Manila International Book Fair 2016 in photos: MIBF 2016 in photos
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It’s only September, but I know a lot of people who’ve already made a list and checked it twice. If you happen to be one of them and are stumped for Christmas gift ideas, then look no further than the 2016 Manila International Book Fair to find that perfect gift for the folks on your “nice” list. Heck, with hundreds of thousands of books selling for 10 to 70 percent off, even the “naughty” ones don’t have to be left out.
Now on its 37th year, the Manila International Book Fair will run from September 14 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Admission is a very reasonably priced P20 for adults/P15 for students/faculty/librarians/senior citizens (with ID proof) . Aside from incredible book bargains, there are book signings with your favorite authors, graphic writers and cartoonists, arts and crafts workshops, and industry-specific seminars and conferences. If you’re angling for free admission, check out children’s publisher Adarna House’s free ticket offer. Don’t forget to grab a copy of the exhibit hall map at the entrance; you’re going to need it!
The country’s two biggest booksellers, National Bookstore and Fully Booked, occupy massive exhibit spaces filledwith thousands and thousands of reading material, from cookbooks to bestsellers to graphic novels to adult coloring books.
Not to be missed are earlier editions of textbooks at deeply discounted prices from Abiva, Rex Bookstore, Vibal Publishing, and other educational publishers. Current-edition textbooks are discounted, too, by about 10 to 20 percent. Shelves upon shelves of senior high school and college textbooks, both local reprints and international “glossy” editions, from Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill McMillan, John Wiley & Sons are just too tempting to ignore.
If you have kids on your to-gift list, head over to Adarna Publishing House first. Aside from rock-bottom discounts on their individual books, Adarna is selling boxed sets of their popular children’s book titles. New titles are discounted, too.
Educational toys, teaching materials, reviewers, DVDs, and comics–boy, oh , boy! Somebody’s monthly mocha frappuccino budget is about to take a serious hit.
Feeling peckish after all that book bargain hunting? There’s a dining area inside the exhibit hall, with stalls serving quick lunches and sandwiches.
A brief pit stop is all you’ll need to refuel, before you resume rummaging through rows, shelves, and carrels of books to make sure you didn’t miss any hidden gems.