Fiction Nation: To the North and South with Elizabeth Gaskell

by Allana Luta

Now I know January usually signals beginnings but I can’t help feeling the beginnings of that time of year when there’s more pollen in the air, love songs are heard everywhere and couples make out in public like they just don’t care. (Points for the rhyme, please.)

February is still a week away, but why not get a head start, eh? Because right now, Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North and South has already gotten me in the mo-hoood for looo-hoove… or at least longing stares and soft, electrifying touches of the hand. Let’s get our hearts racin’!

Published in 1855, North and South is a Victorian novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is set during the Industrial Revolution and we are taken to the northern English town of Milton, mostly famous for its cotton mills and harsh, industrial lifestyle.

The two protagonists are Margaret Hale, a young lady from the south whose family recently moved to Milton, and John Thornton, owner of Marlborough Mills. The stark contrast in their personalities is one of the conflicts in the story but there’s so much more surrounding it.

But first, how did I come upon this wonderful gem? I didn’t. A friend knew how much I love Pride & Prejudice so she suggested a BBC serial she thought I might like. And boy, I fell.

This BBC adaptation, first aired in 2004, stars Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret and Richard Armitage as Thornton. It only has four hour-long episodes, so it’s very easy to binge-watch, yaknowwhatImean? After a sleep-deprived night, I was bewitched, body and soul, and I love, love, loved it and never wish to be parted from it again.

Oops, wrong adaptation.

You see, Margaret and Thornton’s relationship is reminiscent of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s. There’s the same push and pull going on between them, with the gruff, unfeeling gentleman being the first to develop feelings for the lady and getting rejected. There remains mutual respect but it only occurs to the lady later on that – gasp! – she also has romantic feelings for that unbearable-actually-quite-lovable man!

Every time we touch, the honesty’s too much…” You could cut the sexual tension between them with a butter knife. (Or bread knife, if that’s what’s you have.)

(By the way, does anybody else ever wonder why the women are known by their first names and the men by their surnames? Is this a gender thing or English thing? Am I missing something here? Do we need to tackle this in the future??? Am I asking too many questions?!?! Am I using too many exclamation and question marks???!!!???!!!)

Unlike P&P where it’s mostly from Lizzie’s point of view, we actually get to see what goes on in Thornton’s head because the novel is told through his perspective as well. And this makes him, for me, so much more fully-formed than Darcy. (DID I JUST BLASPHEME AGAINST DARCY? Forgive me for I have sinned!)

But that’s where the comparisons end. North and South is so much more than just a love story. Yes, Margaret and Thornton’s budding romance is the central narrative, but we are also introduced to the strained relationship between the masters and the workers. (Downton Abbey, anybody?) The context of class playing a very important role is so interesting that I didn’t mind that it deviated from the romance at all!

Another thing I loved? Margaret Hale is such a BOSS. Gaskell has written one of my favorite favourite female characters in fiction. Margaret is self-sacrificing, headstrong, and independent in a way that is absolutely admirable. In a span of a few years, she’s gone through so many changes and loss but has remained warmhearted and has made the most out of it. And during those dark moments, she never once asked help from a man. Bless her heart.

Margaret defening John Thornton from an angry mob: “This is where the path of hatred has brought us!”

There are so many other layers to the story that I haven’t even mentioned yet! Difficult family relations, differences in mindset between Northerners and Southerners, how faith, or lack thereof, affects how people deal with challenges and death; how Margaret completely shattered people’s expectations of how young ladies should behave, etc.

The serial was quite faithful to the book. Maybe not a hundred percent, because that would be impossible, but it was good enough for me to watch it again right after I finished reading the book. And I think I’m going to give it a go for a third time next month. So if you decide to watch along with me, let me know what you think! Happy falling in love with Margaret and Thornton! ☁


Bookbed reviews: ‘Fast Food Fiction Delivery’ edited by Noelle Q. De Jesus and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

by KB Meniado

I have a confession to make: The first time I found Fast Food Fiction: Short Stories to Go at a library years ago, I thought it was a collection of stories set in fast food chains. Please don’t judge me (even if I judged the title).

Later, when I read it, I found it to be made up of, as it says on the title, short stories… written by Filipino writers. A world’s difference from the English novels I usually read, here were stories that ended even before they really began.


