We think it's safe to say that every writer's dream is to have his own book published. This is truly a recognizable achievement and a sure highlight of the dreamer's life.
However, for the writer and author of "Ang Bisita ni Lolo Lino," the "dream" is not limited to having been achieved with one accomplished goal. No, the dream is so much more, and so is he - Mark Raywin Tome.
Hailing from Tondo, Manila, Raywin is currently a Copywriter and Promotion Specialist for Corporate Account at ABS-CBN. On the side, he's writing scripts for short films, digital series, and various other projects, including iWant TV's first animated series for kids, "Jet and The Pet Rangers." Together with Podcast Network Asia, he's also put out a podcast showcasing values for children titled "Kwentong Kalyehero."
With all those mentioned above, he is constantly writing - doing what he has been passionate about since he was a child. So, is he living the dream?
When asked what is his dream, Raywin exhaled, "The dream is to write, anything about writing...is writing. Lahat ng pwedeng output na ang involve ang pagsusulat, sa tingin ko magandang ma-experience ng isang writer."
He believes that a person isn't limited by a single dream alone. "It's hard to articulate kung ano gusto mong gawin, pero maganda siya na pagsikapan na somehow, nag-articulate ka doon sa mga bagay na gusto mong gawin, mga bagay na passionate ka, kaya ako nagsusulat," he added.
"If you want to experience your dream, you need to do something," Raywin aspired to create children's stories, his podcast, and series. True to his words, he tried to do just those and succeeded.
"Hindi ko rin alam kung ano ba talaga hanggang ngayon," Raywin answered honestly, "Pero I think ang hirap din ng magkaroon lang ng isang end goal kasi 'pag nakuha mo na siya, ano nang next? Baka okay din na proseso siya, 'yung pangarap mo ay isang proseso, parang ang ganda - para hindi siya natatapos."
In that event, Raywin shared his dream process, beginning with his humble childhood.
Ang Bisita ni Lolo Lino
Raywin recalled his early memories from his elementary days, "Pang-umaga kasi ako noon. Kapag hapon, bumabalik ako sa school namin para pumunta sa library para magbasa ng mga books, kasi mahirap lang kami. Wala kaming access sa mga librong pambata." With tales about and for kids like he was, he fell fascinated.
Despite limited sources, young Raywin didn't waver. Instead, he let his mind wander and imagined his own stories. In school, his love for children's stories continued to develop as he also joined storytelling contests - one being at Museong Pambata and organized by Alitaptap Storytelling Philippines. As a highschool student, he volunteered in the said organization as a storyteller for children.
"Syempre kapag volunteer storyteller ka, at nagsusulat ka, minsan mararamdaman mo na sana yung kinu-kwento mo ay sarili mong libro din, yung binabahagi mo ay sarili mo ring kwento." With this realization combined with his early love for children's stories, Raywin dreamed.