‘Twilight’ now in Filipino translation


By Ruel S. De Vera/Philippine Daily Inquirer – Since its sparkling debut in 2005, Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance “Twilight” has sold millions of copies, has been transformed into a box-office smash, a graphic novel and translations into over 30 languages. Now it has been translated into Filipino.

Published by paperback romance behemoth Precious Pages Corporation (PPC) in June, “Takipsilim” chronicles the meeting of brooding vampire Edward Cullen and all-too-human lover Bella Swan, combining Tagalog and English as translated by Armine Rhea Mendoza, one of Precious Pages’ best-selling romance writers.

For example, here is Bella Swan realizing what has happened after meeting Edward: “May tatlong bagay na siguradong-sigurado na ako ngayon. Una, si Edward ay isang bampira. Pangalawa, mayroong bahagi sa kanya—at hindi ko alam kung gaano kalakas ang bahaging iyon—na nauuhaw sa aking dugo. At pangatlo, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

At one point, Edward asks her, “Ipinapangako mo ba na naroroon ka bukas?’ To which Bella replies. “I promise.”

The translation is the brainchild of Precious Pages mastermind Segundo “Jun” Matias Jr. Aside from the over 40 hot-selling romances Precious Pages publishes every month, Matias thought of bringing popular titles in English to the Filipino market. Before this, PPC has translated only Harlequin Romances.

“Our Harlequin translations proved to be successful. It has been accepted by our market which is the Tagalog/Filipino readers,” Matias explains. “In fact we have been doing it for more than two years, so why not translate the bestsellers too like ‘Twilight’? Another motivation is that, modesty aside we have been capturing the Tagalog readers [most of them women]. I want them to enjoy foreign books just like what other countries like France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, etc. Their people speak and read English, too, but they have books available in their native tongue. I don’t want Filipino readers to be deprived and not be able to read novels from other countries because the books that are available here are all in English.”

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