Edited by Lorna Kalaw-Tirol Introduction by Mariel N. Francisco Writers: Gilda Cordero Fernando, Fe Maria C. Arriola, Karina Africa Bolasco, Mariel N. Francisco, Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Rita Ledesma, Elizabeth Lolarga, Edna Zapanta Manlapaz, Chit Roces-Santos, Lorna Kalaw-Tirol
"It's a lovely collection, written by ten nonfiction writers at the top of their game. To me the book explores that rarely visited terrain in a woman's life—when she is older, wiser, at peace with herself (bum knee regardless), and at the height of her reflective powers. Each chapter opens with a photograph of the contributor with her beloved muse/mentor Gilda Cordero Fernando, and ends with either a love letter or tribute to her. The pages in this collection of 73 essays are infused with Gilda's fairy Ninang pixie dust and wild, nurturing spirit. Every person facing their twilight years should read Edna Manlapaz's "Sickroom." This book devours life and the aging process down to their minutia, leaving readers enriched, satisfied, and illuminated." —Reni Roxas, co-founder, Women Writing
"These personal essays, written by ten women from diverse backgrounds, are fascinating forays into the nature of inner experience. Honest, courageous, and reflective--they tell of different ways of being, of reckoning time, of responding to the demands of multiple roles, of experiencing pain, loss, grief, and aging. As idiosyncratic as these essays may be, the insights they draw strike me as forming a common thread: the ability to find joy in the direst circumstances. The late Gilda Cordero-Fernando, the moving spirit behind this writing group, would have applauded every one of them with a lusty cry for "More!"
—Randy David, columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of the Philippines