Movie PressCon for Pusit and Higanti at the Manila International Bookfair 2016

Goodwill Booth , SMX Convention Center, Pasay City -Philippines

There were lot of people ,students  and visitors at the 37th Manila International Bookfair at the SMX Convention Center .

Goodwill Bookstore  together with its sister company  Katha Publishing is also celebrating their 78th anniversary in the business. Aside from the usual celebrities , basketball players , motivational and inspirational people having autograph and book signing opportunities .

The visitors and invited guests at the MIBF event got an opportunity to preview  back to back movies intended for local and hopefully film-festival entry for this year.

casts of Pusit together with Mrs. Maria Theresa Cancio-Suplico and Ms.Arlyn dela Cruz 

The  indie- movie was written, produced and directed by award winning television host , book author , journalist  Ms. Arlyn dela Cruz of Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The movie is entitled #Pusit which is co-produced by Ms. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico which casts Mr. Jay Manalo, Ronnie Quizon , Mr. Mike Liwag , Mr. Rolando Inocencio, Mr. Lehner Mendoza, Mr.  Zyrus Imperial , Ms. Tere Gonzales .

Ms. Arlyn dela Cruz together with some invited media and guests

Pusit is a gay linggo which means “positive ” , the film is not just awareness of AIDS and HIV in the country buy also Advocacy in the sense that they also wanted to help create more awareness . They also partnered with government agencies like Department of Health , local government units  ( LGU’s ) and schools.

Higanti poster

Another movie feature is #Higanti , which is very timely movie which tackles social  issues , broken family ties, extra -judicial killings ,  guns, goons and gold . The film is Co-written by Mr. Rommel Ricafort, Esmeralda Cortez, Bimbo Papasin, and Mario Mendez. “Higanti “features Assunta as Leni, the long-suffering wife of Alex, a politician portrayed by Jay Manalo. “She’s very loving and kind, while her husband is a cheater and is involved in illegal activities,” she explained.

L-R Mr. Kiko Matos, Mr. Jon Lucas, Ms. Assunta de Rossi and Mrs. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico

 

casts, crews and celebrities of Higanti 

The film also stars Meg Imperial as Assunta’s daughter Jean; Ms. Katrina Halili as Jay’s common-law wife Dolly; John Lucas as Jean’s brother Francis and Alwyn Uytingco as Jean’s boyfriend Justin , Kiko Matos as an NBI agent , Mr. DJ Durano ,Mr. Daniel Pasia  , Gabriel Papasin, Ms. Ruby Ruiz , One Rommel Ricafort among others.

This is not the first time that Mrs. Suplico produced a film, the first one was ” Sa Ibabaw ng Lahat ” which casts Ms. Gloria Diaz ,Mr. Ronaldo Valdez , Mr. Eddie Garcia  in 1975. The film was directed by Mr. Nilo Saez.

Note: There is still no tentative play date for both movies

Goodwill Bookstore ‘s Great Bargain Sale , Good Books and Grand Event

V Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City – Philippines

Goodwill Bookstore -Book a Fair 2015

The event started with a Thanks Giving mass at the Greenhills Shopping Center Chapel  around 9:00am which was followed by ribbon cutting ceremony with no less than San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez  as Guest of Honor , Ortigas Mall Management , invited guess and friends of Goodwill Bookstore .

Mayor Guia Gomez enjoyed browsing several book titles

There were a lot of people from all walks of life who went to the book fair at V Mall

Gallileo Enrichment Learning Program with innovative ways of learning

Pope Francis Apostolic Visit book

The recent apostolic visit of Pope Francis. This is one of the best sellers which was published by Katha Publishing Company – – I saw this book during the last orchid show and bought a book for personal reference.

Goodwill Bookstore employees and staffs

There are several events at the 2nd floor Jewelry Center  V Mall like book launching tomorrow by puppet master Wan Bu , awarding of the quiz bee challenge among others, so do not forget to visit the place.

a late morning cocktail  was catered by Ms. Maria Theresa Tuazon – Nothing But Homemade

For catering needs: 896-0396 /0917-8552177

Goodwill Bookstore aka Bridges store is located at the ground floor VMall , Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City

L-R Ms. Cathy Co – Ortigas Company , Mayor Guia Gomez and Mrs. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico

There are a lot of bargain books that are available , Try to visit the fair until this sunday – September 20, 2015 !

Note: I would like to sincerely ” Thank” Goodwill family for extending the invitation – More Power!

Goodwill Bookstore : http://goodwillbookstore.com/

Facebook Page : Goodwill Bookstore

San Juan City Government : http://www.sanjuancity.gov.ph/

7 Reasons to visit the 34th Manila International Book Fair

SMX Convention Center , Mall of Asia , Pasay City-Philippines

SMX Convention Center

The 34th Manila International Book Fair is organized by Primetrade Asia , Incorporated in partnership with  Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and the Overseas  Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines.

