Joyce Pring Narrates First Local Audio Book; Pierra Calasanz-Labrador Releases Second Poetry Collection

Dear Universe . . . Can You Hear Us?

Manila, Philippines — Anvil Publishing’s Spark Books announces the release of Pierra Calasanz-Labrador’s poetry collection entitled Dear Universe: Poems on Love, Longing, and Finding your Place in the Cosmos in print on April 27, 2018 and in audio soon. The book is the second poetry collection from the former magazine editor-turned-freelance writer and stylist and is the first to get an audio treatment from a local trade books publisher.

Anvil marks a milestone with the release of its first audio book under the imprint Anvil Audio, narrated by well-loved TV host and content creator Joyce Pring.

Calasanz-Labrador’s second poetry collection is an introspective journey, a quiet voice longing to be heard. Like stumbling upon an introvert’s secret diary, the poems chronicle fervent wishes, hidden fears, and everyday acts of bravery that may sound uncannily familiar. Dear Universe is a reminder that you are not alone.

“The poems in Dear Universe are meditations on loneliness, desire, and love, and this book is Pierra Calasanz-Labrador’s letter to the extra-terrestrial in all of us,” says Kris Lacaba, Palanca award-wining poet.

Pierra Calasanz-Labrador is the author of The Heartbreak Diaries and was a columnist for Manila Bulletin. Two decades after attending the National Writers Workshop in Siliman, Dumaguete, Calasanz-Labrador is finally finding the courage to throw her poetry out onto the universe, but won’t hesitate to talk your ear off about cats, cosmic connections, pretty Filipino finds, and the healing power of J- and K-dramas.

Joyce Pring is a TV host and content creator who initially made a name for herself on the Internet and on radio. This bookworm and life-long learner was a scholar throughout her academic years, studying in Quezon City Science High School and the University of the Philippines – Diliman, before she won a nationwide VJ hunt that sparked her career in media. Joyce continues her work as a broadcaster, performer, and digital creative, while giving back to children in need through World Vision, her chosen charity.

Dear Universe: Poems on Love, Longing, and Finding your Place in the Cosmos is available for P395 at National Book Store and Powerbooks Store branches and online at The digital audiobook and audio CD editions are available on Amazon, Audible, Kobo, iTunes, and other major e-retailers.


About Anvil Audio

Anvil Audio publishes the best Filipino fiction and non-fiction audiobooks in digital format. The first of its kind in the Philippines, it introduces a groundbreaking way on how books are enjoyed by Filipino readers—listening.

About Spark Books

Spark Books celebrate contemporary love and romances that will certainly give readers a colorful range of “feels.”