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About Philippine Books

Philippine Books is an online bookstore dedicated to Filipinos searching for their roots. We specialize in Filipiniana or publications on the Philippines written by Filipino or foreign authors. We are based in New Jersey.

We are proud of our selection of titles, including latest arrivals and longtime bestsellers on food, history, culture, and art. Our promise is to provide a well-curated collection of titles and the best customer service to our clients.

Philippine Books is an expansion of Filipino Food Crawl, a food tour business in New York that transformed into a bookstore during the pandemic.

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Hi, I'm the Founder of Philippine Books

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My name is Raf. I was born and raised in the Philippines, lived in Japan, Malaysia, and India, and moved to New York in 2014.

I’m passionate about sharing Filipino culture. I hosted a social dining experience called Filipino Food Crawl (hosted over 600 guests, featured in BuzzFeed and Food Insider) which I then reimagined into an online Filipino bookstore due to the pandemic.

Before moving to the US, I was on my way to becoming a Philippine diplomat. Plans changed so that career path didn’t pan out, but my love to promote and represent the Philippines still remained. My desire to pursue this passion is what led me to create this passion project.

I no longer host Filipino food tours, but if you would like to learn more about it, you can do so here: BuzzFeed, Food Insider, and blogs/newsletters.

I’d love to hear from you. 

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