This New Bookstore in Quezon City Celebrates Philippine Literature

Supreme Court not welcome. #Kidding

( The Supreme Court, on October 9, unanimously ruled that Filipino and Philippine Literature are now excluded from the core subjects in college. This was announced to the press on November 9, and was met with protests by university and college professors, national artists, and lawmakers as it violated a number of laws instituted by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. In what seems to be a (much-needed) coincidence, the University of the Philippines Press—the state university’s publishing house that regularly releases Filipino-authored literature and scholarly books—opens its newest branch today, November 14, at UP Town Center in Quezon City.

PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia
PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia
PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia

Aside from selling books, UPper Shelf—as the new bookstore is called—will also host book signings, poetry readings, meet-and-greet with authors, and other book-related events. It's located at the second floor of the mall, near Rodic's Diner and Chocolate Kiss—to complete that University of the Philippines (UP) feel.

PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia
PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia
PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia
PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia
PHOTO BY J. Neil C. Garcia

Earlier in November, the University Hotel at UP Diliman also opened its own bookshop which carries titles from UP Press, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, UP Center for Gender and Women’s Studies, UP Law Center, and other university presses. The shelves can be found at the hotel’s café where authors can get free coffee anytime.


UPper Shelf is at 2/F UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. UP Press' main office is at E. delos Santos Street, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow University of the Philippines Press on Facebook.

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