Photo Talk: The 34th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF 2013)

In spite of the heavy downpour all day long that Sunday, the 34th MIBF is still jam packed with crowd during it’s last day until closing time.  I supposed due to its loyal crowd such as my family plus it coincides with a weekend payday sale at the nearby SM Mall of Asia plus the UAAP cheer dance competition which is happening also at the nearby MOA Arena.

The Crowd

Name a book store and publishing company – you’ll surely find them at the fair.

The Giants

Book signing from local authors, writers and illustrators has always been a major part of the annual MIBF.  We spotted journalist, poet and musician Lourd de Veyra trying to be incognito from the crowd while DJ and writer “Papa Jack” is having a book signing on the same publication where he will be doing book signing too.

The queue to Bo Sanchez book signing is as usual among one of the longest.

Aside from signing my daughter’s book, illustrator Dom Agsaway made a quick drawing of my daughter’s face on the same page where he signed.

The Faces
Almost everything was on sale! And they are not limited to books.  Pens, stationeries and a lot more is on discounted prices.

THe Frenzy
Unlimited fun was in every corner.  Story telling and book reading of course is among the most favorite activity plus lots of educational competitions. There’s no corner that you won’t find something to do apart from reading and shopping.
The Interactive
 The Gimiks

The Walls

One of the most attended event is the “The Best of Anime 2013” cosplay event.  It has separate entrance fee though and is being done at the second floor of the SMX Convention Center.

The Cosplayers

My two book worms of course had the time of their lives enjoying the activities and buying their favorites and annual picks.

What Young Ones

I restrained myself from buying anything for myself this year.  I kept reminding myself that they will just pile up on my reading queue. I still have a stack from last year’s fair that I haven’t read yet plus some from the "floating bookstore" and some gifts from friends.  But it was a tough battle when I needed to buy something from Anvil Publishing (one of my favorites).  I was not able to restrain myself from peeping on Jessica Zafra’s books especially the “Twisted” series.  I picked two books and supposed to queue at the cashier.  It was a real battle before I finally decided to return my picks back to the racks (sigh/LOL).

What caught my eyes

My annual favorite bet in the “Best in Booth Design” – Rex Bookstore came in second place this year. The 1st place goes to C&E Publishing with a very modern booth design.  My camera did not do justice to C&E’s entry.  It really looks great in person.

The Winner
If there’s one disappointment that we had during the fair is that we only had four hours spent at the fair.  Jeez!  we almost missed it.  It was already crunched time when our messy family schedule finally blended.  It was already 3PM of the last day (Sunday) when we finally succeeded going to the fair.  Unlike the previous years that we almost spent a whole day.  There were even some years that we went for two days.

But as always we had fun! Can’t wait for next year’s event!


  1. I love book fairs as well and will spend a day walking around but haven't done one in Manila. Hopefully in one of my vacations, it will coincide with this book fair. Bad thing about this is that I always end buying a lot :( you should see my collection of books.

    1. For one who writes well is sure to be a good reader and a book lover. This book fair is being held annually in the month of September so you might catch this if your vacation falls on this month.

      Yep I have the same problem of buying a lot. But I started to learn restraining myself especially now that I have two book worms with me to consider :) Hope you can share on your blog about your book collection. I used to collect them too but then I decided giving them away starting some years back.

  2. This is a place for me. Reading is my passion, only now I read most blog post:)
    Anyway, what a nice event. I wonder kung nagpunta dyan mga apo ko....
    Have a nice weekend Balut. Thanks for dropping by in my blog.

    1. Yes Joy this is a place for us! Hope that we could have the chance to go together with Jonathan ha ha.

      And this is definitely a good place for kids so you can tell your apos that this is being held annually in the month of September.

  3. Di rin ako nag mibf this year. Mas bumigat angbtrabaho ko kaya nagwowork ng weekend. Tapos madami din ako nakapila na mga libro.

    1. Naku OP muntik nga naming ma-miss to this year. Last day na kami nakapunta at mga bandang alas tres na so konting oras na lang. Kung hindi kami natuloy malamang broken hearted kami ng mga kids ko...

      Hinay lang muna sa pagbili at tapusin muna natin ang mga nakapilia :)

  4. Di pa ako nakapunta ng MIBF, kung pumunta man ako, malamang sa alamang e sa Best of Anime 2013 ang diretso ko nyan. hahaha.

    Nakakatuwa naman ang family mo miss B! talagang on the go lagi. Pwede ba makita yung sketch sa daughter po nyo?

    Balit ko miss B e nanalo daw kayo bilang Miss World 2013? Congrats! ;)

    1. Masaya naman talaga ang anime event laging well attended. But syempre mas masaya pag pumunta at naki-gulo ka sa mga books at siguradong mas mag-e-enjoy ka!

      Salamat Pao :) Ganyan talaga kami mag bonding go lang ng go sa mga bagay na may makukuha silang mainam... Oh sure ipo-post ko sa FB yung pic habang ini-sketch sya ni Dom Agsaway. Ang bait ni Mr. Agsaway he's a very approachable person. He even share his story to us when he was starting to draw and he also gave my daughter an advise when he learned that my daughter's elective is "art".

  5. i went gaga over scholastica's box all you can for 500php! hahaha.. twice ako naka-avail this year. I just hope, adarna will lower the price of the books more...hahahaha... kasi yung mga libro nila ang mas kelangan ko... ;D

    1. Lucky girl! Sayang di tayo nagkita :( Medyo mahina nga ang sale dun sa Adarna. Ang fave ko eh Anvil at grabe ang sale nila ha nakaka-tempt talaga!

  6. Wow ang daming books, kaaliw!

    at inggit much naman ako sa The Best of Anime 2013 huhuhu T_T

    1. Oo nga kaaliw talaga!

      Labas-labas din kasi pag may time pusa ha ha :P

  7. super enjoy ang book fair ngaun kumpara last year talaga madaming nagjoin ngaun may ilan mga blogger o influential internet star ang nagjoin!!!

  8. dream ko din makapunta diyan... sana next year na....

    sayang di mo nakita ang wholesome book ko hehehe.... di ka tuloy nakabili hehehe...

    musta na Ms. B... hugs ^^

    1. Annual event naman yan Jon sana nga makapunta ka next year :)

      Hala sino ba publisher mo? Hindi mo pa sinasagot yung tanong ko kung saan ako bibili...

      I'm good medyo busy lang. Musta ka rin at ingat lagi dyan sa work mo... HugsUBack :)

  9. Book fair! Next year, itaga sa bato, kahit kalayo ng MOA, pupunta ako :) Miss you Balut! Hugs! :)

    1. Go Zai! Kahit wala ng taga-taga ha ha. Miss you more Beautiful Zai! muah muah!

  10. Looks like it was a ton of fun. I can't remember the last time I had time to sit down with a book. :(

  11. Nakakaasar lagi na lang kasabay ng BOA (best of anime) ang mibf di tuloy ako makapunta lagi. Ubos na kasi pero ko sa BOA pa lang haaay sana next year di na magkasabay.

  12. Kung nandyan ako siguradong pipila ako kay Bo Sanchez hahaha para magpa autograph fave ko kasing basahin ang kerygma noon. Tapos buy ng IT books tas bili ng pens etc. Then go na sa cosplay para mawitness at magphotoshoot na din hehe. Ganyan lang


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