First Ever FBB Meet Up

I know I’ve talked about Filipino Book Bloggers here on my blog several times. It’s a site that I created to bring Filipino book bloggers together. Last September 25, we had our first ever meet up! We decided to meet up in Starbucks in Shangrila Mall since it seemed convenient for everyone.

I don’t have an attendance sheet with me so I’m sorry if I forget to mention anyone but I think these were the bloggers who attended – Paolo and Shaps, Kenneth, Jasper, Aldrin and Jansen, Tarie, Honey, Michelle, Gege, Jason, Rezel, Tina, Aaron, Ace, Ariel, Celina and Carljoe Javier stopped by to sign copies of his book, Kobayashi Maru of Love. Thank you all for coming! I think it’s safe to say that the meet up was a success because I wasn’t expecting that many people to attend.

I’m so glad I finally got to meet everyone because I know most of these people through online means and it feels good to put faces behind the names. I’m also happy I got to meet Celina because we exchange messages every day but we’ve only met in person once. Yes, I’m wearing my Queen’s Thief necklace, further proof of my fangirl-ness. Click on any of the pictures to embiggen.

It was funny how the group started with just two tables and then as more people showed up, we kept adding more tables to accommodate everyone. We ended up squished around four small tables. I know the location wasn’t conducive for the kind of discussion that we had because it wasn’t that quiet. Maybe next time, we can go to a restaurant with a function room. I promise I’ll look into it. I just didn’t really expect that we’d have that big of a group.

I’m pretty thankful that there weren’t any awkward silences after the introductions because everyone mostly jumped in and started talking about random things. As expected with big groups, most of us broke off into smaller groups and I’d like to think that we got to know one another a little better with all of the side conversations. The most serious topic that we discussed was something that I’ve tried to bring up in the past two Filipino Friday discussions. I think it all started when Honey wrote her thoughts about the Future of the Book conference. I think it was Paolo who first brought it up during the meet up and then Tarie and Kenneth contributed their thoughts. Basically, we talked about how local publishers see readers as the “imagined public” and they don’t really know that there are a lot of Filipino readers out there, let alone Filipino book bloggers. I think there were some great ideas thrown out. Tarie mentioned that if we want local publishers to pay more attention to us, we should read and review more Filipino books. But we both agreed that most book bloggers already have niche genres and we can’t really force people to read Filipino books if nothing out there interests them. Fortunately for me, there are several Filipino speculative fiction books that I could explore and I know there are still some young adult books out there that I haven’t discovered. In any case, I told everyone that if they do put up reviews of books by Filipino authors, they should send me a link so I can post a roundup during Filipino Fridays.

The meet up started at around 3pm and around dinnertime, there were still a couple of people left so we decided to move to Sango to have Japanese burgers for dinner. After which, we made the rounds in the bookstores in that mall – Powerbooks, National Bookstore and Fully Booked. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad that I wasn’t able to buy anything. But then again, I already bought a signed copy of Kobayashi Maru of Love and I borrowed Paolo’s copy of A Time for Dragons. I had a great time talking about books for most of the day and I think Michelle sums it up quite nicely when she said, “Great to be a Filipino book blogger at this time.”

Jason mentioned that the discussion was pretty serious for a first meet up and that it would’ve been better if we first did a more “getting to know you” type of thing. We could still do that on the next meet up. šŸ™‚ Just let me know when you guys want to have it, I’m thinking we should have another one before the year ends. If a lot of people attend the second meet up, we can break off into smaller groups and then rotate so that all of us will be able to talk to one another.

Pictures from my camera can be found here.

Other accounts of the meet up:
Jason of Taking a Break
Aldrin of The Polysyllabic Spree
Kenneth of Philippine Genre Stories
Michelle of ArtSeblis
Tina of One More Page
Aaron of Guy Gone Geek
Ariel of I am Pinoy Peter Pan
Tarie of Into the Wardrobe

26 thoughts on “First Ever FBB Meet Up

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  2. Gahd! I hate myself for missing this event!
    Right now just ogling at the pictures here and at your FB made me soo envy. I was tied down with so much by work last Saturday. I double-hate(?) myself for not making it because after you dropped the bomb that Carljoe dropped by since I’ve meaning to get a copy of his book “Kobayashimaru” for days now. And now you’re saying he’s there to sign copies of his book and all. Gahd! I really missed something.

