By Edwin D. Arceo

This was a book launch that I really wanted to come to. Though it was premiered first at the 2018 Manila International Book Fair, I was not able to come due to a schedule conflict. Last night was another opportunity and I did not want to miss it.

Many of you may have heard of Caitlin “Courageous Catie” Lucas. She caught the nation’s and social media’s attention due to a rare disease that took her young life: juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia or JLL. Courageous Catie and her parents, Jayjay and Feliz, touched and inspired so many people during their painful experience and “they” have now released a book chronicling this journey.

More Than Most: The Story of Courageous Catie is the moving and inspiring account of the Lucas familys experiencesAccording to celebrity endorser Cheska Kramer, More than Most can show you what it truly means to never give up on Godmay this book inspire you to keep the faith even in the most trying of times.

The book was launched at The Podium in Ortigas Center with music and testimonies of people who were directly impacted by Catie’s life.

The event was organized by OMF Literature and Courageous Lightan organization that provides emotional and spiritual support to pediatric patients and their families.

More Than Most: The Story of Courageous Catie is available for 395 pesos each at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops, PCBS, and Powerbooks Podium. Soon at National bookstore!

OMF Literature’s Publications Director, Ms. Yna Reyes, welcomes the audience and provides a background of how they were able to publish the book.

Feliz couldn’t contain her emotions as an AVP was played about the life of Catie

A guest came up to share how Catie inspired her life.

Dia Tiamzon shares her testimony of how, being a lesbian, she came to know Christ because of the experience of Catie and her parents, Jayjay and Feliz.

Jazzy Ong (left) and Glenn Sicat (right) provided inspiring music to the audience.

Peewee Samonte (left) narrates, how through the Feliz’s experience, helped her through her grieving process. Jennifer Go (right), Catie’s aunt, shares her love for Catie.

Isaac Javellana provides another song number.

Jayjay and Feliz’s friend and pastor, Paul Tan-chi, shared a short message about his first hand experience with the couple and their daughter Catie.

Ms. Gladys Doronila, Sales and Marketing Director and OIC of OMF Literature (left) joins Jayjay and Feliz Lucas and Ms. Yna Reyes, the Publications Director of OMF Literature (right) in unveiling the book to the public.

Jayjay and Feliz share their profound longing for their daughter Caitie but at the same time joyful that their tragic experience became an inspiration to many people.