We Know Where You Can Treat Your Bookworm Hearts on International Book Day
by Jace Amodo, April 17, 2019 3:50pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Bibliophiles and literature enthusiasts will once again gather at Día del Libro (International Book Day), happening on April 27, 10 am to 10 pm at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City.
Organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Día del Libro carries the same purpose as most book fairs: give book lovers a chance to haul discounted reads from top bookstores and publishing houses in the country. Aside from the open house, the event offers unique pocket activities such as stripped concert and poetry recitals.
Last year, 500 volunteers took on the "Quixotic" challenge and tried their hand on copying a few sentences from one of Cervantes' novel. The output was then deposited to the Library Miguel Hernandez of Instituto Cervantes. Now, Día del Libro is looking for 70 participants to make another history by reciting a line from Jose Rizal's Mi último adiós at the event proper, to be recorded, compiled, and immortalized online.
There will also be live art exhibitions from local artists, fun games such as a mini football (perfect for kids and kids-at-heart!), and a stripped Spanish-Filipino-themed concert. Grubs and drinks will be available, so you got energy for a full day of festivities.
Día del Libro is part of the celebration of the National Literature Month, where concerned agencies and private institutions show how Philippine literature, written in different Philippine languages, is associated with the history and cultural legacy of the country. Don't forget your free rose after a book purchase!
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.