Name of Author: Dr. Lester N. Linsangan
Place: Dampulan, Jaen, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Title of the Book: Litera
I am a proud Filipino teacher, youth leader, author, and writer. I finished my Bachelor of Secondary Education at Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology with a 99% grade in final teaching demonstration; obtained a 4-year ecclesiastical education at the Institute of Religion; earned a Master of Arts in Education at the College of the Immaculate Conception with Academic Citation; landed Cum Laude in Doctor of Education degree at Wesleyan University-Philippines, and now I am taking up Professional Master in Educational Leadership in School of Leadership and Advanced Studies.
I served as a former division head of the NEUST-Training department, International Organization for Standardization University Internal Auditor, Adviser of different political and non-political student organizations. I am currently teaching at Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology and Institute of Religion; Writer/Author at GMGA Publishing; and Coordinator of Office of Student Organizations, Activities and Development. I am a firm advocate of youth empowerment through education and leadership.
Through the guidance of my ninang Ayo and the support of different local and international literary communities, I was recognized to be one of the authors of an Amazon bestselling book titled Scentsibility. I also contributed to a local anthology titled "Rese'ko" and in international anthologies titled The Mirror, PLIS Around the World Anthology Volume 1: The Quest for Love, Harmony, and Peace, Metaphorphosis and Poets Unify World along with global poets and writers. Fortunately, my recent submissions were accepted in the books of Steve Carr's A Love Letter (or Poem) To and Abigail Wild's Into the Mirror.
I am an introvert, and I have a fear of public speaking. I am a hesitant writer. I am terrified of this pandemic. But these things did not stop me from trying this industry (an industry that demands the opposite of these "things') because I believe that every person has powerful stories that can uplift, motivate, influence, and inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. For this simple reason, I cultivated my passion. I caught the shiniest star amidst darkness during this global health crisis through this book, titled Litera. I share my musings to the World, most specifically to the young generation who I am behind the letters of my name. My message reaches the very young, the very old, and all ages in between that Life is beautiful after all.
Literature comes from the Latin word litera which means "letters," so I presumed that anything that is comprised of letters is part of Literature, including our name. This book will show who I am as "Lester" and express the real me behind the letters of my name. Through this book, I hope and pray that my name will help the readers realize the significance and power of their names for themselves and the people around them.
I always had this burning desire to write. Still, like everyone else, I am also uncertain about letting others partake in even the tiny portion of my words because of the extreme feeling of inadequacy. And BOOM! My ninang Ayo, the wind beneath my wings, helped me throughout the process, and guess what? Because of her influence and guidance, I finished my book in less than seven months despite my busy schedule and other insurmountable circumstances!
We live in an unprecedented time in history, and this widespread global fact helped me realize that there's no perfect time than "NOW" to start doing what makes us happy because we may never know what tomorrow will bring. Cooking? Driving? Painting? Gardening? Could you, do it? NOW!Believe me, like any other dream/goal, writing and publishing a book during this pandemic is not far from possible!
I am very optimistic that this book will help the readers to realize that 1. Life is beautiful after all and 2. all things even people come in pair
I am planning to write and speak MORE! I will publish Serendipity and Shout Out. I will accept a speaking engagement, most notably about book writing, education, leadership, and youth empowerment.
LETTERS translate into poetry and poetry into the book. I ink my blueprint, road map, and legacy in this World and in the Life to come.My friends, I am very much thrilled to invite you all to support my debut book, Litera. This book is a glimpse of my Life. Like what we all know, each of us has powerful stories to share that can inspire one soul or even multi-generational dominions. In case that my shoes may not be fit to yours, I hope and pray that you will still enjoy a great reading as you explore the diversity of our journey.
Always remember that the letters of your name, like anybody else, have unique and special meaning/s. It should be heard and celebrated!