Thursday, January 30, 2014

OFW: The Game of Life #OFW1






OFW: The Game of Life #OFW1


Book Description:

A weak young man...A first true love...A beautiful-rich woman obsessed with love...A kind-loving wife...A circle of friends...Chasing their dreams abroad as OFWs...All brought together with their destinies to love aflame with conflicts, lies, lusts, ambitions, hatred, revenge and the struggles for life in a faraway place.

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): The Game of Life is a story of young man from a small island of Negros Occidental, the Philippines, who explored his life in the city and found his true love. He never thought that life in Manila (The City of Hopes) is a rugged terrain of heartaches, lies, hatred and revenge. He found his true-self when destiny engulfed him working in a faraway place called Dubai (The City of Dreams) as an OFW.

Lied and played his game so well to reach his dreams; used his charms to build corporations and became a Billionaire!

Marco Fernando’s new status in life was confronted by a series of discoveries he never imagined. Poverty consumed him to continue his journey until a rich woman Danielle Gustilo shed light playing the game he mastered; she never thought that Marco became her enemy for life.

Marco decided to play the dirty game of love without the knowledge of his wife - Ayah Isabel Gonzales - while reaching his dreams abroad and a lifetime journey in molding his future. He longed for happy-family-life through his money, but boredom surrounds him that nearly broke his family.


WARNING! This book contains scenes of a sexual in nature, violence, drugs, but it’s a vital part of the story. It is not intended for the easily offended individuals. You have been warned, so if you read on, it’s with your own accord, knowledge and motivation without the author’s liabilities.

The names, characters, places and events in this book are products of the writer's imagination through his experiences or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any similarities to real persons; living or dead, actual events, locales or organizations is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

Thank you.

Fernando Lachica
Author

All Rights Reserved@Fernando Lachica 2014




Chapter 1: The Dreamer



It all started because of Marc.

Marc is Marco Fernando, twenty two years old, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), married, a dreamer.

The story of the dreamer began in the...Thirtieth day of December 1985, Monday, Manila International Airport, Departure Lounge, Philippines: “Calling all passengers bound to Dubai, you have twenty minutes left to board the plane, Thank you!” The announcement nailed in my ears with excitement, hope and fear.

I recalled that day when I left my country, the Philippines, to work in Dubai City, United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. It was such a ravishing feeling, thinking that I could reach my dreams and fulfill my pledge to a woman who sacrificed for me. I was looking forward for my visions to have meaning, in which, I could balance things into proper perspective. And, aiming for a stable job and income, made me anticipate all the possibilities in this world of becoming happy with my life and family. I was determined to succeed and saving money for whatever I can afford to keep in my possession. Living alone with the dream inside my heart propelled my existence to put forward over for twenty years, working as an Overseas Filipino Worker or OFW for short.


It was in the...

Year 1976 – 1980, Bacolod City, in the island of Negros Occidental, Philippines:

I met Ayah Isabel Gonzales in college of Chemistry Department at San Agustin College, Bacolod City, in the province of Negros Occidental. Bacolod City is the capital city of Negros Occidental, one of the island of the Philippine archipelago struggling for development at that time, where students from different towns used to study their college degrees and their destinies. Different people with different characters met; a place for newcomers to discover what this place meant for their lives.

Ayah and I were on the same academic course, that each day, we had time to discover ourselves together. Had taken this Chemistry course just pleasing my father. I was not interested in taking this course, in fact, I hated Chemistry subjects. It did not give me an interesting value with my whole being. It was natural for me to be there inside the classroom, only for the sake of going to school and finished my course. I was too young to comprehend things into proper perspectives. I fall in love with Ayah Isabel, which triggered my inner feeling and thoughts to continue studying. She was the one driving my motivational force to finish my course. Ayah propelled my existence for the life I was treading on and my future. She was a woman with simple outlook in life, but with courage to face the world with dignity. She was brave to confront things that had substance on her life. Ayah’s personality made me as a weakling in terms of finding a better life for myself and for her. A strength that I cannot find on my personality, almost, with our lives in Bacolod City, I relied upon her.

