The Best Nonfiction Books About Owls

The Owl 
(In Art, Myth, and Legend)
by Krystyna Weinstein

This is a book that every owl enthusiast should own. Hardbound and in coffee table book format, this book creates an interesting bridge between folklore and owls. The idea for the book sprung from the author's interest in folklore and her husband's fascination with owls. Many of the works reproduced in the book are from their private collection of owl-related books, photos, and materials.

The book is heavily illustrated with photos and works of art depicting owls. It does seem like there's an art genre out there which is solely focused on the depiction of owls in drawings, paintings, and even sculpture. Humans have always been fascinated by the owl. We have been drawing and painting them for the longest time. 

This book offers a quick examination of the many ways that humans make art and stories because of their fascination of the owl. Weinstein takes readers on a journey around the world and across time periods. If you love owls, legends, myths, and stories, then read this book. It's really fascinating. It's richly illustrated with more than a hundred photos and art works.

The Age of Umbrage by Jessica Zafra (Novel)

The Age of Umbrage is a novel in English by Filipino author Jessica Zafra. Zafra wrote the book in 2016 within a span of three months "after decades of false starts". 

It was published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press on September 26, 2020. The book's first edition cover features the artwork of Filipino artist and illustrator Bianca Alexandra Ortigas. 

Zafra launched the book online on October 17, 2020 at the Mt. Cloud Bookshop, a bookstore located in Baguio City, a tourist town within the province of Benguet. 

The book was made available for purchase online at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Lazada, and Shopee. Prior to the book's online launch, Zafra announced that it will be available on Fully Booked, a bookstore chain in the Philippines.

The Age of Umbrage by Jessica Zafra Synopsis and Summary 

"Guadalupe, 15, is confused. She grew up in the house of one of the richest families in the world . . . in the servants’ quarters with her mother, the family cook. The life of luxury is all she knows, but it isn’t really her life. 

Unhappy in school, invisible at home, she lives inside her head, in a world made of books and movies. Outside, Manila is in turmoil: protest rallies, a bloodless revolution, coup attempts, and the Web hasn’t even arrived yet. When is Guada is going to leave her imaginary shelter and get a life? 

Funny, caustic, and moving, The Age of Umbrage is the first novel from one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Filipino writing."

The Age of Umbrage by Jessica Zafra Reviews

Christian on Goodreads: "I will read everything that Jessica Zafra writes. Her first novel, The Age of Umbrage, is a good coming-of-age tale of Guada, who was born to quarreling parents and grew up in a rich household where she developed her taste for films and literature. I saw some of myself in Guada, the nerd introvert who reads in family gatherings.

Zafra is a gift to Filipino nerds. In a country where any deviation to the 'traditionally normal' is verboten, she makes being different cool and okay."

The Sinking Of The Liberty Cinco (Filipino Fishing Boat) By A Chinese Cargo Ship

Liberty Cinco is a Filipino fishing boat that collided with a Chinese cargo vessel before dawn on June 28, 2020. The boat collided with the cargo ship around 1:00 in the morning within the waters of Cape Calavite off the coast of Occidental Mindoro. The badly damaged boat was left adrift. The fishing boat is owned by the company Irma Fishing and Trading.

The boat's 14-man crew (all Filipinos) were reported missing on the evening of June 29. Search for the boat by the company commenced when the boat missed its scheduled radio call to port. It was expected to arrive at the Navotas Fish Port at around 7:00 am but it never arrived there.

Other boats by Irma Fishing and Trading rushed to the last reported location of the Liberty Cinco at Cape Calavite. There they were informed by other fishermen about the collision. Items from the boat such as tubs marked "Irma" were found floating in the vicinity. 

The capsized hull of the boat was found at around 10:00 am. There were no signs of the 14 Filipinos aboard the boat. The 14 passengers were composed of 12 fishermen and 2 employees of the company.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was informed of the incident. The PCG located and boarded the Chinese cargo vessel in the afternoon. The Chinese crew said they didn't know of any collision or of the Filipino fishing boat and its crew.

PCG divers arrived at the collision site to inspect the capsized boat at around 4:00 pm. The crew was nowhere to be found. They noticed major damage in the boat. The middle section of the boat's hull was badly damaged and it was caved in.

The PCG noticed some damage in the prow of the Chinese ship. The prow is the portion of a ship's bow above water. 

The PCG divers at the collision site were called off at around 5:30 pm because it was getting dark. It was to continue the next morning. Boats by the company remained at the site to keep a lookout for the missing fishermen. 

