Freedom doesn’t come easy. And we, Filipinos, sure have to fight for it century after century. In the annals of history, there are pivotal moments that forever alter the course of our nation. One such moment is etched in the hearts and minds of Filipinos: the declaration of Philippine Independence.
Today, we continue to pay tribute to untold stories and hidden heroes found in our modern society. Here are 7 stories of resilience, strength and patriotism that will surely rekindle our love for a free nation:
- Lost You, Found Me by Zara Carbonell
This compelling novel takes readers on a journey of self-discovery in their 20s. Through the protagonist’s struggles and triumphs, the book showcases the indomitable Filipino spirit and resilience, reminding readers of the strength that lies within them despite blindly navigating their 20s.
- God Loves Bakla: My Life in the Closet by Raymund Alikpala (eBook)
A groundbreaking memoir, this book sheds light on the experiences of a gay Filipino, highlighting the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in a society influenced by traditional norms. By sharing his personal journey, Alikpala empowers readers to embrace their identities and fight for acceptance and equality.
- Holistically Fit: Conquering Physical, Mental, and Emotional Habits to Build a New and Better You by Jose Villablanca
This book emphasizes the importance of holistic well-being and self-improvement. Villablanca inspires readers to take charge of their lives, by providing practical advice on physical fitness, mental health, and emotional resilience, and fostering a sense of personal freedom and empowerment.
- Opening the Archipelago: The Story of Blockchain in the Philippines by Aguda, Casas, and Marasigan
This enlightening book explores the transformative potential of blockchain technology in the Philippines. It celebrates the innovative spirit of Filipinos and their ability to adapt and leverage emerging technologies, showcasing the country’s progress and independence in the digital age.
- 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country by Alex Lacson (eBook)
Lacson’s book is a powerful call to action for every Filipino citizen. It offers practical and achievable ways to make a positive impact on the nation, encouraging readers to take responsibility for their communities and actively contribute to the country’s growth and development.
- Five Hundred Years Without Love by Alex Lacson (eBook)
Lacson’s thought-provoking novel explores the Philippines’ complex history and reflects on the challenges and triumphs that have shaped the nation. By delving into historical events and personal narratives, the book instills a sense of pride in Filipino heritage and reminds readers of the resilience and perseverance displayed throughout the country’s history.
- My Friends and I by Grace Calaustro, Rece
This heartwarming children’s book celebrates the diversity and unity of Filipino friendships. Through colorful illustrations and relatable stories, it teaches young readers the values of camaraderie, respect, and inclusivity. By fostering a sense of pride in Filipino identity from an early age, the book encourages young minds to embrace their cultural heritage and build strong bonds within their communities.
As we celebrate Philippine Independence Day, let us not forget that the spirit of heroism and patriotism is not confined to the pages of history. It lives within each Filipino, waiting to be harnessed and rekindled in the smallest moments of our day-to-day lives.
To encourage readers to dive into these captivating literary works, Bookshelf PH is excited to announce a special sale on selected book titles. For a limited time, readers will have the opportunity to acquire these thought-provoking books at discounted prices, allowing them to embark on their own literary journey of Filipino pride, independence, and freedom. Don’t miss this chance to enrich your personal library and let us live each day with an unwavering belief that in our smallest actions, we have the power to shape the destiny of our country.