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Poster by Frantz Salvador


We’re only nine days away from the 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Readers Carnival, so it seemed an opportune time for a few things: first, the unveiling of the now official poster for the event – not too much has changed, but if you will notice that one additional line of text…

Yes, similar to what National Book Store does with graphic novels when there’s a big graphic novel launch, to coincide with the YARC, Bestsellers Robinsons Galleria will be having their first ever YA Books Only Sale, exclusively for registered participants in the YARC. Upon registration, participants will be given a coupon for 20% off on all imported Young Adult Titles, valid for a one-time purchase for that day at Bestsellers Robinsons Galleria.

Need more incentive to attend? How about this list of panelists!

For the Kwentillion Panel:

For the Philippine Young Adult Creators Panel:

All this plus, a Book Preview Wall, an Art Wall, and participants get a chance to win a part of Kwentillion history – some of the actual proofs used in the editing and production of Kwentillion #1 (we’ll be giving some away at Saturday’s Indieket as well!). So do mark your calendars – July 21, 1-5PM, Bestsellers, Robinsons Galleria. See you all there!

1st Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards: Nomination Period Open

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 11 - 2012

It’s common in most fields of entertainment to have, on the one hand, critics awards – think the Oscars – where winners are decided by a panel of judges or committee of experts, and on the other hand, popular awards – think the MTV Movie Awards (once nominees are decided) – where the winners are determined by fan vote. In the Philippines, published literature has always been the province of the National Book Awards, but there has never really been an equivalent popular awards for literature.

Until now!

As part of the upcoming 2nd Filipino Reader Con, the Filipino Book Bloggers will be holding the 1st ever Filipino Readers Choice Awards:

The Filipino Readers Choice Awards seeks to engage the Filipino reading public in honoring their favorite Philippine-published titles. An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers Group, the Filipino RCA was established to develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature; recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work; and give the readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.

Nominations are open from July 9 to 22. To nominate a book, just fill out the online nomination form. The nomination form gets sent to the Filipino RCA committee.

Nominations will be posted on the Filipino ReaderCon website on a weekly basis. Links to reviews of nominated titles will also be posted on the site.

The awards are open to titles published in the Philippines from January 2010 to December 2011, in the following categories:

  • Children’s picture book
  • Chick lit
  • Novel in English
  • Novel in Filipino
  • Comics / Graphic novels
  • Short story anthology
  • Essay anthology
  • Poetry

*ahem* May I point out that both Alternative Alamat (short story anthology) and High Society (comic) were published last year, and are thus eligible for nomination? Self-promotion aside, however, this is an important event and can help give readers more of a voice in what becomes “acclaimed” – and what kind of stories thus become published – in the Philippines, and the more people participate, the more of a statement we can make. So go nominate your favorites!

Philippine Speculative Fiction 7 Launch and Ebook News

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 10 - 2012

PSF 1-6 ebook covers, art and colours by Les Banzuelo, art direction by Adam David

Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 7 will be launched on Saturday, July 28, 2012,  2:00pm at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf-Shangri-la Plaza, Edsa. You can see the table of contents here. PSF launches are always fun, as you can see from this video excerpt of last year’s PSF6 launch.

In other PSF news, the ebook version of Philippine Speculative Fiction 5 by Flipside Digital Content is now out on (for U.S. registered accounts anyway) Flipreads, and iTunes.PSF5 is particularly special to me as it represents my first appearance in the anthology, with my science fiction story “Carbon”. Fun fact – it’s also the first story I wrote which elicited something approaching praise from my partner-in-criticism, Mia Tijam, so that’s gotta mean something right?

With PSF 6 set to be released soon (within the month I think), it seemed as good a time as any to show off the great work being done by Les Banzuelo, and Adam David on the ebook covers, each of which is an image inspired by one of the stories inside.


1st Komikon Indieket and Kwentillion Booth

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 9 - 2012

This Saturday, July 14, will be the 1st Komikon Grand Independent Komiks Market (or “Indieket”, as its close friends call it), a “mini-event” that is a boon for those who wish there were more than two opportunities (Summer and Oct/Nov Komikons) to buy indie komiks releases. It’s also partly a way for creators to “qualify” for slots in the always full October Komikon, so if you’d like to be sure that your favorite indie creators get guaranteed slots, now would be the time to buy, buy, BUY! There will also be talks by industry experts such as Gerry Alanguilan, Taga-ilog, and Prof. Emil Flores.

Members of the Kwentillion team will also be there, as Summit Media is a sponsor of the event – Budjette Tan and I, as well as a few issue #1 contributors, will be dropping  by the Summit Media booths next to the stage at different parts of the day. We also have some time on stage at 2:30PM, and we’re still figuring out if we’d like to do a raffle or some sort of talk, but that’d be the best time to catch most of us there at the event.

July is shaping up to be jam-packed with events. Don’t forget Alyson Noël’s signing on the 20th, and the 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Reader Carnival on the 21st!

