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By Brilliant Creations Publishing Administrator


By Jessica Mariz Ignacio


Pasay City, Philippines – The 1st Philippine Educational Publishers Conference (PEPCon) turned out to be a success despite hostilities in many parts of Metro Manila brought by Typhoon Mario last Friday, September 19. Although many seats in the Function Room 1 of the MOA SMX Convention were unoccupied, the event organized by the Philippine Educational Publishers’ Association (PEPA) and DigiTech Manila pushed through on time.

Among the publishers who made it through the event were Brilliant Creations Publishing Inc., Abiva Publishing House, and Anvil Publishing, Inc. to name a few.

The first part of the conference coincided with DigiTech Manila’s “National Conference on Technology in Education” and was commenced by Prime Trade Asia Vice President, Ma. Cristina Capistrano and PEPA President, Jose Maria Policarpio. The Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (Fit-Ed) Executive Director, Victoria Tinio, and Dr. Queena Lee Chua followed next with discussions about digital literacy and problems related with the digital age, respectively. Sonnie Santos, founder of, finished the first session with his lecture about keeping kids safe online.

National Book Development Board (NBDB) Chairperson, Flor Marie “Neni” Sta. Maria-Cruz resumed the second part of the conference with a message and a summary of the NBDB meeting last September 13. Next talk was a strand-by-strand lecture on the K-12 Senior High School Curriculum by Department of Education Bureau of Secondary Education OIC, Director Jocelyn Andaya, followed by a discussion on copyright by Karen Pitt of Copyright Agency Ltd in Australia. Last session went to Samuel Sum Kown Cheek of Malaysia’s Pelangi Publishing Group, who tackled about unity in publishing among Southeast Asian nations. The conference was closed by Atty. Dominador Buhain, Rex Bookstore, Inc. Chairman and PEPA President Emeritus.

Delegates and speakers had fun learning and imparting knowledge that the conference exceeded several minutes. But according to the organizers, they even had to “cut short” the event as the SMX Convention had to close early due to bad weather. Surely, there are more to look forward to in the 2nd PEPCon. ###




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