07 June 2011


Just when you thought I had forgotten about it . . . ;-)

Remember these books from last year? They're back in the giveaway pool for this year!

And in case you don't remember or are new to this giveaway, I've provided links to each non-review posts inspired by these six books.

Barefoot in Fire: A World War II Childhood by Barbara Gamboa-Lewis
Locus Focus #6 -- Number 75, Ortega Street

The Manila We Knew edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio
Locus Focus #5 -- The Escolta

The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin
Character Connection #9 -- Pepe Monson
Locus Focus #8 -- St. Andrew's Convent
Teaser Tuesday -- Excerpt

NEW BOOK: The God Stealer by F. Sionil Jose
Locus Focus #55 -- Ifugao

NEW BOOK: Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Character Connection #28 -- Bernardo Hipolito

NEW BOOK: By Sword and Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II by Alfonso J. Aluit
Theme Thursday -- Male Person

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Character Connection #7 -- Gus Saenz, SJ

Owl Friends by Carla M. Pacis
Locus Focus #4 -- Loob Bunga

Po-on by F. Sionil Jose
Character Connection #8 -- Eustaquio "Istak" Salvador
From Reading for Believers: First Impressions? and On Tagalog vs. English

NEW BOOK: The Secret by Lin Acacio-Flores
Locus Focus #56: The Grade School Building

NEW BOOK: Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
Character Connection #29 -- Maria Corazon Alano

NEW BOOK: Cave and Shadows by Nick Joaquin
Character Connection #30 -- Nenita Coogan
Locus Focus #57 -- The Cave

I'll be adding more to their number as the month unfolds,
so keep checking back for updates! =)

Basic Rules:

International Only
Which is to say, closed to anyone who lives in the Philippines. =P Remember that the point of this giveaway is to give a Filipino book to someone who might otherwise never get to read it. If you are twenty minutes away from a National Book Store that sells these titles, then that's not you, is it? ;-)

Leave a Comment
Let me know you're interested by leaving a comment under this post. That will count as your first entry.

How to Earn Extra Entries

Join this month's Word & Question game.
W&Q 13 is "Place and Question" -- Get the details!
10 extra entries if you get your poem in before 29 June

Write a Locus Focus post
5 extra entries every time you link up

Be one of the Top 10 Commenters
10 extra entries for #1, 9 extra entries for #2, 8 extra entries for #3, and so on . . .

Vote in the latest Bracket Smackdown
The Faerie Tale Theatre Production Smackdown will resume next week
1 extra entry per vote

Good luck to everyone! I already wish I could send each of you a book.

Image Sources: a) Barefoot in Fire by Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis, b) The Manila We Knew, c) Owl Friends by Carla M. Pacis, d) The God Stealer by F. Sionil Jose, e) Tall Story by Candy Gourlay, f) By Sword and Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II, 3 February - 3 March 1945 by Alfonso J. Aluit, g) Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan, h) Po-on by F. Sionil Jose, i) The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin, j) Adventures of a Child of War by Lin Acacio-Flores, k) Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis, l) Cave and Shadows by Nick Joaquin


Emily J. said...

I want to enter, but since we're moving out at the beginning of July but not moving into a new place until the middle of August, I won't have an address for a few weeks!

Syrin said...

I'm definitely interested. I may even make an attempt at the poetry. But don't hold me to that, it's not my strong point! :)

I joined a book club briefly in 2005 - I literally only got to go to one meeting before Katrina dissolved the group, but I'm grateful for it because I got a chance to read a book I never would have otherwise touched. More than anything, it taught me a lot about South American culture that I hadn't known previously. Sounds like it's time to learn more about Filipino culture as well!

Enbrethiliel said...


Emily -- Please feel free to enter! =) If you win, I'll be happy to hold the prize until you're settled.

Syrin -- I'm a member of a book club, too--although the other members probably dispute that at this point (Ha!)--so I know what you mean about getting to read books that you might otherwise have never encountered. Good luck to you! =)

Salome Ellen said...

I'm in for the drawing, and my place and question will be in your inbox shortly. ;-D

Enbrethiliel said...


I've received your prompts, Ellen. Thanks for joining again this year! =)

Sullivan McPig said...

Sneaky piggy is delurking to say he's interested to join. ;-)

Dauvit Balfour said...

Whoa, I almost forgot to do this, having been away from everything except e-mail for the past week. So here's my entry, and you'll have my prompts soon.

Enbrethiliel said...


Sully -- Sneaky piggy's name is now on the official list! ;-)

Dauvit -- I've received your prompts. Thanks for entering! =)

lisa :) said...

I keep telling myself I need to be more multicultural in my reading so I definitely need to enter. I just realized that my LibraryThing catalog (of everything I've been reading for the past five years) contains nothing set in the Philippines or by a Filipino author. I think I need to get some serious recommendations from you!

(And thanks for having the contest and making it international!)

Enbrethiliel said...


You're entered! =) Is there a book in the pool that you've already got your eye on?

The word "boondocks" came from the Philippines (from our word for "mountain," bundok), so don't feel too bad about never having read a book from "the boonies." We're bound to be a bit obscure! =P I even have a "thesis" that the Filipino superpower is invisibility. But I'd better not bore everyone with that here . . .

Belfry Bat said...

They certainly aren't invisible in any of the Parishes I've frequented ;-)

And I love the lot of them, if not the music some of them tend to slather on the Liturgy...

Enbrethiliel said...


It's the excess audibility handicap that really kills the power of invisibility. =P That and all the multiculti nonsense, which isn't our fault any longer. =/

Lesa said...

