June 7, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Bontoc Municipal Capitol hosted the launching of the inspirational and motivational book, “Daily Dose of Sunshine,” written by Pharisia Gail Leyaley-Tudlong.

The author is now bringing a dose of sunshine to people suffering from illness and in need of financial assistance, and to those who have been through mental challenges with the book launch for-a-cause at the Bontoc Municipal Library last Sept. 30.

For one who loves reading books and who used to visit the library in her younger years, she never had second thoughts in choosing the Bontoc Municipal Library as the venue for her book launch.

Tudlong said she wants other people to visit the library and see for themselves how beautiful the place is, which is clean and spacious.

Tudlong acknowledged going through life can be a roller coaster ride. She said the book contains letters to herself during the high and low points in her life, which she decided to publish with hopes it could help other people who may be going through tough times.

“I decided to publish my letters to myself with the hopes it can empower others just like how my notes motivated me to rise above my pains. We can all give ourselves some sunshine and spread it to ‘infect’ others with positivity. I do not claim it to be the cure of everything, but if we could save at least one soul from giving up on life, let us all do it by giving out copies,” Tudlong said.

To make the launch memorable, she partnered with the Social Society Club (SSC), and the Bontoc Municipal Library to organize the activity for a cause.

The SSC, under its mentor Rhea Manochon, is a group of high school and college students, who made it their mission to raise funds for people in need.

Manochon said P50 was collected as registration fee and 10 percent of the book sales will be turned over by the SSC to the family of Marlon Sidchayao who was diagnosed with kidney failure and is scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant.

Sidchayao is from Barlig, Mountain Province and is married to an Ifontok.

The SSC is also planning to raise funds for Antonette Lomong-oy, 18 years old from Barangay Caneo, who was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease.

Lomong-oy is undergoing hemodialysis and is also scheduled for kidney transplant.

The book is also intended to raise funds for the advocacies of Development Organization for Families and Communities in the Cordillera, Inc., a non-government organization.

The book will soon be available on Shopee and Amazon. – Alpine L. Killa