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Local Reads: Top 5 You Should be Reading Now

Cure your book allergy now!
by Gelo Gonzales | Aug 21, 2011
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In time for the four-day weekend and the celebration of all things Filipino and awesome, here are five books by Filipino authors that will make you think, laugh, relish the free time, and perhaps attract attention for laughing alone.

                                                        Or perhaps, impress a chick!

1) Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo
This graphic novel is only available online, which means two things: 1) you don’t have to pay for anything, 2) you don't have to part with your precious PC. Described as having astonishing creatures populate its pages (think “aswang, maligno, lamang-lupa”) Tabo Po puts together religion, history, folklore, and Philippine mythology. What's more noteworthy is we'll see the aswang in a whole new different light; here, he remains as terrifying as ever, but earns the bida role.

Expect a lot of challenging the norm, reconstruction of beliefs, and lots of violence. There are Filipino and English formats for this webcomic, but Malonzo suggests that if you’re Filipino, you should read the story in Filipino. Not for the squeamish and definitely NSFW (nudity, savagery, and sexytime) aplenty, this book will give you a whole new look at characters we’ve always known but kept boxed in stereotypes.

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