I can’t believe the 30th Manila International Book Fair is finally over, and that I have to count twelve whole months until the next one. I love this year’s book fair loot, and while a couple of specialty book stores sat this book fair out, I think it served well to highlight local publishers and smaller booksellers.
While I’ve been to the book fair almost every day of the event for five consecutive years, I must say that getting to share it with the readers of this blog has made this year’s book fair extra-special. I hope my posts were helpful to those attending the book fair, and to those away from Manila, I hope you got a peek into the book fair experience.
Here is one last post, with photos of other highlights of the five days of the MIBF.
In case you’re wondering how I got the aerial photos, I had to get special permission to go up to the control room to take them. I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, and finally I was able to this year. It’s a great feeling, getting a panoramic view of this paramount event.
I had to move through different control rooms to take the shots, one portion at a time, but it still wasn’t possible to take photos of the entire floor. I took these on Thursday, but just imagine the weekend attendance– readers browsing through shelves and shelves of books, people spilling out over the booths, mascots dancing, cosplayers parading their garb, shoppers maneuvering their purchases (some brought their own shopping carts!) through the aisles, and exhibitors pushing cartloads of boxes to restock their booths!
Here are some more aerial shots:
Here is the opening ceremony:
And I could not resist having my photo taken with someone I really admire:
Sen. Pangilinan gets caught reading:
He says his daughter Frankie loves Nancy Drew!
Of course, what’s the book fair without books, books and more books?
I also like seeing old classics getting a new life. Aside from Francisco Coching’s El Indio, look what else is back in circulation:
The Potter fan in me couldn’t resist taking a photo of the Harry Potter stacks
And on to a new fandom
Bargain bins are always the best!
Mascots are always fun, whatever age you may be…
… and so is storytelling!
I love getting books signed!
Here’s another photo of Siege Malvar for the fangirls (andami pala nila) out there:
And it was a pleasure to meet illustrator May Ann Licudine! I am in awe of her talent!
Am planning to interview both for a feature, so watch out for that.
And to those (like me) who were salivating over AklatEklat’s leather book implements (book cover and bookmarks)
Here is aklateklat’s contact info: Aya Cabardo, 918.919.3913, 922.833.0033, email@example.com. Website is down at the moment, though.
Phew. That’s it for the 30th Manila International Book Fair. Will be back to regular blogging soon… until next year’s MIBF!