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 physical…More

Storiesnap Time: ‘I Met You for a Reason’

Welcome back to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we’re featuring I Met You for a Reason, an illustrated poem by Layla S. Tanjutco, illustrated by Carla de Guzman. It’s about finding hope amid heartbreak, something that a lot of people can relate to—and not just love-wise…More

Book Journaling: ‘I Must Belong Somewhere: Poetry and Prose’ by Dawn Lanuza

by KB Meniado THE STORY A daring but necessary insight into themes of longing, home, bullying, loneliness, and mental health, I Must Belong Somewhere is a silver lining for anyone struggling. With her third poetry collection, I Must Belong Somewhere, acclaimed writer Dawn Lanuza is returning to her most popular literary platform. Written during her year of rest and…More

6 Zines from #SOXZineFest2020 You Should Be Reading

You’ve probably read a thousand of zines before—and even made some of your own, but we have six more to add to your collection—all from the SOX Zine Fest, the first zine fest in Soccsksargen showcasing arts and literature of and from the region (Region 12). Organized by SOX Writers and SOX Reading Advocates, this…More

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 this…More

Story Submission: ‘A Couple of Wednesdays’

by Dominique Gonzaga-Sulatra Chynna never forgets a face—well, no one forgets the face of their first love, anyway. And so as soon as she sees the guy wearing that unmistakable blue beanie stepping inside the book café, she almost drops her book.  Omo, is that Jaehyun? Chynna sits up. Squints her eyes. Blinks twice. Thrice. Rubs her eyes…More