For His Love of Mother Tongue: Jerome Herrera on Translating ‘The Little Prince’ into Chavacano

by Nove Patangan I spent most of my teenage years back in my hometown in Dipolog City in Zamboanga. There, I met different people who spoke different languages, of which Chavacano is one. Although I can only speak a few Chavacano words, this language speaks to me a volume of the people’s culture and identity. So when I came across of a news about the newly-released Chavacano-translated version of The Little Prince, a 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, I was curious of the man behind this endeavor. Jerome Herrera is a Chavacano enthusiast from Zamboanga City, Philippines. He translated…

8 Nail Art Designs Based on YA Book Covers

by KB Meniado I wanted to do something to personally celebrate Bookbed’s eighth year, and my initial idea was to dress up like book covers or characters for eight days. (I watch too many Buzzfeed videos, I know.) I couldn’t afford to do so, lifestyle-wise, so I opted for something that was more practical but also more challenging. Therefore: nail art designs based on book covers. I never do anything to my nails except to occasionally cut or bite them and I’m not a nail technician by any means, but I assure you I tried my best. This project ran…

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

by Kristel Cruz “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” … goes one of the most remarkable lines in literature. “What is essential is invisible to the eye” rings true indeed, but makeup never really did hurt anyone, right? This is why I chose this book—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, my favorite book of all time and a big driving force in my life—to create the first look for this FaceBookIt comeback! Far from being fancy-schmancy, I made a look…

Fiction Nation: What is Essential (Can Also Be Seen on Film)

by Allana Luta Warning: spoilers ahead. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go to the nearest cinema, watch it, then come back here to share your thoughts. 🙂 We all know the story of the Little Prince: his rose, his intergalactic travels, his fox and his return to his planet, all told by the Aviator stranded in the Sahara desert. The movie isn’t an exact adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella but is instead a re-telling of it, with the Aviator now an elderly man living next door to the film’s protagonist, an unnamed little girl. After she fails…

Fiction Nation: Young At Heart

by Allana Luta Bookbed turned five this month, which is the age most kids start to take an interest in reading, if they’re not already. (Speaking of, we celebrated the National Children’s Book Day at the Philippine Children’s Book Summit yesterday!) And with the recent release of the movie Home, based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, I wondered what future children’s books adaptations were in store for us. Here are some I’m excited to see the most. 1. The Little Prince (7 October 2015) We only have to wait a mere three months before the actual film…

Spreading Love One Book at A Time: An Interview with Mensis Liber

by KB Meniado The idea behind Mensis Liber is simple: promote reading by giving away a free book every month. (In fact, I won one of the first giveaways—1Q84 by Haruki Murakami!) Since 2011, founder Kenna Marcelo has given away over 40 books to winners from all over the world. Enter the inside pages and discover how she got this idea and how it has changed her life so far!   Kenna Marcelo gives away free books. Visit her on Kenna Marcelo and Mensis Liber.   Hi, Kenna! This project was inspired by a book—Brian Krans’s A Constant Suicide, to be exact. How and when did the idea…