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How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

How to pick a perfect book as gift

There is an art to gifting the right book to someone else. And, during a moment in time when e-readers are king, hardcover books can be expensive, and people can be so darn picky, picking the right book isn’t for the faint of heart.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

As a bibliophile, I’ve cultivated a wonderful collection of books in my home. In fact, I purchased my home because it had a built-in shelf with exposed brick. I like to collect books that I consider classic reads, from Ready Player One, to Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, and Beloved by Toni Morrison. I curate my books like a gardener, careful to nurture the growth of my mind, intellect, and curiosity. Plus, it’s fun to have nerdy bookends to frame my collection.

So, I have a lot to say when it comes to picking the perfect book as a gift.

Understanding Your Recipient So You Can Give a Book as a Gift

Giving a gift can be fraught with stress. But, giving a book can be even more challenging because you’re hoping that the recipient of your gift will actually enjoy it enough to sit down and take the time to actually read the book.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

In a moment in history where people feel like they’re constantly pressed for time, this is a huge expectation on your part. The book has to be good enough to take time out of their day to enjoy.  Before you purchase the book ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does your friend/mom/dad/etc. Enjoy taking in information? Are they fans of audio books, comics, graphic novels, e-readers, paperbacks or hardcover books? In my case, while I love that audiobooks exist and are a way for vision empaired readers and busy people to enjoy the written word, I personally hate them for me. I really hate them. I’ve found that the narrators of those books never sound like how I imagine the characters to be. Weirdly enough, I found a number of t.v. shows have done an incredible job of casting actors in the roles that I love. One example of this is the Shadowhunters series. Each actor is perfect in their role and I wish they were doing the audio for the actual Shadowhunter books.



  • What is their life like? Is your gift recipient constantly traveling for work, is busy with small children, or single and works a ton of hours. For a traveler a digital book may be the best way to gift a book so that they can take it with them anywhere without worrying about the additional weight as they travel. For a busy person who is always on the go, being gifted an Audible subscription may be the best way to help them enjoy their new favorite book.
  • What have you noticed? Pay attention to the clues that your gift recipient leaves you. Do they complain about the loss of real books and hate e-readers? That’s a pretty huge clue not to give them an audio book. Are there physical books in their home? Do they have coffee table books on their favorite table and have you seen them actually looking at those books?

Ask Questions

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

It seems obvious that the easiest way to figure out the type of book that you should gift someone is to ask them questions. Some people love to read romances, others consider romances to be on the lowest run of literature.

I love them.

Some readers are obsessed with reading the stories of their favorite idols, world leaders, or intriguing personalities. While I love knowing their stories, I don’t really enjoy reading autobiographies during my downtime.

Innocently flip through the books that you see in the home of your gift recipient to get an idea of what they enjoy.

Understand your friend, family member, colleagues actual active interests. What is it that they enjoy doing?

Do they watch football obsessively, comment on notable figures in a unique area of interest? Pay attention to the topics that they talk about in a positive way, and focus on nurturing that area of interest with a new book.

Don’t Make the #1 Mistake of Gift Giving

Avoid giving the book that you want. Recently my mom gave me a gift that she knew wasn’t my style. I literally said “Mom, this isn’t my style.” Her response “I know, but I thought you would enjoy it.”

Yes, I gave her the side-eye.

And, I may have laughed a little bit because moms are hilarious. And, in case you’re wondering, she gave me a soft jacket that I will only wear inside because it is cozy, but too many colors and a weird material for me to wear outside.

Ahem.

It’s not lost on me that she would absolutely love to wear that jacket all the time. She bought me a jacket that she would love to wear. I’m sure one day she will pop up wearing something similar.

But, let’s be honest, we’ve all given a gift that we would love to receive. Don’t do that. That’s the #1 reason why gifts get returned. It’s the wrong gift for the recipient.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

Have Fun

Gift giving should be a joyful occasion. I love buying gifts for the people in my life because it gives me an opportunity to give them something that they would be reluctant to give to themselves because of cost, time, or for a number of reasons why people don’t treat themselves.

Gifting a book should be a joyful experience, not something that you find painful.

Still Don’t Know What Book to Give?

Sometimes we get stumped and still aren’t sure what to give someone else. There’s a tried and true formula that I like to use during moments like these.

