Reminders for the ReaderCon

It’s really happening!

The 5th Filipino Reader Conference is happening this Saturday, November 28, 2015! Yay! Here are some friendly reminders about the event:

  1. We encourage everyone attending to pre-register through our EventBrite page, which is open until tomorrow (November 27, 2015) at 10:00 a.m. Although walk-ins are allowed, we strongly encourage the public to pre-register to make the registration process more convenient for everyone. It also involves signing-up for the panels, which also have limited seats. Other details concerning registration can be found at this page.
  2. This year’s Filipino Reader Conference will be held at the De La Salle University, Manila. Directions to the campus, as well as the university map, can be found on this page.
  3. Gates open at 8:00am, at DLSU’s North Gate. This is the one nearest to the Henry Sy Sr. Building. There’s a Fully Booked branch across that gate, so you definitely won’t miss it. Gates are open until 2:00pm, so be there on time so you won’t miss anything! :)
  4. Present your printed tickets at the registration booth so our team can check you in, and then pay the registration fee. No ticket? Just state your name if you’re pre-registered. The registration fee is PhP 150.00, which can be paid at the registration booth on the day itself. Cash payments only, and prepare exact change for your convenience. :)
  5. As regards parking spaces, while there may be available parking areas, we encourage everyone to take public transportation, since these spaces for parking tend to be limited.
  6. For those bringing gadgets such as laptops, DSLRs, and other large equipment: The university requires that entry permit forms be filled-out before entry. Please take note of the model and the serial number of the equipment when you fill out the forms. :)
  7. We have prepared lots of interesting informative topics for everyone, so feel free to take notes and pictures!
  8. Let’s interact and let our friends know the new things we’re learning from the event! Feel free to tweet anything about the event using #FilReaderCon. Live tweets are also available, so please follow @FilReaderCon for updates! We’re also on Facebook and Instagram, so tag us when you take photos! :D
  9. The highlight of the Filipino Reader Conference is, as always, the reader (That’s you!). Take this conference as your opportunity to meet new writers, book clubs, publishers, and other readers. You can also business cards to give to others, so that you can keep in touch with them even after the conference! :D

With that, we hope to see everyone on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the 5th Filipino Reader Conference: Toward a Reading Revolution the Henry Sy Hall, De La Salle University! Let’s make this year a revolution for reading in the Philippines!

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!


Eventbrite - Filipino ReaderCon 2015: Toward a Reading Revolution

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 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? :)

27 days till the 5th Filipino ReaderCon!

Hello, we’re still alive! Slightly panicking, but still very alive! :)

Welcome to the new look of the Filipino ReaderCon website! It took a while to get this up, and you will probably still spot some little bugs here and there, but it’s up! This is in preparation for the 5th (!!!) Filipino ReaderCon,  which is set to happen on November 28, 2015, Saturday (Yay!), 8am-6pm at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University. :)

This year’s theme took a while before it saw the light of day, because we had a different theme in mind at the start of this year. But things change fast, so we had to think of a new one! But as we were planning the program (which will be revealed soon!), we realized that it was still close to the original theme we thought of, just slightly modified.

So friends, fellow Filipino readers, it’s time we head Toward a Reading Revolution.


Poster design by Koi Carreon

More details will be posted here, soon! And we’ve got fun activities online to prepare us all for the road to the 5th Filipino ReaderCon. Can you believe that it’s already the 5th year we’re doing this?

For the meantime, make sure you follow this blog, our Twitter, like our Facebook page, and follow our (new!) Instagram account! And also don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list! :)

Interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor? Send us an email at filreadercon[at] and let’s talk!

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!

Book & Reader Events: JUNE 2014

It’s already the sixth month of the year, which means 2014 is nearly half over! Wondering what’s in store for us Filipino readers this month? So are we, but here are the things we caught wind of.

JUNE 1-15

OMF Lit’s Incredi-bulk Sale
In all OMF Lit and Passages book shops


JUNE 7, Saturday

Janus Silang book signing (c/o Adarna House)
Fully Bookeed Greenbelt 5


JUNE 20, Friday

Uno Morato opening
From their Facebook page: “Uno Morato is a bar, bookstore, and arts venue. Established by young artists coming from the indie/alternative/DIY tradition of artistic production, the store takes that spirit and creates a physical space for artists to convene, share ideas, and promote their work. The store sells books, comics, music, DVDs, artwork, merchandise, and other art-related products made by Filipino artists. Uno Morato is also a place to hang out and have smart conversations, attend stimulating discussions, and join in a variety of workshops catering to a great range of interests.”

Once again, we’d love to hear about and include reader events not just in Metro Manila, but also in other parts of Luzon, in Visayas, and in Mindanao. So please send us word so we can tell other Filipino readers about your event here. Any reading or book event (reader event, book club meeting, bloggers’ meet-up, book launch, author signing, etc.) anywhere in the Philippines, in any language, offline or online, is welcome. Contact us by:

And if you have an event for June that we haven’t included here yet, just get in touch with us. See you at some of these events!