SWL will host ‘Takoyaki Boys’ book launch in GenSan


Carlou Barroca Espedillon

The Sarangani Writers League (SWL) will host the ‘Takoyaki Boys and other Stories' book launch on August 6, 2022, 4 PM, at Coffee By George café, in General Santos City. It is the first book of Carlou Barroca Espedillon, a SWL member, published by an independent publishing house Rebo Press.

The book launch will have a meet-and-greet that includes a book signing and interview session with the author; spoken word performances and socialization with other local writers.

Espedillon is a young writer from Alabel, Sarangani Province. He started writing when he was a fifth grade student as an editorial writer for the campus press – something that he did for the next ten years.

He took up Bachelor of Science in Education major in English at the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges. He is also known as "Lolo Penguin."

Espedillon began writing creative fiction and non-fiction in 2017, a radical shift from his core writing foundation as a campus journalist. Although some of his short stories were published on zines and literary anthologies, his latest book ‘Takoyaki Boys and other Stories' proves that he can now call himself a “published author.”

“’Takoyaki Boys and Other Stories’ started as a compilation in Wattpad, in the hopes that one day if a publisher wants to pick me, I can easily compile these works. Last 2020, Rebo Press organized the Esperma Grant, which gives writers a chance to be published. I submitted ‘Takoyaki Boys and Other Stories’ because of that opportunity,” Espedillon said.

“I don’t know if they assumed that I live in Luzon simply because I have a slightly significant social media presence. But I think I can use my small influence to showcase that Sarangani Province has a lot of literary talents worth showcasing,” Espedillon added.

As part of supporting local writers in Sarangani, SWL organized such an event to help raise awareness of literary talents in the province.

“SWL exists because of our shared passion in promoting local literature. This book launch is just one of the many ways to help advance the literary scene in Sarangani. In SWL, we take pride in our members' accomplishments — whether it involves writing or not. The organization took the initiative to organize this book launch considering that Espedillon's debut book is a milestone not just for the writing community but even for the whole province,” SWL Chairperson Xaña Angel Eve Apolinar said.

“I am hoping, as the chairperson, that this event will open more doors, rekindle lost passion, and inspire more writers to contribute, preserve, and promote our Sarangani literature,” she said.

The book launch will be through official invitations only as it follows the existing COVID-19 protocols and the size of the venue. The event will be streamed via Facebook Live on SWL page. 


For inquiries and other information about the book, you can send a message to the official Facebook page of Rebo Press or their gmail - rebopress@gmail.com. You can also visit their website - rebopressph.com