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The First Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards

Hello Filipino Book Bloggers! How’s everyone doing? 🙂

Just a quick, quick post to share a major announcement! Presenting the first Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards— an award chosen by us readers to honor our favorite Philippine published books! 🙂

The Filipino Readers Choice Awards seeks to engage the Filipino reading public in honoring their favorite Philippine-published titles. An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers Group, the Filipino RCA was established to develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature; recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work; and give the readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.

Nomination period is up until July 22, 2012, and you can nominate any Philippine published book from January 2010 to December 2011 at the online nomination form. Categories include:

  • Children’s picture book
  • Chick lit
  • Novel in English
  • Novel in Filipino
  • Comics / Graphic novels
  • Short story anthology
  • Essay anthology
  • Poetry

Updates on the nominees and the awards will be posted at the Filipino ReaderCon 2012 website, so be sure to check back there every week to see how your nominated book is doing. The winners will be awarded on the 2nd Filipino ReaderCon: United We Read, which will happen on August 18, 2012 at the Filipinas Heritage Library.

This time, we get to decide. 🙂 Feel free to post this information on your blogs, and do nominate your favorite Filipino books! 🙂


Guest Post: World Read Aloud Day

Hello fellow Filipino Book Bloggers, just a quick announcement: there’s a meet-up scheduled on January 21, 3pm at Libreria Bookstore in Cubao X. Everyone is welcome to attend!

We interrupt our regular programming to welcome Ruby to the site. She’s here to talk about something worthwhile. Let’s all give Ruby a warm welcome!


Hello, my name is Ruby Veridiano, and I am the first LitCorps Ambassador of LitWorld, a global literacy organization based in New York City. As the first official LitCorps Ambassador, I chose my home country of the Philippines as the new grounds in which I would help LitWorld spearhead their Girls and Boys LitClubs, programs that help empower boys and girls through reading and writing.

I am also here to spread the mission of World Read Aloud Day, an international event occurring on March 7th, 2012, that gathers people across the world to advocate for literacy. Presently, over 790 million people across the world cannot read or write. Yet, literacy is a human rights issue. Without literacy, development and progress in economics, health, and education would be hindered.

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

It is my hope that I can invite the Filipino Book Bloggers to take part in celebrating World Read Aloud Day by helping us spread the word through your blog and social media. We’d also love to invite you in helping us create celebrations/events in honor of this special day!

To participate in World Read Aloud Day, please feel free to email me at You can also learn more about LitWorld and World Read Aloud Day here:

Twitter: @litworldsays

You can also view photos of all the amazing people who joined us around the world for World Read Aloud Day 2011 here.


What is Filipino Book Bloggers?

The Filipino Book Bloggers is an informal organization of reading enthusiasts who consistently leverage social media in order to reach a worldwide audience. Though some Filipinos had been book blogging as early as 2005, the number of Filipinos starting book blogs has increased in recent years. It started out as just an online directory but has evolved to something more – from just a directory to online discussions to meet-ups.

The first meet-up of the Filipino Book Bloggers was on September 25, 2010. It was a fun and casual meeting, though the seeds of grand plans were already placed on the agenda. And it was one of those seeds that grew into the first ever Filipino Reader Conference.

How to Join?
(Instructions are also found in the sidebar)
Book bloggers are encouraged to join as long as they’re Filipino. It doesn’t matter what genre they blog about or in what part of the world they live in as long as they’re book bloggers.

What is a book blog? A book blog is a niche blog that has posts that revolve around books. Usual blog topics include book reviews, publishing news, discussion posts about reading, author interviews and posts about events and conferences that cater to readers.

Who puts up book blogs? Anyone can put up a book blog! Anyone. Most blogs are hosted by free sites such as WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr. Any reader or book lover can sign up on these sites and start posting about the books that he or she has read.

To be listed, send an email to filipinobookbloggers(at)gmail(dot)com with the following details: Blog Name, Blog URL, Location, Brief Description, Favorite Authors and tags for what genre your blog caters to. Also send an image if you want it to be included in the post dedicated to you.

Some Announcements

Hello Filipino Book Bloggers! Were you able to the attend the first Filipino Reader Conference? If yes, then please drop by the website and fill out the feedback form. The organizers behind the event would love to hear what attendees have to say. If you weren’t able to attend, then please check out the videos uploaded in the ReaderCon site. The videos include the keynote speech, the book club panel and the book blog panel.

Next, the website MangoJuiced is having a contest that all Filipino Book Bloggers can join. Click here to learn more about it but here are the mechanics:

MangoJuiced may just buy you your very own ebook – absolutely FREE! – if you’re willing to share your review with us!

1. Follow and wait for the announcement of this month’s Ebook Giveaway.

2. Pitch to @MangoJuiced:
– the title of the ebook you want, and the link (you can choose Amazon or Smashwords)
– your blog’s URL
– why you want the book, and why your review will be awesome

3. MangoJuiced will announce the winner and send them their ebook.

4. Wait for your review to show up on

5. Not this month’s winner? Try again next month!

Filipino Readers Make It Social!

