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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

That heart flutter, that tingling excitement, those butterflies in the stomach you feel when you see someone you like? That's what Filipinos call kilig, which is also the most crucial element of any romance novel.

This panel talks about how to create and feel the kilig, all while discussing the nuances of Filipino YA romance.



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KB Meniado

KB Meniado (Philippines)

KB Meniado is a writer and editor with over 14 years of professional experience in media and publishing, with exposure to public policy, youth development, and entrepreneurship. As an avid reading advocate, she runs Bookbed, a Filipino book community, and is part of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People and other Filipino creative communities like Bibi Mangki #thereadingmonkey, Book Writers Club, and a soft landing., among others.

Mae Coyiuto

Mae Coyiuto (Philippines)

Mae Coyiuto is a Chinese-Filipino writer, born and raised in the Philippines. Mae earned her BA in Psychology from Pomona College and her Master’s Degree in Writing for Young Adults/Children from The New School. If she’s not writing, she’s usually fangirling over Beyoncé, tennis, Gilmore Girls, or all of the above. She currently lives in Manila.

Evangeline Encabo

Moderator Evangeline Encabo (Philippines)

Evangeline Alvarez-Encabo is a professorial lecturer at De La Salle University Manila and a textbook instructional product designer and editor. Her expertise is in formulating product concepts and strategies that will result in the development of effective instructional materials. She also has extensive experience teaching Filipino language and culture to Filipino and non-Filipino learners.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.