FilipiKnow: Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know (Book)

FilipiKnow: Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know is a trivia book authored by Luisito Batongbakal Jr., Alex Maynard Castro, and Marcus Aurelian Vaflor. The book was published in 2016 by Summit Books. It was an offshoot of a popular trivia website (also known as FilipiKnow). The FilipiKnow website popularized the trivia and listicle format of online content creation in the Philippines. At the height of its popularity, the website consistently attracted hundreds of thousands of unique visitors every day. Their content also regularly went viral on social media most especially on Facebook where their posts often get hundreds if not thousands of shares.

The articles in the FilipiKnow book are accompanied by historical pictures as well as modern illustrations. Like in the website, the content featured in the book has a focus on Philippine historical events and historical figures. Many of the articles have already appeared in the website. However, most of the pieces in the book are expanded and improved versions of the articles that originally appeared in the website.

Luisito Batongbakal Jr. founded the website in 2013. He was inspired by the trivia magazine Mental Floss. Batongbakal Jr. wrote in the book's introduction: "What was Jose Rizal's favorite food? Who was the first recorded Pinoy serial killer? Who was the mastermind behind Ninoy Aquino's assassination? In 2013, these were just some of the questions that rekindled my childhood curiosity. As I searched for answers, I realized that there was no website that could satisfy my craving for interesting Pinoy facts. I was searching for a local version of Mental Floss - a repository of the most astonishing, lesser-known trivia about our history and culture.

And so a unique blog was born. Combining the words "Filipino" and "knowledge", I came up with a name I never thought in a million years would start an online revolution -

Here's a quick rundown of the contents of the book:

1. 15 Things You Didn't Know About Eat Bulaga
2. Philippine History Lessons Debunked
3. The Most Tragic Love Stories in Philippine History
4. This Pinoy Basketball Team is Legendary
5. Mind-Boggling Myths About Jose Rizal
6. 20 Things You Didn't Know Had Filipino Names
7. 10 Filipino Slang Words with Surprising Origins
8. Historical Facts You Probably Didn't Learn in School
9. Events from Philippine History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly
10. Famous Foreign Wars You Didn't Know Filipinos Fought In
11. Badass Facts About Antonio Luna
12. The Life and Death of Gregorio del Pilar
13. Apolinario Mabini: the Underrated Hero
14. The Mystery of Ninoy Aquino's Assassination
15. 8 Things About Ferdinand Marcos - According to Urban Legends
16. 10 Popular Urban Legends About Imelda Marcos
17. Crazy Pinoy Conspiracy Theories
18. The Chilling Story of the Philippines' First Serial Killer
19. Filipina Warriors You've Never Heard Of
20. 5 Influential Filipina Queens and Princesses
21. Local Treasures and Other Ancient Artifacts
22. Horrifying Pinoy Cannibals
23. Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Famous Pinoy Movies
24. The Millinneal's Guide to Old-School Pinoy Expressions
25. Intriguing Hoaxes That Had Us Fooled
26. The Philippine Connection to 9/11
27. Bizarre Philippine Laws
28. Kainan Na: Fun Facts About Pinoy Food
29. Surprising Facts About Death Penalty in the Philippines
30. Local Events That Had a Worldwide Impact
31. 5 Greatest Athletes You've Mever Heard Of
32. Old-School Filipino Games We Used to Play
33. 7 Famous Historical Figures You Didn't Know Visited the Philippines
34. Foreign War heroes
35. The First Igorot Beauty Queen
36. Untold Truths in Philippine History
37. Historical Bad Guys
38. Let's Play Detective: 3 Filipino Spies
39. The Great Balimbings in Philippine History
40. Notorious Pinoy Gangsters

Four Poems by Luisa Igloria That Appeared in The Missouri Review

These four poems by Luisa Igloria appeared in The Missouri Review: Editors' Prize Issue (Volume XXVII, Number 1, 2004). The Missouri Review is a literary journal published by the College of Arts & Science of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The short bio of Igloria that accompanied her published poems in the journal: "Luisa Igloria is a poet, fiction writer and essayist who has published five books under the name Maria Luisa Aguilar Carino. She is the editor of the new anthology Not Home, but Here: Writing from the Filipino Diaspora (Anvil, 2003). Luisa's work has appeared in numerous national and international journals."

The poems:
1. Field Planted to Winter Grass
2. The Return
3. Trill and Mordent
4. Mandorla

List of Books About Reddit

We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin (2018) - If you are interested in learning about the beginnings and history of Reddit, this is the book you should get. It's a detailed account of the website's humble beginnings and it's eventual rise to one of the most visited sites in the world. Brilliantly written and sharply reported, We Are the Nerds is a gripping read not only about Reddit but also about social media, digital technology, and digital entrepreneurship. This is not just a book about a famous website, how it was hatched, and how it rose to weld such immense online power. It can also serve as a guide book for people planning to build startups and organize online communities.

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, the author of the book, is an award-winning journalist who has covered entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and culture for a variety of influential publications like the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and Inc. Needless to say, she had the credentials to pen a book that gives justice to what Reddit is and what it represents. To gather information for the book, Lagorio-Chafkin did dozens of interviews with Reddit's founders (Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman) and employees. The book earned a Best Book of 2018 citation from the Fast Company magazine.

