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INDIEPUBCON 2.0 Goes Regional: Program Announcement for NCR, Ilocos, Cebu, and Davao

INDIEPUBCON 2 Ilocos Sur

In line with this year’s theme, “Publishing Philippines,” TIPC-PH officially announces the face-to-face event programs happening in NCR, Ilocos, Cebu, and Davao.

No one can deny that the passing pandemic brought the local independent publishing community closer and stronger than ever. And as the industry traverses through the modern era of readership, this renewed annual event aims to encourage regional authors and publishers to continue collaborating and creating opportunities for the betterment of the country’s literary scene.

INDIEPUBCON 2.0 – Ilocos Sur Convention

Thanks to the joint effort of Participating Publishers in North Luzon, INDIEPUBCON 2.0 is set to happen on the 25th of November 2022 at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. This convention will feature independent publications and presses in the region, like Saniata Publications, Imnas & Iway Publications, GUMIL Filipinas, Urijah Publications, Hoaea Publications, and Salaknib Bookshop.

Event Date: 25 Nov 2022 (Friday)

Venue: University of Northern Philippines Auditorium, Tamag, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Event-goers can also look forward to talks led by Ilokano authors and creatives like Junley L. Lazaga, Mark Louie Tabunan, and Neyo E. Valdez. The discussion will attempt to rediscover the history of Ilokano books, the challenges of a modern writer in the region, and the future of local publishing in North Luzon.

INDIEPUBCON 2.0 – NCR Convention

INDIEPUBCON 2 NCR

With much enthusiasm, INDIEPUBCON 2.0 joins the list of book conventions happening this year in the NCR region. The event, which is set to happen on the 27th of November 2022 at Gateway Gallery, will be spearheaded by independent publishers like San Anselmo Publications, 7 Eyes Productions, Balangay Production, Southern Voices Printing Press, Alubat Publishing, Librong LIRA, and Kwago Bookshop.

Event Date: 27 Nov 2022 (Sunday), 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Venue: Gateway Gallery, 5F Gateway Tower, Araneta City, Quezon City, 0810

Panelists from different publications, like Emman Barrameda, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Marvin Aceron, will form a roundtable discussion to touch base on the modern bookselling and promotion techniques publishers and authors learned during the pandemic. Event-goers can also attend the forum led by our resource person Renato Vibiesca, Ph.D., as he discusses how the pandemic affected the state of writers in today’s industry.

Children’s book authors and publishers are also set to talk about the challenges they faced during the ongoing pandemic crisis. This program will be led by Sophia Flor Perez of Southern Voices Printing Press with reactors Ms. China de Veyra of Aklat Alamid and Ms. Carla Mortel of Aklat Mirasol.

INDIEPUBCON 2.0 – Cebu Convention

INDIEPUBCON 2 Cebu

Cebuano authors, publishers, and book enthusiasts are encouraged to join INDIEPUBCON 2.0’s Visayas leg convention on the 26th of November 2022 at Parkmall, Cebu City. Don’t miss the chance to meet the participating publications in the region, like 8Letters Bookstore & Publishing, GMGA Publishing, and the University of San Carlos.

Event Date: 26 Nov 2022 (Saturday), 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Venue: Parkmall, Ouano Avenue, Mandaue Reclamation Area, Cebu City, 6014

Several book launches will happen during the event, which includes Operation Black by Chris Canonigo, The Other Side of Faith by Orlando P Carvajal, and Quarantine Wisdom and Other Absurdities by Mitos Suson.

The program will cover talks about Cebuano’s history through Eskrima with Celestino Macachor and Paul Taneo, explore the mind of The Cebuano Millennial Writer with Daniel Indic, Lea Jane Salud, and JZ Romero, and celebrate Cebuano writers’ diversity with Mitos Suson and Cindy Velasquez.

Cebuano event-goers can also participate in the Workshop: Ink Your Legacy: Write a Book for Generations to Cherish by Ayo Gutierrez and the “Pitch Your Book” program moderated by Almar Jeon Villaber and Cindy Wong.

INDIEPUBCON 2.0 – Davao Convention

INDIEPUBCON 2 Davao

Last but not least, the annual event will also commence on November 25th at Davao City with authors and speakers from Buhagay Journal, Aklat Alamid, SOX Zine Fest, 8Letters Bookstore and Publishing, and Davao Writers Guild.

Event Date: 25 November 2022, 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Venue: The Big House – A Heritage Home, Davao City

The first forum session, “Independent Publishing in Southern Mindanao,” will be led by representatives from three indie initiatives in southern Mindanao. Key speakers Neil Teves, M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac, and authors from SOX Zine Fest will exchange thoughts on how they promote independent and alternative publishing in today’s industry.

It’ll be followed by “Writer-Advocates from Southern Mindanao,” to be spearheaded by Leila Rispens-Noel, Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano, and Jennie Arado. These regional writers will share how they advocate for their language, culture, and place through writing and publishing.

Before the event closes, the last program, “Writing the Self and Indie Publishing,” will be held with Reil Benedict Obinque and Jade Mark Capiñanes.

The success and vision of INDIEPUBCON 2.0 are made possible through the joint efforts of TIPC-PH’s Participating Publications and collaborative partnerships with the National Book Development Board of the Philippines (NBDB-PH) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

If you’re interested in joining TIPC-PH’s free hybrid event, fill up the registration form through this link: https://tinyurl.com/indiepubcon2022

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