Friday, September 13, 2013

34th Manila International Book Fair : It's Raining Book Authors!

Wazzup Pilipinas!

When you see a guy who forms the letter C with his hand, you'll know immediately that he is motivational speaker and book author Chinkee Tan. Well.... aside from the huge name on his jacket that says Chink+, but only if you were observant enough,  his face is just too familiar not to be recognized by real book lovers.

Chinkee Tan was just one of the famous Filipino writers that were present at the 34th Manila International Book Fair now being held at the SMX Convention Center until the 15th of September.

Congratulations to Primetrade Asia and all the rest of the organizers and other groups responsible for organizing another successful book fair which was able to bring to the book-loving public several amazing books at discounted and sale prices, plus a meet and greet photo ops with our favorite book authors.

What I appreciate the most is the opportunity to meet a lot of popular and well-respected authors all in one roof, most of them guesting a booth all at the same day (Whew!). Some booths even have an hourly schedule of book authors visiting and signing books for their fans (OMG!). I wanted to personally see the other authors for myself  as well so I was going back and forth from one boot to another (starstruck and greedy....hehehe).

Being part of media, I get to have an excuse to ogle and lurk at the popular personalities and impressive showcase of books and booths without people thinking I'm some kind of pervert or obsessed fan.

 Leah Marasigan Darwin with  her books "Yes! Pastor's Wife Ako" and "The 10 Commandments for Choosing God's Best"

  Maloi Salumbides with her book "Refreshment for the Race"

 Joey Umali with his book "Unli Rice"

 Bessie Rios with her books "Memo ni Mommy" and  "Ang Nanay Kong Titser"

 Evelyn Ramos Pajaron with Teodulfo Fajaron with their book " Parenting Teens"

 Samuel J. Alibrando with son and their book "Nature is Always Talking"

Dr. Luis Gatmaitan (Lagot! Baka May Lepto sa Baha!) and Grace Chong (White Shoes) with their book illustrators.

 Aril Daine, Alesana Marie, Haveyouseenthisgirl, and A.B. Castueras (in no respective order)

Nikki Karenina, Marione Ashley, Luna King and Nikki Del Rosario

Special thanks to Miss Maloi Salumbides for being the only one among the many writers who actually insisted to have a picture taken with her. While the other authors were all eager and willing to pose for the camera, Miss Maloi was surprisingly different. She was even the one who requested somebody else (a total stranger) to take our picture together.  She didn't even know I was part of media. I am truly blessed to have met her!

The book fair started last September 11 with always a long queue of book lovers, collectors, educators and enthusiasts - each and every day even as early as 8 am. ...and once the doors of the fair opens, it's almost like seeing a swarm of bees all hurriedly searching for the prime pollen and its nectar, all sweet and juicy, ready for the picking from the flowers that are actually a gathering of many book vendors and distributors.

Even after all the slashed prices on their books, it's still impossible to buy everything I want without breaking the bank. So I tried my very best not to be tempted in buying everything I saw at the fair.

But I guess for these teens who waited patiently in line at the Meet and Greet booths, and bought at least half a dozen of books out from their school allowances, it's all worth the time and effort to meet their fave authors. It's not everyday you get to have your book signed by your idol.

Other book authors scheduled to attend the event for book signing are : RJ Ledesma, Ambeth Ocampo, Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper, Ricky Lee, Noreen Capili, Bibiano Fajardo, Queena Lee-Chua and Scott Lee-Chua, Rosario Cruz and Kajo Baldisimo, Bebang Siy, Pol Medina Jr., and a lot more!!!

Drop by the SMX Convention Center now!

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