(SPOT.ph) Book-lovers of all ages are once again welcome to celebrate their love for reading at this year's celebration of Día del Libro or International Book Day at the Ayala Triangle in Makati on April 27, Saturday. Rooted in history and culture, Día del Libro promises a day filled with literature, art, and food—and you can enjoy all the fun activities for free!
First introduced in Manila by Instituto Cervantes in 2006, the celebration of Día del Libro began in Barcelona, Spain to celebrate St. George's Day, during which men and women exchange roses and books.
Score discounts of up to 20% from top bookstores and publishing houses at the Book Market—or you can also buy a shirt (which feature excerpts from Spanish poems) to score books for free. Following the Spanish tradition, you get a free rose along with your purchase.
Visitors will get to meet different authors, including Jessica Zafra, who will have a book signing session during the event. The latest volume of Budjette Tan's Trese will also be launched, so graphic novel enthusiasts will have something to look forward to.
But the fun doesn't end there. As in the previous years, people are welcome to participate in the Rewriting of Don Quijote, where volunteers are invited to hand-write excerpts of Don Quixote de la Mancha in exchange for a rose. Once every part of the book is successfully copied, it will be deposited to the Library of Instituto Cervantes.
If spoken poetry is more your thing, you can also choose to join the collaborative reading of Jose Rizal's "Mi último adiós," where each reader gets to recite a line from the historical piece.
Kyusi Sketchers will also be spicing up the day with art. If you have a good hand at drawing, why not join them in sketching your favorite scenes during the Día del Libro? The drawings will be displayed in the afternoon for other people to admire.
There's something for everyone at the park because theater fans will also get to catch a preview of Blood Wedding, a play by the acclaimed playwright and poet Federico García Lorca, which will be showing in July.
You'll have no trouble staying until the evening to catch the free concert because there will be food and refreshments from Spanish restaurants to get you through the day. The concert will feature performances from independent Filipino and Spanish musicians, including Vulk, a Basque punk band from Bilbao, and The Late Isabel, a Filipino art rock band.
Día del Libro is traditionally celebrated on April 23, honoring two of history's greatest writers: Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, who both died on April 23, 1616 by coincidence. This prompted UNESCO to declare April 23 as "Word Book and Copyright Day" in 1995. In the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts also declared April as the National Literature Month to celebrate the birth month of renowned poet Francisco Balagtas.