“Reading habits may have changed a great deal. But people still tell each other stories the same way they always have. It remains one of the most universal and human of endeavors. We sense the conflict, steel ourselves for the climax, and marvel at the denouement and resolution. Without even knowing it, we yearn for the enchantment; we long to read a tale that turns on a curve or halts at a twist, at once, a surprise, a mystery and a truth. We all still love a good story. Regardless of the genre, in this quick deft form, there resides magic…This is what sixty-eight writers have done here, whether by happenstance or by sheer, dogged craft.” / Read reviews: Goodreads


Here are my favorite ones:

1. Cold by Lilledeshan Bose—a 442-word story about longing for a dead boy

“Of course, I think about Andy a lot, and not just because I am alone, lonesome and lonely.”

2. Polo by Astrid Fontanilla—One of the exceptions to the rule with a 503-word count, this story says it all with its first sentence:

“When Erning learned that his entire monthly salary of PHP5,619 was just the price of one of his boss’s shirts, he decided to buy one.”

3. Shouldn’t It Be Funny? by Marc Gaba—a 489-word story about a couple who doesn’t know what to do with the elephant they recently bought

“’I wouldn’t ever get an elephant,’ said the friend I asked. ‘I mean, why on earth?’

‘But if you had one, what would you do?’

‘I suppose I’d… I’d set it free.’”

4. A Thesis Proposal by  Ramon C. Sunico—a 452-word story about a Fine Arts student proposing his undergraduate thesis topic

“No, Ma’am, I don’t despise any of you, but I thought this was a Fine Arts course, a course where you learn to make things, not to learn how to write like, well, Foucault or Derrida or those people.”


An anthology of stories about Filipinos, written by Filipinos for Filipinos. Forget your diet and gobble this one up. ☁

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling

by Elaine Zapanta

Happy new year! Let’s welcome 2015 with a magical look that’s perfect for all the adventures waiting for us.

For this look, I chose the book that started it all—“it” meaning my love for books, especially YA fiction: Queen J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Yes, friends, I was quite late to the party and if it hadn’t been for a lame book report project in school, I wouldn’t be interested in reading fiction. Ever. You can let out your gasps now. 😛

Clockwise from top left: NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Pale Pink, Benefit Watt’s Up!, Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach, K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil in Super Black and Benefit They’re Real! mascara

We all love ‘arry and the gang so I’m going to start with the tutorial now before this becomes a Harry Potter appreciation post.


I have been getting compliments on the way I do my brows (thank you!). Now my brows aren’t entirely non-existent so there’s no need spend extra time on them. Using a stiff angled brush and my holy grail brow product, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony, I define my brows as close to its natural shape as possible. The pomade gets a bit of getting used to but this tutorial by Sam of Pixiwoos helped me tons!


This Scholastic cover of Sorcerer’s Stone has many violets and pinks so I picked Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes (2013). Start with Two Faced Shadow Primer on the lids and using a fluffy blending brush (MAC 217) do a soft wash of Primrose all over the mobile lids. With the same brush, get some of Fresco and put it on the crease, blending towards the brow bone. This will act as the transition shade. Switch to a pencil brush and add a little bit of Kir Royal on the crease. Then with the same brush, add Violet Ink on the outer v.

The lid color is African Violet, a gorgeous shade of violet with copper shimmers. The lower lashline should sort of mirror the lid situation so get some of Kir Royal halfway on lower lashline and Violet Ink on the outer corners. Tightline using a black waterproof pencil liner (K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyepencil in Super Black), curl your lashes, and put on mascara (Benefit They’re Real!). To brighten up the eyes, put a tiny bit of Guava on the inner corners.


Don’t forget to prime your face so your makeup stays on longer (Benefit The Porefessional in my case). Then you can put foundation on. I used NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona for this look. As for the rest of the face, conceal (MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35), set with powder (Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder), contour (The Balm Bahama Mama), and highlight (Benefit Watt’s Up!) to your liking. I added a bit of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure on the apples of the cheek for a natural-looking flush.


Because the eye makeup is slightly bold and smoky, I paired it up with a light-ish lip shade. I lined my lips first with NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Pale Pink, then put on a light pink lipstick, Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach.

And that’s FaceBookIt Look #4! I hope y’all like it!

What books do you want me to recreate next? And how are guys finding this series? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Facebook and Instagram. ☁

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han

by Elaine Zapanta

This week on FaceBookIt, we’re taking the pinks out for Christmas! I am recreating the cover of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I received word from one of our readers requesting I do this book next. Challenge accepted!

