Hoarding Comic Books at Komikon 2016

by Tricia Gervacio In the Philippines, Komikon is one of the biggest bi-annual event that comic dorks (and by dorks, we mean awesome people!) look forward to every April and November. Last November 19 and 20, we had two days packed and loaded with comic books, panel talks and movie screenings. Although I wasn’t able to attend and see all the panel discussions and movie screenings, I was able to get—or maybe, hoard?—a number of good releases this year! There are a lot of budding artists, too! No wonder there was a big crowd last weekend! I got the following from…

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Love of Lam-ang,’ ‘A Boy Named Ibrahim’

byKB Meniado It’s always a delight reading children’s books. In between their story lines are secrets, magic and a whole bunch of life lessons applicable at any age. When I’m on a reading rut, they are the most reliable. I pick up a few, and my eagerness to read more returns. Here, I share two recent reads, which are from my book haul at the 37th Manila International Book Fair. The first one is about the legendary Lam-ang, and the other about a Muslim child. Both are illustrated so stunningly it would be a shame not to appreciate. THE STORY…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 11

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. With Dimitri and Phil both stunned into silence, Brenda tore away from their grip. She stood up and walked away from them, wrapping her arms around herself, as if they could somehow shield her from the harsh reality she had tried so hard to escape. Brenda really thought she could run away from it all on this trip. She thought she could forget. Rummaging her backpack, she found her vape and decided to smoke. The guilt kept gnawing at her inside, every puff…

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Nation, Self and Citizenship’ by Randolf David

by Bryan Meniado The past weeks have been a roller coaster of national drama for us Filipinos. We have been stormed by the ongoing investigation on the notorious Bilibid drug trade, which has several interesting subplots, as well as the sudden and controversial burial of the late president, Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which prompted protests from the anti-Marcos groups. Although it is tempting for me to pull the history card once again for this month’s article, I opted to settle with an equally stimulating subject of sociology. Randolf “Randy” David’s book, Nation, Self and Citizenship is an…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 10

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. ‘Almost there’ came a little longer but when they finally did, the barkada was still able to spare some time bidding goodbye to Luke, the hero of the day. Not long after, the guys ran down the hanging bridge to get to the trail to the falls, with the girls in tail. “Bren, was what that all about?” Girlie asked as they carefully treaded on the wooden steps of the bridge. “What about what?” Brenda was great at turning tables. “Uhh, the…

Storiesnap Time: ‘After Eden’ by Arnold Arre

Welcome to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose After Eden by Arnold Arre. Republished by Nautilus Comics this year, this 268-pager features black and white illustrations that portray stories of love. Watch the video below to check out a few pages, and if you enjoyed this, let us know in the comments below. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This book is available in local bookstores. This post is not sponsored.

#romanceclass: Writing to Travel, Traveling to Write

by Carla de Guzman The other day I was standing in line for a buffet, considering my food options when out of nowhere, a little voice in my head wondered, “What if a cute guy suddenly approached and commented on your buffet strategy?” Would we talk about the order in which you had to eat the food? Would he be the adventurous type or the kind to eat the same things in buffets?  I was properly distracted for a few minutes, picking up slices of sashimi while wondering at the further possibilities of writing a buffet meet cute, until my sister…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 9

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Standing at almost five feet eleven inches tall, sun-kissed skin, with a pompadour hairstyle, the tricycle driver alighted from his motorcycle and walked right up to Brenda. “Hello!” The driver flashed a smile that could launch a thousand toothpaste commercials. “I’m Luke. You saved my grandma back at the ship.” Brenda stood frozen, staring deep into Luke’s hazel brown eyes. Suddenly getting visions of typical Harlequin romance book cover art, where a well-chiseled man holds a woman in his arms, she curled…