Liana Bautista: Amazing Women Interviews

I met Liana Bautista through Books & Brews‘ Facebook page, where I was inquiring about their function rooms. From there, I was immediately curious about the woman who manages one of my favorite cafes to date.

We met personally for the first time through a seminar, and I knew that she is someone to look up to. With a stunning resume and life experiences as a writer backing her up, she is a woman who shares the same passion as I do: books and sharing stories.

She’s an entrepreneur, writer, book blogger, editor, and creative extraordinaire who juggles her passions and is full of amazing advice on how you can reach your goals. Read her interview below where she shares her love of writing, books, and coffee!

What is your favorite book?
Gosh, this is a tough one to answer because I read a couple of hundred books a year, and my favorites are always changing. Plus, I have favorites in different genres. So perhaps I can name a few faves across them?
If we’re talking nonfiction, I tell just about anyone who’s asking for recommended reads to check out Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of Love and aviator Beryl Markham’s stunning memoir, West with the Night.
For fiction, well, my fave genres would be fantasy, romance, and mystery. So for romance, I would recommend anything by Sherry Thomas or, for local reads, Carla de Guzman writes light-hearted stuff that really give you an armchair traveler feel. In fantasy, I’m currently obsessing over Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy trilogy and Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series, and forever recs would include anything by Neil Gaiman and the Trese series of graphic novels by Budgette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. In mystery, I’ve been reading J.D. Robb books for nigh on 20 years now, and to be honest, lady detectives are kind of my thing, so I’d recommend Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell books, Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody books, Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlocke books, and for something more modern, Tessa Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles books. And I’m not sure what genre I’d assign this one to, but Jeff Bartsch’s Two Across is sure to delight any word nerd and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and subsequent books featuring Anne Shirley Blythe has got to be listed on any discussion of faves.
How do you like your coffee?
I’ve got a notorious sweet tooth, so a hazelnut latte is my go-to choice. But honestly, if I didn’t have hyperacidity issues, I’d probably drink coffee, any coffee, by the bucketful. I do notice that I tend to veer more toward medium to dark roasts with earthier or cocoa notes rather than varieties that tend to be more floral or citrusy.

Acoustic performance by @nicblackman at @booksandbrewsph, for the SELF LESS Acoustic Music & Poetry Open Mic.

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How did you come up with the idea for the cafe?
My family was looking to branch out into new ventures this year, and we were encouraged to submit ideas centered around the things we are passionate about. With Handuraw, we have really stuck to a culture of promoting music and the arts. With Books & Brews, we hope to promote a love of both reading and learning. And what pairs better with a good book or helps percolate great ideas better than coffee and sweets?
Do you have a favorite spot in the cafe?
Either of our couches! They’re so comfy and perfect for curling up in with a good book, whether it’s a print copy or something on my Kindle app.
At the FilReaderCon event with Liana
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m a mythology junkie, so all the places I most want to visit are linked to the myths and legends I grew up reading: Greece, Rome, Egypt, Ireland, Japan, Turkey, and so on… but I guess if I had to choose one place, I’d probably say I’d want to explore the ruins of ancient Greece. I read and fell in love with The Odyssey in third grade, and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone are my favorite plays of all time, so I’d definitely want to sit in the amphitheater at Epidaurus, among other terribly touristy spots!


If you’d like to get in touch with Liana for any editing, review or just to get to know this amazing woman, make sure to check out her Facebook, Instagram and her website! 🙂
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