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

The biggest book event in the country is back!


(SPOT.ph) Bibliophiles, unite! The biggest book fair in the Philippines is back for its 36th year. The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is happening from September 16 to 20 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Indulge your inner bookworm in one place; they'll have fictional bestsellers to adult coloring books, even educational materials. Bookworms can expect some fun and exciting book launches and author meet-and-greets. From what used to be a gathering for the publishing industry, MIBF has now evolved to bringing the joys of reading to readers of all ages. Count us in!


Time to unleash your inner geek. Here are some of the titles we are so excited to get our hands on.



Color Calm

By now, everyone has a friend who's posted colored pages of Secret Garden. At MIBF, you will find coloring books that feature the unique works of some of the most talented Filipino illustrators today, Color Calm being one of them. It features a total of 56 lovely patterns you could stick your colored pencils to and voila, you’re an artist! Goodbye, stress.



Published by Summit Books


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Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

The new translation of Murakami’s first two novels is a sure treat for fans. His English-language volume was created due to popular demand for his hard-to-find early works. These first major works revolve around two young men—an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat. We can expect subjects of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism, which gives us an insight of his humble beginnings as a fictional writer.


Published by Knopf





Not into books? Maria Ozawa will make you think twice. The warm welcome from Pinoy men resulted in a photo book entitled Ozawa, which showcases her three personas: the au naturel, fresh-out-of-bed lounger; a geeky gamer girl; and a bad-to-the-bone dominatrix. The book launch is set for September 19 (stay calm, boys). Have yours personally signed by this sultry Japanese bombshell.


Published by Summit Books



Andrea: Roadtrip

If that’s not enough, how about a sneak peak of what it’s like to have an intimate getaway with Andrea Torres? In her photobook, Andrea: Road Trip, your journey begins in a vintage van. She takes you through your dream destinations, and caps it off with a sweet morning after.  


Published by Rawr Books




Philippine Breads by Gene Gonzalez

Of course there are books for the foodies! If you love bread, you’ll enjoy Philippine Breads by Gene Gonzalez. It features more than 60 recipes of different kinds of everyday breads, modern day breads, rich breads, specialty breads, biscuits, cookies, and snacks. Some of the recipes would be perfect for the holiday season like the Filipino fruitcake, hopia ube, sweet empanaditas, and many more.


Published by Anvil Publishing


The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto

Camille Li, the main character of The Year We Became Invincible, writes letters to her “future partner,” outlining the highs and lows of her everyday life. She had everything figured out down to the very last detail—or she thought she did—until she met these adventurous people that made her rethink her choices and took her down the path of self-discovery.


Published by Anvil Publishing




Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

Dirty Red is the second from Fisher’s Love Me With Lies Trilogy. This time, it’s told from Leah’s point of view: "One thing to know about me: I dig. If I can’t find it—I dig deeper, harder. I dig until I find it. The only thing I couldn’t dig into was my own mind. I didn’t want to see it." You will love (and hate) the twists, craziness, and bitchiness.


Published by Tarryn Fisher




Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

“Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.” These are the only rules Tate and Miles have set for their no-label relationship. You can probably guess how this turns out: invaded hearts, broken promises, and unkempt rules. Love gets ugly. Sounds familiar?


Published by Atria Books



He Can Catch You When You Fall by Miriam Quiambao

You might know Miriam Quiambao as a beauty queen. After the depression brought about by being a scam victim, her divorce, and a strained family relationship, she recuperated through her faith. She wrote He Can Catch You When You Fall, a story about second chances. Miriam says, “Ever since I tripped and fell down at the Miss Universe coronation night, God has always been there to pick me up and redeem all the mistakes and falls I've made in the hope that it will inspire many to trust that, indeed, God can catch you when you fall.”



Published by CMS Publishing



Demonyo Tables by Ambeth Ocampo

Every artifact has a story to tell (yes, even your rusty 25-centavo coin). Ambeth Ocampo takes on the role of this historian in Demonyo Tables. He discovers stories behind a death blanket, toothpick holders, and even the famous Baliuag chicharon.


Published by Anvil Publishing

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