The #WhatAmIToYou Spotify Playlist

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A few weeks ago I hinted that there’s a “secret” #BeforeIDo playlist on YouTube. Actually, each of the books I wrote/write (because I’m still currently writing #FinallyIDo and #MARIPOSA) has a dedicated YouTube playlist. Nothing really fancy, just a bunch of songs that mean something to me or to the actual location where the backstories took place or to the real-life people my fictional characters are based on. Last night, I decided to create a version of the #WhatAmIToYou playlist on Spotify so you can all enjoy it. Just search for #WhatAmIToYou on Spotify. It’s also available on YouTube here. […]


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“I will carry myself in such a way that when people are sitting, I would be standing; and when they are standing, I will stand out; and when they stand out, I will be outstanding; and when they are outstanding, I will be their standard.”

Sayaw ng Pagibig

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Our good friend and very talented artist Michan gave us a very wonderful gift for our wedding: a special song. It’s called “Sayaw ng Pagibig.” Back in December, Michan asked me to describe what was going through my mind when I had my first dance with Jet on our wedding day. On November 22, 2014, Jet and I danced to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra for our ‘sweet dance’ routine. We initially wanted to do away with the ‘sweet dance’ part and just go ahead with the ska-dance routine but our lovely wedding coordinator Erlie insisted we […]

First, For A Young Writer

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Before I Do, Only A Kiss, Cities and other titles from fellow Filipino Authors are now available at National Bookstore SM Megamall. The book display is available until Dec, 25, 2015.   I want to cement today’s achievement with a blog post. December 4, 2015 will be remembered as the day my first book landed on the first bookstore in Manila, Philippines. For as long as I could remember, since the day I got hooked in those little books of short romance novels based in Manila, I’ve fantasized how it would feel if I see one of my books on […]


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Let me start this blog with thoughts of gratitude. Years ago, I dreamt of ‘some things’. I dreamt loosely, for as long as I could remember. Less than two years ago, following my burning enlightenment in early 2014, I started dreaming a little more…fiercely. A change of pace and a change of place led to me realize, some of those dreams shouldn’t be left in my head. In mid-2014, I found myself in a place that really pushed me beyond my limits. It was there that I discovered how much more I was capable of doing. The things and the […]


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Image from The Red List   “What the documentary shows is that she’s just a woman doing her job and it bugs me that people think she’s an ice queen and a bitch while she does it. Must I say it (and it appears I must) that if it were a man doing “her” job, he’d be a tough boss who believes in his vision and who wasn’t prepared to let anything sub-standard pass through, no matter how close to deadline they were.” ~ The September Issue

Note to all Graduating Students

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 These past few days, I found myself sharing some of my experiences with my sister’s friends who are in their last year in college. They all share the same sentiments and fears that my 16-year-old self never even bothered with—“What am I going to do after college?”, “What if I don’t get a job?”, “Saan ako pupulitin, pakshet!” and “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” When I was in senior college, I never thought of these things. But not because I already knew where I’m headed; it’s because I had only one thing in mind the moment […]


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  I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, In life after life, in age after age forever. My spell-bound heart has made and re-made the necklace of songs That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms In life after life, in age after age forever. Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, its age-old pain, Its ancient tale of being apart or together, As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge Clad in the light of a pole-star piercing the darkness of time: You […]