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Filipino mother publishes sci-fi adventure novel




58 Minutes in Driftland, a new sci-fi adventure novel written by Filipino writer I.S.A. Crisostomo-Lopez is now available on Kindle books via

The book is about Alunsinag “Al” Bayani, a 17-year-old Filipino immigrant in the United States trying to find his place in the world. His mother is a nurse working at a community hospital in Los Angeles, while his father is a travel writer documenting endangered plants or animals.

Al, along with his two best friends, Ming Ju-long, a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong, and Tej Ondrej, an Indian immigrant from Bangalore, encounter an alternative world where childhood dreams and nightmares exist. The adventure begins when Alunsinag accidentally steps into Driftland and discovers he can switch places with his alternate, more efficient self for 58 minutes. The switch opens doors to discovering one’s strengths and regaining confidence in one’s abilities.


An allegory on a person’s journey to self-realization, 58 Minutes in Driftland is also a coming-of-age story which explores current issues involving young people today like belongingness and discrimination, standing up to bullies, discovering one’s potential and falling in love.

The book’s author is a stay-at-home mother. She composes story ideas in her mind while doing the laundry or mopping the floors. She is based in Biñan City, Laguna with her husband, four children and two dogs.

58 Minutes in Driftland is available in digital and paperback editions.