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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The 26th Manila International Book Fair

From Manila Bulletin

The biggest names and upcoming players in the publishing, education and information technology industries are set to gather anew for the 26th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) and the 2nd Learning and Information Technology (LEARN IT) Fair.

The MIBF and LEARN IT Fair celebrate books and learning at a truly world-class venue, the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Roxas Blvd., on Aug. 31 – Sept. 4.

With the theme "It’s Hip to Read!" the MIBF once again unites local and foreign publishers, wholesalers, retailers, book lovers and collectors, librarians, authors, publishers’ representatives, and every major player in the publishing industry in its continuing efforts to promote books and reading.

The LEARN IT Fair showcases the infinite uses of computers and other gadgets as learning tools. With the theme "So cool to learn IT at WTC!" it unites educational and training institutes, multi-media and software distributors, language centers, tutorial centers and every player in the education and IT industries.

Last year, the MIBF and LEARN IT Fair drew thousands of visitors in their five-day run. This year, the fair is set to attract even more participants and visitors from all over the Philippines.

The MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of printed works: literature, textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children’s books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hardtofind titles, magazines, audio and e-books, teaching supplies and services, publishers’ technology, and travel materials.

In its 26 years, the MIBF has been instrumental in promoting books and literacy by giving publishers a venue to discuss and develop books, promote new titles and authors, and improve the quality of published works.

The MIBF will promote good reading habits through fun activities like quiz shows, storytelling sessions, art and crafts workshops, and seminars. Various publishers will launch new titles and host book signings with the country’s most respected authors.

The MIBF also hosts two of the most prestigious awards in the Philippine literary scene: the Gintong Aklat Awards and the National Book Awards.

Showcasing a huge number of books and learning materials are A-Z Direct Marketing, Abiva Publishing House, Academic Book Sales, Adarna House, Alexan Commercial, Anvil Publishing, Asia-Pacific Circulation Exponents, Asian Books / A Different Bookstore, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Phils., Buddhist Light International Association / International Buddhist Progress Society, C & E Publishing, CD Books International, Christian Literature Crusade, Church Strengthening Ministry, Claretian Communications, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Cyclophil Educational Promotion / Grolier International, De La Salle University Press, Diwa Learning Systems, Edcrisch International, Elsevier, Emerald Headway Distributors, F & J de Jesus, Felta Multi-Media, Filway Marketing, Forefront Book Co., Fujian Publishing Industry Trading Corp., Fully Booked.

Also present at the fair are Gentle Star Trading Corp., Global Learning Media Corp., Golden Books Services, Goodwill Bookstore, Gunnar Lie & Associates Ltd., High Access Line Phils. Corp., IBC Infotech, I-Group (Asia-Pacific) Phils., Ibon Foundation, Info Ed marketing Corp., John Wiley & Sons (Asia), Kraftek trading, Lighthouse Bookstore, Linar Education Materials, Logos Publications, McGraw-Hill IFI (Phils.), Megatexts Phil., Mind Mover Publishing House, National Bookstore, National Historical Institute, New Day Publishers, Net Magazine Distributor (Newsweek), OMF Literature, Pahina, Inc. / Book Wagon, Paulines Publishing, Pearson Education Asia, Philand Industries, Philippine Bible Society, Phoenix Educational Systems, Powerbooks, Precious Pages, Psicom Publishing.

Rounding out the list of exhibitors are Rarebook Enterprises, Rex Book Store, Roman Instructional media Resources, SinagTala Publishers, SIBS Publishing House, St. Pauls, Straightlines International, Summit Publishing, TLFA Marketing Services, Tahanan Pacific, The Bookmark, The Catholic Book Center, Thomson Learning Phils., University of the Philippines Press, UST Publishing House, Vibal Publishing House, WS Pacific Publications, Word & Life Publications, Word of Joy Foundation, and World Health Organization.

The 26th Manila International Book Fair and 2nd LEARN IT Fair are organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. The MIBF is organized in partnership with Asian Catholic Publishers, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines. It is supported by the Philippine Educational Publishers Association, Book Exporters Association of the Philippines, and the Christian Booksellers Association – Philippine Chapter.

For details e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com


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