17 Filipino-authored books fit for every personality
When was the last time you finished a book?
Today, it’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of the Internet. There are so many ways to be distracted and entertained, that the thought of paging through a book doesn’t seem quite as appealing as browsing through a GIF-filled listicle.
Of course, hardcore bookworms would be quick to defend themselves. After all, there are still people who appreciate the written word—and we admire you for that. Although the Philippines has a high literacy rate, we Filipinos are not exactly famous for our stellar reading habits, maybe because we’re really a nation of storytellers, rather than of readers.
Regardless, it would be healthy if you put down your Wi-Fi–enabled device for a while, pick up a book, and start reading. Exposure to the internet has been proven to re-wire the brain, hindering concentration and long-term memory. On the other hand, reading book books has been proven to yield mental and emotional benefits, such as improving problem-solving skills and increasing empathy.
Before you head out to the bookstore or the library—hey, today is the 115th Public Library Day!—check out Pacifiqa’s quick introductory guide to books written by Filipino authors.
For aspiring writers
Stainless Longganisa by Bob Ong
Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn
For those who fight for justice
Mga Ibong Mandaragit by Amado V. Hernandez
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan
For would-be journalists
Reportage on Crime by Nick Joaquin
For pop culture enthusiasts
Womenagerie by Jessica Zafra
For comic book fanboys
Trese series by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
A Time for Dragons edited by Vincent Simbulan
For equal rights supporters
Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
For history buffs
State of War by Ninotchka Rosca
For those who need a privilege check
Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag by Edgardo Reyes
For future parents
Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? by Lualhati Bautista
Titser by Liwayway Arceo
For the probinsyano
The Rosales Saga by F. Sionil Jose
For guys who think it’s complicated
Girl Trouble by Alan Navarra
For lovers who want to defy the odds
Ang Tundo Man May Langit Din by Andres Cristobal Cruz
For those who have loved
Para Kay B by Ricky Lee