Aaaaah, I don’t really know how to start this. It’s been so long since I’ve written anything book-related. (Sorry Inah 😢😅😂) I think I’m a little bit rusty, but I guess I really want to share with you my first ever Manila International Book Fair experience! ☺
As we all know, every September, a massive book fair, participated by a good number of publishing houses and bookstores, is held in Manila… thus the name. (duh Jem, duh 😂)
This is doubtlessly very exciting, since you can buy almost every kind of literature there is, books, magazines, comics, and so much more, plus most of them are DISCOUNTED! 😍
So ever since I’ve found out about it, I’ve been wanting to attend, but alas, there were just so many things that get in my way. At first, I was too young to go, then I had so many things to do, mostly exams or papers, maybe some org matters in school. 😢
But finally, this year everything fell into place. Luckily, I didn’t have work last Friday because of Bañamos, which is Los Baños’ Founding Anniversary, so I went home as early as I could, and went straight to MIBF, I brought my Mom with me because she too had never been there before.
I had double motivation to go because aside from my long standing infatuation with books, I’ve also developed a slight addiction with Pokemon Go, and have you seen the Pokestops in MOA? See:
And it seems that I hadn’t been appeased by going to the MIBF once, because the next day, after Morgan Matson’s signing, I immediately returned to SMX, this time with Inah in tow.
Anyway, let me just share a few of my observations regarding this year’s MIBF:
THERE. ARE. SO. MANY. PEOPLE. (Especially during the weekends)
I’m really sad and glad at the same time because of this. I’m really happy because this just shows that many Filipinos still loves reading. Even my mom was surprised, she said, “I wasn’t aware that these many people still read these days!”
I’m a little bit selfishly sad because you have whole lot more competition in finding the books you want, no worries though because there are still plenty of books to choose from.
National Bookstore and Fullybooked looked just like regular bookstores, but just inside a fair.
I mean, they had the largest spaces in the fair, as large as actual book stores, possibly larger, and their set-up is just like one. They had plenty of nice shelves and stands, that are full of books, pens, journals and everything else. I think I’m not making sense with this one. Ha ha ha!
Aside from the Fiction and Non-Fiction they sell in NBS and Fullybooked, you could actually categorize the types of books that other stalls sell in fair.
Some of the most prominent ones are:
A) Religious’ Books
B) Children’s Books
C) Self-Help Books
D) Academic Books (K12 and College Books)
E) Philippine History and Literature
F) Art books
There’s a cute indie book stall near the entrance of MIBF Hall 2.
It’s actually funny because I stood for at least 5 minutes in front of the stall, maybe a few meters away so I’m not that conspicuous, trying to gather the courage to go in and have a look. I already had a few titles in mind, but I felt so shy to approach it. My mom had to pull me to the stall herself. 😂 The people inside were really kind though,so I ended up going inside and getting the books that I was looking for.
The Harry Potter stall was really hard to find!
I mean, Inah and I went round and round searching for it, but we didn’t find it! What? Do we need like a Marauder’s map just to get to it? 😂
The whole MIBF experience was just so overwhelming! There are just so many things to see and explore that hours feel like minutes! I just went from stall to stall to stall, getting lost in books and happiness.
Okay moving on, let’s get to the fun part! Let me show you my new treasures, aka the books I bought:
That’s about it for my recap! Huge thanks to my Mom and to Inah for being with me through my MIBF firsts.❤
Sorry I didn’t have much pictures of the MIBF itself because I was so overwhelmed, I wasn’t able to think about taking pictures, I lived in the moment, as they say… ha ha ha! Also, I rather like having a phone, and you can never be too cautious with that much people in there. 😂
PS. I haven’t included my feels during Morgan Matson’s signing, because that is a story for another day. 😂❤