#romanceclass x MIBF 2016 + #AllTheFeels

Around this month a year ago, I was hanging out with some friends at the Manila International Book Fair, chatting about books and author stuff when we heard some massive screaming from readers (yes, readers!) in the convention hall for some event. We started making jokes about how we want the same thing, too, but how will we get our scream factor? Where do we get our scream factor? Maybe men with abs? (Two weeks later, we figured it out.) Who would have thought it would be possible after a year? 🙂 I never even dreamed of this (until I… Read More »#romanceclass x MIBF 2016 + #AllTheFeels

Review: When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao

When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao Published on August 15, 2016 Genre: Sweet Romance Amazon | Goodreads Twenty-four-year-old photographer’s apprentice Regina has always felt like the plain, dull orange next to the shiny red apple that is her best friend Lana. But then she meets Ben—the first guy to ever break Lana’s heart, and the first guy to ever make Regina feel that he only has eyes for her. As Regina finds herself falling hard for Ben, she also finds herself breaking all the rules of best-friendship. Will she give up the love of her life for Lana, or will she finally realize… Read More »Review: When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao

Where I attempt to encapsulate my feelings in the past weeks

It’s raining here in Manila now, and I am working from home because I tried heading to work but faced atrocious rainy-day traffic. Thank goodness for remote access, yes?

So many things happened in the past few weeks! Let’s recap:

1. #FeelsRushIn

I had a blog post for this but I’ll just put it here. #romanceclass was scheduled to have our next feels day on October after we were invited by Ayala Malls, so we were planning for that until Mina told us that we were invited to have one on July 23. We found out about it on July 13. Ten days to prepare? Easy, right?


Well, we pulled it off. Actually, they pulled it off more because I was deep in school work back then, so all I could do was do my share of posting about it online. Right after my last defense for school (yas!), I went to Trinoma and here we go, feelings! Video recap below by Chi Yu Rodriguez.

There was live reading, too, of course! No Gio or Rachel or Jef, but we had a new reader, Migs, who was also one of the models for @romanceclasscovers. Herv and Salve performed When Cocoy Became Kikay by C.P. Santi (there was a part when we were all giggling with kilig when Herv read a part, and we totally ship #Alvarosa, hihi),  and Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao. Migs and Salve performed The ByeBye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez (“You look amazing.” *squee*), What About Today by Dawn Lanuza, and No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra.


It was a fun afternoon! And it proved that we can mobilize these things even with limited time. High five! If you missed this, don’t worry — we have another one in October. Block this date on your calendar: October 22, Glorietta 5. You don’t want to miss this! 🙂

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Review: Crushingly Close by Stella Torres

Crushingly Close by Stella Torres Published July 19, 2016 Amazon | Goodreads At twenty-four years old, Agnes Escueta has risen from the ranks to become a producer for Sports Tonight. No one can touch her, it seems—not even crush-worthy anchorman Daniel Ferrer, who she gets to work with every single day. When a road trip to Indonesia throws Agnes and Daniel together, they find themselves working in close quarters. It doesn’t take long before Agnes finds herself being charmed by Daniel, and her defenses start to melt with his touch. With deadlines looming and a big game coming, Agnes must figure… Read More »Review: Crushingly Close by Stella Torres

Cover Reveal: Keep the Faith

I’m really about to go to bed, but I received the email I’ve been waiting for from Amazon so I have to post this first. I’ve been talking and sharing teasers about the next book, Keep the Faith, that I’ve been working on in the past year and a half. I promised that it would be out within July and here I am delivering on the promise: KEEP THE FAITH will be out on July 31, 2016. Yay! And now, the cover! Here’s the synopsis: As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on… Read More »Cover Reveal: Keep the Faith