Why yes, I’ve already pinched myself several times to make sure I’m not only dreaming… because this is definitely happening: #RomanceClass will be at the 37th Manila International Book Fair from September 14-18, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center! OH. MY. GOD. *cue screaming*
Short backstory, to make this post a little more coherent:
This time last year, I was hell-bent on finishing a novella for the #StrangeLit (urban fantasy/paranormal fiction) workshop I signed up for, and come MIBF season, we authors were invited to come to the Buqo booth to interact with possible readers of our books. We had that book-to-ebook exchange thing going on where people can come bring their old books, donate it to the cause, and get our ebook bundles in exchange. And while it was a fun experience, we wanted more.
We wanted more people interacting with us authors, asking about our books and actually buying them. We wanted a lot of kilig, and maybe some screaming (because we heard a LOT of screaming going on at some booths and we were like, WE WANT THAT), and just basically a space for us to do Things.
Fastforward to a year later, and we have this. Our books (42 titles from #romanceclass, #StrangeLit, and #HeistClub) will be available all week long at our designated booth, and we have our very own talk + live reading on Sunday, the 18th! How about that?
Come and join us at the MIBF this year, okay? I’m looking forward to meeting you guys, especially at the Sunday event. Migs Almendras, Rachel Coates, and Gio Gahol will be there to read new #romanceclass selections, and I’m so excited to find out what they are! Are you?❤
As August AKA Buwan ng Mga Akdang Pinoy comes to a close, I put together a third and final installment of the #RomanceClass x OPM playlist. Thank you so much to everyone who recommended and submitted songs for this project, and if you missed the first two playlists, don’t fret! Simply click on the links below to get to them.
Click on the Read More button for Playlist #3 and notes about the books they’re “linked” to. For more information on the featured books, simply click on the titles! Hope you find a good read for the coming weekend!❤
Film and romance lovers, this is right up your alley!
Precious Hearts Romances invites YOU to the special advanced screening of six (6) kilig-inducing films directed by a new breed of filmmakers. On September 3, expect a fun, love-filled afternoon as reader favorites come to life on screen, as interpreted by six talented young directors.
What is Precious Pelikula all about?
In April 2016, Precious Pages Corp., the publisher of Precious Hearts Romances, called on amateur filmmakers nationwide to participate in this momentous project. A total of 40 applicants, from students to film enthusiasts sent in their portfolio in the hopes of being able to enter the competition. Ten out of the 40 were shortlisted. They chose from a selection of PHR titles on which they formulated a film concept as out-of-the-box as they could while still maintaining the romantic personality that Precious Hearts Romances has embodied. From their pitches, five applicants and a ‘wild card’ were granted a much-coveted spot. Each were given P15,000 to produce their respective films by August 12, 2016.
The filmmakers who made the cut are:
Marco Mata of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila – Fallin’ For You by Heide Colette;
Ian Abaya of Asian Pacific Film Institute – Her Own Brand of Hero by Sofia;
Paolo Pascual of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila – Angel Bautista’s Dreams Café 4: Dream Master;
Miguel Potestades of Collosus Films – Mga Apo Ni Rustica: The Girl in His Arms by Rose Tan;
Richmond Cadsawan of Far Eastern University – Me, Myself and Peregrine by Jamie Black; and
Carl Ruiz of De La Salle College of St. Benilde – Kensi’s Unconventional Love
I’m interested! Where do I go to see the films?
The special advanced screening for all six films will be on September 3, 2016, 2:00 PM at SM Manila Cinema 4. After the screening, the films will be uploaded online and readers are encouraged to vote for their favorite.
The top three films will be awarded at the Manila International Book Fair on September 18, 2016.
How do I get film passes?
Complimentary passes will be distributed at Precious Pages outlets at SM Manila, SM North Edsa and SM Mall of Asia. Buy any 3 of the 6 books included in the competition from August 19 to August 31, 2016 to automatically receive one (1) complimentary pass for the screening.