Poetry Submission: ‘Come Back To Me’

by Bianca Marie Nery Come back to meMy troubled love.Fill this voidInside my heart. Come back to meMy pride and joy.End this sadness,This life of woe. Come back to meMy heart and soul.Stay with meForevermore. ☁️ If you enjoyed this, we encourage you to leave a comment below. To submit your own, write to us here.

Poetry Submission: ‘The 1’

by Aidan Bernales How are you?Isn’t that so strange?After so long of not thinking about you, that’s the first thing I ask—Are you feeling better than the last time we talked?I remember how hurriedly I walked past your favorite store in the mallIn a weak attempt not to meet your eyes one more timeAfter we spokeContinue reading “Poetry Submission: ‘The 1’”

Poetry Submission: ‘Turning Tables’

by Aidan Bernales Paper-cutsWhere thin skin used to beCrossing and uncrossing my legs,Waiting for you to get used to meBecause I carved our names on every building we’ve passed throughI’ve made poetry out of every memory I’ve ever had with youBecause the heart wants what it wantsAnd it only ever moves me forward when my feetContinue reading “Poetry Submission: ‘Turning Tables’”

Poetry Submission: ‘Stranded’

Poem and art by Paul Raymond Jimenez * * * Man’s infinite imagination is as vast as the sea.  The world can go haywire And, still, if one can cope— find courage amidst a plethora of dangers, one may see: beauty, honesty, and hope. ☁️ If you enjoyed this, we encourage you to leave a commentContinue reading “Poetry Submission: ‘Stranded’”

Book Journaling: ‘Filipino Prehistory,’ ‘Girlhood,’ ‘I Can Say No,’ and everything else I read in the past three months

by KB Meniado Reading, like everything else in this pandemic, has become such a challenge, so if you read 17, 39, 86, or even just one book in the past three months, I would like to congratulate you. Us. Here are the 14 books that have helped me keep afloat. They’re BoJo-worthy but are theyContinue reading “Book Journaling: ‘Filipino Prehistory,’ ‘Girlhood,’ ‘I Can Say No,’ and everything else I read in the past three months”

Poetry Submission: ‘Akmang Kagitingan’

by Paul Raymond Jimenez Kung mayroon mang natatanging tatak na Pilipino,ito’y ang ating angking tapang at talino. Ngunit minsa’y dapat din nating isipinNa huwag magpadala sa udyok ng damdamin. Sa mga nabasa’t narinig kong mga kwento—sa kasaysayan at hindi sa barbero,Ang poot at galit ay walang magandang naidudulot;ang marangal na layuni’y kadalasa’y nauudlot. Malaking bagay angContinue reading “Poetry Submission: ‘Akmang Kagitingan’”

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”

From the Bookbed Room: @komikninja reviews ‘Palaso’ by Marianie @marianieart

Today is another day for Filipino indie komiks! Our resident @komikninja talks about the one-shot comic Palaso by Marianie, which follows the Dark Cupid whose job is to pull out the “love arrows as he meets “his most challenging mission yet—a bubbly human named Joy.” Check out the video below (all the links are inContinue reading “From the Bookbed Room: @komikninja reviews ‘Palaso’ by Marianie @marianieart”

Making Time for Creative Pursuits: How Writer Janelle Almosara Balances Reading, Writing, and Podcasting

by KB Meniado Happy Women’s Month! In celebration, we are featuring some of the women readers in our community. In this interview, get to know Janelle Almosara, a hobby hoarder, a serial procrastinator, and also our awesome virtual #BookbedMeets host. Here, she talks about following her curiosities and how she’s easing back into writing andContinue reading “Making Time for Creative Pursuits: How Writer Janelle Almosara Balances Reading, Writing, and Podcasting”

Story Submission: ‘Idyllic Clouds’

Story and art by Paul Raymond Jimenez Death crept in the cramped space where we hid for days. The air reeked of sadness. I stared at the only access for relief, an aperture cracked open by shrapnel during the last barrage. A gentle pacific wind seeped in, its tail uncovering a majestic masterpiece—the sky’s wispy andContinue reading “Story Submission: ‘Idyllic Clouds’”