To say I have been asked this question over a thousand times is not an excess.
Eight years ago, the writer sent me an e-mail asking for my permission for the inclusion of one of my essays in a book project he was working on.
I said, “yes, go ahead”. I was not aware then how big he was in the Internet and how phenomenal his first book, ABNKKBSNPLAko?!, has turned out.
Bob Ong was so thankful. He said he had long been looking for me.
A couple of months after, BO e-mailed again to inform me that his book has been published. He invited me to get my complimentary copy, and the rest is history.
“Sino ba talaga si Bob Ong?”, I always see a sparkle in the eyes of those who ask.
How the bestselling Filipino author has kept his real identity from his cult following amazes me. I’m sure he could not have done it alone. It only takes one person to circulate his personal details and photos in the Internet, and nobody has done that just yet. This but shows how well-respected Bob Ong is among his colleagues and peers (some of whom we share), and this I can attest.
“So, sino na nga ba talaga si Bob Ong, sabihin mo na po, please?”
Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies. Sorry to disappoint, but am not inclined to squeal.
postcripts: For all of the book’s meteoric sales, all i got was one free copy. I could have asked for more, and BO sure would have granted my request, but it’s really not in my nature to ask… which is often a downside. hehehe
You might want to read the Inquirer feature on Bob Ong’s anonimity.