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All Reading Aloud: ‘Please Pick Me’ by Reina Regina

Welcome to All Reading Aloud, in which we read excerpts out loud. Please Pick Me is Reina Regina’s debut book, filled with beautiful poetry—words strung together that gives us a glimpse of the author’s life. It’s cut into multiple parts, diving deep into her story as a lover, a tarot reader, a daughter, a writer. […]

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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 narrator […]

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All Reading Aloud: ‘You Are Here’ by Dawn Lanuza

Welcome to All Reading Aloud, in which we read excerpts out loud. For our first book, we feature You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza, to be released February 2019. Similar to the author’s earlier work The Last Time I’ll Write About You, this one is also a collection of poetry and prose.  Watch the video below […]

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Poems

Poetry Submission: ‘Pagtanggap’

by Michelle Tatoy Sila’y mga tao din, dumarami’t kumakalat. Inaakala ng nakararami ito’y karamdaman— pinangdirian at kinamuhian, pinagkaitan ng kalayaan, pinagtulakan at tinapakan, luha’y naging basehan ng katapangan. Pinairal ng lipunan: Makikitid na pag unawa’y naging boses ng mamamayan Basehan na ba ng katapangan ang panlalamang? Sila’y bahagi rin nitong perlas ng silanganan Buksan ang […]

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Exploring through Confessional Writing: An Interview with Richsean Jeff Dy

by KB Meniado I met Richsean Jeff Dy at the Booklatan session led by the National Book Development Board last November 9 in Toril, Davao City. His table displayed a copy of his zine, sa ikapito, ako dapat ang maglaho, a collection of poems about how it means to love and to hurt, to let […]

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Poetry Submission: ‘My Polaris’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   It all happened like this: The night sky requested someone So it’ll no longer be alone.   And then there you came.   You became The Star In the darkest of days. You became Daylight Through the blackest of heavens.   It all happened like this: A “being” wished to have […]

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Poetry Submission: ‘Unwritten Love Letters’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   I. It’s a cold evening. My love’s warmer than coffee— I take a pen and write.   I pour my heart into this drastic art— forming words into letters to converse with my inners, a lover; a giver; a carer— a bearer.   II. Every pierce to my heart reminds […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘To the Sun, Moon, and Stars’ by Cariza Opana

by Agnes Manalo THE STORY To the Sun, Moon, and Stars, written by Cariza Opana and illustrated by Ellé Om, is a collection of poetry and prose that reads as letters meant to be sent to the skies and diary entries stored and locked in cages we all keep in our hearts.  This book talks about holding […]

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Poetry Submission: ‘All These To You’

by KC Bernardo In the midst of my goodbye, must I see Your face a picture of sorrow and pain, And your eyes filled with anxiety? But if you would hate me, let my heart be slain I will go, my love, and bid my last.   But before I leave, dear one, must you know […]

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Poetry Submission: ‘Let Me’

by Ivan Arbizo; art by Japhet Paypa As I gazed upon your eyes, I thought I would find that beautiful paradise, Where love can truly suffice. Yet everything was a lie. Those empty words Made me believe you were my world, Embracing your perfect imperfections. Realized it was all deception. Accustomed to your resplendent lightness, Let me […]