University life is about to start. If you are a junior or senior high school eyeing on literature and writing, these books will help you widen your horizon about relevant societal issues and produce creative writing ideas.
1.Noli Me Tangere
If you have not yet encountered the classic Noli Me Tangere, then your high school life would not be complete and wholesome. Every high school student in the Philippines knows the essential part of studying the Filipinos’ nationalism initiated by Dr. Jose Rizal. Noli Me Tangere has been a major historical gem that will touch the Filipino heart of every student.
Another one of Dr. Jose Rizal’s classics, El Filibusterismo has played a significant role in Philippine history. It is set to uncover the truth in the lives of our forefathers. This classic novel depicts the hard-fought battle for freedom that we acknowledge today.
3.The Woman Who Had Two Navels And Tales Of The Tropical Gothic
Celebrating the centennial of his birth, the first-ever U.S. publication of Philippine writer Nick Joaquin’s seminal works, with a foreword by PEN/Open Book Award–winner Gina Apostol. This collection features his best-known story, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels,” centered on Philippine emigrants living in Hong Kong and later expanded into a novel, the much-anthologized stories “May Day Eve” and “The Summer Solstice” and a canonic play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. As Penguin Classics previously launched his countryman Jose Rizal to a wide audience, now Joaquin will find new readers with the first American collection of his work.
4. America Is In The Heart
One of the Filipino-American social classics in the 1940s, this novel talks about the perspectives of a Filipino migrant laborer continuously resisted racial violence and struggles with the paradox of the American dream.
If you are a bookworm of Filipino literature and has an incredible passion for writing, then you might be the next winner of Loving Pinoy Lit: A Penguin Essay Writing Contest! 5 lucky winners will receive NBS gift cards worth P10,000 and a set of Penguin Classics for your school! Mechanics are listed here.
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