In photo: Book lovers gathered at the 37th Manila International Book Fair.

By Isabella Alamag and Raye Peralta

 

Celebrating its 37th year, Metro Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) gathered bookworms and literary enthusiasts from around the country at a five-day convention in Pasay City last September 14 to 18.

MIBF, the longest running book convention in the Philippines organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. included book launchings, signings, awarding ceremonies and seminars from local and international authors and publishers.

It had over 200 exhibitors who filled the four halls of the venue with approximately 150,000-170,000 visitors in its entire duration.

“MIBF is a venue we’re putting together in one roof all the players of the book industry,” said Marites Agbay, Senior Marketing Agent of Primetrade Asia, Inc. “Not only the players but [it is] also a venue for book lovers to share and gather ideas.”

Deals and discounts were also offered by several publications and book stores such as Fully Booked, National Bookstore, Rex Bookstore, C&E publishing and other university and Christian publishing houses.

Conferences held at different meeting rooms of the convention center were led by renowned authors including Elizabeth Paralejo, Jaden Cheng, John Hickok, Jepthae Deogracias, Troy Lacsamana, Boris Joaquin and Bo Sanchez.

Book signings were conducted by both local and international authors such as Martin Vopênka, Vic and Avelyn Garcia, Guelan Varela- Luarca and Noel Ferrer Groups which handle Touchlife Global Foundation, Inc., and Summit Media.

Gintong Aklat Awards and The 2016 Cardinal Sin book Award also took place with competitions such as the 7th St. Paul’s Bible Quiz championship.

“Aside from selling [and] having all the titles… the exhibitors advocate the love for reading in a way that the country could uplift literacy for nation-building,” Agbay added.

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