Bookbed goes to: The Book Museum

by Maria Pilar M. Lorenzo The country has been incessantly facing numerous challenging societal problems. There are the usual corruption issues, red tape, poor quality of education, traffic woes and so on. The ills may be due to something cultural, behavioral or ethical in a Filipino, and whatever the reasons there may be, these strike the citizens at their core. Only one issue is enough to create a Pandora’s Box effect—in the end, dissect one and a whole string of concerns is thereby unraveled. How then do we solve a complex, or perhaps on a pessimistic tone, a problematic country like…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Minor Mythologies’ by Carmina Isabel Evangelista

by BJ Medina THE STORY A collection of stories about goodbyes without your typical #hugot lines. Just when every book, film and even those social media posts concerning relationships and their bittersweet endings you see on your brokenhearted friend’s wall tend to have those, I came into the possession of a book about farewells, told in a different manner. A little girl is told her father is Peter Pan. Her innocence allows her to patiently wait for her father to come home from Neverland. A young boy stumbles upon a family secret about his beloved sister. Just when his family seems to…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Anina ng Mga Alon’ by Eugene Y. Evasco

by Amber B. Garma Everybody has an obsession. I have friends who are obsessed with Marvel superheroes, Korean Pop and gummy candies. I’m obsessed with princesses, reality television and cute boys. Now, if you’re obsessed with anything, you can definitely relate to 13-year old Anina Furayda’s obsession with the ocean. She calls the waves her friends, spends her days singing songs overlooking the ocean and has an entire catalog of fish jokes. Eugene Y. Evasco’s Anina ng Mga Alon (first mentioned here), winner of the National Book Award for Best Young Adult Literature in 2002, tells the story of ocean loving Anina, a…

Bookbed reviews: ‘What Things Mean’ by Sophia N. Lee

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Olive is your typical teenage girl with growing pains. She has weird taste in food, she knows nothing about makeup and she feels she doesn’t belong in her family. This is aggravated by her physical appearance that couldn’t have come any farther from her mom’s and her extended family’s. Olive has dark skin, curly hair that can’t be tamed, and is taller than most girls her age. On top of all these, a dark cloud looms over Olive’s everyday life—she has never met her father and her mother refuses to talk about him. As Olive…

What Am I To You: Episode 19

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla Have you ever felt like in just one night, your life could change? I wake up this morning feeling all is right in the world. Well, at least in mine. The sun’s gentle morning light is seeping through the slightly opened windows of our room. The gentle sea breeze smells wonderful. And Tristan’s warm body is wrapped around mine in an embrace. Tristan is a big man, in every sense of the word. Apart from towering over me, it is only now that I realize how little I am as I settle closer into his outstretched arms…

#romanceclass: Praying for Romance

by Ana Tejano Sometime around high school, a friend of mine raved about this book she read over the summer that she just had to lend it to me so we could talk about it. It was Frank E. Perretti’s This Present Darkness, a book about a reporter and a pastor investigating some shady happenings in their town, where angels stand guard against demons who want to enslave the people. It was my first taste of Christian fiction. I didn’t know much about it back then, because I was still reading Sweet Valley and Harry Potter, but I felt like I…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Bumasa At Lumaya 2’

by Lausanne Barlaan THE STORY Bumasa at Lumaya 2 is the second installment of the first ever resource and reference book on Philippine children’s literature. Edited by Ani Rosa Almario, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz and Ramon Sunico, and featuring works by renowned children’s literature writers like Rene O. Villanueva, Eugene Y. Evasco and Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan, Bumasa at Lumaya 2 shares information on the current state of local children’s literature, offers different perspectives from different aspects of the industry and lays down the many opportunities left for children’s literature. WHAT I LIKED When you hear the words “reference” and “sourcebook,”…