“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book.”
– Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner
Cheers to womanhood!
And just in time for International Women’s Day, what better way to celebrate it than to shine light on our Filipina authors.
Here are 17 books written by our favorite Superwomen. Happy reading!
- My Journey by Charo Santos-Concio
Although the head of organization is the theoretical boss, the one who can truly rally the troops forward is the natural boss. At ABS-CBN, the natural boss has been Charo for many years. I hope this book inspires many others to follow her tough love kind of leadership. - Gabby Lopez, Chairman of ABS-CBN Corp.
- Stupid is Forever by Sen. Miriam Defensor – Santiago
This book is a collection of jokes, one-liners, pick-up lines, comebacks, and speeches created and/or curated by the beloved senator. Also, inside are illustrations by CJ de Silva-Ong, Manix Abrera, Elbert Or, Rob Cham, and more of the country's best young artists.
- ‘Day, Hard! by Annabelle Rama
Ang dali talagang maging bobita pag love na ang pinag-uusapan. Aminin mo, ikaw din naging bobita na sa love, di ba? Parang si Tita Annabelle.
Kaya naman sa librong ito, pinag-samasama ang lahat ng wisdom na naipon ni Tita Annabelle. Love and Relationships, Career and Money, Happy Family Life. Siya ang tita nating lahat na prangka sumagot pero tagos hanggang laman ang mga advice. Kahit ayaw mong maniwala sa mga payo niya dahil masyadong harsh, alam mong yan ang solusyon.
Hindi mo na kailangang maging bobita sa love at sa life, basahin ang librong ito at gumising sa mapait na katotohanan na: 'Day, hard talaga ang pagmamahal pero kaya mo yan. Kasama mo na si Tita Annabelle.
- Truth & Lies My Mother Told Me by Ruffa Gutierrez
The path to love is never simple. It’s filled with challenges that will force you to learn or you’ll just keep on getting hurt. This is why throughout all of Ruffa Gutierrez’s relationships and non-relationships, her mom Annabelle did everything in her power to protect her.
In this book, Ruffa sets you on a path to finding that man in your life. She has weathered many public and private ups and downs—one rollercoaster ride after the next. Inside, she shares stories about her infamous relationships and the truths, lies, and lessons she picked up from her mom and from her life.
This book is about finding true love today, despite the odds (but not in spite of our mothers).
Hola, Mga Hampaslupa!
Sa totoo lang, ayoko sanang gumawa ng libro. Kasi ayoko ‘yung masyadong nahahalata na matalino ako. Lalong dadami ‘yung mga haters na nagsasabing dalawa raw ang likod ko! My gad! As if naman nakakabawas ng ganda ‘yun! Well, hindi lang nila matanggap na nung nagsabog ng kagandahan, kaseksihan, at katalinuhan e dun lang nagpaulan sa hacienda ko. Pwe!
Ilang taon na akong nagre-reyna-reynahan sa Social Media, at itong librong ito ang naging bunga ng aking imahinasyon, mga hampaslupa na hindi napapagod magpaalala na wala akong dede! Andito ang lahat ng mga opinyon at advice ko tungkol sa mga feeling RK, mga nagpopost ng maharot na pictures pero may #respect, mga manggagamit, paasa at hipokrito! Lalo na sa mga nabiktima ng LandianNgKahapon# na may nakilala lang sa Facebook tapos magtatanong how to move on daw e hindi naman naging sila, at marami pang iba na hindi ko na pwedeng ikwento pa.
Alam mo ba ang purpose mo sa mundong ito? Kadalasan bang sumasagi sa isip mo ang katanungan na "are we alone in this universe?" Kung ‘yan ang mga katanungang naglalaro sa isip mo at naghahanap ka ng malalim na sagot, well, hindi ito ang libro para d’yan.
Pero kung gusto mo lang matawa, mapangiti, mag-reminisce, at maka-relate? Ahh, malamang pakbet sa’yo ang librong ito! Hango ito sa mga karanasan, kagagahan, kalokohan, at mula sa malikot na pag-iisip ng manunulat. Sino sya? Bakit walang nakikinabang hanggang ngayon sa kanyang ganda at alindog na superstitious belief? Ano ang alamat ng ganneerrnn? Sino si TEHHHH? Saan niya hinuhugot ang mga k-sabihan para sa lahat ng nararamdaman? Bakit ka nasasaktan kahit hindi naman naging kayo? At ano nga ba ang mas totoo sa Joke at Promise? Nasa librong ito ang kasagutan. Siguradong mau-ULOL kayo sa pagbabasa. (Ultimately Laughing Out Loud!) Humwe humwe humwe!
- Besties by Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson
Every decade, a book comes along to define an era, encapsulating the generation's triumph and tribulations through imaginative characters and breathtaking pose. Besties is not one of those books.
- Stupid is Forevermore by Sen. Miriam Defensor - Santiago
Stupid is Forevermore is the sequel to the phenomenal hit that has been read by people of all ages, gender, and classes. Chockfull of humor and eloquence, the beloved Senator is back along with CJ de Silva-Ong, Andrew Drilon, Apol Sta. Maria, Julius Villanueva, and a who's who of the Philippines' best young illustrators.
- Patikim, Pokie! by Mamang Pokwang
Nagmahal. Nasaktan. Nagluto.
Hindi mo naman kailangan masaktan para matutong magluto. Buksan mo lang ang cookbook na 'to then, pili ka ng recipe. Ang in-demand Laing ba ni Pokie? O baka ang cute na Monthsary Chicken Inasal?
