Why Filipinos Should Read: Social Sciences and Philosophy

by Bryan Meniado In the last Why Filipinos Should Read post, I discussed why one should read or even consider a degree in anthropology. Anthropology is part of social sciences, and there are equally fascinating disciplines within, and so I thought discussing why one should read more social sciences and philosophy would be a good…More

From the Bookbed Room: @komikninja reviews ‘EDSA’

Today is another day for Filipino indie komiks! This time, we’re sharing this one-shot comic titled EDSA: Paano Ginagawa ang Isang Bayani? by Randy Valiente and illustrated by Mel Casipit, recommended as always by our resident our resident @komikninja. This komiks, by the way, is around 11 years old (!) but once you get into…More

Book Journaling: ‘I Must Belong Somewhere: Poetry and Prose’ by Dawn Lanuza

by KB Meniado THE STORY A daring but necessary insight into themes of longing, home, bullying, loneliness, and mental health, I Must Belong Somewhere is a silver lining for anyone struggling. With her third poetry collection, I Must Belong Somewhere, acclaimed writer Dawn Lanuza is returning to her most popular literary platform. Written during her year of rest and…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘A Natural History of Empire’ by Dominic Sy

by Jodesz Gavilan THE STORY Fraying at the edge of a life lived uselessly, an old man ponders over things that were and things that may have been. A vanishing guerilla, a knife fight across the ocean, a chat with a friend come back from the dead. In these tales of doubles, delusions, and self-deceit,…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Stand Up, Yumi Chung!’ by Jessica Kim

by KB Meniado THE STORY One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian. On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her “Yu-MEAT” because she smells like her family’s Korean barbecue restaurant. On the inside, Yumi is ready for her Netflix…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Exhalation: Stories’ by Ted Chiang

by Jodesz Gavilan THE STORY This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary…More