scenes from visprint writers in talks (wit) 2015

wit 2015Thank you to my publisher Visprint, the UST Literary Society, and to everyone who attended the Writers in Talks (WIT) 2015 event on March 21. I had so much fun, and I do hope the aspiring young writers in attendance learned a thing or two. There are photos floating around in the ether, but here are some of mine:

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015This is at the beginning of Writer’s Lifestyle panel, which I thought was pretty fun. The host asks a question (“How often do you release new work?”) and the writers line up behind the choices (“A: Prolific, every month; B: Happy Birthday, once a year; C: Century egg” — you can guess what this option means.)

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015Big crowd.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015This is from the Lost Covers exhibit — an exhibit of rejected covers. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the alternate Dwellers cover. (It was white instead of black.)

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015Manix Abrera’s line of fans.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015

Boo!

The Komiks panel was facilitated by Paolo Fabregas.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015Mervin Malonzo showed old sketches from his childhood. Very interesting to see how his style evolved.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015Tepai Pascual talking about her manga influences.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015I facilitated the Publishing 101 panel with Paolo Chikiamco, Bebang Siy, Nida Ramirez, and Bart Coronel. We discussed: “red flags” in publication contracts, publication horror stories, services writers can expect from a traditional publisher, comparisons of digital/self/traditional publishing, and ways we can improve the local publishing industry. It ended on a great note, with Paolo talking about how important it is for writers to empower themselves. “Every time you look out for yourself as a writer, you look out for other writers. Every time you sell yourself short, you make it easier for publishers to sell other writers short. You will see that there are movements to create a situation wherein those who create benefit the least from their creations. You should not let this happen.”

Ferdinand Jarin serenading attendees.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015Manix Abrera gave away some cool prizes (I wanted the Alan Moore comics SO BAD — next time I’m going to stop by the registration table!) including a lifetime supply of Kikomachine Komiks. He was serious.

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015Great cover, Manix!

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015

Visprint WIT (Writers in Talks) 2015

visprint’s 2014 book love promo now taking orders (free delivery!)

Order your favorite Visprint book and have it delivered to your Philippine address for free!

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stories from the filipino readercon 2014 / day 3 of the 5th PILFBIS

This year, the 4th Filipino Reader Conference coincided with the last day of the 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS). I was fortunate enough to get a leave from the day job to attend several panels. (And even facilitate one!)

I had to leave early though to avoid the afternoon payday rush hour, and unfortunately missed the Filipino Readers Choice Awards. But let me share with you some photos.

The concurrent events were held at Hall B of the Bayanihan Center, venue of the Komikon.

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

I arrived bright and early, even before the plenary speech by Camille dela Rosa of the National Book Development Board (NBDB).

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Visprint booth.

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

I headed straight to Visprint to grab all the new books that I could and have them signed. Caught Tepai Pascual sitting at the Meganon booth.

PILFBIS 2014

Paolo Chikiamco of Mythspace and Rocket Kapre opening the event.

PILFBIS 2014

Camille giving the plenary speech.

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

I stayed put in Hall B to attend the panel “From Reader to Writer”, facilitated by Mina Esguerra. (List of panels here, for reference.) Delighted that the writers wanted to explore mystery/crime and sci-fi in their next writing projects.

PILFBIS 2014

Program break, so I sat down for anyone interested to have their books signed.

PILFBIS 2014

Next up: a panel on diverse reading facilitated by Dean Alfar.

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

Still in Hall B, the Visprint book launches. You should have heard Manix Abrera’s hilarious introductions. (On Mervin: “Nung nakita ko yung art niya parang ayoko na mag-drowing.” On Tepai: “Ang yabang e, parang gusto lang sabihin sa akin, ‘Mas magaling ako sa’yo.'”)

PILFBIS 2014

After lunch and more book signing duties, I headed to Conference Room F for the Authors as Readers panel, featuring Edgar Calabia Samar and Rin Chupeco, where they shared their favorite books and authors.

Loved the small room and the cozy atmosphere. I hoped I did an adequate job as facilitator! I thought the panel was fun, and I would have loved another hour with these writers and the audience.

PILFBIS 2014

I also attended the panel, “Non-required Reading: The Rise of the Book Clubs”, facilitated by Gabi Francisco, whom I have mistaken for her twin sister, Tata. (Tata was a classmate of mine in a Creative Writing class back in UP. Both of them are now teachers at Regina Maria Montessori.) I’m so sorry, Gabi!

My loot.

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

PILFBIS 2014

Not from the event, but gifts from Charles Tan. Thank you!

PILFBIS 2014

My thanks as always to Ms. Nida and Visprint, Honey and the Readercon team, and Camille and Ciela of the NBDB. My deepest gratitude to the readers who bought our books and dropped by to say hi.

That was a Friday well spent.

visprint books at the 2014 mibf

These photos are from the Visprint Facebook page. Visprint books are sold at 10 % off at the Precious Pages booth (in front of the main stage) at the 2014 Manila International Book Fair. Come visit!

I’ll be there Saturday, 11-12 nn, for a book signing. See you.

alternative alamat print edition coming soon — with bonus content!

The Alternative Alamat anthology (where “Ana’s Little Pawnshop on Makiling St.” first appeared) is going to be available as a paperback soon! The print edition contains bonus content, including a new short story of mine called “Remembrance”.

It will most likely be released along with my new novel, Dwellers. I’ll keep you posted!

visprint books (and more!) at uno morato

Uno Morato is a bar, bookstore, and arts venue. Established by young artists coming from the indie/alternative/DIY tradition of artistic production, the store takes that spirit and creates a physical space for artists to convene, share ideas, and promote their work. The store sells books, comics, music, DVDs, artwork, merchandise, and other art-related products made by Filipino artists. Uno Morato is also a place to hang out and have smart conversations, attend stimulating discussions, and join in a variety of workshops catering to a great range of interests.

Uno Morato is located at Garden Area GYY Building #1 Tomas Morato avenue, Quezon City.

Like their Facebook page for more info.