World Book and Copyright Day 2012

Me, together with RJ and my friends, went to Quezon Memorial Circle this morning for the kids to try the park’s new go-kart and paddle boat.  At the same time, it is in Planas garden of the said park where the World Book and Copyright Day is being celebrated so we dropped by because I have learned that there will be storytelling and puppet show that the kids would love to see.

Every year, the World Book and Copyright Day organizer which is the National Book Development Board, partners with Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines to promote reading, publishing and protection of intellectual property through copyright. This year, they came up with the high school-theme event “Summer Slam”, with picture taking, poetry performances, musical performances, rap contest, mini book fair, storytelling, puppet show and live bands…truly a great way to educate everyone about the copyright and encourage them, particularly young people, to read.

Sadly, we were not able to stay longer because of the scorching heat. Though the place is surrounded and covered by big trees, still we can’t stand the sultry air. How I wished it is held on a covered place with air coolers or Casablanca ceiling fans. Nonetheless, my daughter loved the event and preferred to stay with her dad.

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PMC 2nd Grand EB

Hey, Mommies need a break too, right? Not just a day in the salon but some time off with friends as well. Well, I took mine yesterday. Woohoo! I attended an event spearheaded and organized by Mommy Pehpot and Mommy Ruby…the PMC 2nd Grand EB at Aling Tonya’s Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City.

Nothing stopped the Mommies from attending the fun-filled meet-up yesterday…not even the rain. Though I must admit the weather made it harder for me as I have 2 big eco bags of tokens for my friends in PMC. I got wet and all but who cares? It is nothing compared to the fun and happiness that the meet up brought me. I was able to finally meet the Moms whom I only see in pictures and chat with in Facebook.

Yours truly was one of the committees assigned in registration and giving away of loot bags from our generous sponsors…

That’s me in green.

All Moms went home full-handed with tokens from fellow Mommy bloggers and loot bags from our sponsors…

Gifts from Mommies

 from Unilab, Ibuprofen Dolan, Ascorbic Acid Ceelin

from Smart Steps

from Umami (Ajinomoto), Scotch Brite, Procter & Gamble, Geiser Maclang

Other sponsors are World of Wellness and Goldquest Biomedical Technologies that gave Php5000 which we used to cover other expenses.

Before the program starts, late lunch was served. Moms, including me, forgot about our diet plans for a while and feasted with the sumptuous meal. Well, you can’t blame us…seafood are just irresistible!

Then Mommy Ruby Ricafrente, gave a short talk about PMC…how it was born and it’s mission and vision.

According to her, Pinay Mommies Community is a community of Filipina Mommy bloggers that she created four years ago. Its aim is to help the members grow as bloggers and to prove that Moms not just take care of the kids, cook, fold the laundry, etc. Moms, who are mostly college graduates, can also be good writers who can share their parenting experiences, insights, humor and even frustrations. That Mommy bloggers are not just after the loot bags and freebies but also for a good cause. Now, the community is aiming to help a charity institution. I am really honored to be part of this community. It is making a real difference in the blogging world.

Of course the event won’t be complete without the raffle and prizes…

…the lucky winners of Smart Steps with the event organizer, Pehpot Pineda

…happy winners of Unilab products with Ms. Rochelle of Unilab

…winners of Ainon

…winners of Avon

…winners of Richwell

…winners of Drypers

…winners of Grendha…I won, finally! Woohoo!!!
The prize will be delivered to my doorsteps. I’m excitedly looking forward to it.

The generous PMC Mommies with business also contributed to the prizes and I won a broom from Ane Fallarme. Thanks, Ane! 🙂

The meet up was made even more fun and colorful with KrazyPix photobooth.

 KrazyPix with Josie and Peachy

 KrazyPix with Che

And who will forget to take the group picture? It’s the event finale…as always.

 The pretty Moms of PMC…

Mommies went home with smiles pinned on their faces. The smiles just show how happy we were. Thanks to our generous sponsors for making the PMC meet up possible…

*Photos courtesy of Mauie Flores. Thanks, Mauie! 🙂

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The World Book and Copyright Day Celebration

The National Book Development Board in partnership with Intellectual Property Philippines and Filipinas Herigate Library, conducted free seminars at Technoportal UP-AyalaLand last April 15, in celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day. Copyright issues such as negotiating points in author-publisher agreements, arbitration in copyright disputes, copyright issued when publishing on the web and plagiarism vs. copyright, were tackled in the morning. Too bad I missed the said discussions. I was lucky though to be available in the afternoon where the topics about web and blogging were discussed.

World Book and Copyright Day

I was able to attend the “Making of the Bestseller:What Sells, What Does Not. It was a forum between authors, publishers and readers on what sells, what readers want to read, and what makes a bestseller. As Sidney Sheldon’s huge fan, I was surprised to know that what sells are adult fictions about paranormal, vampires, Greek mythology and beastly that is why Stephen King’s novels are one of the longest running bestsellers according to Jennifer Javier of Simon and Schuster. On the hand, according to Jun Balde of National Bookstore, books that are humurous yet inspirational are bestsellers too. That explains why Bob Ong’s books remain on the top of those books from Filipino authors.

The Making of a Bestseller:What Sells, What Does Not
Panelists: Jennifer Javier of Simon and Schuster
Jun Balde of National Bookstore and Visprint’s Nida Ramirez

I was also able to attend the “Publishing on the Web” where panelists bloggers were supposed to share how to turn online writing into a profitable pastime. This is my most awaited so I was a little disappointed when it did not turn out as I expected it to be. Iwa Wilwayco, the blogger who was supposed to give tips as to how we can earn through online publishing was not able to attend.

Publishing on the Web
Panelists: Tweet Sering of Astigirl
and Tarie Sabido of Asia is in the Heart

There was also a forum about “Food and Travel Writing”. It was great to hear some tips about the expert bloggers of food and travel most especially from Ms. Kristine Fonacier of Lonely Planet Philippines. She’s soft-spoken yet very witty and articulate.

Food and Travel Writing
Panelists: Kristine Fonacier, Ivan Henares and JJ Yulo
Moderator: Susan Lara

One more good thing about the said event was, there was also acitivities for the kids so I tagged along my daughter RJ, my niece and nephew. They enjoyed the Book Illustration Workshop conducted by Adarna House.

Book Illustration Workshop

All in all, it was a great event. I learned a lot of things about blogging…that it is more important to post with substance and blog with dignity and credibility. Most of all I got the chance to meet some of the Mommies of PMC.

PMC Mommies
Cecile, Ning, Daryll and Me
Yami, Yours truly and Ning Buning
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