Once again, the book fair every book lover has been anticipating for this year has come and gone. The Manila International Book Fair or MIBF as everyone calls it, would be the best things that could ever happen for us booknerds in the Philippines. Books in all shapes and sizes, for the new breed of readers and the old, are ON SALE and are ready to be brought home.
I have been going to this book fair for almost three years now and I could remember that on my first year, I only bought ONE BOOK and that was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for just 99 pesos (I was even surprised to see that even this book was on a 20 percent discount). So far, this year has been the best MIBF experience I had. And I would gladly share to you guys why.
Of course, the books. I went to MIBF twice this year and on my first day I went on a weekday and boy oh boy, did I do the right thing. There were still a lot of people roaming around but you could appreciate everything that was happening around you. I bought a total of 9 books and 6 penguine little black classics ( I really dont know what to call these little guys. Are they books? are they novels? I don’t know).
I tried joining National Book Store’s (the number one source of books in the Philippines before Fullybooked came along) raffle promo. All I had to do was post a picture of the books I bought from their booth, tag them and 3 other friends. The prize would be 3 ARC from Epic Reads. So I entered and just hoped for the best. By the end of the day, I was casually scrolling my instagram feed when I got a notification from NBS. And yes, I was one of the lucky winners that day!
I claimed these babies on Saturday and immediately made me realize that I did a good job by doing my book shopping on a weekday. Once I got my hands on these precious babies, I was so eager to get out of there. But I was doing a terrible job at getting out because I was heading for the Fullybooked booth instead of heading towards the exit. The place was jam-packed, and I’m not even kidding or exaggerating because it really was.
When I came in last Thursday, I went with my boyfriend (who is, by the way, a book enthusiast just like me). We were there to meet with his half sister who loves oggling at books and devouring them. I got the chance to know her a little more and found out that we had so much in common in terms of the books we read. We talked, suggested books to each other and even argued on who’s more handsome, Harry Potter or Draco Malfoy? (psshh, Harry, duh.) It was such an experience that it made me wish I had a sister who likes to read too. We promised we’d together next year.
But the best part of all was when I came on Saturday with my brother. He accompanied me that day so we could bond at the mall after I claimed my prize. I was on my way to fall in line for the cashier when my brother pulled me to the side and pointed at “Priority Lane” sign. Oh did I mention my brother was deaf? Yup! So he took my books and the cash I was holding and paid at the cashier. I know it’s kind of cheating, but hey, my brother offered help so I took it. I didn’t need to fall in line for hours just to pay. BEST.TIME.EVER.
I was kind of hoping that I’d bump into one of the bookstagrammers that I follow on Instagram but alas, with number of people who attended, the chances were zero. I envy those folks who had this chance. I am still a newbie in this whole book blogging and bookstagramming things so, I hope I’ll get the chance soon. Maybe someday.