Elizabeth Aguilar was born in a small town by a lake in the Philippines. Gathering clams in the very clear water of the lake at sunrise made her develop a love for art and writing so that she composed poems, wrote short stories, and painted in watercolour when she was in grade school. She was very good in figures, so she was made to pursue a career in accounting and business by her father and had no choice in a strictly paternal tradition of her society. She spent all her life in the corporate world, but the love for writing never left her that when she was convinced by her friends to attend a writing workshop in the early 2000. She gladly did, and there she met her mentor, a writer of books published in the Philippines, who encouraged her to write a novel, and she did. ?The Secret Box? is the result of these efforts and is her first published book.