Mockingjay Launch Party

I don’t get to attend a lot of book-related events over here so I get excited when there’s something that I can go to. Last Sunday, August 29, National Bookstore together with Scholastic Philippines, New Worlds Alliance and Flips Flipping Pages (FFP) organized a Mockingjay Launch party at the Bestsellers branch in Robinson’s Galleria. There were panel discussions about the series. Some of the topics discussed were why the books are so popular, how does it compare to the series featuring sparkly vampires, favorite characters, the marketing strategy of the publishers and a lot more that I can’t recall off the top of my head. There was also a debate between the Team Peeta and Team Gale fans. After which, there was a Live Action Role Play of Catching Fire, where participants played a variety of games designed to represent the events in the book. There were also booths set-up for refreshments and Mockingjay tattoos. Overall, I think the event was a huge success. 🙂 The highlight for me though was meeting so many fellow readers and book bloggers there. I think it was funny the way I just came up to people to introduce myself: “Hi, you’re [insert name here], right? I’m Chachic!”

Here’s a picture of the Filipinos Goodreads members who attended the launch party (Thanks to Jayson for the picture, click to embiggen):

Here’s a picture of the combined groups of FFP and Filipinos Goodreads (Thanks to Rhett for the picture, click to embiggen):

After the event, the FFP and Filipinos Goodreads people decided to have dinner and coffee. What’s funny was, each member from one group was required to sit beside a member from another group to encourage interaction between the two groups. I had so much fun discussing books nonstop for a couple of hours. I got so many recommendations to add to my ever-increasing wishlist. I also got to talk about blogging with members of Filipino Book Bloggers and we’re hoping to have a meet-up of that group in the near future. I’m glad I was able to go to this event and I hope to attend more of these kinds of things later on.

So, so, so. Were you at the Mockingjay Launch Party here in Manila? If so, what did you think of that event? 🙂 To those who live in other countries, did you attend a similar event in your area? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Other accounts of the event:
Jason of Taking a Break
Tina of One More Page
Blooey of Bookmarked!

Chasing Adarna

I know I’ve mentioned Filipino Book Bloggers several times already here on my blog but I’m just so excited because the site got a makeover this weekend. To those who don’t know, Filipino Book Bloggers is a site that I created to encourage all Filipino book bloggers around the world to come together and get to know each other better. As long as you’re Filipino and you blog about books, you’re welcome to sign up.

I already wrote about this over at Filipino Book Bloggers but I just wanted to share this with my blog readers as well. My friend, Ronjo Solis has graciously designed an artwork for the site’s banner, entitled Chasing Adarna. Click on the link to check it out. Here’s the full version of the image, click to embiggen and see the details:

So, what do you guys think? Gorgeous, right? 🙂 Here’s Ronjo’s explanation about the artwork:

The main focal point of the artwork is the kids soaring through reading. We are at our highest and our happiest when we do the things we love. Kids well represent that sort of pure happiness, so that’s what I thought to draw. 🙂 The text in the book spine is Alibata for Filipino = Pilipinu.

I definitely agree with what Ronjo said, we are at our happiest when we do what we love and I know that in most of our cases, that’s when we read. I love the artwork and message behind it, how it represents the idea that we can soar through the skies (or wherever we want to go) using our imagination and the books that we read. It’s like a magic carpet ride, only instead of a magic carpet, we have the magic of books. I also like that the kids in the artwork look Filipino and that Ronjo used Alibata (a pre-Spanish Philippine writing system) for the book spine.

Calling All Filipino Book Bloggers

I just created a Filipino Book Bloggers directory. Click on the link to find out more about it.

I’ve noticed that Filipino book bloggers are increasing in number and I wanted to have one site which I can regularly come back to whenever I want to explore these other blogs. It doesn’t matter what genre you focus on or where you’re located, just as long as you’re a Filipino book blogger, you’re welcome to join. 🙂 I hope to have a more comprehensive list as word spreads around.