The SPOT.ph Guide to the Manila International Book Fair 2017
All you need to know: From ticket info to the best time to go.
(SPOT.ph) For book lovers and writers, the annual Manila International Book Fair is a much-awaited event. It almost feels like Christmas because where else can you find a whole convention center filled with books and at big discounts? It is the country's biggest book fair, after all, and its 38th year is said to be bigger than ever.
This year, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) will occupy two floors of the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia from September 13 to 17, with the entire second level dedicated to children's and young adult books. That's overwhelming, we know! So we compiled a guide to help you curb your book insanity in the next five days.
When to Go
The MIBF is from September 13 to 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The best time to go is on the first day to beat the rest of the book hoarders. But if you're lucky, we hear that some publishing houses replenish their supply on the weekends—you have to brave the crowd though.
Where to Get Tickets
Tickets are at P20 per head, which you can buy at the lobby near the entrance to the halls. Students and senior citizens get a P5 discount. But you can also download and print free passes from various publishing houses, such as Summit Books, UST Publishing House, and National Book Development Board. All tickets and passes are valid for one day.
What to Buy
- Abiva Publishing House (To the right of Hall 2 Entrance/Exit)
- C&E Publishing (Aisles P, Q, and R)
- Rex Book Store (Aisles O and P)
- Anvil Publishing (Aisles N, O, and P)
For Filipino poetry, fiction, and non-fiction
- FEU (Aisle I, Booth 284)
- UST Publishing House (Aisle I, Booth 282)
- UP Press (Aisle I, Booth 263)
- Ateneo Press (Aisle I, Booth 266)
- New Day (Aisle I, Booth 285)
For religious books
- Philippine Christian Book Store (Aisle G, Booth 326)
- Our Daily Bread (Aisle D, Booth 399)
- OMF Literature, Inc. (Aisles H, I, and J)
- Shepherd House (Aisle I, Booth 268)
- Christian Literature Crusade (Aisle N, Booth 135)
For children's books
- Adarna House (Aisles C and D)
- Knowledge Channel (Aisle A, Booth 4)
- Lampara (Aisles D and E)
- Disney (Aisle A, Booth 9)
For toys and school supplies
- Mindwerks (Aisle F, Booth 105)
- Gentle Star (Near the stage)
- Artline (Near the activity area)
- Pilot Pens (Aisles C and D)
- Zebra (Aisle C, Booth 58)
What to Do
There are a number of book signings in the various booths scattered all over the venue. But here are a few of the main events:
A Forum on Developing Reading Culture
September 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Stage Area 1
A Talk on Speculative Fiction with Czech author Julie Novakova
September 14, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Stage Area 1
Matuto’t Magsaya Kasama ang Museo Pambata
September 15, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Stage Area 2
Fandom Fest Pinoy Cosplay Competition
September 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Stage Area 2
Fandom Fest Western Cosplay Competition
September 17, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Stage Area 2
Where to Eat
This catering service will have a booth during the event. It's perfect for when you can't be bothered to leave the book haven that is the MIBF. You can find it at the end of Aisle A on the first floor and near the activity area at the second floor.
S Maison at the Conrad
This high-end mall at the Mall of Asia Complex has a wide range of restaurants to choose from. For a mix of European and Japanese cuisine, there's Epilogue on the ground floor; for hot pot, try Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Noho on the second floor; and great pizza at Plank Sourdough Pizza also on the ground floor.
SM By The Bay
One of its newest restaurants is Gen Korean BBQ perfect for all the meat eaters. For must-not-miss buffets, go for Vikings, Four Seasons Hotpot City, and La Fiesta.
Mall of Asia
You may have been to Mall of Asia a number of times, but it's highly possible that you haven't tried everything there. There are Yabu and Ippudo for Japanese fare, Llaollao for dessert, and Masuki for some Filipino food.
The Manila International Book Fair is from September 13 to 17, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For updates, follow Manila International Book Fair on Facebook.