Without Their Permission: The Story of Reddit and a Blueprint for How to Change the World by Alexis Ohanian (2013)
- What better way to learn more about Reddit than read a book about it that was written by no other than one of the co-founders. However, this book is more on how to run a website like Reddit than about Reddit itself. If you look for this book in a library or bookstore, it will be at the business section. Not history or autobiography. In fact, the book has a different title in an alternative edition. In the edition published by Grand Central Publishing, the title of the book is Without Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed. This should give you an idea as to the contents of the book.

In this book, Ohanian puts forth his business philosophies - the same exact business philosophies that enabled him and his co-founder to build an immensely popular and successful digital property. Ohanian offers his tips and ideas on how to harness the power of the internet to create communities and potentially change the world for the better. Ohanian puts on a teacher's hat and breaks down the steps on how to take an idea and turn it into a real online business. In Ohanian's own words, "I'm writing this book to inspire as much as to inform."

The Revolution That Wasn't: GameStop, Reddit, and the Fleecing of Small Investors by Spencer Jakab (2022) - The topic of this book is a perfect example of the power that Reddit holds. Within Reddit are thousands of close-knit and knowledgeable communities that can accomplish almost any goal they set their eyes on. During one crazy week in January 2021, financial traders on Reddit's "wallstreetbets" subreddit brought some of Wall Street's biggest players to their knees. This was the GameStop squeeze and it's the main focus of this detailed and riveting work of journalism by Jakab. Jakab dissects how the controversial squeeze unfolded and how it affected Wall Street in the short-term and in the long-term.

The Revolution That Wasn't isn't just a historical account of the GameStop controversy. It's also an enlightening explanation of online brokerages, investments, profit motives, financial mechanisms, and technological innovations and how all of these play a part in the game that is Wall Street.

Goodfire by Bea Mandapat (Author) and Ivan Reverente (Illustrator)

Goodfire is a children's book written by Bea Mandapat and illustrated by Ivan Reverente. The book was published in 2022. The book was an Honorable Mention awardee at the 2021 Salanga Prize, a literary prize given by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). The book is about the life and works of Cordilleran inventor Enrique Laguinia.

According to the Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio City, Goodfire is a "beautifully-drawn book that depicts the life of Kee from his childhood in Baguio and surviving the Japanese occupation to his diligent work behind the invention of the Goodfire stove."

"Kee was many things throughout his life: a tinkerer, wormpicker, medical aide, cook, inventor, and entrepreneur. After surviving the odds during the Japanese occupation, he gathered his life experiences - from the wartime medical tents, to the back kitchen of their family restaurant - and turned these into a force for good. With an unstoppable curiosity and years of hard work, he created a stove that continues to power the livelihoods of thousands of Filipinos to this day."

Resolve: From the Jungles of WWII Bataan, the Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept by Bob Welch (Book)


On April 3, all hell broke loose on Bataan. Some one hundred Japanese aircraft and far more pieces of ground artillery hammered American and Filipino soldiers, turning Mount Samat into a virtual inferno in the process. After a rugged battle, the "rising sun" flag now fluttered atop the mountain, an ominous sign suggesting that the Japanese now controlled the Mariveles Mountains and that the U.S. garrison on Bataan could not hold out much longer. And it didn't. By April 8, the American lines had been broken more than once.

The wounded and weary trickled south into the Little Baguio area where Conner was, first dozens, then hundreds, escaping the pursuit of the Japanese Army. Men who'd seen too much. Bloodied, Hobbled. Some without weapons, their ammo having been depleted long before.

Meanwhile, a buddy of Conner's was among a group of men ordered to fly the air corps' final four planes off Bataan and to the safety of the nearby island of Cebu. Conner hurriedly gave the man a three-word message to have sent home by telegram: "Everything under control."

Conner was ordered to report to Mariveles. Once at the town on the southern tip of Bataan, he heard the familiar thrum of plane props above. In seconds the bombs exploded right and left of him. Five navy men dove into a huge foxhole that had been dug next to one of their buildings. When a bomb landed nearby, the concussion caved in the trench, burying all five alive. Conner helped dig out their bodies.

He gathered with other officers for the hurried briefing. General Jonathan Wainwright had, that morning, ordered three battalions of infantry - about three thousand men - to Corregidor. In addition, he wanted the medical corps sent, too, including all nurses. As a result, the port town of Mariveles churned in chaos, the air thick with diesel exhaust and dust. Trucks, buses, and cars rumbled in from points north, unloading soldiers and nurses. Civilians begged for spots on boats. Children cried. Soldiers dragged bags, equipment, and whatever resolve they could muster, the black, the volcanic-ash beach littered with equipment.

All this played out to the unsettling thump of bombs, which echoed and re-echoed off Mariveles's finger-like cliffs in defeaning blasts. Amid the commotion, as if frozen within the frenetic madness beyond, a young nurse in army fatigues sobbed. It was Helen Summers, who had spent time with Conner and Rocky in the Empire Room on New Year's Eve. Only moments before, aboard a bus to Mariveles, another nurse, Hattie Brantley, had come to where Summers was sitting. A chaplain wanted to see her.