What Am I To You: Episode 5

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla You are such a loser, says Veronica, my bitchy alter ego. Oh my God. I am being stood up again. Where the fuck is he? Did he hit his head this morning and suddenly forget that he asked me out tonight? Did he, like, die or something? Or does he really enjoy…More

Challenging Creativity: An Interview with Artist Elyoo dela Cruz

by Karz Montealegre In June 2015, artist Elyoo dela Cruz posted on Instagram a portrait she painted of Frida Kahlo. Perfectly capturing Kahlo’s prominent features, it was a vibrant take on the Mexican painter’s portrait that could easily pass as a character from a storybook. View this post on Instagram A post shared by elyoo (@elyoodelacroix)…More

Story Submission: ‘Malas’

ni Jane Galvez Hindi swerte si Kim sa mga pa-raffle. Noong elementary palang s’ya, hindi s’ya nanalo ng kahit anong papremyo sa paaralan. Kahit nga consolation prize, hindi s’ya nakatanggap. Pero hindi ibig sabihin noon hindi napipili si Kim sa mga bunutan. Sa kolehiyo, s’ya palagi ang unang natatawag sa recitation sa tuwing class cards ang…More

Shelfwalking: The path towards being OC

by Karl Mabutas Nothing beats the refreshing look of piles of books lying around in your wonderful space. It is greener than nature, whiter than crystals, and shinier than the most expensive gadget you currently have. Why, you ask? Because those are the visual representations of your page-by-page success. The look and feel of recollecting your…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Hometown Hazard’ by Dawn Lanuza

by Nina Arquiza THE STORY Jules Coronado has been away from her hometown for almost a decade but when an intruder breaks in to her childhood home, she finds herself coming back. Changes evidently took place in her small town, including her childhood best friend’s younger brother, Kip – now tall, slightly scruffed, all grown up…More

Bookbed recommends: #ChildrenFirstStoryBooks by UNICEF

by Bryan Meniado I often hear or read the expression: “Education begins at home and our parents are our first teachers.” It’s a cliché but I cannot deny that it’s true and that it always reminds me of the vital role our parents play in our development prior to attending school. And so our home is…More

Shelfwalking: To read is to travel

by Alfonso Mangubat I realized when I started out my blog that it was going to be about books and travels, hence the full name, The Manila Traveler AND Bookworm. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?), I got caught up in the traveling part, and now I’m making up for it by creating this list of my…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Booze Stole My Son’ by Aui V.

by Lucille de Mesa THE STORY ALCOHOLISM IS NOT A DEAD-END  When Aui V. lost her son to drunk driving, she was forced to face something she was not prepared for. Dealing with her agony, she seeks comfort in writing which leads her to a deeper understanding of love, parenting, death, life and alcoholism.  In THE…More

Ink Blots: ‘Shrinking Women’ by Lily Myers

by Kariza Montealegre Each day is a fight for women’s rights, and each day is a chance to honor women and their contributions to society, so today, I’ll be sharing a spoken word poem I stumbled upon years ago and has stuck with me since. As a woman, it is easy to feel inferior. You doubt your…More