What Am I To You: Episode 18

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla I wake up this morning in a bathrobe. The sun is already high in the sky and the breeze from the open terrace windows feels hotter. It must be nearing noon, I think. But the heat I feel has nothing to do with the sun or the breeze. It has everything to do with last night. I drank about three glasses of champagne but I knew everything that was happening and why. Tristan carried me into the bedroom, kissing me all the way from the Jacuzzi area to the king-size bed. We were both dripping wet from…

#BumasaAtLumaya: Attending Children’s Book Fair and Literature Talks

by Julan Donio-Castro I’ve loved children’s books ever since I was a little kid. During my elementary school years, my friends and I used to stay in the library to read story books with wonderful illustrations. I remember that feeling when we would all say “Wow!” in amazement for reading and looking at picture books, and we would dream that we were in the books’ world. Now that I’m older, it is still a delight to read children’s books. That’s why it was a pleasure for me to have attended the Children’s Book Fair and Literature Talks last July 23…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Salingkit: a 1986 diary’ by Cyan Abad-Jugo

by Rae Rival When I think of the term or name Kitty, I am reminded of Anne Frank’s diary. She always begin her diary entries with Dear Kitty and I mimicked that when I received a Hello Kitty diary one Christmas (with a tiny Hello Kitty lock and key to safeguard its secrets). Kitty Eugenio of the novel Salingkit: A 1986 Diary by Cyan Abad-Jugo reminds me of that. She is a high school student whose presence in the peaceful revolution of 1986 may be described as salingkit. Salingkit is a term my playmates and I use to refer to the youngest or smallest players in a game. They are usually siblings of…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 3

by Lucille de Mesa, Baz Grimm-Pitch, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu, Maria Criselda Santos and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. By the time the ferry arrived, the pier was already packed. Phil and his friends had formed a line early on, but when the gates opened to start boarding passengers, some people ignored the line completely and ran ahead. Brenda looked ready to pick a fight with any one of the people who had cut the line, but Girlie held on to her arm, shaking her head. “What?” Brenda said loudly. “Don’t stop me, Girl. This is…

Ink Blots: 6 Poems For Children and Adults To Enjoy

by Kariza Montealegre Exposing children to poetry is important since it allows them to appreciate words better at an early age. From rhymes and sound emphasis to wordplay, reading poetry is not just a fun activity with kids; it could also be instrumental in forming a foundation for their reading. Wondering which poems are best for the little ones? There are definitely a ton of amazing ones available, but in celebration of National Children’s Book Day (#NCBD2016!) and, of course, Bookbed’s sixth birthday, allow me to share with you my top six poems for children (in no particular order). 1. “Maggie…

6 Discoveries About Inflight Reading

by Clarissa Chua I have never been a fan of airplanes. (Well, except for the time when they gave out free things like coloring books and crayons, but I was too young to actually remember that.) Imagine my dread when I was faced with a four-hour flight. Yes, it may not be that bad yet, but can you blame me? Clue: No. The answer is no. HAHA. Fortunately, I was able to keep myself occupied and here are the six little things I appreciated about my air journey with a book. 1. Pick the right book It is a long flight….

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 2

by Lucille de Mesa, Baz Grimm-Pitch, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu, Maria Criselda Santos and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Phil drove, occasionally throwing glances at everyone through his rearview mirror. Even if they all have grown up, they were still pretty much the same. Phil smiled to himself, their high school memories flooding his mind. In the back seat, Brenda and Girlie were catching up. Despite the lost time, the conversation flowed naturally and both of them felt at ease, as if they never left high school and saw each other regularly in the past years. “Bren,” Girlie began….