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Friday, November 10, 2023

Don't Miss Out: Big Bad Wolf Wraps Up Its Bacolod Adventure in Its Final Weekend In The City of Smiles

Brace yourselves, Bacolodnon readers! The world-renowned Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is gearing up for its final weekend in Bacolod City this weekend, promising a literary adventure like never before. As a bookworm, all I can say is --- YOU SHOULD NOT MISS OUT. 

This is the first time the Book Sale has held here so, seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab your newest literary read along with several freebies, giveaways, promos, and unbelievable discounts of up to 95% off because we certainly did! 

Throughout its tour in the City of Smiles, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale has called SM City Bacolod its home. Guests can visit the venue at the Ground Floor of SM City Bacolod from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, immersing themselves in the literary wonderland that awaits. Explore aisles of books, indulge in the joy of discovery, and take advantage of the exclusive offerings awaiting you.

The event is also worth going to due to the unbelievable prices, discounts, deals, and promos exclusively found at the event. Not only that, but the largest selection of books will be there as well, from prized bestsellers, fantasy, non-fiction, and more!

Visitors to the event can also stop by the Unbelievable Corner, where you can find books being sold for P60, P100, and P120. With the holiday season coming up, you can not only snag a new book for yourself but also spread the joy of reading by picking up thoughtful and budget-friendly gifts for your loved ones. The Unbelievable Corner is a treasure trove of affordable reads, ensuring that the spirit of giving and literary delight goes hand in hand this festive season.

Would you believe these books are available for Php 60 only? 

Extend the happiness of a good read by participating in Big Bad Wolf’s Red Readerhood Program, a collaboration with Gawad Kalinga which invites readers to make a difference in the lives of others by purchasing and donating books at the event’s designated Red Readerhood Corner booth.

Whether you're a seasoned book lover or a casual reader, this is your golden opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of literary wonders. With exclusive discounts, a Bargain Corner filled with affordable treasures, and the chance to contribute to the Red Readerhood Program, it's more than just a book fair — it's a celebration of reading and giving back.

For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf Books’ grand return to the Philippines, please visit:

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Book Feature: Shoot to the Stars + Exclusive Author Interview with Vittena Eloisa Tiongson Vibar

Death is a very complex thing to understand. It involves too many negative emotions, sadness, fear, anger, grief, hopelessness and misery. No matter how much they say it inevitable and it's part of the normal cycle of life, it is one of the things that is so hard to accept. Many of us fear the loss of our loved ones. 

However, knowing you are the one going to die soon or that you are running out of time is a totally different story. Nothing can prepare you for a news like this.  

The book, Shoot to the Stars is about a diagnosis of an incurable neurodegenerative disorder that severed the main character's (Kerri) time shorter than willed, foreshadowing an early demise. Fate leads her to a serendipitous meeting with Jared, an eccentric Hollywood musician and spontaneous philosopher, who grapples within himself a longing to fill an inner void. Jared carries Kerri under his wings as she finds her epiphany in a Hollywood musical cult.

If you loved or cried a lot reading John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" then this book is for you. Just imagine it intertwined with classic rags to riches tale like "Cinderella"

The story will make you ponder - "What if you were given a chance to life, to relive dreams and hopes with no bounds, and to love with no limits... except for time?" 

This book by Author Vittena Eloisa Tiongson Vibar features a beautiful and unique tale in a culture deeply entrenched in pop idol reverence. (We can so relate!) The main characters, Kerri and Jared embark on restless yet whimsical adventures along the philosophical strings of love, dreams, and fate while navigating the distractive glamour and excess as they edge towards powerful awakenings in search of life's meaning. 

And today, we are so happy to get to know more, Author Vitz, an academic achiever who swerved away from the nursing profession to do creatives as she shares more about this masterpiece. 

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

The story includes some very familiar people in the popular music scene locally and internationally. They appear as cameos. The story setting jumps from country to country. The story can be described as extravagant yet still grounded and heartfelt.

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

Honestly, there was no focal point for inspiration on this one. Here it goes: It was way back my first try of venturing here in Manila from Mindanao, which didn't turn out well. Later, I found a small yet quite pricey room space around Malate and shut myself in there, for months. Cut off social media and everyone even my family, from expectations and all. 

