The 2nd Filipino Reader Conference was a blast — and not just because of Rocket Kapre’s big win. I served as the master of ceremonies last year and this year, and in almost every way, the 2012 Filipino Readercon was both bigger and better. The “bigger” part was self evident – the Filipinas Heritage Library is easily more than four times the size of the SMX conference room we had last year, and the number of participants coming and going was easily in excess of two hundred. Unlike last year, we needed to split into two “branches” of parallel panels/discussions for much of the day. In spite of the number of people, the organizers managed to also achieve their goal of allowing for more socialization during the events, both during the socials, and by providing a space outside with vendors where people could mill around and talk without disturbing the official discussions. The socialization wasn’t even limited to those who were present at the venue – Pacific Rims author Rafe Bartholomew was gracious enough to stay up late to join the discussion of his book, and the social networking team of the Filipino Readercon did an excellent job of keeping folks outside of the venue up-to-date, and we even trended nationwide on Twitter for a bit!
Of course, I’m far from the only one who had a great time, so here’s a list of links to other posts about the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference. [If you've posted about it too, just comment in the links portion and I'll add you in when I update.] Congratulations again to everyone involved, and see you next year!
- Winners of the 1st Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards (c/o Awards head Blooey)
- Reev Writes (complete with video interviews of the winners of the 1st Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards)
- Nothing But Reviews
- The Blair Book Project
- Photos from Rhett de Jesus
- Book Rhapsody