20 Exciting Reasons to Come to the 35th Manila International Book Fair

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City , Philippines

Senator  Paolo Benigno ” Bam”  Aquino IV is among the several distinguished guests of honor during the book fair.

Manila International Book Fair  is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc. (ACCI), Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., (PBAI) and the Overseas Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines (OPRAP).

20. INTERESTING 3-D Postcards

Asiatype Distribution Incorporated sells interesting 3-D postcards at Php 125 pesos per piece. There are over two dozen designs to choose from . The company also distributes maps and they are the ones which published and distributes ” The Rise and Fall of Imelda Marcos ” book for just Php 599.00 . The book also also available in e-book format and Amazon .com sites.  The publisher had printed additional copies second edition .

Ms. Grace F. Lacaste

We all know that it is internet and electronic mail era , but collecting postcards especially 3-D ones are collectibles although it is a bit more expensive compared to the common ones.  The company also have inexpensive hardbound books for sale.

Contact Person : Ms. Grace F. Lacaste

Mobile 0922-876-5075

Direct Line (632) 744-05-75 Fax (632) 744-0506

Address: Suite 113/114 Columbia Tower Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
Mandaluyong City / Telephone No. 7256262 loc. 302

Website: http://www.accu-map.com/

Philippine scenes , festivals and tourist attraction on postcards

Each pack cost Php 125 . The postcards are ideal for sending to important person, promoting the country’s tourist spots and festivals and for collection.

19. Vertical Gardens

I think this is the first time that a plant and fertilizer company is participating in a book-fair. Ramgo Seed and Fertilizer Company eye-caching exhibit which showcase vegetables and DIY starter kits . Their friendly sales staffs are there to answer one question on how to start gardening.

some of the products being sold by the company

  They also have a garden kit with packs to seeds, fertilizer, soil mixture and eco-bags . They are being sold at Php 400 . I bought some slow release  and water soluble fertilizer packs before leaving the booth.

Office Address: Maybunga, Pasig City , 1607 Philippines

Outlet Store: 33 General Lim St., Heroes Hills,Quezon City, 1104 Philippines

Contact Numbers: +63(2) 641-6808    +63(2) 642-5828
+63(2) 643-8482    +63(2) 642-5804
+63(2) 643-8883    +63(2) 642-2810

Website: http://ramgoseeds.com/


There are several booths in which visitors can post small messages and thought. There are also interesting slogan message like ” Oppose Piracy ” especially on books and other intellectual properties .

Oppose Piracy slogan

17.  Komikon , Comics

I am glad that organizers of Komikon were invited by the organizers. Their booth gave away interesting comics made by Filipinos .

16. Pocket Events and Simultaneous Events

There are a lot of pocket events organize by the booth tenants from book launching, meet and greet with book authors, on the spot contest , promos , seminars , free lectures and there are also 2 other events which are also happening at the SMX Convention center.  Digitech 2014 and the Best of  Anime.

15. Technology and Science

Edutech  had partnered in providing a software application program for tech savy people to be updated with the on-going MIBF event.

Data Science Technology Corporation are among the companies which showcased their latest technologies and partnered with the organizers. Data Science Technology Corporation meanwhile sponsors qualified students to the International Robotics Olympics to be held in Beijing , China.

They also have an interesting black globular shaped exhibits which teaches young visitors to the site about the galaxies and planets.

DSTC Booth

They also have a 3-D printer available.

Website: http://dstc.com.ph/


Goodwill Bookstore Philippines

There are 2 Goodwill Bookstores at the fair . One is my favorite and suki bookstore which sells quality books and cheap postcards . The store manager of their Greenhills, San Juan branch ( Bridges) gave me some complimentary tickets.  NOW that is a touch of GOODWILL !

Website: http://goodwillbookstore.com/

  Goodwill Publishing Company which is based in New Delhi , India .

The company had a lot of children books , coloring books and dictionaries . They are open for local distributors .

G-1A, Rattan Jyoti Building, 18 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008, INDIA

Tel.: +91 11 25820556/25750801/ 25755559/25720209/25755519

Fax: +91 11 25764396/25763428

Website: http://www.goodwillpublishinghouse.com/


Charts Unlimited provides good educational start -up learning tool for children and pre-school teachers.  The charts are colorful and helps young students in their needs. What is nice about the materials ( teaching aids ) are manufactured locally and thus also helps local industry .

12. Educational Toys and Play Items

Gentle Star Trading Company had several outlets in well-known malls in Metro Manila . They have several educational toys. Worth to visit their store for an early Christmas shopping .

