In the Philippines, the fast-paced world of consumerism can overwhelm just about anyone into submission. But barely do we have a proper avenue when it comes to segregating things based on quality. A lot of times, most reviews comes off as more of a feature, than that of review.
But how do you elevate opinions to an actual critique. How can you remain objective in something you inherently dislike? It is necessary for any critic to have the base knowledge of anything he or she is critiquing. The need for experience and exposure in the craft they are reviewing is absolutely necessary.
Four such critics will be on hand at this year's Philippine Readers And Writers Festival to talk about their experiences and insights. The panel is comprised of Andrew Paderes, Elbert Cuenca, Jam Pascual, and JJ Yulo, and will be moderated by ANCX editor-in-chief Jerome Gomez.
These writers have accumulated a wealth of experiences. The resident movie reviewer for ANCX, Andrew Paderes is also a digital content head for ABS-CBN. He began his professional career as an advertising copywriter, became editor in chief of a men’s interest magazine, and has done scriptwriting work for various media outfits. His movie reviews, however, have remained constantly succinct, on-point, and highly entertaining.
Elbert Cuenca is one of the most respected restaurateurs in Manila. He owns Elbert’s Sandwich Shop and Elbert’s Pizzeria as well as the soon-to-open French restaurant Metronome. He’s known for having exacting standards, and for being one of the most honest, observant, and outspoken characters in the food scene.
Jam Pascual has written his own share of music reviews in his young career. He is a published poet, recently releasing his chapbook called Rattling Void, and was a fellow for poetry at the 15th Iyas National Writers Workshop and the 56th Siliman University National Writers Workshop. He was a section editor at Rogue, an editor and columnist for Young Star, and now writes regularly for ANCX.
As the face of ANCX's "Food Trip," JJ Yulo is constantly on the lookout for the best of the best eating adventures. Apart from that, he also writes about food and restaurants for different lifestyle publications, and puts together food tours and events for Pinoy Eats World.
The panel will take place from 5 to 6:30pm on the firtst day of the festival. Now on its 6th year, the annual event has always been a celebration of literature, art, and culture. This year's theme is "Borderless: bringing stories from Asia to the world." The festival has become a venue for aspiring writers and fervent book fans to connect with their idols, favorite authors, and a large, ever-growing, and passionate community.
The Philippine Readers And Writers Festival will take place from August 2 to 4 at Ballroom 1 of Raffles Makati. Attendance is free, but is by reservation. To reserve your seat and for more information, visit ReadersAndWritersFestival.com.