Keep the Faith

Iloilo-Tripping with Nico

So last February was the 24th Singles for Christ International Conference (SFC ICON) in Iloilo, and as always, I was excited for it in more ways than one. Of course I was always excited about our annual conference, which is always my first vacation for the year, but I was more excited about it because the province was a big thing in Keep the Faith.

But here’s the thing: it was my first time in Iloilo. I had planned to go there several years ago – and I even had a ticket! – but I didn’t push through. Then when I was writing Keep the Faith, Nico was supposed to be just another guy in Manila, but somewhere along the way, I made him Ilonggo. I can’t remember why or how it led to that (I remember why I put the Ilonggo verse, though, haha), but it became that. But I’ve never been there, so I had to rely on research, Google Maps, and friends.

Anyway, so I finally got there last February, seven months after the book was released, so of course I christened it my “Field Trip with Nico.” Because I’m still sort of in love with this LI, and why not?

(Before I do the photo dump, in case you’re not from the Philippines and you’re unfamiliar with Iloilo, read about the lovely province here!)

First, before taking off. Of course I should have a book to read. I waited to read Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David specifically for this trip. 🙂

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Then an hour later, after we’ve landed…it felt like Nico was welcoming me home? Heehee.

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Things I learned when I ran my own blog tour

Look at that, I didn’t post anything last month. March, my favorite month, and I hardly wrote anything here! I was busy writing, so forgive me — and I did manage to write a birthday post here. Anyway, this post has been in the works for a while, and since it’s been a little over two months since I had the blog tour for my second book, Keep the Faith. It was the first time that I ran something like that on my own, and it was an interesting experience. Normally, you can get a blog tour site to host… Read More »Things I learned when I ran my own blog tour

Keep the Faith Tour Schedule

I meant to post this over the weekend, but I was out of town for a wedding and my aging bones won’t let me stay up to write a post. But better late than never, and it’s just the second day! 🙂 So here’s the schedule — I’ll update the links as the posts go up. And if you scroll at the bottom of this post, you can join the giveaway! Win #romanceclass ebooks (international) and a signed print copy of Keep the Faith + swag (PH only). 🙂 February 6 Paula – Review Josephine – Guest Post and Excerpt… Read More »Keep the Faith Tour Schedule

Sign up for the Keep the Faith blog tour!

I was planning to do this earlier, like a few weeks after the book was released last July. But, I got bit by one of my dogs on release day, and then everything else was just busy right after that so I parked the idea. I thought of not doing it anymore, but I realized I haven’t really gone out and talked to people about this book as much as I did Rain, and Faith deserved the attention, too. (Or, okay, maybe it’s really for Nico, haha – he’d want it more for sure.) And since one of my goals… Read More »Sign up for the Keep the Faith blog tour!

#FeelsFest Recap: Here, have my feelings

So it’s been a week and a day since #FeelsFest happened, and I think I’m coherent enough to do a recap.

Soon after we finished our super exhausting and successful time at the Manila International Book Fair, it was time to get started preparing for #FeelsFest. No rest for the feelings, as we said. We’ve known about #FeelsFest even before #FeelsRushIn happened, and we figured we can make this bigger, so it was bigger. Unfortunately, work came rushing in as well in the weeks leading to this (busy with a side of crazy, involving a multi-country project launch, haha), but because all things in #romanceclass are pretty much made with (so much) love, more volunteers stepped in to make the event a success.

This is my fourth feels event (fifth, if you count ReaderCon last year, sixth if you count the first time we all gathered for the live readings), and let me tell you two things I learned that day.

1. Make sure you attend the event with a full stomach.

Eat, have a snack, or all things. During #AprilFeelsDay, #FeelsRushIn, and #AllTheFeels, I remember having a meal right before the event started. A good, full meal, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat until it ends. This time, though, I had to do some family things before I could go to the venue, so when I arrived at Glorietta, I was starving. You know the kind of hunger that you just know you need to eat something, anything, and you went to the wrong direction of the mall and all you saw was an ice cream shop (when there’s actually a Starbucks and Family Mart on the other side of the mall) so you just decided to get a cone? Yes, that. I ended up running entirely on sugar the rest of the afternoon, which wasn’t really bad, except I felt like I was partly incoherent. Haha.

(Or you know, it could be just the feelings that happened right after.)

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So yes, carbs are your friends, you need carbs before a feels event. 😀 And you would need carbs for the live reading, seriously.

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