2nd Aklat Awards: A Celebration for the Bests

Several companies like Precious Pages Corporation; Lampara Publishing House, Inc.; RedLine Media Publishing, Inc.; Life is Beautiful Printing Corporation; and Bookware Publishing Corporation take part in an annual gathering—the Aklat Awards—wherein local talents are recognized and awarded.

Aklat Awards creates an avenue for Filipino writers and illustrators from different publications to showcase their talents. Readers and bloggers could also share thoughts about their favorite authors and other good reads. This annual event gives us a glimpse of what’s the best among the local published books during the previous year.

The 2nd Aklat Awards was held last January 27, 2018 at the Precious Events Center in Quezon City. The masters of the ceremony, Breakada hosts, also made their break by moving from Facebook live to being the event’s host. With their hosting, Aklat Awards remained interactive by facilitating short activities to entertain the guests. The event was opened by Hazel a.k.a. DJ Basha and Marky a.k.a. DJ Empopoy. Then the announcement of the nominees and winner(s) for each category was delivered by the brand managers: Melanie Esguerra of Black Ink Comics; Aiko Salazar of Lampara Books; Malou Medina of Bookware; Toni Velasco for Reb Fiction, Red Room, and LIB. While the special awards such as Prolific Writers, Loyalty Award and Novel of the Year were handed by Segundo Matias Jr. and Edith Garcia of Precious Hearts Romances. Along with the awarding, Pride Lit, the newest part of the Precious family was introduced and the return of Booklat was also announced. The event also gave recognition to two large readers’ group: PAK Readers Corner and SMP (Samahan ng Mambabasa ng Pocketbook) for taking part in the nomination and voting of the writers and their works.

For Lampara Books, Pamela Imperial won the Most Favorite Writer, Aaron Asis for the Most Favorite Illustrator, and the Most Favorite Children’s book goes to Ang Supremo at Ang Kuweba by April Jade Biglaen and Ivan Reverente. While under Black Ink Comics, CJ Dee was recognized as the Most Favorite Illustrator. Then Ice Habunal bagged two awards taking Most Favorite Writer and Most Favorite Comic Book for her work Black Cat.

Moving on to the Most Favorite Young Adult Novels, Bloody Crayons by Josh Argonza from Reb Fiction and It’s Complicated by pajama_addict from Pink and Purple won the award. Under LIB, the Most Favorite Novel is Falling Series by C.C. The writer also took the Most Favorite Erotic Novel for Possessive Series Book 3: Train Wolkzbin along with Dior Madrigal for The Deal and Elise Estrella for A Romance for James. Lastly, for Pink and Purple, Simoun Azul by xxakanexx won the Most Favorite New Adult Novel.


For the overall PHR awards, the Most Favorite Miniseries (3-4 books) is the An Online Romance Trilogy by Nikki Karenina, Marione Ashley, and Cady Lorenzana. While for the Most Favorite Series (5 books and more), Cady Lorenzana bagged the award for her International Billionaires. 40 Days to Heaven by Heart Yngrid and Love Story by Sonia Francesca secured their place as the Most Favorite Single Novel. Also, Vampire’s Vow by Spring Mendez and Victoria Amor for her Club Red: Azir got their award as the Most Favorite Gothic Novel.

Being the best among the best, the Most Favorite Writers are xxakanexx under Pink and Purple, Mandie Lee and Heart Yngrid under Reb Fiction, Dior Madrigal for MSV, Cady Lorenzana under PHR and C.C. under LIB and Red Room.

Before the ceremony ended, special awards were given wherein prominent writers bagged a number of awards for their outstanding works and loyalty for the company. Rose Tan received the Loyalty Award. While Luna King was honored as the Most Prolific Writer of 2017 for publishing a total of 39 works to Precious Pages Corporation. Lastly, Maricar Dizon won Novel of the Year for her work Moon Bride.