My ambitions in life and loving Ayah formed a doubt inside of me. In which, I have undecided feeling which way to move forward; dug deeper with my love for her or find my own course after graduation.

Financial incapability entangled my parents and ensuing to extend my college education faltered. I gathered enough courage to think for the solution that could give me a positive action with my present situation. Ayah helped me with every undertaking I made, even aiding with my day-to-day living. She lied to her parents the whereabouts of the money she was always asking for her schooling. To augment with my insubstantial entity, we lived together in the same roof without the sanctity of marriage. Our parents did not have knowledge of what was going on with our lives on this stead. We continued schooling with this kind of set up. We wanted to be together always.

I had to find a job to alleviate our situation, and could help with my studies, but in vain. Ayah Isabel can withstand the poverty, but I cannot. I wanted life that's comfortable enough for me, my ambitions and love.

I used to sit in the public plaza when I am worn out in finding job. One day, as I was sitting alone thinking of my dilapidated situation, looking at a far distance of the seashore of Bacolod Seawall, suddenly a guy sat beside me which made me think negatively about him. He smiled at me and introduced himself, “Hi, my name is Edward,” extending his hand to me. I accepted his right hand but I was adamant with my actuation. I wryly smiled at him and answered, “Hello, I am Marco…. Marco Fernando….”

“I saw you sitting here in the public plaza when I passed by heading for my job these past few days. And, I think you need some help or, friend maybe? I worked in a restaurant as a waiter, just across the main street,” as he pointed his finger westward feeling agitated. He looked at me squarely and said, “How are you? How about you? Are you studying? Working? Do you have a job?” His action was more of a brother to me. And I answered, “No, I’ve been searching for two months now, but…” my words was not formed into a sentence but I looked and sized him up.

“Do you want to work in the restaurant?” Edward asked with a smile on his face. “There’s a vacancy right now,” as he moved towards me.

“I don’t know any job in the restaurant, but I’ll try…. I really need a job to support my studies. You know, Edward, I am studying in college right now… maybe I can ask the manager for the schedule of my work? Is that possible?” I asked him with constant confident that deep into my heart I needed a job very badly.

“Yes, I’ll recommend you. Come with me, I’ll introduce you to my manager.”

As we were heading to the restaurant, the sparkling light inside of me multiplied a billion times, hoping something beautiful will come along the way. Those crumpled thoughts that bothered me for some time, disappeared as quickly as the bubbles in the air. Never in my imagination had I felt so close to my feelings and thoughts. What I was hoping for, really on this moment for me to move upward even though I knew, how hard to pushed those negative things to be materialized.

Working in the restaurant with a salary to depend upon, built my ever changing confident, that helped sustain the rigors of my daily endurance and continuing my college studies. I have done so much of my learning system, wherein I developed my personality to acquire freedom to do the things that I could learn somehow. The negative thoughts inside my head blown into a multiple rays of hope for my goals in life; adding some motivated aspects of my ambition triggered my inner sanctum to prolong the basic human emotions.

I resumed my schooling through the help of Ayah Isabel who supported me from A to Z. Even with my deepest soul I knew too well that all of these were just a stair to heaven. The most important things that I could revive with my weaknesses were the ones destroying my dependent personality. But even though I experienced hardships on my existence, I was still aiming for whatever hopes inside of me. Battling through poverty was not my forte, and I didn’t have the inkling of eluding them. I had such an amazing way of defying myself with what I’ve learned to fake things that came into my life.

I began to discover things the hard way. I worked as a server in a restaurant near my boarding house. Some customers wanted to know me personally. Others befriended with me. At first, I thought that these people wanted to uplift my well-being and to extend some wonderful things that I wanted in life. I considered my situation and emotion to be cultivated by what I valued as new adventure to me. They explored me high enough as mountain climbers reached the mountain tops. It was such a feeling of developing your inner self to the people who liked to dig deeper and deeper until you cannot fathom the deepest evil in you.

