Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’ by Kobe Bryant

by Bryan Meniado Filipinos are arguably some of the biggest basketball fans in the world, and with the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the ongoing NBA Conference Finals, the Filipino basketball fandom are once again cheering and going wild from the sidelines. These sporting events have provided hoops fans like me with momentaryContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’ by Kobe Bryant”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Archaeology and Heritage Studies

by Bryan Meniado Travelling with ease is undoubtedly one of the things we miss in this pandemic, and it’s been more than a year since and we are sadly still unable to fly without the fear of a coronavirus exposure.  But I miss travelling not only because of mere “paglalakwatsa.” That’s a common misconception whenContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Archaeology and Heritage Studies”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture’ by Doreen G. Fernandez

by Bryan Meniado “Lami mag-binignit!” says foodie me who frequents a local shopping destination here in my city just to enjoy one of my favorite desserts. Binignit is a popular Visayan dessert dish traditionally made with glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk with various slices of root crops, and fruits, among other delicious garnishes. (CheckContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture’ by Doreen G. Fernandez”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Women Writers

by Bryan Meniado March is National Women’s Month here in the Philippines, also known as Women’s History Month in other countries. Coinciding with the annual International Women’s Day on March 8, this celebration is to commemorate the socio-cultural, economic, historical, and political contributions and achievements of women, as well as to put forward important discussionsContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Women Writers”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Philippine Arts and Literature

by Bryan Meniado Life continues to be difficult for everyone because of the pandemic. With the prolonged quarantine, we remain  physically and socially isolated from our loved ones and friends. We can no longer shake hands, hug, or beso with ease like we used to do. Our lives have shifted to this normal of physicalContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Philippine Arts and Literature”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Social Sciences and Philosophy

by Bryan Meniado In the last Why Filipinos Should Read post, I discussed why one should read or even consider a degree in anthropology. Anthropology is part of social sciences, and there are equally fascinating disciplines within, and so I thought discussing why one should read more social sciences and philosophy would be a goodContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Social Sciences and Philosophy”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Anthropology, and Why Young Filipinos Should Consider a Degree in Anthropology

by Bryan Meniado The “Basagan ng Trip” series with Leloy Claudio on YouTube is one of my favorites to binge-watch, and in my previous article, I mentioned the episode with Chiqui Agoncillo, the first female summa cum laude from the UP Department of History. In it, she shares why one should consider pursuing a degreeContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Anthropology, and Why Young Filipinos Should Consider a Degree in Anthropology”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Filipiniana

by Bryan Meniado It’s been a while since I last wrote for Bookbed. My last “Why Filipinos Should Read” was published two years ago! But while I may have lay low on reading, the books are there, and new ones keep coming. A real tsundoku! *laughs* Moving on, one of the silver linings of thisContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Filipiniana”

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Sacred Hoops’ by Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty

by Bryan Meniado We often hear the names ‘Michael’ and ‘Kobe’ and equate them to greatness and legends in basketball. But little do we know about the man behind their respective Hall of Fame careers—Phil Jackson. Phil Jackson’s coaching is out-of-the-box and makes the game of basketball more than just that, a game. He makesContinue reading “12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Sacred Hoops’ by Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty”

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 ofContinue reading “12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Rizal Without The Overcoat’ by Ambeth Ocampo”