Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Launch: Money Grows on Trees by Clarissa Seriña-de la Paz and Sharon W. Que

Best-selling authors Clarissa Seriña-de la Paz and Sharon Que launched their second book called Money Grows on Trees last April 22, 2017 at Fully Booked - Bonifacio High Street. As a follow-up to their successful book I Wish They Taught Money in School, which became part of National Bookstore's best-sellers for 5 consecutive months, Money Grows on Trees focuses on the right mindset for living an abundant life.

Money Grows on Trees Book Launch
2 Authors, 2 Perspectives, 2 Covers in a Single Book

The venue was jam packed, a testament to the influence and success of their first book. As a financial literacy advocate myself, it felt good to see teenagers buying the book and getting into financial literacy this early. I wouldn't be surprised to see these kids become a millionaire (or even a multi-millionaire) in their early 20s.

Money Grows on Trees Book Launch
A view of the jam packed venue

In the first half of the launch, the authors took the opportunity to introduce themselves. They also shared the success of their first book, and how it paved the way for other opportunities, including various radio guesting and getting featured in different magazines.

Money Grows on Trees Book Launch
Sharon Que talking about the success of "I Wish They Taught Money in School"

The pair gave a glimpse of what to expect from Money Grows on Trees during the second half of the launch. Aside from how you can plan to achieve financial freedom, they also shared the use of vision boards, or in their case, a vision binder. Clarissa proudly shared her personal vision binder, and walked us through how the universe helped her achieve her visions/goals. It was indeed a good reminder that oftentimes, the universe takes part in helping us realize our goals, so long as we possess the proper mindset. And that's what Money Grows on Trees wants to achieve, to help readers gain a mindset of abundance as they take the journey to financial freedom.

Money Grows on Trees Book Launch
Clarissa de la Paz sharing her vision binder to the audience

Of course, the book launch won't be complete without the book signing session.

Money Grows on Trees Book Launch
Alice Dixson having a photo op with the authors
Money Grows on Trees Book Launch
People queuing up to get their books signed

With more and more Filipinos getting into financial literacy, I wouldn't be surprised if Money Grows on Trees becomes another best-seller soon. Best of luck to Clarissa and Sharon! Here's to wishing that they'll touch and inspire more Filipinos with this book, especially students and OFWs.

You can grab a copy of Money Grows on Trees and I Wish They Taught Money in School in National Bookstore and Fully Booked branches nationwide. You may also order online by clicking here, with free nationwide delivery.

To see more photos from the book launch, click here.

About the Authors

Clarissa S. de la Paz and Sharon W. Que started out as mentor and mentee, and progressed to being board game buddies that revealed their shared passion for spreading financial literacy and proper money management. They both believe that becoming a millionaire is not and should not be regarded as plain, wishful thinking but as something achievable — it can be done whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur.

Clarissa Seriña-de la Paz

Clarissa may not have a rags-to-riches story to tell, but she learned the value of money at a young age. Her parents’ upbringing played an integral role in instilling the proper values throughout her childhood.

She is very fortunate to learn all of these from her parents unlike other children during her age.  She was already budgeting and saving up as early as grade school.  When she turned 12, the world of the stock market had been introduced to her.

Normally, after graduation employment is the next step and Clarissa also chose to have a regular paycheck.  This is a normal practice like to many other Filipinos; but unlike others, she knew that monthly wages alone did not equate to financial stability.

Clarissa’s interests in investment strengthened her financial literacy.  She may not have the formal training but her passion to investment drove her to learn more in a cellular level.  She believes that "If you work for money 8 hours a day, your money should work for you 24 hours a day."

Sharon W. Que

Sharon grew up in an environment where business was a way of life. She fondly recalls that she learned to write her name in the same area where her mom entertained business clients and guests.

She was bitten by the business bug at the age of 10, when she was asked to help with the accounting of her family’s business. Her fascination for money management began when she held bank checks for the first time, and it thrilled her.

For Sharon, she knew that being the COO (Child of Owner) was not her ultimate end.  Ultimately, she wanted to independently earn her million by daring into her own business ventures.

Sharon has established a number of successful businesses, from realty to lifestyle projects.  She acknowledges that her victories are products of hard work and a clear vision on goals.

Sharon likes to teach money awareness to those who wants to manage money and who wishes to learn about financial freedom. Sharon believed that going into business can be difficult for first timers, but once the right foundations have been set, anyone can earn money without actively working for it in the long run.


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