VJ Locsin is six months away from her 40th birthday and so far, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. Instead of being an executive TV producer and the jetsetter she envisioned herself to be, she is working 12-hour shifts as a housekeeper to pay for student loans in cold Ontario, Canada.
But the universe, it seems, has its own plans. One winter night, at a party VJ didn’t even want to go to, she finds Marco, the boy she left in Dumaguete, Philippines two decades ago.
Marco Ramirez is fresh in town as an international student, hungry to find the fulfillment he’s been looking for. And who should he see, of all people? VJ—the girl who asked him to star in her college film project, the girl with the mischievous eyes, the girl he slowly fell in love with, the girl who ghosted him nineteen years ago.
Marco tries to get closer to VJ again by asking for help navigating his new life. VJ struggles to stay away—after all, she knows what it’s like being in a foreign land.
Will their reunion be a blooper or the sequel that leads to a happy ever after?
Walk along the corridors of Sta. Gianna University Hospital for a glimpse into the lives of its doctors as they heal the sick, serve those in need, and fall in love in this medical romance anthology.
First Cut by Angeli E. Dumatol
The Days of Rain and Flowers by EK Gonzales
Finally Home by Celestine Trinidad
Status: In a Fake Relationship by Suzette de Borja
When Anna ran away to the big city, she was happy. Sure, she brewed cheap coffee, scrubbed frat toilets, and stood in the middle of a basketball court with a plastic bird over her head just to get by, but she was happy. Then Michael shows up at her university on the last day of college and asks her to come home, and she’s drawn to him all over again.
Never mind that he’s eight years older than she is. Never mind that he’s smiling and perfect and the whole reason why she left home in the first place. Never mind that he accidentally almost got her killed in their town’s old bookshop when she was twelve.
All Anna knows is that Michael is the same man who revived her, the same man who broke her heart growing up, the same man she’s hungered for all her life.
Now, she’s coming home to face her silent mother, her passive sister, and a devastating truth about her father. She’s coming home to face her demons, and—after one forbidden night—ignite a fragile passion with the older boy who never loved her in return.
But Michael has his own demons too. And when 22-year-old Anna comes home to return to the life she left behind, she learns that there are just some things you can’t run away from, and that home will never be the same again.
With an overly zealous mother as her guide, 19-year-old Sam has never had problems navigating through Christian suburbia before. But, all that changes when she befriends and becomes intrigued with Clara, her widowed neighbor and the village’s social outcast. When their friendship grows into the “unnatural”, Sam is forced to examine her upbringing and come to terms with who she really is.
Love isn’t supposed to be this hard. Now that he’s finally won Jill, the girl who’s always rocked his world, you’d think life would be heaven on earth for Shinta Mori. In a way, it is. But maybe he’s underestimated the fact that he’s a hunky movie star in Japan while his girl is ruling the indie music scene all the way in Manila. When he spends a long-awaited vacation with her–through impromptu performances, frenzied flyer distribution, and unhinged radio guestings–he realizes how imperfect his seemingly perfect life is. And he begins to wonder if what they have is strong enough to survive years of being apart.
It’s harder to get over someone who was never really yours.
They say rock stars get all the girls. But Miki knows that’s not always true. He, for one, though the guitarist of popular indie band Trainman, just can’t seem to get the girl. It’s kind of his fault, really. No one told him to fall in love with Jill. No one told him to stand still and watch as she moved on from a terrible breakup into the arms of another guy—a Japanese celebrity with the face of an angel and the body of a god.
So when someone else comes along, someone who finds him cute, smart, and funny (sometimes in the haha sort of way), will Miki finally move on? Or will he continue to pine for Jill?