• Manila International Book Fair 2018: New Titles at Big Discounts!

    Long lines greeted us on the first day at the longest running book fair in the country.
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Manila International Book Fair 2018: New Titles at Big Discounts!
PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
  • This year's MIBF is happening at the SMX Convention Center beside Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of the 39th Manila International Book Fair

    The 39th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), the longest running book fair in the country, is an annual event that all book lovers look forward to. Over a hundred local and international publishers put their best foot forward to entice readers with book signings, new titles, book bundles, exclusive discounts, and freebies! It’s no wonder many flock the five-day affair.

    With the doors opening today, we enlisted the help of mom and contributing writer Alexine Parreño, who also owns online bookstore Pumplepie Books & Happiness to share her experience at the MIBF. Take a look at what awaits you:

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    A long line...

    Patience is a virtue, moms and dads!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Kristin Tutor

    Since it’s fairly easy to score a free ticket (get your free tickets here!) expect A LOT of people who’d want to hoard books like you. The fair will run from  September 12 to 16, so come as early as you can. Gates open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 12, 13, and 16 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 14 and 15.

    But you will be rewarded with children's books!

    Check out titles like Barefoot Bulayan, a true story of a Bagobo boy, and Dearest Papa, which tackles the conflict in Marawi.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno

    Homegrown titles get their chance to shine at the fair! Catch author and publisher Mary Ann Ordinario at the ABC Educational Development Corp booth, the first publishing house to print children’s books in Mindanao.

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    These new 'Nasaan Po Sila?' search and find books illustrated by Jomike Tejido are priced at Php150. Buy it at the MIBF and get 20% off!
     PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
    The classic tale of Pagong at Matsing is reimagined into a book series that teaches young readers good values.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
    Also check out 'Ang Nag-Iisa at Natatanging si Onyok', which will teach your kids to respect all kinds of animals and to take better care of the environment.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
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    Tweens and teens alike will be able to relate with 'The Secret Story of Shy Shelly'. Follow Shelly on her adventures and learn more about friendship, boosting your self-esteem, and why it's important to be yourself.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno

    Big discounts from the country's top publishers

    Tahanan Books is offering up to 25% discount on all their titles.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
    Author Grace D. Chong holding up her new titles for Hiyas.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno

    Hiyas is offering up to 30% off on their books. You can also get sale books at Php25!

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    Adarna House’s 99-peso books are priced at Php70. Get 10 storybooks for only Php600!
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno

     

    National Book Store is offering up to 20% discount on various titles. You can also get first dibs on special art and school supplies.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
    Kahel Press offers 20% off of their new titles, plus story books range between Php100 to Php130.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
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    All titles from Anvil are at 20% off.

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    Fully Booked titles are also 20% off.
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
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    Get book bundles for bigger discounts

    Save Php265 when you buy these Bulilit Board Books set at the fair!
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno

    Philippine literary classics like Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere and Ang Alamat ng Ibong Adarna are reimagined for children ages 0 to 4. It’s sold at a special price of Php620 while the retail price is Php855.

    Teaching your toddler to read? Start with picture books — this set sells for Php450 instead of Php700!
    Adarna House’s Unang Aklat set comes with 9 Board Books for a special price of Php600 (originally Php891).
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
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    This set is down from Php573 to Php350! What a steal!
    PHOTO BY Alexis Parreno

    Bookmark is offering a sweet deal on their Philippine Modern Heroes series.

    Get all 24 titles for Php1,650 instead of Php2,352! You save a total of Php702 and you get a freebie, too!

    Their Women of Science series is also discounted — get Php405 worth of savings when you buy the bundle.

    Regular price is Php1,200 but they are selling all 10 titles for only Php795!

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    For mom

    Get organized with quirky planners and notepads!
    PHOTO BY Alexine Parreno
    These National Geographic magazines are a steal at 3 for Php250! Our inner geek is happy!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Alexine Parreno
    Rex Bookstore has a mini-exhibit at their booth and it's a nice change of pace from all the books.
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    All set?

    If you're planning to go to the MIBF, Alexine has some important reminders.

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    • Prepare a list of books you want to buy. The sheer number of books is overwhelming and it will be easy to go over your budget. Know what you want to buy before you come in and stick to it.
    • Dress comfortably. The fair is massive with two floors dedicated to books! Alexine says the main hall (at the first floor) can get pretty wild, but the young adult and children's section at the second floor has more space and wider aisles.
    • Brace yourself for the crowd. Especially if you're going on the weekend, when most of the book signings will take place. Find the full schedule here.
    • Give new titles a chance. We have many talented local authors and the MIBF is an avenue for them to launch their stories. If you're looking to add books to your collection, consider them as they have a lot to offer especially when it comes to children's books.

    Happy reading!

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