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Images from the Hong Kong Book Fair 2013

Late post but here are images from the Hong Kong Book Fair, 17-23 July 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.

The annual exhibition at the City Hall organised by the Hong Kong Publishing Federation could be regarded as the predecessor of the Hong Kong Book Fair. The First Hong Kong Book Fair was held in 1990 and this year it is its 25th year. The Fair has become an annual major event in Hong Kong with the number of visitors reaching new high every year. The organiser, the HKTDC, has always been striving to promote local reading culture. Apart form extensively inviting the public to the Fair to visit and buy books, it also spares no effort in organising diversified cultural activities during the Book Fair period with a view to enhance the contents and quality of the Fair.

During the past 24 years the number of exhibitors has grown from 149 to 504 in 2009, with corresponding growth of attendance from 200,000 to 900,000 in 2009. The Fair has developed from a mere promotion platform for the industry to an annual territory-wide major reading and cultural event for the public of Hong Kong.

Major Exhibit Categories:

  • Books and Publications
  • Children’s and Teen’s Books
  • Religious Books
  • e-Books & e-Learning Resources: e-Book Readers, Audio Visual Learning Aids, Educational Software
  • Multimedia Products
  • Stationery and Printed Products

Hong Kong Book Fair 2014 will happen on  16-22 July 2014 (Wednesday – Tuesday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.

Bonus image, The Monocle Shop in Hong Kong.

Bloom Arts Festival 2012

Celebrating Creativity : 70+ Artists / 29 Sept 2012 / Cubao X

On September 29, 2012 (5:00pm to 1:00AM), over 70 creative minds and skillful hands come together to celebrate, nourish, and exhibit the art and design of Cubao X.

Avalon.ph will be a merchant at the event. Look for us!


Saturnino Basilla (Dina & Allan), Dex Fernandez, Mariano Ching, Carina Santos, Electrolychee (Marcus & Bru), Jason Moss, Zeus Bascon, Kadin Tiu, Ronald Caringal

Valerie Chua, Thursday Room (Soleil Ignacio / Tokwa Penaflorida / Kris Abrigo), Dan Matutina, Ge Mapa, Aleyn Comprendio, Charles Buenconsejo, Everywhere We Shoot!, Folk Superlative, InkSurge, Idkids

Wiji Lacsamana, Kristine Caguiat, CJ De Silva, Celina De Guzman, Paulina Ortega, Victoria Viray, Serj Bumatay, May Anne Licudine, Katrina Teh, Mai Evangelista, Gigi Lapid, Dang Sering

JP Cuison, Burnwater Art x Design, Ros Velez, Mara Nepomuceno, Ramona Gaston, Spidersilk Productions, Ang Gerilya, Robotars, Urban Toy Designer Philippines, JeAA, Archie Geotina, Aeon Barrameda, Triskaideka, Mikki de la Rea, Nikka Uminga, Sig Torre

Edric Chen, Your Evil Twin, Paolo Ruiz, BJ Pascual, Shaira Luna, Cholo dela Vega, Uro dela Cruz, Dodong dela Cruz, Bia Catbagan, Gabby Cantero, Regine David, Nante Santamaria

Kiko Escora, Apol Sta Maria, Manix Abrera, Cza Javier, Paolo Roa, Rob Cham, John Ed de Vera, Nelz Yumul, Designers of Asia

MOTION
Flux Design Labs, Acid House Post, Arnold Arre, Carl Chua, Dex Fernandez, Clarissa Gonzalez, Johann Tanhueco

LIVEART
Ang Gerilya, Cavity, Tigasouth, Nelz Yumul, Anjo Bolarda, Dex Fernandez, Quiccs, Dee Jae Paeste, Takako Sono

INSTALLATION
Kaloy Olavides
Today X Future (Sharon Atillo, Leah Castaneda, Rendel Natividad & Austin Castaneda)

MARKET
98B, OS, Plastic Octopus, SweetLeaf, Bookay-Ukay, Moon Leaf Tea Shop, Roomix and more!

