“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Del río (dehl rree-oh): Spanish phrase meaning “by the river” or “of the river.” The Iloilo River runs right through the heart of Iloilo City, my home town and where many of these stories take place.
I’ve also been called Miss Blue.
Blue, my favorite color, is idealistic, self-expressing and moody. To me, it can be melancholic or electric. It’s said to inspire freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents depth, trust, sincerity, confidence, stability, faith, peace, and even royalty. It’s an intelligent color, sometimes even sentient — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy talks about an alien species called the Hooloovoo, which resembles a super-intelligent shade of blue. Blue can also be nostalgic.
Blue del rio is simply about the stories I want to tell, recalled or imagined. Stories that capture moments deemed forever.