OCTOBER 27, 2022

‘Ascending the Fourth Mountain’ by Maria Virginia Yap Morales

This book is the story of a woman who struggled for equality within a revolutionary movement and fully participated to draft the orientation of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, which had its origins in the years before martial rule. More than that, this book is the author’s inner journey to discover and study herself, and to eventually see through the mote in her own eye that blurs a fourth mountain looming large, blocking her vision of political and social transformation. (Ateneo de Manila University Press; available at and the Ateneo Press Shopee and Lazada stores)

‘Lila: Mga Tula’ edited by Romas Estrada, Louise O. Lopez and Beverly W. Siy

The influential writer’s group LIRA has been shaping the powerful pens of Filipino writers for decades, but “Lila” is something different, something special. Not only is it LIRA’s first anthology edited by three women but it also the first LIRA anthology of poetry written by 36 women poets, with their poems encompassing the experiences of loving, giving birth, believing, disbelieving, raging, grieving and letting go. Contributors include Luna Sicat-Cleto, Kora Dandan-Albano and the late Maningning Miclat, whose art graces the book’s cover. (Balangay Productions/Librong LIRA; available through the LIRA and Librong LIRA Facebook pages, Mt. Cloud Bookshop, the University of the Philippines Press Bookstore, Popular Bookstore, Savage Mind and Solidaridad Bookshop; email

‘#RAJISMS’ by Maharadya Miclat-Janssen

This book features funny quips and witticisms from an 8-year-old boy, nicknamed “Raja, “from the time he was two to the present on diverse topics like food, bilingual mix-ups, religion and house rules, world, geography and travel, politics, learning to read, arts, historical and world views, gender and politics, literature and creating stories, and “new normal”—it also has his stories and paintings. It features a foreword by the author’s mother, University of the Philippines professor Banaue Miclat-Janssen. (Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Inc./Erehwon Center for the Arts; order the book through or Viber/text tel. 0999-5042898. Payment for the book can be coursed through BPI Savings Account 3089-1344-03; or GCash: Banaue M. 09995042898. Delivery charge will be on the buyer.)

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: The Complete Collection’ boxed set by Jenny Han

Now that the third and final movie from Netflix starring Lana Condor as Lara Jean has been streamed, visit the original source material and fall in love, post-Valentine’s Day, with Han’s romantic, yet bittersweet story of a high school girl who writes letters to the boys she’s loved without sending them—until one day her precocious sister sends them out. This triggers a chain reaction of events that crosses over all three of the paperbacks in this box set: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “P.S. I Still Love You” and “Always and Forever.” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; available from Fully Booked and

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