First, give 3 books instead of just one. The idea is that if you give three slightly different books that you will likely hit a homerun with at least one. When I do this I tend to give a classic, a current contemporary book on the top #100 list, and something whimsical.

Gift cards are always a wonderful way to empower your reader to find the book or books that are a perfect fit for their personality. Gift cards are great because you’re shifting all of the choice responsibility to the gift recipient.

Don’t forget that you can also gift Audible subscriptions or gift cards as well. Again, allowing your recipient to figure out what they would like and leaving you out of the decision making process.

Giving the gift of a book doesn’t have to be hard, ideally though, it’s an exercise in thoughtfulness. Giving a book doesn’t need to be an intimidating process, and even though I mentioned several steps to doing it well, it shouldn’t take you more than 15-20 minutes to choose well.

Your last resort, pick a book on your favorite online website and send it to them.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

Author Bio

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Anne loves finding the perfect gift idea that’s on budget. She has been writing about gift giving and personal finance online since 2012, as owner of https://uniquegifter.com. Her favourite beverage is champagne and she loves figure skating, even if it’s harder now that she’s not 20!


Guest Post Disclaimer

You may or may not agree with the views, and opinions of the author. However, it doesn’t represent the sentiments of Chesz Dylan and its entirety. The author has all the liability for errors and omissions including the copyright claims and intellectual property rights of this article.

YOU NEVER DID

Ron de Leon You Never Did

Your smiles were sweet and charming.
Your laughter was nice and soothing.
You made me, and you claimed that I made you too.



But, I can see no reasons to continue
I can see no reasons to sail with this ship anymore.
I need to stop.
We need to stop.
End the relationship we current have.

See also:

https://www.cheszdylan.com/2019/10/13/i-missed/

Let go and probably move on.
I need to let you go.
And you need to let me go.
We must part, for this ship is not sailing smoothy as it was before.

Then you asked me why…
Why would I seek and ask for the end if I claimed that I love you?
I did. I love you so much that it hurts.

And in the other hand, you didn’t.
Because you’re just in love with the thought of being in love.
You never loved me in the first place.

YOU NEVER DID!

See also:

https://www.cheszdylan.com/2018/10/15/haunted-misery-of-dreyfus-by-chesz-dylan/

You Never Did by Ron De Leon

©Ron De Leon


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You may or may not agree with the views, and opinions of the author. However, it doesn’t represent the sentiments of Chesz Dylan and its entirety. The author has all the liability for errors and omissions including the copyright claims and intellectual property rights of this article.

The Coming of New Breed of Writers: 2nd Gawad Parangal sa Mundo ng Literatura (GPML) Awards 2019

2nd GPML Penmaster League

I am still in awe remembering the much anticipated 2nd Gawad Parangal sa Mundo ng Literatura (GPML) Awards night held at The Village Patio in Brgy Maginhawa, Quezon City last Saturday, February 8, 2020. It was the day where aspiring writers, editors, illustrators, veteran indie authors, and well-acclaimed writers in the writing industry face off to fight for prestigious writing titles in numerous categories. In addition, it was also the day to celebrate the 3rd Penmasters League Book Fair which also happened to be the co-organizer of the event.

Penmasters Administration

Joining them were some of the established publishing companies like Precious Hearts Romances (PHR), Talking Pages, Lathala Press, Lampara Books, Paperkat Books, Booklat, and other indie publishers, together with other active online writing organizations. Fan meet-ups and book signing were also included in the event to make it more memorable and enjoyable for both authors and their fans.

See also: The Penmaster’s League Grand Book Fair 2

It was another milestone for Miss Emerald Blake, the founder and president of Penmasters Administration which is the co-organizer of the gala event. After all the hurdles of the first GPML awards, it didn’t stop her from pursuing yet another year of this awarding ceremony. After all the hesitations, setbacks, and criticisms from detractors, she remained grounded and optimistic about her vision. Thus, the success of the recently concluded event.

The Village Patio



Much has been said, but the highlight of the event is the presentation of the awards to various winning authors. With eleven incredible, and high caliber judges, not to mention their outstanding credentials both in education and the writing profession under their belt, it was a do-or-die collision of the best of the best authors in this generation. The writing aces of both mainstream and indie writing industries compete for the coveted titles.

