MANILA - The woman behind the popular Facebook story "Vince & Kath" launched her first book over the weekend.
A long queue of excited fans surprised Jenny Almocera during the launch of her first book, "The Wrong Message" under ABS-CBN Publishing, at National Book Store at Trinoma mall on Sunday.
A meet-and-greet session with Almocera and the book's cover model, Ronnie Alonte, was the highlight of the event.
Around 250 fans were given a chance to have their books signed and take selfies with Almocera and Alonte. One of them is Elmansam Llantino, 20, who said Almocera's stories helped him have a wider perspective.
"Dahil sa mga stories niya [Almocera], mas nagiging malawak po 'yong pagtingin ko sa mga bagay-bagay na dating ang liit ng tingin ko -- tulad ng love story," he told ABS-CBN News.
This and more inspiring messages from followers continue to inspire Almocera, who was teary-eyed during the event due to happiness.
"Sobrang saya ko ngayon. Hindi ko ma-explain 'yong nararamdaman ko. I'm just so happy dahil sa support nila," she told ABS-CBN News.
According to the 22-year-old author, she has been receiving requests to write a sequel.
"Pinag-iisipan ko pa what to write next. Pero maraming nagre-request ng part two ng 'The Wrong Message,'" she said.
Almocera, who is known in social media as "Queen Elly," was first featured on ABS-CBN News.
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Ernie Lopez, President and CEO of ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., said he considers Almocera's story as an answered prayer.
"I was praying, 'Lord, I want to have a romance series of novels, but something with with good values that will steer people in the right direction.' So, when she came along, it became perfect. It was exactly what I prayed for," he said.
Lopez went on to say that he is looking forward to seeing more of Almocera's works.
"I think this is just first of the many books we will do with her. If her fans continue to grow and her books do well, I think we'll have a long relationship with her," he said.
"The Wrong Message" is exclusively available at National Book Store for P125.