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  • Start Your Christmas Gift Shopping! This Book Fair Offers Rock-Bottom Prices and Discounts

    The Manila International Book Fair is the best place to start looking for holiday gifts.
    by Karen Mae de Vera .
Start Your Christmas Gift Shopping! This Book Fair Offers Rock-Bottom Prices and Discounts
PHOTO BY Karen Mae de Vera
  • The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) celebrates its 40th year catering to avid Pinoy readers. This is the longest-running event of its kind in the Philippines. The book fair is every bookworm’s dream come to life with author signings, literary seminars, and fan programs all happening in one place.

    Of course, the best parts are the rock-bottom prices and discounts that are exclusive to MIBF. It certainly is one of the best places to start your Christmas gift shopping this year!

    Your shopping guide to the Manila International Book Fair 2019

    We understand that browsing through this expansive library can be an overwhelming experience (makes you feel a bit like Belle from Beauty and the Beast). Whether you’re a first-time guest or an annual visitor, we did some exploring on your behalf. Scroll down to score bargains and stocking-stuffers for the kids this weekend!

    WS Pacific Publishing

    Booths 106-108, 127-129, 109-110, 125-126

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    These fairy tale books are only Php150 each and feature cute illustrations by Kelly Caswell, plus a built-in hand puppet to make storytime more interactive.
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    For Php 60 each, these pop-up books make for fun birthday party favors.
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    These bargain bin books range from as low as Php20 to Php100. There are even Disney books available in the stack.
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    Lampara Books

    Booths 2-19, 2-22, 2-17-2-18, 2-23, 2-24

    For Php 99.75 and above, these books dive into the diverse Filipino culture, including creating awareness and respecting all gender identities. #woke
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    These books are Php 74.75 each and teach good Filipino values in the form of adorable anthropomorphic animals.
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    Just in time for Halloween! Older kids will dig these spooky reads, which include scary stories from around the world about the creature in question.
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    Adarna House, Inc.

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    Booths 2-61, 2-70

    The Unang Aklat Box 1 contains nine titles for only Php 670!
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    There are picture books worth Php 80 each, and some supersized ones are worth Php 220 each (which becomes Php 150 each if you purchase 10 or more).
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    The Janus Silang collection is practically a steal at P715 for all four books!
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    Summit Books

    Booths 2-51, 2-54

    K-Zoners who are feeling nostalgic for the kids’ magazine can grab these books starting at Php15!
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    Mind Tools

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    Booth 2-41

    Budding sleuths will enjoy the Geronimo Stilton detective series for Php275 each!
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    Phoenix Publishing House, Inc.

    Booths 3-4, 419-428, 438-442

    These educational textbooks are on sale for as low as Php50 to Php100.
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    Fully Booked

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    Booth near the entrance

    Hardcore Minecraft gamers who want to improve their skills could pick up a thing or two with these guidebooks ranging from Php499 to Php699. There’s also a Roblox strategy tome for P1,019, which also includes a minifig inside.
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    The Chu children’s books are co-written by renowned fantasy author Neil Gaiman. You can buy one for your tot at Php352.
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    Good grief! You just can’t beat the classics with this Peanuts omnibus for Php572.
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    National Bookstore

    Booth near the entrance

     

    All these Rick Riordan books, featuring the famous Percy Jackson series, and its spin-offs are on sale at MIBF with some as low as Php200 plus!
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    We’ve got a Seussical find that’s perfect for your toddler at Php549.
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    For Php499, you can create some mind-blowing science experiments with the kids.
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    Reminders when shopping at MIBF

    Before you embark on your book adventure with the family, keep in mind:

    • The ground floor is where the educational textbooks are located while the second floor houses children’s literature.
    • A proper breastfeeding station is located at the SMX clinic, and you will need to take the elevator to go there.
    • There are restrooms provided on both floors, including one for PWD.
    • There is no play area this year.
    • The food stalls are located on the ground floor at the very back. The catering service Albergus has a designated dining area with tables and chairs for its customers. They even have a snack cart conveniently going around the place.
    • We highly suggest that you bring a heavy-duty backpack and tote bags because not all the booths provide a shopping cart.

    MIBF is currently being held at the SMX Convention Center, open from 10:00am-8:00pm, and will run until September 15 (Sunday).Ticket prices are at Php 35 for regular visitors and Php 25 for teachers and students. There are also specific booths that are giving away, specially marked coupons to gain free entrance.

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    Happy book hunting!

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