If there is something that I would say to this website, that is: Thank God. This thanksgiving of mine comes along with a reprieve, for this website somehow proves that our Philippines is a reading country. Due to this era of rapid upheaval, almost all of us have no time (or could not even spare one) to sit in a comfy couch and read a good book. In PUVs (Public Utility Vehicles) like jeepneys and trains, catching someone reading a novel, anthology of essays, a play, or a poetry collection (and not handouts consisting powerpoint slides nor textbook) takes place only in a blue moon. So far, this website has provided a community of voracious readers especially those who have a literary taste. By the way, I am a student of AB Literature who took a leave of absence and skipped a semester for some fundamental reasons. I will return schooling on June 2013. So while I wait for the enrollment month, I keep on reading and writing. As of now, I am working on the law firm of my dad as a paralegal. This makes me drifted between law and literature. For those who wanted to know my literary taste, I prefer to read the works of female writers like Arlene Radasky, Cristina Pantoja - Hidalgo, Paz Marquez - Benitez, Simone de Beauvoir, Mila D. Aguilar, Phyllis Chesler, Diane Ackerman, and Alice Sebold. I envy these women for I do not have the privilege to write like them. Moreover, I like to read the works of African writers like Chinua Achebe (especially his novel entitled Things Fall Apart).
Welcome! You are definitely right in saying that you'll only see people reading in public transport once in a blue moon, whereas in other countries its very common for people to read in the bus or the MRT. tsk tsk! Hopefully with sites like these reading will become cool to be seen doing in public!