#BookbedMeets: Pandayan Bookshop

by Agnes Manalo, Lucille de Mesa, Magsi Rover and Marj Cabatay We went to visit a Pandayan Bookshop for #BookbedMeets last October 7. Here are our experiences touring the branch in Malolos, Bulacan (plus Malolos itself!) with Pandayan’s Jacob Cabochan. Enjoy! AGNES Bookstores have always been special to me, from the small stationery shops in my hometown that also carried a few books, to the big chain bookstores in every mall, to the secondhand bookshops scattered in or around my university campus. So I was excited to join Pandayan Bookshop’s Malolos branch tour. One of my favorite parts during the bookshop tour…

#BookbedMeets: Books We Love to Reread

At the #BookbedMeets earlier today, we talked about books we love to reread, or simply, our favorite books. So in case you’re looking for recommendations, below is the list of titles that were shared and discussed. Enjoy! FICTION CLASSICS The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger COMIC BOOK SERIES/GRAPHIC NOVELS Saga by Brian K. Vaughan MYSTERY, HORROR, THRILLER Ring by Koji Suzuki The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada SCIENCE FICTION Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Forever by Judy Blume Ready Player One…

Leafing Through Pages for Mental Wellness

by Joy Celine Asto Reading Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho was my first brush with literature that tackles the intricacies of mental health. I found its premise interesting. Despite having virtually everything a woman her age could ask for, the titular character decided to end her life in a rented room in a convent. But why? By leafing through the book to look for answers to this question, I unknowingly plunged into the complexities of situations that people with mental health battles are often subjected to. What Coelho felt compelled to put in writing was likely his own experience…

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…

Celebrating Stories of Love and Everything In Between at the ‘Before I Do Anthology’ Launch

by Kat Petines, photos by Kelly Mahipus Stories about love are not new. Society’s obsession with the subject has spawned a truckload of materials that focus on the search for it, the triumph of finding it, the tragedy of losing it and everything in between. In fact, love has turned into such a central theme in our lives that it is not surprising to see your fourteen-year-old cousin sharing a sad love song on Facebook, captioning it with “Someday, I will be alright again. 💔” Of course it’s fricking weird, but it happens. And you know what? It’s okay. Because in…

Better Epiphanies Through Xeroxography: How A Press Expo Gave This Writer Hope

by Amber B. Garma Epiphanies, eurekas, sudden realizations—every person comes across such at various points in life. That is the time everything falls into place. Suddenly, you know what your next step is. Suddenly, you understand why you are here at this very moment in this very place under these very circumstances, doing what you’re doing for this very purpose. I’ve had three suddenlys, so far: one in the middle of my grade school graduation speech; another while drunk on a rooftop bar in Zambales, listening to the ocean; and the most recent one in a smoke-filled bar along a random…

Hoarding Comic Books at Komikon 2016

by Tricia Gervacio In the Philippines, Komikon is one of the biggest bi-annual event that comic dorks (and by dorks, we mean awesome people!) look forward to every April and November. Last November 19 and 20, we had two days packed and loaded with comic books, panel talks and movie screenings. Although I wasn’t able to attend and see all the panel discussions and movie screenings, I was able to get—or maybe, hoard?—a number of good releases this year! There are a lot of budding artists, too! No wonder there was a big crowd last weekend! I got the following from…