’See Me @ :06 AM’ novel successfully launched in Riyadh
By J. Nava Cruz
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
November 28, 2016
After hitting a number of enthusiasm dips, J. Nava Cruz, an overseas Filipino worker and freelance writer/documentarist in the Kingdom has finally launched, just recently, at the Zharet Al Sharq Hotel in Riyadh his first among the two Filipino novels in his project-pipeline, ‘See Me @ :06 AM’, a suspense-thriller, which he started to verbally paint in 2015 and attended by a group of invited Filipino community leaders & professionals, artists, media practitioners and diplomats like Cultural Officer & Attaché Gloria Jean Castaňo-Zafra of the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia, the OFWs Choice for the position of Philippine Ambassador in the Kingdom Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago among others.
In brief, ‘See Me @ :06 AM’ narrates the suspenseful-horrifying events in the life of Jamima Moreno, a brilliant, smart Filipina journalist, who, although at first doesn’t want to believe in superstitious beliefs, ends up befalling to it and starts to hunt the ultimate answers to her questions about the curses surrounding her existence in relation to the unending tragic deaths in her family and inside the inner circle of her friends. ‘See Me @ :06 AM’ paints a totally different fictionalized narrative as its characters tackle and face their day-to-day personal events and express their human faculties, emotions inside a real existing places.
According to Nava Cruz, he even constructed a real gallery in his hometown Calumpit in Bulacan to house all the art specimens he used in his novel to immortalize the ‘See Me’ story since he considers that if the author believes in the place where he sets his fiction, his readers will for sure believe the existence, meaning and drama of his story characters. ‘See Me’ novel incorporates on its narrative the emotional pains of migration, the untiring love and compassion inside a Filipino family, the beauty of friendship, the very positive human-side of employer-employee relationship, the ‘Filipino dream’ for career advancement and professional growth, the promotion of Calumpit as a virgin place quite lovely to visit, and yes, in the midst of a very suspenseful-thrilling story.
As of this writing, copies of ‘See Me @ :06 AM’ Filipino novel are available in all Central Bookstores in Manila like Central Bookstore SM Mega Mall Ortigas Center (5th Floor, Level A), Isetan Mall Recto, Quezon Avenue, etc. while the English version will be available in May-June 2017. Likewise, Nava Cruz hopes that ‘See Me @ :06 AM’ reaches and captures the interest of film producers in the Philippines and his novel be adapted into film.
Presently, he is in full energy, revisiting his earlier plan to come up with a
documentary film and a book journal based from his “Quo Vadis, Filipinos” (Saan Ka Pupunta, Filipinos?) story (Philippine Copyrights of 2010) — a project he intends to shoot and ‘journalize’ in the Philippines this coming May – June of 2017, and before he fully starts working on with his second novel, this time, a love story.
Two of his friends, Jehad Zacaria Pangcoga and Del Calapardo Guroalim hosted and facilitated the event while TFC of ABS-CBN Channel 2 (Zhariya & Sai Camid Alamada), Marlon Vincente of ArabNews PXtra, Munting Nayon Magazine The Netherlands, and web TVs: Wow TV headed by Henry Guia and SPTV headed by Brando Martinez covered the nitty-gritty of the event.
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