MUSIC
Earthmover, Similar Objects, Twin Lobster, SINYMA, Gentle Universe

DJ SET BY:
Diego Mapa + Chie Castaneda

With the special participation of Heima, Today x Future, THE Clothing, PenPen's Restaurant, Fred's Revolucion, Escobar, Sweet Ecstasy, Daylight Studios, AvalonPH, and PunchDrunkPanda

FREE ENTRANCE.

Official Bar Host: Today x Future
Official Sound Partner: On-Air Studio
Official Print Media Partner: Philippine Star (Young Star)
Official Online Media Partners: Splintr.com & When In Manila


Facebook: www.facebook.com/bloomartsph
Twitter: @bloomarts
E-mail: projectbloom2012@gmail.com

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Fashionary x Page One Sketches Exhibition (Hong Kong)

 

Fashion designers, illustrators and artists around the world were invited to showcase their original hand sketches on their Fashionary products. The 30 sketches collected are exhibited along side the 20 samples created by the Fashionary teams.

Representing the Philippines and Avalon.ph friends, Valerie Chua of quietgirl.net and Mickey Velarde of Cava Handbags.

Illustrated by Valerie Chua

 

 

Illustrated by Mickey Velarde

 

Fashionary x Page One Sketches Exhibition happening in 3 locations in Hong Kong:

Timesquare Page One, Causeway Bay
Harbour City Page One, Tsim Sha Tsui
Festival Walk Page One, Kowloon Tong

Hong Kong exhibition up to July 16, 2012. China exhibition dates to be announced.

List of designers and illustrators:

  • +2 Chan, fashion designer, Hong Kong
  • Alex Andrini, fashion designer, Italy
  • Amy Bennett, Illustrator, New Zealand
  • Elin Bjorndalen, fashion stylist, Norway
  • Jasmine Chin, fashion student, Singapore
  • Jennifer Curtis, fashion designer, US
  • Jordana Ramos, fashion designer, Brazil
  • Kate Hogg, fashion designer, UK
  • Kim Atkinson, fashion designer, Australia
  • Laura Lima, Illustrator, Brazil
  • Mandy Armstrong, director, Canada
  • Mickey Velarde, handbag designer, Philippines
  • Mona Reiche, fashion designer, Germany
  • Pippa McManus, fashion illustrator, Australia
  • Queenie Leung, fashion designer, Hong Kong
  • Stephanie Lewis, fashion designer, US
  • Valerie Chua, Illustrator, Philippines
  • Yankee Leung, fashion student, Hong Kong

Congratulations to Valerie and Mickey!

Avalon.ph at Bloggers United 3!

 

FASHIONARY via Avalon.ph will be at the Bloggers United 3 event! See you there!

Bloggers United Strikes Three!

Third time’s the charm for the most anticipated fashion bloggers event in the country!

Bloggers United is staging their third bloggers bazaar this June 2 at the Grandview Events Place to once again gather Manila’s top fashion bloggers in one single venue outside of the World Wide Web. After holding two successful events last year, Bloggers United has easily become one of the most anticipated affairs for both fashion bloggers and readers in the metro.  More than just a bazaar, Bloggers United also partners with charitable groups to use and channel their influence in a positive manner.

Through the overwhelming power of social media and blogs in today’s generation, the previous Bloggers United events have successfully joined forces with top fashion bloggers like Laureen Uy, Camille Co, Kryz Uy and many more to inspire their followers and to raise funds for various beneficiaries,  namely KIDS Foundation and GMA Kapuso Foundation. This time around, the event will benefit Operation Smile Philippines.

The event gets better and better every time! To make Bloggers United 3 even more momentous, top Indonesian fashion blogger Anastasia Siantar of The Brown Platform will also be selling alongside Cebu fashion bloggers and our very own top celebrities Divine Lee & Sarah Meier.

So, if you love blog-reading and blog-hopping, Bloggers United is sure to be the perfect end-of-summer bazaar for you. Not only will you be able to bump elbows with your favorite bloggers at the event, but you will also be able to snag some of their own stylish statement pieces as they open their closets to sell to the public. Stay-up-to-date with the biggest gathering of bloggers by following us on Twitter (twitter.com/bloggers_united) and Facebook (facebook.com/bloggersunitedph), and bookmarking our official webpage (bloggersunited.org).

