The Manila International Book Fair is happening this week and I am excited. I may have not saved up as much money as I’d hope to but, I still have a few more days to save as much as I can and I to motivate me with my saving, I listed the down the books that I want to buy this year:

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This book has been on my wishlist ever since it got released. I’ve been trying to get my hands on a copy of this book but every time I try, something happens. It’s either I don’t have enough money or the book or the store I am in doesn’t have a copy of the book. This book is definitely on the top of my list and I will do everything to get my hands on a copy of it.

2. Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

I feel a bit bittersweet whenever I read a Ned Vizzini book. He’s writing is so relatable and contemporary that it consoles me but once I finish the book, I feel a certain sadness since I know that there will never be new Ned Vizzini books in the future. He’s only written a few books and I vow to read all of them which is why I want to buy Be More Chill.

3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I feel like a total loser. The movie adaptation of this book is coming out this week and I still haven’t read it yet. It’s not because I’m not interested enough but rather because I feel the need to read the physical version of the book. From what I’ve heard, it seems like it’s an amazing book and I think I wouldn’t do it justice if I would opt for the ebook version. There are just some books that are worth reading and buying.

4. Catcher in Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’m not really into the classics but I really want to be. Catcher in the Rye has been on my book wishlist for about two years already. There’s so much controversy surrounding the book that it intrigues me. It want to know what’s the fuss all about. I feel like I’m decades late but nevertheless, I still want to read this book.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another classic read that really intrigues me. It’s been featured in many books and even movies, that it fascinates me. The first time I heard of the book was when I was reading the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I just feel something really good about this book, I don’t know what it is but I hope that what I feel isn’t wrong.

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All the best to everyone,



Manila International Book Fair

It was so overwhelming. Before I went, Ive already prepared a long list of books I wanted but I didnt expect to find almost everything on my list.

It stressed me out tbh.

It stressed me out that I couldnt buy everything. Especially seeing the stock of Irvine Welsh and Charles Bukowski titles. Whenever I go to the bookstore to find books from those authors I always end up unsuccessful but here they are at the book fair piles and piles of them at the national bookstore aisle. They were holding them out from me! And now that they were just inches away from me I was so frustrated that I couldnt buy as much as I wanted. Its like Ive been deprived.

What really made my day was when I found a copy of Daniel Handler’s Adverbs. Ive been looking for that book since I was 16 when I learned that my favorite author, Lemony Snicket was actually a fictional character made by the man behind that pseudonym, Daniel Handler. That information ruined my life, and ever since that day Ive been trying to find books by Daniel Handler but they’re so hard to stumble upon, it took me this long to finally get a hold of a copy of Adverbs. The only other time I saw a copy of this book was in the library back at college and I really wanted to steal it.

Now that I have a copy of my own, I can finally die happy. And yes it is highly likely that I will die next to a pile of books Ive been meaning to read.

My 35th Manila International Book Fair Haul

The Manila International Book Fair is an annual event that I look forward to every year. It’s an event where bibliophiles can score books for a lower price. I usually save as much money as I can even months before the book fair and ban myself from buying books because it would save me a lot of cash if I would buy books at the fair. And the more money I save means the more books I can buy. 

I was feeling kinda sad this year because I wasn’t able to save as much as I hoped but, after the fair I was happy with what I was able to purchase. Here’s the books I was able to buy:

1. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Original Price: 599 Pesos

Discounted Price: 75 Pesos

I didn’t plan on buying this book, but when I saw the price of it, I couldn’t put it down. I am quite a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s work, so I immediately convinced myself that this book is worth buying.I don’t even know why the price was marked down so low. This book was just published last year and this copy is still in excellent condition. Total steal!

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Original Price: 399 Pesos

Discounted Price: 320 Pesos

I wanted to buy this book months ago but I just couldn’t save enough money for it. All of my friends have been telling me how great this book is and that it’s totally worth the buy so this was a total must on my to-buy-list. The movie adaptation of this book is already out, but I will not watch it until I finish reading this.