I'm fashionably late but please enter me too!

Oh, I love word origins but never even considered the origin of boondocks-- funny words usually make me wonder and it is a funny word to say, isn't it. I've heard it all my life and thought it was just a southern word.

Enbrethiliel said...


You're entered! =D

"Boondocks" is even funnier when you know what it's supposed to sound like and realise what the American accent has done with it. ;-) I'm also a bit surprised that it managed to take root in the language. There must have been lots of other Filipino words the US military started using while troops were over here, but only "boondocks" entered into common usage.

IdentitySeeker said...

I'd like to enter. I'm international. Thanks so much:)

I've also entered by posting a Haiku (attempt) at Velvet's blog- vvb32.


Enbrethiliel said...


Great! Thanks for joining. =) Is there a title you're already interested in?

Marjorie said...

The Manila We Knew sounds like a very good to read.
I live in Canada.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Enbrethiliel said...


Hi, Marjorie! Welcome to my blog! Consider yourself entered in the giveaway. =)

The Manila We Knew is a lovely book that inspired me to read more about the history of the city I live in.

sugarpeach said...

Hey Enbrethiliel! This is Evangeline from Book Blogs. I finally visit your blog! It looks cool. :)
Please enter me. I live in Malaysia. Not far from Philippines, but strangely, I have not seen any Filipino literature here yet...

evanbejin at gmail dot com

Enbrethiliel said...


Hi, Evangeline! It's nice to see you. =D

And of course Malaysia is far enough to qualify for the giveaway! ;-) I'm not surprised that there aren't any Filipino books there, though. We can barely promote our own literature over here. =/

Good luck!

sugarpeach said...

Filipino telenovelas are pretty common over here (as a matter of fact, I'm watching one right now). If people like watching Filipino telenovelas, I don't think they'd mind reading Filipino novels (the English/translated ones, of course).

Enbrethiliel said...


Evangeline, you've just reminded me of the Malaysian girl I knew in uni. She was very familiar with Filipino telenovelas as well--which surprised me. I had no idea we were exporting TV shows, and as you can see, I also forget the fact. =P I guess it's because I don't watch them myself? LOL!

But books are another story. If you win, I'd be just as thrilled to ship a local book to a nearby neighbour as I would be to send it halfway around the world. =D

sugarpeach said...

Malaysian TV channels import Filipino telenovelas and movies. I particularly enjoy watching Filipino movies. :) Right now, I'm watching the telenovela Marimar...

Sounds good. :) So, I'm guessing that reading isn't really big in Philippines?

Enbrethiliel said...


Oh, I didn't mean to give that impression! Filipinos do like to read. We just tend to be more familiar with foreign literary fiction than local literary fiction. Even the more dedicated readers among my friends shrug apologetically when I want to discuss Nick Joaquin or F. Sionil Jose: they know who these writers are and know that they should have read them, but they just never felt moved to start. =/

sugarpeach said...

It's similar here. Malaysian literature isn't big among Malaysian readers who read English. Most opt to buy books written by foreign authors.

Laurie said...

I'm in, and thanks so much for introducing me to so many new authors. I'm especially interested in Cave & Shadows, but all sound intriguing.
What's your #1 book recommendation (or 5 recs., whatever you wish!) for high school students in the U.S. who haven't encountered Filipino literature before? I get to choose some lit. circle sets of books this year, so who knows: Your suggestion may very well fall into the hands of some eager readers over here...

Enbrethiliel said...


Oh, my! What a question!

For American high school students, I'd have to pick Tall Story. It was written by a Filipina author who emigrated to the UK and was actually published there first, so she was aware of writing for a wider audience than just "the locals."

As for the rest of the titles . . . now that I think about it, they tend to fall on the two extreme ends of the spectrum: those for tweens (the kind you'd give The Baby-sitters Club books to or start off on Lois Lowry's Anastasia series) and those for adults who can handle a dark scenario or two in their reading. I got to read The Woman Who Had Two Navels when I was a high school student . . . but it was kind of lost on everyone in class. =/

The one book I've been most successful in recommending to non-Filipino readers (success being determined by the percentage of those recommendees who were satisfied by it) is Po-on. It has all the weight of a historical saga or epic, despite its deceptively narrow focus on a single man. (My mind is suddenly making a connection between Po-on and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Is this at all helpful? LOL!) My one concern about F. Sionil Jose, however, is his emotional anti-American streak. It isn't very pronounced in Po-on, but it shows up in several stories in The God Stealer. Even I was taken aback at some of them . . .

Laurie said...

You are always so generous in offering support and your candid yet tactful opinions as well as your considerable knowledge. Much gratitude for your suggestions here, and now I'm off to find Tall Story, Po-On, and The Woman Who Had Two Navels (mindful of your thoughts on them, of course).
Truly, you are a model of diligent responding and courtesy, not to mention earnestness balanced with graciousness.

Enbrethiliel said...


Laurie, you are too kind to me when you leave comments like that!

One thing I forgot to say: Po-on is published internationally as Dusk. I recommended it to my online book group (the other members of whom are Americans and a Kiwi lady). Here are the posts from the month in which we discussed it: November 2010.

I recently got to ask another American friend whether he thought Jose was anti-American, and he said that he didn't get that impression at all: being "pro" something (in Jose's case, the Philippines) doesn't automatically make one "anti" something else (such as America). Then again, that friend hasn't read some of the short stories in The God Stealer, which I think Jose wrote primarily for catharsis! =P

Finally, there are some Nick Joaquin short stories available online. My book group read them, too! =D Here are our archived discussions, with links to the stories: February 2011.