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ReaderCon Filipino Friday Week 4: Philippine Lit

September 2, 2011 - - 10 Comments

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“Reading” to me means mostly novels and novellas, and these are the Filipino authors/novelists I’ve read since 2004 (when I started my book list).

Arlene J. Chai

F. Sionil Jose

Abi Aquino

Tweet Sering

Carla M. Pacis

Tara FT Sering

Bob Ong

Maya Burgos Cruzada

M.D. Balangue

Zara Irigo

Anna Ishikawa

Katrina Ramos Atienza

Abi Malonzo

Faye Ilogon

Jose Rizal

Miriam Delos Santos

Marla Miniano

Melissa dela Cruz

Vince O. Teves

Miguel Syjuco

Andrea Pasion

Maya Calica

Claire Betita

Marian Pinera

Martha Cecilia

David Hontiveros

Samantha Sotto

Graphic novels: Budjette Tan, Carlo Vergara

Not all of them were published in the Philippines, and not all of them have written specifically about the Philippines. My goal however has been to read more novels by Filipinos, and this list will keep growing.

My rather biased recommendation though is my husband, Michael AR Co. He hasn’t (finished) a novel yet, but I’m a genuine fan of his work.

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10 Comments

  • Celina

    September 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm, Reply

    Wow, that&#39;s a long list! I had forgotten the Melissa dela Cruz is a Filipino author.<br /><br />Is your husband working on a novel now? I&#39;ve read The God Equation and really enjoyed it (although all those mathematical concepts gave me a headache).:D

  • Mina

    September 3, 2011 at 11:30 am, Reply

    Thanks, Celina! He&#39;s always kind of working on one, but now it&#39;s more serious na. 🙂

  • aloi

    September 3, 2011 at 11:46 am, Reply

    What an impressive list! which book by which author would you recommend i go with .. as a first? 🙂

  • Mina

    September 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm, Reply

    @aloi Trese! It&#39;s a series, so you&#39;ll have to start with #1, Murder on Balete Drive. My favorite is the third one though, Mass Murders. 🙂

  • Tin

    September 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm, Reply

    Aloi is right, your list is impressive! My list is hiding in shame right now.:) Oh, I haven&#39;t had a local graphic novel before. Trese looks pretty cool. I&#39;ll add that one on my list. 🙂

  • fantaghiro23

    September 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm, Reply

    Haha! I love how you support your husband. Trese is definitely cool. Mass Murders is my favorite, too. Love the history of the Kambal.

  • Chachic

    September 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm, Reply

    I&#39;ve been meaning to read your husband&#39;s work ever since I met both of you in one of the Filipino Book Bloggers&#39; meet ups. And I like how you have other Filipino chick lit authors in your list. 🙂 Also, you&#39;ve read Miriam de los Santos! I call her Ate Mhir, I know her from my college days because she was the OSA director when I was in Ateneo. Haven&#39;t read her book though.

  • Mina

    September 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm, Reply

    @fantaghiro<br />He doesn&#39;t blog kasi eh, so I get to talk about him all I want. 😛 <br /><br />@Chachic<br />Mhir was my blockmate! So kung &quot;ate&quot; mo siya… oh no! Heehee.

  • Chachic

    September 5, 2011 at 12:40 am, Reply

    Ate Mhir was your blockmate? LOL small world! So should I start calling you Ate Mina? 😛

  • Maria

    September 12, 2012 at 11:27 am, Reply

    hi I was googling myself just for fun today and found your blog! 🙂

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