Reliving Rizal

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In the spirit of Jose Rizal’s birthday, here’s a bit of a flashback to December, when our book club Flips Flipping Pages celebrated its annual Christmas/ year-end party with a Noli Me Tangere theme.

We Flippers just got back from our annual “summer” outing this weekend, and I’m feeling nostalgic as a lot of our favorite FFP memories resurfaced at various points of the trip. The book club hits the six-year mark in a few months, and having been a member for just as long, it’s nothing short of an amazing experience.

Based on my past reportage of Flipper parties, you’ve probably guessed how much we love parties (and bookish themes! and food! and costumes!). But there are quite a few Rizal enthusiasts in the group, so the Noli theme was embraced with much fanfare.

Here’s a recap of the festivities, in lovely photos by Flipper photographer extraordinaire Rhett de Jesus.

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SteamPoe!

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” RDJ

After “The Making” comes the party itself: SteamPoe, Flips Flipping Pages’ Halloween party for 2012, held at Briggy Hall in Kapitolyo.

Here is SteamPoe in photos — I had to wade through so many photos, it took all week to get this entry done!
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Readathon Recap!

I can’t believe the first FFP 24 Hour Readathon is over. I’ve been attempting to catch up on lost sleep (no success there yet!), hence this post is a bit delayed — it’s the first time I ever readathoned for a full 24 hours, and it felt a lot longer than that to me!

I had a long list of books I planned to read, but I was only able to read five. I finished my halftime blog post slash eating break at around 3 am, and by that time I’d already finished Vespers Rising and The Insult and Curse Book. I lay down on Gege’s Thai futon (the kind with a mattress attached to a triangular pillow) and started reading Sweet Valley Confidential. It was unusually chilly (it was raining outside and dust allergies be darned I had to grab the sarong covering the boxes in one corner at Libreria to use as a blanket), and it was getting harder to stay awake, especially when people were starting to fall asleep. I think it was my violent reactions to SVC  (hahaha, you’ll be reading about it in a later post) that kept me awake, and I finished that book at around half past six.

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Still awake!

It’s Hour 5 of the FFP 24 Hour Readathon and I’m still awake! Most of us are — yay!

This is my first major break since the start of the Readathon, and I was reserving it for eating, but I realized I hadn’t posted yet, so here I am eating and blogging at the same time!

 

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Readathon: The Plan

Tomorrow marks the first FFP 24 Hour Readathon and a bunch of us are holing up at Libreria Bookstore in Cubao X to read together!

This week has been crazy, schedule-wise; this is the only free evening I’ve gotten all week, so I’m cramming my Readathon prep.

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