About the Book: Postcards from Elsewhere

As a travel writer, Rachel has visited and lived in many different cities. For her, the real allure of travel is becoming a chameleon: gain new identities, assimilate in new environments, meet new people, learn new things, and then write about them—before she packs up and moves on to another city and to the next chapter of her life.

“Postcards from Elsewhere” is a story of a travel writer who has essentially become a story cartographer—mapping her world not with landmarks and places but with the cast of colorful characters, and life lessons, she encountered during her many travels around Asia, Europe, and the United States. 

If you want to order a copy of the book, you can order online on the DCO Publishing website by following the link here.

About the Author

Rachel, in a few words: Island Girl, Concrete Jungle. Fine Arts + MBA. Poet and Quant. Coincidentally a Gemini.

Know more about me in the About page.

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  • Book Production in Cebu, Philippines

    Book Production in Cebu, Philippines

    Cebu”Postcards from Elsewhere” by Rachel Arandilla is 100% Proudly Made and Produced in Cebu, Philippines

    Since I published my first book, a lot of individuals have approached me and shared that they, too, wish to publish their own book one day.

    In a separate blog post, I will tell you more about the whole publication process: from writing the manuscript, to submitting the manuscript to a publisher, to editing, proofreading, production and final launch of the book.

    In the meantime, I’d like to share with you the book production process, and how we are proud to say that Postcards from Elsewhere by Rachel Arandilla is 100% Cebuano made, and the people and businesses behind it that made the book happen!

    Work of Artisans

    The book has this feel of artisanship as many of the methods is still using traditional technologies. The printing and binding is a collaboration with Grafik 9 and Optima Typographics.

    All the materials–the paper, board, cover–were chosen specially by DCO Publishing to ensure the highest quality of book possible.

    Inside pages are full-color and illustrated, and we made sure we chose the right type of paper to make sure the colors come out alive.

    Of course, quality control is an essential part of the process.

    All images by DCO Publishing

    “I’ve been doing quality control for 8 years now,” says Ruth of Optima Typographics as she finishes the last stack of printed pages, double-checking the page numbers are in correct order, before they are sown together. Ruth works for the local binding house for our book, “Postcards from Elsewhere.”

    Binding for the hardbound book was done specially by hand. In an ever-increasingly digital world, it’s good to know that the past is somehow still alive in a humble city like Cebu.

    Doesn’t it remind you of Japanese books with its minimalist style and craftsmanship?

    Image by DCO Publishing

    The book jacket is digitally printed and matte laminated by Grafik 9.

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    https://www.dcopublishing.com/books/postcards_from_elsewhere?

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  • We Deliver: Postcards from Elsewhere

    We Deliver: Postcards from Elsewhere

    We deliver and accept online payments! Get a copy of your book now and have it delivered straight to your door.

    In Metro Cebu, we offer free delivery and will deliver via Lalamove and Grab.

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    If you want to order a copy of the book, you can order online through
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  • Postcards from Elsewhere Merch

    Book Launch in Cebu: Postcards from Elsewhere by Rachel Arandilla

    Do you know that aside from the book, we also have some really cool ‘Postcards from Elsewhere’ merchandise?

    We have tote bags, coin purses, notebooks, bookmarks, and of course, bookmarks!

    Postcards and Merchandise for Postcards from Elsewhere

    All merch are designed by the lovely Cebuano illustrator Celina Paredes. She also did all the illustrations in the book.

    Take them everywhere with you!

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  • Postcards from Elsewhere Media Features: TV, Print, Radio

    Postcards from Elsewhere Media Features: TV, Print, Radio

    Book ‘Postcards from Elsewhere Media features on print, TV and radio.

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    Print Features – Postcards from Elsewhere

    Sunstar Lifestyle features author on her new book. Writeup by Michael Rey Cortes.

    TV Features – Postcards from Elsewhere

    MYtv Cebu interview with Rachel Arandilla, author of “Postcards from Elsewhere,” on Dante Luzon’s show “Side of Town.”