In that small room in Manila, I dipped really deep in depression. Mind shutting down and such. Everything was black and white. And yet, like a person drowning, the mind drowning in depression is independently/automatically trying to catch its breath, clawing for dear life and it independently creates scenes of exaggerated hope, almost intoxicating itself with colors and dopamine (I could feel the adrenaline rushing during that time) and I had a scratch paper or tissue towel at that time and so I wrote the first scene that the mind delivered to me. And for the rest of the book, I kept up with writing its entirety.

This novel was born out of darkness, but the process of writing it lit a fire in me—one that I thought had been extinguished.

I think it’s hope --- the epinephrine that revives anyone even in the most dire of situations. It drugged me into writing a life, despite inevitable death, is given a chance by destiny to live longer a bit but in a grander way.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

It took me two years to 'finalize' the book. Actually, the novel has multiple versions with slight differences, and was revised at least 6o times, I guess. My aim was to direct the novel to bridge local and international markets through utilizing commonalities like music, Golden Age ambition, the universality of plight, a little bit of “fate” thing… it took time to tie all those together.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

Trying to incorporate social issues, sense of familiarity, and ontology/philosophy in a “romance novel” model… Delivering a sense of uncanny speculation that an exaggerated story might be true or that it can plausibly happen in reality. And being “medically accurate” in terms of describing and mending the protagonist Kerri’s Huntington’s in the novel.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

Life’s too short. Love as much as you can. Dream as much as you can. Hope as much as you can. Life is not all about fame and money. It’s all about how you live it.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Yes. Looking forward to write new books. I plan to finish a scifi novel and complete an anthology of short stories.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

The book is available on the 8letters website and through Shopee and Lazada. 

Ebook is available on Gumroad

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Friday, September 8, 2023

Tips on Designing Your Home Library

Designing a home library can be a rewarding project, creating a space that's not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing and conducive to reading and relaxation. Here are some design tips to help you create the perfect home library:

Choose the Right Location: Select a quiet and relatively secluded area in your home where you can read without distractions. Consider one near a window to maximize natural light during the day. 

Determine Your Style: Decide on a design style that suits your taste and complements the rest of your home decor. Whether it's traditional, modern, rustic, or eclectic, make sure it's cohesive.

Choose a color palette that promotes relaxation and focus. Neutral tones, deep blues, or earthy greens can be calming choices.  Incorporate textures like rugs, curtains, and upholstery to add warmth and coziness to the space. 

Here are some of the most common things that you should consider: 
  • Bookshelves - Invest in high-quality bookshelves or built-in shelving units. Adjustable shelves allow you to accommodate different book sizes and decorative items. Use a combination of open and closed storage to keep things organized and visually interesting.
  • Seating Options - Choose comfortable seating options like armchairs, reading nooks, or even a cozy window seat with cushions and throw blankets.
  • Lighting Fixtures - Ensure good lighting for reading, such as adjustable floor or table lamps.
Personalize the Space: Add personal touches like artwork, family photos, or other decorative items to make the space feel more inviting and reflective of your personality.

Organize Your Collection: Organize your books in a way that makes sense to you. You can categorize them by genre, author, or any system that works for you. Consider investing in bookends, decorative bookplates, or labels for a polished look.

Keep the space clutter-free and uncluttered to minimize distractions while you're reading or working.

Lastly, design your library with flexibility in mind. As your collection grows or your needs change, make sure you can adapt the space accordingly.

Remember that the key to a successful home library design is to create a space that inspires you to read, relax, and enjoy your books. It should reflect your personal style and be a place where you can escape into the world of literature.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

How to Protect your Books from Foxing

Foxing is a form of deterioration that causes brownish or reddish stains, mold-like spots, or other discolorations on paper, particularly in books and documents. It is primarily caused by the growth of fungi or the oxidation of metal-based impurities in the paper. 

To protect your book from foxing and to prevent further damage, follow these steps:

Proper Storage:

Keep your books in a room that is well-ventilated, and has stable temperature and humidity levels. Avoid extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity, as they can encourage foxing. Make sure that your books are away from direct sunlight or any source of heat, as these can accelerate the deterioration of paper.

