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…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for March

Welcome to the third book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. Check out our picks for March below! 1. The Rise of the Pinoy by Mike Grogan What I liked: It’s always a great feeling to be reminded of how creative, persevering and aspiring Filipinos are, and with this book, I found 21 (!) stories that renewed my motivation to live up to my goals. I love that each chapter has detailed accounts of different Filipinos’ journey to passion and success, and how at every end, there’s a worksheet…

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…

Bookbed recommends: Filipiniana

ni Nicai de Guzman; mga litrato ni Kat Candelaria Noong ako’y nasa elementarya at hayskul, palagi akong nasa silid-aklatan. Nakakahiyang aminin pero hindi ko talaga pinapansin noon ang Filipiniana section. Nang maging miyembro ako ng Heritage Conservation Society-Youth ay saka ko lamang binigyang pansin ang mga akda ng sarili nating kababayan, partikular ang mga tungkol sa kasaysayan. Ang mga librong nakalista dito ay ilan lamang sa mai-rerekumenda ko at ng mga kasamahan ko sa HCS-Youth para patuloy nating pahalagahan ang mga alala ng nakaraan. 1. Women of Malolos ni Nicanor G. Tiongson   Maraming pamilyar sa mga kababaihan ng Malolos dahil…