September has become the month, thanks to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), the longest running book fair in the country, which happens during this month. And the MIBF is gearing up for its biggest edition yet, occupying two levels (the second floor will be dedicated to children’s and young adult books!) at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia.
With over a hundred local and international publishers, the MIBF is a go-to for families, whether you’re scouring for books for you and the hubby or new reads for your kids. There's a lot of ground to cover (literally) so here's a few suggestions for strategic shopping:
1. Win a book shopping spree from National Book Store!
Be one of the five people to shop for all the books you want -- in 75 seconds -- at the Glorietta branch of the giant book store. For every purchase of any participating title from NBS at the MIBF, you’ll get one raffle entry. Have your receipt stamped by the cashier, then claim your raffle ticket/s. Fill it up with the required information and submit it at the drop boxes. Entries will be accepted until closing on September 17, 2017. For more information and participating publishers, click here.
2. Book bundles from Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Hiyas Books, OMF Literature and more
Many of the exhibitors sell books up to 70 percent off the original price with new titles sold at introductory prices. But if you want bang for your buck, check out book bundles, an affordable way to add books to your child’s collection. They also make great gifts (it's an opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas shopping).
Is your daughter a big Disney fan? Hoard as much as you want at MIBF because Summit Books will sell issues at P50 each! They’ll also put magazines, specials, and books for sale at various discounts. You can also get back issues at low prices—perfect for collectors!
4. Read and play with clay
This unique, interactive book uses clay to encourage your kids to read and learn. It's a fun bonding activity with your child, as intended by the author, illustrator, and dad JomikeTejido. Get the special bundle of Claysaurus at the MIBF, which includes all four books in the series with a free pack of clay for P480 (regular price at P600).
Publishing companies are using the five-day book fair as a launching pad for its newest titles at introductory prices. Tahanan Books will launch Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo, Tara Laro Tayo!, a counting book that introduces kids to traditional Filipino games.
Lampara Books has a slew of titles to launch including Kayang-Kaya Ko Nang Maging Kuya, The Day Max Flew Away, Super Ningning, and Luntian: Ang Bungang May Pakpak.
6. Anniversary editions and new covers
What makes book collecting so addictive? Buying new editions or covers of books that you already have! Tahanan is releasing the 20th-anniversary edition of First Around the Globe: The Story of Enrique, while Anvil is coming out with new covers of Nick Joaquin’s classic novels like Candido’s Apocalypse, May Day Eve and Other Stories, and The Summer Solstice and Other Stories.
The MIBF has a ton of activities planned out for the five-day fair, and many of the publishers will hold book signings, storytelling sessions, and workshops with various authors. Here are just some of the events you can catch:
Free storytelling from Hiyas Books from September 13-15
A storytelling and clay molding workshop with Jomike Tejido on September 16
Book signings and meet and greets with Summit Books from September 16-17
Excited yet? Catch the Manila International Book Fair from September 13 to 17 at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia in Pasay. Gain a free entrance! Just print (yes, you have to have an actual, hard copy per person) this ticket from Summit Books. (If you can't see the ticket below, click here.)