Here are the winning awardees for the following categories:

I. GPML BEST POET CATEGORY

GPML BEST POET OF THE YEAR- Neil Mar Sales
2nd Best Poet- Rachel Macadangdang Labasan
3rd Best Poet- Mike James Palay

See also: Manila International Book Fair 2019: It’s Fun After All


II. GPML MOST PROMISING WRITER CATEGORY

GPML MOST PROMISING WRITER OF THE YEAR- JAEistyping
2nd Most Promising Writer- Neil Mar Sales
3rd Most Promising Writer- Mar Mojica


III. GPML UNDISCOVERED GEM CATEGORY

UNDISCOVERED GEM OF THE YEAR- Rosie Lopez Santiago (BasiliaSeleva)
2nd Undiscovered Gem- Margie Evangelista
3rd Undiscovered Gem- Glaiza AntonioGPML

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IV. GPML BEST ILLUSTRATOR CATEGORY

GPML BEST ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR- Regina Dionella
2nd Best Illustrator- Rosie Lopez Santiago
3rd Best Illustrator- Jaoius Elmigron


V. GPML BEST EDITOR (ENGLISH CATEGORY)

GPML BEST EDITOR OF THE YEAR (ENGLISH CATEGORY)- Melai Quilla Marinas
2nd Best Editor- Elena Buncaras
3rd Best Editor- Ysabelle Frost

The plaques of winners.

VI. GPML BEST EDITOR (FILIPINO CATEGORY)

GPML BEST EDITOR OF THE YEAR (FILIPINO CATEGORY)- Elena Buncaras
2nd Best Editor- Melai Quilla Marinas
3rd Best Editor- Ysabelle Frost


VII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Jaret Co and John Michael Jalaron (Deborah Lovelace)
2nd Best Published Author- Krishmar Llorin
3rd Best Published Author- Chesz Dylan


VIII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Her Eleventh Blind Date by Phoebe Esquivel
2nd Best Published Story- Silang mga Winasak ng Mekanismo ng Pag-ibig by Jaret Co
3rd Best Published Story- Befall by Eiramana325

The venue. It has an elaborate touch of greeneries to breathe.

IX. GPML  BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Margie Evangelista
2nd Best Published Author- E.M. Priel
3rd Best Published Author- Mayumi Cruz


X. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Chroma Hearts by Mayumi Cruz
2nd Best Published Story- Philippines Year: 2300 by E.M. Priel
3rd Best Published Story- Rosa Magica by Margie Evangelista

See also: Mark Phillip Castillo: Pairidaeza And The Birth Of A New Author


XI. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY): Jernalie Dumapay (Sofia)
2nd Best Published Author: Maricar Dizon
3rd Best Published Author: Heart Yngrid


XII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY): Golden Heart by Maricar Dizon
2nd Best Published Story: Marrying My Bestfriend by Aira Ledesma
3rd Best Published Story: My One and Only You by Jasmine Esperanza

The organizers also aim to recognize some of the notable mainstream publishers and indie publishing houses that keep the Philippine literature alive.



This mini garden make up the centerpiece of the entrance complementing the cobbled pavement.

XIII. GPML BEST PRINTING SERVICE

GPML BEST PRINTING SERVICE OF THE YEAR: KPNY Self-Publishing and Printing
2nd Best Printing Service: Glyz Printing Services and Trading
3rd Best Printing Service: Immac Printing Service


XIV. GPML BEST PUBLISHER

GPML BEST PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: Anvil Publishing
2nd Best Publisher: VIVA Books
3rd Best Publisher: OMF Literature

Special awards are also given to the following established veteran authors who weren’t just professionals in the field, but they left a mark in the Philippine writing history.

SPECIAL AWARDEES:

GPML LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Prof. Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo
GPML LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ms. Lualhati Bautista
GPML POSTHUMOUS AWARD: Ms. Angel Bautista
GPML POSTHUMOUS AWARD: Ms. Amanda Beltran

The organizers also recognized active writing organizations where new breed of indie writers and now seasoned authors started their writing journeys.

GPML MOST ACTIVE ONLINE WRITING ORGANIZATIONS FOR 2019

  • 8Letters
  • Writers to Watch Out (WWO)
  • PluMAKATA
  • Conscriptors
  • Akademyang Pampanitikan (AKAP)
  • Inspiring Team of Writers (ITW)
  • APIS
  • Spoken Word Poetry University (SWPU)
  • Midnight Collective
  • Fall in Arts Community
  • Horror and Trell Stories
  • Betsin Artparasite
  • Damdaming Nakapaskil
  • MKP
  • KAMPI
Early birds.

