If you’ve been looking for ways to incorporate Filipino languages and culture into your daily routine, you’re in the right place! Reading bilingual books is an easy way to introduce a new language. Our blog features book reviews, tips, and giveaways.


Read Filipino was created to promote Filipino languages and culture through reading. The name Read Filipino was chosen to include the variety of languages (dialects) from the Philippines. We currently focus on books and resources in Tagalog, Ilokano and Cebuano. We hope to offer other languages of the Philippines in the future.

We hope you will join us in this journey to promote Filipino culture and languages for the generations to come!

Meet the Founder

Lyra Buco Stephens

Hi, I’m Lyra (sounds like lyrics)! I’m a 1.5 generation Filipino-American, meaning I was born in the Philippines but immigrated to the USA as a baby with my parents. Now that I have my own children, I’m excited to read books with characters that look like us! One of my favorite childhood books is “Gregory the Terrible Eater”, (Reading Rainbow anyone?) which happens to be illustrated by Jose Aruego, a Filipino-American!

I’ve lived most of my life in Chicago, Illinois. Jollibee (Filipino fast-food) and Seafood City (Filipino groceries) finally opened here in 2017! I’ve also lived in Florida, South Carolina, and Washington State during active duty service in the US Navy. When I’m not blogging here, I’m developing college e-learning courses, doing chores, at the playground, or sleeping (I have 2 young kids – when do I have time to do other things!?)


Glezzenda B.

Hi! I’m passionate about language learning and teaching. I grew up in Cagayan Valley in Luzon, Philippines and currently live on an island in North Cebu. My favorite food is bitter gourd omelette.

Kirstin B.

Hi! I love working with children and sharing Filipino culture with the world. I’m a proud mom of a 5-year-old son and I teach preschool children at a public school in New Jersey, USA.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank our close friends and family for their inspiration and support in making this dream become a reality! Maraming salamat po! (Thank you in Tagalog).