Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins

by Bryan Meniado It’s Rizal Day today, and while I would like to discuss our national hero, I would like to talk about something that is related to the bigger event we are celebrating, which is the holiday season. I remember this instance wherein I was browsing at a bookstore from months ago. I came across a book called The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins at the Religion section. It sat there slyly, in between different versions of the Bible andOur Daily Bread booklets, which I found intriguing and silly at the same time. Despite its hefty price tag, I bought the copy….

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Nation, Self and Citizenship’ by Randolf David

by Bryan Meniado The past weeks have been a roller coaster of national drama for us Filipinos. We have been stormed by the ongoing investigation on the notorious Bilibid drug trade, which has several interesting subplots, as well as the sudden and controversial burial of the late president, Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which prompted protests from the anti-Marcos groups. Although it is tempting for me to pull the history card once again for this month’s article, I opted to settle with an equally stimulating subject of sociology. Randolf “Randy” David’s book, Nation, Self and Citizenship is an…

Why Filipinos Should Read: The ‘Looking Back’ Series by Ambeth Ocampo

by Bryan Meniado I’ve always had the penchant for history. My favorite subjects in school were in line with sibika at kultura, kasaysayan and araling panlipunan. I even ended up earning a degree in anthropology, which is the study of humans and, to an extent, a sibling of history! But while I am fascinated by such, I understand why many people I know don’t enjoy history. For example, my classmates back then hated it. The way it was being taught was not enjoyable, or even interesting (at least in public schools); it was always that students had to memorize hundreds of…

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘I Am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

by Bryan Meniado I consciously find time to visit a bookstore, and recently, after numerous visits, I eventually bought one of my sought-after-but-maybe-next-time books. You know that one book you really wanted to buy but opted to hold it for the time being for you to buy next time around? That’s what I Am Malala is for me, and it did not disappoint. The book narrates the experiences of Malala Yousafzai, a Pashtun (an ethnic group in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan) activist who, despite her young age, ardently fights for the right to education, especially for girls, in her hometown in…