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LOOK: First day of the Manila International Book Fair 2019

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2019 01:17 AM | Updated as of Sep 12 2019 10:13 PM

The biggest and longest running book fair in the country opened its doors on September 11 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), now on its 40th year, has over 100 exhibitors with both big bookstore chains and independent publishers well-represented. 

Aside from books, MIBF also offers plenty of activities such as book signing events, lectures, workshops, and storytelling sessions. 

The fair also gathers educators, advocates, students, and others for talks on various topics.

This year’s MIBF also has something for pop culture fans as it brings back POP HOB: Comic Splash x Fandom Fest Vol 2. 

The book fair runs until September 15.

Here are some scenes from the first day of the MIBF:

Long lines and carts filled with books are a common sight at the MIBF. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A visitor reads inscriptions on a statue of Lord Ganesh, one of the statues on display at the Manila International Book Fair. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Plenty of counters and an organized payment system make paying a breeze for fair-goers. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People look at a computer terminal at the book fair. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Books aren’t the only things on display at the MIBF as a skeleton replica catches the attention of a young girl. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A man looks at a maps during the Manila International Book Fair held at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City on September 11, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People rummage through large stacks of books at the fair looking for specific titles to take home. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

English and Filipino are not the only languages represented in the MIFB as there are plenty of books to help people learn other languages. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A couple looks at a photo by the science display at the MIBF. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A man looks around a display at the MIBF. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News