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4 Books to Read if You’re a First-Time Voter

Let them stir your sense of duty to register and vote in the 2022 elections.

Vice-President Leni Robredo recently urged the youth, particularly first-time voters, to exercise their right and privilege to vote in the 2022 national elections.

Parang naging manhid na iyong iba,” said Robredo. “Manhid in the sense na, ‘Wala namang mangyayari, isang boto lang naman ako. Hindi siya puwedeng parang iyong kampanya natin parang nasa hangin lang, parang we don’t leave it to chance.”

Still need convincing? These four books— two about life under martial law, one about a woman who toppled a dictator through a snap election, and another about the symbol of nationalism— should stir your sense of duty to register and vote. (Read: COMELEC Releases Guidelines for Voters’ Registration)

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Corazon Aquino

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Photos from Amazon.com

Filipinos who voted during the 1986 snap elections between President Ferdinand Marcos and slain senator’s wife Corazon Aquino will smile at this 32-page, picture-heavy book by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara with illustrations by Ginnie Hsu.

This book recalls Aquino’s rise from unassuming candidate to the first female president of the Philippines. Enjoy the quirky and colorful illustrations plus additional facts at the back of the book. There’s also a biographical timeline complete with historical photos and a detailed profile of her life. Available at fullybookedonline.com

At the School Gate

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Photo from Pumplepie Books & Happiness and TOPAZ HORIZON

Author Sandra Nicole Roldan draws from personal experience in this 40-page book whose main protagonist, 15-year-old Ella Cortez, learns that her father, a former political  prisoner, is arrested anew. Though labeled a children’s book, it affects adults too, particularly those who lived to tell of the horrors and trauma of martial law. Available at Shopee

Dekada ’70 

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Photos from Books in My Baggage and Goodreads

The classic political novel by Lualhati Bautista never grows old. It follows the story of a wife and mother watching her family navigate the political and social arenas of the turbulent 1970s. Available at Anvil Publishing (Read: Miss Bookstores? Browse Through These Online Shops!)

Bandila: The Story of the Philippine Flag

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Photos from Lazada Philippines and MRAS Book Trading

Feel your heart swell with pride at this book by Merci Melchor with illustrations by Auri Asuncion-Yambao. It details the history behind our country’s flag with easy-to-understand text and striking illustrations. If this doesn’t awaken your sense of nationalism, we don’t know what will. Available at National Bookstore

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