Here’s 10 books picked by us!
Tommy Hafalla: Ili
For over three decades, Tommy Hafalla has been documenting the life and rituals of the ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippine Cordillera. These are presented in his first book, Ili, wherein the images operate not only on a visual level but also in other ways of telling history. Translated literally as ‘home village’, ‘Ili‘ is a word widely used to refer to one’s place of origin. In the Philippine’s long struggle for cultural identity, Hafalla’s photographs document the indigenous responding to modernity and how tradition is alive, creative, adapting, and constantly shifting.
Jeep ni Juan: A History of the Jeep in the Philippines
After World War II, enterprising Filipinos converted the military jeep into a passenger vehicle with bench seats and a rear entrance, and called it an autocalesa. Soon, the repurposed vehicle became wider, longer and bigger, and became colorful, loud, and ornate, transforming into what it is today – the Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) – the undisputed backbone of the Philippine mass transport system, also known as the “King of the Road.” Alongside the jeepney’s history is the story of a Filipino dentist turned entrepreneur, Maximino Dionisio Juan. This book tells his story and in the process unfolds how a warhorse became a civilian mule, and the national symbol it is today.
Slow Food: Philippine Culinary Traditions
A compilation of essays and recipes on traditional Filipino cuisine edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio and Felice Prudente Sta. Maria. This book is in support of the global Slow Food movement, which was initiated in the Philippines by Doreen Fernandez, and sustained by the local chapter of the International Wine & Food Society (IWFS), as a counterpoint to fast food and fast living. It seeks to conserve and promote historic and regional flavors and culinary practices. Includes heirloom recipes such as suman, laing, pochero, bacalao, and estofado.
Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899-1999
“Vestiges of War: the Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1898-1998” is a multidisciplinary anthology which examines the lingering impact of American colonialism on Filipinos and Filipino Americans, politics, pop culture, and the arts.
Philippine Food, Cooking & Dining Dictionary
This book is a vital reference and an excellent cookbook supplement for anyone who cooks or simply loves Filipino food: it is a dictionary that gathers more than 8,000 terms relating to food ingredients, dishes, cooking styles, preparation techniques, and utensils, among others.
You Shall Be As Gods
You Shall Be As Gods by Dennis Santos Villegas explores the many variations of belief in the anting-anting or the local talisman, and its role in Philippine history, culture and psychology. The anting-anting is part of an elaborate system of belief that has evolved over the centuries, synthesizing the animist spirituality of ancient precolonial Filipinos with the Catholic doctrines brought in during the Spanish colonial period. Once used by oppressed Filipinos to protect and defend themselves from colonizers, it has become a way for ordinary people to assert power over their own destinies.
Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines
Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines, 16th to the 19th century by Ma. Mercedes G. Planta is compiled from the records of Spanish missionaries who collected and studied Philippine medicinal plants and herbs that Filipino traditional medical practitioners or herbolarios had been prescribing since the precolonial period. Because the herbolarios left no writings about their practices, the missionaries’ works have become the primary sources for studying Filipino traditional medicine.
A Sagada Reader
A collection of early writings by William Henry Scott devoted to various aspects of life among the Sagada of the Mountain Province – from legends to accounts of rice cultivation, to the story of the founding of the Mission of St. Mary the Virgin in Sagada, now the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. William Henry Scott, distinguished scholar of Philippine history and Cordillera ethnography, was a retired lay missionary of the Episcopal Church. He lived in Sagada for over thirty years and his deep attachment to the place has made his most knowledgeable about its culture and history.
Looking For The Prehispanic Filipino
William Henry Scott’s ‘Looking for the Prehispanic Filipino and Other Essays in Philippine History’ covers a range of subject matter, focusing on the identification of the forces that determine patterns of cultural accommodation, struggle, political as well as economic change during the first century of Spanish colonization. In these essays, the Filipinos are seen neither as passive objects of colonial rule nor as victims of early Spanish policy. Rather they are seen as actors who have responded to their environment as well as events in a manner that have helped determine their destiny in history.
Prehispanic Source Materials
This book by William Henry Scott is a critical summary of what is actually known about the Filipino people before the beginning of Spanish records in 1521. The source materials come from a variety of scholarly disciplines – anthropology, archaeology, geology, history, linguistics, and palaeography.
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