United We Read: Thank You!

It’s been several days since the 2nd Filipino ReaderCon: United We Read, and we’re sure some of us are still remembering the day fondly. It was such a fun event, yes? We’d like to take this chance to say our thanks to everyone who made this event possible:

  • Our co-presenters: Filipinas Heritage Library and National Book Development Board
  • Our major sponsors: Scholastic Philippines and Lampara Books
  • Our minor sponsors: McDonald’s Philippines, Flipreads, Anvil Publishing, Inc, Hachette Philippines, Amici Philippines, OMF Literature, Inc and Adarna House
  • To all the speakers, facilitators and book clubs who shared their knowledge and hosted the panels during the day. We’ve heard nothing but good feedback from all the sessions. :)
  • To all the book sellers present during the event who gave all the attendees a chance to add even more books (and bookish trinkets) to their collection.
  • To all the teachers, students, writers and publishing professionals who attended not just to share their knowledge and to learn, but to celebrate the day as a reader.
  • To the Readers’ Choice Awards team, judges and everyone who supported this endeavor. This is definitely history in the making.
  • To everyone who tweeted with us — #filreadercon trended for a while, and it wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for all you Twitterers. :)
  • To the amazing volunteers who worked hard and even lost sleep (or ran on zero sleep!) just to help run the event. For two years the Filipino ReaderCon has been a volunteer-run event, and it just goes to show how passionate people can be for books and reading. Thank you, volunteers, because we wouldn’t be able to do all this without you!
  • And of course, thank you to all the attendees. Whether you were physically there or you were with us virtually, many, many thanks to you! YOU made this event bigger and more awesome than we can ever hope for, and it was worth seeing all the smiles on your faces at the end of the day. Thank you!

This isn’t the end, of course. As what Ms. Andrea Pasion-Flores from NBDB said during her keynote speech: We need a reading revolution. We hope that this event helped us all be proud that we are Filipino readers. :)

Thank you from the Filipino ReaderCon Core Commitee!

See you at the next Filipino ReaderCon! (And don’t forget to give us your feedback! :D)

If you haven’t had enough, here are links to the blog posts about the Filipino ReaderCon (if you have a post that’s not there,leave a comment so we can add you):

Feedback for 2nd Filipino ReaderCon

Hello everyone!

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2nd Filipino ReaderCon! It’s been an awesome, awesome event, and it was all because of you! :)

We have been hearing lots of great feedback from the attendees, but we’d like to make it a bit formal so we would know what you really think. Tell us what you liked and what you think we can do to improve for next year. You can also suggest topics or issues that you’d like to talk about in the next ReaderCon. You may give us your feedback by leaving a comment in this post or you may use the Google form below if you’d rather make your feedback private. And if you’re interested in volunteering, too, you can also let us know so we can send you an email once we’re planning for the next one. :)


More thank you’s and post round-up’s coming soon this week! :) Thank you so much once again, and we hope to see you next year!

Reminders for the ReaderCon

Hi everyone! The 2nd Filipino ReaderCon is just hours away! Here are some reminders for tomorrow:

  1. Pre-registered attendees must arrive at the venue before 8:00am to secure their slots. First come, first served. If you did not pre-register or if you did not arrive by 8:00am, you can still go through regular registration.
  2. Registration fee is Php150, and will be paid upon arrival at the venue. FHL will be giving acknowledgment receipts for the payment. In case you need an official receipt, go back to the registration area during the breaks and request for an OR from the cashier. The fee is inclusive of snacks, a certificate and a raffle entry. The registration table will close at 3:00pm.
  3. Sign up for the panels / discussions will be done during registrations, so make sure you choose ahead of time! If you want to switch to another panel, just head over to the registration area to change your choice. Please note that there are limited seats for each panel, so you may not be accommodated if the panel is already full.
  4. Be on time! Check the program, pay attention to the emcee and the ushers and make sure you get to the session areas on time so you won’t miss anything.
  5. Breakfast, snacks and cocktails will be provided during the event. Food stubs will be included in the kit — please don’t lose them!
  6. Attendees are encouraged to get lunch at their preferred venue — we’re right next to the Ayala Triangle. Participants will also be given a 10% discount at Amici for the day (which you can still use after the event). If you do decide to have lunch outside, please don’t lose your name tag! You will need it in the afternoon sessions, too.
  7. Drinking water will be provided for the attendees all day. In the interests of environmentalism, kindly a non-disposable water container (tumblers, water bottles, etc) to the venue so we would not have to use disposable cups.
  8. Strictly no smoking inside the venue, and no food and drinks allowed inside the basement/library.
  9. There is WiFi at the venue, and we encourage you guys to tweet about the event! Make sure you tag your requests with #filreadercon so we can retweet you! We’ll be live tweeting the event, so make sure you’re following @PinoyReaderCon on Twitter. You can tag posts/photos on Facebook, too!
  10. Finally, have fun! And we’d love to have you all the way to the end of the ReaderCon — stay and chat during the socials! You can bring business cards if you want to build a readers’ network, or if you just want to keep in touch with the new bookish friends you’ll meet. :)

If you’re worried about getting lost, Filipinas Heritage Library is just across Manila Peninsula Hotel and beside Ayala Triangle. For those commuting, you can find commute / getting around directions to Ayala here. And here’s the Google map:

There’s a parking area right beside the venue, or you can also park in Greenbelt and take a 5-10 minute stroll towards the venue. :)

Don’t forget to bring your book donations for the FHL Book Donation program –we’ll be accepting donations all day! And you can still set some books off into the wild for The Great Book Swap — I’m sure there would be a lot of people willing to pick up the books you leave behind, and you may even meet whoever gets to pick up your book (don’t forget to tweet us about it so we can celebrate!

