Photo from Manila International Book Fair Website
By Anne Kathleen S. Vicho

It’s that time of the year again when the smell of paper is wafting in the air and the smiles of the people radiant with glee and excitement visible in the twinkle in their eyes.

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is back on its 34th year with a bigger and grander collection of all kinds of books starting from literary, references, textbooks, graphic novels and children’s books from the publishing companies all over the Philippines. 
MIBF gathered publishing companies, bookstores, distributors and exhibitors from all over the country to bring forth another opportunity not only for the book lovers to gather but also for the teachers, schools and parents who can buy bulk materials for their students and children at a very low price. Workshops and seminars are also held for informing the people of what is new in the reading industry right now and how people can encourage others to pick up reading as a hobby.
Photo by Anne Kathleen Vicho
The first day of the book fair started off with a Eucharistic celebration followed by the opening ceremonies and series of workshops from the various sponsors of the event such as the workshop on scrapbooking by All About Scrapbooking and the puppet-making with Disney’s Art Attack.

The books come at a cheaper price, the discounts ranging from 20% up to 80% off. Books for Medical, Law, Accounting and other specialized fields can be bought at a lower rate and literary books can be found all over the place satisfying the book lovers’ thirst for good books that can be availed at a very low price favoring the students that come in the event.

There were also books that you can never, if not-- rarely see in bookstores anymore that can exude a gleeful squeal from collectors such as Filipino literary works and historical and biographical accounts. 

The event organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. will run from September 11 until September 15 in SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines. It will be opened from 10 am to 8 pm.

The ticket price starts at 20 pesos for students presenting their school IDs and 35 pesos for adults. 

Schedule of Activities

DAY 2 – Thursday, September 12, 2013

Young Hands in Action Art Competition; Inspiration Unlimited Live; CSM Grand Book Launching; Jaime Licauco and Cory Quirino Book Signing

DAY 3 – Friday, September 13, 2013

LG&M Chikiting Books Storytelling Session; ETL & Lampara Storytelling and Fun Games with Kids; Goodwill Bookstore 75th Anniversary Offering; Diary ng Panget by Haveyouseenthisgirl Book Signing; Foldabots by Jomike Tejido Book Signing; Lola Basyang by Elbert Or, Tin Belen, Liza Flores and Hubert Fucio Book Signing; Alexander Lacson Book Signing; Pugad Baboy by Pol Medina Book Signing

DAY 4 – September 14, 2013

4th St Pauls Bible Quiz Championship; Ricky Lee, RJ Ledesma, Mina Esguerra Book Signing; Para sa Hopeless Romantic by Marcelo Santos Book Signing; Fan Girl Meets Superman by Aivan Vivero Book Signing; She’s Dating the Gangster by Bianca Bernardino Book Signing

DAY 5 – September 15, 2013

4th Goodwill Bookstore Inter-School Quiz and Impromptu Speaking Competition; 2013 Lampara Children’s Storytelling Competition; Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Papa Jack Book Signing; Allyson Noel, Margaret Stohl, Melissa Dela Cruz Book Signing; Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo Book Signing; Skyworld by Ian Sta. Maria and Mervin Ignacio Book Signing

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