“Mythspace” by Paolo Chikiamco

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I reviewed the published stories in Paolo Chikiamco’s “Mythspace” universe for GMA News Online:

“Tikbalangs in Space: “Mythspace” reimagines mythology as science fiction”

“Mythspace” is a wonderfully innovative take on Filipino mythology, which should appeal to readers of all ages. The diversity in the art and stories make for different and enjoyable reading experiences. The series is so much fun, so I hope more people, especially Filipino readers, will check it out. 🙂

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[Audio] Interview with Mitch Albom – 2014-02-20

As I promised in a previous post, here’s the audio of my interview (almost in its entirety) with Mitch Albom last February 20th.

I was in a panel with 2 reporters from other websites. We were the last batch of interviewers, scheduled just before Mitch had to leave for a live appearance in a TV program, so we didn’t have a lot of time. And I had a very different set of questions for the article that I conceptualized compared to the other ladies, so the topics are noticeably…all over the place (and so fluffeh!) ^_^

At times like these, though, you just roll with the punches. We did get some good answers from Mitch, who was very accommodating and open. This was during the second straight day of his media blitz, and he must have been tired and jetlagged, but he never really showed it.


 
Highlights:

  • His charity project for typhoon-devastated school libraries.
  • The book that resonated with him when he was young: “The Royal Road to Romance (1925)” by Richard Halliburton
  • A glimpse into his creative process
  • Anecdotes about his travels around the world
  • The inspiration for “The First Phone Call From Heaven”
  • How his uncle inspired “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”
  • A glimpse into his “Happy” playlist…and he actually whipped out his tablet to let us listen to some songs!
  • His next project.

The article I eventually wrote about Mitch Albom has been published here —
Mitch Albom: ‘Giving is living’ and the healing power of stories

Celebrate the freedom to read with recent Filipiniana releases

I have a new story published on GMA News Online:

Celebrate the freedom to read with recent Filipiniana releases

The book I’m most excited about in that list is “Manila Noir”, which I started reading last weekend.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read anything by Jessica Hagedorn, but her introduction to this anthology alone really got me interested in her writing. If anyone has any suggestions for which Hagedorn book I should read first, please do leave a comment. 🙂