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Filipino Author Ponciano Manalo Shares Inspiring Book on Overcoming Hardship Through Determination and Faith

Counting My Blessings will inspire readers to gain strength and determination to push past the challenges in life.

Carson, California, USA – WEBWIRE

Read a powerful story of perseverance and faith from a Filipino author.

Under the subcategory “Biographies & Memoirs” in Amazon Books, “Counting My Blessings” is Ponciano “Pons” Manalo’s recollection of a hard life that helped define who he is now. The book is a refreshing biography about someone’s life. Although most biographies feature the struggles and hardships the authors had to go through, this book by Pons offers a unique perspective of life in a different culture and a description of rural family life that many readers may not know of. For readers wanting to find something out of the ordinary from biographies and memoirs, “Counting My Blessings” is a book that will not disappoint.
“Counting My Blessings” is Pons Manalo’s passionate recollection of the significant events that happened in his life, and the lessons he learned from his experiences, which he hopes to impart to the readers. Stories of success do not happen overnight. Most of such stories have to be uncovered beneath the hard and rough covering of insurmountable hardships and challenges. Like the process of polishing a diamond, the rough edges and the rock and mineral coverings need to be removed. The life of Pons can be an analogous situation. For a person to brilliantly shine in success, he or she has to go through tests of resolve, determination, and faith. The story of Pons may seem like any other come-from-below success stories, but it tells an honest, poignant and passionate recollection of how it is to live in poverty. Readers will get to know more about the rural life in the Philippines through this book, something only a few books can offer. Readers will get to know the Filipino way of life with Pons’ vivid descriptions. The book is more than just a biography or memoir. In a way, it serves as cultural reference for readers.
Pons Manalo’s book “Counting My Blessings” will offer new dimensions to the perspective of struggling for success. Dedication and faith in God can do amazing wonders when faced with hardships and challenges. A Filipino perspective of taking these challenges will benefit readers by finding fresh ways of getting through their own challenges. This inspiring book will be available in an upcoming festive event in Frankfurt, Germany, the 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair, which will be happening on October 10 to 14, 2018.
Copies are available at RoseDog Books ( and Amazon (

Counting My Blessings
Written by Ponciano B. Manalo
Published by Rosedog Books
Published date: March 15, 2017
Paperback price: $10.00

About the Author
At an early age, Pons B. Manalo had experienced insurmountable hardship in life and his livelihood. He was always wondering if his family would have food on their table. Every now and then he had to gather firewood, both dried and newly cut wood, on the hill of Sta. Maria with an empty stomach just to alleviate the burden of his parents. He even went deep sea fishing with his father and co-fishermen. At his young age, he had made up his mind that he would not follow the footsteps of his father, who fished all his life. He developed a plan for how he could improve his way of life by having an education and obtaining a college degree. This was what he contemplated: he will work with a wealthy family for his education in payment of his services as a domestic helper. And if he didn’t find any willing people to pay his tuition, he would just work for a year and in the following year he would attend school and so on.

As time went by, Manalo became very religious by praying alone at home and by going to church on Sundays. His fervent prayers were answered when one of the high schools in his hometown offered a scholarship test for the first time on the year of his graduation in the elementary. Luckily, he passed that given examination which served as the ladder to reach the status he has now.

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 Counting My Blessings
 Ponciano B. Manalo
 Filipino Author
 Determination and Faith

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