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[Book Excerpt] The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

A talented group of writers broke into the chick lit scene a little over a year ago and gave us fabulous reads since. It’s been a busy time for all of them, but let’s take a break and look into one of my favorite books from this bunch, Kesh Tanglao’s “The Real Score”.

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I met Kesh during one of the Philippine Volcanoes’ rugby games here a few years ago. While we bonded over the game and its players, I never realised that she was such an amazing writer too. When “The Real Score” came out in 2013, there wasn’t any doubt that I would read it.

So what’s the book all about?

Caitlin’s friendship with Marcus, the de facto frontman of the world’s biggest boy band Gezellig, has long been an object of scrutiny by almost everyone–their friends and families, the media, and his fans–ever since they “went public” a couple of years back. Who wouldn’t be interested? She was a nobody, catapulted into the limelight of his fame when he struck an unusual friendship with her.

To both Caitlin and Marcus, what they have is a “perfect little thing.” But then something comes along and threatens it.

In a no-holds-barred interview, will they finally be forced to settle the score?

I won’t be reviewing the book, but instead I’ll let you take a peek into its pages. Here’s an excerpt from “The Real Score”.

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Digitizing Filipiniana

The Filipinas Heritage Library recently launched their newest endeavour, the Filipiniana Online, last January 22, 2014. It is the digitized version of FHL’s rare Filipiniana collection. They have over 2,000 rare books, many of which are too fragile to be handled and lent out to their users. The idea of digitizing the books was born a few years ago and to date, they have around 500 books digitized and uploaded as flipbooks to the website, with many more in the works.

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Our class was able to attend through the invitation of our professor, and was considered to be part of our collection management and development curriculum. Prior to the launch, we took a tour of the Ayala Musuem and the Filipinas Heritage Library.

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The FHL was previously located at the Nielssen Tower along Makati Avenue. Personally, I found it a very picturesque location, and quite unique too. But times change, so the library was moved to its present location at the 6th floor of the Ayala Museum.

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Here we saw their collection, and in line with our studies, talked to the librarians who were in charge of developing the collection as well as digitizing it. As libraries in the Philippines go, FHL is one of the better ones, support and budget-wise, but that doesn’t mean they are without challenges. Still, it was very interesting to see their process of how they gathered the resources to purchase the equipment they needed to digitize the books.

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The Filipiniana Online is open to the public. However, only the preliminary pages are available for viewing and full access to the books requires a paid membership.

Congratulations to the team of the Filipinas Heritage Library for the successful launch.

Related links:
FHL launches Filipiniana Online
What is Filipiniana?

Filipino Friday #4: This is still reading, right?

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The question for this week’s Filipino Friday is, in my interpretation, all about technology.

Do you read (or have at least tried to read) books in other formats aside from print? How was your experience with these different book formats?

I’ve started reading ebooks long before I had an ebook reader or a smartphone. I had pdf or lit files that I’d read on my computer. These were books that were mostly free, and stuff that I don’t normally see in bookstores (because they were from indie writers and publishers).

I got a Kindle Touch as a birthday gift from my aunt and since then, I think 90% of the books I’ve read were digital versions. I still buy printed books, but because of my recent lack of space at home and smaller budget, ebooks are space and cost efficient alternatives.

Thanks to the Kindle, I have no problems with ebooks. I hated reading on my laptop because it was bulky, and after a while my eyes hurt from the screen’s glare. Same goes with my phones. The Kindle was easy on the eyes and lightweight. I guess so long as I have that, reading digital books won’t be such a problem for me. Also, here is a somewhat related post.

I have tried audiobooks, but it wasn’t for me. If I listen to an audiobook in bed, I end up falling asleep even before the chapter’s done. If I listen to it while trying to do chores, I don’t understand anything. I did try to listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, specifically, the chapter about Harry’s 18th birthday. I eventually memorized the first five or so paragraphs — because I kept starting there and I’d be asleep around that part.

Of course, printed books will always be the priority, but ebooks on a proper ebook reader is a very close second.

Also… just a friendly reminder, ReaderCon is on November 9!!!!

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