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Books for our times

On the off chance you, gentle reader, have some extra cash to spare, why not spend some of it on books? Here are five worthy candidates for your hard-earned holiday bucks. Ateneo’s books are available on your favorite shopping platform or through their website; ditto for “Simpol.” The two foreign publications are best ordered through your friendly neighborhood bookstore like Powerbooks, while the guide to trees has an email address mentioned below.

December 28, 2022 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://opinion.inquirer.net/159848/books-for-our-times

 

Our 36 Favorite Filipino Books of 2022

Decolonize your reading lists with these titles, folks. These books are penned by some of the most exciting Filipino authors here and abroad. They offer us stories grounded on Filipino sensibilities and knowledge systems. Each of them addresses a wide range of subjects that are as affecting as they are timely: from reflecting on political turmoil and identity politics; to addressing historical narratives and cultural criticisms; and experimenting with ways in which Filipino writers have reclaimed and even elevated the literary discourse.

December 23, 2022 | Esquire Philippines | https://www.esquiremag.ph/culture/books-and-art/filipino-book-recommendations-2022-a2765-20221223-lfrm5

 

Unknown stories about Filipino bravery now in a book

Lost Graves, Found Lives: A History and Memoir looks back, in dramatic detail, on the lives of Vicente Abad Santos, Agapito Abad Santos del Rosario, Isabelo Tuazon del Rosario, and Pedro Abad Santos in the context of local and national politics, the Philippine Revolution, the Philippine-American War, and the Japanese Occupation

December 13, 2022 | Daily Tribune | https://tribune.net.ph/2022/12/13/unknown-stories-about-filipino-bravery-now-in-a-book/

 

Five things to do this Dec. 5 to 11

This week, browse through collections of self-published literary work, score some award-winning books, vintage jewelry, and unique furniture, watch an award-winning Japanese film and a sustainable eco-theater production, and try a new hair dye that covers up even grey hairs.

December 5, 2022 | CNN Life Philippines | https://www.cnnphilippines.com/life/leisure/the-guide/2022/12/5/things-to-do-this-Dec-5-to-11.html

 

The grit and humor of being Filipino at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The diversity of the Filipino identity was represented and told in the hundreds of Philippine book titles that were exhibited at the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair. 

November 1, 2022 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/literature/grit-humor-being-filipino-frankfurt-book-fair/

 

[OPINION] On Filipinos’ authoritarian nostalgia

For my piece this month, I’ve decided to share a snippet from my chapter in The Marcos Era: A Reader, launched last week by the Ateneo de Manila University Press. 

October 20, 2022 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/opinion-filipino-authoritarian-nostalgia/

 

LIVESTREAM: ‘The Marcos Era’ book launch and forum

The Ateneo de Manila University Press on Wednesday, October 12, is set to launch The Marcos Era: A Reader, an anthology about the different facets of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ policies, programs, and personalities.

October 12, 2022 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/nation/video-the-marcos-era-book-launch-forum-october-12-2022/

 

Six things to do this Sept. 19 to 25

Remember martial law with media related to that era of Philippine history, sample dishes from a Singaporean celebrity chef, and watch a comedy-drama series

September 20 | CNN Life | https://www.cnnphilippines.com/life/leisure/the-guide/2022/9/20/things-to-do-Sept-19-to-25.html

 

Eight new Filipino books to check out

This is precisely why the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)’s return to SMX Convention Center after two years of being solely online feels particularly monumental. I post about books on TikTok, and lately I’ve been getting comments about the logistics of the fair — first-time attendees were worried the lines would get too long because of how many people became readers over quarantine. They were right, I realized, and the possibility of so many new faces made me all the more excited to return.

September 16, 2022 | CNN Life | https://www.cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/literature/2022/9/16/new-filipino-books-mibf-2022.html

 

Ateneo Press is publisher of the year at 39th Nat’l Book Awards       

Ateneo de Manila University Press dominated the 39th National Book Awards, with eight titles winning among their 29 finalists, the most of any publisher. It is also Ateneo Press’ fifth time to be named Publisher of the Year, a record-setting feat.