    Here’s to hoping that will be another FBB meet up next, Chachic!

    Creepy cheers! šŸ™‚

    • Hey Jayson, too bad you weren’t there! As you can see based on the picture, Goodreads was well-represented. Hey, is your blog listed in Filipino Book Bloggers? If not, there are instructions in the site’s sidebar on how you can have your blog listed.

      Yes, Carljoe was there at the start so I was able to grab a copy of his book and he was kind enough to sign it for me. I look forward to reading it although with my TBR, I don’t know when I’ll get around to that. :0

  3. What a good turnout! Sounds like it was fun and you had some productive discussion going on. Oh my, that necklace. I want. Stylish and with MWT? Awesome. Love your shoes too.

    • I was surprised by the number of people who showed up! Surprised but happy, of course. I love my MWT necklace. šŸ™‚ I had custom made before A Conspiracy of Kings came out so that one isn’t included. Cute shoes, right? I included them in this week’s IMM picture.

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  6. Thanks again for letting me tag along. I had fun even though I didn’t get to stay long.:D I’m so tempted to start my own blog, but you guys are much more talented in writing and everything, so I’ll just read your blogs for now.:D

    • don’t be tempted. give in. and who cares about talent? we want your enthusiasm for and thoughts about books. and who says you’re not more talented? i’d love to read about what got you into reading this and that and how the online book selling is doing. what’s selling?

    • Celina, I’ve been encouraging you to start your own blog for the longest time! šŸ™‚ You don’t have to post often, just whenever you want. And pffft about talent! That’s what I used to say too – that I’m not a writer and I’m just a reader and look where my blog is now. Hahaha.

  7. i like the concept of the imagined public. only really creative people can coin terms like this. i actually really enjoyed the meetup. and i don’t mind at all blogging about Filipino books. i would love to in fact. and it doesn’t even matter whether i get ARCs or not. i may even prefer not to because i would feel bad if i don’t get to review right away. or i end up not liking the book.

    another bookstore we can meet in is Bestsellers at Robinson’s Galleria. but i also kinda like the idea of being able to eat while talking. i’m sure other good ideas for a venue will come up.

    fantastic book bloggers meetup. congrats for making it happen!

    • I feel the same way, Michelle. I don’t mind not getting review copies because I still have a huge TBR pile and I don’t want to be pressured to read review copies.

      Oh yeah, where the Mockingjay Launch was? I don’t know if they’d be willing to let us rent the place for free though and I was thinking at least in Fully Booked, there’s a Starbucks inside so we can still buy drinks and food.

      • I am all for eating while discussing. Not Starbucks please. I’m not a coffee person.

        We had a great time during the FRG 2nd Major(because there are the “mini” ones) Meetup at Yam Cha in Sct. Tuazon. It’s a secluded room, quiet and they have good food. Tina posted some photo taken from that room at her account of the event.

      • Aaron, the thing with that is it’s in the Tomas Morato/Timog area and we have people who will come from the South so I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to have a Quezon City venue.

      • The last time I rented the space in Bestsellers, all they asked in exchange is to buy books for prizes and such. I’m not sure if that would be the same case for now, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask, especially if there are a lot of expected attendees.

        But yeah, food + discussions are always good. šŸ˜€ How about a Max’s function room? That’s the only restaurant I can think of that has a function room. CBTL is pretty quiet, but on peak hours (lunch towards afternoon) it may get noisy.

      • I just got a reply from Fully Booked and they said we can use Forum in the 4th level of their Fort branch for the meet up. We just have to let them know when it is and hopefully, they don’t have an event planned on that day.

        Jason also suggested Max’s but he said that we have to purchase 3k worth of food. Although that’s not that bad if there’s going to be a lot of us again.

  8. Like what everyone else said, great job on organizing the meet-up, Chachic! Here’s to more meet-ups to come, more bloggers and new friends, and ultimately, more books. šŸ˜‰

    • Thanks for attending, Tina! I’m glad that our Goodreads friends have started their own blogs. It’ll be easier for me to follow their reviews there because I get lost in the Filipinos threads. šŸ˜› Oh and thanks for following my recommendations and buying the books that I pressured you to get.

    • Thanks amymckie! I really didn’t expect to see so many people there. And I know there are more Filipino book bloggers out there, I hope we get to meet them too when we have our next meet up.

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