What Would You Do Before, During, And After 'I Do'?

Words by Paula Abiog
Photos by Scott Baracquel Jr.


Love, marriage and everything in between are featured in Before I Do Anthology, a collection of essays and anecdotes peppered with real love lessons from real people

Every day, Facebook feeds and Instagram stories are peppered with status change announcements, well-thought prenup shoots, wild and wacky bachelor’s/bachelorette’s parties and hugot lines. But behind every status update and uploaded photo are interesting stories waiting to be told—and this is what exactly Before I Do Anthology is out to reveal.

Before I Do Anthology is the brainchild of self-published author Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla. The book is a collection of essays and stories from 32 writers with different backgrounds and beliefs, who shared their thoughts on relationships, dating, weddings, and marriage.

The anthology came about after Kath penned and published her first book, Before I Do, a fictional story that nevertheless talks about the many real issues women go through before they get the perfect man, the perfect ring, and the perfect wedding.

Kath then tapped her fellow writers to share their own thoughts, stories, and lessons about commitment, fear of commitment, the cultural fixation on weddings, life after marriage and more. This new book, however, is not fiction—it’s real, no bullshit, no-holds-barred love lessons served on the rocks. It’s a must-read for every Filipino regardless of relationship and Facebook status.

Before I Do Anthology is a self-published book launched in Manila on December 30, 2016 at Book and Borders Café, Eastwood City. It will soon be available in bookstores. For inquiries and orders, send an e-mail to Kath at kceustaquio@gmail.com or order online here.


Photos by Scott Baracquel, Jr.

Thank you for supporting this book! Share it online and include #BeforeIDoAnthology! This 2-in-1 book was self-published in Manila, Philippines in December 2016. Before I Do Anthology will soon be available at National Bookstore and Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

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.

Disclaimer: This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination and are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, places or persons, living or dead is entirely coincidental. Image from Pexels.com.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording, or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles or reviews and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.


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