Clockwise from top left: K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil in Super Black, Happy Skin Shut and Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in First Kiss, Urban Decay Naked palette, Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

I always start with the eyes because cleaning up is easier, especially when dealing with eyeshadow fallout. I primed my eyes with Benefit Stay Don’t Stray primer and packed Toasted from the Naked palette on my mobile lids. Toasted is a shimmery medium pink-brown shade that I like to foil to amp the color. Foiling is a technique that involves applying the eyeshadow wet to create a shiny, foil-like effect. Because Toasted is not a pigment/loose eyeshadow, what I do is get some on my brush and then spritz some MAC Fix+ on to the brush. I then switched to a blending brush and put a tiny bit of Hustle, also form the Naked palette, on the crease. I added a bit of Corrupt on the outer v for definition. To brighten up the eyes, I placed some Bootycall eyeshadow on the inner corners.

Next, I tightlined using K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil in Super Black. To mirror the lid situation, I put Hustle and Corrupt in the outer third of the lower lash line and Toasted in the inner corners. I curled my lashes and put on Covergirl LashBlast Lengthening Mascara on the upper and lower lashes. I really don’t consider myself an expert when it comes to falsies but feel free to put a pair or individuals if you like to.

Once the eye makeup is done, you can go ahead and do your brows or face. I do my brows last because it takes me quite a bit to shape it to my liking.

For my face, I used the Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Let’s Make It Last Primer and Mineral Loose Foundation in Cafe Mocha. The concealer I used for this look is Benefit Fake Up in 02 Medium. To look slightly flushed with love (not anger towards my ex-lover(s), lol) I put on Luminous Flush on the apples of the cheeks and on the lips I put on My First Kiss. To brighten up the face, you can contour and highlight. I used The Balm Bahama Mama to contour and Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight to highlight.

That’s FaceBookIt Look #3! Doable, right?

I know this FOTD involves a lot of pinks in it—eyes, cheeks, lips—and pink might seem like a threatening shade to some of you especially when you’re only starting with makeup or you are fond of using neutrals. Pink is a friendly color, I think? It reminds me of something fun that I should be looking forward to. That’s just me, though! What is the general consensus on the color pink, anyway?

Anyway, the thing with makeup is it’s temporary. You can remove it and change it up if you aren’t feeling it. Live by Peter “He Deserves Background Music” Kavinsky’s words:

“Just roll with it and let it happen.”

What books do you want me to recreate next? And how are guys finding this series? Have you read this book? What did you think of it? If you did, WHAT IS THAT CLIFFHANGER, RIGHT? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Facebook and Instagram. ☁

Bookbed goes to: Café Talk

by KB Meniado

Back when Bookbed was but a wee baby, I had other ideas in mind to satiate my love for books. One of those was Book Buffet. It was a dream project my college friends and I talked about one afternoon as we chomped on our burgers at a popular fast food chain.

Book Buffets would work like this: a reading session set in a cozy place where people would 1) bring books and snacks for the Buffet Table, 2) choose and read a book that interests them and then 3) meet and eat with fellow readers after.  If not feeling too social, they would be free to stop at #2—no questions, no judgment—or, worst case scenario, leave. It’s a pretty solid idea, right?

Book Buffet is something I’d love for Bookbed to host in the future. But as I wait for it to graduate from its toddler stage, I continue to seek inspiration. The most recent one came to me when I flew to Cebu two weeks ago and found Café Talk:

Café Talk, located along Escario Capitol, is the place to be—booklover or not. It’s a library-inspired café and also embellished with decorations according to season. Behind the giant bookshelf is the counter where I should have ordered a drink from.

The café is laid out like a hostel or a Korean restaurant—there are small rooms where customers can enjoy dining, studying or simply laying around.

It also has a second floor.




FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘1984’ by George Orwell

by Elaine Zapanta

This week on FaceBookIt, it’s all about bold eyes and bold lips! I am recreating Shepard Fairey’s take on 1984, the dystopian novel by George Orwell. This particular cover was commissioned by Penguin Books UK in 2008, with Fairey also creating a new cover for Animal Farm. (Shout out to Cake for pointing me in the right direction!) Okay, enough about that. Let the real fun begin!

Clockwise from top right: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, Happy Skin Eye Am Here to Stay 24h gel Eyeliner in Perfect Black, MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, Make up Geek eyeshadow in Corrupt and MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red

After you’ve prepped your face with stuff you normally use (moisturizer, primer, all that), I suggest you start with the eyes so it’s easier to clean up later.

