Novelist Paulo Coelho to Pinoys: Your souls lead to the gates of heaven



After American thriller writer Dan Brown drew ire by calling Manila the "gates of hell," famous Brazilian author Paulo Coelho told Filipinos that their souls “lead to the gates of heaven.”


Coelho sent his message to Filipinos on his Twitter account, which has almost eight million followers, on Saturday.


The issue has drawn mixed reactions from netizens, even spurring a Twitter trend wherein the word "Manila" in quotes, movies or book titles is replaced by "gates of hell."

Reacting negatively to Brown’s description of Manila, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino even wrote a letter to the author expressing his “disappointment” over the “inaccurate” portrayal of the Philippine capital.

A couple of years, ago, Coelho tweeted: "I woke up thinking about the Philippines. I must visit the country..."

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