11. Science Made Easy

Uchida Yoko Science booth showcases how science works. A small hand crank tool which can generate energy in form of electricity . The tools and educational materials are from Japan . The booth is highly interactive with visitors . The company is involved in a wide range of activities that promote ICT education. In addition to providing educational support tools such as computers and projectors which make it easier to conduct lessons

Website: http://www.uchida.co.jp/global/6,0,19,44.html

10. VCD, DVD’s Bargain SALE

They are not the pirated ones being sold in Quiapo or Divisoria,  but these are educational DVD’s and VCD’s for sale !  The target market are for students and schools .

9.  Unique Stationeries and Other Office Supplies

These stationeries and notepads  are unique and offering different quotes like ” Stuffs To Do On Filipino Time” ,  “I Beg to Deter!”  or simply ” Salamat ” . They are cute and ideal giveaways this coming Yuletide season.

8.  Meeting New Friends and Acquaintances

At the 35th MIBF trade fair , Meeting new friends and networking is one way when going to a trade fair. We were met by friendly staffs and managers of Biblica Publishing and Distribution Foundation . The company sells bible and new version like Salita ng Dios ( Tagalog version ) They also have other version in different languages  . The book is being sold at Php 115.00 during the MIBF event . The company is also open to distributorship .

Contact Person: Mr. William Roy Lim

Website: http://www.biblica.com/

Address: Unit  201Benelisa Mansion , 223F Roxas street corner 4th Avenue Grace Park, Caloocan City

7. Pope Francis to Meet and Greet

Jesuit Communications Foundation booth had exhibited Pope Francis in their booth. Visitors can take photos and buy some of his published books about philosophical views and works.

Website: http://www.jescom.ph/

Contact Information:

6. Freebies , Raffles and On- the- Spot Games

There are several booths which offered a lot of freebies, discount prices , on-the spot raffle and contests to the visitors .  Jehovah’s Witnesses gave away reading materials to the visitors of their booth.
5. Interesting Exhibits and Company Displays
Coming to the book fair is not just an intellectual treat but also a visual treat . The booth and company exhibits excites every visitors .  Rex Publishing Company is an example of such visual treat.
smallest books are displayed by the company  (3.3 x 3.3 mm ) only !!!
Many visitors would stop at their booth and marvel at their collection of small and large books ! They recently opened a Book Museum Ethnology Center in Marikina City .
Almost all of the miniature books were from the personal collection of Atty. Dominador D. Buhain .
collection of largest and smallest book on display
The museum can be visited from monday to saturdays.  It is advisable to make some reservations or bookings before the appointed schedule of visit.
Book Museum Ethnology Center
Address: 127 Dao Street Marikina Heights , Marikina City
Contact information : 570-44-49
5. CUTE Mascots on Parade
There were a lot of mascots during the event. They serve as goodwill ambassadors of their respective companies. Some of them gave some freebies and gave the visitor a chance to have their photos taken .
mascots were part of the pocket book launching
scribbler art
Dong-A company had recently sponsored a scribbler art contest or pen art in which students from different schools had participated  . The award- winners of the pen arts were exhibited .
students and visitors having a fun time doing graffiti on wall
4. Graffiti and Scribbler Art
People who visits the ongoing book fair will be welcome by  a giant tarpaulin poster .

3. Organization and their Advocates

  Yoga and Indian Philosophy promotes healthy living , yoga and even incense . Their office is located in Cubao, Quezon City .

Goethe Institut- Philippines

Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

The Institute  promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.  They also convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life.

Website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ph/en/map.html

Goethe-Institut Philippinen
G/4-5/F Adamson Centre, 121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village ,1227 Makati City, Philippines

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1744
Makati Central Post Office
1257 Makati City, Philippines
Tel.+63 2 8405723/+63 2 8405724/+63 2 8170978
Fax:+63 2 8170979

Mr. Chingkee Tan – A lifestyle and motivational speaker with his latest book ” Secrets of the Rich and Successful ” . The book is being sold for just Php 100 at the fair.

I met him several years ago at the Philadelphia High School in Quezon City in one of his book launching ” Till Debt Do as Part” in December 6, 2008 . The book is one of his best sellers .

Here is the link or the previous article : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/mr-chingkee-tan-at-philadelphia-high-school/

Website: http://chinkeetan.com/

2.) Celebrity Authors Meet and Greet

Bibliophiles troop to the annual book fair to show support to their favorite authors . It is a also a time where one can get their books sign and autograph and get their photos taken with their author.

Ms. Ilsa B. Reyes together with Ms. Maria Rona Beltran

DZMM radio host , Health and Self Love author Ms. Ilsa B. Reyes . The book is being sold in all Saint Paul Bookstore outlets for just Php 100 each.  Saint Paul gave 10% discount and buyers get a chance to have their book signed by the author.

