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?