Bloggers United is in partnership with: 
Operation Smile
Globe Tattoo 

Event is co-presented by:
Colgate
Hedgren
Jansport
Canon
Zalora
Raffles
Clear
Pond’s
Hotel Celeste

Official Media Partners:
ETC
Meg
Status Magazine
When in Manila
Gadgets Magazine

In cooperation with:
Kotex
Payless
Nail It
Fashionary
Pinkbox
Coca Cola
Lorys 

Special thanks:
The Closet Goddess
Le Plume
Asian Vogue
Bubbles

Fashionary Sketchbook at the Technoteapot Event

Technoteapot Event: A Gothic and Steampunk Tea Party
Dione D’Souza | Maku Felix | Isobel Francisco
Dec. 8-10, 2011 at LRI Design Plaza, Makati City.

Fashionary Sketchbook at the event. Held by Philippines’ Next Top Model (Season 1) winner Ms. Grendel Alvarado, Spidersilk Productions’ Isobel Francisco, Janella Ibay of Royale House, sample illustrations and other images.

TECHNOTEAPOT: A Gothic and Steampunk Tea Party

 

Art Exhibit Featuring the Works of

Dione D’Souza | Maku Felix | Isobel Francisco

With the Special Participation of Dokissaten Maid & Butler Café
Featuring the Live Performance of Similarobjects
and DR. SKETCHY’S Anti-Art School Manila
December 8-10, 2011
LRI Design Plaza, 2nd Flr, Nicanor Garcia St., Makati City

For more details, visit their Facebook Event page here.

Greetings. We are SPIDERSILK PRODUCTIONS, a trio of feisty and
fearless arachnids ready to make our debut on December 8 to 10, 2011 at LRI DESIGN PLAZA, Makati City.

More than an exhibit, TECHNOTEAPOT is a glamorous tea party that features live performances, stylized refreshments, exclusive works and merchandise from talented partners and participants, and elegant service courtesy of the events company Dokissaten Maid & Butler Café.

With this special event, we intend to reveal our various works of art, and also the talents of other wonderful individuals coming together, to bring to life the gothic and steampunk glory as they envision it.

We wish to formally invite you to our night of magic and spectacle. Dressing up for the occasion is highly encouraged, and surprises await those most faithful to the theme.

[ADMISSION IS FREE]

Avalon.ph will be there showcasing our various novelty products like Oracle cards, Moleskine, Fashionary and others. Drop by and say hi!

 

Book Launch: The Kobayashi Maru of Love by Carl Javier

Carl Javier has been an Avalon.ph customer and friend for almost ten years. He writes fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.  His first book was And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, a collection of essays about being a geek and the crazy experiences that come with that. His upcoming book, The Kobayashi Maru of Love, is going to be launched on Sept. 6 (launch details in the poster image below).

Here’s a short e-mail interview with Carl.

Avalon.ph: So what exactly is The Kobayashi Maru of Love?

Carl: The Kobayashi Maru was the test that no one was meant to pass in Star Trek. I recently went through a bad break up and I thought, if there’s something that geeks are supposed to be bad at, it’s the whole love game. So I decided to write a book about the breakup and then getting back into the dating scene. But it’s fun and funny and playful, despite it being about some sad stuff.

Avalon.ph: Is this book that’s just for geeks, or for everybody?

Carl: I think that geeks will appreciate it because of the references and I really tried to play around with stuff that geeks love. And much like my first book, I tried to write it so that it’s about geeky stuff, but it’s something that I think anyone can appreciate it. Plus, I think writing about love, whether geeky or not, makes it something that might appeal to just about anyone.

Avalon.ph: Describe the journey of this book from idea to print. Which part is the hardest?

