Bookbed recommends: ‘Seedlings: A Short Story Collection’ by Maria Carlizza C. Pagaduan

by KB Meniado To read the contents of somebody else’s journal is almost unforgivable but with Seedlings, a collection of tiny stories from the life of an author and artist better known to me as Arli Pagaduan, I didn’t feel any guilt at all. On the contrary, it was inviting and familiar—the pages like old friends waving at me, the stories sounding as if I had written them myself—and I sincerely enjoyed how each one brought me back to my past experiences and feelings. While a lot of themes are universally relatable, such as friendships, family, faith, frustrations and fears, each story…

Flipping Through the #100BookScenesProject with Arli Pagaduan

by KB Meniado It’s Year 5 of the #100DayProject, and for creators, it’s another chance, another challenge. Social media feeds grow more alive and active, featuring artistic pursuits from people all over the world taking on the 100-day habit. I, for one, live for it. Everyday projects are awesome, full stop. And for readers like myself, it’s even more so when it’s about books. Enter the #100BookScenesProject. Produced by Arli Pagaduan, this project features—as the hashtag says—one book scene every day for 100 days. It might only be her Day 38 today, but already, her consistent streak of drawing and posting proves to…