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Bookbed recommends: ‘The Meaning of Tingo’ by Adam Jacot de Boinod

by KB Meniado The start of the year usually signals (re)setting goals, and for those who have ‘learn a new language’ in their lists, here is a recommendation for you: The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod. This is not a language textbook by any means, but rather a seemingly personal compilation of foreign words and phrases you’d […]

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People

Lessons from ‘A Triumphant Detour’

by Allana Luta In A Triumphant Detour, author Racquel Sarah A. Castro narrates her experiences in life with cerebral palsy, from birth to present. There’s a lot to learn from her story and here are the top three lessons I gained from reading her autobiography. Faith can give you strength. If there’s one overwhelming theme throughout […]

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Why Filipinos Should Read

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies’ by Jared Diamond

by Bryan Meniado This August, we celebrate Buwan ng Mga Wika. This is the time when students showcase their talents in Balagtasan and writing competitions for the promotion and appreciation of our national language. It is also the best time for every Filipino to be proud, not only of our language and literature, but also of […]

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Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Anti-Development State’ by Walden Bello

by Bryan Meniado While there are many good reasons to be proud of being Filipino, there remain deplorable realities happening in our society. Poverty, violence and politics, among others, continue to taint our nation and identity. Many have grown tired of the failed promises of elected officials saying they will make the country great. Some of […]

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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 loved […]

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Why Filipinos Should Read

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Pacific Rims’ by Rafe Bartholomew

by Bryan Meniado It’s the month of love, and we hear kilig stories here and there, so I thought I’d talk about something that many of us Filipinos can relate to: our love affair with basketball. We play it on the computer and on the streets. We cheer from our living rooms and from the sidelines. We talk about games […]

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Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ by Don Norman

by Bryan Meniado Have you ever encountered doors you don’t know whether to push or pull and ending up doing the wrong action? I’m fairly sure that many of us have, and in such occurrences, we normally blame ourselves, or somebody else, for the blunder. But is it really our fault… or is it the door’s fault? […]

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Storiesnaps

Storiesnap Time: ‘stories from year twenty-nine’ by Joy Celine Asto

Welcome to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose stories from year twenty-nine by Joy Celine Asto. A visual diary, this self-published book features 47 photos in full color, patterned in intertwining stories. Watch the video below to check out a few pages, and if you enjoyed this, […]

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Why Filipinos Should Read

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins

by Bryan Meniado It’s Rizal Day today, and while I would like to discuss our national hero, I would like to talk about something that is related to the bigger event we are celebrating, which is the holiday season. I remember this instance wherein I was browsing at a bookstore from months ago. I came across […]

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Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Nation, Self and Citizenship’ by Randolf David

by Bryan Meniado The past weeks have been a roller coaster of national drama for us Filipinos. We have been stormed by the ongoing investigation on the notorious Bilibid drug trade, which has several interesting subplots, as well as the sudden and controversial burial of the late president, Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, […]