Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 29 - 2014

The latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology, already available digitally, will be having a launch event on November 22, Saturday, from 2-4pm at the CBTL at Shangri-La Plaza. PSF launches are always fun, so do try to pass by!

Let’s Talk Philippine Comics on April 6

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 27 - 2014

To celebrate the Studio Salimbal launch, we’d like to talk about comics. Philippine comics, to be exact. Studio members — this includes Team Mythspace, Mervin Malonzo (Tabi Po), Noel Pascual (Crime Fighting Call Center Agents) and Elbert Or (Bakemono High, and editor of the forthcoming Abangan anthology) — will be joined by other local comic creators for an informal, free-wheeling discussion about the craft, business, and future of comics in the Philippines.

Nothing will be sold at the event, but there will be artists giving free sketches, and the event itself is free. So if you’re a creator who wants to talk shop, an aspiring creator who wants to learn the craft — or if you’re a komiks aficionado, or a comics fan interested in the local scene, or even someone who simply wants to learn about comics in general and the men and women behind them, please do come by. There’s never been a better time to talk about Philippine comics.

Confirmed Writers/Artists: Elbert Or, Noel Pascual, Mervin Malonzo, Tintin Pantoja, Paolo Chikiamco, Butch Mapa, Koi Carreon, Borg Sinaban, Paul Quiroga, Cristina Chua, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio.

Pinoykon Convention: This Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 25 - 2013

New komiks convention alert! The first ever Pinoykon – a convention that seems to mix komiks, toys, gaming, and cosplay — is taking place this Saturday, March 2,at Paseo De Magallanes in Makati.

From the Facebook group of the organizers:

Pinoykon is a convention that was made by artists, for artists. We will target the future generation of comicbook illustrators, storytellers and creatives alike. We will harness their full potential and inspire them to be better achievers in the worldwide market of illustration and design. We will be pushing toys as well because it inspires the next generation of artists. we will open up new doors for them, and make them aware of our artistic heritage. Cosplay has a very big fan base here in the country and we would like to introduce them to our own version of Filipino superheroes. We will give the new “Juan” his own Filipino superhero, we will make him believe that a Filipino child can dream, can make the whole world his own and fly further up in the sky. Because we believe that Filipinos are one of the most creative people in the world! And lastly, we want each and every Filipino child to have his own komiks to read and marvel the world of make-believe.

Signing Event: Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan at Comic Odyssey

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 23 - 2012

From Komix 101:

Team INDESTRUCTIBLE: Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan will signing at Comic Odyssey on November 24, 2 to 5 pm. Be there for the launch of Indestructible Hulk #1, written by Mark Waid. Don’t be late… they don’t like it when you’re late! GGRRRAAAHHH!!!

Trese Weekend

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 14 - 2012

Two events going on this weekend for TRESE fans. Here’s the good word from Budjette:

See you guys this Saturday at TEAM MANILA (1st level of the New Wing of Market! Market!) September 15, 2 pm. Me and Kajo will be there to sign your books (yes, copies of Trese will be available at Team Manila stores) and we’ll even sign your Team Manila x Trese shirts.

On Sunday, me and Kajo will be at the 33rd Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), along with Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria of SKYWORLD. We will be at the National Bookstore booth from 2pm to 3pm. Come over and we will gladly sign, doodle, and vandalize your comic books.


2nd Filipino Readercon Link Roundup

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 21 - 2012

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!

From the Filipino Readercon FB Page:

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!


2nd Filipino Readercon: Program and Pre-Registration

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 13 - 2012

Last week was a bit… distracting, for those of us here in Manila, but I’d like to remind everyone that United We Read, the second Filipino ReaderCon, (an event for all Filipino readers, book bloggers, book club members, publishers and educators who have a passion for books and reading) will be taking place this Saturday, at the Filipinas Heritage Library, from 8-6PM. I’ll be there to facilitate one of the panels, and likely to be your master of ceremonies as well. You can pre-register at this page. Still undecided? Here’s the event program for you to check out (click to see full sized):

And here’s a press release:


Reading advocates, in partnership with the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and National Book Development Board (NBDB), bring you United We Read: the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference on 18 August 2012, Saturday, 8:00am at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati City.

Organized by readers for readers, the convention aims to bring together Filipino readers and book lovers, book bloggers, book clubs, authors, publishers, and educators who are passionate about books and reading, promoting interaction between local readers, writers, and publishers.

United We Read will feature panel discussions on Reading Everwhere: Scanning the Reading Environment, book blogging ethics, publishers’ perspectives on readers, school reading programs that work, and authors as readers. Speakers for the one-day event include publishing industry veterans such as Maru de Castro (Pandora’s Books), Feliz Perez (Mt. Cloud Bookshop), Zarah Gagatiga (Philippine Board on Books for Young People), Nida Ramirez (Visprint), Aleks Tan (OMF Literature), and Gwen Galvez (Anvil Publishing). Book bloggers Kai Agito (Amaterasu Reads), Blooey Singson (Bookmarked!), and Jaime Salazar (Random Salt) round up the morning sessions.

In the afternoon, authors Manix Abrera, Mina V. Esguerra, Jun Balde, Budjette Tan, Bebang Siy, and Dean Alfar will be on hand for discussion, followed by book discussions that will be hosted by local book clubs Flips Flipping Pages, The Mysterious Reading Society, De La Salle Literature Circle, and The Filipino Goodreads Group.

The conference will also host the awarding of the 1st Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards. An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers (, the awards seeks to engage the Filipino reading public in honouring their favourite Philippine-published titles. Book nominees eligible for the award are titles which were published locally from January 2010 until December 2011.

Scholastic Philippines, Lampara Books, McDonald’s Philippines, Flipreads, Anvil Publishing, Inc, Hachette Philippines, Amici Philippines, OMF Literature, Inc, and Adarna House are proud sponsors of this event.

Everyone is invited to join. Registration fee is P150.00, inclusive of snacks and a certificate of attendance. For more details, visit the Filipino Readercon website at or the Filipinas Heritage Library website ( You can also call the Filipinas Heritage Library at 892-1801 (look for Verne), send an SMS to 0917-5612413, or email

 Sponsors of the 2nd Filipino Readercon:



Fantastika Filipinas: Dean Alfar at DLSU

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 2 - 2012

The Literature Circle of De La Salle University will be holding an event called Fantastika Filipinas: A Talk on Philippine Speculative Fiction by one of the leading Filipino writers of the genre, multiple Palanca winner and Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 co-editor (and Alternative Alamat contributor) Dean Alfar. The event will be held tomorrow, on the 3rd of August, Friday, from 2:00-3:30 pm at Yuchengo 507.

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!

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.



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