List Of Awesome: Things To Do To Make MIBF A Fulfilling Experience

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Today, I attended the 34th Manila International Book Fair! Since it’s my second time to take part in MIBF, I decided to share my wisdom (Ha!) on how you can make your experience an enjoyable one!

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is the time of year when Filipinos of all ages and walks of life come together for the love of books. Now on its 34th year , the MIBF remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair with the largest and most varied collection of literature. Apart from great reads at affordable prices, the MIBF also showcases special events for readers. (Source)

1. Be prepared for the madness.

The MIBF only happens once a year so it can get pretty crazy. If it’s your first time to attend, I suggest you ready yourself! I’ve made a list of things you’ll need to equip yourself for MIBF! (Ha. I just made a list within a list. *flips hair*)

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MIBF Must-Haves:
» Ticket/s – You’ll need these to enter! If you haven’t gotten one from your local bookstore, Adarna House is giving away free tickets! You just have to print this sheet and you’re ready to go!
» Money – How else are you going to buy all the awesome books?
» Tote Bag – If you’re planning to hoard books, you’ll need a spare tote bag to stack your goodies in. Most shops use paper bags for purchases and trust me, you do not want to experience having your books fall to the floor in the middle of an isle full of people when your paper bag gets torn. (This totally happened to me and it was downright embarrassing.) If not, bring one regardless cos you most likely will not be able to control your *grabby hands* and still end up hoarding books anyway.
» Shoes – Unless you want to have achy feet, make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
» List of books you want to buy – I strongly suggest you write a list of books, especially if you’re looking to buy specific titles. It’s easy to forget which you actually want when you’re around so many books.

If you’re armed with these, you are very much ready for a productive MIBF! But if you’re aiming for something more than just productive, if you want to make it fun, do read on.

2. Go crazy.


When you get past those MIBF doors, it’s pretty much impossible not to go insane! I mean, you’re practically in a sea of books! SO GO DIVE IN! Unleash your inner book geek! Sniff all those paperbacks and hardbacks! Run around like a mad person with your arms raised and your tongue out! (Okay don’t do that. The authorities probably won’t like it.) But seriously, just go crazy!

3. Shop, shop, shop!


Isn’t that what you came for? If it isn’t, shop anyway! It’s your opportunity to score discounted books! Grab a basket or a trolley and go buy the books you want, need and crave! Aside from the variety of books available, you can buy other stuff- maps, sheet music, bookmarks, pens, notebooks, memo pads, etc! There are so many bargains, deals and offers to choose from!

4. Bring your friends!


Going to MIBF with your friends in tow is definite way to enjoy MIBF! You’ll be able to swoon over all the book beauties together! they can help you choose what to buy, when you’re unable to decide. Even better, you can ask them to lend you some moolah when you run out (very likely), unless of course they run out of money as well (very likely too). But hey, you guys can get broke together! Totally fun!

If your friends can’t make it (boohoo), make new ones! Approach a random person. Chances are, he or she is as bookish as you. You might even like the same books! MIBF is your chance to meet fellow book lovers! You just might find yourself a new BFF! If not, you can approach the sales people! They are oh-so-friendly! (They might even give you some free stuff if you’re nice!)

5. Walk around and explore!


SMX is huge and you’ll definitely need some intense walking skills to survive and find some goodies. (Look at the bright side- you’re getting some exercise.) Make sure to explore MIBF. I suggest you try and visit most, if not all, the booths. But there are so many and the possibility of getting lost is very high. Check out the MIBF floor plan so you can find your way!

6. Get freebies!


We all love freebies, don’t we? I suggest you watch out for giveaways. There are also contests and raffles for everyone. Test out your luck and join!

7. Take a breather.


As much as the MIBF is awesome, it’s just as exhausting. If you get tired from all the book hunting, you can a.) Just stop for awhile b.) Go outside and breathe some fresh air c.) Go to MOA- which is beside SMX- find a place to settle down or maybe eat. d.) Go relax at Caffe Bene!

I’m glad I stumbled upon the latter. I was so worn out from all the walking and I was already so hungry! Caffe Bene’s menu is a little pricey but it was nice to sit down and chill for a while.

8. Attend the events.


MIBF has so many events in store for us bookworms! Storytelling sessions, poetry readings, book launches, literary awards, and book signings! Check out the MIBF schedule of events here! For NBS events, click the photo below!

9. Just enjoy!

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Note: I am not affiliated with MIBF or any of the shops mentioned above.