The thing about doing smoky eyes is you have to make sure no eyeshadow residue is on your under eye area or your makeup will look really sloppy. I primed my lids with MAC’s Paint Pot in Bare Study and the lower lash line with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original.

I started with Tease as the transition color and then began creating smoke in the outer corner using the shade Pistol. I layered a bit of Corrupt on the outer corner to give it more depth. Don’t forget to blend out the edges so it’s “smokier.” I chose Half Baked as my main lid color.

Next, I tightlined using Happy Skin Eye Am Here To Stay 24h Gel Eyeliner in Perfect Black. To mirror the lid situation, I put Tease in the lower lash line, Pistol and Corrupt in the outer third of the lower lash line, and Half Baked in the inner corners. I curled my lashes and put on Benefit They’re Real Mascara. This look is better with false eyelashes but I didn’t have any when I did this look!

After that you can proceed to doing the rest of the face. I used Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony to define my brows. I kept my brows really natural to its shape so that it doesn’t look drawn or something. My base is Covergirl TruBlend in 425. To conceal the dark circles under my eyes, I used Bobbi Brown’s Corrector in Peach and Creamy Concealer in Warm Natural. To set everything, I used Ben Nye’s Banana Luxury Powder.

For a bit of glow, I put on the tiniest amount of Benefit Watts Up above the cheekbones, on the brow bones and on the Cupid’s bow. The lipstick is MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red. Since I have two focal points for this look – the eyes and lips – I didn’t put blush on. It’s up to you if you feel like you need more color.

And that’s FaceBookIt Look #2! Easy peasy!

Honestly, when I saw this cover, I instantly knew I would be doing some sort of smoky eye and then realized I also had to incorporate the reds. It’s difficult to pull off that kind of look but Tumblr reminded me of that George Orwell quote:

“Men are infinitely malleable.”

So here’s me being malleable. Come at me, Big Brother, lol jk.

What books do you want me to recreate next? And how are guys finding this series? Do you like the video tutorials? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Facebook and Instagram. ☁

Ho ho ho: 10 Gifts for Book Lovers this Holiday

by Allana Luta

Christmas day is only a little less than two weeks away and if you’re like me, you’re probably panicking about what to buy for friends and family. (Poetry!)

Buying gifts for our loved ones can be a bit stressful, especially if you want to give something meaningful, practical, and a little out-of-the-box all at the same time. While Santa Claus may have his privacy-invading magic that tells him our wishes for Christmas, and an army of elves to build all the things, we mere mortals have to rack our brains (and strain our wallets) to come up with the one gift to rule them all.

If you’re having trouble finding the best present for your bookworm friends or family members, don’t worry. We are here with some gift ideas for the beloved bibliophiles in your life.

1. Moleskine Passions Book Journal

Moleskine is popular for its varieties of notebooks but the Moleskine Passions Journals are specially tailored to an individual’s passion. The Moleskine Passion Book Journal is perfect for creative readers who also blog about books or, at the very least, like keeping tabs on what they’ve read. If you’re feeling even more generous, there are journals for recipes, wine, wellness, movies and music as well.

2. Bookcouch from Booktique

When we featured Booktique here, there was one product I couldn’t get out of my head: the Bookcouch. I mean, it’s exactly what I need as the kind of person who reads before I sleep, or until I fall asleep, because it can also double as a pillow!

3. Fandom-related anything

Want to give someone the gift of obsessing over Pride and Prejudice but with a modern twist? Here’s Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries for ya.

Do you know of a certain Stark who’s afraid of winter? Get them a hoodie. (The Perfect White Shirt alternative isn’t bad either.)

How about an aspiring novelist with a penchant for mojitos? Inspire them with Papa Hemingway’s talent in both writing and drinking with this Hollow Book Safe & Flask. (Buuut apparently Hemingway’s is sold out. They have other Hollow Book Safes, with and without flasks.) A coaster or shot glasses would be cheaper substitutes.

Having a literary fandom makes it easier for people to look for gifts, from tote bags to accessories to kitchenware. Find out what fandom your Secret Santa is a part of and start from there.

4. Paid Scribd membership

Scribd is an online library of more than 400,000 books and literary works which you can access anywhere on your mobile device. Do I sound like an advert yet? Anyway, my sister currently has a 12-month subscription and has access to all these books we can’t find in our local bookshops. There are so many good books that she’s actually complaining about reading too much (uhm, what?). If you want to give this as a gift, Scribd gives you the option to pay for the first three, six or 12 months subscription for your darling book nerd.

