Sometimes, we should also judge a book by its cover.

This should be an interesting lecture. Too bad it coincides with my weekly Nihongo class.

Never Say 'Never Judge a Book by Its Cover'

Filipinas Heritage Library presents The Printed Word

Never Say “Never Judge a Book by Its Cover”
a lecture and exhibition by Dr. May Jurilla

14 March 2015 | 3:00PM | Ayala Museum 2F

On the history of the book cover, its function, its art and impact. Of special interest to publishers, graphic designers, authors, readers, and anyone who has ever cared for the look of the book.

P300 regular rate | P150 discounted (students, teachers, librarians, senior citizens, and members)

759-8288 loc 45 or 36

If you also grew up reading Twisted, you should help Jessica Zafra now.

Many of the kids from the 90s grew up reading Jessica Zafra. Last Sunday, she wrote about having “the worst case of influenza [she] ever had.”

Today, I saw a Facebook message reposted by Carlos Celdran about Ms Zafra being hospitalized:

Please.. Let’s DONATE. Like many artists and freelancers, Jessica has NO medical insurance:

Emergency message From Ramón “RayVi” Sunico: About author Jessica Zafra:

“Dear Friends of Jessica Zafra,

“Many of you have already heard that Jessica has been hospitalized at the Makati Medical Center since late Monday night. After several days of fever, she had been found on the staircase of her apartment building, conscious but disoriented. Initial diagnosis indicated that she did not suffer a stroke, but was dehydrated, which resulted in an electrolyte imbalance. CT and MRI scans show some inflammation of the brain, which may be due to an infection. She is now undergoing neurological observation.

“Her only sister Cookie (Cheryl) is there for her, but this is a call to all her friends to pitch in and do what they can: every little bit helps. As is the case with almost all artists who work freelance, Jessica does not have health insurance. Those who would like to make a donation towards Jessica’s hospitalization and medical care can deposit directly into Cookie’s Security Bank account, which is under the name of Cheryl Ann Grace Z. de Jesus.

“Please just contact me through tinacuyugan @

“Also, kindly please email Cookie to let her know of any deposits made. cheryl.zafra @

“Thanks, everyone. Keep Jessica in your thoughts and prayers. — Tina”

As Carlos Celdran pointed out, freelancers typically do not have medical insurance which makes it difficult for them when they encounter a serious medical emergency.

A lot of people have already expressed offering prayers for the recovery of Jessica Zafra, which is well and good. However, what she needs most right now is financial assistance for her hospital bills.

Let’s hope the readers who followed her column, were entertained and influenced by Ms Zafra’s snark and humor will now show their appreciation to one of the most popular Filipino writers of the post-Martial Law generation.

Jessica Zafra

Read Lit District – Third Philippine International Literary Festival

From the Filipinas Heritage Library:

Reading excites you, but you desire more than that. You want cheeky banter, intellectual discourse, and heartfelt conversations on literary milestones. Discover where your dreams, passions, and fears take you at the Read Lit District.

Read Lit District will show us how to make a book in 5 days without using your computer.

Philip Paraaan of Kanto told me of the One Weekend Book series: a workshop on how to create a book in five days without using computers.

OWB was started by and they will be holding their next workshop at The Collective from April 19 to 21. Instead of the usual five-day workshop, they will be condensing it to three days.

The workshop is for free and has 20 slots available. Philip told me that participants are asked to commit to the entire three-day workshop.

I really really want to participate in this workshop. Except that until now, I don’t know what my book will be about. I only have a few more days to think about it.

Meanwhile, read more about the One Weekend Book series.

From the Filipinas Heritage Library — Sanaysaya: Writing Humorous Essays and Memoirs.

Sanaysaya: Writing Humorous Essays and Memoirs

February 15 and 22, 2012
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Writing about real life events need not always be so serious. One can write about any life experience with humor. Learn how to inject humor and wit into your essays and memoirs from Bebang Sy, author of “It’s a Mens World,” and one of the funniest young writers in the Philippines today.

Si Bebang Siy ay ipinanganak sa Quirino, Maynila. Nanirahan sa Paco, Pandacan, at Pasay, mga tigagatlong buwan. Nagkaisip sa Ermita. Lumipat sa Paranaque.Nag-aral sa Malate. Umuwi sa Las Pinas. Nagkolehiyo sa may bandang Philcoa. Nag-board sa may Kamias. Namamalengke sa Q-mart. Nagtatrabaho sa Mandaluyong. A, wala naman. Wala naman siyang planong gumawa ng mapa ng Metro Manila. Gusto lang niyang isalaysay sa iyo kung gaano kadugo ang ganitong uri ng mundo.

The workshop fee is P2,500 for both classes inclusive of handouts, materials, snacks, and a certificate. A nonrefundable down payment of P500 is required to reserve a slot. The deadline for reservations is on February 6, 2012. A 5-percent discount will be given to those who pay in full and in cash on or before the deadline. A 10-percent discount will be given to all Acentive members. Payments can be made in cash, check, or through credit card.

Proceeds of this workshop benefit the literacy projects of the Filipinas Heritage Library, including the development of community libraries, book donations, and the training of teachers and librarians all over the country.

For inquiries, please call Joy de Asis-Villaflores at 892 1801, send an SMS to 0917 561 2413, or e-mail, or visit

To know more about the author, please read this article.