For His Love of Mother Tongue: Jerome Herrera on Translating ‘The Little Prince’ into Chavacano

by Nove Patangan I spent most of my teenage years back in my hometown in Dipolog City in Zamboanga. There, I met different people who spoke different languages, of which Chavacano is one. Although I can only speak a few Chavacano words, this language speaks to me a volume of the people’s culture and identity. So when I came across of a news about the newly-released Chavacano-translated version of The Little Prince, a 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, I was curious of the man behind this endeavor. Jerome Herrera is a Chavacano enthusiast from Zamboanga City, Philippines. He translated…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Sacred Hoops’ by Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty

by Bryan Meniado We often hear the names ‘Michael’ and ‘Kobe’ and equate them to greatness and legends in basketball. But little do we know about the man behind their respective Hall of Fame careers—Phil Jackson. Phil Jackson’s coaching is out-of-the-box and makes the game of basketball more than just that, a game. He makes it more of a way of life and a mindset. He is a follower of psychology, spirituality and philosophy and he integrates their differing lessons towards the ultimate goal of winning. Through this provoking memoir, he shows how meditation and being mindful transcend the individual…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Rizal Without The Overcoat’ by Ambeth Ocampo

by Bryan Meniado Many of us learned about Rizal from our history classes in school and we assume we already know him. After all, he is one of our national heroes and, maybe, the most documented and venerated among them. But how much do we really know him? Ambeth Ocampo offers a different view of Rizal from what we learned from textbooks. He seeks to put Rizal down from the pedestal and revered statues, and know him as who he really was without the overcoat: a human being. Rizal Without The Overcoat, winner of National Book Award, revisits history as…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series by Ann M. Martin

by KB Meniado The Baby-sitters Club was the first book series I collected growing up, and so every reread takes me back to childhood. I rediscover Kristy Thomas’s can-do attitude and her single mom-led household; Claudia Kishi’s passion for art and her addiction to sweets; Stacey McGill’s city-girl sophistication and her daily life with diabetes; Mary Anne Spier’s thoughtfulness and stellar organizational skills; Dawn Schafer’s individualism and her healthier options to life; Mallory Pike’s writer dream and big family dynamics; Jessi Ramsey’s love for ballet and her strong determination in life. I loved them so much to the point I actually…