• Stars shine in books too


    Manila International Book Fair carries celeb titles
    Catching up on celebrities’ lives seems to be the Philippines’ collective guilty pleasure, and a great way to do this is to read some of their writings on actual books.

    Yes, the stars have begun to shine in publishing to, which is why the ongoing 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is featuring the bestselling “artista” authored books through its run on September 20. Held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, the annual MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading, including bestselling novels, textbooks, as well as stationery and school supplies.

    The MIBF is also the go-to event for this year’s biggest book launches, signings, contests, dialogues with readers, and other literary events.bianca20150918

    The MIBF lists down some of the hottest releases for those who want to read what the stars have to say.

    Paano Ba Ito? by Bianca Gonzalez (2014, One Mega Group). TV host Bianca Gonzales describes Paano Ba Ito as a memoir of sorts. It is also an advice book on love, self-confidence, etc. Gonzales has invited celebrity friends such as TV host Ramon Bautista, news reporter Atom Araullo, and actress Iza Calzado to answer some of the questions sent to her in the book.

    Dear Alex, Break Na Kami. Paano? Love, Catherine by Alex Gonzaga (2014, ABS-CBN Publishing). Calling it a break-up survival guide, Dear Alex delves into what to do after a huge heartbreak and what to do while waiting for the right one. Alex says that her sister Toni’s engagement inspired her to write a book on waiting for the right one. The book is laced with personal insights on singleness, as well as the Biblical principles the Gonzaga sisters grew up with.

    judy-ann20150918Judy Ann’s Kitchen by Judy Ann Santos (2015, Anvil Publishing). Juday has long had a passion for cooking, so “Judy Ann’s Kitchen” has been a longtime dream of hers. The book features family recipes, as well as some favorites by the Agoncillo kids, including recipes for cakes, their Instagram-famous recipe for “Dirty Breakfast” and succulent prime rib.

    Stupid is Forever and Stupid is Forevermore by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (2015, ABS-CBN Publishing). Aside from her wit on the Senate floor, Sen. Miriam Santiago is also best known for her jokes, particularly on politics and love. She has compiled some of her most amusing quotes in Stupid is Forevermore, the follow up to her bestseller Stupid is Forever. The book is also rife with some of her “pick-up lines”, a hit especially amongst the youth.

    Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo by Ramon Bautista (2012, PSICOM). One of the most universal topics is love, especially unrequited love. Radio DJ and host Ramon Bautista discusses this in his book through answers about love submitted on his Formspring account. It’s divided into 10 chapters, each discussing a particular issue such as long-distance relationships and making the first move.

    He-Can-Catch-You-When-You-Fall20150918He Can Catch You When You Fall by Miriam Quiambao (2014, Church Strengthening Ministry). Beauty queen Miriam Quiambao has experienced celestial heights such as winning Miss Universe, and crushing lows such as a painful divorce. In He Can Catch You When You Fall, Miriam tells all of these in detail and how her life has changed since becoming a born again Christian.

    Playing with Pink Parts by RJ Ledesma (2013, Anvil Publishing). Former The Manila Times Lifestyle columnist RJ Ledesma discusses two of his favorite topics: love and sex, in his signature quick wit and humor. It also delves into the spiritual side with interviews with mystics on gayuma and love spells.

    8 Ways to Comfort with Grace by Rita Avila (2008, St. Pauls Publishing). Actress Rita Avila has experienced one of the worst fears any parent could have: the death of her son, Jesu. She has learnt to deal with the pain of losing a child and compiled everything she has learned in her book. The book highlights how to approach people dealing with grief and how to help recover from traumatic experiences or losses.

    besties20150918Besties by Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson (2015, ABS-CBN Publishing). Glamorous celebrity best friends Solenn and Georgina Wilson give readers a peek into their stylish and jet-set life. There are also tips about a variation of topics such as love, friendship, beauty, fitness, and food.

    Make Your Nanay Proud by Boy Abunda (2014, ABS-CBN Publishing). If there’s one person that’s all about putting a smile on their mother’s face, it would be talk show host Boy Abunda. The Make Your Nanay Proud movement ambassador has released a book featuring 80 stories from people from different walks in life—from celebrities to politicians to ordinary folk—about how their mother helped them achieve their goals and how they are paying it forward now. Boy states that the book is simply a celebration of mothers and the love and sacrifice they give to their children.

    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.


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