In 2005 Rica Bolipata-Santos lost her father, suffered from her son’s worsening condition, and discovered salvation in writing. In 2007, she won the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award for her first collection of essays. According to the judges, her “provocative and well-shaped essays” were “luminous, little narratives.” In ‘Lost and Found,’ Bolipata- Santos continues traveling the terrain of the mundane and domestic, still unafraid to find gravitas in the tiniest of experiences. In these twenty-six articles she wrote from 2005-2009 for the ‘Philippine Star,’ Bolipata –Santos trains her eye on everyday things using words to transform the ordinary into something revelatory.
The author has a way of articulating thoughts and feelings that many have had at one point but could not phrase them in a way that's impactful and leaves your mouth hanging. I'm still amazed at how she was able to string those words and put them on paper.