Breakada ended the event by quoting Mr. Segundo Matias, Jr. stating, “Magbasa para tumalino.” Truly, reading has been a part of people’s lives. Whatever book you are reading, whatever genre it is, or whoever wrote it, a book is a book. There will be knowledge attached to each pages. Read more, nominate, vote, and see your favorite artist accept their awards on the next annual event of Aklat Awards.


PHR Romance Novel Writing Workshop Experience

PHR Romance Novel Writing Workshop Experience

By Hanzel


Do you have a complete and vivid romance story on your mind but can’t seem to write the words down?

Isa ito sa mga madalas na problema ng mga manunulat na siya ring nagiging dahilan kung bakit ang mga kuwento sa ating isipan ay nananatiling mga ideya na lamang. Ngunit kung nangangarap kayong maging isang ganap na libro ang inyong istorya, isang solusyon ang pagsabak sa mga writing workshops na siyang huhubog at tutulong na maisakatuparan ang pangarap na maging sikat na manunulat.

Noong May 13-14, 2017 ay inilunsad ng Precious Hearts Romances ang taunang Romance Novel Writing Workshop na dinadaluhan ng ilang published writers at mga gustong maging romance writers mula sa iba’t-ibang parte ng bansa. Sa taong ito, humigit kumulang 70 participants ang nakapasa sa diagnostic test na isinasagawa para piliin kung sino-sino ang mga tanging makakadalo sa naturang workshop.

Maaga pa lamang ay kumpulan na ang mga participant sa Precious Events Center sa fourth floor ng bagong building ng Precious Pages Corporation sa Sto. Domingo Avenue, Quezon City. Habang hinihintay ang iba, isa-isa silang nagpakilala at inilahad ang dahilan kung bakit sila sumali sa workshop. Ilang mga katanungan ang agad lumutang:

  • Paano ko tatapusin ang nasimulang kuwento?
  • Ano ba ng POV na dapat kong gamitin?
  • Ano-ano ba ng mga paraan para maging maganda ang isinusulat kong kuwento?

Nagsimula ang unang session sa pagtalakay ni Ms. Edith Garcia, PHR Editor-in-Chief, ang mga topics na: Writing a Romance Novel kung saan sinabi niya, “by the end of the book, the hero and heroine should be ready to commit—the required happy ending.” Sinabi rin niya na, “in a well-written story, the question is not what happens next, but WHY do things happen as they do.”

Sumunod na lecturer si Mr. Abet Cruz, Creative Assistant ng ABS-CBN, at diniscuss ang Plot Diagram at Characters, at may active participation ang lahat. Bawat isa ay bumuo ng kani-kaniyang tauhan base sa ibinigay na stock characters. He also gave a lot of activities that stimulated the creative imaginations of the writers and prompted them to write.

Bago matapos ang unang session, nagbigay ng speech ang premyadong author na si Rose Tan at inilahad niya ang totoong buhay ng mga manunulat at nagbigay rin siya ng ibang tips para makatapos ng isang nobela.

Natuto naman silang magsulat ng teaser sa huling araw ng workshop. A teaser-critiquing session followed and everyone read out what they wrote for Ms. Edith and the rest of the PHR editors to comment on and suggest revisions. Nang matapos ang huling topic na Tips for Writing a Romance Novel, nagbigay ng ilang writer’s ethics si Mr. Jun Matias, ang presidente at publisher ng Precious Pages Corporations. Sinagot niya rin ang ilang katanungan ng mga participant tungkol sa mga patakaran ng kumpanya sa publishing at printing ng mga libro.

Bago maghiwa-hiwalay, nagpa-picture ang buong grupo kasama si Ms. Edith at Mr. Jun Matias.

Napakalaki ng naitulong ng PHR Writing Workshop sa mga writers na sumali dahil nasagot ng event ang mga katanungan na matagal nang pumipigil sa pagtapos ng kanilang mga manuscripts. Balang araw, siguradong  isa sa kanilang mga pangalan ang susunod na mailalagay sa mga bookstores nationwide.


Are You Ready to Become a Romance Novel Writer?

