YAY. Eight days more and it’s the first ever Filipino Reader Conference!
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It’s just too bad that I will not be able to attend this momentous event, but for those who are in Manila, or have the resources to fly to Manila, please consider attending. This will be an affair worthy of your money and effort. 🙂
But since the world has become more interactive nowadays, I can still be active and take part in the ReaderCon even if I cannot be physically present, such as participating in this weekly meme.
For this week’s topic, here is the prompt:
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.
I have stated in my previous post that I am not a picky reader so I’ll answer yes to the question of whether I read Filipino literature. But the catch is that I do not read Filipino lit as much as I read other books by foreign authors. I can even count in my fingers the number of Filipino literature I have read. This is a shame really, considering that my mother is an (retired) English professor and she teaches Filipino Literature, so I have Filipino books available at my disposal. Maybe my mother is also to “blame” because she brought home Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books for me and my siblings to read instead of the books she taught her college students. Haha.
It was in college that I was able to read excellent Filipino books, and I was fortunate enough to have a Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee as professor in Literature class, Mr. Leoncio P. Deriada. Our required readings in class included a number of short stories written by him (i.e. A Week of the Whales) and other Filipino writers such as those by Nick Joaquin and F. Sionil Jose. Other books by Filipino authors I remember to have read (voluntarily) are the following:
1. Dekada ’70 by Lualhati Bautista
2. Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginawa by Lualhati Bautista
3. Stainless Longganisa by Bob Ong
4. Twisted series by Jessica Zafra
(Eeek! This is such a short list!)
Of course, I had been into a Precious Hearts Romances phase (i.e. Helen Meriz, Gilda Olvidado) while staying at the dorm so I think I had my fair share of Filipino literature. :D)
For now, I am waiting for Samantha Sotto’s Before Ever After to be available at NBS in my place. 🙂