To those looking into getting their own written work published, there’s a free book writing seminar scheduled this Thursday, Nov. 24, 5-7 pm at the Filipinas Heritage Library.
A couple days ago, we finally got to see the Hunger Games official movie trailer.
Not being a fan of movie adaptations in general, and iffy on some casting choices for the film, I must confess I was dreading the trailer. Of course, that didn’t stop me from clicking on the link and putting the trailer on loop, like every other Hunger Games fanatic out there.
And I must say, it’s gotten me curious enough to — gasp — actually watch the movie!
I’ve been away for a spell as the whole family flew to Bacolod to pay our last respects to my paternal grandmother, Lola Binyang, who passed away last week.
I was too young to remember the death of my paternal grandfather or my maternal grandmother, so losing both remaining grandparents in under two years is painful. Growing up with grandparents make you feel they’ll last forever (because to you they’ve always been old), and no matter how old you get, they still make you feel like a kid again, so losing a grandparent is a bit like a death toll on your own mortality.
Lola always spent part of the year with us when I was younger and she was still mobile. I remember endless summer afternoons playing cards on the bed with her — she was quite the cardshark — paris-paris (“pairs” in Ilonggo), blackjack, and even solitaire, as she’d leave a pack of cards behind to tide me over until she returned to our house the following year.
As you can probably tell, I’m totally zonked from five days of the MIBF — I think I was there from opening to closing time nearly everyday!
Well, you’ve seen half of my loot — and there’s more to come, but in the meantime, here’s the weekend I spent at the 32nd Manila International Book Fair!