Thursday, December 22, 2011

Obsession for Numbers 7 and 11

My cousin in the Philippines has an obsession for the numbers 7 and 11. He is in the coffee table book publishing business. He needs 11 Filipino-Americans for his new book.
I have a cousin in the Philippines who owned a “coffee table book” publishing business. He writes books in coffee table format and sells them mostly to exclusive and rich clients who are the subject of his books. Some of his books titles are: Father and Sons, Mothers and Daughters and the Rich and the Famous. The books are selling well but mostly to the people(and their relatives) mentioned and listed on his books. The price of each book ranged from $711 to $1100. One of his best sellers is a book that has the autobiography of the 11 richest Filipinos in the Philippines. From what I heard all of the 11 listed in the book donated $11,000 each and received 7 copies of the books. If they purchased additional copies they have to pay additional $711 for each copy. My cousin has an obsession for number 7 and 11.

Today, he has exhausted his list of rich and well-known Filipinos in the Philippines, so he is pitching his sales talk to Filipino-American residing here in the US. One of the sales pitch is that if you donate $1100, your name will be included in a book that he is planning to write about the lives of Filipino-Americans in the US. You will receive one copy of the book. For additional copies you have to pay $711.

The book will discuss the struggles and accomplishments of these eleven Filipino-Americans here in US. The book will be published by November 11, 2011. There will be an awards ceremony and party for those whose names have been selected in a 5 star hotel in Makati, Philippines. The party and award ceremony is scheduled for November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) at 11:11 AM. The luncheon will consists of 11 dishes served ala Chinese Lauriat by 11 waiters at 11 minutes intervals. The lunch will start with a soup, a salad, an appetizer then 7 main dishes and finally the dessert (his birthday cake). The cake will have only 11 candles to signify 6+5=11, since November 11, 2011 happens to be also his 65st birthday. He plans on inviting only 111 guests including the 11 names selected in the book. The book title will be “Who’s Who Among Filipino-Americans”.

I was approached by my cousin to be included in the book, but I politely refused. I think the $1100 donation is a scam. However, I am pretty sure he could convince at least 11 people (male or female) who would be willing to pay that amount to have a little publicity and an ego-boost in their lives. My cousin is a smooth talker, very personable and has lots of connection to the rich and famous in Metro Manila. My question is: is this a legitimate business or a scam?

There are two reasons why I refused to be included in the book. I do not want to pay him the $1100 fee, plus I have already written by own autobiography and memoirs here in US. I do not need any more publicity in cyberspace ( chapters 1 to 14).

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