September 2, 2011

ReaderCon Filipino Friday: Week 4


 Without further ado, this is the week's topic:

Do you read Filipino literature? If you do, tell us your favorite books by Filipino authors and name a few that you’d like to recommend to fellow readers. If you don’t read much Filipino lit, then tell us why.

Much as I'd love to answer "yes" to the first question, unfortunately, I can't.

I will admit that I read more foreign authors than local ones, although I have read a measly few: Bob Ong, whose Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino? was a riot; Miguel Syjuco, whose award-winning and complicated Ilustrado: A Novel challenged my vocabulary, and; Mina V. Esguerra, whose Fairy Tale Fail guarantees kilig-filled moments. Apart from the requisite authors I read in college (Dean Ofelia Dimalanta, among others whose names I can't recall), that pretty much sums up my Filipino literature experience.

But that's not to say that I am not open to reading the works of our local authors. It's just that I have so much on my plate right now, and most of them are foreign. Can you guys suggest any local titles for me to read?

8 comments:

aloi said...

i said the same thing, i've read a few. yes a few. come pop by when you get a chance!

http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.com/2011/09/filipino-friday-do-you-read-filipino.html

fantaghiro23 said...

Ooh, read the komix. They're short, they're fun, and they're very Filipino.:) Try Trese and the other works people have been raving about like Elmer, Filipino Heroes League, and Mythology Class.

Chachic said...

Since you enjoyed reading Fairy Tale Fail, I recommend Mina's other books as well as other Filipino chick lit authors like Tara FT Sering, Maya Calica and Andrea Pasion. :)

Monique said...

ALOI: Will hop on over right now! :) Thanks for the visit!

HONEY: Thanks for the recommendations. I will try Trese if I can get hold of a copy. :)

CHACHIC: I have Mina's other book, No Strings Attached, which I'll read soon. I'll try the other authors as well when I get the chance. Thanks for the suggestions, too! :)

angus25 said...

I recommend the Youngblood series. These are easy reads, but you might find some entries a bit childish (since the series is an anthology of contributions from mostly young people).

Monique said...

ANGUS: I have a copy and read the very first volume of the series, back when I was in high school. I loved it! But I hadn't gotten around to getting the next one because, well, we changed broadsheets, and slipped my mind. Maybe this is the perfect time to catch up! :)

angus25 said...

I think Youngblood 2.0 is better than the first one. I think it's the best. Average ratings at GoodReads will confirm my claim. :)

Monique said...

Really? Hmm. I'll keep that in mind for next time. I've got too much on my plate right now, haha! ;)