Last year, there were plenty of opportunities for me to support plenty of Filipino authors. It was the year that the #romanceclass reading trend started, at least that’s what I know. But for some reason, a part of me didn’t want to get in on board with other Filipino readers. There were live-reading and/or signing events every now and then, but I failed to attend or support at least one. So this year, albeit being late, I’m going to try and fully help and support Filipino authors promote their books and/or advocacies. I think it’s about time for me to actually post some Filipino content here on Book Freak Revelations, and now, I’m excited to share with everyone my first event recap of the year! This one covers the recently held #romanceclass event at the Ayala Museum entitled #BitterxSweet!
Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend my first ever #romanceclass event. I’ve been meaning to attend one ever since I started reading (and loving) titles from #romanceclass, not only to meet some of the authors from the community, but also to witness, and maybe fall head over heels for the live-reading sessions.
Of course, what fun would these kinds of events be without friends to fangirl with you, right? I was so glad to have my friends Inah and Jem of The Bibliophile Confessions, Allie of A Literary Wanderer, and Hazel of Stay Bookish with me during this amazing experience!
Here are dashes to enumerate all the fun things we did before the live-readings:
– First, we participated in the #romanceclass bingo-selfie game, wherein we were tasked to grab a partner, and accomplish a couple of photo challenges written on a bingo-like sheet of paper. Of course, I played this game with my dear friend, Allie. (Spoiler alert: We had an amazing time!)
– Then, I tried my luck in guessing titles to pair up with plenty of #romanceclass quotes. There were plenty of quotes to choose from, but the problem wasn’t the lack of it, but the lack of knowledge bestowed upon me to correctly guess. I did guess a few ones right. At least I think I did.
– Have I mentioned the wide range of books up for sale? I swear to the stars above, if I just came with a bigger bag, and an even bigger budget, I would’ve bought more than 5 books!
Credits to my friend, Anette of Anette The Wicked for the photo.
– Most importantly though, any event wouldn’t be enjoyable if you’re going to starve yourself. Me and my friends, then joined by Kevin of Tomebound and Gavin, who’s a frequent book-signing goer. Anyway, we ate lunch at Tokyo Tokyo, and spent our precious time talking about Gossip Girl, Riverdale (and how it ruins our childhood to see Archie Andrews kissing Ms. Grundy), Jane The Virgin, #famous by Jilly Gagnon, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon (obviously), and more tv series and book titles.
– When we went back to the venue, the live-readings were about to start, and the live-readers arrived… Here are some photos I took with them pre-feels.
Everything’s about to get lit from here, everyone! Hang on tight!
Ms. Mina gave a short but sweet introduction to formally start the program. Afterwards, it was time for the #romanceclass writing lecture where Ms. Mina shared a few ideas on how to write a romance novel. It wasn’t her who delivered said lecture, though. It was the readers… *flails*
How To Write A Romance Novel Lecture
Also, here are some live-reading replays for those who weren’t able to witness them. (Fair warning: Kilig is inevitable. Grab a few plush toys or pillows to squeeze for when you can’t handle the feels anymore.) Mad props to my friend Gela Uy for all the videos, by the way. For sure, these videos will be treasured and replayed for years to come!
If The Dress Fits by Carla De Guzman
Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco
Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria
Dare To Love by C.P. Santi
Iris After The Incident by Mina V. Esguerra
The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez
Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores
Beginner’s Guide Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes
Holiday Crush (Make My Wish Come True Anthology) by Suzette de Borja
The program ended after that. When the authors and live-readers were done taking a group photo, basically everyone who had copies of the books that were live-read had them signed from the authors and the readers. Even I went up to them, feeling awkward, and shy (lol) but I had to, y’know? I had to make my first #romanceclass event count for something.
Here are some more photos, by the way:
It was so nice meeting Ms. Ines Bautista-Yao, author of All The Glitters (a.k.a. one of the best bestfriend turned lovers story I’ve read so far this year), Ms. Dawn Lanuza, author of quite a few books that I’m planning on bingeing this month, Ms. Ana Tejano, author of Keep The Faith (a.k.a. the first book that made me cry this year), and a lot more.
When the program ended, me and my friends got the chance to catch up with a very kind and supportive soul: Ms. Honey de Peralta. She’s one of the enthusiastic attendees of #BookswormsUnite 2.0 and we’ve been in contact with her since then, and we’re actually working with her and the people behind FilReaderCon for a “thing” that we’re hosting this year, but more about that in the months to come. Ms. Honey was as delightful as ever, by the way.
From left to right, that’s Hazel, Ms. Honey, Me, Inah, and Jem
I went home that night not just with a heart that felt full, but also with a bag that was actually full… of books! By the way, while I was at the bookselling table, I had a hard time choosing from all the books that were waving at me asking to be bought. I did end up with 5 titles, though.
On the left: Books I bought during the event. Savor by Kate Evangelista, I got from the Book Blind Date. On the right: My growing collection of #romanceclass and #SparkNA books. Also, here are a couple of photos of books that I had signed by authors and their live-readers:
Huge thanks to the #romanceclass community for making all of this possible. I promise to attend more events, and support, read, and promote more books from you guys. I can’t wait to attend the next one!