Working with Totet was a lot of fun! When he showed me the studies, I knew he would give "Ate" an attitude and character that matched my implied descriptions. It took us a year and a few months to finish the book, but the time spent was worth it. Totet dedicated the book to his sisters. Since I am sister-less, I dedicated the book to my sisters in friendship.
Tarie Sabido, PBBY President, is my sister in the Philippine Children's Book industry. We always take selfies when we see each other, which is not very often. But when we do, apart from selfies, we weave dreams for the industry.
Dianne De Las Casas, my co-author for Tales From the 7,000 Ilses: Filipino Folk Stories, is my "big" sister. She showed me how to turn dreams into reality. I miss her so much since she lives in New Orleans, LA, USA. I still dream of visiting her in the states one day.
And of course, there's Mona Dy, who sadly I do not have a selfie or photo on file. But, our friendship just about describes the photo above: good food, art and culture, a common love for coffee, books and conversations. We spent a weekend in Baguio last November, 2014 and I sure look forward to seeing her soon.
So, I ask you, dear reader, who is your big sister and what makes her special? Send me an answer and you get a free copy of our new book.