We’re down to the last week of August, and I’ve been stressing over what to do to commemorate this year’s Buwan ng Wika. ?? Held every August, Buwan ng Wika is a month-long celebration of the many Philippine languages that we have. There are over 150 independent languages spoken in different parts of our country. In other words, we have a lot to celebrate.
The topic of ✨ Philippine languages ✨ can readily become complicated, and more importantly, political. Our national language is Filipino. Additionally, it is heavily derived from Tagalog, which is native to certain parts of Luzon. I won’t delve into the complexities and intricacies of Philippine history. However, the thrusting of Tagalog as our national lingua franca remains to be heavily contested today. For instance, some may see it as a necessity in achieving national unity among the 7,107 islands in the Philippines. In contrast, some see it as another means for Imperial Manila to maintain its dominance.
But I digress.
I am often mistaken as a Manila girl. (Probably because I’m noticeably maarte.) But I was born and raised in the province of Pampanga, arguably the culinary capital of the Philippines. The language spoken in Pampanga is called Kapampangan. Regrettably, I’m not as fluent in it as I would like to be. But I am extremely proud of where I’m from and where I grew up! And with that pride comes the need to do something special on my blog before Buwan ng Wika ends. ??
It’s too late for me to write a TBR post for Wikathon, a month-long Buwan ng Wika readathon created by Kate and co-hosted by Gerald, Julienne, Alex, and Kat. Additionally, Cara has already done a fantastic job of recommending Filipino-authored books. So, I’ve decided to recommend Filipino bookish creators instead!
I’m very ecstatic about this post. Partly because I love using my platform to highlight the incredible work done by other fellow creators. And partly because I recently installed a content filter plugin that I’ve been wanting to try. ?
In the spirit of Buwan ng Wika, I decided to feature 31 Filipino book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. The same number of days in the month of August. (By the way, August is also my birth month and my giveaway is still ongoing! ??) Obviously, all Filipino creators deserve to be recognized and celebrated outside of Buwan ng Wika. But I thought it’d be a nice gesture to spotlight some standouts and hype up their content!
And if you’re not satisfied with this list and want to find even more Filipino bookish creators, then you can also check out the Twitter list that I made! There are currently over 180 people on my list, and I try my best to keep it updated.
Abbie is an absolute ray of sunshine with a great eye for aesthetics. After more than 2 years, she has finally returned to bless our Instagram feeds with soft green shades and calm earthy tones.
Alex (Alex on the Block)
Admittedly, I only subscribed to Alex’s videos quite recently. But I quickly became a fan of her content! When I read “productivity enthusiast” on her bio, I just knew that I had to stan. In all seriousness, I think her videos are very soothing and satisfying to watch!
Alexx (Enthralled Bookworm)
Alexx never ceases to amaze me! She’s one of the most admirably consistent content creators I know. And she goes hard for LGBTQIAP+ books! Check out Alexx’s recent post on YA LGBTQIAP+ books that Netflix should adapt.
Bea (Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic)
It was Bea’s blog that inspired me to make my own in 2015. Until now, her ability to juggle her demanding job as a registered nurse, and her book blog continues to leave me awed. Bea is also a great source for romance book recommendations!
Caitlin (Caitlin Althea)
Caitlin has a unique blogging voice and a soft, minimalist blog aesthetic. She recently wrote a guide to stanning book blogs that you might find helpful.
Camillea (Camillea Reads)
Cam is a wonderful person with equally wonderful content. She is very passionate about promoting diversity and social consciousness. Plus, her poetry has been published in several journals, which is HUGE GOALS!
Cara (The Little Miss Bookworm)
Cara is a giant heart trapped in a tiny body. She is one-third of our talls-and-small trio. Although she doesn’t post frequently (like me HAHA), her posts are always worth the wait! Cara’s most recent post has a secret message that had me questioning my intelligence.
From the uniqueness of her aesthetic to the distinctiveness of her blogging voice, Divine is a gift that keeps on giving. Especially when it comes to thought-provoking discussion posts! She recently discussed her struggles in promoting diverse books and shared free short stories that can save you from your reading challenge woes.
Donna (Pages in Waves)
I first met Donna in a local book event last year, and she’s probably one of the friendliest bookworms I’ve ever encountered. She puts so much love and labor in her book reviews, and it really shows! One of my recent favorites is her review of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim.
Gerald (Gerald the Bookworm)
Gerald was the first Filipino booktuber to ever stand out to me. The energy and entertainment value that he consistently brings in his content is really unparalleled. He’s also doing The Most — what with making creative skits, co-hosting multiple book clubs (the trihoes and smutify), and slowly taking over tiktok.
