MIBF Is Going Online; Here's Your Guide to Manila's Biggest Annual Book Fair


(SPOT.ph) In case you missed it, the Manila International Book Fair is taking the annual event for book lovers to the digital space this 2020. They first announced their shift to online in August and now we finally have details on how it will all play out from November 24 to November 30. Yup, there will still be tons of books up for sale online, as well as virtual events, and more! Best gear up and prep your internet connection, bookworms.

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What will the online bookstore be like?

You have to pre-register on their official website—choose "Sign Up as Visitor" in order to access the online fair. Around 60 exhibitors—publishers, retailers, organizations, et cetera—will be selling books on the online marketplace. Some of them are:

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  • ABS-CBN Books,
  • Adarna House, Inc.
  • Anvil Publishing, Inc.,
  • Ateneo de Manila University Press
  • Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • National Book Development Board
  • National Book Store, Inc.
  • Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • PSICOM Publishing Inc.
  • Summit Books
  • The Indie Publishers Collab PH
  • University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
  • University of the Philippines Press
  • Viva Books Publishing Inc.

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF online) has partnered with DragonPay for payments. 

What MIBF events can be streamed online?

Several exhibitors will be streaming workshops and seminars through YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom throughout the fair. The National Book Development Board (NBDB) will hold Literary and Publishing Trade Conversations, a.k.a. LitPub all November with different speakers every week.

Meanwhile, the Book Development Association of the Philippines will hold the Pandemic Playbook: the BDAP Literary Festival on November 28 and 29. Keep on the lookout for events with authors like Gina Apostol, Eugene Evasco, Gigo
Alampay, Lourd De Veyra, Mookie Katigbak, Jessica Zafra, Manix Abrera, Mina Esguerra, Ricky Lee, and more. 

Anna Gomez, also known by her pen name Christine Brae.
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Actor Kristoffer Polaha.
PHOTO Courtesy of Primetrade Asia, Inc.

Plus, mark your calendars for an online exclusive sneak peek happening on Monday, November 30! Author Anna Gomez, better known by her pen name Christine Brae (with best-selling novels like The Light in the Wound, In This Life, Eight Goodbyes, and The Year I Left), is now working with actor Kristoffer Polaha, whom you might know as Travis Burke in Hallmark’s television film series Mystery 101. The two are collaborating on a book series entitled "From Kona with Love," and they will be sharing their process virtually for MIBF Online.

For more information, log on to the Manila International Book Fair's Facebook page. 

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