If you live in a humid environment, consider using dehumidifiers or air purifiers to maintain optimal humidity levels for book storage.

Use Acid-Free Materials:

Whenever possible, use acid-free book covers, dust jackets, and archival-quality book sleeves to protect your books from environmental factors.

Proper Shelving:

Store books on sturdy, clean, and dry shelves. Avoid wooden shelves that may release acidic fumes over time. Personally, I use metal shelves for my books. 

Use bookends to keep your books upright and prevent them from leaning, which can lead to uneven exposure to light and air.

Regular Cleaning and Proper Handling

Handle your books with clean, dry hands to prevent transferring oils, dirt, and moisture to the pages. Consider using gloves when handling rare or valuable books. Make sure that you regularly dust your books and bookshelves to remove dirt and dust particles that can attract fungi.

Important: If you have a book that is already showing signs of foxing, isolate it from your other books to prevent the spread of fungi.

Consult a Professional

If you have rare or valuable books that are already affected by foxing, consult a professional conservator or book restoration specialist. They can assess the damage and provide appropriate restoration or preservation advice.

Remember that prevention is the best way to protect your books from foxing and other forms of deterioration. By creating a suitable storage environment and handling your books with care, you can significantly extend their lifespan and keep them in excellent condition.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Top 5 Books You Should Read in your Lifetime

Choosing the top 5 books to read is not easy. After all, we have varying interests and preferences; not to mention that there are so many great books available. In fact, it is estimated that there are more than 1 million new books published annually making it quite impossible to choose. 

Anyway, I am happy to share the top five (5) books from various genres. These books have had such a significant impact on literature and culture that at least everyone should read them at least in their lifetime. 

1. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee - This classic novel about a young girl's coming-of-age story and it explores themes of racism, prejudice, and justice in the American South during the 1930s. It's a thought-provoking and beautifully written story that continues to be relevant today as it probes how good and evil can coexist in a single community or individual.

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2. "1984" by George Orwell - A dystopian novel that explores the dangers of totalitarianism and the loss of individual freedom as it controls the actions, thoughts, and even emotions of its citizens, exercising power through control of language and history. It's a chilling, thought-provoking work  and is a passionate political warning for today

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3. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - This novel captures the decadence and disillusionment of the Jazz Age in New Year. It's a beautifully crafted story about wealth, ambition, and the American Dream.

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4. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger - A coming-of-age novel that follows the adventures of Holden Caulfield as he navigates the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. It's a timeless exploration of youth and alienation.

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5. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez - A masterpiece of magical realism, this novel tells the multi-generational saga of the Buendía family in the fictional town of Macondo. It's a rich and imaginative exploration of Latin American culture and history.

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These books cover a range of themes and writing styles, so you can choose one that aligns with your interests and reading preferences. Remember that what makes a book "the best" often depends on individual tastes and what you're looking to gain from your reading experience.

Monday, August 7, 2023

Book Feature: From Where I Stand: A Collection of Poems on Travel + Exclusive Interview with Author Odyssa Rivera Abille

"Traveling - it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta

This is exactly what our featured book today is all about. Through this book, we get to read through the author's travel stories. We listen to her as a storyteller and embark on this unique journey with her. "From Where I Stand: A Collection of Poems on Travel" is a compilation of travel poems, with each piece beautifully capturing the essence of a unique place visited by the author in the past. 

This is written by Odyssa Rivera Abille, a teacher and writer based in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is also the writer of two poetry books entitled "Like A New Sun Rising" and "From Where I Stand" Her articles and poetry are featured in foreign online magazines such as Amendo, The Good Men Project, GirlTellMe, and The Fairy Tale Magazine. As a mentee and scholar, she is currently enrolled in the Write program at Middle Tennessee State University.

And today, we're grateful to have this opportunity to have this exclusive interview with her.

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

The book is a compilation of poems based on my travel experiences from previous years, with each piece intricately woven around a specific place and time. This book marks the second installment in my series titled 'Rhymes and Recollections', following the first book, "Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love".

