Five celebrity authors greeted thousands of Filipinos at the Manila International Book Fair as they introduced to Manila’s bibliophiles their new books from ABS-CBN Publishing, the country’s leading publisher of bestselling books and magazines.
Bestselling authors Ramon Bautista and Juan Miguel Severo launched Malapit Na, Unggoy and Tuwing Ikatlong Sabado, respectively.
Bautista’s book is a collection of fables for millennials. The first story revolves on a traveler’s journey with his monkey that aims to teach millennials the value of patience in pursuit of their dreams. The rest of the stories are injected with humor, euphemisms, and moral lessons.
Meanwhile, Severo’s is a transcript of striking spoken word poems by Words Anonymous, a team of Filipino performance poets who share stories about love, loss, and inequality, among many others that resonate across generations.
Kapamilya teen star Andrea Brillantes and bloggers Danah and Stacy Gutierrez have also entered the publishing world with their debut books #GOALS and The Big Fat Book of Self-Love, respectively.
Brillantes’ book is about her experiences and goals she has set in life that she shares with fellow teens to inspire the youth that they can be the best version of themselves even at a young age.
Twins Danah and Stacy’s “on the other hand, is about self-love and body acceptance. In their book, the twins open up about their body love journey and how they eventually found peace with their bodies. Danah and Stacy are the bloggers behind Plump.ph, the first-ever plus size fashion and body positive web magazine in the country.
The three first-time authors also gladly snapped selfies with their fans and signed copies of their books. All books are available in National Book Store and other leading bookstores nationwide.
DOT reacted on a women’s group’s petition for the Miss Universe Organization to withdraw its plan to hold next year’s Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines.
In a statement circulated to the mass media, the DOT said, “The government’s decision to accept the offer of Miss Universe Organization to stage the spectacular pageant in the Philippines has gained an overwhelming public support, especially among Filipino women and their families.
“Needless to say, this is such a special and proud occasion where we are presented with the golden opportunity to host the event in which the reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Cagayan de Oro City would pass on the crown to her successor.
“In addition, the massive attendance of international media for two-week extravaganza would be a big boost to the country’s tourism promotion program that will benefit local businesses and livelihood, as well as the travel and tour sector.
“While the DOT gives due respect to such opinion as signified by a group of women leaders and concerned citizens, we assure everyone that we deem it a great honor to host the distinguished event that portrays the most beautiful and talented women with highest regard.
“In this light, the DOT expresses its utmost gratitude to the Miss Universe Organization of giving us the great opportunity to treat the world to genuine Filipino hospitality.”
So, folks, don’t believe what you have read on social media (Facebook, in particular) and even in a widely circulated daily blaring that the Miss U pageant will no longer be held in the country. That’s what some of the anti-Digong trolls want to happen, but unfortunately, the deal has been sealed far too long ago.
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