#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for February

Welcome to the second book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. Check out our picks for February below! 1. The Big Fat Book of Self-Love by Danah and Stacy Gutierrez I follow the authors (who are twins!) on Instagram, and when they first posted about publishing their own book, I I knew I had to get it! With every page creatively done, this book was a pure pleasure to read. It contains self-confessions and their struggles to be accepted for what they are, plus styling tips for…

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Pacific Rims’ by Rafe Bartholomew

by Bryan Meniado It’s the month of love, and we hear kilig stories here and there, so I thought I’d talk about something that many of us Filipinos can relate to: our love affair with basketball. We play it on the computer and on the streets. We cheer from our living rooms and from the sidelines. We talk about games and players and teams and coaches. We go all out, local or international. Even NBA stars that visit the country are in awe of how crazy we are about basketball. Now, that’s something we can tag as #MayNanaloNa, huh? But why? Why are we so engrossed with basketball?…

Writing Letters for Every Girl: An Interview with ‘Found’ Author Isa Garcia

by Lausanne Barlaan Letter writing had been tagged ‘outdated’ more than once before, and with the constant surge of new technologies of how people send messages across—email, text, blog and social media, some would consider the claim to be true. Who writes letters anymore? Well.. Dear friend, I had the opportunity of talking to a letter writer today. Her name is Isa Garcia, and she just came out with a book called Found, a compilation of letters about life and love she has written over the years. Let me share with you what she said about this supposedly dying art form and why…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 13

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Phil was surprised by how Dimitri appeared to be, restless and intense. It looked like his friend had something big to tell him. “So,” Dimitri began, sitting up to face him. “Do you think you can talk to Brenda and Girlie?” Phil swallowed a sigh, relieved it seemed to have nothing to do with him. He pushed his sunglasses back to his head. “Why, what’s up?” “Just…” Dimitri paused to lick his lips, a sign Phil knew his friend was about to ask a favor….

From the Bookbed Room: Interview with Frank Cavallo (plus a giveaway!)

by Shealea Iral When I received a review request via email from Frank Cavallo’s publicist, I was forced to turn the offer down due to my current backlog of ARCs. But after this interview, I’m pretty sure that Eye of the Storm is right up my alley. It is definitely a book I can see myself picking up in the near future. ☁ Continue reading on That Bookshelf Bitch ☁

Keeping Reading Alive Through Book Giving

by Agnes Manalo Unlike food or other consumables, a book maintains its value as it gets passed on and read by more people. Every book being given away is a new story for someone to discover, a new world to lose one’s self in even just for a while. And for a kid, it might be the book that turns them into a lifelong reader, and many times, a change maker or a passion pursuer. This is one of the reasons book sharing remains important, and why people should celebrate International Book Giving Day… not just every February 14, but every…