The 9th Philippine International Literary Festival commenced last Apri 19 and ended on April 20, 2018. Held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, AUTHORities, was well attended by Filipinos from all walks of life and from different members of the book industry. From tne literati to the academics, teachers to students, aspiring authors and veterans, art enthusiasts to the curious, book nerds and gamers, the Natioal Book Development Board and the Cultural Center of the Philippines deserved praise and congratulations. It was no mean feat! A fitting celebration to Buwan ng Panitikan.
As for me, it was one memorable literary event because, as a librarian I was there to present a book project with friends, Darrel Marco and MJ Cagumbay Tumamac. I also ran a workshop on storytelling at the Little Theatre. That’s a first for me and a tick of my bucket list.
There were interesting coversations about book history after our panel presentation especially from the wonderful ladies at Ilaw ng Tahanan Books. Dr. Ina Castro, Vice President of the Nutrition Center of the Philippines came to support us too. Librarian friends, Audrey Anday and Ann Grace Bansig, had fun attending talks and watched a movie at the Festival. But most of all, they were present at our panel to cheer us on.
I hope that we have inspired more librarians to write, not just books about Library and Information Science, but also explore allied topics and subject related to the discipline.