The launch of Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 5 took place last Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Fully Booked Bonifacio Hight Street, and this is my first batch of videos from the event, for the benefit of those unlucky enough to be elsewhere while we were laughing it up (usually at the expense of Kenneth Yu, or Andrew Drilon, or any author who was absent from the launch ). Please excuse the rather shaky footage, low volume, and occasional passer-by – we were way at the back of the U-View Theater.
These are the introductory remarks of Dean Alfar, speaking on behalf of his publishing house, Kestrel DDM, which has put out the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology for the past five years.
Dean marvels at the fact that this is the fifth volume of the anthology, and talks about the thrill of finding new, young, spec fic writers in the course of putting together each anthology. At the end, he introduces the two co-editors, Vincen Michael Simbulan and Nikki Alfar. (All in the process of gamely resisting the urge to give a political speech ~_^)
The PSF launches are always good fun – the audio isn’t too clear alas, but Kenneth Yu’s expert pronunciation of Eyjafjallajökull alone was enough to provide laughs for the rest of the afternoon. Dean is a marvelous (glorious?) host, and he uses the understandable absence of the foreign contributors as a constant source of good-natured humor that helped make everyone feel at home (I speak from experience, having attended the previous launch as a mere spectator).
This second clip has co-editor Vincent Michael Simbulan giving us an overview of the stories and authors to be found within the latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology. Special mention is made of the stories of Rica Bolipata-Santos (“Just Man”), Mia Tijam (“Heart In The Flesh”), Andrew Drilon (“A Game of Quam”), Alexander Osias (“Rogelio Batle and the Curse of the Crimson Court”), and Joseph Nacino (“The Autochthonic War” – I’ll upload the clip that deals with how to pronounce that next time).
The next batch will have clips of the bios/speeches of a few of the contributing authors, and hopefully all of the clips of those authors who were unable to attend — if only so they can see what Dean says about them while they’re away ~_^