Filipino American International Book Festival

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2011

The Filipino American International Book Festival, alias FilBookFest, was envisioned and created by Gemma Nemenzo back in 2011 through Literacy Initiatives International Foundation (LIIF) in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, and Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), The Asian Art Museum, and the Philippine Department of Tourism. First of its kind, on October 1-2, 2011, it gathered Filipino writers and artists from the Philippines and around the United States to participate in a variety of panel discussions, presentations, and readings at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin was filled with booths featuring books, information, food, and other Filipino cultural products. Well-attended, it was a resounding success.
2013
The second festival took place in October 18-20, 2013 again at the San Francisco Main Library. Officially presented by PAWA, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, the festival’s theme was “Likhâ ng Lahi—Writing Out Way Home: Shaping Tradition, History and Culture. That year, the festival was extended to three days to feature on that Friday films and publications by Richie Quirino and Nick Decampo. Saturday and Sunday featured authors from the Philippines and the United States. For more details visit: http://pawainc.com/filbookfest/
2015
Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and the San Francisco Public Library, along with the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco and other community partners, celebrated the Third Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookFest) on October 2-4, 2015 at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. This year’s festival theme, "Bukás na Bukas: An Open Tomorrow, Pin@y Literature in the 21st Century," focused on where we are as a community of writers and artists and our direction for the future.

The Friday event featured Nicanor Tiongson and his film The Women of Malolos followed by the Opening Gala event in the evening. The panels and presentations took place on Saturday and Sunday. In Hot of the Press, authors read from their newest books. Various anthologies were presented. Panels and discussions covered themes dealing with history, politics, literature, cuisine. In collaboration with The Hinabi Project, a special panel took place at the Asian Art Museum featuring prominent experts on Filipino textiles. As in the past festivals, visitors had an opportunity to browse and purchase books from specialty booksellers.

For more details click on FilBookFest 2015

Our Email: info@filbookfestival.org, pawa@pawainc.com
Our Address: P.O. Box 31928, San Francisco, CA 94131-0928