10 Book-Signing Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Weekend

(SPOT.ph) The Manila International Book Fair, which this year started on September 11, is one of the most exciting annual events for bookworms. Aside from being able to shop for books to your heart’s content in one convenient place for five straight days, you can take advantage of exclusive discounts as well as attend fun events like book signings. The book-signing events usually happen towards the last three days of the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), and if you want to meet some authors and have your copies signed, check out this guide and mark your calendars!

Here’s the schedule of book signing events happening this weekend at the MIBF:

September 13, Friday

Rissa Mananquil Trillo for Read My Lips
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. / Summit Books (2/F Booths 51 to 54 and 71 to 72)

Read My Lips is a unique take on going into business by entrepreneur and model Rissa Mananquil Trillo. This book details her journey in creating beauty brand, Happy Skin, and it shares important life and business tips she’s learned along the way.


Manix Abrera for Bertong Badtrip
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. / Visprint (2/F Aisle D)

Bertong Badtrip is Abrera's newest collection of comic strips featuring his popular titular character—one that is always "bad trip" regardless of what is happening around him. The book signing event also serves as the launch for his latest release.

September 14, Saturday

Angelo R. Lacuesta for City Stories and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta for Eros Redux
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Ateneo University Press (2/F Meeting Room 2)

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The Lacuestas are having a double book launch and signing through an event aptly called Twin Peeks. City Stories by Angelo R. Lacuesta compiles the author's tales about cities he lived in since childhood. It spans a period of two decades, encouraging readers to travel back in time and travel through spaces.

Eros Redux is a revisit of Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta’s first book of poetry, The Proxy Eros, which was published in 2013. Six years later, she looks and reworks the pieces based on the new truths and clarity acquired since.

Edgar Calabia Samar for Si Janus Silang at Ang Hiwagang May Dalawang Mukha
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) / Adarna House (2/F Aisle B)


Anticipating a long queue of fans waiting to meet the author of the highly lauded Janus Silang book series, Edgar Calabia Samar will be at the Adarna House booth for one whole day. You'd be glad to know that the newest fourth book, Si Janus Silang at Ang Hiwagang May Dalawang Mukha, is already available at the book fair. Some of his other titles include Alternatibo sa Alternatibong Mundo and Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog. Joining him at 11 a.m. is Borg Sinaban, illustrator of another Samar workMga Nilalang na Kagila-gilalas

Paolo Fabregas for The Filipino Heroes League
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. / Visprint (2/F Aisle D)

The final book of The Filipino Heroes League is coming out just in time for MIBF. The trilogy features a league of superheroes that are very Pinoy. Together, they fight against evil with tools that are quintessentially Filipino—for one, they don't have sleek costumes but they have a pedicab for a cool ride.

Abbey Sy for Always Be Creating: A Field Guide to Living a Creative Life
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. / Summit Books (2/F Booths 51 to 54 and 71 to 72)

Artist Abbey Sy is behind Always Be Creating: A Field Guide to Living a Creative Life, a book to help you fine-tune your creative process. She also authored The ABCs of Hand Lettering, which was followed up with a collection of hand-lettered postcards titled Letters from ABC: 52 Postcards from A to Z. Her other books include The ABCs of Journaling and ABC Magazine.

September 15, Sunday

Love Marie Escudero for Styled With Heart
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Summit Books (2/F Booths 51 to 54 and 71 to 72)


Love Marie Escuderoa.k.a. Heart Evangelistalaunches a new book that breaks down her signature style. She shares tips, her inspirations, how she discovered her personal style, and even turned into a personal stylist to three different ladies with different body types. The book's foreword is from Crazy Rich Asians author, Kevin Kwan.

Paul Alcoseba Castillo for Walang Iisang Salita
1:00 PM / UST Publishing House (1/F Aisle E)

Walang Iisang Salita is a collection of 41 poems that creatively reveals the harsh truths about the current political climate. Paolo Alcoseba Castillo won the 2018 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for another collection called Luna't Lunas.

Lola Larra for Sa Timog ng Alameda
2 p.m.  to 4 p.m. / Adarna House (2/F Meeting Room 2)

The Embassy of Chile and Adarna House celebrate the release of Sa Timog ng Alameda, the Filipino translation of 2014 graphic novel Al Sur de la Alameda, through a book launch and signing by Chilean author Lola Larra. The renowned graphic novel is set in the middle of the 2006 student protests, which effectively and successfully called for a better public education system in Chile.

Tokwa Peñaflorida
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. / Kahel Press (2/F Aisle B)


Do early Christmas-shopping for your inaanak at Kahel Press, the children's book imprint of Saint Matthew's Publishing. You can drop by their booth and meet Tokwa Peñaflorida, the illustrator behind two children’s books: Ang Pag-uwi ni Mommy by Manuelita Contreras Cabrera and Musika ng mga Kuliglig by Eugene Y. Evasco.

The Manila International Book Fair runs until September 15 at the SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For updates, follow Manila International Book Fair on Facebook.

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