10 Interesting Booths at the 36th Manila International Book Fair

SMX Convention Center , Pasay City – Philippines

Manila International Book Fair or more popularly known as MIBF is the Philippines  longest running international book fair and expo had open its doors to the general public .

Just like the previous events, there are a lot of books that are available to the general public from children’s book, literature, fiction, medical, religious , auto-biography , architecture, textbooks, to graphic novels, trivia and e-books.

The event started with a morning mass and ribbon cutting ceremony .

 Some of the Interesting Booths at the Book Fair

sales personnel

10.) Summit Media – The booth is very stylish and used old wooden cart panels to create a rustic look.

Website: http://www.summitmedia.com.ph/

doodle art with succulent plants

One Night Stan

Well-known Chinoy book author ,comic illustrator and comedian Mr. Stanley Chi will be having a book signing autograph session this coming sunday -September 20 at around 4:00PM

9.) Abiva – Colorful , Comical , Fun and Exciting- I saw several students posing and taking photos at their booth . The company is one of the largest textbook publisher . Some of the children’s book are priced at Php 30.00

Website: http://www.abiva.com.ph/home

8.) DATA Science and Technology Corporation– It is one of the company that specializes in robotics and focuses on science and technology . I was invited last year in a press presentation conducted by DATA Science and Technology which is  one of the sponsors of the robotic Olympiad held in China .

7.) Magnavision-The booth sells a lot of educational tapes and instructional videos

6. ) Adarna Publishing- The booth showcased a carnival-like theme with balloons . The booth appeals to kids, teenagers and great bargain sale.

There was an autograph signing session with Mr. Edson Cabalfin and Ms. Asa Montenejo

The book is very colorful and appeal to kids and teenagers- What Kids Should Know about Philippine Architecture– The handy book is being sold at Php90.00 at the booth.

Website: https://adarnahouse.wordpress.com/

5.) International book publishers– I saw several international book publisher from Taiwan, China, Malaysia at the trade show .

KotaBuku

I saw a book publisher from Malaysia and it is their first time to join the MIBF . Address: 24, Maju Tower,1001, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

Office: +603-2630-6882 (1025) Fax:+603-2630 6889 Mobile: +6013-294-0901

Contact Persons: Mr. Hasri Hasan -Senior Manager or Mr. Muhammad Fakhruddin Arrazi B. Misni ( DEAN) -Trade Executive

Website: http://kotabuku.my/

4.) Viva Psicom Publishing Company – This is one of the more popular booth among kids, teenagers and young adults . The sales staff had fancy hats which attracts passers-by . They also got big sale , autograph signing opportunities and photo opportunity for their customers.

Some of the bargain books are selling 3 for Php 100 , Php 50 , Php 75 and Php 100  ideal for early Christmas giveaways . I got several books at bargain prices – Chopstick -Hopia Like It part 3 by Mr. Stanley Chi is selling for only Php 50.00 per book ! The booth also gave away interested Freebies item such as key chains and note pads.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/psicompublishing

Website: http://psicom.ocnk.biz/

Mr. Jose R. Cabaltera- Bookstore Manager

3.) Far Eastern University Bookstore and Publishing– This is the first time that Far Eastern University is participating at the MIBF.

Hard to find books and award winning books can be bought during the fair .

For orders and inquiries:

Landline: (+632) 735-5621 loc.388 or 368 Telefax: (+632) 735-0232 Mobile: +63-0917-881-1069

Email: jcabaltera@feu.edu.ph

Website: http://www.feu.edu.ph/

Ateneo de Manila University Press

UST Publishing, Ateneo de Manila University Press , University of the Philippines, Komisyong ng Wikang Filipino and National Historical Commission of the Philippines , NBDB are also represented in the fair.

Skoolbo booth

2.) Skoolbo – “Skoolbo is a great new site to help with reading, maths and learning languages.

Children are immersed in an incredible learning world and are highly motivated by the inbuilt rewards. Parents and schools are equipped with an array of tools to help achieve wonderful educational outcomes for their children. And best of all – it’s free!”

“Skoolbo Core Skills”, a literacy and numeracy program designed for children ages 4 to 10, takes them into a journey through 3-dimensional worlds to master their reading and math skills. The game also includes a dashboard interface for parents and teachers, allowing them to guide and interact with the kids as they progress through the game’s levels.

Skoolbo is produced by an international team of educators and developers committed to creating platforms that facilitate and dramatically improve children’s way of learning.

The network had grown to more than 10 countries and at the bookfair , The company partnered with Vibal Publishing company . There is a free collectible card game in which visitors must find 8 cards which revolve around a story . After finishing the task , One can sign-up for a raffle draw of limited edition Manny Pacquiao hand gloves.

Website: http://www.skoolbo.ph/

The Philippine counterpart will soon open a 1,700 square meter facility this coming November at Santa Rosa , Laguna.

Please visit these links for more information :
www.Instagram.com/SkoolboPH
www.Twitter.com/SkoolboPH
www.fb.com/SkoolboPH

1.) Rex Publishing House– The company top the list of MUST visited booth at the 36th MIBF . Their exhibit / selling area is well-lighted and exhibits items have proper caption.

Malangan Mask from New Ireland ,Papua New Guinea

The company exhibited different face masked from Papua New Guinea, Tanimbar Island, Indonesia , Marquesas Island,  Solomon islands , Australia and the Philippines.

Rex Publishing House exhibit

Rex Publishing House : http://www.rexpublishing.com.ph/

Manila International Book Fair : http://www.manilabookfair.com/

Note: For those planning to visit the 36th Manila International Bookfair , Try to visit as early as possible to avoid the crowd queuing for lines and payment at the cashier . There is also a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 general public and Php 15 for librarians, student and senior citizens with valid ID’s . There are some exhibitors, publishers , bookstores which allotted complimentary tickets – Bookfair is until this sunday September 20, 2015

Venue place is at SMX Convention Center which is beside SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City .

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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/