    Author Rachel Arandilla guested for the local network CCTN 47. In the episode, they will talk about her latest book, “Postcards from Elsewhere,” the joy and challenges of being a writer, and about her next book!

    Radio Features

    Rachel Arandilla, author of Postcards from Elsewhere, guests and co-hosts in Monster Radio BT 105.9.

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  • Book Launch in Cebu: Postcards from Elsewhere by Rachel Arandilla

    Book Launch in Cebu: Postcards from Elsewhere by Rachel Arandilla

    Postcards from Elsewhere book launch in Cebu | Last Saturday, October 5th, was definitely one for the books!

    On October 5, 2019, DCO Publishing a book launch in Cebu for their second title ‘Postcards from Elsewhere’ by Rachel Arandilla.

    “Postcards from Elsewhere” by Philippine author and Sunstar travel columnist Rachel Arandilla and illustrations by Celina Paredes

    The support that came our way and the number of people who showed up to celebrate with us was pretty overwhelming, good signs that the book community and interest is growing and thriving!

    Book Launch: Postcards from Elsewhere

    It was a magical afternoon that celebrated art and literature: the program started with Kristiana Rule of Thirdworldbooknerd, who talked about the local book culture and her love for reading.

    Ms. Therese Villarante read her own poetry accompanied by music by Ram-ram. She read three soulful pieces that inspired love, self-love and writing.

    Monica Villarica of VIDA – Villarica Dance School showcased to the audience poetry in motion–with her own choreographed contemporary ballet dance piece.

    The illustrator Celina Paredes is the next to take the stage, as publisher Donald Villamero asked her probing questions on her process and how she became involved with the book project. She then performed a beautiful song in French and English for the audience.

    Postcards from Elsewhere author Rachel Arandilla finally took to the stage and was interviewed by Donald Villamero on various parts and passages of the book. The event was then capped with a book reading of a chapter from the book.

    A Big Thank You!

    There were numerous partners and friends who came to the event, but a big shout out, first of all, to our partners who helped brought the book to life — Our printer partner, Grafik 9, led by Gian Solamo (who also did the wonderful calligraphy of the title); our binder partner, Optima Typographics, the layout artist Tyron Vittorio and Christine Gerra of DCO Publishing.

    Also a big thank you for our gracious venue partner KMC Solutions, led by Aleena Suarez and Lana Osmeña.

    Our caterer Lun-haw and Hideout Bakehouse, led by Trinket Arandilla and Kring Mendoza–everyone can’t get enough of the wonderful canapés served during the event!

    Our coffee sponsor Portbrew Cebu, owned by Piero Vergara, received rave reviews at how good and strong the coffee was!

    We would like to express our gratitude to our gracious volunteers Ivy, Paula and Agnes.

    Shoutout also to our interns who have helped us achieve leaps and bounds: Len, Megrez, Berl, Erwin and Gabrielle!

    Lastly, our gratitude goes to the family members, friends, collaborators, aspiring authors, supporters of the arts, and fellow book enthusiasts who were present last Saturday. You can be assured that we will not stop here at DCO Publishing until our collective dream is realized — to have a strong publishing industry here in Cebu City and throughout the entire Philippines.

    Here’s to more books, more book launches, and more opportunities!

    Check out more photos during the book launch in Cebu below:

    About the Book

    As a travel writer, Rachel has visited and lived in many different cities. For her, the real allure of travel is becoming a chameleon: gain new identities, assimilate in new environments, meet new people, learn new things, and then write about them—before she packs up and moves on to another city and to the next chapter of her life.

    “Postcards from Elsewhere” is a story of a travel writer who has essentially become a story cartographer—mapping her world not with landmarks and places but with the cast of colorful characters, and life lessons, she encountered during her many travels around Asia, Europe, and the United States. 

    If you want to order a copy of the book, you can order online through
    https://www.dcopublishing.com/books/postcards_from_elsewhere?

    If you missed it, you can buy the book here:

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