August 7, 2022 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/411982/ateneo-press-is-publisher-of-the-year-at-39th-natl-book-awards/

 

Ateneo Press named Publisher of the Year

There were 110 finalists in this year’s edition, all of which were published in 2019 and 2020. Two winners each were named for the categories Best Book for Drama and Best Book for Poetry in English. The Ateneo de Manila University Press was named the Publisher of the Year with a total of eight winning titles.

August 3, 2022 | BusinessWorld | https://www.bworldonline.com/arts-and-leisure/2022/08/03/465401/ateneo-press-named-publisher-of-the-year/

 

Filipinos are buying books to preserve the truth about the Marcos regime

Almira Manduriao, head of marketing at the Ateneo de Manila University’s publishing press, said the rush for Philippine history books began soon after Marcos Jr. won the May 9 election.

July 18, 2022 | CNN | https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/16/asia/philippines-marcos-books-truth-rewrite-history-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

 

Celebrating the freedom to read

We asked avid writers and bookworms – from a self-published author to an online book club founder – to recommend books written by Filipino authors that inspire courage and hope amid these trying times.

June 20, 2022 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/brandrap/reading-book-recommendations/books-written-filipino-authors-inspire-courage-hope/

 

6 New Filipino Books You Should Add to Your Collection

Read up on these new Filipino titles, from historical novels to essays. New books have hit the shelves, and a few works are worth adding to your collection. Browse below to see some promising titles written by Filipino authors

June 14, 2022 | Tatler Asia | https://www.tatlerasia.com/culture/arts/new-filipino-books-you-should-add-to-your-collection

 

LIST: Most challenged PH history books, resources to exercise your freedom to read

Throughout history, authorities worldwide have banned books that they think are obscene, if not subversive. The Philippines, of course, has had its fair share of censorship and curtailment when it comes to the written word.

As we celebrate Independence Day, here's a list of reading materials that were taken off shelves, banned production, and, like any other source material, allow you to exercise your freedom to read in full.

June 12, 2022 | Philippine Star Life | https://philstarlife.com/news-and-views/570441-list-subversive-filipino-literature

 

An urgency to save martial law books

Without categorically saying a revision of history was looming, the Ateneo University Press issued a list of 16 books that could help Filipinos learn about martial law.

May 13, 2022 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1597106/an-urgency-to-save-martial-law-books

 

Ateneo releases reading list of Martial Law books

Ateneo de Manila University shared a reading list of books about Martial Law on Thursday, a day after local publishing company Adarna House started pre-orders for its discounted "Never Again" bundle.

May 12, 2022 | ABS-CBN News | https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/05/12/22/ateneo-releases-reading-list-of-martial-law-books

 

Fear and Loathing in Duterte's Philippines: An Interview with Vicente Rafael

Rodrigo Duterte is about to leave office. Will his successor as Philippine president be just as vulgar and ruthless?

March 8, 2022 | Foreign Policy in Focus | https://fpif.org/fear-and-loathing-in-dutertes-philippines-an-interview-with-vicente-rafael/

 

How has the pandemic affected Filipino bookstores?

The Ateneo de Manila University Press, on the other hand, was able to ease into the new normal through the agency’s webinars. “[NBDB] and the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) have both been tremendously helpful in providing opportunities for publishers to effectively transition to digital,” says the ADMU press’ Head of Marketing Almira Manduriao.

January 26, 2022 | CNN Life Philippines | https://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/business-life/2022/1/26/bookstore-business-pandemic.html

 

“Duterte has degraded the discourse so much it's become a matter of whether to kill or not” - Gideon Lasco on Drugs and the Philippines

An academic by training, Gideon Lasco does not limit his career to producing journal articles and book chapters. Beyond academia, he is a published author, hosts a weekly opinion column, and is a trustee of the Centre for Sustainability and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

Most recently, Lasco published his most recent book: “Drugs and Philippine Society.” Featuring 18 chapters of research, poetry, photographs, and other recorded media, the book is a fantastic exploration of the role that drugs play within the nation.

