madeca + a visit to UP Diliman

Hello first paid leave of the year!


A Thursday that feels like a Saturday. Off we went to Podium and had lunch at Madeca, a Filipino-Mexican fusion restaurant. I had the spinach & mushroom quesadilla and J had the salpicao burrito. Flavors are bold, just the way Pinoys like it. (We don’t do subtlety in our horror and drama films, and we don’t do subtlety in our food.)





After lunch, we headed to ADB to meet up with Books on Demand Philippines. Bumped into Mina Esguerra! Also saw G, who bought us donuts. (And who didn’t know ADB has an Espresso Book Machine haha.) ADB looks gorgeous (I was too shy to take photos), but the offices are very quiet.

Then UP with J and Phil for the launch of several UP Press books.



The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction editor Dean Alfar saying a few words.


Hope you’ll pick up the book! It’s a good sampler of what the Alfars and the other editors (and the writers!) have been up to for the past eight years.

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