Ronibats.PH Stories of a Filipino neurosurgeon, teacher, and writer

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the contents of Some Days You Can’t Save Them All?

Some Days You Can’t Save Them All is my first collection of creative nonfiction, published by The University of the Philippines Press. The thirty essays go as far back as 2002, and the most recent piece was written in 2018.

I divided the book into three parts. Part One: In Which I Pass or Fail includes essays on family and medical school, Part Two: In Which They Live or Die consists mainly of patient narratives that I wrote when I was a neurosurgery resident at the Philippine General Hospital, and Part Three: In Which You Leave or Stay has the stories and opinion pieces where I tackle the issues that plague the Philippine health care system. 

Where can I buy a copy of Some Days You Can’t Save Them All?

The book is now available from UP Press in its UP Diliman bookstore and at UPper Shelf in UP Town Center, Quezon City (2nd floor, behind Chocolate Kiss and Rodic’s) .

You can now order the book online from Lazada and the UP Press online store.  

Fully Booked carries UP Press titles, but not everything in every branch. Fully Booked High Street in BGC now accepts reservations, and other branches may also be able to get the book for you. The book is NOT available at National Bookstore.   

Please contact the bookstores directly if you wish to make reservations. 

Does the book include your essay that won a Palanca award in 2018?

Yes. The title essay of the book won Second Prize at the 2018 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for literature. I have not published this essay anywhere else, whether online or offline, although some fragments of the work were taken from my old blog posts here in Ronibats.PH.

How much is Some Days You Can’t Save Them All?

The book will retail for Php 400. It is trade paperback with cream pages, 6 x 9 inches, 192 pages in all. 

I’ve read your blog posts before. Should I still buy the book?

If you enjoyed reading my blog posts, yes. I’ve edited all of the essays and stories, given them more depth, and arranged them in a manner that provides a more satisfying reader experience. You can read the book one essay at a time, in no particular order, but you can also read it from beginning to end, for (what I hope would be) meaningful insight on the journey to becoming a Filipino doctor. 

Is there a book launch for Some Days You Can’t Save Them All?

The book launch will be on December 1, 2019, Sunday afternoon at The Studio 3/F, Fully Booked High Street. UP Press will also launch Some Days You Can Save Them All with 23 other titles during its Paglulunsad on November 22, 2019 at Bahay Kalinaw in UP Diliman.  

Will there be a book launch at UPper Shelf as well?

Yes, there’s a Meet and Greet / Book Signing session pencilled on December 7, Saturday night from 6 pm onwards, at UPper Shelf in U.P. Town Center. I’ve created a Facebook event for this so you could let me know you’re going: UPper Shelf Meet + Greet

Where can I rate and/or review your book?

Some Days You Can’t Save Them All is on Goodreads. You can post your rating and review on this page, or search for the book on the Goodreads app on your mobile device. 

Who made the cover art?

The amazing Vin Quilop. Visit his Instagram account to see more of his work. 

Ronibats.PH Stories of a Filipino neurosurgeon, teacher, and writer