Sep 6, 2017

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is on its 38th year now and to celebrate, the people behind it decided to lure more bookworms by occupying two floors in the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Apparently, this floor with 9,130 sq. m. (that’s as big as seven Olympic-size swimming pools) isn’t enough:

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From 9,130 sq. m, MIBF’s exhibit area will be 11,980 sq. m.

The annual fair will have over 100 exhibitors and is anticipating over 150,000 visitors in its five-day run from Sept. 13 to 17. And to help you navigate through the maze you’re going to encounter, here are some few tips:

1. List the books you plan on buying.

And stick to it first. If you’re one of those people who religiously go to MIBF, you already know that there will be discounted book sets and limited edition collectibles. Save the book covers you’re eyeing on your phone gallery, too, to easily spot them on the bookshelves. Prioritize them first before exploring the other isles so you won’t worry you’ll run out of stocks. Also, mind the budget.

2. Grab your own carts and baskets.

Planning on buying a lot? Don’t forget that you can only hand-carry so much, so look for carts and baskets and don’t let go of them.

3. Know that the second floor will be dedicated to children’s and young adult books.

We’ve yet to see the map of the event online, but they’ve specified that this year, the second floor is allotted to children and young adult reads. So be early to get a copy of this precious guide and get to know it really well. Unless you have all the time in the world to lurk around.

4. Plan your MIBF day strategically.

I’m guessing you’re excited to see your favorite authors, be they local or international, in flesh and listen to them talk about their latest novels, and even get your books signed by them. If you only have a day off from work or school, know the schedule of these activities so you’ll know what time to shop and whatnot.

5. Look for an MIBF buddy.

…so you won’t get lost alone. Besides, a trek is better with someone. But if you’re the type of person who prefers and does everything better alone, here’s another tip to compensate: dress comfortably.


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