Carl: I was taking my break up very hard and I found myself writing about it. Then I decided to just write about all the stuff I was going through, and before I knew it I had written enough to fill up a book. Then I tried to find a publisher for it, before coming to the idea of self-publishing it. I worked with my friend Adam David, who designed the book and helped me through the process, since he self-published his first book (and won a big time award for it too!) The hardest part was really finding the money that would fund the publication. Writing it was hard, emotionally because I was really putting it all out there. But turning it into a book was a real struggle because at the same time I was learning how to be an indie publisher. It was a very exciting experience, and I hope it shows in the book when people read it.

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Thank you Carl!

Website: Lumpen Culturati: Pop, Culture, Criticism
Follow him on Twitter: carljavier

The Kobayashi Maru of Love by Carl Javier (both covers), signed by the author, is now available on Avalon.ph.

Carl Javier is finishing his MA in Creative Writing at UP Diliman, where he received his undergraduate degree in English Studies major in Creative Writing. He was a fellow for the UP National Writer’s Workshop, the Dumaguete National Writer’s Workshop, and the UP Advanced National Writer’s Workshop. His work has been published and anthologized in various books and publications. His first book, And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, was published by Milflores in 2009. His next book Geek Tragedies will be published by UP Press.

Waking the Dead Book Launch

Waking the Dead

Anvil Publishing launched “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories” by Yvette Tan yesterday August 15 at Powerbooks, SM Megamall.

Yvette Tan is an Avalon.ph client of more than 8 years patronizing books and Moleskine notebooks. Through the years she’s not just a regular customer but someone whom I considered a friend.

Ms. Yvette Tan took some time to answer three questions we submitted.

Avalon.ph: What kind of experience awaits those who will read “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories”?

Yvette: I think they’re in for a lot of weirdness. The weirdest thing being that the stories in the book aren’t strictly horror. I’d like to think that they’re more stories about when reality goes a bit awry. I guess it;s because I never really set out to write what people call ‘horror.’ I got stuck with the label when people started coming up and saying my stories kept me up at night (my mom was not so lucky. She got people coming up to her asking why her weird daughter wrote such nasty stories). So what to expect from Waking the Dead? Expect a Philippines that is familiar yet totally different from the one we live in.

Avalon.ph: Which story in “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories” had the  most changes from idea to draft to final print and why?

Yvette: You should have seen the last draft I submitted to the publishers! Half of it was marked in red. I took out a lot of stuff, tightened the stories, so that what you have now is a faster, better read. I like the idea of my stories being easy to read. I mean, I like books that are easy to read, so why should the things I write be any different? I think the tight edit has worked – people have told me (or each other, mostly on Twitter) that the stories they’ve read so far have bothered them, kept them up at night, and made them google certain bridges. One is a TV executive, one is a musician and one works in a men’s magazine. So it’s really a book for everyone.

Avalon.ph: Let’s face it, a lot of readers were introduced to reading books or fiction through Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code or the Twilight series. Why do you think they should pick up “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories” as their next read?

Yvette: Because Waking the Dead is not like the Da Vinci Code or Twilight or Harry Potter. There can only be one Dan Brown, one Stephanie Meyer, one JK Rowling. Also, because after reading such long books, I’m sure readers would want to rest with a bunch of shorter stuff. Like the stuff in Waking the Dead, for example. Also, the book contains a lot of familiar characters in unfamiliar settings. I’d like to think that it’s very Filipino, but unfamiliarly so. You know, you read a story that has a kapre in it and you say ‘That’s just fiction. That couldn’t happen to me.’ But since you’re Filipino, that thought is immediately followed by ‘… Or could it?’

Yvette Tan’s comments about Avalon.ph: “I have been an Avalon.ph book buyer for almost a decade now. No better place to get hard-to-find, quality literature. I have also Avalon.ph to blame for my addiction to Moleskines. Once you go black, you can never go back.”

Thank you Yvette!

For a review of Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories check out the Inquirer.net link.

You can also check out Yvette Tan’s blog on Adventures in TV Land: the misadventures of a media mercenary. You can follow her Twitter account: glossmania.

Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories by Yvette Tan, signed by the author, is also available on Avalon.ph for Php285.00.