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Events || Ta da, ta da! :)

Sorry for the radio silence, but again, we’ve been busy with so many activities. We’ve had four major activities: the Art in the Park (aka Young At Art) story telling and mini-art workshop, which had a huge number of participants! The team takes its hat off to Joana Verdeflor–our awesome founder, with her team of storytellers and artists–Paula Czarina Potencia, Blew David, Marvic Therese Villoso, Melissa Basmayor, Joanna Rechelle Fungo, among a few in making this activity possible. This activity was held in Luneta Park, Manila, last November 25.

We’re sharing some snaps from that lovely November afternoon.

The artwork the children made was turned into card art! We all loved their work, and thought it was only right to feature their art in greeting cards that we sold at the Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX) event that was held in December 15. To promote this event, a promotional poster was produced by our very own Joana! 🙂

Since not all of us could be there, Joana’s shared some of the event’s (best) memories. And speaking of best, we’ve sold all of the cards. Sold out. Now, isn’t that the best news ever?

We thank our lovely supporters Melissa Basmayor (who was also there at the BLTX event to promote and sell her zine) and Mayi Oropesa for dropping by our booth! 🙂

The year ended with two more activities: Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit is an outreach activity with Jhastine Silva of Jhastine’s Kitchen and Jeriemine Cruz. We thank those who have sent their donations, support and prayers. They are very much appreciated and cherished. As there are many of them, we are afraid of thanking them one by one, lest there would be individuals we forget to thank! May God bless you. 🙂

Ikaw Ang Aking Superhero is the last activity of the year, held in Luneta Park, on December 28, in partnership with National Parks Development Committee. We enjoyed working with the Committee, and we hope to work with them once more!

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We’re excited to see how 2018 unfolds for us! 🙂

Image credit: Joana Marie Verdeflor

Friday Finds || The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets–Eva Rice

How are you? How was your Valentine’s Day? Hope it went well. 🙂

This is a book that I’ve been dying to review–but I re-read this book over and over to do this review justice. 🙂 It’s definitely my favourite book at the moment, and it’s been totally worth it to buy on Amazon. Because sadly, it’s not available in book shops in the Philippines. Yeah, I’m talking to you National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked. And people are missing a lot not reading this book! Well, at least I think so.

Eva Rice’s The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets takes place in 1950s England, a country still recovering from the effects of the Second World War, and still coping with rationing. At the same time, England was also invaded by America.

Musically, that is. Penelope’s brother Inigo thinks nothing else but rock and roll and Elvis Presley, and running away to America to be a singer.

Penelope Wallace, our heroine, meets her new friend Charlotte in the most unusual manner–being invited by Charlotte to a tea party. A one of a kind tea party, that is. Pretty soon, Penelope gets involved with more interesting people–Harry, Charlotte’s sardonic cousin hung up with Marina, an American who is engaged to another man named George; Rocky, an enigmatic American who becomes besotted with Penelope’s mother, the beautiful Talitha. And Harry’s mother Clare, who met Penelope’s father Archibald before he married Talitha.

The real adventure begins when Harry invites Penelope to a dinner to make his former girlfriend jealous. Penelope’s not sure that she’s willing to participate. Will she? And what’s in store for her if she does?

What I love about this story is that Eva Rice really made me feel like Penelope, her family and friends were real people. I could easily imagine what their slowly deteriorating country home would look like. Or being a guest in one of their parties. would feel like.

Miranda Hart–yes, that Miranda Hart from Call the Midwife–wrote about the characters in the foreword: “This might sound weird, but can we be best friends?” I could easily ask Penelope, her friends and family that question if they were real people. Reading The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets felt like Penelope and Charlotte let me tag along in their adventures. There was never a dull moment in the book–and the dialogue was witty and charming, and had me giggling a lot!

Possibly my favourite part was the ending–it still made readers wonder if Penelope and Harry got together, and while it didn’t actually say so, I had a good feeling they both had their happy ending.

This book gets five stars from me. 🙂 I’m all praises! 🙂

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