#Augvocacy2018: Fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines

Today marks the first day of August as well as the first day of the first ever Augvocacy, which is a humble little blogging event I’ve been organizing for the past two months. Augvocacy is a personal, advocacy-driven project that I am extremely excited to share with all of you!

What is Augvocacy?

Essentially, the heart of Augvocacy is, as its name suggests, tackling important advocacies in August. More than that, however, this project celebrates diverse voices and highlights the necessity of nuances and perspectives, which is why the main goal of Augvocacy is to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout this month. These lovely participants are called Augvocates (πŸ’–).

I genuinely believe that positive change can only be achieved through solidarity and inclusivity. It’s not enough to be united; we must also have the humility of understanding and accepting that there is so much we can learn from one another. It is only then that we can foster healthy discourses, create sustainable solutions, and truly touch lives.

Every Augvocate has a voice that carries ideas and insights that can greatly contribute to the larger discourse of any societal problem or issue. Every Augvocate has a story that we can take something from. Every Augvocate deserves to not only be heard but to also be listened to.

And I hope to use Augvocacy as an avenue to not only raise awareness regarding particular advocacies, but also, and perhaps more significantly, to raise new ideas and fresh insights, which can foster healthier, more nuanced conversations, and in the long run, positive change. These advocacies will not and should not end in August; rather, it is my hope that the conversations sparked from Augvocacy will carry over in small, possibly indirect manifestations for the rest of this year and the years to come.

What sparked this idea?

As shallow as it sounds, I wanted to do something different for my birthday this year. My birthday is on the 14th of August, and I typically celebrate by conducting giveaways. However, I really wanted to do something good and meaningful – as well as share my other passions that are rarely discussed or seen on my blog.

I am an incredibly opinionated person, which fuels an innate drive to fight for what I believe in and to advocate for principles, proposals, and changes that are consistent with my beliefs. A large bulk of my blog’s content involves gushing over books, and for quite some time now, I had felt like I wasn’t really showing much of who I am because I am more than my love for literature. I’d like to think that I have a lot to offer and just as much to say!

With all that said, an advocacy-driven blogging project just felt like the right course of action to take.

What is this year’s advocacy?

For Augvocacy 2018 (or alternatively, #Augvocacy2018), the advocacy we are collectively forwarding is to foster a culture of reading in the Philippines.

Who will be participating in Augvocacy 2018?

For this year, I am very happy to say that there are 24 Augvocates consisting of Filipino readers, bloggers, and authors from different walks of life! It warms my heart to know that there are others (and a lot of them!) who, like me, want to use their voices and respective platforms to speak up about the same advocacy.

For the next two weeks, we will have a wonderfully interesting lineup of activities. I will be sharing interviews with Augvocates as well as guest posts written by a few of them. At the same time, the Augvocates will be sharing their own personal takes and insights on the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines on their respective blogging platforms.

Here’s the schedule!

August 01
πŸ’– Event launch on That Bookshelf Bitch

August 02
πŸ’– Gail D. Villanueva (Author)
πŸ’– Shealea (That Bookshelf Bitch)

August 03
πŸ’– JM (Book Freak Revelations)
πŸ’– Erica (Living a Hundred Lives)
πŸ’– Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)

August 04
πŸ’– Danielle (Guest on That Bookshelf Bitch)
πŸ’– Justine (Bookish Wisps)

August 05
πŸ’– Nicay (The Nerdy Side of a Queen)
πŸ’– Shaira (Guest on That Bookshelf Bitch)

August 06
πŸ’– Paula (Perks Be With You)
πŸ’– Shannel (Rambles of a Reader)

August 07
πŸ’– Alexia (The Bookworm Daydreamer)
πŸ’– Cha (The Literary Siren)

August 08
πŸ’– KB (Bookbed)
πŸ’– Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl)

August 09
πŸ’– Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
πŸ’– Karlita (Tale Out Loud)

August 10
πŸ’– Ynnah (The Youngvamp’s Haven)
πŸ’– Rosemarie (Wanders Between Pages)

August 11
πŸ’– Aimee (Aimee, Always)
πŸ’– Mari (Andico Mari)

August 12
πŸ’– Patricia (Book Geek Musings)
πŸ’– Shaine (Wanderer in Neverland)

August 13
πŸ’– Kate (The Backwards Bookshelf)
πŸ’– Kess Costales (Aspiring author)

August 14
πŸ’– Event recap and highlights on That Bookshelf Bitch

What else is there to look forward to?

We also have a giveaway! Details below:

πŸ’– Prize: Paperback of The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

πŸ’– Two (2) winners – one reader from the Philippines and one international reader (anywhere Book Depository delivers)

πŸ’– Ends on midnight (12:00 AM) of September 1st

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That’s all for now! Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my take, which may or may not get a little bit academic. You’ll find out soon!

Now it’s your turn to talk – Where are you from, and in what ways can you help in fostering a culture of reading in your area? Outside of books, what are you passionate about? If you’re to be an Augvocate next year, what advocacy would you like to write about?

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52 thoughts on “#Augvocacy2018: Fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines”

  1. AAAA I love this! I wanted to participate but I forgot to sign up. Anyway I just really love this concept, and it would definitely be an eye-opener. This would reach a wider audience if it was in English and Filipino, but sadly not everyone is well-versed in Filipino ((especially me, aaahh the shaaame;;)). I love this and I hope this’ll be an annual event! 😭


  2. This is such a good advocacy. I would join next year for this cause. Great to have you spearhead something to foster our love for reading local writers. ☺


  3. I’m proud to be one of the supporter of this advocacy especially during this times where some students just rely on internet search and gadgets as their sources of information. Congratulations and advance happy birthday!


  4. Reading opens the world and lets me see the world in a different way and learn about cultures I don’t know yet. Books are amazing and so are the authors who work so hard to bring them to us.

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  5. This is actually good! I am a strong believer of the power of reading. And I also believe that a community of readers is a community of critical thinkers. 😍

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  6. Omg! I’d like to join! I am always looking for soemthing to share, and here’s one! Thanks for doing this veey inspiring activity. I’m really excited following your posts! Also, advanced happy birthday!

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  7. Books are amazing and have always been a part of my life. In this light, I have also found that not everyone can have the same access to resources as myself. It is this realization that helps me push towards breaking these barriers. I am still actively trying to find ways on how to get on with this and to give back to the people. πŸ™‚

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