This episode features five panelists who give their own recommended readings for the quarantine. Like writing, reading is different for each of us, and we want to get as many perspectives on reading to find what kind of literature works for as many people as possible. Whether they’re comforting, uplifting, enlightening, or inciting, what matters is that these words help us.

Recommendations come from Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, Luna Sicat-Cleto, Gemino Abad, Gerome Nicolas Dela Peña, and Allan Derain:

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo is a UP Professor Emeritus; former Director of the UPICW, the UP Press, and the UST Publishing House; present Director of the UST Center for Creative Writing & Literary Studies; and author of more than 40 books.

Luna Sicat Cleto is a fellow of the UP Institute for Creative Writing, and she is a fictionist and playwright.

University Professor Gémino “Jimmy” H. Abad of U.P. is a poet, fictionist, and literary critic and historian.

Si Gerome Nicolas Dela Peña ay guro ng Filipino at Panitikan sa Our Lady of Fatima University-Antipolo at Ganap na Kasapi ng KATAGA (Samahan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas).

Si Allan Derain ang autor ng Iskrapbuk; Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag; at The Next Great Tagalog Novel. Siya ay isang guro ng Panitikang Pilipino at Fiction Writing sa Ateneo de Manila University.