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Iloilo Mega Book Fair 2023: 6 years of promoting local art and literature

The Iloilo Mega Book Fair (IMBF) will be in its 6th year and has lined up activities starting April 27 until April 30, 2023 at the Iloilo Festive Mall. This year’s theme is "Pagtib-ong sa Rehiyon/Celebrating the Regions."

The Iloilo Mega Book Fair started in November 2018 in Festive Walk Mall as well. This is an exciting event for literature and art enthusiasts, with many talks, meet and greets, and various activities showcasing local literature. It is also a great place to see local writers, buy books, and be inspired!

Noel Galon, UP Visayas faculty and the project director of IMBF, envisioned the fair to showcase "books written in the Kiniray-a, Hiligaynon, and Aklanon languages annually and gather all creatives and content producers of Western Visayas."

Atty. Raymundo Pandan Jr., a 2022 Palanca awardee, will be this year’s keynote speaker at the opening program. The Iloilo drag queen and cosplay community will be featured, indicating that the IMBF is not just a celebration of books but also of local artistry. This will display local colors, local narratives, and local initiatives that will capture the theme of this year’s IMBF. 

This year’s event, which is co-organized by Kasingkasing Press, UP Visayas - OICA, Hubon Manunulat, Book Latte, National Book Development Board, JCI, DOT Region VI, ILOMOCA and Iloilo Festive Mall, will launch books that highlight regional works published in English and Hiligaynon with the intention of incorporating visual artworks into the fair, engaging in "performative literature" and displaying literary works through performance arts.

For the schedule of events, see below:

Schedule of events for Iloilo Mega Book Fair 2023

DAY 1: April 27, 2023 (Thursday)

10:00 AM

NBDB REGISTRATION for Writers, Authors, Translators, Publishers, Printers, and Crcatives

ALL DAY NETWORKING SESSIONS with Writers, Authors, Translators, Publishers, Printers, and Creatives

BOOK SWAP ILOILO & BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK, sponsored by Book Latte

11:00 AM

WESTERN VISAYAS WRITERS CONQUERING CYBERSPACE: Conversations with Ilonggo/a writers on how to cultivate a creative mindset after the pandemic. Live webcast via IMBF Faccbook Page (Spotlight: Neoniel Pedutem, author of Homebound, a journey to self-introspection and midnight musings), hosted by Rynshien Joy Olivete

OPENING OF ILOILO VISUAL ART VILLAGE: Championing Western Visayas Creatives (Limited edition prints of postcards, bookmarks, stickers, and posters from selected Iloilo visual artists, Lucia Astd,  Persia Bangero, Janna Jae Defensor, Anthony D. Castillo, Jay Vasquez, Althea Villanueva, Nicole So, Gina Apostol, Rochelle Acla-Kim, Mark Vincent Java, Angel Marie Palma, Kirby. Guirhem Majaque, and Mia Reyes)

02:00 PM

BUSKERS IN THE CITY: Best of Iloilo Buskers, sponsored by MuziCares Iloilo

03:00 PM

Literature Talk Online: Paulo Herras Comics

04:00 PM

BEST OF PIROT: Best of Virgilio "Pirot" Petcheller Songs 

04:30 PM

REMEMBERING FELINO S. GARCIA, JR.: Life and Works, presented by The Peter Solis Nery Foundation

DAY 2: April 28, 2023 (Friday)

10:00 AM

NBDB REGISTRATION for Writers, Authors, Translators. Publishers, Printers, and Creatives

ALL DAY NETWORKING SESSIONS with Writers, Authors, Translators, Publishers, Printers, and Creatives

BOOK SWAP ILOILO & BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK, sponsored by Book Latte

11:00 AM

WESTERN VISAYAS WRITERS CONQUERING CYBERSPACE: Conversations with Ilonggo/a writers on how to cultivate a creative mindset after the pandemic. Live webcast via IMBF Faccbook Page (Spotlight: Wilier Jun Manares. author of Bet Log: Titiliang Tala, Tatalaang Tula), hosted by Rynshien Joy Olivete

MEET AND GREET: Ukiyoto Authors, Jag Muyco, Mariel Ledesma Terre, Icy Belen Tumayao, Neoniet Pedutem, Wen Dy, Ancel Mondia, and W. J. Manares

02:00 PM

MEET AND GREET: Rey Bufi of Lakbay-Kuwentuhan and publishing contracts consultation with Ruth Valorie “Wowie" Catabijan of Kahel Press

