Ani is the Filipino word for harvest.
It’s a most fitting title for the literary journal that the Cultural Center of Philippines (CCP) publishes every year. An anthology of literary works by Filipino writers in various genres and dialects, Ani's 39th issue was launched in September this year.
Now here’s why this issue is particularly special for me:
One of my stories, “The Dump Truck in My Heart,” is part of the children’s literature section.
Let me quote the CCP website, “Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan, guest section editor of Ani 39, was able to gather works by the best writers for children.”
That made my heart leap to Mars and back.
Then I got a call from CCP, “We'd like you to read an excerpt of your work at the formal launching of Ani 39.”
My heart leaped even higher; this time to Pluto and back.
Third son might have taken pity on his mom, he escorted her to the event. “Nice,” was his effusive compliment after I performed in the program.
|(Top right: the original painting on the book cover by Neil Doloricon)|
|(The authors whose works are featured in Ani 39)|
Can writing life get any better? On that one starry night, I harvested grace.