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Books by Filipino Authors
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:06:25 pm »
Hello ladies.

I think it's about time we give light to the unsung artists of our time, our Filipino authors. Anyone here reading or has read books by Filipino authors? Say something about it here. It would be nice to get book recommendations, too. :)

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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2011, 03:09:33 pm »
Ang mga nababasa ko lang yung sa Summit Media haha Pero I have Bob Ong's books, di ko palang nababasa kahit ganun kanipis lang yun.


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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2011, 03:32:58 pm »
meron akong books ni Bob Ong and Bo Sanchez.

Bob Ong - sobrang nakakatawa (pampatanggal ng stress) pero totoo din ang mga sinasabi nya.

Bo Sanchez - marami akong natutunan from his books na inaapply ko sa buhay ko.


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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2011, 03:37:01 pm »
Hubby has a collection of Jessica Zafra's books.
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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 09:28:51 pm »
I only have read Bob Ong's books.


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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2011, 01:19:24 pm »
Konti lang nabasa ko na libro ng Filipino authors

Lualhati Bautista - Bata, Bata and Gapo
Andres Cristobal Cruz - Ang Tundo Man May Langit Din

babasahin pa lang
Bob Ong - Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas at Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang Pinoy
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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2011, 08:00:22 am »
I've only read works of 2 Filipino authors and they were both amazing writers. Very easy to read and enjoyable too.

Grace Chong - Gifts of Grace

 - These are short stories in her life that were very inspiring. She has books 2 & 3 as well but I haven't read them. She also writes children's books. I've given this as gifts to friends as well.

Rodolfo Ibanez - Bayanihan

 - A story about how Unilab came to be. Also an inspirational story. Dr. Ibanez was my mentor and boss and his books were great reads.

Both can be found in National Bookstore i believe :)

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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2011, 08:05:43 am »
I liked Ricky Lee's Para Kay B. :) I also read Bob Ong. Pantanggal stress eh ;D


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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2011, 09:52:55 pm »
Ladies, you may like this one. It's called Angelica's Daughters and it's by Cecilia Brainard, Erma Cuizon, Susan Evangelista, Veronica Montes, and Nadine Sarreal.

Angelica's Daughters is a collaborative novel by five established Filipina writers, called a "dugtungan." A dugtungan is a genre of Tagalog novel popular early in the 20th century, in which each writer creates a chapter and hands it off to the next, who writes another chapter without direction. The result, in this case, is an ensemble performance that contains something of the exhilaration of theatrical improv. -From

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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2011, 11:08:31 pm »

i love arlene chai's "eating fire, drinking water" and "the last time i saw mother." 
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2011, 10:33:07 am »
konti lang mga books ko from filipino authors. halos lahat kay bob ong tapos the rest yung mga chic lit from summit media.
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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2011, 12:20:42 pm »
Konti pa lang nababasa ko na works ng Filipino authors, nakakahiya mang aminin. Ang hirap naman kasi magbasa ng Tagalog! :P

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Bob Ong books (pero di ko natatapos)
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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2011, 01:43:22 am »
i love arlene chai's "eating fire, drinking water" and "the last time i saw mother."

same here, i like eating fire and drinking water too. :D

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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2011, 02:35:39 pm »
For some serious literary list, I will recommend my favorites:

Feast and Famine: Stories of Negros by Rosario Cruz Lucero. This is a collection of five short stories, all of them taking place in Negros island. Her language is contemporary and flowing so even though her stories are a mix of realism and magic realism, it is easy to read and it appears seamless.

the Likhaan literary journals by UP's Institue of Creative Writing. You'll read some of the best short stories, poems, critiques, and essays done by Filipino writers in English and Filipino.

The Best Philippine Short Stories of the 20th Century, Edited by Isagani Cruz. Another outstanding collection of Filipino short stories in English. Stories run the whole gamut, from those written in the 1920s up to early 2000 including works by nearly all the best writers in the country from Paz Marquez Benitez to Jessica Zafra to Charlson Ong.

To The Young Writer and Other Essays by F. Sionil Jose. Perfect for those who are seeking inspiration about writing, language, nationalism, and Philippine literature.

Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento by Jun Cruz Reyes. The title story "Utos ng Hari" is a personal favorite of mine. His stories are a mirror of our lives then and now told in the language of the "ordinary" Pinoy.
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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2011, 07:44:42 pm »
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« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2011, 08:09:48 pm »
nabasa ko na yung Para Kay B ni Ricky Lee. ang galing, parang nai-imagine ko yung scene habang nagbabasa ako. isa pang nagustuhan ko yung Desaparesidos ni Lualhati Bautista. mabigat pero nakakamulat ng mata.
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2011, 09:41:04 am »
Glad to know marami pa ring nagbabasa ng mga books written by our local authors..

Most of the books na binabasa ko based from real life stories like:

Youngblood. I remember the first time that I was hooked up with this book, I was in 2nd year college. I saw my housemate reading this sa madaling araw.. Naintrigued ako na hindi pwedeng hindi sya makapagbasa ng story from this book kahit pagod na sya.. Since i know hindi sya nagpapahiram ng books nya. Kinaibigan ko yung sister nya.. Haha.. And everyday din tumatambay ako sa room nila pag wala sya para makapagbasa. Nauna pa ako matapos sa kanya kasi natuwa ako sa mga stories ng mga youths and how good they are sa pagsulat.
Magmula noon pag tinatanong ako kung anong gusto kong gift, I always asked
for youngblood books.. :)

I have read Jessica Zafras witty books as well.

@pear Hi Sis, May nabasa na rin akong Ambeth's book way back in college. Yung Looking Back and Rizal Without the Overcoat. He was my Prof in History's fave author. And I was my prof's fave kaya he'd encouraged me to read His books..

Salamat sa mga nishare nyo, I'll find ways to check yang mga books na nabasa nyo na. ;)
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2011, 10:56:47 pm »
I have read quite a few books by Filipino authors some of which were books by:
Bo Sanchez - inspirational but light read siya. I like the way he teaches lessons in life na di masyadong preachy ang dating but parang kwentuhang barkada lang
Bob Ong - nakakatawa pero may nilalaman (re:filipino culture)
Books by the following authors na binasa ko which was triggered nang pagiging "iskolar ng bayan" -
Lualhati Bautista
Nick Joaquin
F. Sionil Jose
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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2011, 08:41:49 am »
I recommend F. Sionil Jose's 5 volume Rosales Saga, truly remarkable:

My Brother, My Executioner
The Pretenders

and Jessica Zafra's Twisted books.  I like Twisted Travels.  ;)

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Re: Books by Filipino Authors
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2011, 01:54:21 am »
Jessica Zafra's books are awesome. I also like Para Kay B by Ricky Lee. And my favorite of all time, CUBAO MIDNIGHT EXPRESS by Tony Perez. He captured the Filipino essence in this book. All at the dangerous, mystical, yet beautiful Cubao.


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