5. Reading lights

Do you know why so many readers wear glasses? Aside from genetics, it’s most likely because we read in the dark all the time! If a book is on “unputdownable” levels, the lack of natural light or the importance of our roommate’s beauty sleep won’t stop us from finishing a story. Booktique has some pretty cool reading lights for you, too.

6. Book-scented candles

I didn’t know these were a thing??? If your friend or family prefers candles over lamps and the possibility of burning the house down, what with all the flammable pages lying around, there are candles that have the old-book smell! Now, I personally find it weird receiving candles as presents because it makes me feel old (read: an actual adult who likes receiving candles), but I wouldn’t mind walking around in that familiar woody, wordy aroma.


They don’t have to be fancy and you can totally make your own personalized bookmarks!

An office mate of mine told me she uses a different bookmark for every book she reads. It didn’t matter if it was just an old receipt or a pretty napkin from a random restaurant; she just wanted to have something to remember each book by. At first I thought, “How wasteful!” But as I mulled it over, I realized I liked the idea. Because as a book lover, you can never really own enough bookmarks.

If you think a regular bookmark too boring, head on over to Etsy to find the quirky bookmarks that match your taste.

8. A music playlist inspired by their favorite book

Now this is probably one of the cheapest but more personal and time-consuming gifts on this list. Not only should you know what your buddy’s favorite book is (or are), but you should also have read it yourself or else you wouldn’t be able to make a proper playlist for it.

Next, you scour through your music library for the most appropriate songs and then arrange them according to how you see fit. It’ll take some introspecting and a kind of personal literary analysis but if you get it right, the feeling of having made the perfect mix is more than worth it. Just make sure you’re giving this to someone who is open to all kinds of music so that your efforts won’t go to waste, okay.

9. Signed copies of books by their favorite author

This is a tough one and should have been prepared at any other time in the year when you had the opportunity to meet said author. However, if your loved ones happen to love Bianca Gonzalez, we are giving away a signed copy of Paano Ba ‘To?! How to Survive Growing Up. Hurry up and join!

10. Books

The thing about buying gifts for bookworms is that you know there’s at least one present they won’t be disappointed to receive: books! ☁

Bookbed recommends: ‘The Little Match Girl’ by Hans Christian Andersen

by Charlie Diaz

They say books have a way of staying with you no matter how many years it’s been since you last read it. You may not remember everything but you’ll remember the feeling it brought you when you first read it. For me, that is true.

When asked what children’s book has stayed with me, I knew the answer in my heart. The problem is that I forgot the title and the author of the book! I remembered it was set in the winter and was one of those books I asked my mother to read to me at bedtime. It was also one of the first books that made me cry. See, I was already a crybaby when it comes to books even I was a kid!

After a bit of Google magic, I discovered that the book was The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen. Set on New Year’s Eve, a girl was out in the cold without proper clothing, selling matches while everyone else was busy and rushing home to their families.

Out of all books I’ve read when I was a kid, I never expected myself to pick this. Sure, it was top-of-my-head but I tried to convince myself to think of something else, something that would make me appear a cooler kid.

So why did I eventually settle with The Little Match Girl? Well, growing up wasn’t as fabulous as any other fairy tale princess but it was comfortable. Noticing and comparing that to the Match Girl as a kid was an eye opener. At an early age, I saw the plight of those less than fortunate and it affected me. In retrospect, this is probably what pushes me to support programs for unfortunate kids. I’ve had a glimpse of the extent of how they suffer so I want to help them get a better life. ☁

Note: Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my own copy of the book. It was probably given to my cousins when we were growing up. If you want to read it, here’s the link. I hope you find it meaningful as well.

Bookbed reviews: ‘Paano Ba ‘To?!’ by Bianca Gonzalez (plus a giveaway!)

by L Meniado

“Paano ba ‘to?!” (“How do I do this?!”) seems to be the most essential question we have tried—and are still trying—to answer since we became acutely aware we have grown old. We have succumbed to Googling the answers and consuming every article about being in our 20s posted on Thought Catalog or Huffington Post to make ourselves believe we are prepared to face adulthood. As we take uncertain steps forward, we desperately search for validation that we are doing just fine.

