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! :)

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Pinoy Book Drop 2014

Hello guys! The Filipino ReaderCon is just around the corner and as we countdown to that one big day, we are bringing back Pinoy Book Drop and it will not just be a Filipino Friday feature but something you can do until the Filipino ReaderCon on November 14, itself!

The concept is simple: Everyone is encouraged to drop a book in a public place for someone else to find, read and keep.

How can you get involved? Here are the instructions:

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 that you’ll find 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 there, too, if you want.

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.

So how is everyone going to know that you have dropped a book somewhere? You can do any of the following:

(a) If you have a Twitter account, just tweet the title of the book, where and when you dropped it, and attach the appropriate photo. If you dropped two or more books, tweet about each title separately.

(b) You can also post about it on Facebook – on your own profile/timeline, if it’s set to public, OR on the Filipino ReaderCon page itself. Same details apply: title of the book, place and date of the drop, and photo. If you’re dropping two or more books, you have the option to include all the books in one go or post about the books individually. It’s up to you.

IMPORTANT: Please use the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and don’t forget to tag us at @PinoyReaderCon for every tweet!

5. The actual dropping of books will take place until the Filipino ReaderCon on November 14, 2014.

6. On the other hand, if you’re one of those who are lucky enough to find a dropped book, we encourage you to tell us all about it, as well! Tweet and Facebook any dropped book that you find – same instructions on using the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging us at @PinoyReaderCon apply. ;)

Here is this year’s book plate:bookplate

Additional Instructions: Interested to know who found your book? Just stick or attach a note addressed to your book’s new owner to Tweet or post on Facebook about his/her newest find. As usual, hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging @PinoyReaderCon are encouraged. :)

Filipino Friday 2013 #3: The Pinoy Book Drop Round-up

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Our third Filipino Friday was the culmination of the Pinoy Book Drop interactive activity that saw a ton of books being dropped at random places for an entire week, to be picked by their new owners. We have already said it in our Filipino Friday post but it won’t hurt to say it again: thank you to all who gamely and enthusiastically participated in the Pinoy Book Drop, little glitches notwithstanding. And to all who were unable to participate, for their own understandable reasons, thank you as well for answering our non-participant questions.

Here are the list of participants and non-participants who took time out to answer our third Filipino Friday questions. The list is by no means complete, as there are others who have participated in the drop but were unable to share their experience at length.

You guys are awesome:

1. Jinky of Jinky is reading
2. Blooey of Bookmarked!
3. Louize of The Page Walker
4. Chris of Ficsation
5. Monique of marginalia
6. Justine of Claiming Alexandria
7. Kat of strangely out of place
8. Angus of Book Rhapsody
9. Tin of Rabbitin
10. Alona of off the wall
11. Lynai of It’s A Wonderful Bookworld!
12. Arjohn of The Journal of Phercy Noya
13. Judie of Citizen Judie
14. Katherine of curiosa kat
15. Pammy of Life of a Cuddlebit
16. Tina of i like it dog-eared
17. Verne of Overbooked Reader
18. Chrissie of The Write Side

If you have some books that you still intend to drop, please do so! Let’s continue to share our love of reading everyday, and in the most random of places.  ;)

Until the next Filipino Friday, everyone! :)

Filipino Friday 2013 (3): The Pinoy Book Drop

What an exciting week it has been for this year’s Filipino ReaderCon! We’ve unveiled the updated event poster, and the awesome, awesome program for the event has been prepared – have you checked the roster of fabulous authors who will be there? Did you see the names of your favorites? And more importantly, have you guys pre-registered? Make sure you do, so that your slot is saved!

Anyway, it’s Filipino Friday again, and this week’s topic is the culmination of a week-long interactive activity that we’ve prepared this year: The Pinoy Book Drop!

