Stephanie Perkins live in Cebu!
As in IN THE FLESH. And we were there! Let us henceforth and forever name July 6th 2014 as The Day I Hugged a Real Live Author or Close Encounters of the International Bestselling Kind. My brain is somewhat working now, but wow. I think this event just made my year.
Whoops. Trust me, we did our best to come in earlier.
Tip: If you want a FREE, SIGNED, ADVANCE copy of Isla and the Happily Ever After, do come early. The girl holding signing pass no.1 got herself one. A month before the release date. A MONTH. Dang, girl.
My sister Karling and her friend Honey wait excitedly for Steph to arrive. Yay to fellow fangirls!
Why hello there, Lola.
Someone from Twitter told Steph that Lola means “grandma” in Filipino. Her response? “OMG EVEN BETTER” Do you see why we love her, now?
Look, there she is!
Even Jarrod signed our books :)
We gave Steph a postcard of Bantayan. Because we’re thoughtful like that. :)
Me: Oh my gosh, you’re real!
Steph: Why yes I am!
Haha, cool people zap your brain and reduce you to a bundle of spaz sometimes.
Well, I can’t have her just sign it for me, right? So the entire Rule Kid gang gets it. :)
Happy panda face!
Having authors like Stephanie Perkins come to Cebu and do stuff like these has been surreal. The people behind this event has put Cebu—-my tiny island of Cebu—-on the map. It’s like sending out a flare to the rest of the world, saying “People love your work this side of the world too!” It gives avid readers a tiny spark of hope that the future of literature in the Philippines isn’t entirely bleak. It gives hope to aspiring writers, too, because once a upon a time, Steph was also struggling with similar challenges before she got published.
It was simply one of the best days of my life.
Will they send Rainbow Rowell next?