The Best of Romances
Released: October 2014
“Apat na taon kitang hindi nakita. Ang dami nating kailangang pag-usapan. Tinakbuhan mo ako pagkatapos tatanungin mo ako kung ano’ng ginagawa ko rito?”
Mahina ang tinig ni Vince pero matigas iyon, may halong galit at panunumbat. At kung akala ni Margaret ay magaling na ang sugat sa puso niya, nagkamali siya dahil muli iyong bumukas at nagdugo ngayong kaharap na niya ang sanhi niyon.
“Kasalanan ko ba kung bakit apat na taon mo akong hindi nakita?” sikmat niya. “Sino ba sa ’tin ang unang nang-iwan?”
Pinandilatan siya ng lalaki. “Ako ba? Ako ang sisisihin mo? Binalikan kita, Meg. Hinanap kita.”
Kalahati ng puso niya ay tinatanggap ang paliwanag na iyon ng dating nobyo, pero ang kalahati ay naniniwalang, kahit naman noon, hindi na talaga sila para sa isa’t isa….
- The title The Best of Romances is a line from the song “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” by Peabo Bryson. The line goes:
The best of romances
Deserve second chances
I’ll get to you somehow
‘Cause I promise now
- Tne book was released during the 35th Manila International Bookfair with a slightly different cover than the rest of the Premiums released in the same batch. The cover was glossy. It was because the printers had to hurriedly deliver copies to the publisher so that it would be available during the MIBF.
- Vincent Sih was the name of a different hero for a book I wrote 12 years ago. I decided to use his name now because it sounded perfect for my chinito.
- Vince and Meg were supposed to go to UP but the school had to win a UAAP men’s basketball championship. I mean no disrespect to UP (I, myself, am from UP), but I was a little iffy with them winning the championship crown so it became a choice between Ateneo and UST. Again, no disrespect to La Salle, but Ateneo and UST were my next two choices when I was applying to a college. Eventually, I chose Ateneo because Vince fits right in.
- Meg won a scholarship to Ateneo when she won. I got the idea while listening to an inspiring story by Bro. Bo Sanchez who was also able to get into Ateneo because he won in a religious quiz bee.