Ishiee Mouie (Bookish Mouie)
Ishiee has an effervescent personality that shines through in all her content, be it on her blog or booktube channel. She definitely has a warm smile and a welcoming presence. And can we talk about her eye for photography and graphics? We need to stan.
Juri (Tomes & Thoughts)
Juri is pretty new to the book blogging game, but she already has a knack for writing comprehensive book reviews. She is so lovely, and I am very excited to watch her continue to grow within the community.
Kat (Her Bookish Side)
Before anything else, Kat should be a model. Beyond her pretty face, she is very warm and approachable! Her videos are very laidback and conversational, which I really enjoy. Kat is a part of the trihoes team.
Kate (Your Tita Kate)
I can probably write a novel detailing all the great things about Kate, but let’s start with the fact that she manages a book blog, a booktube channel, and a bookstagram account — on top of working a corporate job and caring for her two cats (and more than occasionally, me ?).
Krisha (thirdworld booknerd)
No exaggerations: Krisha’s booktube channel was one of the first that I fell in love with. I just admire how articulately she speaks and how she carries herself. Her videos also create this cozy, casual ambiance that I really enjoy. Krisha has been inserting more Bisaya into her more recent content, and although I don’t speak that language, I’m here for it!
Leo is an up-and-coming book blogger. In his intro post, he mentioned that leosthetics is actually his third attempt at blogging, and I’m so glad that he decided to give it another go. Leo has a knack for effortlessly infusing his energy and enthusiasm into his writing.
Miel is a Kapampangan like me! But more importantly, his bookstagram feed just gives life to both the book-loving and coffee-loving sides of my heart. I live for all the yummy-looking pastries, the cool and neutral hues, and the occasional fanboying over BTS. (Also, Miel is one of my favorite people!)
Rain pioneered the ‘say bookdragon instead of bookworm’ agenda, and she carries that exact same energy in promoting her favorite books. Her blogging voice is also very entertaining and distinct. Rain recently wrote an incredibly helpful guide on editing digital books covers into bookstagram photos.
Riza (Pages and Coffee Cups)
From her blog’s tagline (living life, one cup of coffee at a time) to her fascinating reading diaries, I thoroughly enjoy snooping around Riza’s content. Riza writes critical and insightful reviews of both fiction and non-fiction books. I’m excited for her platform to grow even more!
Reg’s (amazing) booktube channel is my newest favorite thing! Her creative review of Katrina Olan’s Tablay had me running to click the subscribe button. Moreover, her enthusiasm just makes me smile. Especially when Reg talks about books that she really connected with, like The Wolf of Oren-yaro by K.S. Villoso.
Rovie writes about reading books, traveling places, and journaling. I’m glad that she’s embraced her geekiness, because I’ve been quietly enjoying her content.
Salve (Cuckoo for Books)
Salve is incredibly lovely, charming, and intelligent. I’m fairly sure that she’s the first Filipino booktuber I subscribed to. I wish I could speak as articulately and as confidently in front of a camera. Salve is definitely a natural at it!
Therese (Bookish Therese)
Therese makes great videos that just hold my attention the whole time. She has a way of making you want to really listen, and I think that’s an underrated superpower to have. She recently uploaded a ‘journal with me’ video that I immensely enjoyed watching.
When I first stumbled across Trish’s booktube channel, I was immediately hooked. Trish is just extremely fun and entertaining! Especially when she rants about books she doesn’t like. Trish’s most recent video perfectly encapsulates her sense of humor and masterful editing skills.
Veronica (moon & coffee)
Veronica writes about books and her personal experiences as a nursing student. I really adore her writing style, and I think it’s cool that she rates books using letter grades. Veronica recently wrote a post about the current (horrendous) situation in the Philippines.
Yna (Yna the Mood Reader)
Yna is an absolute sweetheart, and her warm personality is reflected in everything she does, regardless of the medium. She is an unapologetic mood reader — and I think that’s something that a lot of us can relate to.
Ysa (Rae Or Shine)
I am most familiar with Ysa’s beautiful bookstagram feed, but I recently learned that she started a booktube channel around a month ago! I am very excited to know more about Ysa, her voice, and what she wants to do as a bookish creator. Ysa also runs a cute bookstagram where she matches books and outfits together.
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I’d love to hear from you!
? How are you celebrating Buwan ng Wika? If you’re not from the Philippines, does your country or culture have a similar celebration for your languages?
? Were you able to find new Filipino bookish creators from this post? Did I feature any of your favorites? And most importantly, did you try out the new content filter?
? How do you find more bookish creators to follow and support? What methods do you use? And what are the qualities you look for in a bookish creator before you decide to subscribe to their platform?