National Reading Month and "Araw ng Pagbasa" in the Philippines

November is now the Philippines’ National Reading Month, in fact last November 25 was declared as “Araw ng Pagbasa”. I know for sure that this campaign is not only in the Philippines. I believe there are also numbers of progressive countries around the world that are giving national attention and focus on promoting a reading culture especially to the children.  

Below is the actual statement from Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte:
November has been declared National Reading Month. We fully support the Department of Education’s campaign to encourage school children to participate in the month-long reading activities laid out by the DepEd, such as read-a-thons, storytelling sessions, shared readings, and reading camps. According to Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the “DepEd is initiating programs that would promote reading and literacy among the pupils and students, motivate our youth to learn from the lives and works of eminent Filipinos, uphold one’s own heritage and values and make reading a shared physical experience.” This observance coincides with National Book Development month (Proclamation 1436 series of 2007) and the fourth week of November is National Book Week (Proclamation 109 series of 1936). We strongly encourage parents, grandparents, and guardians to read stories to their children to rekindle their interest in reading. 
Good to know that the Philippine government is promoting a reading habit awareness by declaring November as National Reading Month. Aside from promoting and educating the people to have a
reading habit, I also suggest to our local government and every cities and municipalities that they should also invest in buying latest books and audio books about business and marketing, latest technology, personality and professional development books, social media, parenting and family matters books. Then open this library full of good books to the public.

I don't know what really forces me to start reading and invest in buying books and what actually drives my curiosity to read more, especially about business books, personal and professional development, and internet marketing books.

Maybe it's a form of changing my mindset and a commitment to a lifelong learning. Maybe it's also my way of showing my children that their Daddy also loves reading. No. I am not an avid fan of reading books during my high school and college days. In fact, I fall sleep every time I read a text book.

I don't know exactly but I remember it started when I read the book of Francis Kong. He also introduced many great authors from his books or even in his blogs and radio programs. To name a few, like Seth Godin, Denis Waitley, John Maxwell, Peter Drucker, Zig Ziglar and other great authors and speakers. Later, I also started researching about these authors and look on their works and started buying and investing on the books they published. Then later I decided to build my own library. You'll say...What? Library?! Yes, I want to build a library, a home full of good books.

I read this from Brian Tracy, "...if you make a decision today to invest 3 percent of your annual income back into yourself, back into your own personal and professional development, you will probably never have to worry about money again." The problem is that some people would rather spend more time watching television, and buying pirated DVD and neglect the fact that a fraction of the time watching a non-sense TV spend in reading books would have benefited us more tremendously. Yes! When you spend more time watching TV than reading books you’re wasting your time.

