Si Tatang at Mga Himala ng Ating Panahon, Ricky Lee's groundbreaking anthology, will be re-issued as a special collector's edition at the book launching on May 31, Sunday, 3:00 p.m. at Power Books, SM Megamall Bldg. A.
First released in 1988, Si Tatang combines Lee's feature articles, interviews and short stories, including "Servando Magdamag" and "Kabilang sa mga Nawawala." It also features the full screenplay of the Nora Aunor-starrer Himala, which recently won CNN Viewers' Choice as the Best Asia Pacific Film of All Time, besting Akira Kurosawa and Wong Kar Wai films in the process.
This special edition features a new cover design, improved lay-out, new photographs and illustrations, plus 28 additional pages with a reprinted feature about Direk Lino Brocka written after his death in 1992 and a newly-written article on the making of Himala that relates behind the scenes anecdotes never revealed before. A must-read for film scholars and enthusiasts.
Ricky Lee is also the author of Trip to Quiapo, considered the Filipino scriptwriting bible. His successful first novel Para kay B (o kung paano dinevastate ng pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa atin) continues to capture the readers' imagination and has been reprinted barely three months after it was launched last November.
The book launch promises to be an afternoon of literature and music with Ricky Lee's friends, colleagues, workshoppers, teachers, students, book fans, Himala lovers and everyone else. Celebrity guests who will grace the program are Dingdong Dantes, Robi Domingo, Ogie Alcasid, Jean Garcia, Jaclyn Jose, Chanda Romero, Lav Diaz, Ricky Davao, Matet de Leon, Marco Morales, Angelo Ilagan, Cookie Chua, Allan Paule, Rita Avila and other artists yet to confirm.
Si Tatang at Mga Himala ng Ating Panahon will be available come May 31 at all Power Books and National Bookstore branches. Pre-orders will get a P70.00 discount from the regular price (P450.00) until May 31 through Jerry at 928-9557 / 0921-7849363/ 0917-5331948 or through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Special gifts will be given to those who can bring copies of the old edition during the launch.