New novel promotes love as key to progress in PH society

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) – Bestselling Filipino author Alex Lacson published his very first novel that seeks to promote love as a way to solve the social ills of the Philippine society.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' Rico Hizon on Wednesday, Lacson shared his book "Five Hundred Years Without Love" which represents the over 500 years of foreign colonization and national government rule in the country which failed to address the societal problems until today.

"Our quest for nationhood began 500 years ago," Lacson noted. "In the last 500 years, our leaders ruled not with love from their hearts but with greed, lust, and selfishness."

Known for his bestselling book "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country," Lacson shared that the characters in his first novel mirror the situation of many families suffering from poverty and injustice in the country.

He pointed out that the novel wants to spread love in all sectors of the society, an essential ingredient in solving the country's problems and achieving to be a united nation.

"The solution to our problems is in us, it is within our hearts," he pointed out. "It is love as expressed in kindness, generosity, fairness, and justice."

The 55-year old author cited countries like South Korea and Singapore, where the love of their leaders made the biggest impact in addressing their problems that led to their massive progress as developed nations.

Lacson said he believes the success stories of other countries can be replicated in the Philippines if only government leaders will study their policies particularly in the agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing sectors.

"It must begin with love in the hearts of our leaders," he stressed. "Love is always the biggest factor in solving every problem in society."