To those who’ve been waiting for updates about the first Filipino Reader Convention, the website is finally up! Spread the word about it. 🙂 For Tumblr users, following is as easy as clicking the follow button but for non-Tumblr users, here’s the RSS feed. Web badges in various designs are available in the website, feel free to use any of them in promoting the event. Don’t forget to follow the Twitter account and the Facebook events page as well.

The First Filipino Reader Conference

Since the event is already listed in the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) schedule, let’s make it official with a post in this site as well. 🙂 We’re still working on finalizing the details so watch out for updates, we’ll be putting up a ReaderCon site and we’ll announce the URL as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter for ReaderCon updates.

Filipino Readers Make It Social!

The 1st Filipino Reader Conference

When: September 14, 2011, Wednesday, 1-6 PM (during MIBF)

Where: SMX Mall of Asia, Meeting Room 2


1. to provide support, instruction, and social time for book club members and book bloggers
2. to celebrate readers and reading in the Philippines
3. to promote a closer connection between readers and writers and/or publishers

Expected Audience: 50-70 people

• book bloggers
• book club members (Flips Flipping Pages, Goodreads, etc.)
• authors
• publishing people
• walk-ins


1:00 – 1:20 PM Registration

1:20 – 1:30 PM Welcome Remarks

1:30 – 2:00 PM Keynote Speech: How readers can help promote Filipino authors, publishers, and Philippine literature

Speaker: Carljoe Javier
Author of And The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, The Kobayashi Maru of Love, and Geek Tragedies. Also published stories in anthologies and magazines, such as Free Press, Philippine Graphic, and Fudge. Taught Creative Writing at UP Diliman and was a fellow for fiction in UP and Dumaguete National Writers Workshops. Maintains a blog, Lumpen Culturati. Currently teaches in the UP Open University and is connected with UP Press.

2:00 – 3:30 PM Panel Discussion: Putting up and Running a Book Club – for the fun of it!


Gege Sugue (FFP)
Founder of Flips Flipping Pages, an online/offline book club based in Shelfari. FFP has been in existence since September 2007 and has been conducting monthly face-to-face book discussions since May 2008. There are 1400+ online members of FFP. Regular online discussion participants, however, number around 60, while regular offline discussion members number around 30.

Kuya Doni (Goodreads)
Kuya Doni is an administrator of the Filipino Goodreads Group, an online/offline Filipino book club based in Goodreads. Filipino Goodreads conducts several online discussions per month and has organized face-to-face meet-ups among members. There are 1200+ online members of Filipino Goodreads.

Tata Francisco (Ex Libris)
Co-founder of Ex Libris Philippines, an offline book club and NGO. The book club is now an org in UP Diliman, but original members of Ex Libris still meet regularly for book discussions. As an NGO, Ex Libris also holds yearly fundraisers to send a few scholars to UP Diliman.

Facilitator: Peter Sandico
FFP administrator in-charge of online discussions. Publishing professional and also runs a book blog called Kyusireader.

3:30 – 4:00 PM Snacks

4:00 – 5:30 PM Panel Discussion: The Why and How of Book Blogging


Tarie Sabido (Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, Into the Wardrobe)
Children’s and young adult literature blogger. Judge for the 2009 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) and the 2010 Philippine National Children’s Book Awards. Panelist at the recent Asian Festival for Children’s Content in Singapore on “Building a Nation of Readers via Web 2.0: An Introduction to Kidlitosphere and YA Blogosphere”.

Charles Tan (Bibliophile Stalker)
Editor, published author, and speculative fiction blogger since 2006. Virtually the international ambassador of Philippine Speculative Fiction across the world. Compiled the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler and writes sharp insightful essays about the state of local and international publishing.

Chachic Fernandez (Chachic’s Book Nook)
YA and fantasy blogger. Administrator of Filipino Book Bloggers website, which is a directory of Filipino book bloggers from all over the world. Organizes and facilitates meet-ups of Filipino book bloggers around Metro Manila.

Aldrin Calimlim (Fully Booked. Me)
Literary blogger. Also one of the contributors to Pelikula Tumblr, a film blog, and Fully Booked’s magazine. Featured in Young Star Philippines as a book tweeter.

Sasha Martinez (Sasha & the Silverfish)
Literary blogger with a vast connection to foreign literary bloggers. Majored in Creative Writing and is a published author. Contributes to the Philippine Online Chronicles and does book reviews for Philippines Free Press. Finalist in Arts and Culture Category in 2010 Philippine Blog Awards.

Facilitator: Honey de Peralta (Coffeespoons)
Eclectic book blogger. Member and administrator of Flips Flipping Pages. Finalist in Arts and Culture Category in the 2009 and 2010 Philipine Blog Awards.

5:30 – 6:00 PM Socials – venue for bloggers/book club members/authors/publishers to get together and network

Filipino Friday: Major Bookstores

Most of you have probably heard of Borders filing for bankruptcy this week. While this doesn’t directly affect us book lovers here in the Philippines, it’s still a sad day for those who are affected (more so for the employees). I had an interesting discussion over at Twitter yesterday with Charles and Kenneth about how this can happen to local major bookstores like Fully Booked and PowerBooks in the future. I believe PowerBooks is already having problems right now. National probably doesn’t have to worry because they focus more on school/office supplies than books anyway.

I just wanted to throw this topic out there and see what the rest of you think. Post your thoughts in the comments below.


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