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

The concept of travel, how it changes us, and how our perspective of travel changes through time.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

The travel poems were written during my mid-twenties to early thirties. It took me approximately six months to gather, refine, and edit them to their current form.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

Crafting the introduction for my book was a little difficult as I tried to recall a compelling angle. Eventually, I settled on recounting a personal experience when I was forbidden to travel - a more interesting way to kickstart a book on the topic.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

My desire for readers of the book is to walk away with the realization that life is a continual journey of change and to follow the path that the heart is leading them to.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Yes! This year, I am releasing the third book from the "Rhymes and Recollections" series. That book is a collection of poems about family. I'm excited about it!

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

You can order my books via Shopee or via Amazon.  

I also share regular updates regarding my books and personal life on my website,


Thank you, Author Odyssa for agreeing to this interview. We are happy to know more about your book and we are excited for the upcoming one. 


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Saturday, August 5, 2023

10 Things You Can Expect at the Philippine Book Festival

We are happy to share that the 2nd leg of the Philippine Book Festival is happening on August 18-20, 2023 at the SMX Convention Center, Davao City. 

This exciting event is the largest traveling book festival in the Philippines where you can meet your favorite authors, join a workshop, explore an exhibit, and shop Filipino books. It is definitely more than just a book fair, it's actually a complete book experience that every bookworm shouldn't miss. 

Here are 10 things you can expect at the Philippine Book Festival

1. MEET AND GREET - Connect with your favorite writers and creators. Attend book readings and book signing events. 

2. DISCOVER NEW TITLES, EXPLORE RARE BOOKS AND OTHER CURATED BOOK COLLECTION - Explore new and diverse titles across all genres. With hundreds of publishers participating, you'll be sure to find something that suits your taste. You can also explore and view rare books from the National Library of the Philippines. 

3. ATTEND TALKS AND WORKSHOPS - We offer a range of workshops that cover various topics such as decolonizing reading, Filipino publishing, cross-media adaptation, and much more. 

READ AT THE BOOK NOOK - Enjoy the special place where you can do your favorite thing to do. The organizers will prepare a special place for you to browse and read books for free! Talk about bringing a mini library to the event. :)  

ENJOY LIVE PERFORMANCES - Enjoy live performances by actors and storytellers who will entertain and captivate you with their tales. 

6. PARTICIPATE IN WRITING WORKSHOPS - If you are an inspiring writer, here is your chance to learn from experts and start honing your craft. 

7. ENGAGE IN LITERARY DISCUSSIONS AND DEBATES - If you enjoy books and literature, the event provides ample opportunities to engage in lively debates and discussions with fellow book lovers. 

8. EXPLORE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND E-BOOKS - Discover the latest technology in digital publishing and explore the world of e-books. 

9. BOND WITH YOUR FAMILY - You can expect programs for the whole family. Join in on storytelling sessions, create your own family book, and enjoy special tours. 

10. SHOP FILIPINO BOOKS AND MERCHANDISE - Find exclusive deals on Pinoy tiles and curate your own home library.  


The best part? The entrance is free. 

For more details, you may visit National Book Development Board's FB page for more details. 

Monday, July 24, 2023

Book Feature: Mga Sulat na Para Sana Sa 'Yo + Exclusive Interview with Author Vanessa Cruz-Zapanta

Regret is one of the hardest emotions to deal with. It is more difficult because of the other negative emotions connected to it such as remorse, sadness, guilt, and the feeling of helplessness. Unfortunately, this happens to many of us. It happens to people from various walks of life and for varied reasons.

These are the things we should have done or the words that we wished we said. These are the feelings that we never got to show or express. Maybe because the circumstances were not favorable or maybe we got so busy and got caught with the daily grind. 

Perhaps we made unfortunate and bad decisions or many times we just don't know how to express ourselves and we simply can't find the right words to say.

Mga Sulat na Para Sana Sa'Yo (MSPSY) is a collection of letters in English and Tagalog left unsent. In this book, the author has given a voice to the people with stories of regret. She wrote letters for them that they could or would have given to their intended recipient. 

Even if these letters may be forever unsent because of certain circumstances like death or lost contact, the author hopes that putting their feelings into words and being able to read them can somehow give closure. 

