• Here comes PH’s biggest book fair

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    The country’s biggest book event is right around the corner: the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), which heads back to the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City from September 11 to 15.

    Now on its 34th year, the MIBF still remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair. It showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature, leisure and academic reading. Everything you need from fiction bestsellers, to textbooks, to graphic novels, and even educational materials are all under one roof.

    Moreover, the MIBF is also the go-to venue for this year’s most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.

    After three decades, it has evolved from an event for the publishing industry and the academe to one of the most-awaited exhibitions for all sorts of readers. The MIBF has become a gathering of sorts for bookworms of all ages and walks of life to celebrate the joys of reading and the knowledge each book brings about. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

    Exhibitors for this year’s MIBF include 702 / DZAS, A – Z Direct Marketing, Inc., Abiva Publishing House, Inc., Academic Book Sales, Inc., Adarna House, Inc., Alpha Stream Marketing, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Asean Book Publishers Association (ABPA), Asia Pacific Publishers Association (APPA), Asia/Pacific Circulation Exponents, Inc., Asiatype Distribution, Inc., Ateneo de Manila University Press, Australian Publishers Association, Bangladesh Publishers & Booksellers Association, Bayard Assumption Media Foundation, Belview Co., Inc., Biblica Publishing & Distribution Foundation, Inc., Book Trends Enterprises, Book Wagon (Pahina, Inc.), Bookware Publishing Corporation, Business Mirror, Business World, C & E Publishing, Inc., Catholic Book Center, CD Books International, Inc., Cengage Learning Asia Pte. Ltd., Central Book Supply, Inc., Christian Growth Ministries, Inc., Christian Literature Crusade, Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc., Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., Consystent Solutions, Inc., Creative Mind Books Center, Cunanan Map House, Diwa Learning Systems Inc., EDCA Publishing & Distributing Corp., Edcrisch International, Inc., Edupower Publishing Corporation, Eknowledge Innovative Solutions, Inc., Elsevier (Singapore), Emerald Headway Distributors, Inc., F & J de Jesus, Inc., Fastbooks Educational Supply Inc., Felta Multi Media, Inc., Filway Marketing, Inc,, Forefront Book Co., Inc., Fujian Publishing Industry Trading Corp., and Fully Booked.

    Also showcasing books and educational materials are Global International Education Link Enterprises Co., Golden Books Services, Inc., Goethe Institut, Goodwill Trading Co., Inc., Goodword Books, Great Books Trading, Grolier Scholastic-Cyclophil Division, Gunnar Lie & Associates Ltd, Happy Science Philippines, Heartshaper/Lighthouse Educational Corporation, High Access Line Phils. Corp., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, IBC Book Consolidators, Inc., IBON Foundation, Inc., Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing Inc., Indonesian Publishers Association, Instituto Cervantes, International Buddhist Progress Society, Japan Book Publishers Association, Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc., Katha Publishing Co., Inc., Korean Publishers Association, Kumon Philippines, Inc., Libtech Source Philippine’s (an affiliate of iGroup), Lighthouse Inspirational Books and Gifts, Inc., Linar Educational Materials, Inc., Logos Publications, Inc., Lyric Piano and Organ Corp., Malaysian Book Publishers Association, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp., Maxcor Publishing House Inc., Megatexts Phil., Inc., Mind Mover Publishing House, Inc., Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Mongolian Printing Association, MSA Group, Inc., National Book Development Board, National Book Foundation, National Book Store, Inc., National Historical Commission of the Phils., New Century Books, Navigator Ministries, Inc., New Day Publishers, OMF Literature Inc., and Overseas Publishers’ Representatives Association of the Philippines (OPRAP).

    Rounding off the list of exhibitors are Paulines, Philippine Bible Society, Philippine Christian Book Store (PCBS)/Philippine Christian Literature, Inc., Philippine Educational Publishers Association, Philmont Academic Solutions, Inc., Phoenix Educational Systems, Inc., Precious Pages Corp., PSICOM Publishing Inc., Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand, Publishers Association of China, Rarebook Enterprises, Reader’s Knowledge Bookstore, Rex Book Store, Inc., Shepherd House Publishers, Inc., Shepherd’s Voice Publications, Inc., Sinag Tala Publishers, Singapore Book Publishers Association, Sri Lanka Publishers Association, St Pauls, Summit Media, The Ramakrishna Society of the Philippines, Inc., Tradewinds Books, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, University of the Philippines Press, UPNG Press and Bookshop, Urantia Book Fellowhip, Vibal Group of Companies, Vietnam Publishers Association, Word & Life Publications, WS Pacific Publications, Inc., Blue Silver and Black Marketing, Conrey Specialty Foods, Inc. & Ehje’s Peanut Butter, Cosmos Bazar Inc., Five Senses Educational Materials, Gentle Star Trading Corporation, Jevzam’s Enterprise, LPI Rack Range Phils. Corp., Mindwerks – The Toy Shoppe, The Brain Audiovisual Corporation, and Valiant Paper Asia-Pacific Corporation.

    Co-located events at the SMX Convention Center will also capture the interest of book fair visitors. The National Conference on Language and Literature is slated on Sept. 10-12, while Educare, a conference on early childhood education, is slated on Sept. 13-14. The Best of Anime 2013 is also slated on Sept. 14-15.

    MIBF is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. 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.

    For details, call 896-0661 or 896-0682, or e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com.

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