Secret Lives of Books

Have you ever wonder how book is made? Before, I used to think that books are simply printed; yet, it does not end there.

This afternoon, I attended a panel talk entitled Secret Lives of Books. This happened in Ayala Museum in celebration of the 20th year of Filipino Heritage Library. It was moderated by Karl Castro, a book designer. Writers/Book Makers of various types attended the seminars.

The talk started by Karl when he introduced the speakers. 

The book history is discussed by a librarian itself in Ateneo de Manila University. He explained the cycle of book making. 

He said that the history of the book starts when the decision has been made regarding its publication.

Next panelist was Karin whose talked focused on Children’s books.


Writing books for Filipino children should be of meaning and value integrated with Filipino culture.

She explained that reading is a dynamic interaction between the reader, writer, and the world.

Next speakers were Tonet Jadaone and Chinggay of Tita Witty. 

Tonet Jadaone was the well-known writer of the film That Thing Called Tadhana. With her was Chinggay who was her business partner in their self-published books and planners.

What I’ve realized from them was the perks of being self-published. 🙂

Next speaker were AG de Guzman and Wawi of Thousandfold. 
These people were the pioneer in creating and publishing photo book. They explained that reading was also done visually. 

Then, the last speaker was Sir Ricky Lee who was just one seat away from me (because we sat in front).

He was natural, spontaneous, and funny in his talk. He was never hesistant to be honest in telling his experience as an independent pblisher before. 

He had told us stories which made us respect him more. 

The way he organized his launching was like a rock concert–People has to ‘pre-order’ by buying tickets for his launching. It’s discounted, so people would buy.

The talk was definitely a great experience that I would always treasure. It offered insights from experts about writing. 

What’s important is these talks boost my confidence. 🙂 


Author: kimderla

Educator. Writer. God's Servant.

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