Discussion on the Writing Profession with Butch Dalisay

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 28 - 2011

Looks like there are quite a few events going down this Saturday. This one is for you budding writers out there (not necessarily of genre fic) and comes from Writer’s Block Philippines via a Facebook friend (thanks RE!):  Discussion on the Writing Profession with Butch Dalisay – “Everyone’s invited to a discussion on the WRITING PROFESSION with Butch Dalisay on January 29, 3 to 5 pm, at NBS Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Learn how to improve your craft and how to earn a living from writing with BBC’s Rico Hizon, award-winning film director Pepe Diokno and National Book Store’s Miguel Ramos. See you there!”

Hey Baby! – Gerry Alanguilan Signing Event at Sputnik

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 27 - 2011

Can’t really put it any better than Gerry does: “Save your money! Buy comics at Sputnik on January 29, 2011! Let me vandalize your stuff! You know you want to!” The event is at Sputnik at Cubao X and will be held this Saturday, January 29, from 9PM-2AM.

Storyweavers at the next Dialogues @ Starbucks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 24 - 2011

There’s an interesting event taking place this Tuesday (January 25, 7pm) at the Starbucks Drive Through (on 32nd and 7th streets) at Bonifacio Global City Taguig: a discussion with “Storyweavers” such as award winning novelist Criselda Yabes, a visiting foreign publishing executive Nick Wallwork, and–of most interest to Rocket Kapre readers I’m sure–none other than Dean Alfar.

Here’s the entire blurb/invite from Facebook:

We’ve been on break for a while but we’re back. We’re bringing more Dialogues at several more Starbucks cafes this year and we’re starting with a celebration of some of the best sort of people to have over for a cup of coffee: storytellers.

So if you’ve always wanted to know what sort of life the passionate for the written word lead, come with your own tumbler for Starbucks brewed coffee and conversation with award winning novelist Criselda Yabes, playwright and ten time Palanca awardee Dean Francis Alfar and visiting Wiley Publishing executive Nick Wallwork when they come over for coffee on January 25, 7PM at the Starbucks Drive Through on 32nd and 7th streets and Bonifacio Global City Taguig.

We’ll be posting more details on this next Dialogues @ Starbucks in the coming days; including detailed bios on our Dialogues leaders Criselda Yabes, Dean Francis Alfar and Nick Wallwork as well as more info on our friends at Writer’s Block Philippines who’ve fueled this conversation forward.

See you on Tuesday!

Ateneo’s Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive is Now Online

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 20 - 2011

This morning, on the first day of the “Songs of Memory” international conference on epics and ballads at the Ateneo de Manila, the university launched the online version of its Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive. I’ll have more about the conference in the next week or so, but I wanted to get the word out early about the new site, because anything that helps promote and facilitate access to the stories of pre-Hispanic Philippines is something worth celebrating. The interface may be a bit clunky at the moment (the copyright PDF file is popping up on every page I access with Firefox, although Safari has no issues) but that’s a small price to pay for access to this in-depth archive, previously only available through a visit to Ateneo’s Katipunan/Loyola campus–not something convenient or feasible for many.

Here’s an image explaining the icons that appear on the left side of each page, as seen in Dr. Nicole Revel’s powerpoint presentation at this morning’s launch:

As you can see, the archive is more than just a repository for transcriptions of the epics and ballads. I’ll go into more detail after the cut:

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Sulyap Komiks Anthology: Signing and Meet and Greet at Powerbooks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 18 - 2011

Launched at last year’s Komikon, the Sulyap Komiks Anthology contains samples of the works of a handful of our most successful Philippine independent comics creators: Rommel Estanislao Jr., Macoy, Gio Paredes, Tepai Pascual, Mel Casipit, Josel Nicolas,  RH Quilantang, and Ian Olympia. The creators will have a pair of signings over the next 2 weeks: they’ll be at Powerbooks Greenbelt on January 22 from 4pm onwards, and Powerbooks Mall of Asia on January 29, also from 4pm. Free sketches and giveaways also await visitors, so do come down if you’re in the area.

