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Shelf Lives


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A comfortable perch at Mt Cloud. EV Espiritu/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Paper cranes hang in the crisp morning air, held aloft by almost-invisible strings in the window. The light hits the rest of the room, where books stand next to more books. A comfortable wooden chair stands in the center. There’s a selection of books on Baguio against the wall, and a cove of children’s books in a corner.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Glory days


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Among the cage stars in the book are (clockwise from top left) Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro (Contributed photos)

It was a step towards greatness. On Aug. 10, 2013, the Philippines rejoined the ranks of the world’s basketball elite, an achievement that resonated in a nation addicted to basketball. To do so, the team, known as Gilas Pilipinas, had to overcome the team that had emerged as its nemesis in international play through the years: Korea. Bucking the odds and in front of a frenzied home crowd, Gilas did just that, winning 86-79, ensuring the team of at least a second place finish and one of three slots to the basketball World Cup in Spain in 2014.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The (Funny) Book of Love


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Capili

Everything becomes a story for Noreen Capili. Everything. The thirtysomething writer has lived an eventful life that’s been transmuted into funny, insightful stories—and that’s just as Noringai, the nom de plume she uses in her popular blog and best-selling collection of essays, “Parang Kayo Pero Hindi.”

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Fiction Nation


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TWIN TOWERS: Lacuesta (left) and Alfar intend to establish a yearly tradition of excellent writing (PDI Photo/Andrew Tadalan)

When you listen to Dean Francis Alfar and Angelo R. Lacuesta talk about the short story, it seems like it’s a precious metal that’s grown increasingly rare and harder to mine.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Transformed by Imagination


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INTO THE FOLD: Tejido surrounded by his cardboard creations (PDI Photo/Arnold Almacen)

Jomike Tejido is essentially a transformer. He was enthralled by the paradox of one object twisting and turning until it becomes a totally different object. It was an obsession that changed him.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

How to Cook a Cookbook


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COOKING THE BOOKS: Subida in Maya’s test kitchen (PDI Photo/Kimberly dela Cruz

In the beginning, it was all about the flour. The year was 1958, and Liberty Flour Mills, Inc. had just started business. But immediately, it sought ways to expand its lucrative wholesale market and was soon packing its flour in smaller, more accessible retail sizes.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Panget’s Beautiful Story


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Photo by Alanah Torralba

Asked if she considers herself “panget” (ugly) because her crossover media franchise is called “Diary ng Panget” (better known to fans as “DNP”), the young author named Denny says modestly, “Hindi po masyado, konti lang (Not really, just a bit).”

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The Filbar’s Adventure Continues


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NEW MANAGEMENT: (L to R) Ivan Guerrero, Jacob Cabochan and Ronald Abigan (PDI Photo/Alanah Torralba)

Like many word-loving members of my generation, I learned to love reading, thanks to Filbar’s. Back in grade school, a generous and enabling schoolmate would list the titles of the comic books we wanted and then, once a week, swing by the Filbar’s store on New York Street in Cubao to score them.

Posted: September 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The Secret Life of Kate


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Kate Evangelista.  PDI Photo/Richard Reyes

Like the enigmatic characters in her books, Kate Evangelista lives a secret life. To the people she encounters every day, she seems to be living anonymously—just another woman in a car. But the 30-year-old is actually an international best-selling author—one that most Filipinos have never heard of.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Sign language


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MORE PUN IN THE PHILIPPINES: Three books on the Pinoy’s facility for wordplay

Born of everyday ingenuity and perhaps a hint of either madness or boredom, Filipino signs are an art form by themselves. The signs are also a balancing act between being smart or knowledgeable, and being pilosopo (smart alecky).

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Hope for the hopeless romantics


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Photo by Kimberly dela Cruz

For someone who traffics heavily in the realm of love lives, Marcelo Santos III rues the fact that he doesn’t have much of one. The 22-year-old first-time novelist and online video sensation says he doesn’t have time for romance, no matter that his surprise best-seller is titled “Para sa Hopeless Romantic.”

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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