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.


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For aspiring writers

stainless goodreadsStainless Longganisa by Bob Ong


For street-smart city dwellersManila-Noir anvilpublishingdotcom

Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn


For those who fight for justice

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Mga Ibong Mandaragit by Amado V. Hernandez


For thrill-seekers

smaller circles grSmaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan


 For would-be journalists

nickj Reportage on Crime by Nick Joaquin


For pop culture enthusiasts

womenagerie grWomenagerie by Jessica Zafra


For comic book fanboys

trese gerry alanguilanTrese series by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo


For fantasy nerdsa time for dragons gr

A Time for Dragons edited by Vincent Simbulan


 For equal rights supporters


elmer amazonElmer by Gerry Alanguilan


For history buffs

state of war goodreadsState of War by Ninotchka Rosca


For those who need a privilege check

sa mga kuko wikimedia commonsSa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag by Edgardo Reyes


For future parents

bata bata grBata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? by Lualhati Bautista


 For teachers

titser wikimedia commonsTitser by Liwayway Arceo


For the probinsyano

rosales books mystore my smThe Rosales Saga by F. Sionil Jose


For guys who think it’s complicated

girl trouble grGirl Trouble by Alan Navarra


For lovers who want to defy the odds

ccruzAng Tundo Man May Langit Din by Andres Cristobal Cruz


For those who have loved

para kay bPara Kay B by Ricky Lee



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