scenes from aklatan 2013

When Ms. Nida told her cadre (posse? army?) of writers that in lieu of WIT (Writers in Talks, Visprint’s annual event), Visprint would help put up a function (nameless at the time) that would bring together some local publishers, I had no idea how massive the event was going to be.

When Aklatan (aklat = book, it’s the Filipino word for ‘library’) was formally announced via press releases and a Facebook event page, I still had no idea what to expect. I have not been inside The Tents in Alphaland Southgate Mall; I did not know that it could house 600 people. By the afternoon of Sept. 7, Ms. Nida told me that the register had recorded 800 attendees, and people are still lining up to sign up.

It was beautiful insanity. Everyone involved in the event looked like zombies.

Here were the publishers at this year’s Aklatan:


And here was the Aklatan host! We just had to take a picture with the beautiful Bebang Siy (It’s a Mens World):


(My shirt says ‘Different is Nice’ – very non-confrontational.)

I got a bit lost (it was a huge venue, and there was another function room) and nearly arrived late at my own book launch.

The Visprint table inside The Tents was busy, as always.


Launch inside the Balesin function room.



So here’s where I fail with my photos. I forgot to turn off the Macro function! Argh. Forgive the blurriness. Kunwari na lang Instagram filter. Hehe.


Books launched that day:


Ma’am, hindi nakikinig o. Haha!


Manix Abrera (Kikomachine Komix) attended my book launch, you guys. It’s my claim to fame.

Siege Malvar (Wakasang Wasak) brought a photobooth. We had our photos snapped before they folded up at lunch.


After signing some books (thank you thank you thank you devoted readers!), we headed back to The Tents. It’s the Contemporary Writers’ Panel with Carlo Vergara (ZsaZsa Zaturnnah), Eros Atalia (Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me), Ricky Lee (Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata), and Lourd De Veyra (Insectissimo!)





Fangirl moment with Carlo V.


Comic Book panel with Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo (Trese), Paolo Fabregas (The Filipino Heroes League), and Manix.


Signed more books! Here’s Manix sitting down and thinking, Hay hindi na naman ako makakapag-lunch.


Went onstage myself for the Women Writers panel, with Prof. Jing Pantoja-Hidalgo (Catch A Falling Star), Nikki Alfar (Now, Then, and Elsewhen), Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta (Burning Houses), and Mayette Bayuga (Halinghing sa Hatinggabi).

Photo by Joel Salud
Photo by Joel Salud

Went back to Balesin to listen to Flipside Publishing’s eKlatan, which featured talks about the local ebook industry.

Anthony de Luna, Flipside CEO.


Adam David.



Forgot to take a picture of A.S. Santos (she’s seated in the previous photos) but I really enjoyed her talk (which started with a ghost story – I love ghost stories). Go grab a copy of her book, Voices in the Theater.

Here’s my humble Aklatan loot. Buy my books so I can buy more books, please. Hee.

Aklatan loot

Do join my Project 17 giveaway! Till next year. :)






Where to get my books:

Lower Myths (ebook): (MOBI) | (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | iTunes (iOs) | Barnes & Noble (Nook Book) | Kobo (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | (iOs/Adobe DRM/EPUB)

The Viewless Dark (ebook): (MOBI) | (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | Barnes & Noble (Nook Book) | Kobo (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | iTunes (iOs) | (iOs/Adobe DRM/EPUB)

A Bottle of Storm Clouds (ebook & print paperback): (MOBI) | (DRM-free EPUB) | Kobo (DRM-free EPUB) |Weightless Books (DRM-free EPUB and MOBI) | iTunes (iOS) | Fully Booked | Bibliarch | Pandayan Bookshop | National Book Store | Powerbooks |and provincial outlets

Unseen Moon (ebook & print paperback): Smashwords ($0.99) | (MOBI) | Kobo (Adobe DRM/EPUB) and Sony Reader Store | POD, email victoriaeliza @ gmail dot com

Apocalypses (chapbook): POD, email victoriaeliza @ gmail dot com

Project 17: in bookstores soon

see you at aklatan 2013!

My book, Project 17, will be launched at the 2013 Aklatan book festival on Sept. 7. Also launching that day: Wakasang Wasak by Siege Malvar, and Budjette Tan’s Diabolical.

Program Balesin

I will also be in the Women Writers panel at 1:30 pm with Prof. Jing Hidalgo, Nikki Alfar, Bebang Siy, and Mayette Bayuga.

Program Tents

I’ll be giving away bookmarks and mini-cards to readers who will pick up my books!


Visprint, Inc., in cooperation with The National Book Development Board (NBDB), presents Aklatan: The First All-Filipino Book Festival on September 7, 2013 at the Alpha Tents, 6th Floor of Alphaland Southgate Tower, EDSA cor. Chino Roces Avenue/Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Doors are open from 8am to 6pm.

Participating publishers include Milflores, UST Publishing House, DLSU Publishing House, Adarna, Flipside Publishing, UP Press, The UP Institute of Creative Writing, and many more.

Admission fee is Php 10.00 for students (present current school ID) and Php 50.00 for non-students. Non-students who will donate two or more books (non-textbook only, written by a Filipino author) will have a discounted fee of Php 20.00. All donated books will be sent to the library of a public school in Payatas.



See you there.

launch of estranghero press books + Aklatan!

A couple of announcements!

Several UP Press books are going to be launched next Friday, August 23, including two books by Estranghero Press, The Farthest Shore (which includes my story, “The Just World of Helena Jimenez”, a story that also appears in A Bottle of Storm Clouds) and Diaspora Ad Astra (which includes “Rizal”). Do drop by and buy some books!



On Sept. 7, Visprint, Inc. (publisher of my story collection) and co-presenter National Book Development Board will present the first annual Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival. Read the official press release for the details.

Alphaland Southgate, Magallanes will host this year’s Aklatan on September 7, 2013, Saturday. Although doors open as early as 8 a.m., the formal program will begin at 9 a.m. Artists include Lourd de Veyra, Eros Atalia, and other writers.

Break-out rooms Boracay and Balesin will host talks or seminars and an “unwritten book audition” during which writers will have an opportunity to pitch book ideas to eager publishers, “The Voice of the Philippines” style.

Due to the nature of its inception, the event boasts of a wide and inclusive line-up of Filipino writers and book publishers from critically acclaimed National Artists to their contemporaries preeminent popular culture. Bigger publishers will stand shoulder to shoulder with independent presses.

The complete program is scheduled for release by mid-August. The entrance fee for non-students is P20 while students will receive a 50 percent discount.