Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 8

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. “Lil, wait—” Drew reached out for her hand again, but this time, Girlie stepped out of his reach. She felt his eyes boring into her back, but she did not stop. She went inside, sliding the glass door behind her, leaving Drew in the veranda alone. She did not want to talk to him anymore about the past. It was a long time ago, and that was true, even when there were still some days when she still felt as if everything…

Why Filipinos Should Read: The ‘Looking Back’ Series by Ambeth Ocampo

by Bryan Meniado I’ve always had the penchant for history. My favorite subjects in school were in line with sibika at kultura, kasaysayan and araling panlipunan. I even ended up earning a degree in anthropology, which is the study of humans and, to an extent, a sibling of history! But while I am fascinated by such, I understand why many people I know don’t enjoy history. For example, my classmates back then hated it. The way it was being taught was not enjoyable, or even interesting (at least in public schools); it was always that students had to memorize hundreds of…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults’

by Allana Luta The stories that my titos and titas used to scare me as a kid always involved some kind of creature: the tiyanak, the kapre, the white lady and, my personal nightmare, the manananggal. But over the years their threat gradually dwindled. Transitioning from child to teenager, my fears no longer took the forms of sharp fangs and bloody eyes, instead transforming into filial disappointment, peer ostracism, the very real possibility of failing at life and the heartbreak of losing someone you love. The 14 stories featured in Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults cover a wide range of monsters—some…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 7

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. It all started innocently. Brenda was just commenting how Drew seemed to be stuck in the early 2000s with his ringtone. Before everyone knew it, Drew was scrambling to his feet, walking away from the table. “It’s nothing, babe…” Drew said over the phone. The phone call was a full thirty minutes. The group was already down to their last round of beer for the night when Drew came back to the table. “Was that your wife? She must have heard what…

Shelfwalking: Books By Life Stages

by Celestine Trinidad This is quite possibly the hardest list I’ve ever had to make, because I like reading a little bit too much. I read everything, even the nutritional information off food packages, and when I’m sad, book shopping is the equivalent of retail therapy for me. So I decided that, for Shelfwalking, I will choose one book each from a genre I like for this list, books that not only do I highly recommend, but also meant a lot to me at different stages of my life.  1. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood Genre: Realistic Fiction Margaret Atwood is…