One of my writing mentors, Ricky Lee, launched his latest novel Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata last November 27 at the SM North Edsa Sky Dome.
Though he’s been known more as the writer of the films Himala, Moral, Brutal, Baby Tsina and so many other critically acclaimed films, Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata is Ricky Lee’s second foray into writing a novel, after Para Kay B.
At the launch, friends, students and, well, fans gathered at the SM Sky Dome to support Sir Ricky, who happens to be one of the most generous people I know.
I did the interviews for the video presentation shown at the launch and his friends and colleagues all had the same thing to say about him — he has a very generous heart. When I met him two years ago (it was in a writing workshop sponsored by ABS-CBN for wannabe/budding scriptwriters), he shared with us everything that can be found in his home, from his vast DVD collection, to books and food. But what he’s most generous with is his talent. He never tires with sharing what he knows and is always open to ideas, which is very encouraging for us. At kahit “institusyon” na sya, he never imposed himself or his beliefs on anyone dahil “Ricky Lee na siya.”
Also present at the launch were Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, Mart Escudero, Paulo Avelino, Joem Bascon, director Joel Lamangan, Cherry Pie Picache and ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio who all read excerpts from the book. At may very special guest din sa launch na nagbasa ng “Alamat ng Bakla”:
Jon Santos a.k.a. Oprah.
Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata is now available in National Bookstore outlets for P300. Bili na!