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Workshops this May 2009 @ Lopez Museum

Classical Bookbinding Workshop
Date: May 16, 23 and 30 (Saturdays)
Time: 9 am to 12noon
Fee: P5,500 inclusive of materials

Learn to make simple classical binding with hard cover using the lock-stitch technique on May 16, 23 and 30 from 9am-12noon with Loreto Apilado of the Cottage Industry Technology Center. The end result is an elegant, sturdy and strong classically bound book or journal. The workshop also includes the proper use of hand tools and basic equipment and the correct application of raw materials to reduce cost. The duration of the course is nine (9) hours in total, 80% of which is for the development of applicable skills and 20% is for the acquisition of knowledge, latest trends on designs and applications. Fee is P5,500 including materials.

Apilado has had seminars on papermaking, book arts and conservation here and abroad. He has been in charge of teaching papermaking, paper crafts, bookbinding; designing tools and equipment for such workshops; and researching on and disseminating information on matters related to such topics.

Creative Writing for Kids and Teens

Date: May 16 (for Kids), May 23 (for Teens)
Time: 10 am to 4pm
Fee: P1,000 (does not include lunch and snacks)

As kids and young people continue to learn about the world and discover its possibilities, certain skills come in handy. Reading and writing are two ways by which they can create and enter another world. These can also be ways of understanding the world and engaging with it. To encourage such engagement, Books Matter will have a creative writing workshop for kids on May 16 and a creative writing workshop for teens on May 23, both from 10am-4pm. This workshop will be facilitated by Ms Carla Pacis, a renowned author who has given many such workshops in the past. The workshops will be held at the Lopez Museum. In these workshops, participants will learn how to organize their thoughts and to discover the magic of words in poetry.

Fan Fiction with Anna Ishikawa
Date: May 30 and June 6 (Saturdays)
Time: 9 am to 12noon
Fee: P700 inclusive of materials
Are you a fan? What does it mean to be a fan? The modern phenomenon of fan fiction as an expression of fandom and fan interaction was popularized and defined via the Star Trek fandom and fanzines published in the 1960s. Author Anna Felicia Sanchez Ishikawa will explore fandom through a workshop on May 30 and June 6 from 9am to 12 noon. She will discuss its history, the characteristics and diversity of fan writing, and the challenges faced by a fan writer. Workshop fee is P700.

Sanchez-Ishikawa graduated with a BA in English Studies, major in Creative Writing, from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, where she has won awards for her fiction in the Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio Literary Contest and the Supernatural Story Writing Contest sponsored by the Institute. She placed second for a full-length play in English in the 2004 Palanca Awards. The past few years, she participated as a fellow for fiction in English in UP, Dumaguete and Iligan National Writers Workshops.
She was one of the young writers who received the UBOD New Authors Series grant, with the NCCA publishing her chapbook Frog Leap and Other Stories (2005). Her stories have also been part of the UP Press’ Nine Supernatural Stories (2005) and Psicom Publishing’s Pinoy Amazing Adventures (2006). She co-wrote Loyola High: Freshman Diaries (2006) with Mykel Andrada, Vladimeir Gonzales and Beverly Siy.
The Fan Fiction workshop is part of Book Matters, a festival celebrating books and reading, especially those written by Filipino authors. Organized jointly by the Lopez Memorial Museum, the Ortigas Foundation Inc and The Children’s Library, the festival runs from May-June 2009.


The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm. For more information, please call 6312417 or email