A few months ago, I blogged about my good friend Kat of Book Thingo visiting Manila and recording a series of romanceclass podcast episodes. All of them have gone live, and the last episode includes me, Kat, author and romanceclass founder Mina V. Esguerra and actor Gio Gahol. We talked about the history of the romanceclass live readings, where actors read excerpts of books in front of authors and readers. It’s funny because what I remember the most about recording this podcast was we had a nice discussion and there was a lot of laughter. But listening to it again was a pleasant surprise because wow, we were able to go into a lot of depth not just about the history of the live readings but also some of the issues that romanceclass faces in the Philippines. Such as empowering female authors and readers by focusing on contemporary romance as a genre, these books reflecting our reality in the Philippines, as well as deeply ingrained colonial mentality and how it affects perception of the books. I hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as we had fun recording it! As always, would love to hear what you guys think if you do manage to listen to this episode.
I did live tweets while listening to the podcast, check out this thread:
Chachic (@chachic_) December 18, 2017
Pictures from that day, swipe left to see everything:
Got to record another podcast with @bookthingo (Dyosa ng Kabastusan), @giogahol (Tagapagbigay ng Kilig) and @minavesguerra (Dyosa ng #romanceclass) in my ever evolving role of Dakilang Epal. Seriously fun conversation with these people! It's like Kat and I are making up for lost time, when we missed all past romanceclass events while based abroad. I witnessed and participated in the podcasts being recorded but still can't wait to listen to the final version of each! Fingers crossed that these will help widen the reach of Filipino romance globally.
Catch up on the previous romanceclass podcast episodes, sharing the links to the Book Thingo blog posts below:
BT047. Jay E. Tria, Six de los Reyes and Mina V. Esguerra: #romanceclassFLAIR
BT046. Chachic and April: 100% no cheating
BT045. #romanceclass actors: Makes your heart race