The 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Reader Carnival

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 5 - 2012
Unofficial Kwentillion Young Adult Carnival poster by Frantz Salvador

Unofficial Kwentillion Young Adult Carnival poster by Frantz Salvador

We all know how popular young adult science fiction and fantasy stories are in the Philippines. Harry Potter. Twilight. The Hunger Games. The Immortals series. Heck, many super hero comics and shonen anime fall comfortably into the young adult category. But still, there was no publication catering specifically to the genre, nor a general gathering (as opposed to a franchise-specific event, like a book launch) for readers of young adult literature to gather together, to listen and to speak. Budjette Tan, Summit Media, and I tried to address the first issue with Kwentillion Magazine — and now it’s time to address the second.

Kwentillion Magazine, in cooperation with National Book Store, would like to invite fans and readers of Young Adult books to the 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Readers Conference, to be held on July 21 (Saturday), from 1-5PM, at the National Book Store Bestsellers branch at Robinson’s Galleria.

Events include an  Author Cage Match, where teams of high school and college students will try to convince the audience that their chosen author is the Best! YA! Author! Ever! (at least, for the day); a Philippine YA Creators Panel, where we speak to a new breed of local writers/komikeros who are producing SFF stories for young adults; and finally, for the 1st and possibly last time, a Kwentillion Issue 1 Panel where we gather the fiction/comics contributors for a short Q & A followed by a signing. (I’m not sure the next time so many of the contributors will be gathered in one place, so best take advantage!)

Will be posting more details and promotional activities leading up to the event, but for now, if you’re a fan of Kwentillion or a fan of young adult literature, or simply of Philippine speculative fiction, please do spread the word and try to attend. The best way to make sure the 1st isn’t also the last is to show everyone that this is something that readers have been waiting for.

Mico Suayan Signing at Comicx Hub

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 3 - 2012

Punisher artist Mico Suayan will be having an interview and signing session at Comicx Hub this Saturday, from 2PM – 5PM. Here are the details, from the Comicx Hub Facebook event:

On Saturday July 7, 2012, COMICX HUB – The largest Online Comics Shop in the country, brings you yet another comic signing event, this time with famed MARVEL Artist MICO SUAYAN, as he brings out his pen for PUNISHER #13 and #14!

Starting at 2PM the artist known for THOR, X-MEN LEGACY and BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED will be gracing the walls of the COMICX HUB Warehouse in PASIG CITY.

To ensure you do not miss out on your copies of these, PRE- ORDERS for the upcoming books can be made here:

Limited copies of MICO SUAYAN Varaint cover of Harbinger Avaialble too for signing :)

PLUS Sketch-a-thon guests include:

Carlo San Juan
Allen Geneta
Julius Villanueva
Ernest Fiestan
Ariel Atienza

Alyson Noël is Coming to Manila

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 2 - 2012

Kwentillion Magazine is thrilled to be a partner of National Book Store and Power Books as they bring Alyson Noël, bestselling author of The Immortals series, to Manila! The signing takes place on July 20, 6 pm, at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4 — and that weekend is shaping up to be a great one for Young Adult readers in Manila (stay tuned for more). You can see a video invitation from the author herself at this link.


New Alternative Alamat Review (Robin Edman)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 27 - 2012

I didn’t see this until yesterday, but in May, “Alternative Alamat” received a great new review on Goodreads from one Robin Edman. No, it’s not great because of the rating – although that’s awesome – but because this is how I was hoping the anthology would be received by those unfamiliar not only with Philippine mythology, but Philippine culture as a whole.

For those who are looking for additional reviews of “Alternative Alamat”, I’ve compiled some of them on the book page, including the wonderfully in-depth story-by-story review from Jaymee Goh. (Scroll all the way down – this post reviews three books.)

Publisher’s Weekly Reviews “Lauriat”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 26 - 2012

It’s always cool when local speculative fiction gets reviewed by international publications. This time around it’s a Publisher’s Weekly (hooray!) review of “Lauriat”, the upcoming Filipino-Chinese speculative fiction anthology edited by Charles Tan. It’s a largely positive review, and my story “The Captain’s Nephew”, gets a nice mention. The book will also have stories from Kristine Ong Muslim, Christine Lao, Fidelis Tan, Andrew Drilon, Yvette Tan, Kenneth Yu, Gabriela Lee, Crystal Koo, Margaret Kawsek, Isabel Yap, Erin Chupeco, Marc Gregory Yu, and Douglas Candano.

The anthology is being published in the U.S. by Lethe Press, and I hope the local bookstores order copies. It will be released on August 1, though you can pre-order from stores like Amazon as early as now.

Ebook Release: Tabi Po Book 2

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 21 - 2012

The second compilation of Mervin Malonzo’s “Tabi Po” aswang webcomic is now out on Flipreads. As with Book One, this is an English edition of the online comic (which is written in Filipino), with a translation by Adam David. Those of you who’ve seen the webomic, or Mervin’s cover and interior illustrations for “Alternative Alamat“  know that he’s one of the most talented Filipino comic book artists in the field today, and this is a great chance for fans to support his work, or for those who don’t speak Filipino to be introduced to his work, so go check it out.



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