So last December 6, 2014, Saturday, I attended Lang Leav’s Book Signing Event at the East Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza together with some friends from Pinoy Book Freaks United. (If you’re a Filipino who loves buying, reading, and devouring books, I suggest you become a member and click on that link.) This is my second time attending a book signing event organized by the ever amazing National Book Store.
As planned, me and my friends from PBFU intended on going on a night swimming over at the Richmonde Hotel, courtesy of Feather, a fellow member of PBFU, and her dad, before lining up in front of Shangri-La. And some of us who’s coming from Marikina, Manila, and Quezon City areas decided to meet at the MRT Cubao station at around 6:45pm. Upon our arrival at the Shaw Boulevard station, we began walking until we reach the Hotel and once we were all together, we took a swim.
After a refreshing dip in the heated pool, we proceeded to Feather and her dad’s suite to shower, and freshen up. While waiting for everyone to finish, it was the perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other, since we all just met online through PBFU, and all we know about each other is our mutual love for books and reading. Once everyone has showered and all, we then went on a marathon to get to Shangri-La. And of course, we couldn’t resist not taking pictures. Oh, and by the way, we were the first ones to arrive for the book signing. ❤And we all know what happens after that. The hardest part of camping out for a blockbuster book signing: Waiting for registration. Once we were settled, our beloved tummies growled by 12:00am, and what broke my heart is seeing the nearest Starbucks close down. With all fast-food chains closing here and there, we had no choice but to walk to Mcdonald’s at Doña Julia Vargas Ave. (I’m sorry for being ultra specific. Its just that I want to emphasize the long walk that we took just to satisfy our hunger. Haha!) Once we were able to get back to our post with food in arms, we devoured our food with much gusto!
As the evening turned into a morning, we met up with some other members of PBFU and we remained at the front of the line. Can you actually believe that people just arrived at the venue by 5AM, while we arrived by 11:30PM the previous day? Aren’t we the most excited people ever? We bought our breakfast at Starbucks (Yaaay!) and decided to eat while waiting for the doors to open.
Once the doors opened, we headed for the activity center where the event was taking place. We finally got our signing passes and I was labeled as #4. As early birds to the event, we got the rare chance to seat front row for the event. Once we were all settled, we took the chance to take some pictures.
And after a few minutes, Lang Leav arrived. She was interviewed, and she answered some questions about her, her favorite authors, her writing style and processes, and she read some of her poems from Lullabies. She read Second Chances, All There Was, and Broken Hearts. Shortly right after, was the book signing. Although since we were all in front, and our photographer, Kuya Adrian, was just behind me, pictures from a camera was missing in action. The only photo I have with Ms. Lang is on an Instax photo. 😦I was torn on having my book signed as my name either “JM” or “John Michael” but since I found the former a name that’s too short, I chose the latter.
Getting to meet one of my favorite authors really meant a lot to me. I started loving Lang Leav when she released her first book, Love & Misadventure. I adore her and her works so much that I almost cried when I was on stage, face to face with her. And oh my god, I am still trying to recover from the feels that was released when I got to meet the lovely and talented Lang Leav.
It was such a great experience. I’m looking forward to more book signings in the future that’s meant to be spent with these lovely people. 🙂