Filipino Book Bloggers (Part 1)
I PM'd a birthday greeting to an online book blogging buddy, Asia In The Heart, World On The Mind, early last week, and when she sent me her reply thanking me for the greeting, she asked if I was going to the meet up of Filipino book bloggers on Saturday, September 25.
Out of the loop, I was like, "Huh? What get-together? What's going on?"
It seems there was an online call over at Filipino Book Bloggers for, um, Filipino book bloggers to get together and meet last Saturday at the 6/f of Shangrila Mall in Pasig, and I wasn't aware of it. Oops, my bad. My thanks to Asia In The Heart, World On The Mind, for letting me know about it in time for me to go.
Meeting fellow readers to talk books was great fun. There were at least fifteen of us book bloggers there, fifteen people passionate about books and reading, fifteen people for whom cracking open a book and spending a lot of time and brain power immersing ourselves in a world of words is a regular and important habit to keep. Given how long and how much I've been advocating reading, to hear others of like-mind speak about reading and books with even more passion than I can muster made me happy.
I was easily (easily!) the oldest one there, so knowing that there were these new, younger faces--added to the others I have met over the years--told me that a local reading culture is stronger than others think. I've heard many people lament many times that our country does not have a reading culture and that reading, or the lack of the habit, is one reason why our country is not what it could be. Looking at the greater population across demographics and all socio-economic segments, maybe that statement is true, or maybe not. But what is true is that Pinoys can be readers and can develop the reading habit, as shown by how the activity has taken the heart of these bloggers. It's all quite encouraging, and overall, a good Saturday afternoon. There is hope here, hope to develop and promote reading and to ask for the kind of books local readers want to buy. I'm going to do my best to attend future get-togethers.
More photos and the salient points that were discussed in a succeeding blog entry.
Related links: Filipino Book Bloggers 1, 2, 3, 4.