I, for one, have realized by now that knowing what I’m supposed to do in life or how to deal with adult stuff is way, way harder than answering my thesis’ research question. Good thing there are reading related literature that can lead me to useful tools in formulating my framework for life—Bianca Gonzalez’s Paano Ba ‘To?!, for one.


Bianca Gonzalez, TV host/Editor-in-Chief of Meg magazine/columnist/Young Global Shaper/blogger aka all-around superhuman, shares her life lessons and secrets to being SUPER through her first book, Paano Ba ‘To?! How to Survive Growing Up.

This book is a compilation of advice for 20-(even 30-) something Filipinas on: 1) Family, 2) Friendship, 3) Love, 4) Career & Money, 5) Failure, 6) Fashion & Beauty, 7) Purpose and 8) Self. Insights and stories from local personalities like Toni Gonzaga, Anne Curtis, Luis Manzano, Ramon Bautista and Atom Araullo are included as well.


On professing your love to your crush

Tandaan, dalagang Pilipina ka, Wag kang aamin!”—Ramon Bautista

On handling office blunders

“If you can correct it, do so, and learn your lesson and never do it again. You will earn your workmates’ respect even more if you can move on from blunders gracefully, instead of trying to avoid everyone or ranting by posting a controversial or cryptic status on Facebook.”

On managing your money

“Never buy anything with money you don’t have.”

On being an awesome workmate

“Never underestimate people. You’ll never know how they can help you in the future.”

On failure

“In every setback, there is a chance for a comeback.”

On choosing your career

“We have to make the most of every opportunity, but the crucial ingredient is having a clear idea of who you are and what you stand for so you don’t get lost in transition.”—Atom Araullo

On being comfortable with yourself

Magbo-bloom ka rin.”


The conversation between Anne Curtis and Luis Manzano about friendship is very conyo (not that I have anything major against that; it just gets annoying) but some parts still count as cute.

A few typographical errors were also here and there but may be corrected in the second run of publishing.


There is no ultimate guide to growing up tailored for every one of us. As Bianca herself wrote: “Ikaw lang ang makakasagot niyan…” The truth is, growing up is a personal experience—we can only learn by going through it ourselves. It involves intricate and individual discoveries. However, it is comforting to know that there are people out there who are not only going through the same but are also willing to share how they survive(d) growing up. ☁



We have a signed copy of Paano Ba ‘To?! waiting for you!

Answer the question “What is the best piece of advice you can give to anybody?” in the comments section below. Get creative and clever with your answers! Link to blog entries will be counted. Winner shall be chosen on the 27th of December.

Update: Congratulations, Nerissa! Email us at Thanks to everyone who joined. Until the next one! 

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘Eleanor & Park’ by Rainbow Rowell

by Elaine Zapanta

Hey, Cheer Readers! It’s finally December, which means that our calendars are booked and our weekends will be spent at Christmas parties with workmates, family and friends.

To help you prep for all these snazzy parties you’ll be attending, we will be featuring festive makeup looks inspired by some of our favorite book covers that you can wear during this time of the year.

The first look is inspired by Rainbow Rowell’s second novel, Eleanor & Park. I have infinite tenderness for this book, not only because it got me grinning ear to ear and flailing my arms at three in the morning, but also because the story of Eleanor and Park is so believable. (Okay, I may have related to Eleanor a lot, too but whatever, lol.)

This look involves two bright colors so I opted to stick to a clean, smooth base and strong brows, and focused on the eyes and lips. My foundation is Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 153. I used my holy grail brow product, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony, to define my brows and a tiny bit of Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Warm Natural on the brow bone to highlight.

The eye look is pretty standard with maybe a little unf. I started with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original to make sure everything stays in place. Then I put Champagne from the LORAC Pro Palette foiled with some MAC Fix+ on my mobile lids and Mauve, also from the same palette, on the crease.

I have hooded eyes so my liner, K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner, stayed super close to the lashes. You can change it depending on your preference. Next I mixed Comet and Earth from the Galaxy Chic palette and placed it on top of my eyeliner and on the lower lashline.

I curled my lashes and put on Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara. Lastly, I used Sunset Kiss on the lips. You can stop here but if you want a bit of highlight on the top of the cheekbones, go for it! I used Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candelight for a bit of glow.

Aaaand that’s it! Easy, right?

Whether you’re feeling as bright as Eleanor’s tresses or as gloomy as Park’s eyeliner, we’ve got you covered!

What books do you want me to recreate next? What do you think of FaceBookIt? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Facebook and Instagram. ☁