This book can also help us process our thoughts and feelings for ourselves. It also reminds us that one is not alone. It shows us that there is someone out there who has felt exactly the same love, pain, and regret that we have. Just like how we find songs relatable. 

This 144-page masterpiece is written by Vanessa Cruz-Zapanta, NBDB registered author and writer from Bulacan. She is a Psychology graduate from the University of Santo Tomas and has a certification in interior design from New Zealand. 

She is a former psychometrician and a sales professional in one of the oldest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Today, we are grateful for this chance to have this exclusive interview with her.  

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

No matter how much you have accomplished in life, there are grueling moments in one’s life that can make you quit. But during those falls, it is important to try to stand up and face life head-on. The struggles that we are going through will pass, it will pass out like a kidney stone, but it will.

Also, I am happy to share that MSPSY became LAZADA's top-selling literature and had been recognized as part of the trending and frequently bought books in literature. The book also received recognitions such as Filipino Reader's Choice Award (Top 4) and has been nominated and garnered the highest number of FB votes during the VP Choice Awards. 

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

I wrote my book and self-published it to tick it off my bucket list initially. I didn’t realize that a lot of people will be able to relate to it. The stories in the letters were real to them and it hit the right spot. 

Also, I wanted a title that will intrigue and pique the readers' interest and I think the book became as popular as it is because of the title. Many are drawn to the dramatic and the romantic, I guess. 

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

It took me a year to finish writing, MSPSY.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

The most challenging part was looking for the right person to edit the book. I even experienced being rejected but it was part of the process in which I learned. Starting to publish as well as finding the right team to help you are the hardest. It is a lot of hard work.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

It is never too late to do something that takes your breath away. It is always imperative that we learn to be brave and say what we want before it is too late. 

When I write, I am able to inspire people and instill the attitude of gratitude whatever your present circumstance is to people. This is what happened to my book, MGA SULAT NA PARA SANA SA ‘YO. The English and Filipino letters that I wrote gave closure to most people that read them and many were able to relate to the different situations.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

There is a clamor for BOOK 2. But we’ll see. I will always be guided by my True North. I live it up to Him. "Unsent" or "Letter You Should Have Received" - Another book of letters like MSPSY

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

The book is now available online via 

If you are near Manila, it is also available at the Solidaridad Bookshop located at 531 Padre Faura, Ermita. 

It is also available on Google Play or you can order directly from me. You may reach me on my official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and Youtube


Thank you, Author Vanessa, for agreeing to this interview. We are happy to get to know you and your book and we look forward to more stories (a.k.a. letters) from you. 


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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Fictional Characters and Addresses: Who Lived Where?

Thank you for visiting our blog. Starting today, we will be having weekly fun quizzes or activities to test your knowledge about your favorite books and authors.

So, if you haven't been paying much attention to the small details when reading, then this is the sign you are looking for. 

Can you name the characters who lived in these fictional addresses?

Now, check your answers!!!

1. Christian Grey lives at the Escala which is a 31-story luxury apartment building located at 1920 Fourth Avenue Seattle, Washington.

2. The Dursleys were Harry Potter's last living relatives. To ensure Harry's safety, Albus Dumbledore placed him in the Dursleys' care when he was a baby.

3. You can find the Banks family and Mary Poppins at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, consisting of Mr. Banks, their children Jane and Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara.

4. The fictional Addams Family have listed their address as 001 Cemetery Lane.

5. Our favorite vampire family, The Cullens doesn't live inside a home with dark and thick walls but instead you can find their sleek glass house at 420 Woodcroft Ave, Forks, Washington. 

Trivia: The address was shown in Bella and Edward's wedding invitation.   


That's it for now! Hope you had fun. :) 
Don't forget to get to go back to our FB post and tell us how many did you get correctly. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Book Feature: Dreaming of the Sea + Exclusive Interview with Author Raissa Claire R. Falgui

Dreaming of the Sea is a collection of stories set by sea, evoking its power and mystery, with themes mainly romantic and speculative fiction. 

