Writing

Philippine Bestseller

I Am Jake

I co-wrote Filipino singer, Jake Zyrus’ autobiography, entitled I Am Jake. Formerly Charice Pempengco, she was poised to be the next big global pop star, with the most powerful names in entertainment staunchly behind her. But the singer bravely turned her back on fame for a bigger dream–to be himself in a world that tried its best to erase him from his own story. From his turbulent childhood to the dizzying heights of Hollywood, and the fall from grace to his rebirth, I Am Jake delves into it all and inspires with Jake’s story of becoming.

The book made National Bookstore’s October and November bestsellers list (#8) for Philippine non-fiction publications. It was also #6 on Inquirer’s Top 10 Books of 2018.

Latest Stories

Bucket list trip: Turkey

If you had told me I’d be getting on a hot air balloon over the golden fairy chimneys of Cappadocia this year, I wouldn’t have believed you. Turkey was a dream, and dreams have a way of seeming far away, belonging to the distant future; to more prominent travel writers, perhaps. But sometime in September, … Continue reading Bucket list trip: Turkey

On boys and scooters

“Should I pick you up? We can adventure on my scooter,” a Tinder boy offered. I was fresh off the boat in Bali. All my life I had grown up in Manila, where I was warned not to get into cars with strangers. So I booked my own Ubers to all my dates, which happened … Continue reading On boys and scooters

Landi 101

“Make eye contact, smile, then look away.” It’s the classic landi move I was taught years ago, when I was a more gusgusin version of myself on Republiq’s dance floor. But it terrified me, so I never actually tried it.  “It’s scary!” my current 28-year-old self still thought. “You’re putting yourself out there. You’re showing … Continue reading Landi 101

Let your freak flag fly

The subjects in this story will be referred to by their stage names. In BDSM, it is actually the submissive — not the dominant — who holds the power,” a worldly friend informed my innocence many years ago. “It’s the submissive who determines how far you can go, how much he/she is willing to take, … Continue reading Let your freak flag fly

Why I run

“I hate cardio,” I used to always say whenever someone asked me about working out. After trying various forms of exercise, I had figured out that yoga was my favorite and started doing only that. The challenging power and vinyasa classes I took burned fat, toned muscle, stretched me out, and improved my kinesthetic awareness … Continue reading Why I run

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