Filipino Reader Con 2013: Program and Panel Schedule

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 3 - 2013

The third Filipino Reader Con is scarcely more than a month away, and the organizers have recently released details about the program and panels/activities for the event:


Kids and their Stories (9:15 – 10:35)

Witness children’s book authors and illustrators interview a roomful of kids and teens to ask them what their favorite books are and what kinds of stories they find interesting.

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Popular (9:15 – 10:35)

Hear some of the most popular authors of different genres talk about their genres and their fans.

The Digital Filipino Reader (10:40 – 12:00)

Listen to book bloggers from around the Philippines talk about how ebooks have influenced their current reading habits.

What Booksellers Know (10:40 – 12:00)

Watch representatives from local bookstores talk about what is popular among their buyers.

Authors as Readers (1:00 – 2:00)

Listen to your favorite authors talk about their favorite books.


The Book Reco Fair (1:00 – 1:45)

Get a slew of book recommendations and book lists for your school or personal reading list from book bloggers and book clubs.

Book Discussions (3:05 – 3:50)

Join four book clubs as they discuss a chosen book.

  • Flips Flipping Pages
  • Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books
  • Goodreads – The Filipino Group
  • RMM Booked Up

Readers’ Choice Book Awards Ceremony (4:00 – 5:00)

Winners of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Book Awards, which will be an event held online from July to August, will be acknowledged and awarded.

Readers’ Cocktails and Socials (5:15 – 6:00)

Hangout with fellow readers, share reading stories, and maybe win a few books.

We’re also reaching out to any small/self/indie publishers who want to sell their wares at the event, so if you’re interested, get in touch on Facebook or Twitter. The 2013 Filipino Reader Con will be taking place on November 9 at the Ateneo de Manila’s Rizal Library, and if you’re a Filipino reader, writer, or publisher, do block off that date. That “What Readers Want” theme is one that we take seriously — the Reader Con is the most reader-driven convention in the country (just look at those panels and activities!) so you’re missing out on a unique perspective if you’re not at Ateneo on the 9th of November.

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