September is one of the most awaited month for every book lover out there because it means that it’s time once again for the Manila International Book Fair! The country’s biggest and longest-running book fair will be opening its doors for its 38th year and we’re told that this time it gets even bigger. Find out about this year’s schedules, changes, and what you need to prepare for before the 5-day event comes.
Know the details of the event
This year, MIBF will be from September 13 to 19, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, SM MoA Complex, Pasay City. It’s a 5-day event that will give you a chance to score books at amazing discounts, meet your favorite writers at book signings, enter contests, and so much more!
MIBF just got bigger – literally. This year they surprised us with the announcement that the book fair will occupy both floors of the venue! That’s 11,980 square meters of space in total to accommodate exhibitors, visitors, and other book-related events.
The second floor will be dedicated to children’s books and young adult books. Teens will have more room to roam around and mull over Y.A. novels.
Be familiar with this year’s exhibitors
You’re probably a big fan of MIBF because of the big bookstore names participating with their own discounts. Instead of spending all your time at these already familiar bookstores, try going around the whole venue and see for yourself what the other stalls have to offer.
Check out the list of exhibitors here.
Plan your schedule for the day
The book fair is expecting a visitor count of up to 150,000 this year, not surprising because it has always been an event with huge attendance. Unless you’ve got time to visit every day of the event, you’ll most likely get to visit only once. Plan your schedule so you can make the most out of your time. It’s easy to spend so much time at one exhibit but to maximize your visit, try going around the whole venue at least once.
They also have special events like Little Miss Princess Pageant and cosplay contest Fandom Fest. Check out MIBF’s schedule of special events here.
Save up money
We’re down to 7 days before the first day of MIBF and I’m pretty sure you’re worried about your funds. More dedicated bookworms have probably saved up for it since the beginning of the year. MIBF is no time to window shop! Pay now and cry later! We don’t want you going home with a plastic bag full of regrets.
MIBF also wants to help you go home easier with that haul so use this Uber code for Php 50 off on your first two rides!
Create a list of the things you’re planning to buy
For a more put-together and budgeted visit, write down all the items you plan on buying. MIBF doesn’t only have books in their exhibits; they also have postcards, stationeries, and other school supplies. Knowing what you’re there for makes it easier for you to navigate the crowds.
Score free tickets!
National Book Store’s give away tickets to MIBF 2016
No, MIBF is not a free event but fret not! The tickets aren’t expensive; they’re priced at Php 20. Think of it as a fee you can pay for the maintenance of the whole event. However, if you want a hack for that ticket, many bookstores and publishing houses offer them for free. Fully Booked and National Bookstore usually has free tickets you just have to ask for them at the counters but they run out quickly so better go to the nearest one now!
Adarna House has published free printable tickets and you can check them out here.
Prepare with the right attire
Death Eater at the Harry Potter party at MIBF 2016
It might seem funny but a good OOTD that will keep you comfortable throughout the day should be considered. Aside from the fact that you will look good for those Instagram photos, you also won’t tire from walking around all day. Or you could also go all out and dress up like book characters!
Contact your friends and have fun!
Lastly, call up your squad and have fun. Of course, you won’t let this event go without hanging out with your friends. Besides, it’ll be more fun if you go with fellow bookworms!
Stay updated and visit the official Facebook page of Manila International Book Fair. See you there!
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