My Weekend with Books and Magnemites

Aaaaah, I don’t really know how to start this. It’s been so long since I’ve written anything book-related. (Sorry Inah πŸ˜’πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚) 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 πŸ˜‚)

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,Β  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 BaΓ±amos, which is Los BaΓ±os’ 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:

They’re so many! But to be honest, everything I’ve caught in MOA were magnemites! Argh!

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.

Here’s a picture of us being our usual cute self in front of an MIBF signage. Hehehe

Anyway, let me just share a few of my observations regarding this year’s MIBF:

Β THERE. ARE. SO. MANY. PEOPLE. (Especially during the weekends)

Here’s a picture from my friend Eriele (@Sinworth in Twitter) captured last Thursday, and I think this is only 1/3rd of the people that was there last Saturday!

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 haveΒ  whole lot more competition in finding the books you want, no worries though because there are still plenty of books to choose from.

Β 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
G) Magazines
H) Comics

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. πŸ˜‚ 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? πŸ˜‚

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:


Unexpected Everything
In this picture, I only actually just bought Unexpected Everything in the fair. The rest was given to me by my incredible and bookish Tita, Judith. Now they’re all signed!


Para Kay B
I’ve been wanting to read Para Kay B since it was shown as a play in UPLB last 2011. Now I finally have a copy of my own!


Beginner's Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions
I first found out about this when I saw Courtney Milan’s twitter thread of why it should be read, and then I heard Diane talking about it a bit, and I’m sold. I needed this. It’s about a Molecular Genetics graduate student/RA and her struggles in finding love. I mean this is practically my life?? I can already see myself nodding and relating, and I haven’t even read it!


Dawn Lanuza's books
Inah has been talking about how she loves these books for months, and I’ve been meaning to buy copies and I was just not sure how, so when I saw them… You already know what happened. πŸ˜‚


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. πŸ˜‚

PS. I haven’t included my feels during Morgan Matson’s signing, because that is a story for another day. πŸ˜‚β€


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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more.

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