Santiago set template for PH best-sellers: publisher

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2016 06:09 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2016 06:31 PM

MANILA-- The late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago set the template for the kind of books young people would read, ABS-CBN Publishing head Ernie Lopez said Thursday. 

Lopez said the late senator's two bestselling books--"Stupid is Forever" and 'Stupid is Forevermore"--were Santiago's personal ideas.

"She basically had a formula and ultimately the way she spoke in public and the way she addresses people in the book are the same," Lopez said in an interview with ANC. 

Lopez said Santiago wanted to engage the youth and did so by starting with something funny and ending with something inspirational.

Santiago's two books are Philippine best sellers with 150,000 copies sold in the first two months of publication and with 600,000 copies sold to date.

"In the end, she's really the inspiration. She's basically telling people to do something big with their lives. Don't just settle for something small, do something big," he said.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago passed away in her sleep on Thursday morning.