Atty. Mel Sta. Maria compiles personal commentaries for new book 'Read My Mind'

By | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As if appearing on radio and TV weren't enough, TV5's resident legal analyst Atty. Mel Sta. Maria is stepping into a different field with the release of his first book "Read My Mind."

The book published by Lorimar Publishing, is a collection of commentaries Sta. Maria made on news and current events, as well as some human interest stories. Some of them are articles published on, where Sta. Maria serves as one of its resident contributors.

"The book contains my commentaries. Most of them are my articles posted at For example, I discussed news stories like Sabah [dispute], Cybercrime. BangsaMoro Framework, 'Damaso' (Carlos Celdran's case), Corona Impeachment and others, and  providing  their legal aspect. I even gave some legal perspective on the Kris Aquino-James Yap news story. I even wrote about the appointment of the first Jesuit Pope," said Sta. Maria.

News5 chief Luchi Cruz Valdez who wrote the foreword to "Read My Mind" said that her Relasyon co-host is not only competent, accessible and generous in sharing his knowledge, but he is also media savvy. "He knew how to dish out soundbites just the way we wanted them: short and crisp and juicy."

Valdes also described his style of writing as "easily read and understood by ordinary folks with a very limited knowledge of the law, yet always founded on historical fact and legal and philosophical truths."

Last Saturday, the book was officially launched at the Bernas Center Ateneo Professional Schools with some of Sta. Maria's colleagues and big bosses.
We weren't able to attend the launching but the picture above shows some of the attendees. From left to right: editor-in-chief Roby Alampay, Sta. Maria, PLDT and TV5 chairman Manny Pangilinan, Cinemabuhay chairman and CEO Bong Sta. Maria, TV5 anchor Martin Andanar, former TV5 president Ray Espinosa, and radio anchor Archie Zapanta.

"Read My Mind" is available on bookstores (particularly on National Bookstores) next week. Make sure to grab a copy!

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