Selfishly excerpted from the post '27 BOOKS TO GIVE AS GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS' written my professor in fiction and creative non-fiction graduate classes, the esteemed Dr Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo. 😊 Grateful for this, Ma'am. What an honor. 😎😎😎 "Most people know Lourd de Veyra as a the celebrity host of several programs on TV5. Others know him also as the main man for the band Radioactive Sago Project. It’s probably a smaller group of people who are familiar with his novel, Superpanalo Sounds (UST, 2011), the first (and, to my knowledge, still the only) novel about the Philippine rock scene, and his three poetry collections, Subterranean Thought Parade (Anvil 1998), Shadow Boxing in Headphones (UST 2001), and Insectissimo (UST 2011), and an essay collection The Best of This is a Crazy Planets (Summit 2011). But even someone who is familiar with his other work--and therefore knows that with Lourd one should expect the unexpected—ESPIRITU (Anvil, 2014), will come as a surprise. It is written in Filipino, unlike his earlier work, and it’s one brash, madcap party all right: recipes for pulutan and recipes for cocktails; relief measures for hangovers; lists of the most famous drinking writers, the world’s greatest drinkers, the types of drunks; the etiquette of imbibing; levels of kalasingan, and much more. It references Kingsley Amis, Ian Gately, Edilberto Alegre, and is sprinkled with quotations from philosophers and Nobel Prize winners. The book is highly intelligent, warmly companionable (the voice is unmistakably Lourd’s), and extremely funny. It is part manual, part guidebook, part social history, part memoir. and entirely first-class entertainment."