The Philippines

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A snapshot of the beautiful places and people of the Philippines

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  • Lonely Planet Philippines available from BorrowBox 
    The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming megacities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people.
  • The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture available on Hoopla  
    Culture Smart! Philippines gives you the inside story of this unique and attractive country and unpacks the daily lives of its inhabitants.
  • Mango – Learn Filipino
    You can learn Tagalog online with Mango Languages. An incredibly unique and interesting language born of a fusion of Spanish and Southeastern Asian influence, Tagalog is the official language of the Philippines. And, as the language spoken in the country with the fifth longest coastline in the world as well as some of the most breathtaking rainforests, Tagalog is certainly a gateway to a world full of color and adventure.
  • Food of the Philippines from Hoopla 
    Learn authentic and delicious Filipino recipes along with culinary culture and history with this beautifully illustrated Philippines cookbook.


  Flick through these digital magazines on Overdrive for a peek into Filipino high society and its glamour and gossip

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  • MEGA
    Priding itself as the Philippines' best fashion magazine, MEGA is the thinking woman's cross-section of the what's what of style, beauty and lifestyle. With well-curated sections of tailor-made stories from trends to try out now, comprehensive style guides, beauty hacks to learn from and in-depth features, MEGA guarantees to elevate and bring out the very best in you.

  • Tatler Homes Philippines 
    From an extraordinary converted convent in the romantic English countryside, to the art-filled Manila sanctuary of a renowned gallery owner, the second edition of Tatler Homes Philippines is a delightful compilation of some of the world’s most beautiful houses.

  • Philippine Tatler
    Every month, Philippine Tatler takes you behind the scenes and reveals the fascinating lives and stories of influential people in business, cultural, social and sporting life of the Philippines. The ultimate arbiter of high society, taste and glamour, Philippine Tatler provides exclusive coverage of the best local and international events. 

Enjoy these classic Filipino authors, who speak of the history, hardship and heroism of the Filipino people:

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  • Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), Jose Rizal -  IndyReads
    In more than a century since its appearance, José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere has become widely known as the great novel of the Philippines. A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, "The Noli," as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience-and martyr-for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province.

  • Dusk: a Novel, F. Sionil José - Indyreads
    Set in the 1880s, Dusk records the exile of a tenant family from its village and the new life it attempts to make in the small town of Rosales. This is more than a historical novel; it is also the eternal story of man's tortured search for true faith and the larger meaning of existence. Jose has achieved a fiction of extraordinary scope and passion, a book as meaningful to Philippine literature as One Hundred Years of Solitude is to Latin American literature.

  • The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic, Nick Joaquin – available from IndyReads
    Nick Joaquin is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino writers, but he has remained little-known outside his home country despite writing in English. Set amid the ruins of Manila devastated by World War II, his stories are steeped in the post-colonial anguish and hopes of his era and resonate with the ironic perspectives on colonial history of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino individual's new freedom after a long history of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial past, magical realism, and baroque splendor and excess.