Sa Patikim, Pokie!, si Mamang Pokwang ang bahala sa mga putahe mo. Learn all about her dishes na paborito ng lahat, mula kay Angge at Kris hanggang kay Vic at Vice! Konting pak. Samahan ng ganern.
Isang bandehadong kemerloo. Isang kurot ng #hugot. Then, pakuluan hanggang mawala ang pagiging bitter mo sa buhay. Sarap!
- 21 Days to a Sexier You + Cookbook and Weight Loss Plan by The Sexy Chef
In 21 Days to a Sexier You, their third published healthy lifestyle cookbook, Rachel Alejandro and Chef Barni Alejandro focuson weight loss. The sisters and co-owners of The Sexy Chef, Manila's top health food delivery service since 2004, offer sound advice based on their own personal experience on keeping a fit, sexy body, as well as from what they have learned from experts in fitness and weight loss science.
With this volume, you will learn to...
* Lose weight preparing easy, delicious recipes fortified with the fat-fighting 4 nutrients (Calcium, Vitamin D, Fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids).
* Follow a 21-day guide that helps you build new habits and let go of bad ones.
* Harness a force much more powerful than self-discipline: Desire.
- Dear Alex, Break na kami. Paano?! Love, Catherine by Alex Gonzaga
Ito ang breakup survival guide ko. Alam ko kung gaano kasakit ang ma-heartbroken kaya ginawa ko ang librong ito para matulungan kang mag-let go at mag-move on. In this process, I hope na matutunan mo din na buuin at mahalin ang sarili mo. Hindi ka nag-iisa sa singlehood journey na ito. Let’s share this moment together until we find The One God destined us to be with. - Alex G.
- Behind the Blog by Kryz Uy
Most people are cooler on the Internet than in real life but only a few of us would ever admit it.
Going from virtual posts to tangible paperback, Kryz Uy wrote this casual guide to her seemingly glamorous trade. Get to know more about the world of blogging as one of the Philippines’ top bloggers recalls her more memorable misadventures.
Unplugged and uncensored, get to know a side of Kryz you’d never see online.
- The Big Fat Book of Self Love by The Plump Pinay Danah and Stacy Gutierrez
Danah and Stacy’s body love journey began after they started seeking answers to some of their life’s biggest questions.
“Is fat really synonymous to ugly?” “Can you be fat and healthy at the same time?” “Why is size 2 the standard? Who set these ‘beauty standards,’ anyway?”
After 7 years of pioneering the first body acceptance advocacy in the Philippines, the twins are finally ready to share the answers in their debut book. Someone once said, “If you haven’t found the book you yearn to read, then you must write it yourself.” And write it they did.
One book, so many feels: joy, sadness, gratitude, pain, triumph, loss, hope. The kind of feels that only love can bring. Some days will inspire you and motivate you; other days may hurt you or break your heart. But most days will find you happy knowing that you have loved and that - because or despite of everything - you will continue to love.
- Dear Alex, We’re Dating. Tama, Mali?! Love, Catherine by Alex Gonzaga
Para sa mga sawa nang maging single at ready nang maghanap ng prospect for a new love life...
Dating is a complicated matter kaya naman napakadaming bagay na ang nasabi at naisulat about it. Napakadaming rules— gawin mo ito, gawin mo ’yan.This book, however, is not a rule book. This is simply a guidebook. Iba-iba ang klase ng babae at lalake. Iba-iba ang circumstances. Iba-iba ang factors involved.There are so many unpredictable elements when it comes to this topic. But the things I wrote here are what I experienced and what I think could lead you to The One. Susubukan kong ipa-realize sa’yo kung tama o mali ba ang approach mo to dating; at kung mali man, susubukan kong tulungan kang i-tama ang ginagawa mo.
Are stars born or made?
* How were Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo disciplined as children?
* Anong superfood ni Manny Pacquiao noong bata siya?
* How do you properly tame hyperactive kids like Toni and Alex Gonzaga?
* How far will you go and what are you willing to sacrifice to make your child's dream come true?
How To Raise A Superstar is not just for parents who want their children to shine, or children who want to be superstars. It's stories about chasing dreams, dealing with failure, having faith, and knowing you are loved no matter what.
Includes tried and tested advice from phenomenal TV host and starmaker Boy Abunda. Plus parenting tips from Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta, a Behavioral Pediatrician.
Available in multiple covers: Mommy Min and Kathryn Bernardo, Mommy Dionisia and Manny Pacquiao, and Mommy Pinty and Gonzaga sisters.
Walang halong pagpapanggap, magpakatotoo na tayo, mapait ang mga ala-alang iniwan ng isang EX. Kapag may EX, ibig sabihin may natapos, may nawala, pero ibig sabihin lang din nakalaya ka sa isang bagay na hindi para sa iyo. Ang tanong paano ka ulit magsisimula? ‘Yung nasanay ka sa isang routine kasama ang taong ito na bigla na lang nawala, ano na? Paano? Back to zero. What should you do? Ito ang sagot. Activities para naman ma-exercise ang utak mong matagal na nagpahinga simula nung nagmahal ka.
It’s time to bring out the superwoman in you. Sabi nga ni Mareng Charlotte Bronte, “I am neither a man nor a woman but an author.” #Support our Filipina authors.
All books are available in all National Book Stores