As scheduled, this 3rd book in the Happy Home series was launched at the Manila International Book Fair on September 16, a Friday.
However, the school that was to attend the launching cancelled. Due to the recent spate of killings brought about by the drug war waged by our newly elected president, the school authorities felt unsafe bringing a horde of small schoolchildren to a crowded place.
But as they say in showbiz, “The show must go on.” Trouper that they were, the four people who staged a radio rendition of the story performed as though they had a full-house sports arena for an audience.
I had visions of a very quiet launching with just me and Leo Kempis Ang, the illustrator of the series, chatting the one and a half hours away.
Undaunted and untiring, OMF Lit’s staff got busy inviting people through the microphone and holding up copies of the book like playing cards in all the busy aisles.
Then, without warning, grace swooped in.
Adults—some with their kids—dropped by, bought copies of the book, and had them singed by Leo and me. The stream of people who came kept us wonderfully busy all morning!
The photos below tell only half the story of the happy launching of Hiyas' Bully versus Bully.