Three Books for the Youth, by the Youth

[N]ot all aspiring writers get published at a young age. Some of them spend years trying to write and get their works published without success. Some give up easily not knowing they were inches from success. But these three young authors’ determination paved the way for their dreams to come true.

Let’s take a look and be inspired by these three young Anvil authors who worked their way up, followed their passion, and took a leap of faith.

1. The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto

The Year We Became Invincible was written by 22-year-old Mae Coyiuto in 2015. The book, her latest Anvil release, centers around Camille Li, a bright senior high school student who has had her whole life planned out, until one day, she unexpectedly meets four friends who made her change her views about the future.


Dear Future Reader,

If you’re reading this book, it’s either:

  1. You’re my future partner
  2. I’m famous and my writings have been immortalized
  3. You’ve violated my privacy and these are not meant for you

Let’s hope it’s not the last one. Before this year, I had my life all planned out. This book contains the story of the year that changed my life (well, my life so far). It’s the year I learned how to be invincible. That wasn’t really specific, but I guess you have to read on to see what I’m talking about.



Available here for only P195.


Mae started writing when she was six years old. As young as ten, she already published three children’s books with Anvil Publishing, and later, a collection of short stories for young adults entitled Flight to the Stars.

Aside from being a published writer and a former top-ranked junior tennis player, she is also the founder of Are You READy?, a foundation that helps build libraries for less fortunate Filipinos. Combining her passion with her heart to serve, Mae Coyiuto is truly an inspiration to her fellow millennials.


2. Ang Maglandi ay Di Biro: The Kalandian Chronicles by Dani Hernandez

Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro: The Kalandian Chronicles is a book about experiences of the youth in unrequited love and breakups written by Dani Hernandez.


Aminin mo na. Anong klaseng nilalang ka man, paniguradong minsan (o madalas) sa buhay mo eh naging one-sided lover ka!

Kung ikaw ay nasaktan, umasa, pinaasa, umiyak, na-depress, na-brokenhearted, nagpakamartir, naging forever alone, NBSB, binigay ang lahat, niloko, winasak at umibig mag-isa? Para ‘to sa’yo.

Hindi madali . . .

Hindi nakakatawa . . .

Dahil pag ganito ang setup . . .

Ang paglalandi ay mahirap . . .

Dahil ang maglandi ay ‘di biro.


Available here for only P275.


Dani is a 22-year old Journalism graduate from the South who works as a full-time news analyst on weekdays and tries to squeeze in writing, reading, illustrating, and just too many other things on weekends. Dani likes to create pieces, both literary and visual, that revolve around the theme of unrequited love and all the emotions it entails, most specifically, the pain. If not creating, Dani is probably out looking for inspiration in coffee shops and in long bus rides.


3. Blanket/Kumot by Patricia Celina Ngo, Illustrated by Xtian Torres (Picture Poetry series)


Explore the wonders of childhood with this poetry picture book from Patricia Celina Ngo.

With catchy lines and colorful illustrations, this poetry picture book is perfect for reading out loud with your parents and friends.

Available here for only P125.


Patricia Ngo is a writer of children’s literature. Her first anthology of children’s poetry, Ordinary Adventures, won second place in the 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, followed by her poetry anthology, Miniature Masterpieces, which won third place in the same category the following year. “Blanket,” one of the poems from Ordinary Adventures, is now part of Anvil’s Picture Poetry series.

Patricia graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in BS Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University.