Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl

by Bryan Meniado The question as to why people suffer has been engrossing philosophers, theologians, and thinkers for millenia. Almost every religion tackles this fundamental aspect of our existence—from Zoroaster and Buddha to Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammed, and eventually to the philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among others. Now thatContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl”

30 Books on Martial Law History for the Filipino

by BM Waltzing with a Dictator by Raymond Bonner Some Are Smarter Than Others by Ricardo L. Manapat Impossible Dream: The Marcoses, the Aquinos, and the Unfinished Revolution by Sandra Burton Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos by Primitivo Mijares (read/download for free here) HowContinue reading “30 Books on Martial Law History for the Filipino”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘White Lady, Black Christ’ by Charlson Ong

by Bryan Meniado August is Buwan ng mga Wika and Buwan ng mga Akdang Pinoy. These occasions serve as reminders to celebrate our languages and the work of Filipino writers. Notice that I wrote Buwan ng mga Wika, which is plural, and not the usual Buwan ng Wika because I want to celebrate the diversityContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘White Lady, Black Christ’ by Charlson Ong”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe’ by Jane Goodall

by Bryan Meniado I often get asked why Bibi Mangki #thereadingmonkey is a monkey. While it may seem trivial, this is an important question. Bibi Mangki being a monkey is neither an accident nor a product of a whim. I did not get the idea out of nowhere like “Oh, I want to make aContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe’ by Jane Goodall”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’ by Kobe Bryant

by Bryan Meniado Filipinos are arguably some of the biggest basketball fans in the world, and with the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the ongoing NBA Conference Finals, the Filipino basketball fandom are once again cheering and going wild from the sidelines. These sporting events have provided hoops fans like me with momentaryContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’ by Kobe Bryant”

Why Filipinos Should Read: Archaeology and Heritage Studies

by Bryan Meniado Travelling with ease is undoubtedly one of the things we miss in this pandemic, and it’s been more than a year since and we are sadly still unable to fly without the fear of a coronavirus exposure.  But I miss travelling not only because of mere “paglalakwatsa.” That’s a common misconception whenContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Archaeology and Heritage Studies”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture’ by Doreen G. Fernandez

by Bryan Meniado “Lami mag-binignit!” says foodie me who frequents a local shopping destination here in my city just to enjoy one of my favorite desserts. Binignit is a popular Visayan dessert dish traditionally made with glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk with various slices of root crops, and fruits, among other delicious garnishes. (CheckContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture’ by Doreen G. Fernandez”

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”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices’ by Masuma Ahuja

by KB Meniado At 15, I moved to another city to go to college. I don’t remember it being such a difficult of an adjustment for me, as I was then coming from a melting pot. But I do recall how apparent the differences in experiences and perspectives was among the students, especially those aroundContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices’ by Masuma Ahuja”

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 physicalContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: Philippine Arts and Literature”