Ricky Lee Launches His First Novel

Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 by Rom in Labels: , , ,

Undeniably, it was a star studded night where Ricky Lee the Philippines foremost and most awarded scriptwriter launched his first novel November 30, 2008 at UP Diliman Bahay ng Alumni. The occasion is a gathering of his close friends from the local movie and TV scene as well as academe.

It was no ordinary book launching. What I thought of was just a simple and ordinary event synonymous to Ricky’s character as straightforward and down-to-earth, instead the whole auditorium was jam-packed with ordinary people and celebrities intermingled with each other. Camera flashed unremittingly amidst the sea of people greeting each other and in awe, seeing their favourite movie stars.

Ricky’s first novel titled Para kay B (o kung paano dinevastate ng pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa atin) is another feather to put on his cap. The award-winning scriptwriter is still humble in stature in spite of the celebrity treatment he acquires from the movie and literary world. Part of the proceeds of the book will benefit the struggling writers of the Philippines as Ricky Lee will put up a foundation that will grant free workshops and the writers will greatly benefit from it.

Of the multitude of people, celebrities and friends surrounded him that night and a long, long line of people waited for their books to be signed by him. It is indeed a very warm feeling as I flashed my camera at him--he looked at me and instantly recognized me from a chance meeting two years ago in a Chinese restaurant in Malate Manila. He smiled and nodded, recognizing me as if we know each other that well.
Ricky Lee is one treasure the Philippine Cinema and Literature has—and a sparkling treasure without a doubt.


  1. Anonymous says:

    gusto ko po ito. i know marami pa kayong mga interesting, entertaining at informative articles dito. busy lang but will try to spend more time here soon. thanks for sharing kuya rom...