ReaderCon Filipino Friday: Filipino Literature

Yes, I do read Filipino Literature but the quantity is a bit disappointing the cause being that of me wanting my comfort reads more. YA, children's lit, fantasy etc. Anyhow, I am a fan of Jessica Zafra. If you want some dose of humor and wit try her books. I have her Twisted (1-9) books, Womenagerie, Mananaggal Terrorizes Manila, Twisted Travels, and The Flip Reader. I also love Pol Medina Jr.'s Pugad Baboy Comics, they're hilarious. I think I have 1 until 21. If you want to feel nostalgic read Bob Ong's ABNKKBSNPLAko. It's funny and it brings back memories of student life. And I also love Mina Esguerra'a Fairy Tale Fail, my copy is an e-book that I won from Chachic's Book Nook (Thanks Chachic!). I don't read that many chick lits but I really liked this one. It was such a fun and kilig read. It's a whole lot relatable too because the setting is here in the Philippines and the characters are Filipinos.

Well that's about it. This is my shortest post ever! I really need to read more Filipino Literature. On that note, I'll share with you some Filipino Literature that I have on my wish list. Filipino Heroes League by Paolo Fabregas (looks really awesome, love me some superhero)  Looking Back, Death by Garrote, and Dirty Dancing all three by Ambeth Ocampo (looks like a fun way to get some Philippine History into my thick skull). There is also Naermyth by Karen Francisco (I love dystopian fantasy). Lastly,  I'd also love to try Mina Esguerra again, perhaps her Love Your Frenemies book.


  1. looks like we pinoys need to do some pinoy reading! me included :)

  2. Thanks for posting about Ambeth Ocampo -- I think I'm in the mood for some history too. Are these non-fiction?

    (And you were the winner of Chachic's giveaway pala! Glad you enjoyed.)

  3. @aloi
    Hi aloi! Yeah, a lot of us seem to be guilty of not reading more Filipino Literature. :)

  4. @Mina V. Esguerra
    Hi Mina! I think these are non-fiction. They contain essays by Ambeth Ocampo and from what I've heard, it has humour, not the Pilippine history that has the tendency to cause your eyes to glaze over. :P

    Yeah, I was the winner! Aside from liking Fairy Tale Fail, I know Chachic loved Love your Frenemies based on her review. Another reason why the latter is on my wish list. Besides Kimmy seems totally different from Ellie and this looks like it's going to be quite a different read from Fairy Tale Fail.

    I'm glad you dropped by Mina! :P

  5. I used to be a fan of Zafra when she still wrote just columns, but I've never read any of her compilations. Which one would you say is her best?

  6. @fantaghiro23
    Oh, I'd have to say any from the Twisted series really. I think you can start with any number from the series. If you want more recent topics you could go with the higher numbers. Here's the low down on what I've read so far: Twisted are contains her articles from Today and the more recent ones are from Philippine Star I think. Womenagerie are her articles from Woman Today Magazine, Mananaggal are a collection of her short stories, Flip contains articles not just from Zafra but from other writers of the Flip Magazine(not publishing anymore I think)and Twisted Travels are hilarious articles of Zafra's well, travels.

    I hope you get hold of them. In this way you can catch up with reading the newspaper columns from her that you might have missed. :P

  7. Very informative post and comment thread too. I learned a lot and would be adding some on my mental to-read list in a hopefully not vain effort to read more locals. Thanks Tin!

  8. Hey, I'm glad you enjoyed reading Fairy Tale Fail. That's my favorite Mina book. :) I recommend reading My Imaginary Ex before you pick up Love Your Frenemies though because one of the reasons I enjoyed the latter was because of how Kimmy was portrayed in the former.

    I've never read anything by Ambeth Ocampo but he was a pretty popular history prof back in college and his exams were notorious for being quirky. Like there was this one time he required his students to describe the Battle of Mactan through the eyes of a fish and the correct answer was, "blob, blob, blob" or something like that because that's what would occur in the mind of the fish.

  9. @Patrick
    No problem Patrick. I also hope that I get around reading the local lit on my wish list. :P

  10. @Chachic
    Oh right! Kimmy first appeared in My Imaginary Ex. I'll pick that one up first then before Frenemies. Thanks for the tip! :)

    Haha! I don't think I would have gotten that one right. I might have argued against that answer though. How are we to know that's what would occur in the mind of a fish if we have never been one in the first place? But only in my head, I'm pretty much a wimp when it comes to arguing with teachers. :P It sounds like, he's a fun teacher. though, which I think is a must if you teach history.

  11. @Chachic @Tin
    Re Ambeth - My sister said they once had a test with this instruction at the very end of the several pages of questions: "Answer only the even-numbered questions." (Or something to that effect.) Yikes! Urban legend na ito.

  12. @Mina V. Esguerra
    "Yikes" is right! I don't know whether I'd erase my answers to the odd numbered questions or just leave it. He might be joking and consider all the unanswered odd numbered questions wrong. Or maybe he's totally serious about it...Gah. I'd probably pass out. :P


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