The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) might have had to change their plans and delay their event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but just like Santa preparing for Christmas, the annual book fair is now set and ready to bring joy to booklovers this holiday season!
With over 150,000 visitors every year, the MIBF is known to be one of the largest and longest-running annual book fairs in the country. But as a response to protocols and prohibitions amid the pandemic, the 41st edition of MIBF is set to happen virtually starting on November 24-30. (Read: 4 Spiritual Podcasts to Strengthen Your Faith)
“The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a major curveball at event organizers, not just in the Philippines but all around the world. We are disappointed that we cannot hold the Manila International Book Fair on its 41st year as usual, but we are up to the challenge of innovating MIBF and all other future events for the new normal,” said Primetrade Asia, Inc. president Irene Lloren.
If you have been waiting for this year’s MIBF or just looking forward to having a personal online window shopping, here are some of the important things you need to know about the virtual book festival!
MIBF 2020: Registration is a must.
In order to join and gain access to the virtual book fair, event organizers urge everyone to register on the MIBF website. You can do this ahead of time or right before joining. Here’s how:
- Click the registration link to open the Registration page.
- Enter your information and fill out any other required fields, then click register.
- Once you’ve successfully registered, you’ll be redirected to a confirmation page.
MIBF 2020: Big publishers and bookstores await event-goers.
Bookworms are in for a treat because of a wide selection of books from local and international publishers such as ABS-CBN Publishing and Penguin Books. The newest collections and best-selling books from the country’s biggest bookstore chains National Bookstore and Fullybooked also await the event-goers. (Read: Facebook Launches ‘GIF Storybooks’ to Teach Online Safety to Children)
“We completely understand that it will not feel the same as attending the physical MIBF, but we will strive to make this year’s online event as close to it as possible. And when you come back to our physical event, hopefully by next year, we will bring you an MIBF that is stronger and better than before,” Lloren added.