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Happy Endings

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102 pages

First published January 1, 2000

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Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak

6 books29 followers
Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak is the Associate Editor of Esquire Magazine (Philippine edition). He has won numerous honors for his writing, including four Palanca Awards, a Philippine Graphic prize, and a Young Artists’ Grant from the NCCA.

Luis has come out with two books so far: THE KING OF NOTHING TO DO (Milflores Publishing, 2006), a collection of essays, and HAPPY ENDINGS (University of the Philippines Press, 2000), a collection of short stories which has gone into multiple reprintings. Both were nominated for National Book Awards by the Manila Critics Circle.

Luis has worked in TV and advertising, and taught Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. He writes a weekly column for the Philippine Star, called "Senses Working Overtime." He lives in Ortigas and has a cat named Skywise.

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330 reviews101 followers
September 28, 2015
3.7 stars

Renegade Eyeballs: 3/5 stars
Poscards: 3.5/5 stars
Happy Endings: 3/5 stars
Birthday: 3.5/5 stars
What the World is Waiting For: 5/5 stars
Away: 3/5 stars
Document: 4/5 stars
Kara's Place: 4.5/5 stars
The Rain, Rachel, and a Wednesday Afternoon: 3.5/5 stars
The End: 4/5 stars

I really, really like Katigbak's writing style. The way he breathes life into his characters was admirable, which becomes even more prominent when he tells their stories through first-person narration. There's a certain wryness and humor to his style, which really rendered the reading experience to be quite pleasant. Oftentimes it almost seems like you're just listening to a friend sharing a secret, and he does this in his crisp, beautiful prose. I felt like something was lacking in the other stories, however, especially in terms of plot. A lot of them weren't new, either, but Katigbak peppered them with vigor through his seamless narration and characterization. However, the primary danger is that a lot of his characters were too similar to each other, and sometimes it was difficult to distinguish their voices from one another. Other than that, though, this was a great read.
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87 reviews61 followers
September 7, 2013
"With really special people, something else happens underneath all the sharing of true-life anecdotes and stories. Of course, usually that's just flirting. But once in a while it's something else: a real connection, a rapport. It's hard to define without sounding like a sap. It's just that there are people who almost convince you that the concept of soulmate isn't as hokey or as ridiculously New Age as it sounds."
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36 reviews1 follower
July 10, 2016
I've just realized that relying much on pop culture references could make a story feel trapped in its own time (laser discs! Nintendo!). The stories are okay and a little too safe.

I still like Katigbak's non-fiction pieces.
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