Furthermore, Miss Emerald Blake made it known the achievements of her mentees in her workshops. These mentees are handpicked with regards to their excellence and growth in her writing workshops.

2ND PENMASTERS LEAGUE AWARDS (for Miss Emerald Blake’s PL Online Mentoring Class)

I. PL BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR CATEGORY

PL BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR: Darl Bollon/Darla Tverdohleb
2nd Best Published Author: LC Brasil
3rd Best Published Author: Xakni Allym


II. PL BEST PUBLISHED STORY CATEGORY

PL BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR: The Gray Area by LC Brasil
2nd Best Published Story: Old Towns, Old Flames by Darl Bollon
3rd Best Published Story: Morgan Series 1: The Philanderer by Rashiyella Raya


III. PL UNDISCOVERED GEM CATEGORY

PL UNDISCOVERED GEM OF THE YEAR: Anj Jimenez
2nd Undiscovered Gem: Jin Yoo Han
3rd Undiscovered Gem: Jang Magbanua

Awardees and nominees present at the Gala night.

IV. PL MOST PROMISING WRITER CATEGORY

PL MOST PROMISING WRITER OF THE YEAR: Mican Buna
2nd Most Promising Writer: Author Meera
3rd Most Promising Writer: XiAn Dee


V. PL BEST POET CATEGORY

PL BEST POET OF THE YEAR: Jin Yoo Han
2nd Best Poet: Rosemarie Plaza Tahumon
3rd Best Poet: Chili Pepper


VI. PL BEST ILLUSTRATOR CATEGORY

PL BEST ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR: Ten Grams
2nd Best Illustrator: Kristina Tomodachi

Pin it!

Despite the rain that happened that day, it didn’t stop the awardees to come to their OOTDs. The night ended with newfound friends and collaborations among the authors and publishers present in the event. These awards motivated aspirants to excel more and aim to become the best in their writing craft. Thus, I bet next year will become more bloody and competitive. Kudos to the organizers, and congratulations to all the nominees and winners.


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I Missed…


I missed the days when I was courting you
The days when I felt like time is so limited
Where all I can think of was you, and —
we are so inlove, like tentacles wrapped up together.

I missed the day when we became lovers
The  days we spent alone eating, watching, laying on the floor rolling over
Where we were contented with each other’s company and —
we just don’t care how time passed by.

I missed the days whenever I go home seeing you in the kitchen,
The day when you have that baby bump and cooking, wearing cute mittens
Where we will eat together, talking what happened to our days and —
we had long conversations while watching television.



I missed the day when the baby was excited to go out
The day when I told that angel to wait for me but she didn’t listen.
Where she just came out with nothing at all and —
we had a rough day because I was only on my way home…

See also: POET[ICAL] NONETHELESS

I missed the days when our angel is growing up
The days when I had to check her out while playing because we were at the 2nd floor
Where she was pushed by a girl her age, I got mad and —
we didn’t allow her to play with that little girl again.


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I missed the day and regretted that day I had to leave you both for work
The day when local job cannot provide our needs.
Where I have to leave you with a broken heart and —
we have to communicate through calls and text messages.

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I missed the day and regretted that day I left
The day when our relationship started to fall and there were a lot of temptations
Where emotionally I was cold and physically it was freezing in winter and —
we had to make it work.

I missed the day and regretted that day that we always had a fight on the phone
The days when I have to bring my mobile to work and patch things up
Where I have to argue with you because of our lack of communication and —
we repeated the cycle over and over.

I missed the day and regretted that day when I went home with nothing
The day, a painful day that I wasn’t prepared to leave the foreign land
Where I trusted my superior for false hopes and nothing and —
we rekindled again at home but the situation was dire for both of us.

See also: HAUNTED MISERY OF DREYFUS

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I missed the day and regretted that day when I have to leave you again
The day when I and our angel became aloof to one another
Where no matter what I try, it doesn’t make any sense and —
we have to pay the price of me working abroad.

