Over 300 readers gathered at this year’s PHR Grand Fans Day held last March 30 at The Space located at the fourth floor of JRich Building in Santo Domingo Avenue , Quezon City. Indeed it was happiness and excitement overload—true to the event’s theme: “Dito Ka Masaya!”
PHR Grand Fans Day is celebrated every two years; it is Precious Pages Corporation’s way of thanking the readers of PHR—the leading Tagalog romance pocketbooks in the country. For more than 25 years, PHR has not failed to give entertainment and “kilig” to its loyal readers. This year, PHR launched 32 books (including Precious Singles and PHR Gothic Romance imprints).
A press conference was held in the morning at the building’s mini theater with 19 bloggers and nine writers, followed by lunch at the penthouse. The bloggers were treated to 10 books of their choice, a planner, and a T-shirt.
The main event started at 2 PM, but readers started lining up for registration as early as 10 AM. While waiting, they were serenaded by Dane Hipolito, songwriter/acoustic artist and definitely a charmer. The program was opened by a prayer, followed by a short speech from Mr. Segundo Matias, Jr., PPC’s president and general manager.
The program—which was emceed by PHR readers’ favorite Mr. JP Bertiz—included performances by three PHR readers; a song number from a new contract writer of PHR, Princess Cordova (CengCrdva); three games; raffle, which included a cell phone as the major prize; announcement and awarding of winners in the online contest, “Are You The Biggest PHR Fan?”, and not to forget the presentation of writers with books being launched at the event. All of these were happening while every one was being treated to finger foods and refreshments.
Present during the event were the homegrown PHR writers: Rose Tan, Sonia Francesca, Sofia, Dawn Igloria, Maricar Dizon, Luna King, Venice Jacobs, Spring Mendez, Cady Lorenzana, Cranberry Laurel, Lush Ericson, and Gazchela Aerienne. Also in the event were the “crossover writers”: C.D. de Guzman (FrustratedGirlWriter), MsButterfly, Jian (4reuminct), Chin-chin Cruise, XavierJohnFord, Princess Cordova (CengCrdva), N.N. Manalo (IHeartThisGuy), Jessa Audrey (asdfghjess), and Cyan (ExordeXVIII).
The event was concluded by a book signing.
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