This was written by Raissa Claire R. Falgui, a writer with a wide variety of interests which are reflected in her fiction. Her historical novel Woman in a Frame was shortlisted for the Philippine National Book Awards in 2015. Her collection of science fiction Virtual Centre and other Science Fiction Stories was published by Penguin Random House Southeast Asia. Several of her speculative fiction stories have been published in Alternative Alamat, in the literary journal Likhaan, and in the international anthology Of Words and Water 2014. 

Today, we are blessed with this opportunity to have this exclusive interview with her.  

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

I conceived this book as a beach read, and I think it is in a not-so-typical way. There are several romances, a couple with ghostly elements, and several others with mythical elements-- stories to resonate with a variety of moods you might have while relaxing in a beach setting.

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

I noticed I had written several stories set by the sea, most of them while working on my MA. I'd written one for Alternative Alamat and one for the YA anthology Friend Zones as well. I even had two sci-fi stories where people ended up living on islands in the middle of the sea. Since I was so drawn to the sea (ironically, since I've rarely been to beaches in my adult life), I thought of completing a sea-themed collection.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

One of the stories is based on one I wrote as a college freshman, a few others were written while I was doing my MA in 2011-2014, the others, which are the romantic ones, were mainly started in 2019-2020 and completed during the lockdown.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

Occasionally, I plunge into writing a story without a clear plot or ending in mind. Then I get stuck on how to end it! This was the problem with "The Last of the Mermaids." It was based on a speech assignment I had as a college freshman. So it didn't really have a plot: it was just a mermaid rambling over issues she had observed and experienced as the last of her kind. I submitted it to the UP Writers' Workshop and of course, I got comments on the ending not really making much of an impact. The final, strong ending came to me as I was doing research about issues affecting the ocean while writing a book on climate change. I was feeling angry over the issues and lack of action on them, and that inspired me to have the mermaid take drastic action.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

I hope they end up dreaming of the sea in various ways--as the backdrop of romance, as a well of mystery, or in whatever way that suits them. I also hope they'll gain more appreciation for the sea as the inspiration for myths through the ages as well as an essential resource for our planet.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

I'm completing a collection of stories based on Philippine myths, which I completed the first draft of during the last NaNoWriMo mostly on my keyboardless tablet--as my laptop conked out on the second day! I really have a fondness for myth-based stories which began when I read Pop Stories for Groovy Kids as well, a kid. That's my book closest to completion, though I can't say for sure if it will be the next one to come out.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

Dreaming of the Sea may be purchased from 8Letters online 

or via Shopee at

You may also follow me on my Facebook and Goodreads account.


Thank you, Author Raissa, for agreeing to this interview. We are happy to learn more about you and your book and we are looking forward to more stories from you. 


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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Book Feature: Dive the Depths: Condensed Life Lessons of a Mother to her Son + Exclusive Interview with Author Jenny Mae Albinio

"The mother is the first teacher of the child. The message she gives that child, that child gives to the world.”— Malcolm X

Many of the most important life lessons we have, we learned from our mother. She has been our first teacher and as we grow older, she continues to give us pieces of wisdom as we navigate through life. How lucky we are if they can stay with us forever... 

However, in reality, it is not always the case for everyone. Some grow up without having a mom while others lose them at a very young age. 

Knowing how unpredictable life is, this is the reason the author wrote a letter to her son, condensing every life lesson learned in her lifetime just in case she won't have the chance to share it with her child later in life.

Dive the Depths: Condensed Life Lessons of a Mother to Her Son is an inspirational nonfiction for Teens/Teens-at-Heart. 

The book was written by Author Jenny Mae P. Albinio, a Pediatric Junior Consultant in Iloilo City, and a Fellow of the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine, Inc. 

She is an aspiring writer/poet and the author of the book entitled, "Tales of Soliloquy at mga Tula ni Tamaraw: A Collection of Poems and Torrents of Thoughts” under 8letters Publication.

She is also a blue belt jiujitsu practitioner under DEFTAC-Ribeiro Jiujitsu, advocates women empowerment, and abhors any kind of abuse and injustice. She remains a diverse reader, full of joie de vivre, and loves traveling, hiking, living in the moment, food, nature, cats, and martial arts. Her best asset is her brain saturated with wit and humor, which has always been one of her saving graces.

Today, we are lucky to have the opportunity to have this exclusive interview with her. 