Are You Ready to Become a Romance Novel Writer?

By  Stefhanie

Collage New books


Writing isn’t easy as what people think—that what writers do is only stare hard out of the window and words just magically come out. Well, guess what? It isn’t magic. It takes time, hard work, patience, passion, and a talent to weave the words and create a masterpiece.

Writing per se isn’t easy, indeed. And so is romance writing. You might think that you have what it takes to be a romance writer since your mind is full of heart-melting dialogues and romantic scenes that are ripped out of the classic love stories. Of course, being an idealist and a love-junkie can help you come up with a wonderful love story. Nevertheless, one still has to know the fundamentals in establishing the structure of a literary work. The form and content are always coexistent—they are both the basis of a written work. If one foundation is not carefully shaped, your work would be incomplete. So if you can write the best romantic lines ever but you cannot handle the flow of your own story, it would be futile.

The recent PHR Romance Writing Seminar-Workshop held this 13th-14th of May has really been helpful for those aspiring novelists. The lecturers managed to impart and divulge the essential formula in writing a romance novel. Miss Edith Garcia, PHR Editor-in-chief, discussed the popular story lines of a love story—marriage of convenience, secret baby, rags to riches, etc. that are inflamed more by the external and internal conflicts of the characters. Abet Cruz, a creative writing assistant, tackled another rudiment in writing a story—the plot diagram or the way a story goes from the beginning to the end.

Participants are also asked to write their own stories out of the given concepts of characters, plots, and conflicts. They also learned the secret in writing a good teaser, hence, they are able to compose teasers for the novels they are working on. They have presented different teasers that are compelling enough to make the readers buy their books. All of their outputs are to be submitted until November.

A lot of millennials today, be it a boy or a girl, have dreamt of seeing their names on book covers as the author. But writing isn’t just for the young ones. Everybody can have a knack for writing—young professionals, working moms, single dads, etc. And I’m pretty sure that through this workshop, their passion to write has been ignited and dreams are within their reach.




Editorial Board For A Day

Will you recommend this story to your friends? Did you fall in love with the hero? Did you care for the heroine? Is the story worth reading? Hindi ba sayang ang Php 42 or 45 mo? Hindi ka ba nakahinga sa kilig?

Kung “yes” ang lahat ng sagot sa mga tanong na nabanggit. Pass your papers. Approved ang manuscript. Maganda, pasado ang kuwento. Congratulations sa writer!

July 8, 2017—ang date na pinili ng Precious Pages Corp na bigyan ang mga readers ng pagkakataong makasama sa pangatlong “Be a Part of the Editorial Board for a Day”. Kung saan puwede kang magbasa ng mga raw manuscripts na pinasa ng mga aspiring writers, mag-QA, mag-comment at mag-express ng feeling kung hindi pasado sa iyong taste ang mga kwento.

Bukod  sa nabanggit sa itaas, ano-ano pa ba ang ibang guidelines para masabing “approved” o “return” ang isang manuscript? As what Ms. Edith Garcia, Editor-in-chief of PHR, had discussed:

  • Plot of the story. Halos lahat na ata ng plot sa mundo nagamit na sa pagsulat. Poor girl meets rich guy, you and me against the world at kung ano-ano pa. Pero may isang tanong pa rin tayong naitatanong bilang reader, “Naitawid ba nang maaayos?, May bagong twist ba?”
  • Would you recommend this story to your friends? May isang nagsabing, “No, dahil mataas ang standards nila.” Kung highly recommended ang story at tingin mo’y babasahin ito ng mga friends mo kahit enemies mo pa, eh, de approved!
  • Chemistry between the characters. This is important. Nagbabasa ang isang tao ng isang romance novel para kiligin, maniwala uli sa love at ma-in love.

After the reading, isa-isang idiniscuss ang mga na-assign na manuscript per group. May mga kinilig, may approved, pero mayroon din namang nainis at hindi nagustuhan ang kanilang binasa.