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Before we proceed, however, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this activity. We are appreciative of the positive response and all week, we’ve been busy retweeting and reposting about your dropped books. The activity would not have been successful without your contagious enthusiasm and active involvement. So, thank you guys! :)

For this week’s Filipino Friday, we have two sets of questions – we know that the Pinoy Book Drop participants are excited to talk about their experience, but we’re not discounting the fact that there may be some readers who, for one reason or another, were unable (or otherwise, chose not) to take part in this activity. So in order for everyone to join in this week’s Filipino Friday, we’ve prepared the following questions:

Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? If yes:
–  First, kindly detail all the books that you have dropped, and where and when you dropped them.
– Next: tell us all about your experience. How did you feel before and after you dropped the books? How did you choose the places where you dropped them? Did you check back and see if the books were still there? Do you have any idea who might have found them?

If no:
– Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

You know the drill – if you keep a blog, write a post and leave the link (to the post, not to the blog) on the comments section below. You can Tweet about it (tag us at @PinoyReaderCon and include hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon) or post it on Facebook – on your own timeline, if it’s set to public (tag us at Filipino ReaderCon), or on the Filipino ReaderCon page itself. If you have no blog, Twitter or Facebook accounts, you can still participate in this meme by directly writing your answer/s on the comments section of this post. And if you’ve missed the past two Filipino Fridays, you can still catch up by including them in your post this week. Here are the topics:

Week 1 – Hello, Reader!
Week 2 – Kids and Books

That’s it for this week’s Filipino Friday. If you still have a book or two that you want to drop, please do so! Just remember to tag us on Twitter and Facebook so we could help you spread the word. And finally: the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon: What Do Readers Want? will be on November 9, 2013, 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Rizal Library – Ateneo de Manila University.  See you there! :)

Post away and have a great weekend, everyone!

The Pinoy Book Drop: Announcement and Instructions

Hello guys! It’s the second week of Filipino Fridays, and we have something exciting lined up this week for you. To all those who participated in the opening salvo of our favorite Filipino meme last week, thank you! We hope you’ll continue to participate in the forthcoming Filipino Fridays up until the big event on November. And for those who weren’t able to participate last week, you’re still welcome to! It’s never too late to join the fun. :)

For the third week of Filipino Fridays, we have cooked up something fun and interactive. The activity, however, requires the advance dissemination of instructions, so here we introduce and detail the instructions for this year’s Pinoy Book Drop!

Last year, we had The Great Book Swap, inspired by Book Crossing. The Pinoy Book Drop basically shares the same features as The Great Book Swap, so if you participated last year, then you should have a pretty good idea what to do and how this is going to play out. If not, well that’s okay, too – let’s have fun as newbies, yes?

Here are the instructions:

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 bookplates that you’ll find 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 there, too, if you want.

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.

So how is everyone going to know that you have dropped a book somewhere? You can do any of the following:

(a) If you have a Twitter account, just tweet the title of the book, where and when you dropped it, and attach the appropriate photo. If you dropped two or more books, tweet about each title separately.

(b) You can also post about it on Facebook – on your own profile/timeline, if it’s set to public, OR on the Filipino ReaderCon page itself. Same details apply: title of the book, place and date of the drop, and photo. If you’re dropping two or more books, you have the option to include all the books in one go or post about the books individually. It’s up to you.

IMPORTANT: Please use the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and don’t forget to tag us at @PinoyReaderCon for every tweet!

5. The actual dropping of books will take place for an entire week, from October 21 – 27, but if you have your book/s ready for dropping before then, that’s good too – just go ahead and drop them. We will post another set of instructions for this activity on the third Filipino Friday, October 25th.

6. On the other hand, if you’re one of those who are lucky enough to find a dropped book, we encourage you to tell us all about it, as well! Tweet and Facebook any dropped book that you find – same instructions on using the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging us at @PinoyReaderCon apply. ;)

Oh, and here are the Pinoy Book Drop bookplates courtesy of the lovely Tina. :)

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Additional Instructions: Interested to know who found your book? Just stick or attach a note addressed to your book’s new owner to Tweet or post on Facebook about his/her newest find. As usual, hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging @PinoyReaderCon are encouraged. :)

Got it? Let’s do the Pinoy Book Drop! See you again on the third week of Filipino Fridays! :)