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26 popular philippine books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Philippines. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Memories of Philippine Kitchens by Amy Besa, Romy Dorotan EN

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The owners and chef at Soho's popular Cendrillon restaurant present a fascinating look at Filipino cuisine and culture. They document dishes and culinary techniques that are rapidly disappearing and offer more than 100 unique recipes.

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Monsoon Mansion : A Memoir by Cinelle Barnes EN

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Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family's rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it. Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother's opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father's self-made success, it was a girl's stor... continue

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Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
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The great novel of the Philippines In more than a century since its appearance, José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere has become widely known as the great novel of the Philippines. A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, "The Noli," as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher... continue

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Pasando el rato en un país cálido by Jose Y. Dalisay (Jr.) ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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Tras unos años en Estados Unidos preparando su doctorado, Noel Bulaong regresa a Filipinas para el entierro de su padre. La vuelta a su país desata recuerdos que creía olvidados: una infancia entre cocoteros en los campos de Kangleong, su juventud en los arrabales de Manila mientras Marcos gobernaba el país con mano de hierro, la célula comunista de la que formó parte en sus años universitarios... Pero no todos son amables, Noel rememora también su encarcelamiento y su posterior liberación y connivencia con el régimen. Amist... continue

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
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A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST "Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing." --Laurie Halse Anderson, author of SHOUT "A singular voice in the world of literature." --Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder. Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of Presi... continue

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Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
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This harrowing mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killer Payatas, a 50-acre dump northeast of Manila’s Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf. In the rainy summer of 1997... continue

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State of War by Ninotchka Rosca EN

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An endless festival amidst an endless war is the central image of this novel of the Philippines of the time of Marcos. Three young people seek relief from the suffocating repression and brutality of the Dictatorship by joining an ancient festival in the island of K----. They find instead that the war has followed them and that the festival is but a metaphor for an entire society and culture in conflict. The three find distinct destinies of death, liberation, affirmation and ultimately, salvation. This book is now considered a classic of Philippine literature.
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The Age of Umbrage by Jessica Zafra EN

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Guadalupe, 15, is confused. She grew up in the house of one of the richest families in the world . . . in the servants’ quarters with her mother, the family cook. The life of luxury is all she knows, but it isn’t really her life. Unhappy in school, invisible at home, she lives inside her head, in a world made of books and movies. Outside, Manila is in turmoil: protest rallies, a bloodless revolution, coup attempts, and the Web hasn’t even arrived yet. When is Guada is going to leave her imaginary shelter and get a life? Funny, caustic, and moving, The Age of Umbrage is the... continue
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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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Tea's gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.

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The Farm : A Novel by Joanne Ramos EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Philippines flag Philippines
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Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages--and all of it for free. In fact, you're paid big money to stay here--more than you've ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds; your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a Host at Golden Oaks, or the Farm as residents ca... continue


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