#MagbasaMonday Season 1

Happy #MagbasaMonday! If you’re subscribed to Bookbedwatch, you’ve most likely been following the first season of this series, where Bibi Mangki of the Banana Feelings Comics has been recommending books. Today, Season 1 ends with its 15th episode: an excerpt from Detective Boys of Masangkay by Bernalyn Hapin Sastrillo. Check it out below! To see all episodes, check out this playlist below: By the way, EXCITING NEWS: Bibi Mangki is now officially part of the Bookbed team (yay!), the reading monkey is now open to requests for the next season! Both local and foreign titles are accepted. To send, contact us here….

Bookbed reviews: ‘Malong: The Magic Cloth’ by Mary Ann Ordinario-Floresta

by KB Meniado It’s a great time for book lovers and readers alike today: more diverse books are being released, and they’re more accessible and affordable now more than ever. There are stories in different languages and of distinct cultures, and if one tries hard enough, they’ll find one that’s exactly about them. Let’s say you’re from Mindanao, and you’ve been looking for reading materials that hit close to home. A quick search online will lead to multiple publishers, both mainstream and indie, providing titles that speak of home. To name a few, there’s Sari-Sari Storybooks, Swito Digital Storytelling Philippines, Cotabato Literary Journal….

Brave(he)art: An Interview with Shai San Jose

by KB Meniado One of the most important facets of growing up and learning who you are as an individual is being able to express yourself. It can be as diverse as the clothes you wear to the music you listen to down to the words you choose to use. For Shai, watercolor is her weapon and art is her game. Shai San Jose is a 17-year-old Animation and Game Development student. Creating art is more than just a hobby for her. When she’s not drawing, she’s drowning herself in books, movies or TV series—any of those three, or she’s probably…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for May

Welcome to the fifth book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. Check out our picks for May below! 1. Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman by Paolo Herras and Jerico Marte What I liked: The reason I bought Strange Natives back in April was that the artist behind the booth selling local comic books recommended it, saying it would make me feel empowered as a woman. And that’s what you get even in the first few pages of the story, which centers on Grasya, an ageing…