Summer showers with books this April as the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Philippines celebrate World Book and Copyright Day on April 15 at the Techportal of the UP-Ayala Land Technohub in Quezon City.

A whole-day event filled with fun activities awaits book lovers of all ages. Find out what makes a bestseller click as Visprint’s Nida Ramirez (publisher of Bob Ong books), National Book Store’ Abdon M. Balde, and Simon and Schuster’s JenniferJavier talk about “The Making of a Bestseller: What Sells and What Does Not”.

A fan of romance, chick lit, or erotic fiction? Meet and listen to your favorite genre writers Tara Sering (bestselling author of Almost Married and Amazing Grace), Pinoy romance queen Martha Cecilia (author of Precious Hearts’ Kristine), and Beverly Siy as they talk about what tickles the Filipinos’ romantic fancies and the perks of writing for the genre.
Aspiring writers who want to make it big online can also get tips from their favorite bloggers and authors: Kristine Fonacier (Lonely Planet Philippines), travel and food bloggers JJ Yulo (Pinoy Eats World) and Ivan Henares (Ivan About Town); Tweet Sering (author of blog-turned-book Astigirl, and Iwa Wilwayco (Hay Men: Ang Blog ng Tunay na Lalake) will be talking about all sorts of writing one can do online, and how to make blogging, from food and travel writing to humor and journal blogs, a profitable pastime.

Adarna House, the country’s biggest children’s book publisher, will be conducting a Book Illustration Workshop for Kids, from the step-by-step stages of illustrating for storybooks, building storyboards to incorporating different trends and styles. Concerned about your copyright when publishing online or print? Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Philippines’ Deputy Director General Andrew Ong, Atty. Louie Calvario, and Atty. Mark Dy will be discussing the negotiating points in Author-Publisher Agreements, arbitration in copyright disputes, copyright issues when publishing on the web, and plagiarism issues. Finally, catch the exclusive screening of Khavn dela Cruz’s Mondomanila, a film based on Norman Wilwayco’s Palanca-winning novel of the same title. The film, a post-modern version of Edgardo Reyes’ Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, delves into and explores “Manila and its humanity, it also delves into the whole rationale behind the irrational lives these people experience every day.” Aside from the workshops, lectures, and film showing, there will also be a mini book fair participated in by National Book Store, Anvil Publishing, New Day Publishers, and the Filipinas Heritage Library.
Admission to the event is free, while the admission to the screening of Mondomanila is P100. For details, call 926-8238.