Will you be attending this year’s MIBF? Have you attended before? What goodies did you get? Did you find yourself some new friends? Tell me about your experience! Or is it your first time to attend the MIBF? What are you mostly looking forward to? Was this post helpful? Do tell!

Watch out for my MIBF book haul post later!

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Arial on September 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

    While I am not attending MIBF (nor do I live in the Philippines), but I am going to a big book festival soon, so this list was especially helpful! I really liked tip number one. I hadn’t thought of making a list of books I wanted to buy, but now I will! That is such a great idea.

    It definitely sounds like you had fun! I can’t wait to see your book haul!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Oooh, which book festival are you going to? Post pictures!! I already posted my book haul. :) It’s kinda great. ;)

  2. Dems on September 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I attended last year and looking forward to go there this Saturday! :D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Same! Hope you enjoyed, lovely! :)

  3. Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan on September 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Times like this I REALLY wish I lived in the Philippines! I know there’ve been some cool author signings there — and a couple more coming up, if I’m not mistaken — so it makes me so sad that I can’t go, because where I live, no one comes. It’s very sad. But still, thanks for these tips! I might be able to use them for book fairs here, if there’re any.

    P.S. I really, REALLY like your graphic for the “list within the list.” Goshdarnit, I love your whole blog and its design. So pretty! <3 You've got some talent, Hazel!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      It’s kinda awesome that our local bookstore is bringing more and more authors here! I hope yours does too soon! Thank you so much, Megan! Ahhhh, it makes me so happy- hearing these kind of things! <3

  4. Kelley (Another Novel Read) on September 13, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Oh my gosh, what a great post! I LOVE this! MIBF looks so freaking awesome — I’m sure you had an incredible time. And this is all just great advice for anyone going to a book festival, even if it’s not this particular one. (Comfy shoes, list of books, backpack — so important!)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so so much, Kelley! I did enjoy myself. :) Glad to hear my post can be helpful for other book festivals as well! :D

  5. Alise on September 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I agree with the above comment, I wish I could attend! This sounds like the Book Expo of the Philippines :) Awesome tips, I hope everyone has fun there!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Hehe, it’s the biggest thing we have here! While it’s no match to BEA, it’s pretty enjoyable! :)

  6. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA on September 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This looks like a fun time! I don’t know of anything like it near me. I know in the US we have some big book festivals and events, but they’re way too far away for me to attend.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      It was totes fun! Awww, that’s too bad! I hope they have some cool bookish events at your place soon! :D

  7. Precious on September 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This year is actually going to be my first year in MIBF. :) I’m freaking excited o give it a try! :) So thank you so much for the lovely post and tips. I’m sure that I will be enjoying MIBF because of you.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Hope your first time was good! No problem, I love being able to help. :)

  8. Sandra @ Tea Between Books on September 14, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I wish there was a book fair like that close to Edi. There’s this big book festival during summer here but it’s mostly with adlt/ scottish writers and the books are as expensive as in any bookstore. Booo. Glad you had fun!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Awww, not many YA authors? Too bad! Thank you, Sandra! <3

  9. Jasmine @ Flip That Page on September 15, 2013 at 2:13 am

    WOOHOOO for the MIBF!! Okay so I totally just went a while ago, and you know what that means right? I totally just missed you. UGH. NO D: Anyway, I can’t say I really followed all of these points, but I still had fun regardless! But really. Our scheds have to match next time, okay? HAHAHAHA. I didn’t bring a tote bag, so yeah I had a hard time lugging around my books, and it was so crowded too :( I didn’t bring a list either– whatever piqued my interest I just took it. Of course, my wallet was emptied right after, but not until I got to Caffe Bene at least! And I was walking around in heels. Totally comfortable (no, not even sarcastic). I think I got the ‘go crazy’, ‘shop shop shop’ and,’just enjoy’ thing covered OH YES. But I didn’t do freebies, I didn’t even know :)) So anywaaaaay great post Hazel! Hope to see you sometime soon :) Blogger party during Christmas? :>

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      I missed you tooooo. >:(< Yep, next time, ok!!!! Glad to know you enjoyed MIBF, dearie. :) That's why I really opt for weekdays- weekends are crazy crowded! I admire how you're totally comfortable in heels. You gotta teach me how to walk in those torture devices! Hahaha! Thanks, Jasmine!!!! Hopefully, yeah. <3

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  12. Miguel on September 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Ah I love this post! Like you, this is going to be my second time attending the book fair and I’m really excited to hoard all the books! :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2014 at 8:07 am

      This post was from last year so it’ll be my third time attending this year! I hope I get to see you around! :D :D :D

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