Local publishers to hold first annual Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival


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In a bid to be more accessible and visible, local publishers produced the first annual Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival, which celebrates the local publishing industry by bringing Filipino writers and their readers together. 

Visprint, Inc. and co-presenter National Book Development Board  (NBDB) spearhead the first festival. More than a book fair, Aklatan features multiple book launches and book-related seminars. Aklatan aspires to be the premiere venue for meet-and-greets.   

Alphaland Southgate, Magallanes will host this year’s Aklatan on September 7, 2013, Saturday. Although doors open as early as 8 a.m., the formal program will begin at 9 a.m. Artists include Lourd de Veyra, Eros Atalia, and other writers.

Break-out rooms Boracay and Balesin will host talks or seminars and an “unwritten book audition” during which writers will have an opportunity to pitch book ideas to eager publishers, “The Voice of the Philippines” style.

Due to the nature of its inception, the event boasts of a wide and inclusive line-up of Filipino writers and book publishers from critically acclaimed National Artists to their contemporaries preeminent popular culture. Bigger publishers will stand shoulder to shoulder with independent presses.

The complete program is scheduled for release by mid-August. The entrance fee for non-students is P20 while students will receive a 50 percent discount.

Visprint, Inc. is a Pasay-based publishing house best known for Bob Ong’s books, Manix Abrera’s comic strip compilations, and the award-winning Trese series.

For more information about Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival, please tweet Visprint’s own Pol (@visprintpub) or email Kyra (bestbookproposal@visprint.net).

In a bid to be more accessible and visible, local publishers produced the first annual Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival, which celebrates the local publishing industry by bringing Filipino writers and their readers together. 

Visprint, Inc. and co-presenter National Book Development Board  (NBDB) spearhead the first festival. More than a book fair, Aklatan features multiple book launches and book-related seminars. Aklatan aspires to be the premiere venue for meet-and-greets.   

Alphaland Southgate, Magallanes will host this year’s Aklatan on September 7, 2013, Saturday. Although doors open as early as 8 a.m., the formal program will begin at 9 a.m. Artists include Lourd de Veyra, Eros Atalia, and other writers.

Break-out rooms Boracay and Balesin will host talks or seminars and an “unwritten book audition” during which writers will have an opportunity to pitch book ideas to eager publishers, “The Voice of the Philippines” style.

Due to the nature of its inception, the event boasts of a wide and inclusive line-up of Filipino writers and book publishers from critically acclaimed National Artists to their contemporaries preeminent popular culture. Bigger publishers will stand shoulder to shoulder with independent presses.

The complete program is scheduled for release by mid-August. The entrance fee for non-students is P20 while students will receive a 50 percent discount.

Visprint, Inc. is a Pasay-based publishing house best known for Bob Ong’s books, Manix Abrera’s comic strip compilations, and the award-winning Trese series.

For more information about Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival, please tweet Visprint’s own Pol (@visprintpub) or email Kyra (bestbookproposal@visprint.net).


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