Ricky Lee, Lualhati Bautista to grace book fair; more children’s books to be released | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Ricky Lee and Lualhati Bautista will be featured by Anvil Publishing during the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), which will run Sept. 17-21 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.


Lee and Bautista will hold a book signing at the Anvil booth on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.


Bautista is one of the foremost female novelists and screenwriters in the Philippines.


Her novel “Dekada ’70”  tells the story of a middle-class family during  Martial Law.


“Bata Bata Pa’no Ka Ginawa?” follows the story of Lea—an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and her struggles of being a mother.


Both novels have been made into highly successful movies.


“Gapô,” meanwhile, is about  Michael, whose mother is a bar girl  in Olongapo.


Lee is the award-winning screenwriter of well-regarded movies such as  “Himala,” “José Rizal” and “Muro Ami.” His best-selling books include “Para Kay B,” about five different yet interconnecting love stories, and “Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata,” a witty satirical piece about Amapola, a gay manananggal.


Meanwhile, best-selling “confessional” writers Noringai and Bebang Siy will hold a book-signing event also at the Anvil booth on Sept. 20, 2 p.m.


Capili is the  author of the best sellers “Parang Kayo Pero Hindi” and “Buti Pa Ang Roma, May Bagong Papa.”   She guested recently on “Kris TV” in which Kris Aquino called her  a “love guru.”


Siy’s “It’s a Mens World” was released in  2011 and  won the  2012 Filipino Reader’s Choice Award. Its sequel, “It’s Raining Mens,” will be released at the MIBF.


Children’s books


A new collection of stories by Nick Joaquin, Anvil Publishing’s “Gotita de Dragon,” showcases five re-imagined Philippine folktales by the late National Artist.


Tahanan Books’ “Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (Volume 2) penned by Severino Reyes (1861-1942), edited by Christine S. Bellen and Rebecca Añonuevo and illustrated by Felix Mago Miguel, modernizes portions of the author’s original text to better suit the sensibilities of the modern reader.


Adarna’s mythological hero “Pilandok” returns in “PilandoKomiks Isyu 2: Mga Pagsubok sa Karagatan” written and illustrated by Borg Sinaban.


Adarna also showcases the novels “Mga Tala sa Dagat” by Annette Acacio Flores, translated by Nanoy Rafael, about a family of fisherfolk and their destiny that is entwined with the sea; “Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon” by Edgar Calabia Samar, where a boy named Janus Silang is mystified by the sudden deaths of fellow players of the RPG game Tala Online and discovers his identity is connected with the legend of the Tiyanak of Tabon; and “Supremo” by Xi Zuq, illustrated by Al Estrella, about a boy named Andro who is running for the position of Supremo in the student council.


The MIBF is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Catholic Communicators Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association Inc., and the Overseas Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines.


For details, call tel. 8960661 or 8960682, or e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com.

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