Book Reviews Filipiniana Homeschool

Book Recos: Philippine Biodiversity

Hotspot, Cool Country: Biodiversity in the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the few countries that is both a megadiverse country and a hotspot. It is not only diverse, but it is megadiverse, which means it has more species concentrated in its land than most places in the world. We have not even found all the different kinds of mammals, fish, birds, insects, fungi, mosses out there. Yet it is also one of the most endangered areas, which means it is a top priority for global conservation.

WHERE TO BUY: Anvil Publishing / National Bookstore

Can We Live Without Trees? A Book About Trees

Here is a reference book about how important trees are to humans and all living things, how biologically diverse the Philippines is, and how we can help save our forests. Find out whether we can really live without trees.

Narito ang isang sangguniang tungkol sa kung gaano kahalaga ng mga puno sa mga tao at sa lahat ng nabubuhay na bagay, kung gaano kayaman ang ekolohiya ng Filipinas, at kung paano natin maililigtas ang ating mga gubat. Alamin kung mabubuhay nga ba tayo kapag walang mga puno.

WHERE TO BUY: Adarna

A First Look At Philippine Fruits, Flowers & Trees / Philippine Birds, Butterflies & Fishes (Board Books)

Philippine flora and fauna come to life in this twin set of board books designed to help youngsters appreciate the diversity around them.

WHERE TO BUY: Tahanan Books

A First Look at Philippine Series

Acclaimed by The Philippine Star as “extremely handsome books that prove beyond doubt that biology need not be dreary school fare,” Tahanan’s A First Look at… series aims to sharpen a young child’s skill of observation. Only two goals governed the making of these books: to help children understand basic classification in biology and zoology, and to open their eyes to the glorious diversity of the world around them

WHERE TO BUY: Tahanan Books

Threatened Wildlife in the Philippines Flash Cards

Share trivia and photos on some of the Philippines’ unique yet threatened species. From the Haring Ibon or Philippine Eagle to the Calamian Deer, there’s an animal for every child or child at heart.

WHERE TO BUY: Haribon Foundation

Philippine Bird Field Guides

Flora de Filipinas

In 1837, Fr. Manuel Blanco published his iconic botanical text Flora de Filipinas, documenting hundreds of Philippine plant species according to popular usage. After Blanco’s death, several more editions were published, most notably the lavish 1877-83 third edition in six volumes, with over a thousand plant descriptions and 477 magnificently detailed color illustrations by Filipino and Spanish art masters. These volumes have been highly coveted by collectors of Filipiniana as well as botanical enthusiasts. Although a 1993 facsimile edition was produced, it only had a limited number of copies and is now rare. 

This revamped and newly accessible modern edition brings Flora de Filipinas to contemporary readers. Eminent botanical expert Dr. Domingo Madulid has selected and compiled 150 Philippine plants according to their usage, rarity, and popularity. The plants have been arranged by their common names, along with their accepted scientific names and the Latin names used by Blanco. Excerpts from Blanco’s original notes give fascinating insight into how these plants were commonly used during his time. They reveal the Filipino people’s attitude to plants and their intrinsic trust in nature’s healing capabilities. Also included are folkloric and historical notes that detail the cultural context of each plant species beyond taxonomic and practical interests. These come together to highlight Blanco’s masterwork for what it is—not simply a scientific reference text, but a valuable landmark of Philippine art and culture. 

WHERE TO BUY: Vibal

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