Several local publishers have set up shop on the internet, providing readers easier access to quality Filipino literature. Our local literary scene is rich with work spanning a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, and historical commentary.
The worlds to explore through these titles are vast, so here’s a fair warning: it is easy to get caught up in adding too many books in your cart.
Here are some of the publishers that have made their catalog available online:
Recommended picks: The Next Great Tagalog Novel by Allan N. Derain, Some Days You Can’t Save Them All by Ronnie E. Baticulon
The University of the Philippines Press is the publishing arm of the UP system, and has published literary, scholarly, and scientific work since it was established in 1965. Over the years, their titles have garnered accolades from numerous award-giving bodies. Recommended titles include The Next Great Tagalog Novel, a collection of thought-provoking short stories; and Some Days You Can’t Save Them All, a collection of essays that tackle the hard decisions a surgeon must make while on the job.
Textbooks and essay collections are also available on Shopee, Lazada, and their website.
Recommended picks: The First Filipino by Leon Ma. Guerrero, Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal (translated by Guerrero)
Since being founded in 1990, Anvil has published a wide range of books —including biographies, children’s books, pop fiction, and textbooks. They carry titles by prominent Filipino writers such as Nick Joaquin, Ambeth Ocampo, and Leon Ma. Guerrero, and have won over 130 National Book Awards. The First Filipino, written by Guerrero, is a more humanized look at national hero Jose Rizal. Anvil also carries Guerrero’s translations of Rizal’s Noli and El Fili, providing a more serialized version as opposed to the ones we grew up within our high school classrooms.
Books are available on their website, Shopee, and Lazada.
Recommended picks: The Quiet Ones by Glenn Diaz, A Natural History of Empire by Dominic Sy
Ateneo de Manila University’s publishing arm boasts some of the best modern Filipino titles. Their catalog includes award-winning textbooks and essay collections, including The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Avid fiction readers will be enthralled with Glenn Diaz’s The Quiet Ones, a gripping story set in Manila that intertwines humor, thrill, and political commentary. For fans of anthologies, Dominic Sy’s A Natural History of Empire is am excellent short story collection spanning different genres, from psychological horror to slice of life.
Ateneo Press has titles available on their website, Shopee, and Lazada.
Recommended picks: The Janus Silang series by Edgar Calabia Samar
Those who started reading at a young age may be familiar with some of Adarna House’s classic titles, like the Pilandok series by Virgilio S. Almario. Throughout the years, Adarna has been a dependable publishing house for young readers. They do not just carry books for kids though, as the Janus Silang series by Edgar Calabia Samar can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The action-packed novels blend Filipino folklore with a contemporary setting and has garnered a loyal cult following.
The series was even adapted into a play by Tanghalang Ateneo, and has been optioned by ABS-CBN for a TV series.
You may browse the Adarna House catalog on their website, Shopee, and Lazada.
Jericho Igdanes is a Rappler intern
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