[Image source: Flipgeeks]

Mockingjay Launch Party: Panel, LARP and More

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 23 - 2010

MockingJayLaunchPartyYoung adult novels these days are less books that don’t quite reach the level of craft and sophistication of “adult” novels, and more an indication of the ages of the lead characters. Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels are some of the very best to come out in recent years, and I’m happy that Scholastic has really been pushing the series. Fans of the series know that the final book in the trilogy, “Mockingjay”, will be released on August 25, and Scholastic, together with National Book Store, with help from the New Worlds Alliance and Flips Flipping Pages will be holding a launch event a few days after, on August 29, 2010, at 1:00p.m. at the National Book Store Bestsellers branch at the Robinson’s Galleria. There are a host of activities lined up for fans during the event, and I’ll be taking part in one of them:

  • Hunger Games Discussion Panel: Yep, I’ll be part of the discussion panel (to be moderated by Meann of New Worlds and SumintheBlue) at the event, which will cover the first two books of the series, so no need to be afraid to take part just because you haven’t bought/finished the third yet. Bea Tejano will also be on the panel, along with two other panelists.
  • “Catching Fire” Quarter Quell LARP: New Worlds Alliance will also be reprising their live action contest/RP – they’re looking for two more teams of 2 members to participate. You can sign up here or see how the last iteration of this contest went down here.
  • Cinna’s Corner: This is where participants can get temporary tattoos for free.
  • Haymitch’s Bar: A refreshment/snack/beverage station, but probably not one that Haymitch would frequent (I doubt they’ll serve alcohol).

There will also be a photo booth, and a viewing of the book trailer, so if you’re a Hunger Games fan, or just in the Robinson’s area on the 29th, make sure to drop by!

[Base slider image from Mockingjay.net]

Robotars First Custom Show

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 29 - 2010

Passed by Megamall the other day, and had the pleasure of stumbling upon the Jomike Tejido’s Robotars First Custom Show at the Art Asia Gallery. The show lasts until May 16, and I encourage everyone to check it out–especially those of you brave souls who will be there for the Mega Sale this weekend. You can find more coverage of the exhibit at Spanky Stokes, and ToysREvil. I did promise some pics over twitter, so here they are:

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Didn’t have enough time to get the names of each of the creators, but I know that the one my wife and I loved the most was PandaZ by Rotobox. Alas it was also one of the most expensive, and while a percentage of the proceeds will go to Haribon Foundation, I just don’t have the dough @_@

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Jomike also has some of his beautifully-cute paintings on display as well. Our favorite was the sasquatch/kapre looking thing:

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More pictures (and a strangely appropriate Yoda-tar) after the cut, and in the morbidly disorganized Rocket Kapre Flickr photostream.

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Philippine Speculative Fiction 5 Launch: Videos (Batch 1)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 26 - 2010

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 :P ). 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).

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Reminder: PSF Volume 5 Launches Tomorrow

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 23 - 2010


This Saturday (that’s tomorrow!), April 24, 2010, at 3 p.m. Philippine Speculative Fiction V (edited by Nikki Alfar and Vin Simbulan) launches at the U-View Theater of Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street (it’s in the basement). Check out the cover above (from Dean Alfar’s site), which manages to look great even without going with my suggested Voltes V theme. If last year’s volume IV launch is any indication, expect a lot of fun, and a lot of jokes made at Kenneth Yu’s expense. Most of the author-contributors should be there as well (myself included), so do drop by if you want to say hi, or want your copy signed. You can see a list of all the contributors over at Dean’s site.

See you all there!

3rd PGFA: What Neil Read

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 18 - 2010

Neil Gaiman read two poems at the 3rd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards last March 17 (because, as he said, who was going to stop him?) and, while I was a fair distance away from the man, I think I managed to capture his twin performances adequately–even if my Vado was at the most minimal setting. Surprisingly, my Internet cooperated, so I’m posting these videos tonight instead of tomorrow.

First up, Neil read his poem “Locks”, which he said could be found in the Smoke and Mirrors anthology. You can also read it online at the Journal of Mythic Arts archive here.

Second, Neil treated the crowd to a reading of an unpublished (!) poem, which he says he finished only weeks ago. The title of the poem is “In Relig Odhráin” (you can spell that as “Oran” and it seems to be pronounced as “Orrin”) or, in modern English, “Saint Odhráin’s Graveyard”. He says that the poem was inspired by an old legend from Scotland–I did a bit of digging, and I found a page which details several versions of the legend, as well as a site with a picture of the actual chapel.

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