#AUGVOCACY2018: 10 Reasons Why Filipino Bibliophiles Rock the Bookish Community + Giveaway

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I have no doubt that Filipino readers, as supported by tons of authors who visited our country in the past, are some of the best readers in the world. The way we support an author and his/her new book/s is unparalleled and lots of other bibliophiles, authors and  major publishing houses included, from all over the world have recognized that. But, really, what are the things that make a Filipino reader enthusiastically known for, other than the fact that we are supportive, and easy to motivate and inspire? Today, as a participant in Shealea’s month-long Augvocacy, I’m listing down 10 reasons why Filipino bibliophiles rock (and dominate) the bookish community.

Disclaimer: Please take note that the things listed below are my own opinions and it doesn’t reflect everyone else’s. Also, they are not meant to offend anyone, whether you be a Filipino or not, so as you read my post, please do keep an open mind.

10) We are extremely compassionate. – Filipino readers relate to so many fictional characters because it’s fairly easy for us to empathize. We are emotional, and I’d like to think that we love reading books that make us feel things. This is one of the reasons as to why we read, after all. In my case, I love crying my eyes out whenever I read contemporaries and I admire how books have the power to make us release all of our emotions that have been pent up for quite possibly so long.

9) We are creative and get inspiration from just about anything. – When you combine reason #10 and a typical Filipino’s creativity and innovativeness, you get lots of original, hand-made content. Those of us who have been blessed by the gods with talented hands and an impeccably imaginative mind can easily come up with things like stunning fan-art, heartfelt playlists, stunning mood boards, and even gorgeously curated bookstagram accounts. Lots of Filipinos even do cosplay. And it always comes out unique and original.

8) We are warm-hearted, friendly, intensely supportive, and we can easily befriend people. – I honestly think one of the reasons why authors love talking to Filipino readers, whether it be in real life or online, is because of how friendly we all are. We might not always be eloquent but we firmly believe that our emojis / emoticons do wonders for us. We are warm-hearted and we easily get excited for so many reasons: book sales, new book releases, upcoming book events, etc. And I’d like to think that our unparalleled support and enthusiasm for authors and their books set us apart from other bibliophiles.

7) As part of an International reading audience, we have no doubt felt marginalized in many ways in the past, and so we go the extra mile to make sure that others wouldn’t feel the same way. – For International bloggers such as myself, e-galley sources like NetGalley and Edelweiss don’t cater to us the way they did before. We are denied multiple review opportunities just because of where we live, and I’m not saying that this is anyone’s fault. Now, in order for other Filipino readers to not feel marginalized, I try to do my best to lend and offer review opportunities for the galleys that I receive. By hosting blog tours, I feel like I’m able to at least make the Filipino reading community an inclusive one, and help those with lesser following to feel like they belong, opening up doors of opportunities for them in the future. Rafael (The Royal Polar Bear Reads), Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions), Erika (The Nocturnal Fey), Aimee (Aimee Always), Shealea (That Bookshelf Bitch), and Hazel (Stay Bookish) are some of my friends who also go out of their way to host blog tours so follow them online to see if they’re setting one up sometime soon.

6) We know how to dance our way through a book sale. – It’s actually funny that I get to talk about this because National Bookstore’s Thank You Sale literally just ended a couple of days ago, and I think it’s safe to say that lots of bookish bibliophiles definitely splurged on NBS’ wide range of books, from Middle Grade, to Young Adult to Adult Fiction. But even if we are presented with back-to-back sales, we know how to prioritize. We know what we should buy first, and we know when to stop buying (says the guy who has a book-buying problem…)

5) We are easy to motivate and can come up with amazing book events. – #BookwormsUnitePH is the best example for this, I’d like to say. For years, the team behind BU was able to gather bookworms from all over the metro to bond over everyone’s love for books and it’s been around for four years and counting! What’s our motivation in doing this, you ask? It’s because we love being able to share this passion with others and we aim to somehow bring literature a step closer to everyone. (Also, be sure to follow our other social media accounts for future event and giveaway announcements!)

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4) We love sharing our books with others and so we love donating and supporting book drives. – As a collective effort for Bookworms Unite, we have worked with lots of other organizations in the past to help bring literacy and our personal love for the printed word to other parts of the country. We have worked for several, local book drives together with Bookbed, JCI Duwaling, The Storytelling Project, The Rizal Library Ambassadors, to name a few, and when combined, I believe we have donated over 500 books to those who have lesser to no access to printed materials. We also continue to donate books to the Little Free Library. And in the future, we hope to collaborate with more people or organization so we could help out even those from lesser known parts of the Philippines.

