Filipino Friday #2: 5 Things I Wish as a Filipino Reader

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Hey everyone! It’s round two of Filipino Friday!

It’s a fantastic time to a Filipino Reader. Not only are we getting new books from writers all over the world, we are also getting a lot of author visits that keep people excited and eager to read. Best of all, there is an increase of Filipino-authored books available in the market, so there’s more choices for you to read. From the classic works of Jose Rizal, the more modern but still relevant works of Nick Joaquin; to the very new works that first appeared in Wattpad or in online workshops, you have so many choices.

But it’s still a very dynamic landscape. As the Filipino reading scene has changed over the past years, it’s highly likely that we’ll see something new in the future too.

For this week’s Filipino Friday question, we ask you What are the five (5) Things You Wish as a Filipino Reader?

This could be anything! What stories do you want to see from our local authors? Which author do you want to visit the country? Would you want to see your favorite comic book become a live action movie? It’s time for you to share your ultimate wishlist from your perspective as a Filipino Reader. Go wild, go crazy!

If you’ve posted your answer on your website or blog, let us know by sharing the link to your post in the comments section below! You can also leave your responses directly below. Share your answers through Twitter (@FilReaderCon) and use the hashtag (#FilipinoFriday). Facebook also works great, and don’t forget to use the same hashtag when you post there.

Hey, Christmas is near! Who knows? Something in your wishlist may just come true.

Filipino ReaderCon 2015 Program and Panels

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As of posting time, there are only 17 days left before the 5th Filipino Reader Conference! Yay! We can certainly feel your hype from here!

We have a lot of things in store for everyone! Please do take a look at the descriptions of this year’s panels and activities, as well as the program. The profile of our esteemed speakers will be up in the near future, so stay tuned for more updates!

And before we forget, we remind everyone that registration for this year’s Filipino Reader Conference is now open via Eventbrite! Those who have registered through the Eventbrite page will be notified about registering for the panels of your choice within this week!

For more details about the registration process, please proceed to this page.

Are you excited and ready for the reading revolution? We know you are! Be sure to check this site for more updates! Better yet, you can also like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for quicker updates!

See you on November 28 at the DLSU Henry Sy Hall!

Register for the 5th Filipino ReaderCon!

20 days left till the 5th Filipino ReaderCon! Are you excited? :) Because we sure are! And we have even more exciting news for you today:

Registration for the 5th Filipino ReaderCon is now open!

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Some questions you might ask regarding the registration, and some answers:

  • Is the event open to all?
    The event is open to all, as long as you like reading!
  • How much is the registration fee? How do I pay?
    Registration fee is Php 150, paid upon entry. Cash payments only. For your convenience, please prepare exact change. :)
  • Do I need to reserve my slot for the panels?
    We have a pre-registration form for the panels, which you will get in another email soon after you register.
  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
    We will post about transportation and parking on the website closer to the event date.
  • What can/can’t I bring to the event?
    Other than the usual no alcohol, weapons, or drugs, we also highly discourage bringing laptops, DSLRs, or any big equipment because. DLSU would require you to fill out an entry permit form, and there will be a lot of walking as we transfer to the break-out rooms and we don’t want you to be inconvenienced.

    If you are a speaker, panelist, or session host, there will be laptops provided for your presentations. If you absolutely must bring one for your session, kindly contact the organizers on or before November 13 so we can assist you with your permit.

  • Are walk-ins allowed?
    Yes, but for your convenience, we highly encourage that you pre-register here so you won’t take too much time a the entrance in registering.
  • Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
    Email us at filreadercon@gmail.com or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

The 5th Filipino ReaderCon: Toward a Reading Revolution is on November 28, 2015, from 8:00 am to 6:00pm, at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University. We’ll see you there, alright? :)

Filipino Fridays 2015 #1: Five Ways Reading has Changed My Life

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Hello, everyone! It’s time for our first Filipino Friday for 2015! Hurrah!

For those who are new to this activity, Filipino Friday is a weekly internet meme held during the Fridays of the Filipino Reader Conference month where Filipino readers around the world (like you!) are highly encouraged to take part in! To be able to participate in this activity, all you need to do is to read the weekly Filipino Friday posts, write a response to each weekly prompt on your own blog or any social networking account (which must be set to public for us to see it), and post a link to your answers in the comments section. After posting your answers, we encourage you to check out what your fellow bloggers and readers have posted! This is a timely and exciting opportunity for each of us to get to know and interact with other readers and writers, and it is one you will surely enjoy.