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

This essay turned into a book, is a gift for my son's 16th birthday in May 9. By the way, we actually share the same birthday. This essay was originally published in Circles Volume 2 (2023, 8lettersPublication), as part of an Anthology.

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

This was inspired by my mom's words in Hiligaynon: "Biskan ano matabo, salumon ta ka." (No matter what, I'll dive the depths for you.) Also, the poem "Desiderata" by Max Ehrman inspired me to write nugget-size reminders for my son that he can easily browse when times are overwhelming, and I'm not there to comfort and guide him.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

This is just an essay turned into a book, so the essay itself took a few minutes. It's the editing and revising that took quite a while. Also, the time looking for a local artist that will create the cover took some time.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

I find the last part the most challenging. When you're trying to compress everything you've learned in a book, you'll feel you're going to miss a lot. So in the letter to my son, I've mentioned that there's still a lot to learn, and most lessons he'll learn along the way.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

I hope the readers will be reminded how precious their mothers are, and the importance of showing how much they love their mothers while they still can. I also pray that the parents will learn to respect their children as an individual and give them the freedom to explore their own identity, reminding them that as parents we are for them, no matter what.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

This crossed my mind. A sequel is a big probability. Maybe just to fill in the lessons I missed writing in the first installment. We'll see.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

This book will be released soon by my publisher at (Stay tuned for announcements) 

In the meantime, they can also follow me on my social media pages:


Thank you, Author Jenny for writing this beautiful and inspirational book. Your son is so lucky to have you as a mom and we look forward to learning to the life lessons you imparted. Also, we are grateful to have this opportunity to have this exclusive interview with you.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Book Feature: Bisikleta ni Pepe + Exclusive Interview with Author Dexter Baño Jr.

'Bisikleta ni Pepe' is a creative storytelling attempt for young children is a synergy and a merge of timelines between the lives of an ordinary Filipino student, Jose de Jesus, and the young Pepe Rizal. Through the help of a magic bicycle he inherited from his grandfather, Jose de Jesus was able to traverse through time and understand the life of Pepe Rizal.

This book is written by Dexter P. Baño Jr. who is currently finishing his Master's Degree in Business Administration as a full scholar at Quantic School of Business and Technology in Washington DC. He is also the founder of the first commercial spaceflight company in the country, Orbital Exploration Technologies, Inc. As a community-minded individual, he dedicates every Saturday afternoon to teaching math, arts (painting and sculpting), linguistics, music, good manners, and business to students from low-income households. He is also active in waste management projects at both commercial and government levels. He is a prolific poet, essayist, painter, and sculptor.

His mentor, Pedrito "Bobot" Navarro is an active member and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, our country's only official knighthood chartered under Republic Act 646. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and many other organizations. 

Sharing with you our exclusive interview with Author Dexter Baño Jr.

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

The main character came from a really poor family.

2. What inspired the idea for your book?

I am fascinated by Dr. Rizal since I was a kid. Having an aunt living near Dapitan became an advantage to me. Every time we go to the province, I always request that I shall visit Talisay to rekindle my admiration for our hero. 

For me, Dr. Rizal is an image of a real Filipino. He has a concept of how the Philippines should function and behave. Most of his teachings still remain relevant today. Now, I found it challenging and I still find it challenging to make Rizal relatable to the younger generation. So I decided to make the story child appropriate by making it a bit creative without distorting history.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

Took me 2 years to finish, but 9 years before printing.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

Oh, the research process. You need to make sure that all the historical accounts are accurate while ensuring that it is being told in a creative way.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

We need to learn and embrace the ideals of Dr. Rizal. We just know Rizal as one of our National Heroes and maybe the man on one peso coin. In reality, Rizal became a human. He encountered a unique reality during his childhood. Even though he was brought up in a relatively wealthy household, he experienced pain and sorrow like all of us.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

I started talking to many experts for the second volume of this series. I acknowledged the fact that the next part will be more serious and mature. I visited one of my hometowns, Talisay in Dapitan where Rizal also stayed during the last years of his life. This will be more thrilling considering that Rizal was so adventurous during his time. Maybe, the two characters could finally meet. I am still unsure.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

National Book Store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play Books, Apple Books

Thank you, Author Dexter for agreeing to this interview. We are happy to learn more about you and your book and we are looking forward to the second volume of the series. 


