Zine Zone: Stores Where We Can Haul Zines Inside Manila
by Maria Romero, January 15, 2019 5:25pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
As far back as history can tell, local zine culture thrived since the good old days of the ‘80s, but it was only until the early ‘00s that this scene saw its turning point. Thanks to the inception of a small press expos like Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX) in 2010. But despite BLTX and other expos like Munzinelupa making special efforts to create safe spaces for different voices, this recess remains underground—therefore only reaching a small niche of an audience.
But there's a zine resurgence now. So, we zoom in to Manila’s local hideouts offering not just books and art supplies, but also zines and everything in between!
2nd Flr. UVLA Store, Unit 64E Cubao Expo, Cubao, Quezon City
Studio Soup is a curated channel of zine distro and library promoting and selling zines, independent publications, and printed materials from their creative circle. Their store is currently run by Camz & Eva (Cave Press) on Mondays through Saturdays from 3 to 7 pm.
Unit 201, Amberland Plaza, San Antonio, Pasig City
Uno Morato is not just a bookstore but a cafe and game house, too! Owned by three writers, it is a hub that celebrates arts and culture. Although small in space, they are proud to be the avenue to make big ideas happen.
123 Pioneer St, Mandaluyong City
artbooks.ph is an independent bookstore dedicated to documenting and promoting Philippine art and culture. This nook has a growing collection of new, previously owned, and out-of-print artists’ books & zines, monographs, and other printed matters. A selection of their books is also available online through their website.
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UP Press Bookstore
De los Santos Street, Diliman, Quezon City
This bookstore is the main bookstore for UP Press Publication that also stores Filipino-authored books and even zines! In November 2018, they opened their newest branch UPper Shelf in UP Town Center. UPper Shelf provides an open space for book-related events like book signings, poetry readings, and meet-and-greets with authors. They are open from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 12 nn and 1 pm to 5 pm.
The CCP Shop by ARCHIVO 1984
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
ARCHIVO 1984 is like an invitation to a private world where art, literature, film memorabilia, OPM, and centuries-old records coexist. This place is perfect for those with an obsessive love for collectibles and vintage objects. They are open on Tuesday thru Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.
Those who say that Manila runs out of spaces where we can loot zines to fuel our artistic passion, obviously don’t know where to look.
We can only hope that as the year progresses, the spines of all the zines will soon hit major bookstores so that more nostalgic hearts can experience the escapism brought by those pieces of paper.
Print may be old and its role may have changed but it's not dead. It continues to live through passionate individuals.
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