The book launch for Isa Garcia’s Found last Feb. 22 in Commune Cafe, Makati culminated in the entirety of the book itself — a life made up of letters and overlapping narratives. The launch was a mixtape of people that have made a mark on Garcia’s life: friends, colleagues, students and the like. Danah and Stacey Gutierrez of Plump PH; Marika Callangan of Women, Create; spoken word artist and Garcia’s student Bob E, and many more offered their own stories to tell through their own voice. It varied from letters, songs and poetry. It was a night for art and hearing each other’s truths.
Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God is essentially Garcia’s compilation of truths. This book is a collection of letters she wrote when she was 21 years old to her friends, family, and even to complete strangers. There are even postcards within the book illustrating certain quotes done by Garcia’s friend and collaborator, Crae Achacoso. While talking with Garcia before the launch, she mentioned how she found it weird to have something you’ve written at a young age out there. But what you find in her book might be yourself. Her way of writing with her heart on her sleeve is comforting. It makes you feel the opposite of alienated. Think of it as a hug for your soul.