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Friday, February 10, 2023

Book Feature: Breaking the Scroll Trilogy + Exclusive Interview with Author Jane Vergara


As a huge fan of Harry Potter and Avatar, I can't help but be excited about this new trilogy called Breaking the Scroll. 

It is about a boy named Kino Amark who lives in Akea, a place where all the citizens have special abilities. However, in this place where everyone has special gifts, Kino is the only one without any. Now, he dreams of being able to fly, and before the moon's turning (the end of the year), he must present his power to the emperor during the Akean Wine Festival.

He is so determined to fly that he crafts wings from all sorts of leaves, but his efforts have resulted in one failure after another. Little does Kino know that his heritage links him to the former emperor, a clan thought to be long gone, and a princess who can make things happen by writing them.

Kino doesn't know that a great destiny awaits him . . . If only he could get past the daily challenges in school and discover that there is a secret that has been controlling his power from manifesting.

With the help of Kino’s friends, Mayo Calo, the super adventurous boy, and Pyper San Diego, the little ghost girl, will Kino be lucky to survive in Akea without any power? Or will the gods finally grant him his dream during the Akean Wine Festival?

This book series will definitely take us through Kino and his friends' adventures and the fate of Akea. Sounds interesting right? 

Here are some of the testimonials about the book: 

"I read the first book online years back and I still remember how delightful the adventure is. Beautifully written and inspiring. Excited to continue on the second and third books."

"If you read the works of JK Rowling, Brandon Mull, or John Grisham, then you know the feeling of reading a book and not being able to put it down because you want to know what will happen next. The same experience happened to me when I started reading this book." 


By the way, did I mention that this book series has been written by a Filipino author? 

Yes, you heard that right! Author Jane Vergara is a Filipino. She is an IT professional and an accountant, who works in a bank. Today, we are lucky to have the opportunity to have this exclusive interview with her. 

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

Breaking the Scroll is an epic fantasy trilogy. I wanted to ensure that the book touches on relevant events in the country even though this is set in a different world. 

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

I always wanted to have a special power. Mine was to straighten hair without going to the salon. lol. And from that idea, I thought, what if there's a world where everybody has a special ability? What would that look like? And so I started the Breaking the Scroll trilogy.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

It took me 10 years to finish the trilogy. Book 1 was finished in 1 year, but all the editing and preparation to write the succeeding books took time.

Since the trilogy is set in a different world, there's the challenge of world-building. In the process, new characters were also introduced in the succeeding books, and all of them had to have their own arcs as well.

Finishing the book required me to go back and forth with the other books to ensure that there were no loopholes/ plot holes. So after 10 years, I finally decided to publish all the 3 books.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why? 

The third book, Return to Akea, was the hardest one for me to write. This is because I knew that I had to give the story a good ending. Something that will satisfy the readers. I believe that books 1 and 2 were strong, so I wanted to make an even stronger finish.

And that was not an easy thing to do. Add to the fact that I had to ensure all the plot holes were resolved, and the characters' stories were meaningful.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

Everybody is special. Regardless of the gifts God gave you, you're unique and will always be special.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it? 

I plan on writing stories of the other characters, either as a side-story while all these things are happening, or after all these events in the trilogy took place.

For one, I wanted to explore the love story of someone who died in the book, and what that would have looked like in the afterlife.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

My books are available on Lazada, Shopee, and Amazon. If you're on Kindle Unlimited, the trilogy is free to read.

Book 1: Breaking the Scroll -
Book 2: The Dark Unveiling -
Book 3: Return to Akea -

Book 1: Breaking the Scroll - 
Book 2: The Dark Unveiling - 
Book 3: Return to Akea -

You may also visit my website:

I also have a YouTube page where I post interviews with creatives and provide tips about writing. My books are also available as audiobooks on YouTube.


Thank you, Author Jane, for writing this exciting book series. We are so proud to have a Filipino author write a masterpiece like this. We are grateful to have this opportunity to have this exclusive interview with you.  

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