Depicting Unapologetic Realities: An Interview With Author Elaine Castillo

by Twila Bergania The first thing I told Elaine Castillo when I met her for an interview in a cozy corner of Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel was that I haven’t read her novel yet. As a journalist, it’s standard protocol to research and read before going out for an interview so I felt a little bad but she was very understanding, nodding with a smile that seemed to glow because of the tiny candlelight flickering in between us. Perhaps it wasn’t so surprising given that we were there to witness her book launch. The event was presented by…

Bookbed reviews: ‘America Is Not The Heart’ by Elaine Castillo

by Twila Bergania I have to admit that it took me a while to finish this book. I was convinced, after meeting Elaine at her book launch presented by National Bookstore, that I will be able to finish the book in two weeks, that I would not be able to put it down, and that I would be spending sleepless nights poring through the pages. But surprisingly, this book took longer for me to finish—not just because I’m a busy person (I write for a living too) but also because it was just so good. I would liken Elaine Castillo’s…

Bookbed reviews ‘You Only Need Reminding’ by Jay E. Tria (#summercrush Anthology)

by Twila Bergania THE STORY Beach. Love. Rock and roll. When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul. Allow these three tales of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend. Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give. (You Only…

On Best Beginnings: An Interview with ‘Before I Do’ Author Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla

by Twila Bergania When we first read Before I Do (BIDO), it was refreshing to find what Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla’s writing brought to our bedsides and shelves. As in our book review, it felt a lot like chatting with a really good—albeit brutally honest—friend over coffee. Heroine Kit Castille’s strong sense of growth made sense after her younger years in its prequel, What Am I To You, first released here on Bookbed. But after self-publishing fictionalized romance, the author decided to change course, and late last year, she released the BIDO Anthology, a compilation of love stories Filipino romance readers would love to sink their teeth…

Rewind Down: #WAITY Episodes 13-19

by Twila Bergania and Kat Petines Welcome back to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This feature series is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. Caught up yet? Click here if not! If you’re done, let’s proceed to Episodes 13-19! EPISODE 13, in which Kit and Matthew treats us to a hot and cold 12 night So we know from the previous episode that Kit has somehow fallen—quite literally—into Matthew’s arms after a few rounds of drinks. (Kids, remember not to drink on an empty stomach… better yet, don’t drink at all.) This chapter opens with a scrumptious…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Keep the Faith’ by Ana Tejano

by Twila Bergania For people like me who’s been in a long-term relationship in over a decade, reading romance novels about single girls getting over a major heartbreak could be a bore. It’s not that we’ve never been there, it’s just that we haven’t felt that brand of sadness in a long time. Amidst all the #hugot lines we see on social media, it’s going to be pretty hard to find a decent read that will remind us of heartbreaks long forgotten. Ana Tejano’s new book, Keep The Faith, is a good exception, though. THE STORY Keep the Faith is about a…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Skor’ by Earl Kristian Bayta Palma

by Twila Bergania THE STORY Skor by Earl Kristian Bayta Palma is a novel set in the slums of Manila, where poverty, sex and drugs rule everyone’s lives. Throughout the book, the term “skor” is used to depict drug use and crimes, themes that make the novel fairly different from most books you might see in a bookshop’s Filipiniana section. The novel opens with an introduction of some of the critical characters in the story—like Tikyo, a jobless man who manages to meet street urchin Elmer. They form a tight, almost familial, friendship until necessary changes had to be done as…