If you’re looking for some references for your Philippine Lit paper, taking a walk in Ermita will surely get the juices flowing. The buildings in Ermita alone depict a scene from the old Manila; Capiz shell windows, old lamp posts and street signs, and Kalesas. Just like in 90s films!
Ermita is also the home of Solidaridad Bookshop, Manila’s library-cum-cultural hub established in 1965 by our very own F. Sionil Jose. From the outside, it really looks like a portal to the past with its red brick walls and rusty folding gates that witnessed Philippine history unfold.
The first thing you’ll notice inside are bookshelves filled with rare Philippine titles and also equally notable foreign titles. Its walls are filled with paintings and posters that tell a lot about our own culture and it also plays romantic 40s film music for a unique experience.
What’s more commendable is that the people behind it are leading a group of enthusiastic Filipino writers and voices to preserve and keep Philippine lit growing.
To support their cause, stop by Solidaridad Bookshop at 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.