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  • Take a Look at the Best Back-to-School Finds at This Discount-Packed Fair!

    This weekend event will make your back-to-school shopping a breeze.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Take a Look at the Best Back-to-School Finds at This Discount-Packed Fair!
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  • The thought of stepping inside a bookstore a few weeks before the new school year begins is sure to make any parent shudder. They know it’s a tough battle ahead, trying to squeeze between other harried parents completing their children’s back-to-school list. But here’s a piece of good news: If you’re headed out this weekend, you can get your shopping done at National Book Store’s (NBS) Grand Back-to-School Fair, happening on today until tomorrow, May 26, 2019 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center in Makati.

    What to expect for your back-to-school shopping experience

    The Grand Back to School Fair will run from May 24 to 26 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center, Palm Drive in Makati City.
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    We checked out the fair on its opening day yesterday, Friday, May 24 and there are plenty of compelling reasons it’s worth a visit.

    1. They have a comprehensive list of participating brands.

    From Adventurer, Crocodile Creek, Disney, Dong-A, Faber-Castell, Ooly, Pilot, Titus, Tombow, Uni, and many more, the fair offers a variety of school supplies for children in different grade levels.

    2. They have promos and freebies.

    If you spend a minimum of Php500, you can spin the wheel and you’re guaranteed a prize!
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    All of NBS’ special offers for the back-to-school season is available, including a backpack that you can get for only Php100 or a lunch bag for P75 when you present a P300 single-receipt transaction. You can also get a Php100 NBS gift card for free when you spend Php3,000 on a single receipt. They'll also be raffling off up to Php90,000 of school supplies and NBS gift cards!

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    3. Everything’s on display.

    One of the cons of visiting bookstores during back-to-school season is that you have to rummage through piles of supplies before you find what you need. The struggle is real! At the fair, everything’s neatly arranged and categorized so you just have to choose what’s on your list and place it on your cart.

    4. They have a wide selection.

    You can save time and energy with their Grab & Go packs that contain basic school supplies or their Budget Bundles.
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    These include bestsellers and new items. They also have Backpack to School (complete with basic supplies) for Grades 1 to 3 for Php345 and Grades 4 to 6 for Php445.

    5. It’s a one-stop shop.

    We’ve all had to go to several branches to complete our school supply list, but almost everything you need is at the fair. To make shopping easier, take note of the different zones: The red zone is for convenience, with essential supplies as well as packs and bundles. The blue zone is for quality, with top brands from all categories on display. The green zone is for value for money, with items and deals that will a budget-conscious shopper happy.

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    Here are our favorite finds at National Book Store’s Grand Back-to-School Fair

    School essentials

    Parents know how hard it is to sort through NBS looking for a decent plastic envelope. Here, everything is on display and you get freebies!
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    Mongol has a promo where you can get a free tumbler when you purchase at least Php300 worth of their items.
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    It’s Sharpie heaven! You can find new Sharpie products with limited stocks in most branches here.
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    These super cute erasers from Ooly will brighten up your child’s pencil case.
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    They also have highlighters that will inspire your kids to study!
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    Students love Titus pens because it’s cheap but durable.
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    Bic offers a free lunch box for every Php300 you spend.
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    Pop a grooming kit (Php159) inside your child’s bag so she stays clean while at school. It includes a hand soap, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, pocket tissue, a comb, and a towel.
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    Level up your child’s pens with Pilot Acro 300. These pastel hues are too pretty!
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    Art Materials

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    You can get individual Tombow pens for Php159.75, while a set of ten costs Php1,429.75.
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    Dong-A and Faber Castell have drawing areas for kids.
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    There’s no shortage of Faber Castell art materials here!
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    These are crayons shaped like a starfish that come in a set of 16 colors. Adorable!
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    You can get affordable sketch books for your budding artist. Limelight sketchbooks range from Php109.75 to Php209.75.
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    Sakura offers air dry clay for Php208. They also have oil pastels and jelly pens!
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    Backpacks and strollers

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    Jansport is at 25% off! Backpacks are sold at Php1492 from its original price of Php1990.
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    Backpack to School bundles come with basic supplies for Grades 1 to 3 (Php345) and Grades 4 to 6 (Php445).
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    You can find Skylar bags only at NBS. They cost between Php859 to Php1499.
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    If your little ones love Disney characters, there are a lot of strollers to choose from!
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    There are so many good finds at the fair that you can easily check off all the items on your back-to-school list. But before you leave, see if you can donate Project Aral kits to underprivileged kids. For just Php30, you can send a kit containing 2 notebooks, 2 pencils, an eraser, and a sharpener. The P60 kit contains the same items but come with a pair of slippers!

    Have you gone to the Grand Back to School Fair? Share your must-buys with us in the comments!

    Additional reporting by Rina Sanchez

     

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