This review is well past its deadline. But it is better to [write] late than never (right?).

The book about to be featured is entitled Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden).

CoverThe blog tour for this Filipino-written, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards-winning short story occurred last March 1-8 and I’m a month late. (oops!) It is written by Ms. Bernadette Villanueva Neri, who is a graduate of the University of the Philippines- Diliman and Baguio.

Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin embodies social awareness regarding the existence of unconventional family types. It tells the story of a girl who has two mothers- not because one is her birth mom and the other her stepmother rather because her mothers are a couple.

In today’s society, awareness of different types of families is increasing but acceptance can still be a tricky thing especially among conservative groups. Most of the time, the children who are products of such set ups can be the most affected. First of all, they may not have a full grasp of things and second of all, the hurtful remarks or possible isolation is too much for a child.

The book though paves a way to present what truly matters and what defines a family— and in the core of it all, it is love.

Written in both Tagalog and English (translated by Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo), the book is filled with beautiful images (thanks to the talented, former Promil kid CJ de Silva and layout artist Jennifer T. Padilla-Quintos) and words. It is an ideal book to open the minds of children- to expose them to the truths of life. Other than that, it can be a source for learning two languages in one read.

Meet the gang!


Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo, Translator

Det Neri

Bernadette Villanueva Neri, Author

CJ de Silva

CJ de Silva, Illustrator

Poti Padilla

Jennifer T. Padilla-Quintos, Layout Artist


Here is a sneak peek on the publication of the book. It’s so cool to see how books are made.


What is ‘ikaklit’, you might ask? You’ll have to grab a copy of the book to find out. Of course, there will be no spoilers here.

La vie est tres belle,

Freine ♕