See you tomorrow at the United We Read: The 2nd Filipino ReaderCon will be TOMORROW – August 18, 2012 (Saturday), 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Filipinas Heritage Library! This event is held in partnership with Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and National Book Development Board (NBDB), and sponsored by Scholastic Philippines, Lampara Books, McDonald’s Philippines, Flipreads, Anvil Publishing, Inc, Hachette Philippines, Amici Philippines, OMF Literature, Inc and Adarna House.

Filipino Friday (5): Celebrating the Best

ReaderCon 2012 Filipino Friday

We’re counting down the hours till United We Read: The 2nd Filipino ReaderCon! Are you excited? We’re accepting pre-registrations until 12:00 noon today, so if you haven’t pre-registered yet, make sure you do so you can reserve your slot! :)

Make sure you check the program so you know what’s going to happen for the day. It would also help to check the descriptions of each panel so you know which one to sign up for by tomorrow. If you want to get to know the speakers, too, they have their own page here. Don’t forget to choose which book discussions you want to attend to in the afternoon, too — the host book clubs will be discussing the following: Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew (c/o Flips Flipping Pages), Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan (c/o DLSU LitCircle), Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (c/o The Mysterious Reading Society) and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (c/o Goodreads – The Filipino Group).

And finally, if you’d like to clear some shelf space too and help Filipinas Heritage Library build libraries in the country, just bring age-appropriate books and bring them to the FHL Book Donation Program table on Saturday. :)

Okay now that those are done (all the reminders for tomorrow will be in a later post!), let’s proceed to the last ReaderCon Filipino Friday. Last week was a lovely time to celebrate the friendships we formed because of books. This week, we’ll focus on the books that formed those friendships. Let’s talk about the books that we discovered and loved so far this year:

August 17Celebrating the Best. In honor of the first Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, let’s talk about our favorites for this year. What are your favorite books in 2012 so far? Have you read any awesome Filipino books in the year? If yes, make sure to include them in your list!

Write a post on your blog and leave a link on the list below (click the inLinkz button and leave a link). You can post it on other social media sites, too, but make it public so you can share it to everyone! No blog, or your Facebook is private? Then just leave a comment with your answer below. :) You may also tweet us @PinoyReaderCon or tag us on Facebook with your posts so we can plug them, too! :)

United We Read: The 2nd Filipino ReaderCon will be TOMORROW — August 18, 2012 (Saturday), 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Filipinas Heritage Library. Registration fee is Php150, and you can pre-register for the event here. This event is held in partnership with Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and National Book Development Board (NBDB), and sponsored by Scholastic, Lampara Books, McDonald’s, Flipreads, Anvil Publishing, Hachette Philippines, Amici Philippines, OMF Literature and Adarna House. See you then!

FHL Book Donation Program

There’s no doubt about it: reading has changed all our lives. Books play an important part in our everyday lives, and we are privileged enough to get the books we want to read and build our own personal libraries. But not everyone is as fortunate, and more often than not, school libraries across our countries do not have enough reading material to fuel the habit of the students in the school.

Filipinas Heritage LibraryAs book lovers, we can do our share to make sure that everyone has enough books to read. On August 18, United We Read attendees will get a chance to help out with Filipinas Heritage Library’s Book Donation Program. FHL will be accepting book donations all day during the event, and these books will be given to the school and public libraries that FHL is helping to build. They can be old, pre-loved books or new books, or even both — just bring them at the venue and there will be someone who will accept your donations.

More information about the program below, including contact information for those who want to partner with FHL with this program. Let’s help our fellow Filipinos become readers by sharing our books to those who need them. :)


The 2008 Functional Literacy, Education, and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) of the National Statistics Office (NSO) revealed that almost nine out of 10 Filipinos are functionally literate. Fifty-eight million of the estimated 67 million Filipinos 10 to 64 years old can read, write, compute, and comprehend.

However, only 35.7 percent of functionally literate Filipinos-33.1 percent of male respondents and 38.4 percent of female respondents-reported having access to magazines and books that provide knowledge and information. This is according to an NSO report last updated in 2006.

The gap between the number of Filipinos who are literate and the amount of literature available to them is huge, but could be bridged by the availability of public libraries, school libraries, and reading centers around the country.

Unfortunately, most of our country’s libraries have a limited collection of academic and non-academic reading materials.

The Campaign

The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) seeks to promote a love of books and reading among Filipinos of all ages through its book donation program and activities in partnership with its stakeholders and partner communities. Every month for the last sixteen years, a public school library, community or public library, is given a collection of age and subject-appropriate reading materials by the FHL through its fundraising efforts and the generosity of its stakeholders. Some of the public libraries and school libraries that have benefited from this campaign are the following:

  • Triniville Central College Inc.
  • Mt. Pulag Primary School-Benguet
  • Abucot Elementary School-Benguet
  • Dorin Elementary School
  • Datu Sangki Akoy Elementary School
  • Kinayao Elementary School
  • Busok Elementary School
  • Sapang Bato High School-Pampanga

These libraries are from a list of target beneficiaries that the library maintains. However, we are also open to receiving book donation requests from other schools and libraries.

Aside from donating books, FHL also helps public schools organize and manage their own libraries through its OurLibrary project. This project aims to improve library facilities, enhance library services, and promote a greater love for reading and learning among Filipinos through librarianship training and other programs. Please visit the OurLibrary page to read more stories about this project.

Should you wish to be a partner, donor, or beneficiary of our book donation program, please contact us at 892-1801, send us an email at fhl_inquiry[at]filipinaslibrary.org.ph.

Help FHL provide our fellow Filipinos with books that will expand and enrich their knowledge. Help us create more Filipino readers one library at a time.