#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy – Week 1 Round Up

It’s been more than a week since #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy started! Find out more about the event here, and as mentioned earlier, I hope you guys take this chance to read books written by Filipino authors. Since I’m a supporter of romanceclass authors (Indie pubbed Filipino romance written in English), I made a thread on Twitter of books that are currently on sale for just 0.99usd. Go and browse through the list of more than 20 titles. More will be added in the coming days.

Look at that, I finally figured out how to center align an embedded tweet on WordPress, yay! Okay, moving on to the topic on hand… I wanted to do a round up of the posts I’ve made on Instagram so far. I wasn’t able to do posts on a daily basis, I missed a few days but hoping to do more in the coming weeks! Let’s see how it goes.

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#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy: I had lunch with Honey and Tarie earlier today, two out of the three ladies behind the @lovethemidlist account. They pair midlist book recommendations with skincare products they love. So my post today was inspired by what they do. Cover Story Girl by @islandstorygirl is a fun beach romance set in Boracay Island, with a Filipino hero and a Korean heroine. Full disclosure, Chris Mariano is a good friend so I may be biased but I'm a fan of her writing. Skincare-wise, I absolutely love @vanderohe's no. 1 face serum: a blend of rosehip, grapeseed, apricot kernel carrier oils plus 8 essential oils. It's organic, smells amazing, feels awesome on my skin and has helped my face become smoother and clearer. One stop skincare solution in a bottle!

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If you’re interested in featuring or reading Filipino books, there’s still lots of time for you to join #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy. What books written by Filipino authors are in your TBR pile?

Kwentillion

Just a quick post to let you guys know that Kwentillion edited by Budjette Tan and Paolo Chikiamco, a magazine focusing on YA-themed Filipino fiction is now available in several National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches for the affordable price of P150. It’s pretty exciting because this is the first of its kind and I look forward to checking out the entire thing. I still don’t have a copy but I’ll try to do a more detailed post about it once I’ve gone through the whole magazine.

From Summit Media’s Kwentillion page:

Kwentillion Magazine is the country’s first publication dedicated to young adult literature and media, featuring YA-themed comics and fiction by Filipino creators. The bi-monthly, black and white magazine (with an eight-page colored spread in every issue) features reviews and previews of young adult books, interviews with creators, and articles which tackle a wide variety of topics of interest to the YA community.

I wrote an article with fellow Filipino book blogger Tina about our anticipated YA sci-fi and fantasy titles in 2012. Here’s a snapshot care of Tina:

Kwentillion article

I think this is the first time I’ve seen my name in print? This first issue is a trial publication and future issues would depend on how well this one sells so if you’re a YA reader and you’re hungry for Filipino fiction (like I am) then grab a copy and check this out. Feel free to share your thoughts about it because the editors would love to get some feedback.

Places where you can get updates about Kwentillion:
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

Aaaand I’m sneaking this in because it’s always nice to meet up with reader friends in person and we did talk about Kwentillion. Here’s a picture of lunch last Saturday with Tina, Celina and Aaron:

Meet up with Celina, Tina and Aaron

Image also from Tina. It’s not obvious from the picture because all you can see is the food but we talked about books, of course.

Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology

Buzzer beater post for today – I just wanted to give a shout out to Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology, which has been released today. It’s a book edited by my friend Paolo Chikiamco. I keep meaning to read more books written by Filipino authors but the giant TBR pile doesn’t always let me. I added this book to my wishlist because it looks pretty interesting and I’m always up for stories revolving around mythology. It doesn’t hurt that this one focuses on Philippine mythology, that makes it easier for me to relate to the stories, right? Plus I love the title (alamat is the Filipino word for legend or myth) and the pretty cover. Another nifty thing about this collection? It’s internationally available. So you can check it out if you’re interested in learning more about Filipino myths. You can buy Alternative Alamat in Amazon or Flipreads.

Here’s the description of the book from Rocket Kapre:

Philippine mythology is full of images that ignite the imagination: gods of calamity and baldness, of cosmic time and lost things; the many-layered Skyworld, and weapons that fight their own battles; a ship that is pulled to paradise by a chain, and a giant crab that controls the tides… yet too few of these tales are known and read today. “Alternative Alamat” gathers stories, by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy, which make innovative use of elements of Philippine mythology. None of these stories are straight re-tellings of the old tales: they build on those stories, or question underlying assumptions; use ancient names as catalysts, or play within the spaces where the myths are silent. What you will find in common in these eleven stories is a love for the myths, epics, and legends which reflect us, contain us, call to us–and it is our hope that, in reading our stories, you may catch a glimpse, and develop a hunger, for those venerable tales.

“Alternative Alamat” also features a cover and interior illustrations by Mervin Malonzo, a short list of notable Philippine deities, and in-depth interviews with Professors Herminia Meñez Coben and Fernando N. Zialcita.

Let me know what you think if you ever get around to reading this!