Filipiniana Book Finds

Sure thing, book finds for the second to the last week of October isn’t much, but wait until you’ve seen for about how much I got them!

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October 23, 2012 — Cubao-Araneta Center

  • Bones of Contention: The Bonifacio Lectures by Ambeth Ocampo – bought for a whopping PHP 25 in National Bookstore, Superbranch. I was surprised that I got the book for its cheap price — once again an awesome find from the bargain bin — still in good reading condition and knowing full well some copies, if one ventures on the Filipiniana nonfiction section a floor above, is sold in its original price of PHP 200 plus. Since reading Ocampo’s best-selling and award-winning Rizal Without the Overcoat this year I’ve instantly became a fan! You don’t believe me, eh? Check out what my loot mostly consists of during the 33rd Manila International Book Fair for proof! The Book Muses from above must have blessed me again for the book came in good time because after finishing Meaning and History: The Rizal Lectures, its “non-identical twin” as the author puts it, a few months ago got me intrigued if the life of Gat Andres Bonifacio is as controversial as that of our National Hero. Aside from essays I read in Ocampo’s Looking Back (the one published in the ’90s the book image of which can be also be seen on the linked post above), I virtually know nothing about the Supremo’s life. Fingers crossed, I hope I can write and post a book review of this in time for Bonifacio Day in November 30.
  • Afraid: The Best Philipine Ghost Stories edited by Danton Remoto — also bought for PHP 25 in National Bookstore, Superbranch. This got me confused when I first saw the cover for I initially thought it’s one of those story collections churned out by PSICOM — until I checked out that it was published by Anvil. This slim anthology, edited by Danton Remoto, contains short stories by seasoned old timers like Carlos Bulosan and also features new ones commissioned specially for this collection. This book will do good for one of my alternate reading, books I lug around to pass the time while I’m commuting to work. Halloween’s just a few days away, too, making it a suitable read in this coming season of spooks.    


I hope your book finds are as awesome and much more than measly two that I got for this week.

Advance Happy Halloween, Gentle Readers!


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