Para sa sarili kong lolo (na hindi naman pakialamero), araw-araw ko kayong namimiss.
I love you, Daddy.
At sa lahat ng mga nasalanta ng bagyong Ondoy,
lalo na sa mga taga-Pasig, Cainta at Marikina;
at sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pepeng
sa Central at Northern Luzon,
lalo na sa mga taga-Ilocos
kung saan naganap ang dalawa sa apat na libro sa series na ito.
A very, very big thank you to my editors,
Ate Ellen Lambinicio, Malou Medina and Apple Masallo.
Playing for Keeps
Released: October 2009
“Alam mo, tuwing magsasalita ka, nadadagdagan ang inis ko sa ’yo,” nakairap na sabi ni Mios kay Dominic, ang lalaking napili ng kanyang pakialamerong ama para mapangasawa niya. “Kung meron lang akong choice, ikaw ang huling lalaking pakakasalan ko.”
“You know what,” napahalukipkip na sagot nito, “I think you’re scared of me because you might end up liking me.”
“Masyadong mataas ang tingin mo sa sarili mo.”
“Care to bet on that?”
There was confidence in Dominic’s eyes at siyempre, hindi siya patatalo. “Pag nauna kang ma-in love sa akin, ibibigay mo ang Ibarra Suites sa Ortigas.”
“If not, ibibigay mo sa ’kin Elysian Makati,” tugon nito.
Nagngitian sila; both playing to win…
- The title, ‘Playing for Keeps’, came from a line from the song ‘This is For Keeps’ by The Spill Canvas.
- Dom’s original name was Mateo, but the story didn’t want to progress so I changed his name to Matthew then, finally, to Dominic.
- I had to think of a name that would fit the nickname “Mios” because it had been my heroine’s name even before I thought of a plot. The word ‘Rios’ which means “river” in Spanish sounded perfect, so I only had to think of a nice name that starts with an M. Minerva was the first name that popped in my head, which is the Roman name of the goddess Athena. Thus, Minerva Rios was born.
- This was supposed to be a stand-alone story, but as soon as I wrote the chapter where Migs and Anton were needling Dom for being hit by a girl, I knew the two other Ibarras had to have their own.