On May 23, 2008, the Philippine Consul General in Sydney, Australia, Ma. Theresa Lazaro, hosted a dinner in honor of 2 Milflores authors, Butch Dalisay (Man Overboard) and Jose Wendell Capili (Mabuhay to Beauty), who represented the Philippines at the 2008 Sydney Writers' Festival, held from 19 to 25 May 2008.

This is the 9th year of the Sydney Writers' Festival and brought together 70 guests from all parts of the world.

Consul General Lazaro said that the "participation of Dr. Dalisay, Dr. Capili and the other distinguished Filipino-Australian writers is Australia's recognition of the rich literary and cultural heritage of the Philippines". Butch's new novel, Soldedad's Sister was shortlisted for the Man Asia Prize, and Wendell has just received his PhD from the Australia National University.

Photo shows Wendell (2nd from left) and Butch (5th from left), with Filipino-Australian writers, including Merlinda Bobis (beside Butch).

Posted on June 1, 2008