For our first topic, let’s take a look at how reading has molded, changed, or even revolutionized our lives. Whether in grand or simple ways, reading may have surely influenced your mindset on things, gave you unique, wonderful ideas to write about, and perhaps, it might have led you to meeting new friends! :D

And so, this week’s prompt is…

How do you think has reading changed your life? Please share with us at most five significant ways that will show how reading has influenced your life. These could be in terms of personality, career, studies, and other parts of your life this influence has taken place. :D

Please don’t forget to post a link to your post in the comments section below! You can also leave your responses below, too! :D You can also tweet us (@FilReaderCon) and use the hashtag (#FilipinoFriday). You can also tag us on Facebook and use the same hashtag when you post there!

We’re definitely thrilled to see your responses! ^^

The Road to Filipino ReaderCon 2015: Activities

It’s starting to get really busy behind the scenes as we prepare for the 5th Filipino ReaderCon – contacting speakers and session hosts, looking for sponsors (want to be one of them? :D), setting up the registration, all that jazz. But of course we’re not forgetting you, readers!

As with every ReaderCon since 2011, we’ve got some fun online (and offline) activities for everyone as we head Toward a Reading Revolution. These activities will run in various social media channels leading to the Filipino ReaderCon on November 28, to be held at the Henry Sy Sr Hall, De La Salle University.

We’d love it if you can join in these activities – and who knows, some lucky participants might even win some prizes. :)

#ROADTOFRC2015 INSTAGRAM PHOTO A DAY CHALLENGE:

Yes, we’re on Instagram now! Starting November 4, post a photo on Instagram following the prompts set for the day! Make sure you tag us and use the hashtags #RoadtoFRC2015 and #Filreadercon so we can share your post! Not on Instagram? Post it on Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtags (make sure your accounts are public!) so we can see your post.

And if in case you miss a day, just catch up, no worries. There’s always #latepost and #latergram :D

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Filipino Friday:

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Filipino Friday is back, and will start on November 6! Same as always, we encourage book bloggers to answer a weekly topic that is connected to this year’s Filipino ReaderCon theme! Posts explaining the topic will be posted every Friday morning. Participating is easy – just answer the question on your blog, the comments section of this site, or even in your favorite social media channel (again, make sure it’s public and you tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram so we can see your answer) to join the discussion. :)

And because we’re all into listicles lately, and it’s the 5th year of the Filipino ReaderCon, we’re asking 5 things from you every week:

  • November 6: 5 Ways Reading Has Changed My Life
    How has reading affected your life? What changes happened to you because of books, and reading?
  • November 13: 5 Things I Wish as a Filipino Reader
    We all want things, and as Filipino readers, I’m sure we wish for a lot of things as far as reading is concerned. So what are the things you want to see, read, have access to, as a reader? Tell us what’s on your wish list!
  • November 20: 5 Ways I Can Support Filipino Authors/Books
    It’s an exciting time for Filipino authors, and we are seeing more and more books written by them out in the wild. As Filipino readers, what are ways that I can support local authors and their books?
  • November 27: 5 Revolutions that Changed the Way I Read
    Reading and being a book lover today is definitely different from say 6 years ago. What are the revolutions (be it big or small) that changed the way you read?

Pinoy bOOK drOP

There’s something very romantic about leaving books for other people to find, yes? We’re bringing the Pinoy Book Drop back for ReaderCon this year – and it’s also incorporated in the Instagram #RoadtoFRC2015 challenge! Pick some books from your shelf and set them free, but don’t forget to leave a little note for other readers to find it!

1. Pick a book (or two, or three, or yes, four!) that you wish to give away, or that’s okay for you to part with, for one reason or another. Make sure to check the pages for important stuff – anything you may have inserted there and forgotten but you may want to hold on to.

2. Download and print the customized bookplate below these instructions. It doesn’t have to be in color – black and white will work just as fine! Paste or stick one bookplate on a clear page or area of the book/s that you wish to give away. Yes, you can sign your name and leave a note, too, if you want.

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3. Leave or “drop” the book/s in a public place, or basically any place where people are sure to see them: in a café, in the office, at a restaurant, the gym, it’s up to you. (Well, maybe not inside a bookstore, yeah.) You know where someone is likely to see the book/s and pick it up, yes?

4. Before leaving the book/s where you “dropped” them, take a photo. If you’re leaving two or more books, be sure to take note of the date, time, and place where you left each one. Post the picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and hashtag it with #pbdrop / #filreadercon #RoadtoFRC2015, so we can share your post and people can find the book you dropped! :)

There’s a scheduled Book Drop day (every Friday of November), but you can drop a book every day if you want to! And if you’re one of the lucky ones who found a book, let us know by tagging us so we can all throw a mini-online party for the book finding a new owner! :)

aND THAT’S IT!

Ready for the activities? Let’s make some noise online (and offline!) as we get ready for the 5th Filipino ReaderCon! All roads lead to Henry Sy Sr Hall, DLSU on November 28 – Toward a Reading Revolution! :)