10 Books You Need to Check Out at the Manila International Book Fair 2016

Book lovers, unite!


(SPOT.ph) Are your wallets ready yet? They should be, because the biggest book fair in the Philippines is back for its 38th year. The Manila International Book Fair opens its doors once again from September 14 to 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Aside from whopping discounts on your favorite books from both local and foreign publishers, there will be author meet-and-greets, book signing events, art performances, and seminars on literature and the publishing industry. The event has definitely evolved from being a big book sale to a gathering of bibliophiles from all over the Metro.


Before it gets crazy on opening day, we round up titles that are worth checking out. Buy them at a lower price and have them signed by your favorite authors. By the way, you only need to shell out P20 for entrance. Just like that ice cream commercial, saan aabot ang 20 pesos mo?





Locust Girl by Merlinda Bobis (P350)

In this dystopic science-fiction novel, nine-year old Amedea is buried underground after their village gets bombed. She wraps herself in a long sleep and wakes up 10 years later to find a locust embedded in her eyebrow. Locust Girl: A Lovesong is a magical story about a girl's search for freedom.


Published by Anvil Publishing





Detective Boys of Masangkay by Bernalyn Hapin Sastrillo (P165)

Were you a fan of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew as a child? Then this newest young adult novel from children's books publisher Adarna House is for you. Unravel the mysteries that hound Barangay Masangkay—from the lost cat of Lotlot, to the dead rooster of Mang Jimmy, and even to the new teenage girl from down the road.


Published by Adarna House




Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know (P275)

Award-winning trivia blog FilipiKnow.net sheds light on little-known truths about the Philippines and Filipinos through a compilation of 35 popular articles and never-before-released stories. It also presents interesting tidbits on pop culture, including Filipino movies and Pinoy slang.


Published by Summit Books





Mariposa Gang and Other Stories by Catherine Torres (P280)

Mariposa Gang is a collection of 10 stories about people navigating and surviving various forms of exile. Written across a period of five years, the stories are set in five places where the author Catherine Torres once lived. One can say that it is autobiographical but it is also not; after all, searching for home is a concept we're all too familiar with.


Published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House




Myth and Writing: Occasional Prose by J. Neil C. Garcia (P750)

Award-winning writer J. Neil Garcia has successfully embedded mythology, both from Filipino folklore and foreign tales, into his works. He manages this again in his newest book, Myth and Writing, which is a collection of pieces that explore and examine the idea and practice of myth as an inexhaustible source for artistic creativity.


Published by University of the Philippines Press





Onwards and Upwards by Hanako Amihan (P120)

What is it like going through your parents' separation as a teenager? Hanako Amihan makes sense of it all through a children's story for Grades 4 to 6. Tell your pamangkin that you got their back by getting them this book about Pat, Anna, and Luis who are going through the same challenging situation.


Published by Adarna House





Our Darkest Hours by Jose Miguel Arguelles

The eight stories within Our Darkest Hours zoom in on how humans handle frustration. Regarded as noir fiction, it presents the ruthlessness of people and the ugly truths that hide in the darkest hours. How dark can you go? This book reveals it all.


Published by Visprint




Sangkatauhan/Sangkahayupan: Mga Kuwento by Alvin B. Yapan (P395)

Ateneo professor Alvin B. Yapan's first short story collection, Sangkatauhan/Sangkahayupan, is an exploration of everyday mysteries and unavoidable interspersing of mythology and reality. His tales, like Gayuma and Pag-ibig sa Ikatlong Daigdig, promise a remembrance of a history long-forgotten and recollection of the humanity that has since been lost.


Published by Ateneo de Manila University Press





Typewriter Altar by Luna Sicat-Cleto (P250)

Language can be a powerful tool especially when used for recollection, remembrance, and redemption. In Typewriter Altar, Laya abandons her pen and her dreams of writing to pursue a more "normal" life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out as planned. In the middle of her humdrum job, she secretly allows her soul to wander by remembering her childhood.


Published by University of the Philippines Press




Wagi/Sawi: Mga Kuwentong Luwalhati at Pighati, edited by Rolando B. Tolentino and Rommel B. Rodriguez (P350)

Wagi/Sawi, a collection of short stories by various contemporary Filipino writers, looks into the rollercoaster of emotions one goes through in polarizing life situations—triumph and failure. It sees how these are affected by our socio-economic status, sexuality, generation, religion, ethnicity, and even race. University of the Philippines Press presents it as: "mga kuwentong bumibitaw upang maging matatag ang ating paninindigan, naghihinagpis upang makilala ang tagumpay, nalulungkot upang mangarap."



Published by University of the Philippines Press


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