Monday, April 23, 2012

FILCOLS’ Booth at the World Book and Copyright Day 2012 Celebration

The Philippine Celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day 2012 was a tremendous success! Dubbed as Summer Slam, it was held last April 22, 2012 at the Planas Garden, Quezon City Memorial Circle. The theme of the celebration was school fair. At the venue, booths were checked out by hundreds of visitors from 8:00 am until early evening.

The booths of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society or FILCOLS featured the artwork “No to Piracy” by FILCOLS member Zaldy Arboso, the satellite bookshop of FILCOLS member Black Pen Publishing (with its partner Pandora’s Books Online Shop) and books by member Nid Anima. FILCOLS also sponsored a photo booth from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Visitors flocked in to get their pictures taken as a souvenir for the event. Each photo came with a sticker that shared copyright one-liner trivias. A copyright quiz was conducted the whole day in one of the FILCOLS booths. Lucky participants brought home books written or published by FILCOLS members.

The booth of FILCOLS member Anvil Publishing showcased some of their Filipiniana books that were recently published. There were also lots of books on sale, some were sold at P10 per copy.

FILCOLS member Vibal Publishing had a booth that displayed its latest educational books.

FILSCAP or the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers featured a video presentation about the organization in its booth. FILSCAP led by Executive Director Debbie Gaite and Officer for Membership Mitos de Guzman provided brochures and other reading materials to interested individuals.

Visprint authors GM Coronel, Eros Atalia, who is also a FILCOLS member, and Karen Francisco braved the heat to meet and greet their fans at the Visprint booth. Books by Bob Ong were also sold here at 20% discount.

Creators from Sulyap Komiks Anthology and Summer Komikon 2012 guest Freely Abrigo were present at the Komikon booth. Merchandise were also sold in preparation for the Summer Komikon event that will be held in May.

Metroserye’s booth was manned by the lit’s “it” couple Mookie Katigbak and Sarge Lacuesta. A marriage booth, it doubled as a selling area for the Metroserye publication. FILCOLS member Louise Amante (a poet and writer from the academe) and his wife got married for the second time. They exchanged vows, which were actually verses written by the timeless poet e.e. cummings, under the red sign Cupid’s Chapel of Love.

The twin booth of National Book Development Board and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines housed the secretariat who gave free Summer Slam shirts, the main sound system equipment and an ice cream cart. All registrants were treated to free ice cream.

Summer Slam or the World Book and Copyright Day 2012 celebration was organized by the NBDB and the IPOPHL in partnership with FILCOLS, FILSCAP, Komikon, Metroserye, QCPL, Vibal Foundation and Visprint.

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