#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy – PH Authors to Suit Your Style
Sorry, Philippine Literature can’t come to the phone right now. Why? ‘Cause it’s dead! – WRONG!
For the longest time, the month of August is associated with Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa but did you know that this time every year, Filipino readers and writers alike also make waves for the celebration of Buwan ng mga Akdang Pinoy?
This movement began with a local author’s effort to give recognition and at the same time, enrich Filipino literacy when it comes to locally made masterpieces. Edgar Calabia Samar began the campaign in 2015 and up to the present day, it’s still something that is highly anticipated every year! While it also includes other works such as films, plays, and spoken word poetry among others, it can’t be denied that books and literature are big crowd favorites!
So in line with #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy 2018, here are some Pinoy authors whose works you should definitely watch out for!
#6 Eliza Victoria
Who says only males can dominate the writing world – particularly in the horror, thriller, and sci-fi genres? Well, Eliza Victoria’s works speak for herself – and they do not disappoint! Intricately written and well-thought-of, every masterpiece brings readers to a whole new dimension that is filled with out-of-the-world things and creatures beyond your imagination!
Must-reads: Dwellers, Wounded Little Gods, Project 17
#5 Ines Bautista Yao
If you’re in the mood for some fluffy and kilig reads, then Ines Bautista Yao’s got your back! Her works touch most of the classic rom-com tropes we’ve grown to love and so much more. Of course, every story deals with other important things other than romance such as family, friendship, and self-love. Win-win, right?
Must-reads: One Crazy Summer, All That Glitters, Swept Off My Feet
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#4 Chuckberry Pascual
Comic yet profound, Chuckberry Pascual makes boring life seem extraordinary with his depiction of Filipino culture in his stories. He also paves way for minority voices to be heard and incorporates social commentary hidden in prose. If those aren’t enough reasons to make you run to the nearest bookstore and give his works a shot, let me tell you that they have laugh-out-loud moments that will make you chuckle too!
Must-reads: Ang Nawawala; Kumpisal
#3 Eros Atalia
Embodying the classic Pinoy humor and wit, Eros Atalia weaves stories that will definitely resonate to Filipinos. But hidden inside every joke and punchline lies a deeper understanding that reflects the intricate culture found only in the Philippines. Fun fact: because of his writing style, he is one of the speculated personas behind the well-known local author Bob Ong!
Must-reads: Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw; Ligo na U, Lapit na Me; Wag Lang Di Makaraos
#2 Dawn Lanuza
Nope, not all Pinoy authors write prose alone! If the global scene has Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur, then the Philippines has its very own Dawn Lanuza! Her words are strung together into beautiful poetry that will tug at your heartstrings; making you want to cry and fall in love at the same time. Now, who doesn’t want that, right?
Must-reads: The Last Time I’ll Write About You; This is How It Starts
#1 Edgar Calabia Samar
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the man who started it all. Edgar Samar’s works often deal with Philippine Mythology and stories of adventure that will definitely leave you hanging at the edge of your seats! And yes, everyone across all ages can enjoy his works too – nobody gets left behind!
Must-reads: Janus Silang Series; Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog; Alternatibo sa Alternatibong Mundo
Indeed, Philippine Literature is very much alive with the wide array of genres that you can choose from. That is why whether you enjoy swoon-worthy romances or a good mystery-thriller read, there will surely be a book that will suit your liking; a book that accurately represents your own culture; a book that will make you feel proud to be Pinoy!
Any local works you think deserve hype and recognition? How are you celebrating this month’s festivities? Comment your thoughts below!
Ailla is your resident punny girl who lives and breathes words. With iced coffee in her veins, she binge-watches tv series and do reading marathons while fangirling – HARD. She is a true-blue INFJ nerd who dreams to publish her own book someday. Find her around the web as @MioneJeanPotter 🙂