I missed the day and regretted that day when I let you leave for our future
The day where I thought we made the right decision because it was our goal
Where it created a wall to our relationship, little by little and —
we are falling apart making a fool out of each other

I missed the day and forgot the day when I started to question myself
The day when I am questioning many things about us that I shouldn’t
Where the trust was nowhere to find and —
we, or should it be you denying and hiding some things from me

Beliosa

I missed the day and forgot the day when we first created our future
The day when your family matters more than our relationship
Where both of us, no longer knew each other and —
we keep on fighting until I requested it quits.

I missed the day, I no longer know if that day will come again
The day when I wanted to do something just to see you
Where you keep on making alibis not for me to come and —
we or it was just me returned home because of our goals, but I was alone

I don’t miss that day, we became civil to each other and we no longer have a future
The day when we were both cold and I don’t know you anymore
Where we fought the battle but white flags are waving at both of us and —
we never imagined how did it become like this.

PIN IT!

I missed …. my old self
I missed…. the old you
I missed…. us!
I missed…. our once happy family.
But… I can no longer remember that time.
I can no longer remember when, what, how and I forgot myself along the process.

And now..
I don’t know what the future holds for us.
I no longer knew you
You no longer know me
I missed…I don’t know what I miss anymore.

©Chesz Dylan | All rights reserved.


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Manila International Book Fair 2019: It’s Fun After All

With much anticipation before the recently concluded Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2019, I had a great time when I went there last September 12, 2019. It actually ran from September 11 to 15, 2019. Every year, it is celebrated as a 5-day event. It’s a gathering of big and small-time publishers, big and amateur writers, published authors, and traditional and indie publications. And of course, the hoarding of the books of both local and international acclaimed authors by bookworms.

What’s so special about the recent MIBF 2019? Well, unfortunately, there is nothing new to the book fair based on previous articles and videos about it. The book sale, the publishers, the events such as book signings of various local authors, programs, and the same activities held every year are the same as last year, except that there are changes in exhibitors. And of course, it is my first time attending such an event.

See also: MARK PHILLIP CASTILLO: PAIRIDAEZA AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW AUTHOR



If you are a student, you will definitely benefit from the various textbooks on sale. I have seen a few exhibitors who are selling school textbooks and college references. There are also other exhibitors who just don’t sell Science and Technology books, robotics, and Encyclopedias, but there are actual crafts and simple robots that were displayed to add an additional mood in the air. If you are into these kinds of things, you will appreciate those stalls and learn something from them.

Most of the books on sale are faith-based books. The likes of Philippine Christian Book Store (PCBS), CSM Publishing, OMF Bookshop, Philippine Bible Society (PBS), and other new Christian book stores that I am not familiar with. The presence of big names such as National Bookstore, Anvil Publishing, REX Bookstore, ABS-CBN Publishing, Fully Booked, Psicom, Our Daily Bread, and other familiar names in the industry.

See also: MIBF: BOOKS ARE MARCHING AND HEADING TO SMX CONVENTION

As an indie author, I saw indie and small publishing houses like Booklat, Bookware, Lampara, 8Letters, Phoenix Publishing, and a lot more. There are also author booths that conducted book signing events such as the one I came across (it’s a separate article). However, I didn’t expect the presence of university publications like UP,  UST, and FEU publication. The organizers also held programs with famous book personalities and media icons present and conducted a little workshop for writer aspirants. The schedule was posted on the wall so you will know what day are they coming. Unfortunately, I haven’t encountered any famous personality nor author that day. So sorry for me. 😅 If you are hungry, you don’t need to go out of the premises as there are food stalls on either corner and a roving food girl carries a trolley with local goodies, snacks, and beverages.

MY PERSONAL MIBF EXPERIENCE

It was dark and cloudy when I arrived. The rain is expected to fall at that time but luckily, it didn’t until I entered the SMX Convention. Although there are free entrance pass tickets available on the internet (you have to print them and show them at the entrance), I didn’t have time to do so. I just bought one at the actual event. It cost me 35 PHP, for the adult entrance while there is a variant of 20 PHP for the children.

You will be definitely fascinated by the plethora of books in front of you.  The two floors of the SMX Convention were dedicated to the said event. There are children’s books for your kiddos and a few BTS merchandise for K-Pop fans present at the book fair. However, that fascination dwindled as I was disappointed with the outcome of the book fair. Since it was my first time, I was expecting that the household author books (I am mostly referring to self-help, business, and financial freedom book authors aside from fictional authors) will be on sale at a discounted or reasonable prices but to my dismay, it didn’t. That was my sole purpose on why I came there in the first place. Most of them are selling at regular prices or 20% discounts.

