Earlier, I was busy sorting out my old stuff I left in my sister’s house in Cavite – of course, that includes many of my books.
Upon seeing them neatly tucked inside the cabinet, lots of memories had flashed back.
Each book I saw hold its own story. I had to sort them out since I am planning to donate some of my pre-loved items to our PBO's Bazaar For A Cause slated on February 14, 2013. The same day where hearts will be the blooming attraction of that particular day.
I can't help but reminisce each distinct stories when I had these books for the first time. So, right now I decided to tell you how each one of 'em had been acquired and the stories behind it.
Let's start the roll call.
First stop is the book "Free The Children" - I bought this very special book at a meager amount of PhP 60 at BOOKSALE in SM Southmall in the summer of 2004. And here's what I had written when I got this book.
"When I took the chance to pick up this red book entitled "Free The Children" at BOOKSALE INC. I was amazed by the fact that the main author is only a twelve-year old kid. I scanned the pages and read some parts of it for a while. I realized that it is captivating. So, I immediately hand it over to the cashier for payment for a meager amount of sixty pesos.
No single doubt runs in my mind. I thought it is something very good, but I found out that it is not very good but absolutely great and out-of-ordinary kind of story.
The story is a clear example of how great a child can do and be a contributing factor to a society where he thrives. His desiring heart fueled him to be a driving force to awaken the mind of the dignitaries of his own country "CANADA" and the world to take positive action on a serious matter involving children's plight from suffering to freedom from bondage of child labor.
His eyewitness account on the cases of child labor in South Asia and all other parts of the world has grown to create a tremendous favorable action on a global scale and made known to the world his newly formed organization "Free The Children".
Spellbinding and intense story based on true events. A must read!"
Ang tagal ko na palang nabili ang pinakamamahal kong librong 'to. Almost ten years na pala sa aking pangangalaga. Well, look at how it appears when I took it out from the cabinet. Such is the picture of being worn-out. And for that reason, I won't be donating it as pre-loved stuff..hahaha! mahal ko 'to eh!
Craig Kielburger - the author - is one of the earliest humanitarian and social activist that woke my interest up to get involve in social work. He is one of my life's idols together with his brother Marc.
Next in line is the classic book of Anne Frank - The Diary Of A Young Girl. Who haven't read it? I bet, many of us have encountered her story during our school saga. If you happen to not read this one, you can run into your nearest book store and avail for one.
This book was a gift to me by one of my earliest employers when I was just starting out in the corporate world. He gave it to me when he found out that I am a book lover. Generous lang ang employer ko. Siguro dahil he supports people who reads.
I was drawn in with Anne's story that I read it more than five times - to the point that I'm fond of saying "Dear Kitty"..hehehe..as she addressed herself in her diary.
How about the moving story authored by Khaled Hosseini? Presenting "The Kite Runner".
Who haven't heard of Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" - this emotionally drenching book put me into tears when I watched it in the big screen. It's a story of a father and son, of friendship and betrayal and the casualties of fate. Such a moving story set in Afghanistan.
If you're not a Paulo Coehlo's fan, you better starts now. Below is my collection from him.
I bought this set in KSA last 2008 sold at a discounted price. I feel in love with his work when I read his best seller "THE ALCHEMIST". From then on I became a fan and started collecting his book. See for yourselves how I love his literary works. Luckily, I'm donating one from this set. Hulaan nyo kung alin sa mga ito..hehehe!
How about this one above?
I had this book way back 2010. Do I need to tell its synopsis or you'll be the one discovering it. Perhaps you must because there is a movie version of this book too. A story of how Nelson Mandela changed South Africa into a non-racial democracy by ending its long standing apartheid system.
There were plenty of books inside the cabinet but I chose not to put them all here because it'll be too lengthy if I'll be doing that.
I'm not quite sure if this entry is interesting. Anyhow, hope you can gain something out of it.
By the way, please support our fund raising drive by clicking this link: PBO's Bazaar For A Cause
You can help us through your donations either by sending us your pre-loved stuff or by donating cash for the benefit of the foundation and/or social organization we're targeting for our next outreach program on March 2013.
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