Oh yes, it’s time for the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival again (and this time it’s not happening on the same weekend as the Asia Pop Comicon so you don’t have to choose—you can go to both!).
Hosted by National Book Store, this yearly gathering of writers, authors, book lovers is a free three-day event of panels, discussions and book signings. The event will be held from August 10 to 12 at Raffles Makati.
Here are 15 things you can do at the festival. And trust us, there’s plenty more.
Explore the state and future of the Philippine novel with Krip Yuson and Dean Alfar. (August 10, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Buenavista)
Feel all the feels with 365 Days of Feels author Noreen Capili. (August 10, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Namayan)
Watch Ang Larawan and then enjoy a panel with Celeste Legaspi and Girlie Rodis. (August 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Ballroom 2)
Get your essay workshopped by the editors of the Youngblood books. (August 11, 1 to 3 pm, Ballroom 1)
Transport yourself to Riverdale with the Co-CEO of Archie Comics Nancy Silberkleit. (August 11, 3 pm, Ballroom 1)
Celebrate poetry with Dear Universe author Pierra Calasanz Labrador and Joyce Pring (August 10, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Ballroom 1) and Beverly Cumla (5:30 to 7 p.m., Ballroom 2)
Revisit Philippine classics with Butch Dalisay, Lourd de Veyra, Marjorie Evasco and Ruel De Vera (August 10, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Ballroom 2)
Let Team Magazine help you find answers to the question: Where do we go from Queer? (5 to 6:30 p.m., Ballroom 1)
Find creative inspiration with Abbey Sy. (August 11, 10 a.m to 12 noon, Ballroom 2).
Take the plunge into the delicious world of food and travel with Stephanie Zubiri, RV Manabat and Ige Ramos. (August 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Namayan)
It’s history lesson time with Ambeth Ocampo. (August 10, 1 to 3 p.m., Ballroom 2)
Hang out with Judy Ann Santos. (August 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Buenavista)
Discover the new face of Philippine comics. (August 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ballroom 1)
Get to know authors Erin Entrada Kelly (August 12, 1 p.m., Ballroom 2) and Adi Alsaid. (August 12, 4:30 p.m., Ballroom 2)
Unleash the Harry Potter superfan in you with Cherie del Rio, Inez Ponce De Leon and Anne Frances Sangil. (August 12, 9 a.m. to 12 noon)