Positive COVID-19 Cases In Benguet (News, Updates, Timeline)

This page tracks and records positive cases of the COVID-19 in the province of Benguet in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Visit this page for the latest information and data with regards to the health crisis.

As of June 12, 2020, the province of Benguet has 25 confirmed cases. Ten (10) of these confirmed cases have recovered. Below is a breakdown of the confirmed cases by municipality.

Atok - 0
Bakun - 0
Bokod - 3
Buguias - 3
Itogon - 4
Kabayan - 0
Kapangan - 0
Kibungan - 0
La Trinidad - 12
Mankayan - 1
Sablan - 1
Tuba - 1
Tublay - 0

6/12/20 - Eight new cases were recorded. One in La Trinidad, two in Buguias, one in Itogon, one in Mankayan, one in Sablan, and two in Bokod.

For more news and updates about positive COVID-19 cases in the province of Benguet, you may visit the following websites and pages.

Facebook pages:
- Provincial Information Office of Benguet -

The Easter School Hymn and Loyalty Song (Baguio City)

The Easter School Hymn

Far above the sultry stillness
Of the lowland clime
Up among the mountain breezes
‘Mid the rocks and pine
Where the rivers flow so swiftly and the air is cool
Grows a pant both young and thrifty
Our own Easter School

Wave ye treetops blow ye breezes
Join our chorus too
Sing we one and all our praises
To our Easter School

Learned be all the lessons taught us
By our teachers true
Prized be all the friendships made here
Both the old and new
Hail to thee our school we’ll ever
Loud thy praises swell
We shall never cease to love thee
Tho’ we say farewell

The Easter School Loyalty Song

Lead on, Easter College, lead on
Onward to your vision, pursue your mission
By your side we shall stand
Lifting your name through the land

Easter College,
We wave your banner high
Our hopes for you will never die
Count on us,
True and faithful we shall be
We pledge to you our loyalty

The prestige that you merit, keep up
We’ll always be behind you
To uphold your honor
Through some storms come and go
Trusting in God we’ll get through

A Brief History of Easter College in Baguio City
Easter College was established in 1906. It is the first school established in Baguio City. The first students were 8 Igorot boys. The schools has a sprawling campus. Pupils are blest with a wide campus and play fields surrounded by pine trees, eucalyptus trees, and bamboos. It occupies a wide area of 8 hectares. The land and all the buildings belong to the E.C.P. – Episcopal Diocese of the North Central Philippines.

The Seal

The Inverted Miter – The miter as worn by the highest ranking officer of the Diocese, the Bishop, symbolizes his over-all presence as the guiding figure of Diocesan institutions like Easter College. Its inverted position signifies the church’s upliftment of the greater number of the population as its priority in its ministry.

The Cross – The cross in the middle of the seal radiates as the central focal point of the school’s embracing of the Christian faith. Guided by the tenets of Christianity, its vision-mission-goals are pursued.

The Star – Like a guiding star, the vision of Easter College steers the institution towards its realization. A vision of building a society where people exemplify themselves as Christians through values of love, respect, justice, responsibility and self-reliance.

Torch – As light liberates us from darkness, so does the torch of knowledge and from the darkness of ignorance. As it had always been, Easter College provides that light illuminating the way to academic excellence and wholistic learning.

Laurel Leaves – In ancient Greece and Rome, the laurel tree symbolized victory and merit, and its leaves were often made into wreaths, which were used to crown heroes. The prestige that the laurel leaves stood for then is the same for now as Easter College continues to maintain excellence not only in the arena of academics but in the development of life’s skills as well.

Phoenix – Legend tells us of the bird that had a life span of 500 years, at the end of which time the phoenix builds its own funeral pyre and a new phoenix then rises from the ashes. The long life of the phoenix, and its dramatic rebirth from its own ashes, made it a symbol of immorality and spirituality. In the symbolism of Christian religion, the phoenix stands for resurrection and immortality. Resurrection is the very essence of Easter.

The phoenix sitting atop the miter symbolizes the school’s fulfilling the Easter essence of the Resurrection, providing hope and life for mankind. The school’s mission captures the essence as it participates in a dynamic process of social transformation towards a just, peaceful and humane society.

The Vision and Mission of Easter School in Baguio City
As a Christian institution, Easter College envisions to be a community center for the sharing of ideas and resources, whether human or material, through formal and non-formal education programs. As such, its mission is to equip any ;earner whether child or adult, with the desired knowledge, skills and values thereby making him a productive and a responsive moral agent for institutional change and community transformation towards a just, humane and compassionate society.