#RomanceClass x Ayala Museum: A GIF + Video Post

First things first: Please DO NOT expect much coherence from this post. I know, I know. I’m a writer… I should at least manage to string together some decent words, yes? But Too Many Feelings and Too Few Hours of Sleep can do things to the brain, so… anyway.

February 11 was another day of firsts for #romanceclass. Let me enumerate them:

  • First time holding an event at the Ayala Museum
  • First time having six actors live read scenes from our books
  • First time having a How to Write a Romance Novel lecture read by the live readers
  • First time having a three-way live reading
  • First time having Vanya Castor as a live reader

Did I miss anything?

I probably did.

So yeah, anyway… we did a lot of other stuff before the live reading. That included book and merch selling, eating FREE cookies (thanks, Abbie! :D), browsing new books at the Book Cafe (thanks Caryn! :D), finding book blind dates, and playing games. To be honest, I only had two hours of sleep prior to the event, but the energy in the room (where it happened) kept me going.

Check out this recap vlog author Chi Yu Rodriguez made from some of Saturday’s footage:

If you’d like to look at photos, we’ve got plenty of those too!

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Aaaand, here’s a flood of videos (and, consequently, feelings) from the live readings. Saturday’s live readers were Gio Gahol, Rachel Coates, Migs Almendras, Vanya Castor (pinch-hitting for Gracielle So), Gab Pangilinan, and Jef Flores. They read excerpts from Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria, Dare to Love by C.P. Santi, Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco, Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra, The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez, If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman, Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes, Prep & Prejudice by Miren B. Flores, and Holiday Crush by Suzette de Borja.

Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria, read by Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates

Methinks if that song actually had an existing tune and Gio sang it right there, we’d have flatlined.

Dare to Love by C.P. Santi, read by Migs Almendras and Gab Pangilinan


Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco, read by Jef Flores and Gab Pangilinan

Caption not required.

LOL. Jef reading as Niccolo Rossi was just… UGH. Rachel’s face, haha. It’s like she wanted to laugh at our reactions to Jef right then but she couldn’t because work. Ah Jef. We did miss you.

Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra, read by Gio Gahol and Vanya Castor


It’s important to note, by the way, that this was the first time we heard Vanya speak and we instantly fell in love. I mean… come on. Oh, and she sings too, by the way! <3

The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez, read by Migs Almendras and Rachel Coates

This was me because RACHEL.

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman, read by Jef Flores and Vanya Castor


Prep & Prejudice by Miren B. Flores, read by Jef Flores, Gab Pangilinan, and Rachel Coates

That mane of glory on Jef, tho 😀

Holiday Crush by Suzette de Borja

Ayaw ko na guys. I will never look at a granola bar the same way again.

And that concludes my event recap! Many thanks to Gela Uy for patiently recording and uploading all these vidoes for us! These are good for brightening up our dreary workdays (LOL). 😛

So… we’ll see you in April, yes? ^_^

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