1st Iloilo Mega Book Fair this November!

This is one of the most exciting news of the year here in Iloilo City! On November 8-11, 2018 in Festive Walk Mall, Iloilo Business Park will be the 1st Iloilo Mega Book Festival (IMBF). This event's goal is to promote reading among Ilonggos and the rich local literature.

There will be various activities such as the 1st West Visayan Book Fair, which will feature 100 books by Ilonggo authors (both historical and contemporary). This aims to promote local literature and raise awareness of the great books by authors from Western Visayas. There will also be Art. Calligraphy, and Writing Workshops and an All Pinoy Bookfair. Last but not the least is the 5th Iloilo Zinefest in which I am one of the writers who will display and sell my own zines.

Me and Charlyn Mateo, one of my writer friends, will once again join the Zinefest. We both joined ZineZoned3 last year and you can read my experience here: #ZineZoned3: Iloilo Zinefest 2017 experience. Zines are short self-published works that could be about anything. I also posted a review of my zine haul last year: Reviews and Reactions: Zines from #Zinezoned3. See you there on November 10-11! We might also have "Poetry in the Moment" again, where you can 'buy poetry' - give us a subject and we'll write on it! My zine will be announced soon and my previous zine will also be available.

This festival is made possible by Book Latte, Kasingkasing Press, Hubon Manunulat, and the Book Development Association of the Philippines. For more information, you can check out and follow the following links and Facebook pages:
Here is the schedule of events for the Book Fair (this schedule is from their press release and may be subject to change):

November 8, 2018 (Thursday): Opening of the 1st West Visayan Book Fair @ Main Atrium of Festive Walk Mall
1:00 PM
Opening Program and Ribbon Cutting
Welcome Message from Festive Walk Mall

1:30 PM
Opening Remarks from Ms. Cristina Estorque of Book Latte

2:00 PM
LitTalk1: The State of Western Visayas Literature Book Publishing by Alex C. Delos Santos of Datu Lubay Center, Inc.

November 9, 2018 (Friday): Art and Writing Workshops 
(for more information about the artists and registration, please refer to this post on Facebook)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at MAMUSA Art Bistro
2nd Splashes and Strokes: Watercolor Workshop with Eru Villarta

Learn the essentials of watercolors and learn how to paint amazing landscapes (P500 workshop fee)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Book Latte
The Beginners Calligraphy Workshop with Denise Marie Silva of Tigbato.Ph
Learning the Basics: Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy (P500 workshop fee)

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Festive Walk Mall Megaworld
Poetry and Fiction Writing Workshop with Alex C. Delos Santos
Module on poetry and fiction writing (P500 workshop fee)

November 10, 2018 (Saturday): #ZineZoned5: Iloilo Zinefest @ Festive Walk Mall
Queer Shipping: What Makes Queer Fanfiction Attractive to Millenials
Ms. Katte Vergara, Writer

Panel 2: Literary Queer Talks and Identities with Emerging West Visayan Writers
Rei Hontanar, Kamil Estanislao Coo, Fourth Malaga, Leonard Francis Alcoran, Macky Magbanua Torrechilla

How and Why Start a Business: Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs
Ms. Christina Estorque, Book Latte

Kasingkasing Press Book Launching & Book Signing
Salamangka Artbook by Daniel Ledesma Tinagan
Food for the Crows by Aurelio Rico Lopez III
Creepy Ilonggo by Carlo Anton S. Borromeo

POETIKA: an evening of poetry and other expressions

Selling of zines will continue until Sunday, November 11.

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