3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Original Price: 215 Pesos

Discounted Price: 172 Pesos

There’s so much controversy surrounding this book that it intrigues me. It may have been published decades ago but it seems like the effect that it has on people hasn’t dwindled a bit. I can’t wait to read this.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Original Price: 215 Pesos

Discounted Price: 172 Pesos

Another classic that intrigues me. It has been mentioned in a lot of movies and books that it makes me wonder what all the hype of this is about. Can’t wait to read this.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Original Price: 99 Pesos

Discounted Price: 79 Pesos

This book wasn’t originally on my wishlist but whenever I would think of the classics, this books pops into my mind. There was actually piles of classic novels in the book fair and all of them was priced just at 79 Pesos!! I wanted to grab as much as I could but sadly I was on a budget so I only could afford to buy one.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Original Price: 425 Pesos

Discounted Price: 340 Pesos

I’ve been eyeing this book ever since it came out last year and I am so happy to finally get my hands on a copy of it! This will be the first book I’ll read once the semester is over which will be in a couple of weeks :)

7. Movie Icons: De Niro

Original Price: 549 Pesos

Discounted Price: 100 Pesos

I am a huge Robert De Niro fan. He’s such a great actor. I found this book while I was scouring the bargain table of the National Bookstore booth. I simply could not let this book go. It’s a collection of all of his movies plus it’s printed in full color. I need to watch all of the movies listed in this book.

The 34th Manila International Book Fair

1. Angela and I had a lot of catching up to do, but because of the heavy school works, we planned to have a date set after the Buwan ng Wika activity at school. Exactly after that, there’s the MIBF on going so we decided to go there!!

2. We met at MCDO Olivarez on a Sunday, Angela and her parents picked me up there. We had a drive-thru breakfast on the car + talked about the yay and nay on school and college stuff with the help of her parents!!

3. Got to SMX just as it opened and we were in awe of the sale and books. Angela got the newly designed Harry Potter books and I got some novels from Fullybooked. I also got this book called “The Filipino is Worth Blogging For” from the UP Publishing. I found it really cool and it was an ultimate good buy!

4. After 3-4 hours of staying in there, we decided to meet her parents and ate lunch at Teriyaki Boy.

5. After having lunch, we decided to roam around the mall but bought nothing for ourselves. To all our kwentuhan, it felt like MOA’s such a little place because we can’t find a place to go already.

6. We decided to go to Fullybooked, got a book, sat on the floor and talked even more. We even tried to take pictures because we had none since the morning because we were very busy eyeing the books and sharing stories, but a staff saw us so yeah.. let’s just get back to talking.

7. Went back to the parking and drove home. When we were on the car, we realized that we had no pictures taken because of how busy we were catching up and checking out the books. Had a really fun Sunday!

Manila Book Fair and Wattpad User Meetup

Kumusta!  Last week was Manila International Book Fair.  On September 12, the Wattpad team organized a panel discussion and a book signing / photo booth session.  Then on September 14, we organized an official Wattpad User Meetup, our second in Manila in as many years.  Kristel and I were on the ground with Maria and other team members supporting us from Wattpad HQ. 

This year’s event was beyond our wildest imagination.  1,000 RSPV’ed to come to our session on September 12.  We never expected this!  Although our fans were very organized and orderly, we scrambled to hire 10 security guards to help us direct the traffic as the maximum capacity was only 250!

Here are some pictures:

The Wattpad celebrities (left to right: Denny (HaveYouSeenThisGirL), Louisse (fallenbabybubu), Ciara (Seeyara), Janelle (Green Writer), Mercy mercy_jhigz) were getting ready for the panel.

After the panel, we setup a bench for book signing.  There was a long line up during the entire 2 hours.  One of the security guards came over and told me that her girlfriend is a big Wattpad fan.  She was so jealous that he could come :-)  Some fans were telling me that they skipped work to come here (remember it was a weekday). 

Some fans were extremely excited!

We also setup photo booths for fans to take pictures with their favourite writers.

The picture looks awesome, doesn’t it?  All the pictures are available for download here.

Kristel and I also took some pictures with Denny and other writers.

Not too far away from our area was PSICOM’s booth.  PSICOM published quite a few Wattpad stories on paper.  Pretty much all the books you see here originated from Wattpad.

National Bookstore’s booth was also nearby.  National Bookstore is the largest bookstore chain in Philippines.  In the Book Fair, they had the biggest booth among all exhibitors.  Guess which book they showcased right at their entrance?  As you can see, a huge stack of Denny’s “Diary ng Panget” (with Dan Brown’s Inferno in the background)!  It is almost certain that Diary ng Panget will become THE best selling book in Philippines this year.  Diary ng Panget has also been adapted to comics.  A movie based on this story will come out on Valentine’s day as well.

