Manila International Book Fair 2016: List of exhibitors and schedule of events
Once September rolls around, you can count on any of these things to happen in Metro Manila: the free two-week trial from Kumon and Eye Level, the Manila International Book Fair, and the National Bookstore Cut-Price Booksale. Oh, and Jose Mari Chan’s “Christmas in Our Hearts” blaring from the radio. While I think September is way too early to be hearing Christmas songs in the airwaves, I believe any time is a perfect time to buy books, whether for yourself or for others.
The Manila International Book Fair 2016 takes place on September 14-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex. Open from 10:00AM to 8:00PM, the country’s biggest book fair will feature over 100 exhibitors selling books, magazines, maps, educational toys, etc. Special events, such as meet-and-greets with authors and comic book artists, writing workshops, and book launches, are expected to draw book lovers of all shapes and sizes to the 37th Manila International Book Fair. Admission is P20 for adults, while it’s P15 for students/faculty/librarians/senior citizens with ID.
I found an exhibitor floor plan for the Manila International Book Fair 2016 on Facebook, but please be warned that the information on it might change without prior notice. I recommend steeling yourself for the crowds and packing plenty of patience, as it could be slow-moving inside a tightly packed exhibition hall and queues to the cash registers interminable. If that doesn’t bother you, or even if it did, know that there are loads of book bargains to be had and new authors to discover at the 37th Manila International Book Fair, which should make braving the crowds worth it.
Children’s book publisher Adarna House is giving away free tickets to the 2016 Manila International Book Fair. Tickets can be printed and presented at the gate for free admission. Each ticket comes with a raffle stub for a chance to win one of five exclusive art prints.
National Bookstore and Fully Booked give free tickets to random customers. There have been three occasions when I got complimentary tickets from National Bookstore. Don’t be shy to ask.