Kath has always been fascinated (and frustrated) at how people view marriage and weddings in the Philippines. Her first book, Before I Do is a fictional story that talks about the many issues women go through before they get the perfect man, the perfect ring, and the perfect wedding. It’s not just a romance novel about navigating the rocky road that leads to that ‘happily ever after.’ It is also a satire on the Filipinos’ cultural hang-ups and religious restrictions about relationships, weddings, marriage and everything in between.

There are single men and women who have commitment issues and try to avoid marriage like a disease. There are also those who have their whole wedding production all planned out—from the theme to the principal sponsors and the cake flavors—but are, still, confusingly single. There are those who have loved hard, fell harder and continue losing with no idea what went wrong. There are also those who are scared that marriage is like the final nail in the coffin of their single, fabulous and carefree lives. And there are also those who have been there and done all that, the ones who can share great lessons and justify if the current fears today are actually worth stressing over.



In the new two-in-one book, Before I Do Anthology, Kath worked with 32 writers—from different backgrounds and beliefs—who shared their thoughts on relationships, dating, weddings and marriage. The new book is a collection of essays and anecdotes from real people about real experiences. No fiction, no bullshit. Just real love lessons served on the rocks. It’s a must-read for every Filipino regardless of relationship and Facebook status.




Author Profiles


Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla (Introduction)

Jester Derla (Introduction)


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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

Before I Do Anthology

Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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