My post-MIBF report#1

Unless you were hiding under a rock for the past week or so, you’d have known that the country’s premiere event for bibliophiles, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), was going on at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia.

Just like all the years I’ve been to this shebang, it’s been an exhausting but incredibly fun few days at the MIBF. I didn’t buy as many books as I did in previous years, mostly because I was flitting around SMX and the metropolis attending various book-related happenings. Is that a good thing? My wallet says yes.

Whenever I actually had time to browse the shelves, it was usually to take pictures or to pick out books that my younger sister has been eyeing for herself. I actually only bought just one book for myself this year!

Of course, I  was there during the MIBF opening, ostensibly to cover the tour famous personality Carlos Celdran had devised specifically for the MIBF. While we were waiting for him to arrive, I was allowed to sneak into the exhibition grounds to take a look at everything before the madness began.

As you guys can see, there were hardly any John Green books at the MIBF this year.

Carlos Celdran is surprised that Goodwill is still around.
Your iPad does not impress Carlos Celdran, Madam.
Ms. Gwenn Galves of Anvil Publishing recounts Anvil and the MIBF’s shared history.
Carlos Celdran thought about shilling CDs at the Felta booth for a hot second, then changed his mind.
There was a table of really nice hardbound editions of classic literature. It was decimated by the time Sunday came around.
National Book Store had a section dedicated to “Adult Literature”. A nun was eyeing it on the first day, I swears on the precious.

That was all I got to see on my first day, as I had to go back to the office to take care of…stuff. The rest of the photos from MIBF week in the next post!

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