Over all, the event was exciting. (Aside from the free food  and pocketbook J) May chance ang bawat isa na i-voice out ang mga comments nila sa isang nobela. Nakatulong din ito para bigyan ng tips ang mga aspiring writers na um-attend kung sakaling sila na ang magpapasa ng sariling manuscript, soon.

The question is the same.

Will you recommend your story to your friends? Did you fall in love with your hero? Did you care for your heroine? Is the story worth reading? Hindi ba sayang ang Php 42 or 45 mo? Hindi ka ba nakahinga sa kilig? Naitawid ba ang plot?

Kung ang sagot ay “yes”. Congratulations! Approved ang nobela mo.






From the Writers, Uncategorized

Three Dates with Dawn Igloria

One inside the car, the other one in Liberty Park and the third one was with a flash mob, here are Dawn Igloria’s three favorite date scenes.


My Lovely Bride 167 Mirian & Francis

CAR scene ito nina Mirian at Francis na kagagaling lang sa honeymoon matapos ang kanilang marriage of convenience. Masama ang loob ni Francis sa sinabi ni Mirian na maghiwalay na lang sila ng tirahan. Kaya hindi siya kinikibo nito.

“Francis,” sabi ni Mirian nang hindi na siya makatiis, “puwede ka namang matulog sa amin during weekdays. Puwede pa rin tayong magtabi. At kung papayag ka, I can stay at your place during weekends.”

Biglang nagpreno si Francis. Galit na itinabi nito ang sasakyan. Puno ng hinanakit na tiningnan siya nito. “Do you think katawan mo lang ang habol ko nang pakasalan kita?”

“A-alam ko naman na hindi.”

“You’re right because I want all! Hindi kapirasong laman lang! Hindi ilang oras! Ang buong ikaw ang kailangan ko…!” Sandaling tumigil ito para kalmahin ang sarili. Mababa na ang boses nito nang muling magsalita, puno ng desperasyon ang mga mata. “Because I want to share with you my all, too. Gusto kong maging bahagi ng mga iniisip mo, ng mga pangarap mo… pati na ng mga takot mo. Ganoon ang pagmamahal, Mirian.”


Phr 4147 A Walk To Forever

ANG PREMISE ng scene na ito ay sinusubukang bumawi ni Joshua sa lahat ng heartbreaks na naibigay niya sa best friend at secret love na si Knicole.

Nagsimula ang scene sa pinuntahan ni Knicole na book signing. Nakita niya roon si Joshua na nagpapapirma ng mga pocketbooks sa mga paborito niyang authors. Sa huli, nagpapirma ito at nakipag-usap pa sa pinakapaborito niyang manunulat na si Armea Virata.

Nagulat silang lahat nang magsalita si Armea sa microphone. “Knicole, nasaan ka man sa gitna ng mga taong naririto, sana pakinggan mo ito: Sagutin mo na si Joshua.”

Naghiyawan ang mga tao at dumagundong sa ingay ang venue. Nagtago naman si Knicole sa gitna ng makapal na mga tao.

“True love comes only once. Kaya Knicole, huwag mo nang palampasin ang pagkakataon, patawarin mo na si Joshua.”

Biglang narinig ni Knicole ang isang magandang boses na kumakanta ng kantang Pinakamamahal ni Aiza Seguerra. At isa-isa nang naglabasan at nagsikanta ang flash mob hanggang isang boses na lang ang nangibabaw sa huling line ng kanta.

Si Joshua ang kumakanta. Nagulat na lang si Knicole nang hawakan siya nito at makita na magkatabi na pala sila. Natunton nito ang kinaroroonan niya!

“Pinakamatamis na pag-ibig ay ikaw… Ikaw ang natagpuan ng puso kong di naligaw.”


Phr 5466 Adam’s Sassy Girl:

SPRING time ang eksenang ito na nangyari sa Liberty Park, Jersey City.

