My first Philippine Lit Book Haul

Last month, I’ve finally had the chance to buy myself a copy of Arnold Arre’s The Mythology Class, and its sequel, The Children of Bathala. I honestly don’t know how I came across his work, I only remember visiting his website a few months back and saw these books, and telling myself I need to get myself a copy.

When I saw that Pumple Pie Books & Happiness have them in stock, I got super excited and immediately placed an order!

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Guess who binge-read these till 4 o'clock in the morning? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโฃ โฃ I'm still reeling over how amazing these graphic novels are! โฃ โฃ I know I am late in discovering The Mythology Class, but being able to read this now, gives me so much pride & a whole lot of appreciation towards Philippine mythology, and made me want to learn more, too! But this, this was so good. I couldn't put it down last night the moment I started reading them. โฃ โฃ The Mythology Class originally published in 1999, is a graphic novel written & illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. โฃ โฃ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜œ๐˜— ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜”๐˜ณ๐˜ด. ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ด (๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด) ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ค ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ, ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฎ-๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.(Goodreads)โฃ โฃ The Children of Bathala on the other hand was just released and published November of last year! It's the sequel to The Mythology Class. I honestly wondered how they were going to treat the sequel since TMC ended on a really good note. But oh my gosh, the sequel blew my mind away. And it's just the first volume!!! I am still on a high from reading, but every time I close my eyes and remember what happened in the book, I literally get goosebumps. IT'S SO GOOD GUYS T_T I can't wait for the next volumes! โฃ โฃ I hope you get a copy and read these, too! You won't regret it. โฃ I bought my copies from @pumplepiebooks and received them yesterday.โฃ โฃ (continuation on the comments)

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This is not the first time I read a graphic novel. So far from the ones I’ve read, my favorites are, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which I read last 2017, and Daytripper by Fรกbio Moon & Gabriel Bรก, last 2019. And of course, I’m adding Arre’s works to this list!

Arre’s novels made me think about the many works made by other Philippine authors, and how much I’m missing out. I thought maybe I should look for a few titles to add to my library.

I suddenly remembered the time when authors Dean Francis Alfar and his wife, Nikki Alfar, visited here in Dumaguete last year and they both gave a talk on world building in fiction and just storytelling in general. I remember enjoying my time there and just being amazed at them. I told myself that I should definitely get copies of their books.

And so, months later, I finally did! I bought his books and then some more!

I created a list of the titles I got and where I bought them. Plus, I made unboxing video! Check it out below!

My first book haul by Philippine authors

Anina ng mga Alon by Eugene Y. Evasco

2002 National Book Award, Best Young Adult Literature

Join Anina as she dreams, travels, and awakens in the truth that has been woven into her life as a Badjao. In Aninaโ€™s story, discover the rich culture of the people of the sea that many have yet to know.

ISBN: 978-971-508-476-5
Published: 2002
Language: Filipino (Tagalog)
Age Recommendation: 13+

Information from the Adarna House website.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Mga Tala sa Dagat by Annette Flores Garcia

Love has blossomed between a princess and a fisherman. A boy has to sacrifice his playtime and schooling, to become the best fisherman in town. All of this is bound by a promise, a promise about a giant sea, baring stories and stars.

This is the story of a fishing family and their fate, each tied to the sea.

ISBN: 978-971-508-475-8
Published: 2014
Language: Filipino (Tagalog)
Age Recommendation: 10+

Information from the Adarna House website.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Sandali by Mikey Jimenez and Mikey Marchan

The stories in this book are about the simple moments in the life of random people. Moments that are at times kept hidden, at times remembered, but, more often than not, simply pass without anyone knowing.

ISBN: 978-971-508-712-4
Published: 2017
Language: Filipino (Tagalog)
Age Recommendation: 16+

Information from the Adarna House website.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Nightfall by Eliza Victoria

Vanessa stumbles upon something unexpected in an apartment hundreds of floors above the ground: a dead body next to a single beeping monitor. In another part of the city, Criselda mulls preemptive violence after her Mod shuts down to show her a boy, a bird, a window. Is her Mod malfunctioning, or is she being manipulated? Set in a city of towers, where residents undergo biomodification in order to work more hours and earn more money, where living in the upper floors is the ultimate dream, Nightfall unfolds in a series of interconnected stories, exploring the lives of characters whose fates intersect and intertwine, revealing the paths they have taken to bring them to this dark night.

Bought this book from The Bargain Reader.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Stars in Jars: Strange and Fantastic Stories by Dean Francis Alfar & Sage Alfar

A girl collects stars to prove her love, a boy changes his parents when he feels like it, laser beams threaten to destroy the world, the Blade of Virtuous Water fights monsters, and a father and daughter plan a trip to the heavens.

In this book, Dean Francis Alfar and Sage Alfar (a father and daughter team) collect their speculative fiction for younger adult readersโ€”spinning fantasy, Novelscolescience fiction, and the worlds of wonder in between. 

ISBN: 978-971-508-713-1
Published: 2017
Language: English
Age Recommendation: 13+

Information from the Adarna House website.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Kite of Stars by Dean Francis Alfar

This book collects sixteen wondrous stories of fantasy, science fiction, horror and things in between from the imagination of award-winning fictionist Dean Francis Alfar.

Bought this book from Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar

Dean Francis Alfarโ€™s first novel is about the sorcery wrought by love, lust, literature, friendship, family, and the Filipino nation.Salamanca streaks across decades and spaces, tracking the stormy relationship between polymorphous-perverse Gaudencio Rivera, whose passions ignite prodigious feats of writing and wandering, and Palaweรฑa beauty Jacinta Cordova, whose perfection transmutes walls into glass and adoration into art.

Tracing the arc of an imperfect marriage sundered by acts of nature (not least human) and sutured by acts of will (not least non-human), and vividly peopled by a multigenerational and multinational cast of kith and kin, this work of imagination takes the reader on a magical excursion into Philippine life and history while setting new standards for the Filipino novel along the way.

Bought this book from Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Buy the book through their website here, or via their Shopee page here.

Eliza Victoria was a recommendation from my creative writing teacher. The books by Dean Francis Alfar are the ones that I wanted to buy after I listened to their talk. The other titles, I chose based on my first impression of the covers & the blurbs.

I’m excited to read all of these! I already started reading Nightfall!

Future Buys

There are a few more books that I wanted to buy but have to wait out until I finish reading the first batch. Maybe for my TBR for the last quarter of 2020, I’ll get them.

This is my list so far:

  • Our Darkest Hours by Jose Miguel Arguelles
  • Twisted Travels: Rambles in Central Europe by Jessica Zafra
  • How To Traverse Terra Incognita by Dean Francis Alfar
  • After Lambana by Eliza Victoria & Mervin Malonzo
  • Ang Lumang Makina ni Lola Mina

I’m hoping to read and support more Philippine authors in the future. If you have any recommendations for me, please feel free to comment them below! I would really appreciate it!

Published by Misty

Writer-in-progress. Keeping reading and writing a consistent part of my life.

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