But to give light to this failed expectation, there are textbooks that can be bought at 10 PHP – 50 PHP depending on the textbook. Psicom books are also available from 69 PHP to 99 PHP and most of the faith-based books are sold at 100 PHP of 1 regular book of any topic or two small size books like devotionals. And ABS-CBN publications and other indie pubs are selling their books around the price of 150ish.

See also: MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2018

In general, it was a successful event despite that I only bought a few pieces. Not all of the books I intended to buy were there. It only means that despite that it is indeed a big book fair, you shouldn’t expect it to be grander and complete. Some people I knew in the industry met at the said event, aside from the fact that they met their favorite local authors. I will see if I will be as enthusiastic to attend next year’s MIBF as I was this year.

What are your thoughts about the recent event? Share us in the comments below.


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Mark Phillip Castillo: Pairidaeza And The Birth Of A New Author

Engaging. Generous. Fresh.
These are the three words how I can described this published author I came across while I am at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2019 last Sept 12, 2019. Who wouldn’t go to his booth if you saw a “free book” signage on the top of the table? Funny, I became inquisitive and asked the woman next to me if it were actually free. And yes, it was.

I was quite amazed on how Mark was able to give away his first published books for free. I know I might be over reacting, but hey, this is 2019, there is no freebie nowadays! Especially in this destitute generation of illiterate millennials who have nothing to do but to play mobile games, instead of reading a book. With his genuine generosity of not just giving his book away but, he signed it for us who were there. So sweet of him to do that, really. Not every new authors would do that, if ever, it would end up in a raffle, in pieces of first 3 or five giveaways. That was utterly heroic, especially in the indie sectors where everyone is striving just to be published or give his or her contribution for the Philippine literature.

See also: MIBF: BOOKS ARE MARCHING AND HEADING TO SMX CONVENTION

I was moved from that simple gesture, that is why, I am doing him an article for everyone to know. This is not just my simple way of acknowledging his deed, but in respect for all my fellow writers especially those authors who keep on pursuing their dreams despite many odds. He was pretty candid and smiling while talking to the ladies who were all-cheers and candidly waiting in the line. I got the chance to know this guy and did a little interview.



Since when did you know that you want to write?
Mark: Actually, I started writing when my parents are still alive, both my father and mom. Actually, I dedicated it for them. As you can see in my book, you can see it from here, it’s to Mama and Papa. And what my mother said, “you started writing it, you have to finish it.” …Tinapos ko siya (I finished it) 7 years in the making. 3 years na writing, 3 years ‘yung processing ng editing (the processing of editing). Naghanap pa kami ng English native speakers. Sila ‘yung nag-edit. (We hired English native speakers. They did the editing)

So, based in 3 years, was it a hobby or a passion?
Mark: I can say that it is both a hobby and a passion.

What is the book all about?
Mark: It’s about love, mainly.

Why?
Mark: Usually, I still have to work from another company. When I am going home, I started writing again, I could say weekly. It’s not everyday naman talaga na makakapagsulat ka (that you are able to write) … But ang contribution mainly ng mga kasama mo na gumawa ng book, sila, kumbaga, sila rin ang nakakatulong sa’yo. Kasi siguro masasabi ko na nasa more than 20 katao ang tumulong sa akin. (But the contribution mainly of my colleagues that helped me with the book, it’s like, they were there to help you out. I could say that more that 20 persons had helped me)

What particular love or what kind of love?
Mark: I could say it as.. kasi meron kasing carnal love (because there is called a carnal love). Which is meron din siyang (it has) carnal love but more on filial love, parental love.

Why make it free, especially it is your first book signing?
Mark: Book launching talaga siya (it is actually). So, para mai-promote namin o mai-market namin na ito may isang author natapos niya yung book after 7 years. Worth it naman ‘di ba? (So, for us to be able to promote or market that there is an author who was able to finished the book after 7 years. Worth it, right?)

