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…More

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,…More

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…More

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…More

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…More

5 Books That Helped Deal With My Mental Health

by Ysabel Andrea Tayco As far as I can remember, I’ve always found myself reading books where there is sadness, regret or some form of gloom surrounding the main character. When I saw the post on the Buhay Movement group about writing about books that have helped me deal with mental health issues—mental health related or…More

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 6

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. The barkada went out to dinner that night. To his friends’ relief, Phil came along. But he mostly kept to himself and only spoke when asked, while the rest reminisced about their high school memories. “How come…More