Website: http://www.stpauls.ph/

I have a chance to acquire a book and will give my book review in the coming weeks.

C and E bookstore

C and E Publishing Company gave up to 90% discount on selected books .

  Website: http://www.cebookshop.com/

1.) Bargain Books and Great Finds

books being sold for just Php 10 each

Great Discounts for all the books, school supplies , instructional materials and even fertilizers ! Discounts can range from 10% to as much as 90% !!!!


The 35th Manila International Book Fair had come a long way since its humble beginnings.  We saw several international book publishing companies joined the annual fair.

Note: There is a small entrance fee of Php 20 general public and Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s

Mr. Chinkee Tan at Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia High School

This is one of the Filipino- Chinese schools that is located in 126 Talayan Street in Talayan Village in Quezon City.

The school was founded over 36 years ago. The school had an air-conditioned auditorium that could fit over 500 people. The school had a medium sized library which houses books, sports trophies and other memorabilia’s from the school roster of graduates. The school had produced several notable alumni and some of them are in the field of entertainment, business, teaching, publishing, television etc….

old cd’s were given a new art form

High school department had several active student organizations like Environmental Awareness Club, Drama Club, Art Club, Newspaper, Scouting movement etc….

a tarpaulin poster of the event posted in the school auditorium

One of the events that the school had hosted is a forum that the school PTA had organized. Mr. Chinkee Tan a comedian, writer, lifestyle trainer, Christian minister, entrepreneur and a book author narrated in the forum “Till Debt do us Part” held last December 6, 2008.  The package included a dinner meal, a certificate of attendance and a book authored by Mr. Tan.

He started to speak short Mandarin phrases that reminded everyone present in the occasion of his Filipino-Chinese origin, the crowd was euphoric to hear him say simple greetings in perfect intonation.

How life was very hard during his elementary days. He narrated to the audience that he had a pair of worn –out shoes that he always used during school days, playing basketball and while when doing some errands.

He would always make a sideline by selling tissues, collecting garbage and all sort of meager jobs just to make both ends meet. As a result, He was not able to concentrate on his studies and at one time became a “ pasaway ” as a consequence; He had to repeat another year in grade six.  Years went by, he became one of the hawi boys (bodyguard and personal assistant) together Mr. Dennis Padilla, Mr. Willie Revillame, Mr. Jong Cuenco to actor Mr. Randy Santiago in the mid-1980’s. Their constant presence made them visible in the entertainment industry that slowly made each one of them a star in their own right! Mr. Randy Santiago gave his  showbiz name Chinkee because of his ‘chinkee‘ eyes.

Road to stardom is not very easy, He had to do all the meager jobs from crowd control, to buying some foods, sleeping on benches, retiring homes late at night, cleaning shoes etc…. then he was noticed by a director who had given him a short break in the local movie industry. His role was short but meaningful. He would always be known to the public from playing different characters like a Japanese exchange student, nerdy student, a sidekick, a rich guy, love team etc….

Stardom had help his family cope some financial problems but doing a sidekick role is just enough to make both ends meet. “ It was not a permanent source of income, and it depends on the number of movies. There were other more famous actors ”.

Quickly, he tried various schemes to augment his meager income. He does not want to rely on the movie industry. He also realized that a lot of his co-stars in the industry do not know how to save money. When they get their paychecks they would spend it in bars and other hangouts places.

A business management graduate of Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA). He met his wife Nove Ann in 1999 during the prayer  meeting at Victory Christian Fellowship. His wife is a voice teacher at the UST Conservatory of Music where is also graduated magna cum laude.

He still worked in the wee hours of the morning doing different kinds of in -between jobs. This made him quite successful in the field of multi-level marketing, But despite being successful in the field of entrepreneurship. A second blow came to his life, His wife suffered a rare form of diseases which almost his entire savings including selling his homes and properties. Flat broke, he never forgets his creator and started his entrepreneurial skills. Slowly he rebounded from the deep slumber.

students performed  during the forum

After the very inspiring talk, the teary- eyed audience applauded him. Long lines of crowd went to Mr. Chinkee Tan in a corner of the auditorium for autograph signing.  “ His sold-out book is a must for everybody.  Children must know how to save and properly invest their money ”. A parent reiterated.

door prizes

As part of the program, solicited  raffle items that were donated by parents, sponsors , donors were raffled off to the audience.

I was one of the lucky individual which won an electric  water thermos.

For more details: Philadelphia High School

Tel: 711-46-04 / 711-40-68
Fax: 711-40-68

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