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MANILA, Philippines – It’s the day before Christmas eve. If you are on a last-minute shopping spree (and your favorite gift shops and toy stores already look like disaster zones in disarray), heading to the bookstore’s Filipiniana section may be the hassle-free solution.
1) For your dad who always starts the day reading the newspaper and then gives a commentary:
Author: Marites Vitug
Your dad may be wishing for lasting changes in the government. This book aims to drum up reform within the Supreme Court, which author Marites Vitug wishes to happen during the 18-year term of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
2) For your mom who can’t be bothered while she’s watching her favorite talk shows:
I’m Afraid of Heights (Or Why I Can’t Social-Climb)
Author: Thelma San Juan
The book contains 98 profiles of celebrities and politicians written by Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle editor Thelma San Juan. Tell your mom she could finish reading the book after cooking your Christmas dinner.
3) For your kuya who’s not good in getting a girl:
Author: Stanley Chi
Stand-up comedian Stanley Chi dishes out ways to decipher the unusually vague messages women make. Save your brother from the humiliation of being “basted” by giving him this book on how to be a hit with the girls.
4) For your ate who is fond of American vampires and British wizards:
Author: Eliza Victoria
Maybe it is time to introduce your sister to the mythical creatures our country has. Eliza Victoria’s short stories feature a capitalist Makiling, a living city, rural zombies and other fantastic creatures that would show your sis that she is missing a lot by not reading Filipino speculative fiction.
5) For your pre-schooler bunso:
Writer: Zayden Ramos
Illustrator: Kajo Baldisimo
The Hunters is an illustrated storybook written by a 5-year-old. Backed by the amazing art of Trese’s Kajo Baldisimo, Zayden Ramos’ story about an expert mechanic packs wonder and action that any toddler will love.
6) For your lola who loves to cook:
Author: Amy Besa
This book collects heirloom recipes from different parts of the country. The updated edition of Memories of Philippine Kitchens also includes the flavorful dinuguan recipe from the family of former TV news personality Margaux Salcedo and “Lola Anday’s Chicken Kinulob,” a recipe passed on to Tricia Tensuan, Enderun Colleges vice-president for admissions and external relations.
7) For your lolo who always tells you of grim stories about Martial Law:
Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir
Author: Juan Ponce Enrile
Reading the book will result to more bonding time with your grandpa. But be sure he has taken his medication, in case, he also sees contradictions in Enrile’s side of the story.
8) For your cousin who always runs out of cash:
Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin
Author: Eduardo Roberto
Sick and tired of helping your cousin who is always broke? It’s time to teach him about personal finance using a language that any ordinary Filipino can understand.
Here’s the trick I’ve learned to save time when shopping for books:
Go straight to the customer service desk of your favorite bookstore and give them the list of books you need.
The personnel of at least 3 major bookstores all initiated help in getting the books for me. It is not your fault when you are looking for a horror novel on the horror shelf but they placed it in the Filipiniana section because, they say, that’s where Filipino-made books end up, right?
Happy reading, everyone! – Rappler.com