After my duty hours, I was with them, daily as what they wanted me to, as what they molded towards the new day; drinking spree, parties and drugs. Nightlife seemed to be the breathing element of my soul. I discovered it, I wanted it, now, but deep inside my heart, I knew what this meant to be with them. Nevertheless, I continued schooling but my soul and energy cannot withstand the rigors of every day event. Even though how hard I tried to run away, still, I kept on coming back and wanting for more. Earthly things captured me like prisoner, like a virus eating my flesh, and released the ecstasy within me. Believing that I could extend the wondrous feelings that I discovered, explored and tasted; my discovery made me a fool, until I found myself doing the craziness of humanity; money, drugs and sex.

The more I valued my vices, the more I succumbed to its essence that I could not faltered to taste it; every minute of it. The happiness that I felt gives the real meaning to what I wanted in my whole life. But, little by little, it destroyed my self-esteem and even my whole personality. It changes the core of my soul, my being, even my heart, resulting to my downfall. The decreasing energy within me continued negatively. The goals that I cherished most were lost over time. I found myself lamed, weak, sad and alone.

I cannot coped up with my life in the city, alone, and it’s Ayah Isabel who cared for me, came to the rescue. Even my friend Edward Ramirez helped me without any boundaries. I released the very core of my existence to the people who loved me. Edward and Ayah were the two human beings that always lifted me-up for whatever problems I am entangled with my vices.

Edward and Ayah nursed my soul to be back again. Knowing that I can revive my spirit and resumed the ambition I have had. They stayed for a while and encouraged me all the way.

“Best friend, are you alright now? I’m very happy for the changes…I mean, the changes in you. Glad to know that you can work again. I’ll tell our manager about your comeback... You know, he’s asking about you and I lied, knowing that I want you to work there again. Yes my friend?” Edward asked me one day.

Yes my friend, now I realized… how foolish I was…how weak,” I answered crying.

I started to concentrate with my studies for two consecutive years through which I gave a real meaning to it. The vital things that matters most to me were the ones that triggered my motivation to grow. The development that I almost conquered was reeling to be mine; for I excelled for all my subjects, extra-curricular activities and friends. It’s nonetheless a revival!

I joined the college publication to explore the possibilities of motivating my inner self to reveal what’s inside of me. A written form of expressing my thoughts and feelings; poetry, short stories and drama guild, healed it gradually. Most of my time, I spent with these activities, not knowing that I am changing the values of my life. My life now was a reverse of what I experienced during my first year in the city.

The first free verse poem that I constructed was entitled: "Closer to Me."

Your beauty captures my heart
Your soul surrounds me wherever I am.
Perhaps, you are Goddess of beauty?
I feel you are endless.

I feast my vision to you
Turn towards the light
Perhaps by chance
But definite in direction.

I am drawn
By the deepest awareness of you
Which wane my heart to think of you
And feel your soul throughout my life.

I know so very little yet feel so much
Oh, it’s a great feeling to see your soul!
Unable to gaze to your beauty
My soul provides to my heart, a vision…
Unable to touch you.

Our soul’s touch which sends us to pleasure
And our bodies shiver with ecstasy
In oneness of perfection.

I am amazed by you, as you are
You are not far, you are close
And I held you so tenderly
Closer each moment...
Closer to you...

TO BE CONTINUED###


Note: This novel will be published in paperback through National Bookstores, Philippines this coming March-April 2015.









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84 comments:

  1. This seems like a very interesting story which depicts the life of an OFW. At first I thought it's your true story, lol! I wish I wave enough time to read a book again but with the house chores, ministry and blogging, time is the main constraint.

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  2. The book seems to be very interesting to read, I like to read an interesting story to pass time.

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  3. I think most of us can relate to this. Well, at least for being an OFW. I wonder how the story goes.

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  4. Very interesting, I thought at first too that it is your true story, but I guess, some in here may have resemblances to your personal experience. Would be glad to see the next

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  5. Kuya Fernan, I want to read your book./ Sounds very interesting full of twist and turns and steam lol.

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  6. Hopefully not one of the usual OFW saga. From the looks of it, this book has many twists and turns. Good luck!

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  7. I'm intrigued, being an OFW myself.

