“Have you lost your heart?”
This line sums up the core theme of The Arrow With A Heart Pierced Through Him, according to director and first-time author Antoinette Jadaone.
A spin-off from the hit movie That Thing Called Tadhana, The Arrow With A Heart Pierced Through Him is a short story about the journey of a person who falls in love, gets brokenhearted, and finds love again.
It has charming illustrations by Onin Pilotin, whose work was also shown in the Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman starrer.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Direk Tonet shared that her book was inspired by her personal experiences about love and heartbreak.
“Heartache is always something na ayaw mo, iniiyakan mo, nakakapangit, nakakataba, nakakasama ng tao.
“Pero actually, if you use it to your advantage, if you use it to make art, if you use it to be closer to your friends and family…After many years, after five years, ten years, sobrang tatawanan mo na lang siya.
"Kung wala kang nagawang something out of that, iisipin mo sana pala may ginawa ako nung sobrang nasaktan ako, para kapag pinagtatawanan ko siya, at least nagkalibro ako, nagkapelikula ako.”
A self-published hard-bound book, The Arrow With A Heart Pierced Through Him got sold out at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City during its press launch last Tuesday night, November 3.
Jadaone’s short story proved to be an easy read, with a handful of hugot lines for those who are finding love and mending a broken heart.
It was coupled with Pilotin's drawings which used two major visual elements: the “heart” that needed to find itself and the “arrow” that learned what it means to sacrifice for the sake of love.
After reading the book, this writer rounds up five heartwarming lessons learned from The Arrow With A Heart Pierced Through Him:
1. Love happens when you least expect it.
2. Love is being happy with the simplest things.
3. Love also means sharing each other’s burden.
4. But sometimes, love is also about letting go.
5. So, you can learn to be complete on your own.
Priced at P850, The Arrow With A Heart Pierced Through Him is published under Witty Will Save the World, Co., a publishing company that Jadaone co-owns with her college friend/business partner Chinggay Nuque.