Hopeless romantics

NOT ENOUGH Filipinos are reading, but I hope that's changing. At National Bookstore today, I saw the following titles—catchy, thought-provoking, contemporary, perhaps funny. I haven't heard of the names of the authors before, but these books must have a place in our nation's literary diet, if there's one that exists.

Do they make good literature? I don't know; I haven't read any of them. But if these books get more people into the habit of reading, then I don't mind at all.

Love is an inexhaustible subject of songs, poetry, even novels; so here's a book about hopeless romantics by Marcelo Santos II—something, judging by the book cover, that will be adapted into film.

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Another novel by Mr. Santos III, dedicated for the broken-hearted.

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My favourite title is "Buti Pa ang Roma, May Papa," by Noringai, published by Anvil. The novel was originally posted in Wattpad. Does the book talk about Roman Catholicism? Is it a love story set in the Vatican? The reader ayilmagic reviews the book, "super astig nung book,, hahaha,, tawa ko ng tawa,, di nakakasawang basahin ng paulet ulet,, ahaha." I can't explain the use of double commas.

Spotted at National: the present Philippine contemporary,  popular literature

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