3) We love to champion books, characters, and even authors, and there’s nothing we love more than shouting about our love for it online. – Okay, let’s see. We have Louisse and her @ThroneofGlassPH account, also known as one of the biggest fan accounts dedicated to Sarah J. Maas there is. We also have Nicola Yoon PH, Adam Silvera PH, and Becky Albertalli PH, moderated by yours truly and my friends Inah and Jasmine respectively. We also have fan accounts dedicated to Morgan Matson, Sara Raasch, and a whole lot of other authors. You see, even if it’s hard to maintain an account that’s on-brand with who you’re representing, we still love doing it because it helps promote the works of our favorite authors and publishers. That’s how dedicated we Filipino readers are. And if it wasn’t obvious yet, we are hella loud, most especially online!

2) We are respectful and hospitable, and we can easily make other people, especially authors, feel welcome and at home. – I don’t work for National Bookstore and nor do I have any family members working for them, but I only have good stuff to say about how they treat the authors that they bring to our country. They provide them with superb accommodation at Raffles Makati, where in between signing events, they get to relax and enjoy the world-class food that we Filipinos serve to our beloved guests. They take good care of them during their events and they make sure that they stay well-fed and well-hyrdated. I mean… It’s as if they’re caring for their own, and I truly admire National Bookstore’s Marketing team for that.

1) “Filipino readers are the best readers in the world.” – says every author who visited the Philippines for a signing. – I mean… What’s there left to say? Every single author who came to the Philippines for signing events has said the same thing. Bestselling writers like Jennifer Niven, Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, Morgan Matson, Kiera Cass, Jasmine Warga, Jennifer E. Smith, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, … they had nothing but great stuff to say about us Filipino readers. And I can literally spend the entire day listing down every single person who said this. But I think this reason goes without having to explain. *winks*

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Check out Shealea’s giveaway for a copy of The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly, open internationally, that’s open for the whole month of August. Click on this link to be redirected to the Rafflecopter widget.

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In your opinion, what makes YOU a very unique reader? And also, what do you think of Shealea’s idea in hosting #AUGVOCACY2018? Let me know via the comments section down below!

And if you have the time, please do check out these other #AUGVOCACY2018 posts:

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13 thoughts on “#AUGVOCACY2018: 10 Reasons Why Filipino Bibliophiles Rock the Bookish Community + Giveaway

  1. Wonderful post, JM! I couldn’t agree more with you thoughts. We treat authors like superstars and never miss a once in a lifetime experience interacting with them. Nothing beats the energy and passion of a Filipino reader and it’s no surprise authors would love to return here in PH.

    Filipino readers and authors are supportive with each other. In spite of readers having different opinions, we encouraged healthy discussions. The Filipino Reading Community has a strong bond. One for all, All for One. 😀 What makes me unique as a reader? Whether I like or hate a book, I’m always honest with my thoughts and I never hold it back. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to read more posts for the #Augvocacy 2018. Such a great activity spreading the love for reading 🙂

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  2. I also do believe that if all resources will become available to Filipino bookworms, there won’t be any book left unloved. At the same time, not having all the resources at hand makes Filipino bookworms treasure every stories and shares the happiness in any way possible. 🙂

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  3. And the fact that it’s so hard to get ahold of some titles over here just proves how much we’d go out of our way just get our hands on books that we love! 💚

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  4. I love this idea! I actually missed the sign-up so I’m just going to follow along with the other Pinoy bloggers.

    I grew up in the 90s so I’m a little bit older than most of the bloggers participating and I also grew up outside Metro Manila. So my experience is a little bit different. I love that we are in a time where a lot of readers can share their love for books waaay more than we had during my time. I think I saw an uptick of readers in my school aroun 98-99 when HP became super popular. I have been reading since I was very young and started reading adult books when I was 10 or 11.

    I read mostly romance books but one of my dreams has always been to open a bookstore in my own hometown and encourage younger kids to love reading as much as I do.

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  5. I love this list, especially #2, which warms my heart. This event is so important. What makes me a unique reader is that I’m open-minded and also read to learn about the world so I can better understand all people and gain empathy for them and their issues.

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  6. Hi JM! Do u have any books you’d recommend to Filipino readers? I started a blog yesterday that’ll serve as a cultural resource for Filipino-Americans and I would love to hear from you as a guest writer or in the comments on my discussion board! Please visit kamustanamaste.wordpress.com if you can, it would be much appreciated in getting my blog off the ground ♥️

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