6 Books by Filipino Authors That You Should Read

Because it's time for local literature love!
by Lausanne Barlaan   |  Nov 25, 2014
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Did you know that the Department of Education declared the month of November as the National Reading Month? What better way to celebrate it reading books by Filipino authors, right? Take a break from all those foreign books and enjoy literature written by some of our own. Here are some of our recommendations to get you started. Happy reading, Candy Girls!

  1. 14, Manix Abrera. The writer-illustrator that brought us the well-loved Kikomachine Komix and News Hardcore is at it again. This time, bringing us another serving of silent comics. 14 promises Abrera's signature illustration style combined with insightful takes on everyday life. 

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  2. Little Book of Speeches, Lourd De Veyra. Palanca Award winner, host, and musician Lourd De Veyra gives a compilation of his speeches delivered at various events, plus two new ones written especially for the book. De Veyra treats us with his biting commentary on Philippine pop culture and politics, hitting the balance between humor and brutal honesty.  

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  3. The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, Dean Francis Alfar. A collection of short stories (some written using experimental structure), this book gives its readers a different reading experience. Ranging from a variety of topics, The Kite of Stars offers stories that are simple yet striking, and will probably teach you a thing or two about life, hope, and the things people do for love. 

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  4. Naermyth, Karen Francisco. Mythical creatures going out of hiding and toppling the society we know today, bringing forth a battle for supremacy between humans and supernatural beings–interested yet? Philippine mythology gets a twist in this book as it tackles beings familiar to the ones we’ve known since childhood. Exciting and filled with shocking plot twists, Naermyth will surely get you hooked and make you interested in local folklore. 

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  5. Para Kay B (O Kung Paano Dinevastate ng Pag-ibig ang 4 Out of 5 Sa Atin), Ricky Lee. Ricky Lee's first novel has something for everyone whether you’re heartbroken, confused, scared of falling in love, or afraid to let go of the past. In this heartbreaking yet hopeful book, readers are taken in for a tumultuous ride through the five protagonists and their love adventures. Para Kay B says that love has a quota, that only 1 in 5 people will be happy. Read on and tell us if you agree!

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  6. The Best of Young Blood 4 ,Edited by Ruel De Vera, Rosario Garcellano, Pam Pastor, and Javier Vicente Rufino. A compilation of articles from the Young Blood column in Philippine Daily Inquirer from 2005 to 2011, The Best of Young Blood brings us stories told by different people from different walks of life. Dubbed by one of its editors, Ruel De Vera, as "the Filipino story through the eyes of the youth," The Best of Young Blood gives the Filipino youth an avenue for their voices to be heard. 

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Which book are you excited to read first? Leave us a comment or tweet us @candymagdotcom!

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I'm a Candy Girl because I am a modern day Elle Woods, refusing to be boxed by stereotypes. Liking pink and other girly things does not mean I can’t do things society does not expect of me. I am a Candy girl because having flaws do not limit me from chasing my dreams and standing up for what I believe in. I can showcase my smarts and skills, all while looking my best.
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