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  8. This looks promising! Really interesting the real life of OFWs! :D

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  9. The plot looks like inspired by real-life experiences. It's good that there are stories like this wherein other people would be able to know a thing or two about OFWs.

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  10. I think the journey of the character seems really interesting and it would be an excellent anchor to the story.

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  11. Looks like an interesting read! Do we expect the continuation soon?

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  12. I hope that you've been able to get a publisher for your book (but if it's already published, then congratulations!). I remember you mentioning a book that's still in the works, when we last talked at the FBW event last year. Anyhow, the content looks really interesting.

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  13. Would love to read this. Where can I get a copy? :D

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  14. Would love to read this. Where can I get a copy? :D

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  15. Seems like an interesting story about the life of OFWs. I am sure that there are a lot of people who can relate to this.

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  16. Oh, how interesting! I can't wait to read the continuation. Where can I get a copy?

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  17. looks like a really interesting story.. I will let my dad read this since he's an ofw.. :)

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  18. As an OFW myself, I heard a lot of dramas about infidelity but I still I will be glad to follow your novel.Just reading the synopsis makes me wanna read the whole story right then. Bookmarked!

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  19. The plot can almost be crafted for a movie. We never know when we find true love so it's not enough to stay at one place only. :) Explore and explore until you meet someone who can be your world. Probably that's what the lesson will be all about.

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  20. Interesting story that's for sure! Looking forward to the next section! :)

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  21. seems like a very nice and interesting story!! I have many friends here away form Philippines so I guess I know what some of the OFW's is doing though you can't really blame them hehe will wait for the nexT1

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  22. I definitely want to see what happens in the story since it looks like an interesting read.

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  23. This book is really interesting. I know people who have almost the same story.

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  24. Thank you all for your valuable comments and really glad for the outcome. Actually, it's available at Amazon Kindle as eBook and print format. Been thinking to publish here in the Philippines. Again, thank you for the support.

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  25. Pretty interesting! I would love to get a hold of the book myself. Can't wait to read how the story unfolds.

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  26. I love reading online stories because they are short but it's all in one page. Please continue! It's interesting! :D

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  27. A teleblogovela in the making :) You should try publishing ebooks :)

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  28. Some readers would be mostly interested on the sexual part and want those scenes to be more creative and imaginative in their minds.

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  29. Wow! You have a book! That is so cool! My dad is also an OFW so it would be interesting to read about the lives of other modern day heroes. =)

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  30. i am actually looking forward to know the entire story. i became more interested to this book. will buy it soon!

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  31. The story is really interesting. I hope to read the entire story soon. :)

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  32. This is interesting. You write vividly, and you're able to encompass the emotions through your work. Keep it up!

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  33. The preview is very interesting. You write vividly and you're able to encompass the emotions through your write up. Keep up the good work!

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  34. Notice from the Author: Just click the + sign at the topmost portion of this page, and your comment link will appear here. Thank you so much for all your comments.

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  35. wow this is an interesting story and shows a lot of promise

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  36. I hope this is published really soon..

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  37. Eager na ako to read the next chapters. Seems a good book to follow.

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  38. It's great that there are stories wherein we can actually see life through an OFW's perspective! When the book comes out, I'm certain it'll be quite the hit! :D

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  39. It's nice to go back to the start again and see how Marco's story began.

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  40. So this was how it all began for Marco and Ayah Isabel.

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  41. I am not an OFW, but the story is far amazing. The twists and everything. Should I say "KEEP THOSE POSTS COMING"... It's the beginning for Marco... going back again.

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  42. The plot is very interesting. This one deserves a share

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  43. It's good to go back to Marco's dream coming from how it's now within reach from the latest chapters.

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  44. This is a great book! Do you plan to have it published?

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  45. A lot of Filipino readers will be able to relate to the story of this. I have so much respect for our kababayans who work in other countries. The sacrifices they make are admirable. And, with this book and through Marco, we're all set to see a different aspect of an OFWs life together with their joys, triumphs, challenges, frustrations, and everything in between.

    For most OFWs, everything starts with that desire to have a better life and to provide better for families. While I already know what happens in the next few chapters, it's great to read how things started.

