Posted at 11/29/2011 2:30 PM | Updated as of 11/29/2011 2:35 PM
MANILA, Philippines - A fashion show featuring the manananggal, a mythical creature known for being able to cut its own body in half, is the highlight of the launch of the newest novel of veteran writer Ricky Lee.
Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata was formally launched at the Skydome of SM North EDSA in Quezon City over the weekend.
The book tells the story of Amapola, a gay impersonator who became a manananggal.
He fell in love with hero Andres Bonifacio, who time-warped to the present time to inform the people that Amapola has been chosen to save the world.
Aside from the manananggal fashion show, the launch featured book reading sessions by celebrities Paulo Avelino, Cherry Pie Picache, Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, director Joel Lamangan and ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio.
Lee said he is grateful to those who continuously patronize his creations.
"Marami [akong] kinatatakutan. Baka sumemplang, baka walang pumunta. Pero nung nagdatingan 'yung mga tao, pumila sa labas, interesado bumili ng libro [at] magbasa, napakasarap ng pakiramdam," he said.
Lee has written over a hundred produced film scripts since 1979. Most of his films have been shown in foreign film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.
He is also a fictionist, a journalist and a playwright.