January 26, 2022 | Talking Drugs | https://www.talkingdrugs.org/%E2%80%9Cwere-debating-whether-these-people-need-to-be-killed-or-not%E2%80%9D-gideon-lasco-on-drugs-and-the

 

At least 35 Mindanao books published in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop Mindanawons and non-Mindanawons from writing books about Mindanao: at least 35 books, mostly on history and literature were published in 2020 and 2021. 

January 24, 2022 | MindaNews | https://www.mindanews.com/booksmindanews/2022/01/at-least-35-mindanao-books-published-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

 

25 recommended reads to start 2022

Consider these 2021 releases, 25 books representing different genres, and 16 publishers, offering all of us a promising reading year. What a delight to see the year’s harvest, with something for every reading mood and taste—and knowing that there are many more that escaped my scrutiny.

January 9, 2022 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/394871/25-recommended-reads-to-start-2022/

 

Good reads for 2022

Here’s a list of 10 books I’ve read recently that I recommend for those with an interest in architectural heritage, our urban problems and the quality of our lives in Metro Manila and other cities in this chaotic country of ours

January 2, 2022 | Philippine Star Life | https://philstarlife.com/geeky/675696-books-reads-2022

 

A definitive Filipino dictionary

Known for its award-winning publications on Philippine history and culture, the Ateneo de Manila University Press recently launched the third edition of Pambansang Diksiyonaryo sa Filipino, edited by no less than National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, former chairperson of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

December 28, 2021 | Daily Tribune | https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2021/12/28/a-definitive-filipino-dictionary/

 

Must-haves for book lovers

As recent releases, the following are must-haves for book lovers.

December 27, 2021 | Philippine Star | https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/arts-and-culture/2021/12/27/2150364/must-haves-b

 

As recent releases, the following are must-haves for book lovers.

From a Jacobean traveler’s travails in Sindh to the tangled roots of Nigeria, our pick of new nonfiction books that shine a light on Asia, Africa and South America.

December 15, 2021 | The Guardian | https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/dec/15/books-explain-world-guardian-writers-share-best-nonfiction-reads-2021

 

5 things to do this Dec. 13 to 20 [2021]

Check out the Ateneo de Manila University Press Harvest Sale.

December 13, 2021 | CNN Philippines | https://cnnphilippines.com/life/leisure/the-guide/2021/12/13/5-things-to-do-this-Dec-13-to-20.html

 

The Best of Books 2021

This Year’s Top Picks From Foreign Affairs’ Reviewers.

December 9, 2021 | Foreign Affairs | https://www.foreignaffairs.com/lists/2021-12-09/best-books-2021

 

Almario launches 3rd edition of Filipino dictionary with Ateneo University Press

National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario launched the third edition of the Pambansang Diksiyonaryo sa Filipino last week with the Ateneo University Press.

December 9, 2021 | The Manila Times | https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/12/09/campus-press/almario-launches-3rd-edition-of-filipino-dictionary-with-ateneo-university-press/1825311

 

Favorite Books of 2021

For a case study in how a nation’s citizens can deliver stunning rebukes to the destroyers of Earth, there’s The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed.

December 7, 2021 | The Progressive Magazine | https://progressive.org/magazine/favorite-books-of-2021

 

Our life as captured by social media

Social media has been a constant part of most of our everyday lives. It is how we connect, reconnect, and remain updated with the day’s events.

November 24, 2021 | SBS Filipino | https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/our-life-as-captured-by-social-media

 

#NeverForget: 6 books on dark days of Martial Law

It's been 49 years since Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, one of the darkest periods in the country's history. Fight efforts to whitewash the atrocities committed during this bloody era through these six books, which you can add to your cart. 

September 21, 2021 | ABS-CBN News | https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/09/21/21/neverforget-6-books-on-dark-days-of-martial-law

 

#NeverForget: Revisit the dark era of Martial Law through these books

Here are eight books on Martial Law to furnish your knowledge on one of the darkest periods in Philippine history

September 21, 2021 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/literature/books-about-dark-era-martial-law-philippines

 

The story is in the clothing

A book that tells the story of an era of Philippine culture through its clothing has won a major international scholarly prize.