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  46. This continues to amaze me! As I said before you are very talent... and that poem.. Just so beautiful =)

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  47. To OFWs! I salute you! I feel it because my siblings are OFWs. Thanks to them, we've enjoyed the life of they provided us.

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  48. It's certainly such a different world through the perspective of an OFW. Loved the riveting story! :)

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  49. Working and studying at the same time is difficult. Time management must be practiced and done well. This will hone being independence as well as being responsible for having that freedom.

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  50. The story of this novel is something we don't usually hear everyday! For sure many OFWs will want to read this up.

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  51. The story is getting more interesting. Hope to see your book in National Book Store. It would be so cool then!

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  52. i never had the chance to read books lately...maybe I should spend sometime this year.

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  53. Would love to read this. I was an OFW too. It was a bittersweet experience, and I never looked back and regretted the chance to work abroad. My children were guaranteed of an education and I learned of my husband's real nature. I was relieved when he left us. He was never a father and husband anyway.

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  54. The struggle is real. The struggle we go through for our family,!

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  55. Can't wait for your novel to come out. The preview is interesting and intriguing, and I agree the struggle of the OFW life is so real. Hope it becomes a bestseller!

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  56. For a moment, I thought it was a brand new story. Until I saw the date, that it was out last year. Congratulations on launching this book in hardcopy soon! It must have been a long journey!

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  57. This could pass for a movie. Are you thinking of partnering with someone who is involve in movie making?

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    1. Yes sure, you know someone? It's okay for me to talk to them. Thanks

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  58. Congratulations for having one of your dreams come to life! I'm so happy to hear the news that your book will be available in National Bookstore, no less!

    Every OFW can definitely relate to any of your characters, even for a small bit because they know they've been in that position. They've been away from their families and they've been in so many tempting situations.

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    1. Is this also somewhat an autobiography Fernando? Because of the depth of the characters you've already displayed in the chapters, I felt that some of these are culled from your experiences.

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  59. Seems a good read. But I am honest to say, marunong kang gumawa ng free verse.

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  60. Congratulations! Will look out for your book at our local bookstores soon!

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  61. So wait, is this the first ever chapter of the ones we read before? So this is how it started. But hey! Congratulations to your book publishing! :)

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  62. This was really and exciting adventure and I'm sure people would love to read the book.

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  63. It sounds interesting! And glad to know it will be published in the coming March/April. =)

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  64. So now this is how it all started! Nice to learn about the characters this way. By the way, you repeated one of the paragraphs ("I resumed my schooling ...") two times, you may want to edit the second one out.

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  65. Sounds like a great book for mature audiences. Thanks for sharing your review :)

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  66. This book really captured my attention and by the way congrats for the publishing.

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  67. Fernando Congrats with your book, been reading this for a year now and I am very happy at last the novel that I just read here is now a BOOK finally! So proud of you....Your FBW Family is so proud of you!

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  68. The book is a typical story of the lover, of the rich. The setting is so familiar as I read them featured in your blog, Soon it will be filmed and it is not too remote for realization.

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  69. This is a good telenovela! Haha thanks for sharing this good review! :)

    -
    The Promdi Boy
    www.thepromdiboyadventures.blogspot.com

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  70. I think the plot is just the same as common teleseryes out there. Good write-up.

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  71. That looks very interesting. I’m sure that with the number of OFW friends and family that we have, people can truly relate. I can’t wait to check it out.

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  72. Wow! Congrats on your novel!! Will definitely tell my bookworm friends about this!! :)

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  73. Must be touching to read stories about OFWs. I have many relatives who are OFWs and I know a lot about their struggles. They seem happy whenever they go home but they do experience a lot of hardships out there.

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  74. This is really a great way to honor our OFWs. ^^

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  75. Wow! Looking forward to buying this book. :)

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  76. Looking forward to the book, it's off to a great start!

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  77. this is interesting!! the story looks real on first thought! i hope i had enough time on reading again!

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  78. I just read through the book description and it sounds very intriguing. I'd revisit and read the rest soon!

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  79. i am glad that i read the first chapter on your blog. best of luck for the whole novel!

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