Bookbed reviews: ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell

by Kenna Marcelo THE STORY Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed toContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell”

The Art of Rereading

by Cake Evangelista I was rummaging through the shelves of National Book Store Cubao—a book Mecca, and arguably the best branch of the Philippines’ leading bookstore chain—when I chanced upon a book with a pretty cover. It was a sepia-toned photo of a glamorous woman lying on a fainting couch, smiling at a man wearing aContinue reading “The Art of Rereading”

Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110

by Karz Montealegre Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who always knew what to say about love, celebrates his 110th birth anniversary this year. In celebration, let me look back on one of his best publications (and a favorite of mine), Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. First published in 1924 when Neruda was 19, the bookContinue reading “Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110”

Dumbledore’s Army Reunites in the Wizarding World

by Charlie Diaz For pureblooded Harry Potter fans like me, the year the final movie came out felt like a huge loss. I was resolved to read anything—I mean, anything—that would still make the—any!—connection to the Wizarding World. I felt like I deserved to know more beyond that moment Harry’s kids boarded the Hogwarts Express. ThisContinue reading “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites in the Wizarding World”

Bookbed reviews: ‘What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan’ (plus a giveaway!)

by KB Meniado Andres Bonifacio has never been my top answer for whenever somebody asks me who my favorite Filipino hero is. (Don’t worry; it’s not Manny Pacquiao, either.) Frankly, there was just too much Jose Rizal in the environment I grew up in, ending up with me having only a shallow grasp of what Bonifacio’sContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan’ (plus a giveaway!)”

Meeting Stephanie Perkins in Manila

by Elaine Zapanta I remember hearing about The National playing a one-night show in Manila for the first time. I was out of town and couldn’t get proper network signal. When I finally caught up on it on Twitter, my feed was flooded with ALL-CAPS tweets of excitement, wailing emojis and feelings. Mostly, feelings. February 20 came. The dayContinue reading “Meeting Stephanie Perkins in Manila”

Art Submission: My Superhero

by Sarah Grutas When I was a kid, my mum who was a professional SCUBA diver would always be away on diving trips. I wouldn’t see her for months on end; when she would finally come home, she’d bring me paperback novels. The earliest memory I have of her giving me a book was when I wasContinue reading “Art Submission: My Superhero”