetically as "Aba, nakakabasa na pala ako?!", which can be roughly translated as "Wow, I can actually read now?!" The novel details what are supposedly the childhood memories of the author, from his earliest days as a student until his first few years at work.

The book was a surprise hit in 2001, quickly selling out its first run of 500 copies.[2] By 2013 it had sold over 240,000 copies, at which time a 12th anniversary edition was published.[2] The success of Bob Ong's book among Filipinos has been attributed to its conversational tone which uses humor to point out various absurdities inherent to Filipino culture.[3] The popularity of ABNKKBSNPLAko in particular is attributed to an element of nostalgia.[3] Says University of the Philippines literary professor, Philippines Free Press literary editor, and award-winning poet Paolo Manalo about Bob Ong's work: "The materials he used in his books are those familiar to this generation of Filipinos. One might even call them urban culture lore...."[3]

Film and other adaptations[edit]

A film version titled ABNKKBSNPLAko?! The Movie was released by VIVA Films on February 19, 2014.[2][4][5] It starred Andi Eigenmann as "special someone", Meg Imperial as Portia, and Jericho Rosales as Bob Ong. It is directed by Mark Meily,[6][7] and the script was written by Ned Trespeces.[2]

A board game based on the book was published.[2]


  1. ^ "The mystery begins with his name-Bob Ong (not his real name)". Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Pam Pastor (January 25, 2014). "Bob Ong’s ‘ABNKKBSNPLAko?!’ is now a movie". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Ruel S. De Vera (July 19, 2006). "The mystery begins with the name ‘Bob Ong’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Miralles, Nitz. "Regine bashed by Sarah's fans". Journal Online. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Luigene Yanoria (January 21, 2014). "Everything you need to know about ABNKKBSNPLAko the movie". Yahoo News. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bautista, Mario. "FANS TAKE ROLE PERSONALLY AGAINST MEG". Journal Online. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Ramos, NR. "Bob Ong’s ‘ABNKKBSNPLAko’ soon in theaters". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 3 November 2013.