Among the media partners include Wazzup Pilipinas , Rappler, Manila Bulletin among others. Wazzup Pilipinas : http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com/

Book Development Board,  the organizers ,  Hon. Maria Leonor Robredo ,Mrs. Marita Teresa Cancio-Suplico and Mr. Tommy Suplico of Goodwill Bookstore

The event started with a mass attended by the main players of the Philippine book industry players, organizers , students , media partners. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the guests of honor toured the fair site .

ribbon cutting ceremony

There are the 7 Reasons to visit the ongoing Book Fair

Bargain Books

7.) Bargain Books and other Reading Materials–  Book lovers , Book collectors, Librarians,  Professionals, Young Adults , Children books, Text books, Inspirational books- you name it they got it! In case you missed a book title or two, You can get the business cards and  their contact information . Book publishers are there and their friendly sales representatives  are there to help you.

Goethe Institut- Philippinen

6.) On the Spot Contest & FREEBIES– Almost all the commercial booths within the expo site had some sort of promotion and contest.  This sharpens ones’ mind and makes your stay enjoyable !!!!  Goethe Institute -Philippinen  volunteers gave a questionnaire those who registers at their booth . The one who get all the right answer will have a chance to win a FREE German language course !!!!!

 Cafe Puro

Cafe Puro promodizers gave away FREE coffee to the visitors

Inspirational speaker Mr. Francis Kong together with Mr. Ross Del Rosario ( Wazzup Pilipinas)

5.) Meet and Greet Celebrities  – Our group noticed that  there is a long queue of line at the  CSM Publishing booth.  Then there is Mr. Francis Kong – You can hear him in his daily Radio Program “Business Matters” which was given a Year 2007 special citation by the Catholic Mass Media Awards. He is an author of 10 books !

CSM Publishing House is having a promo during the 5 day – book fair, The books are discounted at dazzlingly low prices ! We bought several books at the CSM booth.  ” Being the BEST you Can Ever Be” is one of the books being sold at a rock bottom price ! From the original price of Php 500  , the book is sold at Php 100 plus a chance to have it signed with the author himself !

Mr. Francis Kong : http://franciskong.com/

PSICOM booth with book enthusiasts waiting  for the book author

The company is one of the exhibitors of the on going book fair . One of the recently published books ” Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? ” is a 2013 Filipino film adaptation of Ramon Bautista’s novel of the same title.  The book was released in 2012 .

a student waiting in line

Website : http://www.psicompublishing.com/zen/

The PSI Publication has an active online forum and is popular among Filipino anime and pop culture readers.

Professor Agusto De Viana

Mr. Allen Lau and Ms. Kristel Tan

Our group also had the opportunity to meet Mr. Allen Lau and Ms. Kristel Tan of Waatpad : http://www.wattpad.com/

An unlimited, ever-growing library of free books and stories all in the palm of your hand! On Wattpad, millions of people are discovering great fiction, sharing stories with friends and following their favorite authors chapter-by-chapter.

Rex Bookstore – With their eye catching exhibit!

4.) Interesting Booths – There are a lot of interesting booths at the show, You have a feeling that  you are in a fairly land or somewhere else !

Philippine Science Centrum

The Philippine Science Centrum exhibit is located within Goodwill Bookstore area. It is their second year of participation at the expo.

Goodwill Bookstore booth

Goodwill Bookstore with their eye catching blue colored signage thrills any visitor to the event.  A lot of their books are discounted up to 75% OFF for 75 days on selected titles -the promo duration started last July 18 , 2013 and up to December 30, 2013 (per DTI permit no. 7930 series of 2013). The bookstore had a lot of interesting collectible Froebel-Kan  picture book series printed by a  Japanese book printer The Toppan Printing Co., Ltd .  It is named after German educator Friedrich Wilhelm A. Froebel (1782-1852). He established the first kindergarten in the world and also opened centers for training childcare providers.  Most kindergarten children here in the Philippines still remember that it was Goodwill bookstore which introduced to the market the wipe-FREE books !

Diwa Publishing

3.) Interactive Booths- While there are friendly sales staff in many booths, some exhibitors had made more efforts for them to have interactive displays for the techie generations .

Groiler Books

2.) Seminars , Lectures and Workshops – academe, researchers , students and the public meet and discuss their papers , topics or issues  that affect the industry .

3D Hologram postcards

cash purse

National Historical Commission of the Philippines booth

1.) Unique Products and Filipianiana books- Uniquely Philippine made products such as pencil holder and Philippine printed books such as hard to find Filipinana , historical books, inspirational books that were printed in the country. The quantity of the books is not that many.  Although the Philippine book industry is not that big compared to its Asian counterparts , the ongoing 34th Manila International Book Fair  shed new hope for the book industry  – The book fair will run until September 15, 2013.

Note: I would like to ” Thank” the organizers for the invitation and accommodation ” extended during the event.

Prime Trade Asia: http://www.primetradeasia.com/