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Dear Distance

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Strange skies, lost boys, dreaming girls, childhood robots, and bus rides: Dear Distance is the new story collection by Luis Katigbak, award-winning author of Happy Endings and The King of Nothing to Do.

"Among our foremost writers, Luis Katigbak is of a special class: supreme sui generis, very much his own man and artist. So the kind and character of his works: very rare,
Paperback, First Edition, 133 pages
Published 2016 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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"When you're growing up, you reach a point, when you believe that you are burdened with a terrible knowledge regarding the pointlessness of the world. And then you reach a point beyond that, where you realize that what you thought was a unique perspective is astoundingly mundane. And then you reach a point beyond that, when you don't really care any more. "
- Robot Boy and Hepa, page 79

1. Little Fears
2. Passengers
3. Knowledge
4. The Editorial Meeting
5. Robot Boy and Hepaa
6. Sabado 1995
Merl Peroz
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book 'smiles in a way that opens trapdoors of sadness inside me.'
Myrtle Yvonne
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book feels like home.
Aloysiusi Lionel
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In the end, distances and surfaces are all we can ever be sure of, and this is no sad thing. In a world that has accelerated almost beyond recognition, it may be the only comforting thought of which I am still capable."

I got interested in Luis Katigbak when I read "Kara's Place" on a site posting critically acclaimed stories of Paz Marquez Benitez, Rony Diaz, and Loreta Paras Sulit. The title itself - Dear Distance - sounds mysterious and interesting. And after having read this maverick
Pauline Orendain
It's hard to be objective about this book if you know Luis. There is much of him in it, his unmistakable voice and for much of the book, I feel like he's just talking to me; the stories that he would have told over email or coffee. If you grew up in Manila in the 80s or matriculated there in the 90s, so much of Luis' worlds are lucid reproductions of the places we visted, the songs we listened to, the then meaningful things we did, and the nostalgia we've collected for mid-life wistful ...more
Ivan Labayne
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010s, fiction
kelly was right, the final story is an apt cap, although i'm not sure if she meant it the way i saw it: these lines, perfect i guess for the stories' personality, their sensibility, the way they see a lemon on the table, strangers' arms touching on the sidewalk: "we will never really know each other... though eventually--and briefly--we may imagine we do.... In the end, distances and surfaces are all we can ever be sure of, and this is no sad thing. In a world that has accelerated almost beyond ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why much of it doesn't resonate with me unlike his previous work na talagang tinamaan ako (Happy Endings way back in College, 10 years ago). I guess we both grew up and grew old, maybe it contained more Speculative/Sci-Fi stories than the emo ones he used to write in Happy Endings.

Just sad that I won't be reading anything from him anymore (RIP Sir Luis)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, pinoy
Truly, truly worth it. Among my favorites are "And You Tell Me '87" and teenage love vibes ("And she had an opinion on Batman..."), "Dear Distance" (of robot love and sentiments), and "Passengers," a reminder that we all just have thin lines in spacetime that mean so much.

Rue An Reads
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first pick, after a long long time, in the Philippine Literature and it impressed me right on. This book is filled with strange stories of reality and even stranger stories of a fantasy world the author has created that had me questioning things I wouldn't have, if I didn't read it. The writing style reminds me of the hurting I've forgotten that I've already forgotten. I love it. I'm glad I read it.

The girl who likes to live in her own world, all our lovers who are more like visitors
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading the words and stories of Luis Katigbak made me say that Filipino writers can be at par with international ones. No doubt about it, I hope we'll all take the time to appreciate our homegrown writers.
Karl Ocampo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
His was the voice I never thought I needed.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017
3.5 stars out of 5!

I was browsing through the shelves of my local bookstore with my brother while we were waiting for our mom to get done with the grocery and I came across this book. The cover actually made it hard not to notice and the synopsis at the back of the book seemed really interesting.

This is actually the first book of Luis Katigbak that I’ve ever read. I mentioned in Twitter that I have only read a handful of local authors and that I find it hard to find local novels these days that
Raphael Fulgar
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you cannot speed-read through (or would want to, for that matter). Every story locks me into a bittersweet submission, and I have to tap out just to get some breathing room.

The level of craft is surgical in its precision. There's naught a misplaced word or scene to be found, instead you get the feel that everything is deliberate and organic in its construction. Luis seems to possess a deep intuition into the human psyche, and deftly leads the reader into corridors of the heart
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a great delight to finally find this book after weeks of visiting nearby branches of National Bookstore in my area. I was expecting the stories to be light and carefree just like the ones I encountered in Happy Endings, instead I found myself engulfed by tales of science fiction and lingering flashbacks of the 80's and 90's -- as if the songs made famous during those decades were reverberating in your head.
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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
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“I thought of our time together, of how brief and bittersweet it was. I didn't tell you something important, then. I guess it's too late now, but it's something that occurred to me only after we parted ways. I thought--when I was with you, I was content to just sit back and enjoy the ride, as it were, because the ride was so pleasant. And maybe that was the problem.” 1 likes
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