Got a lovely surprise delivered to the office yesterday!

Ta da da dum…


Ta da da dum….

It’s heeeeeere!

Forgive the shameless plug, it’s not everyday I get a book released! :)

Ang Pag-ibig ni Maryang Sinukuan is a book in the latest set of Anvil Publishing’s Lola Basyang series, stories written by Severino Reyes, retold by Christine Bellen. Illustrations by yours truly. It’s a dark fairy tale with a lot of magical elements (my lips are sealed!).

You may have seen the cover on my Facebook profile, but I wasn’t expecting it in print just yet. The publisher was exploring the e-book option for our set, but aieee! It’s hot off the press and in print just in time for the Manila International Book Fair! Yay for good ol’ paper and glue!

And I must say I have an emotional attachment to this book, because it was one of the biggest challenges I had to overcome. Not a lot of people know the story: Ondoy came smack dab when I was in the thick of the work; more than half the original artwork literally dissolved in the thigh-deep flood that entered our house, and (after a good cry) I had to repeat the plates.

But all that’s over — it’s finally here.

Here’s a sneak peak (no spoilers, I promise :p)

Ang Pag-ibig ni Maryang Sinukuan
will be available at the Anvil booth at the Manila International Book Fair.