Listed below are my collections of books and e-books (numbered but not in order) Actually it accumulated by following an advice from a virtual mentor. You'll notice that majority are related to business, personal growth, internet marketing and books on social media. I really love reading books that challenges me to be a better person. There are books here I think I read more than once or twice and I admit there are some that the only words that I read is the title, author and a glimpse on the table of contents or index. Here they are:. 
  1. Linchpin - Seth Godin
  2. Just When You Think you can’t Do it…Do it – Francis Kong
  3. Choose to Be Wealthy  – Bo Sanchez
  4. Now, discover your strengths - Marcus Buckingham and  Donald O. Clifton
  5. The E-Myth Revisited (ebook)-  Michael Gerber
  6. The Psychology of Winning -  Denis Waitley
  7. e-Riches 2.0: Next-Generation Marketing Strategies for Making Millions Online - Scott Fox
  8. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  9. Permission Marketing - Seth Godin
  10. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell
  11. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (ebook and paperback) - Malcolm Gladwell
  12. Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
  13. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - Seth Godin
  14. The Dip - Seth Godin
  15. Crush It! - Gary Vaynerchuk
  16. Million Dollar Habits (ebook)- Brian Tracy
  17. Guerrilla Marketing - Jay Conrad Levinson
  18. The Ultimate Sales Letter: Attract New Customers. Boost Your Sales - Dan Kennedy
  19. Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust - Chris Brogan
  20. Unleashing the Ideavirus (ebook)- Seth Godin
  21. The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss
  22. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (ebook and hardbound) - Thomas L Friedman
  23. The Lexus and the Olive Tree (ebook) - Thomas L Friedman
  24. The One-Minute Manager (ebook and paperback)- Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  25. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel Pink
  26. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More - Chris Anderson
  27. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  28. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  29. Getting Things Done (ebook and paperback)- David Allen
  30. Ready for Anything (ebook and paperback) - David Allen
  31. The Secret (ebook and paperback) - Rhonda Byrne
  32. The Power Of Focus (ebook)- Jack Canfield
  33. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (ebook) - Stephen Covey
  34. First Things First - Stephen Covey
  35. One Minute Millionaire - Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen
  36. Essential Drucker (ebook)- Peter Drucker
  37. How to Win Friends & Influence People (ebook) - Dale Carnegie
  38. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living (ebook)- Dale Carnegie
  39. Think and Grow Rich (ebook)– Napoleon Hill
  40. Learning to Learn With Mind Maps & Memory – Tony Buzan
  41. Use Your Head – Tony Buzan
  42. Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century - Howard Gardner
  43. Rich Dads Prophecy (ebook)– Robert Kiyosaki
  44. Awaken the Giant Within (ebook)– Anthony Robbins
  45. Unlimited Power – Anthony Robbins
  46. Lateral Thinking - Edward De Bono
  47. Six Thinking Hats - Edward De Bono
  48. 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich  – Bo Sanchez
  49. How To Turn Thoughts Into Things – Bo Sanchez
  50. Simplify and Create Abundance (ebook and paperback)– Bo Sanchez
  51. Simplify and Live the Good Life  – Bo Sanchez
  52. How To Conquer Your Goliaths  – Bo Sanchez
  53. How to Build a Happy Family  – Bo Sanchez
  54. For Richer, For Poorer: Why the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer - Chinkee Tan
  55. Wealth Within Your Reach – Francisco Colayco
  56. Future Shock (ebook and paperback) – Alvin Toffler
  57. Only The Paranoid Survived – Andy Groove
  58. Crunch Point (ebook and paperback)– Brian Tracy
  59. Focal Point (ebook and paperback)-  Brian Tracy
  60. Time Power (ebook and paperback) - Brian Tracy
  61. Psychology of Selling, Art of Closing Sales (ebook)- Brian Tracy
  62. Science of Getting Rich (ebook)- Wallace D. Wattles
  63. Winning (ebook)- Jack Welch
  64. The One Minute Manager (ebook and paperback) - Blanchard, Kenneth_Johnson, Spenser
  65. Trump University: Real Estate 101 (ebook)- Gary W. Eldred
  66. Who Moved My Cheese (ebook and paperback)- Johnson, Spencer
  67. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies - James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  68. As A Man Thinketh - James  Allen
  69. Beyond Positive Thinking - Robert  Anthony
  70. Acres of Diamonds (ebook)- Russell  Conwell
  71. Why We Want You To Be Rich - Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki
  72. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies - Tom Peters
  73. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
  74. Real Estate Riches (ebook) - Dolf De Roos
  75. Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes - Mark Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne
  76. You Can Choose To Be Rich (ebook and paperback)– Robert Kiyosaki
  77. Rich Dad's Guide To Investing – Robert Kiyosaki
  78. Cash Flow Quadrant (ebook)- Robert Kiyosaki
  79. Rich Dad, Poor Dad (ebook and paperback) - Robert Kiyosaki
  80. Tales from the Top – Graham Alexander
  81. The Road Less Traveled (ebook and paperback) - M. Scott Peck
  82. What It Takes To Be Number #1 (ebook) - Vince  Lombardi
  83. Speed Wealth (ebook)- T. Harv  Eker
  84. Gung-Ho - Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
  85. Raving Fans - Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
  86. One Minute For Myself – Spencer Johnson
  87. How to become a Marketing Superstar– Jeffrey J. Fox
  88. Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century - Alvin Toffler
  89. Three Little Words on Life, On Love, On Laughs - Francis Kong
  90. One Day At a Time Book 1 – Francis Kong
  91. One Day At a Time Book 2 – Francis Kong
  92. One Day At a Time Book 3 – Francis Kong
  93. The Warren Buffett Way (ebook)- Robert Hagstrom
  94. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus - John Gray
  95. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership  - John C. Maxwell
  96. Failing Forward - John C. Maxwell
  97. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader  - John C. Maxwell
  98. Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes - John C. Maxwell
  99. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork - John C. Maxwell
  100. Thriving on Chaos - Tom Peters
Keep reading and learn more and share more. Before I end  I want to share you an advice related to reading. These are also from my virtual mentor, Francis Kong. To keep learning, he said two things:  
First, ask the successful people around you for their best book recommendations. Whatever advice they give you, immediately go out and buy those books, take them home and begin reading for one hour every morning before you start work.  
Second, when you read, underline and take notes when you find important ideas that you can use. Implement them immediately. Take action of some kind on good ideas. You will be amazed at the change in your career.

There you go. Keep going and cultivate a lifetime of continuous learning. 

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