BUSKERS IN THE CITY: Best of Iloilo Buskers, sponsored by MuziCares Iloilo

04:00 PM

BOOK LAUNCH:
PiƱa Futures: Weaving Memories and Innovations by Randy Madrid, sponsored by FEU Publications

DAY 3: April 29, 2023 (Saturday)

09:00 AM

LITERATURE TALK: Western Visayas Reads NVM Gonzalez by Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, OICA Conference Room. UP Visayas City Campus

10:00 AM

NBDB REGISTRATION for Writers. Authors. Translators, Publishers, Printers, and Creatives

ALL DAY NETWORKING SESSIONS with Writers, Authors. Translators, Publishers. Printers, and Creatives

BOOK SWAP ILOILO & BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK, sponsored by Book Latte

IN-PERSON STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: Discovering the Storyteller in You by Rey Bull, sponsored by Basa Bookstore

11:00 AM

WESTERN VISAYAS WRITERS CONQUERING CYBERSPACE: Conversations with Ilonggo/a writers on how to cultivate a creative mindset after the pandemic, Live webcast via IMBF Faccbook Page (Spotlight: Elvic Victonette B. Razon-Gonzales), hosted by Rynshien Joy Olivete

MEET AND GREET: Iloilo Critics Circle. John E Barrios, Ted Aldwin E. Ong, Noel Galon de Leon, Allyn Canja. Theodore Richard R. Bautista, John Anthony Estolloso, and Eric Abalajon

1:00 PM

BOOK LAUNCH:
Virgilio A Reyes Jr: A Diplomat and Author Speaks
“A Memory of Time” (New Day Publishers) and “Nuestro Perdido Eden: A Novella On Manila” (Ateneo De Naga University Press)

2:00 PM

PUBLISHING TALK: Production Hacks (how to save on production costs) by Ruth Valorie “Wowie” Catabijan, sponsored by Kahel Press

04:00 PM

BOOK LAUNCH: Bayani Biographies: Teresa Magbanua by Natasha Kintanar, presented by Kahel Press

BOOK DONATION TURNOVER CEREMONY: Beneficiary – Abyan Youth (from Sara, Iloilo)

05:00 PM

BOOKSHARE: Making Books Accessible to the Visually-Impaired, by Aggie Angeles, Country Representative of Bookshare Philippines, presented by Bookshare Philippines and Kahel Press

DAY 4: April 30, 2023 (Sunday)

10:00 AM

NBDB REGISTRATION for Writers, Authors, Translators, Publishers, Printers, and Creatives

ALL DAY NETWORKING SESSIONS with Writers, Authors. Translators, Publishers. Printers, and Creatives

BOOK SWAP ILOILO & BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK, sponsored by Book Latte

11:00 AM

WESTERN VISAYAS WRITERS CONQUERING CYBERSPACE: Conversations with Ilonggo/a writers on how to cultivate a creative mindset after the pandemic. Live webcast via IMBF Faccbook Page (Spotlight: Anna Teresa Slater), hosted by Rynshien Joy Olivete

MEET AND GREET: Handurawan llongga Illustrators. Lucia Asitl. Dk terbio. Modj Misme, Abigail Anton. Adelle Pacificur, Kyla Buenavista. Andie Gamboa. Marienell Vinegas. Hannah Vergara Figueroa, and Mae Sheilou Conserva Paterno

MEET AND GREET: Mel F. Turao and Peter Solis Nery of The Peter Solis Nery Foundation

02:00 PM

BUSKERS IN THE CITY: Best of Iloilo Buskers, sponsored by MuziCares Iloilo

03:00 PM

BOOK LAUNCH: Nothing's Lost by Celia F. Parcon, presented by The Peter Solis Nery Foundation

04:00 PM

BOOK LAUNCH: Ang Hangaway kag Ang Higante, nobeleta pambata sa Hiligaynon by Bryan Mari Argos (Kasingkasing Press)

Tumandok, novel in Hiligaynon by Jesus C. Insilada (Kasingkasing Press)

Resurgence. Poems and Essays About Depression and Healing by Elijah Jose Barrios (Kasingkasing Press)

Letters to A Stranger by Neil Cartujano (Kasingkasing Press)

17 halin sa iraya by Bantugan sa Panulatan Kinaray-a, edited by Jose Edison Tondares (Kasingkasing Press)

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