Kapamilya o Kapal Nila Book Review

The Filipino family is close knit. We all know that and we are a happy bunch, most of the time. But how do we face our family when there is trouble? When we can’t get along with our in-laws? When helping our family becomes a burden?

Pastor Ed Lapiz of Day by Day Christian Ministries have produced a series entitled Secrets of a Happy Family and the 2nd part is here, Kapamilya o Kapal Nila? This is a 248-pages book filled with practical advises on how to have a happy family, have peace in the family, communication in the family, secrets of happy families, family during difficult times and pathology of family feuds.


Here is a snapshot of the different topics:


Written in a witty and conversational Taglish tone, the book is easy to read and easily relatable. All Filipino families have one time or another experienced problems with your family, so this book is recommended to everyone. One doesn’t need to wait until there is a problem within the family to read this book. The practical tips are a great way to be proactive and build a happy family.

Personally, I am not a fan of books in Taglish format, but I do recommend this book which only costs 170 pesos if you’d like to know the secrets to build a happy family.

This book is available in your leading Christian bookstores and the CSM Publishing website. Get more information from http://csm-publishing.org/products-page/back-to-back-series/kapamilya-o-kapal-nila/.

Panalangin sa Hardin Book Review

CSM Publishing has released some books in 2015 that are written in Taglish format. Among them is this book on prayer written by Pastor Joey Umali,  Panalangin sa Hardin.

Panalagin sa Hardin tackles different issues on prayer surrounding a believer’s prayer life. It features topics like how Jesus Himself prayed on the garden of Gethsemane, why prayer is important, what prayer actually does, what should prayer include and other topics related to prayer. At the end of every chapter, there is a section where the reader is presented some questions or activities which allow the reader the meditate and apply what he has just read.  It is a compact book, with 200 pages full of content, written in conversational Filipino tone.

Personally, I am not a fan of books written in Taglish but if you don’t mind Taglish then you may get this if you want to know more about prayer and how it works in a believer’s life. It is available in Christian bookstores and from the CSM Publishing website for 250 pesos. For more information, check out http://csm-publishing.org/?s=panalangin+sa+hardin


Ma-i, A Pinoy Manga Series

Are you looking for materials which might spark the interest of your child about Filipino culture? Check out CSM Publishing’s new Pinoy Manga series, Ma-i. Ma-i is written and illustrated by Aria Chelabian and Faye Villanueva-Chelabian.


Ma-i is about the fictional world where there is peace and unity among its inhabitants until a dark being named Ka’lila has brought danger and disunity. A young lad named Lakan and his friends tries to defeat this darkness and their journeys are chronicled in the initial launch of this series.

It is a fight between good and evil but without the usual super hero powers. The initial release has five books available:

1 – Si Lakan
2 – Palaboy
3 – Si Malakas at Si Maganda
4- Ang Alitaptap
5 – Aman at Makaka

At the end of each book, there is a trivia about a word that might no longer be familiar to modern day Filipinos but is part of our heritage.

For just 85 pesos each book, this series can be a good reading material for Filipino and Araling Panlipunan already! As each book progresses, your children will be reintroduced to the richness of our own culture and history while promoting positive values using Filipino mythology and legends!

I believe that Ma-i series is a promising material and is best for ages 12 and up. I am personally not a fan of manga comics but this series has a huge potential and is a good start for raising Filipino heritage and culture awareness among our youth.

For more information, visit Ma-i’s Facebook page and CSM Publishing’s Facebook page.



OMF Literature’s The Secret Story of Shy Shelly Review

I’m an introvert.

So when I saw Justine Hail’s debut book, The Secret Story of Shy Shelly, I knew I had to read it. Thanks to OMF Literature, I am given an opportunity to review The Secret Story of Shy Shelly. I received the eBook through Buqo app.

Shy Shelly

Reading the story, I am reminded of my own childhood. You see, Shelly is 8 years old and in 3rd grade, and she dreams of having friends but she needs to overcome her shyness to make her wish a reality!


Shelly never raises her hands in class and she walks unnoticed in the campus.  But there is so much more to Shelly. She is kind and loyal. She likes to make things such as paper stars, and she loves strawberry cupcakes too. She even shares how to make these with the readers too.

Shelly Paper Stars

So, what would happen to Shelly? How will she have friends? Eventually, she did overcome her fears, by making friends, standing up to bullies and recognizing and admitting her mistakes.


I loved this eBook. I totally remembered my own childhood and all the struggles I had with friends and stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m an adult now but the memories of friendship and learning how to make friends are instilled deep in my heart. As I read this book, I am reminded of my struggles and realize that I need to share this book to my own children who maybe experiencing the same struggles.

Shy Shelly inspires me to be a difference and to take that first step. Not to stay scared but to be courageous.

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Go and get your copy of The Secret Story of Shy Shelly! It is now available as an ebook. You can buy it through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Buqo, iBooks (international only), and Kobo.


It’s Not About You, Mrs. Turkey Book Review

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is not observed here in the Philippines but because of our world history lessons and close relations of the Philippines with the United States of America, we are well aware of the Thanksgiving holiday. But we don’t know the entire story of this holiday. Just why is Thanksgiving such an important holiday in the USA?

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Soraya Coffelt wrote It’s Not About You, Mrs. Turkey as part of her Love Letters book series. This series explains that history behind traditions and holidays celebrated in the country. Thanksgiving is celebrated every last Thursday of November with family and friends. Usually there is great food and Turkey on the table and prayers of thanksgiving to God for His blessings are uttered around the table. But what does this symbols stand for?

My children ages 11 and 8 read this book with me and we were amazed at what the Pilgrims went through and how they established the New World. It is retracing the history of the American people and understanding that brings back meaning to this holiday.  Book was written in a letter format address to Mrs. Turkey and was quite easy to understand and filled with colorful illustrations. Truly a good book to read every Thanksgiving with children ages 4-10 years old.

This book is available in Kindle, hardcover and paperback versions.

All proceeds from this book are going to the As the Stars of the Sky Foundation Inc. as established by the author Soraya Coffelt to help children in the United States and around the world to have strong childhood education