What it means for me to read and write as a Filipino

I love reading. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home filled with books, and with people who had the time and patience to read those books to me. My early favorites were the fairy tales, of course – Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White. But I remember loving one Berenstain Bears story book so much that I memorized it, word for word, even before I was actually able to read well enough on my own. You can just imagine how many times that story was read to me – by my...

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