Sunday, October 27, 2013

POPtastik Pinoy!


The highlight of the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival.

November is the Philippine Book Development Month, a yearly literacy celebration. Of course, our 3rd Filipino Reader Conference this coming November 9 is part of that. Next to that is the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival, entitled Text, and the City, that will run from November 11 to 15. 

The LitFest will be held in different major universities each day: UST (Nov.11), DLSU (Nov.12), ADMU (Nov.13), UP (Nov.14), and the Ayala Museum (Nov.15), and culminating at the Ayala Museum on November 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Then promotional activities will also be held at the Makati Ayala Malls from November 17 to 24.

In Cooperation with Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), and Ayala Museum, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) presents POPtastik Pinoy!  on November 15.  This whole-day culminating event is covered with a series of talks, starting with messages from celebrated writers Rolando Tolentino and Tony Perez.  Among the panel discussants and moderators are comic artists Manix Abrera, Noel Pascual, AJ Bernardo, Karen Francisco, and Budjette Tan; novelists Eros Atalia, Luna Sicat Cleto, and Edgar Samar; scriptwriter Suzette Doctolero; fictionists Sarge Lacuesta and Yvette Tan; journalists Ruel de Vera and Kristine Fonacier; and Prof. Patrick Campos.

Korean-American writer Krys Lee will discuss her short story collection Drifting House. And later, Ms. Lee will be joined by Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Kristine Fonacier for a flash fiction writing masterclass, “City Fiction 100.” For the mechanics, check here.

By 5:00 pm, writer and educator Isagani R. Cruz will conduct a seminar on “How to write a book” for professional and amateur writers. Meanwhile, Garitony Nicolas will share his experience in publishing his books through the help of Central Books.


And hey, Ayala Malls will stretch this celebration. On November 17, there will be a marathon of GMA films at the New Glorietta Activity Center.  Visitors will also find a mini-fair for indie komiks creators and sellers and small or independent publishers.  I’m sure that there’s no way you want to miss that.  In addition, you can also view the GMA 7 telefantasya costumes at Ground Floor Greenbelt 3 from November 18 to 24.

POPtastik Pinoy! is supported by Ayala Malls, GMA Network, Brother Philippines Inc., Intercontinental Hotel, the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC), Fully Booked, and McDonald’s. For inquiries, contact Verne Ahyong at the Ayala Museum at 759-8288 local 46 or To register, call Marj Villaflores at 759-8288 local 25, or email