12 Days of Bookbed Recs: F. Sionil Jose, Alexander Dumas and Oscar Wilde

by Glory Moralidad I love these books because they’re a compilation of awesome Filipino stories and essays. My annual holiday reads (December 20 to January 7) consist primarily of Filipino literature from well-known authors like F. Sionil Jose (Feet of Juan Bacnang), Dean Francis Alfar and more. After each day, I end up my reading with that of Jose Rizal’s toast to Luna and Hidalgo. Always. If I get to rest and read foreign books, I always read Alexander Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo, Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray and anything by Neil Gaiman. And I end every foreign reads with…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults’

by Allana Luta The stories that my titos and titas used to scare me as a kid always involved some kind of creature: the tiyanak, the kapre, the white lady and, my personal nightmare, the manananggal. But over the years their threat gradually dwindled. Transitioning from child to teenager, my fears no longer took the forms of sharp fangs and bloody eyes, instead transforming into filial disappointment, peer ostracism, the very real possibility of failing at life and the heartbreak of losing someone you love. The 14 stories featured in Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults cover a wide range of monsters—some…