The Filipino ReaderCon at the MIBF


These are the times when book geeks in Manila go crazy. Yup, it’s the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF at SMX Mall of Asia, which kicked-off today and will last until Sunday, September 21.

Amid all the selling, book launches, signings, seminars, and workshops, you’ll also find a couple of events hosted by the Filipino ReaderCon. This is all courtesy of Primetrade’s (organizers of the MIBF) generosity. So, here are the Filipino ReaderCon events at the MIBF:

Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards (FRCA) Announcement of Finalists and ReaderCon Kick-Off

18 Sept., Thursday, 10:00 – 10:30, Stage Area

Eager to hear who the top three finalists are in the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards? We’re eager to tell you. Drop by the Stage Area tomorrow to get the scoop.

Readers Who Write

20 Sept., Saturday, 10:30 – 12:00, Meeting Room 7


Are you a passionate reader who is thinking of trying your hand at becoming a writer? If so, join us in a discussion with successful readers turned writers. We’ll talk about their transition from just a consumer to a creator and the steps they took to write and publish their first books. This event is brought to you by the National Book Development Board – Philippines and the Filipino ReaderCon.

Check out the speakers and facilitator:

Mina Esguerra

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novella Fairy Tale Fail won the 2012 Filipino Readers’ Choice award for Chick Lit. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in e-publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and#romanceclass, a Contemporary Romance Novella writing class.

Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.

Alyssa Urbano (AerithSage)

Alyssa Marie R. Urbano is a 22 year old Registered Nurse, blogger and a freelance writer from Quezon City, Philippines. She writes in an online publication site called Wattpad where her works were first recognized. Also, she is one of the Wattpad Filipino Ambassadors from the site. She has one published book, “The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract” which has now sold almost 5,000 print and ebook copies internationally. The same book will be released under Summit Media next year.

Gabriela Lee

Gabriela Lee has had her short stories and poetry published in the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States. She is currently teaching creative writing and English at the University of the Philippines. You can find her online at

See you all at the MIBF!