Post Mortem: MIBF 2013
The first time I went to the Manila Book Fair was more than 15 years ago. The venue was the PICC, I think. I remember I didn’t return the next year. And the one after. Since coming back to Manila 3 years ago, this is the first time that I went. I had forgotten why I didn’t do so for such a long time so last Friday, I hauled my friend to go there. This year’s venue was the SMX Convention Center close to SM Mall of Asia; a gargantuan exhibition hall roughly about the size of 20 basketball courts. Thankfully, its centralized air-conditioning worked perfectly. I hardly broke a sweat as we walked along the aisles, browsed through piles of books and what-nots, and jostled for space among the other attendees.
About 4 hours later, my friend and I finally sat for coffee and pastries. We were both ready to go home. Looking at our shopping bags, I suddenly remembered the reason for my rare attendance in book fairs. My wallet is reveling in its new-found lightness.
Don’t get me wrong. I am quite happy with my finds in the book fair. But you need to know that since 2010, 90% of my books came from Booksale. 6% came from contests I won or gifts I received. My purchases make up the teeny-tiny rest of this pie. I feel like I did my Christmas shopping already!
But what wonderful things I got:
This new book, treading new paths in Filipino children’s literature.
Christmas gifts of books for the children in my family. Luv the bayong, too!
Dirty comics, anyone?
Two of the hardest “Song of Fire & Ice” titles to find.
Some wacky stationery, perfect for gift-giving also.
The tote bag of my dreams. Not really. But it’s a great alternative to my dream bag.
The 34th Manila International Book Fair is still on today, at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex. It’s open from 10AM to 8PM.
Posted on September 15, 2013, in events, journal and tagged 2013 Manila International Book Fair, Adarna Books, Fully Booked, National Bookstore, Rhandee Garlitos, Tahanan Books, Vibal Publishing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.