Let’s get some culture and attend this year’s Manila International Book Fair

To the delight of people who don’t have a love life, the Manila International Book Fair just returned to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for its 34th year.

It was my first time to attend the huge book fair and I was surprised to see a lot of people browsing over rows upon rows of books. Primetrade Asia Inc., the event organizer, said about 85,000 attend the annual week-long exhibit, which I think is a pretty good following. I hope it gets bigger in the coming years, though. The place is so huge, and it’s filled with books catering to almost every interest.

I went straight to the Fully Booked booth to check out their stuff. I was greeted by a bunch of John Green books by the entrance and I contemplated on getting a copy of Looking for Alaska. Then I heard a passerby tell her friend that she didn’t like it. I thought I should just probably borrow a copy from a friend.

I asked a staff where the Sedarises were and the friendly girl asked me if I was looking for that one with the owl on the cover. Yes yes yes. She disappeared and returned with a copy of the latest book which got released last April 23. I asked her where she got it and she directed me to the nonfiction section. When I went there all I saw were books about Jesus and Islam.

I got free bookmarks and an iPad Mini raffle coupon to make me feel better about my purchase.

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