Bookbed recommends: ‘Summer Feels’

by Maria Criselda Santos I was not at all prepared for the heartbreak, the yearning and the heat levels that Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology threw my way. From the onset, I knew this was going to be a huge treat. I have read most of the authors, which made it easy for me to set my expectation. Yes, it was high, and yes, it has been met. While the anthology contains tropes that we may be familiar with—friends-to-lovers, one-night stands, summer flings, each story brings something new. What’s more is that it’s also part travel journal, featuring noteworthy destinations across…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 4

by Lucille de Mesa, Baz Grimm-Pitch, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu, Maria Criselda Santos and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. It’s barely even a year after John died. And Phil still remembers every bit of it all—how they were lounging by the small terrace of their apartment that afternoon, the sun settling below the horizon. John was telling him a news story about a gay couple from Laguna who are now proud parents of a baby girl via surrogacy. “Maybe we can also have one,” John said. They had been arguing for months about having a baby….

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 3

by Lucille de Mesa, Baz Grimm-Pitch, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu, Maria Criselda Santos and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. By the time the ferry arrived, the pier was already packed. Phil and his friends had formed a line early on, but when the gates opened to start boarding passengers, some people ignored the line completely and ran ahead. Brenda looked ready to pick a fight with any one of the people who had cut the line, but Girlie held on to her arm, shaking her head. “What?” Brenda said loudly. “Don’t stop me, Girl. This is…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 2

by Lucille de Mesa, Baz Grimm-Pitch, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu, Maria Criselda Santos and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Phil drove, occasionally throwing glances at everyone through his rearview mirror. Even if they all have grown up, they were still pretty much the same. Phil smiled to himself, their high school memories flooding his mind. In the back seat, Brenda and Girlie were catching up. Despite the lost time, the conversation flowed naturally and both of them felt at ease, as if they never left high school and saw each other regularly in the past years. “Bren,” Girlie began….

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 1

by Lucille de Mesa, Baz Grimm-Pitch, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu, Maria Criselda Santos and BJ Medina The last time Philip saw them was fifteen years ago. Anxiety and excitement filled him as he arrived at their meeting place. This was the first time since high school that they were going on a trip complete. The other times, they were all either too busy or something always came up for one or two of them, making them cancel the reunion altogether. All Philip knew about his barkada was their careers, thanks to their social media feeds—Brenda was now a doctor saving…

Romance in full bloom on #AprilFeelsDay

by Maria Criselda Santos From being a small group of indie authors wanting to get their novellas published to becoming one of the largest reading communities in the country, #romanceclass has indeed come a long way. The authors do not only attract mainstream publishers noawadays, but they also held a successful event last Sunday (April 17), dubbed as April Feels Day, in celebration of romance and reading. Mina V. Esguerra, bestselling romance author and organizer of Feels Day, said they had been participating in book fairs and reader events, even doing several of these in a year. But since they were…

11 More Pinoy Comics to Love

by EK Gonzales So. You’re new to local independent komiks. You’ve read Trese and Kikomachine, and maybe Mythology Class, and you want more. You’ve heard there are very interesting things happening in local komiks. You’d be right. But you don’t know where to start. Recommending comics to anybody is difficult because there are as many comics as there are interests, just as there are books in every genre. This is also true of local komiks. This even gets more confusing with both readers and creators having influences from three major places: American comics, Japanese manga and Pinoy classic komiks. The best…