What is your message to this generation, where reading has been almost forgotten?
Mark: Hindi na nahihilig sa pagbabasa? Kasi ang generation kasi natin ngayon more on electronics. Although hindi naman natin dini-discourage na hindi magbasa sa electronics. Kasi para sa akin, marami akong nakita sa videos yung mga taong nahilig na sa technology meron sa kanila na brain dead….so kung physical book, walang masyadong risk. (Who were not into reading? Although we don’t discouraged that they shouldn’t read electronics. Our generation today is more on electronics. For me, I have seen many videos of those people addicted to the technology where some of them were brain dead.. so if it is a physical book, it is less risky)

What is your message for your fellow writers that haven’t published their book but they want to?
Mark: Just keep up the good work. Ano talagang ituloy-tuloy mo lang. Kahit tumagal ka man as long as meron ka naman goal na tapusin siya. Kasi kung mag-stop ka, yung ideas na sinimulan mo magfe-fade away na yun. Tapos malay mo maganda pala ng ideya mo na ‘yun at hindi nalalaman ng mga tao? So para lang siyang naging oblivion, yung idea na ganon. Walang naka-discover na ganung idea. (Just continue what you are doing. Even though it could take years as long as you have set a goal to finish it. Because if you stop now, all your initial ideas will fade away. What if your idea is great and people didn’t recognize it? So it only became oblivion, that kind of idea.  No one was able to discovered that idea)

Where can they buy your book after Mibf?
Mark: After this ang mangyayari kasi, di ko pa masasabi kasi nagaapply-apply kami sa iba’t-ibang mga bookstores. May publisher na siya, Reyes Publishing. (After this what will happen is, I cannot discuss it yet because we are trying to apply in other bookstores. There is a publisher, Reyes Publishing)

See also: MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2018

After the interview, I took a photo with him (which I almost forgot.😅). It was kind of him to accept my short interview and of course my copy of signed free book of him. You can contact him only at his Facebook id: Mark Phillip Castillo.


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The Penmaster’s League Grand Book Fair 2

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A day meeting with other indie writers.


Quezon City – Last Saturday, June 1, 2019, Penmaster’s League held their 2nd grand book fair at the 4th floor of J Rich Building in Sto. Domingo Avenue, Quezon City.



It was a successful event for the said indie organization. Every year, they organize a book fair to give way to their in-house writers’ works and other indie writers associated with them. This second book fair, they managed to invite many publishers including the household names like Precious Pages, PHR, Booklat, Black Ink and other small publishing houses making name in the publishing industry like 8letters and Fairy Publishing to name a few.

This event will not be successful without the head of the Penmaster’s League and our coach, Ms. Emerald Blake, together with the other organizers.

Coach Emerald teaching the writing workshop

See also: 6th Anthology Book: A BENEFIT PROJECT

The grand fair was presented with a little program. An intermission number from one of the indie author serenaded the audience, then a free workshop themed, “Unleasing the Writer in You” conducted by Ms. Emerald Blake commenced. After which, another intermission number, a Spoken Word Poetry was presented before the closing of the program. The publishers present in the said event were awarded an appreciation certificates. But before they call it a day, they held a little draw as a token for the attendees. Two lucky winners were announced, and were given a free book courtesy of our coach, Ms. Emerald Blakes’ book “Memories of Jeddah”.

It was a fun day and I got to personally met other indie writers like one of my co-admin in my previous publishing company who happened to be a published author too.

To know more about the Penmaster’s League, their latest books and news, visit their Facebook Page: Penmasters Administration

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Sky Fiction: 6th Anthology Book Benefit Project



 
6th Anthology Book: A BENEFIT PROJECT

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23 Stories | 23 Writers


Agos ng Buhay | Kirarinskie06
Alaala | Khassy
Ang Ice Candy ni Aling Bulag | zilyonaryo
Ang Kaligayahan ni Pikoy | Alexis Lagua
Ang Superhero ni Buboy | Mai Tsuki
Bawat Butil ng Pawis | Faye Lee P. Nash
Isang Hakbang Pa | Jeydi
Lapis at Papel | MeasMrNiceGuy
Linyang Guhit | Khayri R.R. Woulfe
Malaking Tulong | VenusOfTheRose
MANALIG KA! | Yeiron Jee
May Bago Kay Intoy | WhiteRose
Mga Anghel na Walang Pakpak | Lime Snowfall
Mukha Ng Pag-asa | Ynoria
Munting Pangarap | Misty Riosa
Nilamukos na Papel | Chesz Dylan
PANGARAP | YhansyRain
Pangarap Ko, Tutuparin Ko | Michaela Bohol
Patuloy Ang Pangarap | ArmaeGutierrez02
Sa Ilalim Ng Puting Ilaw | xymarx
Sapatos | Panacea Lee
Sino Si Bridget | Cheyonnibapps
UNIPORME | Gemalyn Sayco


ANNOUNCEMENT! 


