Support our own. I’m guilty of that statement because I’m not very supportive with our own products, music and celebrities. I watched concerts, listened to talks and seminars and for the first time I was able to attend a book signing event.
When I saw at Facebook that one of the most popular PSI-COM and best selling writers, Marcelo Santos III has a new book and will launch it this February, I was excited.
I haven’t n read one of his two books: Para sa Hopeless Romantic and Para sa Broken-Hearted but I saw great reviews about it. The 3rd book: Mahal Mo Siya, Mahal Ka Ba? was launched last February 7 but because I had an early commitment, I wasn’t able to attend it on National Book Store in SM Manila.
There was a book signing at SM North Edsa which was nearer in my place but because of a conflict in the schedule, unfortunately, I hadn’t attend it as well. It was in SM Mall of Asia last February 22, 1:30 pm that I finally had the opportunity to be part of the event.
I didn’t know if I was ecstatic or I didn’t want to be late but somehow, I arrived at NBS MOA, 10:30 in the morning. I was just then informed that the registration would start by 12 noon and the actual meet and greet will happen by 1:30 pm. Boo! That means I have to wait for two hours!

Exactly 12 in the afternoon, I went to the registration table and I got the number 17!


Yes! I was not in the first 100.
When Marcelo went to the stage, I couldn’t contain my happiness. Okay this is my very first time to attend an event for a Filipino book and a guy writer will going to sign it! (If you are following my blog, you probably read that most of the book events that I attended were women novelists.) 🙂

Before the actual meet and greet, the lively host Mark of PSI-COM had a little bit of interview. Two girls asked for love advices while yours truly had the courage to inquire about this:

Me: “Do you have a new book coming? What is the concept of it?”
He answered: “Nice question. May dalawa akong iniisip at pinagpipilian ko pa rin kong anong ilalabas ko.” The crowd excitedly cheered. “Yung una #MoveOn, tungkol siya sa mg kuwento sa pagmo-move on parang compilation din siya. Yung isa, yung huling parte ng trilogy, Para sa True Love. Isa dun sa character ng Para sa Broken Hearted ang kinuha ko para maging bida ng Para sa True Love.”

Hmm sounds exhilirating right?
After the question and answer portion, Kuya Mark then requested for the audience to say messages to Marcelo.


Before the actual meet and greet of yours truly with her *new crush*! Hihi… Let me share to you my favorite parts and quotes from Mahal Mo Siya, Mahal Ka Ba?

  • Dear Crush I exist
    Crush lang. No expectations. Crush lang yan, malayo yan sa bituka.
  • Ano ba talaga, mga ate at kuya?
    -You only live once. Part talaga ng “Search for the One” ang masaktan at magbakasakali.
  • Sorry naman, tanga lang
    -Sabi sa akin ng katrabaho ko noon, tatlong beses lang daw tayong pwedeng maging tanga sa pag-ibig kada taon. Una, yung magmamahal ka ng taong magaling lang sa salita pero iba na sa gawa. Pangalawa, yung papatawarin mo pa rin siya kahit ilang beses ka na niyang nasaktan. At pangatlo, yung umasa ka na namang magbabago siya kahit alam mo namang hindi na.
  • Bayani (My favorite book section!)
    -Na-realize ko na ang buhok pala ni Jose Rizal ay parang love ng isang taong bayani sa pag-big, one sided.
  • Best seller sa katangahan
    Minsan may mga nangyayari sa libro ng buhay natin na pang-best seller sa katangahan. Pero darating ang araw na pagtatawanan na lang natin yung mga katangahang iyon at di na uulitin pa.
  • Siopao ka ba?
    -That moment para kang siopao. Bino BOLA ka lang, Asadong-ASAdo ka naman.
  • Sales talk na May Hugot (Nice concept! Nakakaaliw!)
    -Yung mga taong deserving maging owner ng puso mo. Kahit na second hand na lang yan, brand new pa rin yung turing niya sa yo.
  • Meeting with Kupido and Tadhana (Very touchy!)

“Walang lalaking masasabing paasa kung walang babaeng masyadong assumera.

“Minsan ka nang naging tanga. Huwag mo nang ulitin pa. Kotang-kota ka na.(Well said!)
“Naniniwala ako na may schedule ang love life ng tao. Kaya siguro nagkahiwalay kami dahil may isang nakalaan sa akin na makikilala ko balang-araw.” (This one is perfect for me!)

When my number was called for the M & G, I was elated and I even stuttered when I asked a request from Marcelo. Thank goodness he was such a humble and very nice guy.


I was extremely happy after the book signing and I’m sharing it with you by a little give-away!

A signed Para Sa Hopeless Romantic book plus a beautiful and hand-crafted violet book mark from Julia’s Closet are up for grabs!

book mark

Photo from Julia’s Closet


Perfect to read it first before you watch the movie on March 11!

How to win?
Just follow all the tasks on the rafflecopter here:

Terms and Conditions:
+ Open to Metro Manila residents only who can meet me on March 9 or 10 at Trinoma, North Edsa/Araneta Center Cubao/SM Megamall. Meet-up only no shipment because I want to give it to you personally and have photo op.

+ I’ll be choosing the winner with the best answer on the blog post question so make sure to follow all the tasks and don’t skip the ‘leave a blog comment’ part or else your entry is going to be invalid!
+Contest starts February 28 and ends on March 7. I’m going to announce the winner on the morning of March 8. Winner must send me an email on or before 10 in the evening of March 8.
+ This is give-away is not sponsored by National Bookstore or Julia’s Closet.

Thank you and good luck!