August is Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) here in the Philippines, and we as a community are celebrating this by championing more Filipino-created work, and encouraging our community to do the same.

So for the whole month, we had a bunch of activities—online panels and discussion threads! Here are the virtual panels we did!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 3:00 PM / TWITTER

My Favorite Pinoy Creators

#romanceclass authors talk about the work of some of their favorite Pinoy creators (authors, komikeros, graphic artists, filmmakers, musicians, etc)
Panelists: Ana Tejano, Celestine Trinidad, EK Gonzales, Tara Frejas


FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 9:00 PM / YOUTUBE

Behind the Scenes at Hello, Ever After

Backstage stories about the new #romanceclass series — how it came about, memorable moments during the shoot, technical difficulties, and what’s next for #romanceclass in terms of producing similar content.
Panelists: Ana Tejano, Bianca Mori, Carla de Guzman, Celestine Trinidad, Six de los Reyes, Tania Arpa, Tara Frejas
Host: Mina V. Esguerra


SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 3:00 PM / YOUTUBE

Mommy Lit: Is There Life After HEA?

What happens after “the end” in a romance novel? #romanceclass authors explore female empowerment, romance, and motherhood following happily-ever-after.
Panelists: Agay Llanera, Ines Bautista-Yao, and Katrina Ramos Atienza
Host: C.P. Santi


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 3:00 PM / TWITTER & VARIOUS PLATFORMS

Prompt and Pairing, Please? (A Writing Challenge) – Batch 1

Challenge your favorite #romanceclass authors to write a 500-word (minimum) ficlet based on a prompt & pairing of your choice. Ficlet releases will be done every Wednesday at 3:00 PM PHT.
Contributors: Ana Tejano, Bianca Mori, Brigitte Bautista, Celestine Trinidad, Chi Yu Rodriguez, Jay E. Tria, Katrina Ramos Atienza, Kesh Tanglao, Six de los Reyes, Suzette de Borja, Tara Frejas


FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 7:00 PM / TWITTER

How To Craft Relatable YA Characters 

A discussion on the challenges of writing for teens, how to craft a believable voice, and other elements to factor in when creating YA characters.
Panelists: Angeli Dumatol, Catherine Dellosa, Danice Mae P. Sison


SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 3:00 PM / TWITTER

Popfluences: Pop Culture That Influenced Us

A discussion on how pop culture icons (personalities, movies, TV shows, comics, games) have influenced the way we tell our stories.
Panelists: Carla de Guzman, Katrina Ramos Atienza, Kesh Tanglao, Mina V. Esguerra, Six de los Reyes, Tania Arpa


SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 7:00 PM / YOUTUBE

#RomanceClass Mukbang Nights (Episode 1)

#RomanceClass authors do mukbang while talking about their books! Join the fun and throw in some questions for an anything-goes discussion!
Panelists: Chi Yu Rodriguez, Jay E. Tria, Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 3:00 PM / TWITTER & VARIOUS PLATFORMS

Prompt and Pairing, Please? (A Writing Challenge) – Batch 2

Challenge your favorite #romanceclass authors to write a 500-word (minimum) ficlet based on a prompt & pairing of your choice. Ficlet releases will be done every Wednesday at 3:00 PM PHT.
Contributors: Ana Tejano, Bianca Mori, Brigitte Bautista, Celestine Trinidad, Chi yu Rodriguez, Jay E. Tria, Katrina Ramos Atienza, Kesh Tanglao, Six de los Reyes, Suzette de Borja, Tara Frejas


SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 3:00 PM / YOUTUBE

Heat Level Zero Represent!

A discussion about zero heat level romances, why some #romanceclass authors prefer to write this, and which readers we welcome with these books.
Panelists: Ana Tejano, Celestine Trinidad


SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 7:00 PM / YOUTUBE

Maybe Judge a Book By Its Cover

#RomanceClass book cover designers and their stories behind creating the perfect covers
Panelists: Carla de Guzman, Miles Tan, Tania Arpa
Host: Mina V. Esguerra


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 3:00 PM / TWITTER & VARIOUS PLATFORMS

Prompt and Pairing, Please? (A Writing Challenge) – Batch 3

Challenge your favorite #romanceclass authors to write a 500-word (minimum) ficlet based on a prompt & pairing of your choice. Ficlet releases will be done every Wednesday at 3:00 PM PHT.
Contributors: Ana Tejano, Bianca Mori, Brigitte Bautista, Celestine Trinidad, Chi yu Rodriguez, Jay E. Tria, Katrina Ramos Atienza, Kesh Tanglao, Six de los Reyes, Suzette de Borja, Tara Frejas


FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 9:00 PM / TWITTER

#RomanceClass in 2020

A recap of #romanceclass releases so far, and announcements for upcoming releases for the second half of the year.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 5:00 PM / YOUTUBE

Enby Rep in Romance/Fiction

A discussion on good and bad non-binary representation in romance/fiction
Panelist: EK Gonzales


SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 7:00 PM / YOUTUBE

#RomanceClass Mukbang Nights (Episode 2)

#RomanceClass authors do mukbang while talking about their books! Join the fun and throw in some questions for an anything-goes discussion!
Panelists: Carla de Guzman, Mina V. Esguerra, Suzette de Borja

Hello, Ever After

November 21, 2020

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