September 8, 2021 | BusinessWorld | https://www.bworldonline.com/the-story-is-in-the-clothing/

 

Celebrate ‘Buwan ng Wika’ with these reads

Here are some books and learning materials to help refresh your ‘ng’ at ‘nang’

July 29, 2021 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/brandrap/lifestyle-and-entertainment/buwan-ng-wika-august-books-learning-materials-recommendations

 

Bookshelf: 'Endangered Splendor: Manila's Architectural Heritage (Volume 1: The Center)' by Fernando N. Zialcita and Erik Akpedonu with Victor S. Venida

July 5, 2021 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/philippine-daily-inquirer-1109/20210705/282252373515450

 

5 books to read if you love ‘Trese’

Here are six books you should add to your reading list if you’re into themes similar to Trese’s.

June 22, 2021 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://pop.inquirer.net/111682/5-books-to-read-if-you-loved-watching-trese

 

H. Arlo Nimmo's Very Far But Special Place

June 7, 2021 | Positively Filipino | http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/h-arlo-nimmos-very-far-but-special-place

 

Bookshelf: ‘Children of the Postcolony: Filipino Intellectuals and Decolonization, 1946-1972’ by Charlie Samuya Veric

April 19, 2021 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/381916/bookshelf-5/

 

What if Magellan had not come to the Philippines?

The events or 1521 and a series of what-might-have-beens, according to the scintillating prose of Carmen Guerrero Nakpil 

March 29, 2021 | ABS CBN News | https://news.abs-cbn.com/ancx/culture/spotlight/03/24/21/what-if-magellan-had-not-come-to-philippines

 

Here’s a list of required reading—written by women—for National Women’s Month

From the heroines of the Hukbalahap to a ladies in their twilight years, reading these stories about women is the perfect way to celebrate March

March 5, 2021 | NoliSoli | https://nolisoli.ph/94911/required-reading-womens-month-ayuvallos-20210305/

 

Bookshelf: ‘Ascending the Fourth Mountain’ by Maria Virginia Yap Morales

March 2, 2021 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/379809/bookshelf-3/

 

Mindanao is more than what we see in the news, and this travelogue proves it

“Biyaheng Pinoy: A Mindanao Travelogue” is a collection of essays on the people, culture and food that make up the region—sans the newsbites

February 3, 2021 | NoliSoli | https://nolisoli.ph/93895/biyaheng-pinoy-mindanao-travelogue-ayuvallos-20210203/

 

Books by Filipino authors to discover in 2021

A few give us special pride as they are published by foreign publishers, allowing our writers to be appreciated by foreign readers

February 1, 2021 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/378423/books-by-filipino-authors-to-discover-in-2021/

 

Read Local! A brief guide to reading more Philippine Literature

This 2021, you can expand your reading list and consider these Filipino writers and publishers.

January 22, 2021 | CNN Philippines | https://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/literature/2021/1/22/read-more-filipino-books.html

 

A Sojourner's View: Biyaheng Pinoy – A Mindanao Travelogue

Increasingly, more writers are now writing about Mindanao. Both those who are Mindanao-born or residing elsewhere but have become fascinated with the various aspects of southern Philippines. One book that came out in 2020 which projects itself as a Mindanao travelogue is written by a writer born in Mindoro but eventually settled in Tacloban City. This is Edilberto N. Alegre’s “Biyaheng Pinoy – A Mindanao Travelogue.”

January 12, 2021 | Manila News | https://manilanews.ph/a-sojourners-view-biyaheng-pinoy-a-mindanao-travelogue/

 

My Best Filipino Reads of 2020

This is not ranked, and as much as possible I tried to feature other works, but the exceptions, those appearing the both lists, are definitely my favorite reads of the year.

