Bookbed reviews: ‘How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & Other Poems’ by Jim Pascual Agustin

by Lausanne Barlaan THE STORY Jim Pascual Agustin has created a distinct, challenging, and necessary collection of poetry that successfully weaves together inner lives and the larger entities surrounding us. How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter is undeniably a product of its time, made necessary for the challenges it poses upon the reader-challenges the narratorContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & Other Poems’ by Jim Pascual Agustin”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Mandirigma 173’ by Ellena Odde

by Lausanne Barlaan THE STORY Hinihintay lang naman ni Chi sa beach ang bestfriend niyang nilamon ng Kpop, nang lumitaw ang pusang nagsasalita at asal millennial. Tapos, napili na siyang isa sa mga Mandirigma sa pa-contest ni Bathala, susuungin ang mga misyon sa mundo ng mga engkanto. Dagdag stress pa ang kabataan problems niya saContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Mandirigma 173’ by Ellena Odde”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God’ by Isa Garcia

by Lausanne Barlaan Letters are a lost form of art, now overtaken by the ease of text messages and the speed of emails. All these new forms of communication are quick and convenient, yes, but they are mostly devoid of personality. Emojis may be the closest substitution, but nothing beats words weaved together by a lovedContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God’ by Isa Garcia”

Writing Letters for Every Girl: An Interview with ‘Found’ Author Isa Garcia

by Lausanne Barlaan Letter writing had been tagged ‘outdated’ more than once before, and with the constant surge of new technologies of how people send messages across—email, text, blog and social media, some would consider the claim to be true. Who writes letters anymore? Well.. Dear friend, I had the opportunity of talking to a letterContinue reading “Writing Letters for Every Girl: An Interview with ‘Found’ Author Isa Garcia”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Bumasa At Lumaya 2’

by Lausanne Barlaan THE STORY Bumasa at Lumaya 2 is the second installment of the first ever resource and reference book on Philippine children’s literature. Edited by Ani Rosa Almario, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz and Ramon Sunico, and featuring works by renowned children’s literature writers like Rene O. Villanueva, Eugene Y. Evasco and Dr. Luis P.Continue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Bumasa At Lumaya 2’”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Natural Analogies’ by Lora Noreen Domingo

by Lausanne Barlaan THE STORY Natural Analogies is a collection of personal essays by Lora Noreen Domingo. As hinted in the book’s title, the writer narrates her insights and observations through analogies between her subjects and animals. “Definitions” takes readers on a fly-on-the-wall account with the writer, as she observes how a community that worked on unspokenContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Natural Analogies’ by Lora Noreen Domingo”