Because of the Title

Dear Lizette Daluz,

Bought your Ang Hari ng Komyut: Ang Pagkilala during this year’s MIBF. And I discovered it while at work. What made me remember the title is not the National Children’s Book Award for Best Reads but the title itself.

I am one of the many in the metro who commute five days a weeks, twice in a day. I have ridden jeeps, pedicabs, tricycles, buses, trains, calesas, and even the ferry on Pasig River, as well as taxis. There are only few vehicles in the metro I have not boarded, the kuliglig, the padyak on the PNR tracks, and the PNR train—the last one, I’ve made a number of attempts but never get to.

Reading your book made me relive my years when I still worked at Intramuros, which was where I had my first job. It was also where I first waded in flood waters because of a storm while going home.

While I am proud that I never did a 1-2-3 on anyone, I unintentionally alighted from a jeep without paying because I was mentally preoccupied with something. It was so embarrassing when the driver called out to me to pay the fare. That scarred college me. Still, I don’t pay too early because I have learned to wait to pay only when the jeep has begun to go. That came from seeing other passengers transferring to a passing jeep and getting a move on faster, which looked smarter.

As I finished your book, I flipped back to the cover and wondered if it has a sequel. To me, that’s how it sounds because of the title.

If you feel like surprising your readers and the lovers of Hari.

Thank you so much for writing.


Mati Serraño

One Comment Add yours

  1. Seongyosa says:

    Hahaha…What is wrong with me?! I’ve been reading it “Ang HAIR ng Komyut” and waiting for you to talk about, well, hairs! Until I read the last part and it says, “HARI.” Hayyy…I enjoyed reading your thoughts about it…because we Filipinos can relate to the “commute” part of it. I actually miss commuting in public transportation.

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