Earlier today, I went to one of the biggest book fair to be held in the Philippines. I have been looking forward to going to this one because the books are such great deals, considering that it would be 60%-80% less than its original price. If it doesn’t make any bibliophile drool, then I don’t know what is.
The fair is situated in World Trade Center, Pasay City and I went there around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. There were a lot of people, I tell you! It is already the third day of the book sale and I thought it would be less crowded, but boy, I was wrong. I came with a buddy and basically, our strategy is to divide and conquer. The venue, however, is really big and it can be too overwhelming.
Before going there, I already prepared a list of titles and authors of the books that I want to buy but since there is a huge volume of books, I absent-mindedly just get books, read the blurb or synopsis, throw it to the cart if I find it interesting, then repeat. Personally, I found it hard to look for a particular title that I have in mind because the books were not arranged by author. It was, however, arranged by genre but considering that I went there in the afternoon, some books were not in its original place and some are already out of stock. I didn’t mind, though. It was fun and it made me feel like I was on a treasure hunt or something. Also, it is very amusing to stumble upon authors and compelling books that you haven’t heard before.
Apart from that, I found the fair very neat and organized. They provide trolleys and carts and they even have a customer storage area where you can leave or deposit some of the books when your cart is already full so you can make space for some more. I never get to use that, though, since I only bring cash for a few books and the cart that I have is more than enough. Since the prices are cheap, I bagged 9 books for only 1,510php (which is equivalent to about 29 USD)
All in all, I was very pleased and delighted with the experience. A small tip: one day is not enough. That being said, I will come back on the 24th, the second to the last day of the fair, and I hope the experience is a great as what I had today.