NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – A controversial book authored by a Filipino just made it to the top of New York Times’ Bestseller list, thanks to an unexpected promoter, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The book, “Altar of Secrets,’ tackles the issue of sex, politics and money in the Philippine Catholic Church. It was written by Aries Rufo.
During a meeting with members of the Filipino community in South Korea, Duterte presented the book as a gift to two ladies from the audience.
A videotape of the event — including the President kissing one of the ladies on the lips — went viral.
As a result, Amazon and bookstores all over the world sold out all their book inventory and the publishers had to order an urgent reprint to meet the demand.
This is the first time that a book by a Filipino author made it to No. 1 in the NYT list.