Buy “SKY Fiction 6th Anthology Book” and get the chance to help buy children school supplies this coming school year. Every purchase will go to the funds intended for the beneficiaries’ school supplies. 


We also accept donations from anyone who are willing to support our cause.



NOTE:
With every book that you purchase. One child can receive a complete set of supplies this coming school year.


Including other SKY Fiction Books.


Available titles:


• Into The Abyssal Twist – 100.00php
• Love Will Keep Us Together – 150.00php
• How Can I Move On? – 150.00php
• Buhay OFW – 250.00php
• Love Confessions – 199.99php
• ‎Mabuti Pa Noong Bata Masaya – 250.00php
• ‎RUN – 200.00php
• ‎Abandoned House – 280.00php
• Kahit Bata Pa Ako – Pre-Order 350php

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Now available for online pre-order from May 24, 2019 to June 28, 2019.
PAYMENT PERIOD: May 24, 2019 to June 28, 2019.
SHIPPING PERIOD: For the month of July 2019. 

Special Thanks:
Cover Illustration by Ellen Almeron
Cover Layout by Marigold Uy
Promotional Graphic Design by Regina Dionela




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BIG BAD WOLF BOOKSALE

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Big Bad Wolf At The World Trade Center

The Big Bad Wolf is here, certainly not to eat our beloved Little Red Riding Hood.
By Chesz Dylan

Credit: Big Bad Wolf

Another important event for bookworms after the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). Big Bad Wolf, world’s biggest book sale running for 10 years is in Manila right now to cater your plethora of books. A 10-day event that would satisfy your book cravings and fill you book collections. Discounted price from 50 to 90%, a cheap but GLORIOUS offer. What else? They are open 24 hours, so our beloved owls could still visit them at wee hours of the night. It’s like going to a drive – thru of books, and believed me, it tastes delicious!

See also: Manila International Book Fair 2018

Credit: Dinzo Tabamo (TopGear)

Visit them at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Hurry up! While stocks of your favorite and must-haves are still on sale.

See also: Novel: Finding Harry

What better else to feed your Big Bad Wolf appetite, but a myriad of books ready for you to buy?

Ode of a Broken Son


This is the time when all he can do is to reminisce,
The child who was once born, without expectation and premise.
Raised by his grandmother with love and affection;
Molded with principles, discipline, and commiseration.

See also: Poet[ical] Nonetheless

Independent even though he needs attention,
Reserved and obedient, despite his inner nefarious personification.
A child seeking for someone or perhaps something:
Yearning and patiently waiting, as the years are passing.

A broken family and a broken identity:
Grew in a modern-day concept and infidelity.
Brokenness and death struck to the very core of his being;
Lost and hopeless – an everyday long-suffering.



Deprived of love, a motherly love;
Deprived of a family, he wished he could have.
Fleeting years of what could have been a relationship, now just a dream:
Somewhere in his mind is hoping and wanting to scream.

See also: Twenty-eighteen
Haunted Misery of Dreyfus

Birthdays, graduations, and different occasions;
Good tidings and joyful memories in every season.
Childhood, puberty, adolescence, and or his existence;
Adulthood, fatherhood, and all his experiences.

Fortitude, that what keeps him going:
Trusting everything to God, the faith he is believing.
A wife and a daughter that mended that great loss and disarray,
A love he found, not from a woman who once disowned him and ran away.

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As he is creating this sonnet or perhaps a prosody;
He is contemplating from his heart, a familiar rhapsody.
Some things may have come out great and some came out tragic,
But it was all a ride, and life decisions never to be apologetic.

See also: NINETY-NINE ENCOUNTERS

The chapters of his life may have found their direction,
But still, the least part of his identity wanted a resolution.
This is just a reflection that could have been a perfect melody,
But this is just a ballad, a lyric from his heart; from a son who came from a broken family.

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