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Your Super guide to The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016

/ 04:41 AM August 26, 2016

IT’S THAT time of the year again when you wish you could clone yourself so you can attend all the workshops and talks at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival.

The three-day, all-day event hosted by National Book Store, formerly known as Litfest, is the biggest convention for readers and writers filled with author talks, book signings and writing workshops. The event will be held at the Raffles Hotel function rooms.


This year’s international guests feature Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson (“The Orphan Master’s Son,” “Fortune Smiles”); Paula McLain (“Circling The Sun,” “The Paris Wife”); and Anna Todd (“After” series).

Listen to Paula McLain talk about her unique brand of historical fiction on Aug. 27, 1 p.m. (Ballroom 2). Adam Johnson’s talk and book signing will be on Aug. 27, 4 p.m. (Ballroom 2). Fans of Anna Todd’s “One Direction”-inspired Wattpad series can come and meet her on Aug. 28, 2 p.m. (Ballroom 2).

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the sheer volume of interesting talks this year, we’ve got you covered. Check out this quick list of Super’s top picks for the kind of reader/writer you are.

If you’re a poet and you want everyone to know it

Aug. 27—IBIGKas: A Poetry Reading Session (features an exclusive video performance from Lang Leav’s “The Universe of Us”), 5-6:30 p.m. (Buenavista Room)

For those whose lives are worthy of a ‘teleserye’ (or a YA trilogy):

Aug. 26—The Half Remembered Past: A Memoir Writing Talk; Nelson Navarro; 3-4:30 p.m. (Buenavista Room)

Untold Stories Inside: Writing About What You Love and Sharing It to the World; Noreen Capili, Mae Paner, Pam Pastor; 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. (Ballroom 1)

Aug. 27—The Young Blood Workshop, Ruel S. De Vera, Pam Pastor, Javier Vicente D. Rufino, Rosario A. Garcellano; 1-2:30 p.m. (Ballroom 1)


Aug. 28—Stranger Than Fiction: How Real Life Shapes Stories; Ines Bautista-Yao, Quark Henares, Marla Miniano, Reese Lansangan, Chandra Pepino, Abby Orbeta and Roch Lazarte; 1-2:30 p.m. (Ballroom 1)

For the budding scribes

Aug. 26—Everyone Can Be Creative; Marlee Jayme; 1-2:30 p.m. (Buenavista Room)

Aug. 28—The Door to Getting Published: Finding a Home for Your Manuscript; 3-4:30 p.m. (Buenavista Room)

Book Blogging 101: Growing Web and Social Media Presence to Promote Books; Eunice Moral, Kate Manalo, Hazel Ureta, Lyra Gill, Kai Agito; 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (Namayan Room)

Writing Young Adult Fiction Today: Creating Stories for Diverse and Discriminating Readers; Mina Esguerra, Mae Coiyuto, Ronald Lim; 3-4:30 p.m. (Namayan Room)

For stories that go beyond words

Aug. 26—The We and the I: Stories Beyond the Page; Shaira Luna, Dan Matutina, Mark Higgins, Jade Castro and Ito Kish; 3-4:30 p.m. (Namayan Room)

For readers who are writers

Aug. 26—Maximum Volume 2: Best New Philippine Fiction (talk and book launch); Sarge Lacuesta, Dean Alfar and contributors; 5-6:30 p.m. (Buenavista Room)

The Big Fat Book of Self-Love; Danah and  Stacy Gutierrez; 7-8:30 p.m. (Namayan Room)

Independence x 6; Ambeth Ocampo; 1-3 p.m. (Ballroom 2)

The Way We Wrote: Was Literature and Writing so Different Before? Butch Dalisay, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Gemino H. Abad, Krip Yuson. Moderated by Danton Remoto; 3:30-5 p.m. (Ballroom 2)

Aug. 27—Lahat Tayo May Period at Iba pang Punctuation Marks; Rod Marmol (talk and book signing); 5-6:30 p.m.

(Namayan Room)

For ‘hugot’ lovers:

Aug. 26—Habang Wala pa Sila: Mga Tula Ng Pag-Ibig, Juan Miguel Severo (spoken word performance and book signing); 7-8:30 p.m. (Ballroom 1)

Dear Alex We’re Dating, Tama, Mali?! Love, Catherine; Alex Gonzaga (talk and book signing); 5:30-7 p.m. (Ballroom 2)

For JaDine fans

Aug. 28—Team Real: How to Go from Point A (Ano Na?) to Point B (Bestseller); Irish Christianne Dizon, Pete Rich; 3-4:30 p.m. (Ballroom 1)

For trivia buffs

Aug. 27—Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know; (talk and book launch); 1-2:30 p.m. (Buenavista Room)


For the wandering foodie

Aug. 27—Fork in the Road: Food and Travel Writing; Micky Fenix and Claude Tayag; 1-2:30 p.m. (Namayan Room)


For the crafty creative

Aug. 28—Around the World with the Googly Gooeys Art Workshop; Tippy and Anthony Go; 9:30-10:15 a.m. (Ballroom 2)

The ABCs of Hand Lettering Art Workshop; Abbey Sy; 10:15-11 a.m. (Ballroom 2)

A Year of Positivity Art Workshop; June Digan; 11-11:45 a.m. (Ballroom 2)

Visit for the complete schedule. Join the conversation online and check the hashtag #GoReadWrite2016 for real-time updates. Admission is free.

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Immerse yourself in words this weekend and #GoReadWrite2016.

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