Friday, March 09, 2007


Last March 2, the Writers Guild of SPi launched its first major project for 2007 - the READVOLUTION. This is a reading project-cum-book club that was born last year and originally was called Project R.E.A.D.

Boosted by donations from Elaine Kunkle, Director of Operations for Contentm, and May Dizon, Manager for Communications, the collection is now 200-titles strong with the entry of more books that were loaned to the project by some SPi employees.

The launch, which was held at the Journals Lobby, was attended by several readers who already joined us during the M/V Doulos visit, as well as Ms. Elaine Kunkle herself who gave a short talk on how she discovered the joys of reading. We are also honored to have with us Ms. Susan Sy whose generosity has allowed us the use of her spacious lobby. Participants were treated to a poetry reading by Project Backspace's Poetry Editor Dai Miranda, as well as a raffle of Bob Ong books (Alamat ng Gubat and Stainless Longganisa) and Volume 1 of the Writers Guild's Music for Readers Series CD. Ms. Kunkle, assisted by Guild President Dylan Gozum, cut the ribbons of the bookcases.

Our own Goddess of Poetry, Dai Miranda, reads a poem by Margaret Atwood entitled The Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart.

The ribbons are cut! Let the borrowing begin!

During the assignment raffle, Readvolution's Bookcase 1 was to be assigned first to Content (how apt!) and Bookcase 2 will be hosted by Healthcare, both to stay in these BUs for 6 weeks. From there, they will move to Journals and Legal. As agreed upon with Ms. Kunkle, her books will also travel to Content in Laguna. SPi employees in Cebu and Dumaguete will also enjoy these books as they will be sent via courier to their areas.

The Guild thanks Ms. Dhang Rondael of Employee Relations, FMG, CBRE, Ms. Susan Sy of Journals for making the launching a success. To Mss. Elaine Kunkle and May Dizon, we are indebted to you forever. May your love for reading and generosity of heart be a shining example to other SPi employees and managers. Maraming salamat po at Mabuhay!

Ms. Kunkle shared how she started to love reading. Behind her are bookcases B1 and B2.

A participant wins a Bob Ong book from the Guild, represented here by Workshop Manager JP Canivel (holding the bowl), Dylan Gozum, President, and Perps Poblador, Blog Manager and host of the program.
"And the winner of a Bob Ong book is...." *drums roll*
Let Readvolution be your friend...

Yum-o! Brownie and butterscotch delights by Pia Manzano, WG Vice President and Readvolution Chief Librarian. For orders... (Hep, bawal nga pala magbenta sa SPi, hehe!)

Photos by Odie Gementera of OBRA's Camera Club. Thanks so much! For those interested in joining the Camera Club, please email Odie at

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