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Celebrate ‘Buwan ng Wika’ With These Filipino Reads

In case you're hunting for interesting books to read...

National Language Month or Buwan ng Wika is commemorated annually every August. So, if you’re looking to celebrate our language this month, why not do so while supporting Filipino authors and local publishers?

In case you’re hunting for interesting books to read, My Pope Philippines compiled a list of Filipino books–from different genres– that you won’t be able to put down.

Filipino Reads: Si Kuya Ding sa Imahelandia (Chikiting Books, 2021)

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Photos from Alissa Evangelista Behance

If you’re raring to introduce reading Filipino books to your kids or young siblings, you may want to start with this one.

The book follows the story of neighbors Ningning and Kuya Ding who frequently travel to Imahelandia. (Read: Liza Soberano, Shay Mitchell to Voice Filipino Anime Series on Netflix)

Si Kuya Ding sa Imahelandia is written by Darwin Medallada and illustrated by Alissa Evangelista.

Check out the book here.

Filipino Reads: Bagay Tayo (Visprint, 2018)

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Photo from Canto.ph

Written by Jerry Gracio, this non-creative fiction is a collection of personal essays about living, loving, letting go, and everything in between. (Read: Couple Shares What Makes a Relationship Simple and Easy)

Interestingly, before Bagay Tayo became a book, it originally started as a series of Facebook posts.

Check out the book here.

Filipino Reads: Ang Nawawala (Visprint, 2017)

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Photo from My Avenida

Told through the point of view of Bree, the barangay receptionist, Ang Nawawala is a collection of seven different stories talking about small-town crimes.

The detective fiction is written by Chuckberry Pascual.

Check out the book here.

Filipino Reads: Ang Hari ng Komyut (Adarna House, 2017)

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Photos from Anino Comics Facebook and Art of Lizette Daluz Facebook

If you miss the pre-pandemic commute as much as we do, give this one a try! 

The comics put into the spotlight the trials and challenges Filipino encounter during their daily commute in our public transport system, albeit in a lighthearted way. (Read: This Grab driver offers free rides to commuters)

Ang Hari ng Komyut is written and illustrated by Lizette Daluz.

Check out the comics here.

Filipino Reads: It’s A Mens World (Anvil Publishing, 2011)

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Photo from (@lorabel) Carousell

Penned by Bebang Siy, this book is a collection of witty and sometimes heartbreaking autobiographical essays.

Check out the book here.

Filipino Reads: Narkotiko at Panganorin (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2018)

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Photo from Ateneo de Manila University Press

John Keating is right, poetry is one of the things that we stay alive for.

Narkotiko at Panganorin is a poetry anthology written by Allan Popa. 

Check out the book here.

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