[ Press Release ] Vincent De Jesus’ Changing Partners: A Lovechild of Heartbreak and Music

The PETA Theater Center houses Vincent De Jesus’ newest production, CHANGING PARTNERS, a torch musical that explores the alchemy of relationships and  questions the nature of fidelity and the complex issues partners face regardless of gender.

Opening at the PETA Theater Center in October, CHANGING PARTNERS is an intimate peek inside Cris and Alex’s challenging May-December relationship. Though most people would glance skeptically at May-December romances, they also accept them, depending on the couple’s gender and who gets to be ‘December’ and who gets to be ‘May’.

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[ Press Release ] Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay

Get ready to be transported back to the magical world of Gabun and the travails of Moymoy Lulumboy as Lampara Books brings you the third installment following the saga of the ‘batang aswang.’

Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay hits the shelves beginning September 17, 2016 in a grand launch at the SMX Convention Center, coinciding with the 37th Manila International Book Fair.

In this book, Moymoy is able to save his twin brother Alangkaw and their childhood friend Hasmin, a manananggal. Having found out as well who their mother is and where she may be found, the twins embark on a mission to save her by following certain missions as bidden them by Ingkong Dakal, the guardian of the Gabun archives. Will Moymoy and Alangkaw be able to accomplish the tasks and eventually be reunited with their mother Diyosang Liliw at last?

Penned by champion of original Filipino literature for the youth and Precious Pages Corporation stalwart Segundo ‘Jun’ Matias, Jr. with illustration by award-winning visual artist Jomike Tejido, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay will surely be a new favorite for Filipino readers to read over and over until the next installment.

Click on the Read More button for information about the author and the illustrator, as well as Lampara Books, the publisher of the Moymoy Lulumboy series.

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#RomanceClass goes to MIBF 2016!

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?

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Many thanks to author Miles Tan for the lovely artwork we’re using for this year’s #romanceclass MIBF promotions. Awesome, awesome job. ❤

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? ❤

#RomanceClass ❤ OPM | Sa Wakas

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.

Playlist #1 | Playlist #2

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! ❤

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Precious Pelikula Invites You!

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.

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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.

For more details about the event and the films included in the competition, like and follow the Precious Pelikula Facebook page.