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Staff Picks: Read Filipino

Staff Picks: Read Filipino

Homegrown reads weave legacies of diversity, assertion and resistance, and hope into the fabric of Filipino culture. This August, we put our focus on unique stories authored by Filipinos from all around the world in our month-long Filipino Reads Fest.

If you are looking for fresh (and even old) books to include in your own reading lists, you might get some ideas from the Fully Booked team. Check out this month's Staff Picks: Filipino Reads.

Joe, Events

"Me quota ang pag-ibig. Sa bawat limang umiibig, isa lang ang magiging maligaya. Ang iba, iibig sa di sila iniibig. Iibig nang di natututo. O iibig sa wala. O di iibig kailanman."

A book by a recently-awarded national artist for literature, Ricky-Lee made  amazing book which should be considered a classic that talks about love, and all of its forms and misfortunes. Despite Para Kay B's "romantic" facade, this book tackles a lot of issues that were present up until now.

Ilia, Marketing

Malaka Gharib's graphic memoir I Was Their American Dream is refreshing, vulnerable, and joyful. Her art draws you in with its sincerity and playful lines. Gharib shares with us her experiences and explorations of identity, culture, and belongingness as a mixed-race Egyptian-Filipino American. This book shows us memoirs don't have to be full of trauma or pain to be compellingit can be thoughtful and funny, while still being truthful and wise.

Nats, E-Commerce

Trese is a fun and easy read as most of the stories in this anthology were based on the Philippine urban legend told by our lolos and lolas while we were growing up.

Trese: Murder on Balete Drive started off with the well-known lady in the Balete Drive and ended with a sort of spin-off of Mars Ravelo's popular heroine. Tan has written these unique stories without veering off too much from the original materials where these are based off. I was in real awe with the authenticity and originality of his own story-telling, introducing us to Alexandra Trese and Kambal, topping it off with Baldisimo's impressive art style. I'm excited to read more of what's in store for this series!

Arielle, Events

Concepcion is Albert Samaha’s compelling memoir about the Philippine diaspora. Using historical research and his family’s experience as US migrants in the 80s/90s, he presents a rich and deeply moving picture of the Filipino experience. The historical data discussed in this book were a revelation to me: I couldn’t believe this wasn’t taught to us in school! This feels like required reading for those who have loved ones living abroad, which applies to most Filipinos—proof of how relevant and valuable Samaha’s work is to the discussions surrounding diaspora. It’s also wonderfully written: the more intellectual parts of the book are balanced by honesty, tenderness, and humor. 

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