After a two-month vacation, I finally went back to work and things eventually piled up. So yes, I haven’t gotten back to my growing book pile. Maybe this long weekend, I can work on it.

It also didn’t help that I picked a very depressing theme. Oh well. Gotta finish what I started. 😛

While the 3rd review has been temporarily put on hold, here are three things that will make Filipino writers and bookworms all warm and fuzzy this April:

1) Mark this date: April 24, 2010. Why? Instituto Cervantes de Manila will hold the 5th Dia del Libro.

From their Facebook page:

From 10 am to 6pm, bibliophiles can get their hands on a wide selection of books: children and young adult titles, dictionaries, novels, and non-fiction titles, at the Día del Libro book fair. Available at even madder prices, brand new books go for as low as Php20.00. And to make the deal even sweeter, Instituto Cervantes gives a red rose with every purchase. And to cap the day, a Book Party with a live band will entertain you until midnight.

Stop by the Instituto Cervantes blog for more information and updates.

2) Filipino author Miguel Syjuco made headlines back in 2008 for winning the Man Asian Literary Prize for his first novel, Ilustrado. Two years later, the novel is now available for pre-order via Powerbooks.

3) Creative writers, essayists and poets, take note: you can now submit your entries for the 2010 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. Deadline’s on April 30, 2010.

It’s gonna be a great April!