After a very successful panel and book signing session on September 12, we turned our focus to our Wattpad User Meetup on September 14.  The venue was conveniently located at one of the function rooms in the SMX Convention Centre (where the Book Fair was held).  The function room was fairly big with enough room for 300 people.  We thought it would be enough but we were so wrong.  The day before the meetup we had well over 400 people RSVP’ed.  At the end 620 Wattpadders showed up, which made this the largest Wattpad User Meetup ever.  

Because of the unexpected crowd, we ran out of food (really sorry) but our fans were very forgiving.  

Next year, we might have to rent the arena next door :-)


Here are some pictures:


The meetup was about to start.  Wattpadders were still coming in.

Our ambassadors did an amazing job in organizing the meetup.

Some users brought the paper version of their Wattpad profiles to the meetup to identify themselves.

One of the Wattpadders gave me this thank you letter.  I should be the one saying THANK YOU!

More signing sessions …..

Long line up here.

This is an amazing picture I took from my camera when all the Wattpad celebrities were on stage with Kristel and me.  If you are in the picture, please send me the pictures you took as I don’t have any!

And finally, this video is just epic!  If you have problem watching it, here is the link.

Salamat!  The Wattpad team will see you next year!


The 33rd Manila International Book Fair was held at the SMX Convention Center last September 12-16. All the bookworms united and did their thing in this event. I actually planned to go to this fair on the 12th but I don’t know who I’ll go with so I waited until Saturday instead. But then the typhoon became an hindrance to feed my thirst for books. My mom, siblings, and I went to the fair last Sunday, September 16.

Because of this event, I became aware of how many people really are addicted to books. It’s heartwarming. I don’t really know a lot of people who lives in the bookworm world as well. I also noticed how a lot of book stores existed aside from the famous NBS, and the like. Although I felt a bit bored because there’s no one to accompany me, I mean, a friend, er, I hope you get my point. Plus, it’s really crowded. Overall, it’s a nice event!

Congratulations! You won free Manila International Book Fair Passes!

I’m pleased to announce the winners of free Manila International Book Fair Passes. Here’s the list of the winners I have randomly chosen using Random.org randomizer (Name, @TwitterUsername):

  1. Cyril dela Cruz @cyrildlcrz
  2. Avie Gutierrez @aviegutierrez
  3. Booki Vivatnamongkon @thebookiv
  4. Dreamer Magbuhos @DreamerMagbuhos
  5. Aiah Javier @AiahPJ
  6. Mae Faith Ugates @yoogeyts
  7. Irene IV @iyeebata
  8. Paul Quin-alien @babyconqueror
  9. shadowtribute @GuevarraAnna
  10. PJ Giray ‏@prinsipemo
  11. Angelique David @anj_david20
  12. Cheska Harabe @chechemonstar
  13. Hazel @YourHazelnut
  14. heroine lecter @pattiofgondor
  15. Ella Dionisio @RhazelElla
  16. Brian Spencer @xyberbrian
  17. Gail Zabala @gaaiilzzz
  18. Princess Dawn Rollon @dawnieroll
  19. Lira Correos @twistedlira
  20. Hana Ras @hanarassie
  21. Mia Catapang @Mia_Claire_
  22. Bradetta Vines @Bradetta
  23. Hana Ras @hanarassie
  24. Denisa Mertiri @LittleMinny2012
  25. Vivien Bernardino @vivbernardino
  26. Aster Calma @ASTERrifique
  27. Lady Catherine @Ivy_Catherine
  28. Jess Lapenna @_JLapenna
  29. Charry Clark @unitatooooo
  30. Mae Faith Ugates @yoogeyts
  31. Joey Panghulan @oeyy
  32. Marian Rodriguez @marianjenica
  33. Lucy_Lo @Anit0317
  34. Mae @jaeddict
  35. Christine Jagurin @christinejags
  36. Hazel Grace @hazetee
  37. Cariza Opana @paperantlers
  38. Pauline Mica Monzon @pamihira
  39. elizabeth stonem @wimpykim
  40. artekotalaga @artekotalaga1

Important: Kindly confirm by sending me an e-mail at archie@bookmania.me until September 10, 2013 for you trace number. Your slot will turn invalid if you lose your trace number. I’m sorry!

BUT anyway, You may claim your tickets from Fully Booked Trinoma branch starting September 7 (Saturday) by presenting the trace number I’ll be sending you at your e-mail. See you guys at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City!

Thanks for your participation! I have more surprises for everyone in the coming weeks!