Fiction Nation: Life’s a Peach

by Allana Luta Nowadays, it takes a lot for me to get out of the house during weekends. There are very few things that will make me dress up and go to the crowded mall willingly instead of staying at home to rest. In the past two weekends, the sole reason I left my bedContinue reading “Fiction Nation: Life’s a Peach”

Bookbed goes to: Dasa Book Cafe

by KB Meniado In what looks like a tiny, nondescript space along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, there is a well-known haven among and for book lovers called Dasa Book Cafe. It houses three floors worth of books, magazines and CDs, and is open to trades and consignment. The prices seem fair, given that most books areContinue reading “Bookbed goes to: Dasa Book Cafe”

#HeistClub: Manila in the Eyes of an Outsider

by Mark Manalang The signboards light up one by one as the sun sets on Manila Bay. The bars along Remedios and Adriatico fill up with patrons. Cosplaying girls assemble at the doorsteps of karaoke clubs in Mabini. Traffic along Padre Faura and Taft builds up. Tourists roam the streets aimlessly, while beggars selling flowers andContinue reading “#HeistClub: Manila in the Eyes of an Outsider”

From the Bookbed Room: Southeast Asian Books about Children with Disabilities

by Jackie Park People with disabilities are not as uncommon as one might think, and yet sadly there are not enough books to educate our young children on how to communicate with them. I find myself blessed to have met people who have corrected me on some of my misconceptions. I’m glad to see Southeast AsianContinue reading “From the Bookbed Room: Southeast Asian Books about Children with Disabilities”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Private Iris #1″ by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre

by Nitoy Gonzales THE STORY Danton Cord is one of the most popular boys in MacGuffin Elementary. His friend, Iris Able, is a loner whom people think is weird. Because she doesn’t talk to anybody, the kids in school have given her the nickname “Private Iris”. However, Iris is also the smartest and most observant personContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Private Iris #1″ by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre”

People in Print: Alexandra Trese

by Ian Miraflores Alexandra Trese is the main character of the komiks series Trese, created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. She’s a detective that specializes in crimes with supernatural origin. The setting is in modern day Metro Manila. Creatures from Filipino folklore—the white lady, nuno sa punso, tikbalang and kapre, among other—are brought to life andContinue reading “People in Print: Alexandra Trese”

Lessons from ‘A Triumphant Detour’

by Allana Luta In A Triumphant Detour, author Racquel Sarah A. Castro narrates her experiences in life with cerebral palsy, from birth to present. There’s a lot to learn from her story and here are the top three lessons I gained from reading her autobiography. Faith can give you strength. If there’s one overwhelming theme throughoutContinue reading “Lessons from ‘A Triumphant Detour’”

Experiencing the Romantic Times Book Convention 2017

by Maita Rue Last May 2 to 7, I attended the Romantic Times (RT) Booklover’s Convention for the first time. The said event is the largest single-genre book convention in the United States, focusing on romance and all the other sub-genres that fall under it. It took me a year of savings, but it every pennyContinue reading “Experiencing the Romantic Times Book Convention 2017”

Catching up with Komiks at Komiket 2017

by Allana Luta To say that I am ignorant of the local comic scene is a gross understatement. My exposure to local comics when I was a kid was limited to the newspaper’s entertainment section, with Pugad Baboy, Love Knots, and later on, Kikomachine, as well as Culture Crash Comics, a bi-monthly comic magazine that featuredContinue reading “Catching up with Komiks at Komiket 2017”