Halo-Halo Histories books
Review

Bring Back the Fun in Learning Our History with “Halo-Halo Histories”

Studying histories had all become a blur back in my school-days. It was all about memorizing relevant dates and enumerating countless historical personalities. Reading the textbook was so monotonous, it usually lulled me to sleep. 😅 It was literally information overload.

But something sparked my interest in reading history books again. I saw a newspaper article about a book made for the younger generation. It’s written in a very interesting and millennial manner with hints of humor in each page.

“A Lolong Time Ago”

This is the first volume of the Halo-Halo Histories. As the title suggests, this book narrates about the prehistoric Philippines — from both mythical and factual creation of our country until the coming of the Spaniards.

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The book is very informative and not too text heavy. It contains info graphics, funny cartoons, witty illustrations and pictures that we can also see in our museums. Likewise, it did not fail to emphasize that our ancestors were very resourceful, organized and intelligent people even before we were colonized.

 

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It has refreshed my knowledge about Philippines’ prehistory. Likewise, reading it made me feel like I’m learning something new (actually, they may be things I might have known before but had already forgotten because history to me  back then was dull 😅).

“Cashaysayan”

The book is their latest installment to the Halo-Halo Histories series. This time, it focuses on the history of Philippine money in its usual wit and amusing mode of storytelling. Who would have thought that our ancestors were already “golden” rich way back then ?

Cashaysayan book cover

 

 It chronicles about how our currency originated. Also, it narrates how we conducted our transactions back then. It is also complemented with historical facts the Jedi way (read the book to know what I mean 😉).

 

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It is very informative and a fun read as the first one. I actually appreciated how our money came to be. Moreover, I took a second look at all of Philippine coins and banknotes. Once Olivia becomes older, we will enlist the Acapulco Galleon Museum and Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on our must-visit list.

Two thumbs up!

Halo-Halo Histories stays true to its mission — “to encourage a sense of curiosity and discovery with regard to the Philippine history among younger generations…”  Hands down to the creative writers of these books! Both are absolutely entertaining and educational. It will make you want to appeal to DepEd to rewrite history textbooks (no offense though ✌).

I bought my copies online from Tahanan Books website. Both of these books are also available in Pumplepie.com.

I highly recommend these books for everybody, aged 9-99 👍. I hope they would release more in the future! 

 

I am a wife to Francis and a mother to Olivia. I am an avid reader, but a frustrated writer. Maybe considered a millennial, but very much of a "manang".

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