January 1, 2021 | jacoblaneria.wordpress.com | https://jacoblaneria.wordpress.com/2021/01/01/my-best-filipino-reads-of-2020/

 

Books for the 12 days of Christmas

If the publishing industry seemed to be in the doldrums for much of 2020, the harvest of books published paints an optimistic picture

December 24, 2020 | ABS-CBN News | https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/12/24/20/christmas-2020-gift-guide-for-your-book-loving-fam-and-friends

 

Our best Filipino books of 2020

We asked a few critics, writers, and publishers to give us some of their best or favorite reads of 2020.

December 29, 2020 | CNN Philippines | https://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/literature/2020/12/29/best-filipino-books-2020.html

 

Christmas 2020: Gift guide for your book-loving fam and friends

Read on for some of our recommended titles that will not only make your beloved bookworms happy, but also support Filipino writers, artists, and publishing houses.

December 29, 2020 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/376861/books-for-the-12-days-of-christmas

 

Year-end reads

Here are eight recent publications worthy of promotion for year-end reading.

December 14, 2020 | Philippine Star | https://philstarlife.com/geeky/389793-books-yearend-reads

 

15 Books to Buy from the Manila International Online Book Fair 2020 #MIBF2020

Here are 15 titles in no particular order that we think you should add to cart.

November 27, 2020 | Bookbed.org | https://bookbed.org/2020/11/26/15-books-to-buy-from-the-manila-international-online-book-fair-2020-mibf2020/

 

#PINNED: Catch these exclusive 11.11 online deals for 24 hours

There are discounted titles on Ateneo University Press’ Lazada shop that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on like Pasyon and Revolution and An Anarchy of Families

November 11, 2020 | GMA News | https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/shoppingandfashion/763577/pinned-catch-these-exclusive-11-11-online-deals-for-24-hours/story/

 

Plot twist: Philippine history was among the most sold genres in the latest Aklatan Book Fair

According to a recent book sale, people have been looking back on our history instead of looking for an escape to fantasy. 

October 15, 2020 | NoliSoli | https://nolisoli.ph/87915/aklatan-book-fair-ateneo-press-ayuvallos-20201015/

 

Ateneo University Press books top Aklatan All-Filipino online fair sales

Ateneo Press local history and other books were top sellers in the two Aklatan All-Filipino virtual book fairs.

October 14, 2020 | Good News Pilipinas | https://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/ateneo-university-press-books-top-aklatan-all-filipino-online-fair-sales

 

LIST: Where to find Filipino publishers online

Readers can now get their fix of Filipino literature online

October 8, 2020 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/literature/filipino-publishers-online-shop

 

Ateneo Press’ ‘Urban Spaces’ web forum tackles city life after COVID-19

Panel of experts and authors exchange views at 9 a.m. today at online All Filipino Book Fair

August 17, 2020 | Philippine Daily Inquirer | https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/368715/ateneo-press-urban-spaces-web-forum-tackles-city-life-after-covid-19/

 

The first all-Filipino online book fair lets you score P100 titles

For some, quarantine gave us the opportunity to go back to reading—a hobby we mastered when we were 13 years old and still healthy enough to go through ungodly hours. What’s a better momentary escape than *Tumblr era voice* plunging into books’ magical pages, right? 

August 13, 2020 | Scout Magazine | https://www.scoutmag.ph/entertainment/books/aklatan-online-book-fair-ateneo-university-press-jeloug-20200813 

 

Oligarchy Then and Now: Manapat’s ‘Some Are Smarter Than Others’ reissued

PRESS RELEASE: Ricardo Manapat’s 'Some Are Smarter Than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism’ will be reissued on Friday, August 14

August 10, 2020 | Rappler | https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/oligarchy-ricardo-manapat-some-are-smarter-than-others-reissued

 

Ateneo Press offers discount on history books until July 12 [2020]

PRESS RELEASE: Titles on sale include 'The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos' by Primitivo Mijares and 'The Women of Malolos' by Nicanor Tiongson

June 25, 2020 | Rappler | https://r3.rappler.com/bulletin-board/264863-ateneo-press-offers-discount-history-books-july-2020