Yumapos sa baywang ni Adam si Kimi.  “Ang sarap mo yakapin.” Inilapit nito ang mukha sa leeg ni Adam. “Ang bangu-bango mo pa.” Ipinasok ni Kimi ang mga kamay sa ilalim ng shirt niya hanggang dumantay ang mga iyon sa kanyang balat. Pinisil pa nito ang tagiliran niya. “Pahiram ng body heat mo, ha?”

Kahit malamig ay biglang pinagpawisan si Adam. Hindi na siya nakatiis. Niyuko niya ito at akmang hahalikan nang biglang humarang ang palad ni Kimi.

“Wait lang,” sabi nito. “Bago tayo pumunta diyan, dapat may preliminaries muna.” Tumalikod si Kimi. Pakapang kinuha ang mga braso niya para iyakap sa katawan nito. “Ipatong mo ang mukha mo sa balikat ko.” Sumunod naman si Adam. “Tandaan mo, kapag nagka-girlfriend ka, ganitong posisyon ang gusto namin kapag nilalambing kami. Mas gusto namin na hinahalikan sa kamay.” Hinalikan ni Kimi ang likod ng kamay niya bilang demo.

Pagharap ng dalaga ay nakita ni Adam ang kislap sa mga mata ni Kimi na parang pinipigilan lang na mapaiyak. It made her even more beautiful.

“Gusto din namin na hinahaplos sa ulo, hinahalikan sa temple, sa tuktok ng ilong… Pero ang mas magpapakilig sa amin, ‘yong hahawakan kami sa baba, tititigan kami sa mga mata at sasabihan na: ‘Before I let you go, I just want to say I love you.’” Kumindat si Kimi sa kanya at biglang kumalas.


Tinapik ni Kimi si Adam sa pisngi. “’Bye, Prince Adam. Gudlak sa paghahanap mo ng susunod na prinsesa. Baka hindi na tayo magkita. Flight ko na bukas.” Tumalikod na ito at naglakad palayo.

“What is your favorite date scene from the novels you’ve written?”

We asked this to our favorite writers and as part of our Valentine Month celebration, we will be posting their answers here. Watch out for our next writers who will share their experience.

Dawn Igloria is a Precious Hearts Romances’ writer since 2000. She has written several single titles and some series including “My Love, My Hero” and “My Lovely Bride.” Her single Isla Sanctuario was adapted into TV, Paraiso starring Jessy Mendiola and Matteo Guidicelli.

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Hero Of The Day: Matthias Rhoads


Matthias Rhoads: Fifty Shades Groom

Quick glimpse lang of Matthias Rhoads ang nakita natin sa viral ad ng Jollibee na “Vow” pero agad naman siyang tumatak sa atin dahil siya ang nakatuluyan ng iniyakan nating lalaking na-friendzone.

Kayanaman hinanap namin siya at nakita ang kanyang Instagram, at ito ang top pics namin of Matthias Rhoads.


Medyo allergic siya sa tela, kaya naman mabilis makahanap ng picture niyang kitang-kita ang kanyang pinagmamalaking abs.


Nakatayong nakahubad.


Nakaupong nakahubad


Nakatagilid na nakahubad


Nagse-selfie na nakahubad


Nauuhaw na nakahubad

Pero may karapatan naman siyang magtanggal ng shirt dahil hindi madali ang workout na kanyang ginagawa. Pero creative siya sa kanyang mga exercises.

Para sa good form, bumubuhat siya ng rock formations.


Para mas mabilis ang takbo, nagpapahabol siya sa kalsada.


Pero katulad natin, kapag napagod na, selfie-selfie muna.


Pero hubad man o may saplot, masasabing gwapo talaga ang ating hero of the day.


He still says he is an aspiring model kahit model na model na talaga ang datng niya

And with this gorgeous look, no wonder siya ang nakakuha ng role sa Fifty Shades Parody sa Manila.


Kaya naman, siya si Matthias Rhoads, ang ating Fifty Shades Groom, ang ating Hero of the Day.

Follow his IG account ManilaMatthias