Saturday, November 8, 2008

"The Filipino Family Surviving the World"

A new book for families was launched this morning at Powerbooks Megamall. Co-written by Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang (better known as "Tita Honey") and Queena N. Lee-Chua, the book is a collection of essays on the challenges that Filipino families face in our world today, and how best to cope with them.

The book begins with a perspective on "Understanding the Filipino Family", its unique characteristics, and the unique challenges that it faces today. It then goes into the topics of family values, communication, developing our children's potential, and finally, "dealing with tough issues" such as trauma, poverty, abuse, having a special child, and the phenomenon of OFW families.

The book's tone is light but definitely authoritative and substantial, at the same time intimate and personal. The authors explained that they deliberately cut out as much theoretical discussion as they could, in order to make the content accessible, and thus useful, to Filipino families everywhere.

This is the perfect Christmas present for any Filipino family. I can think of many who would appreciate its relevant discussions and sound advice!

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