Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko: Adarna House

Mama and I went to Adarna House this morning. 

This is for Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko, a library project of PROPharm in partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Well last month, PROPharm won the Coca-Cola Barkadahan Grant Program. Basically, you will propose a project that must be focused on one of the three areas Coke is working on:
  • environmental stewardship
  • education
  • active healthy living
Two of our project proposals won, and one of them is the library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. =)

I don't intend to head this project, because I know that it'll be stressful given that I also have a regular load in school. But then, books are special to me. I love books so much, and I love reading.

In Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko, we will be improving the library of one of the DSWD centers, Haven for Children. We haven't visited the center yet, but our target will be next week, during our enrollment. =)

So, in a library project, you have to have books, of course! While Coke will provide us with money, we intend to use most of it in the actual improvement of the library and also in our outreach program in December. Therefore I contacted sponsors for books. My first priorities are the publishing houses. A few replied, thankfully! And one of them is Adarna House.

Adarna House responded promptly! I was so happy they agreed to give us 5 small books and 5 big books. =)

Thus, the reason why Mama and I went there earlier, to pick up the book donations. =)

Adarna books were introduced to me when I was still in elementary school. I was one of their sukis at the time. =)

 Childhood! That's what I thought when I saw these small books. =)

 I guess they also conduct story telling here?

Cute right? =)

And here are the donated books...

Can't help it. I browsed through them. Haha!

I'm excited for our library project! Oh, and thank you Adarna House! =)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

34th Manila International Book Fair: Photo Diary

I was introduced to the Manila International Book Fair when I was in second year college. My Comm 1 teacher asked us to go to the fair, take some photos and report it to the class. That was the 31st, I think. Since then, it has been my habit to go every year. =)

34th MIBF

The first exhibit I went to was National Bookstore. My first buys were from there too. =)

I wasn't able to buy anything from Philippine Christian Bookstore. =( Always crowded.

matched, crossed, reached

Now this series has always been in my to-buy list. There's already a boxed set but they're hard covers. I'm waiting for the paper back boxed set. =)

And these... I eyed, I considered... but my budget won't allow me! Haha! Perhaps next time. =)


That's all folks!

Solidaridad Book Shop: Independent Book Shop in the Philippines #1

I found out about this book store when my friends and I were on our way to watch Cinemalaya. We were in Padre Faura, and the book display got my attention. At the sight of it, I knew I have to visit this little store soon!

Solidaridad Bookshop is owned by one of the great Filipino authors, F. Sionil Jose. His works include the Rosales Saga novels, Sin, The Feet of Juan Bacnang, Puppy Love, Why We are Poor, Why we are Hungry, and many more.

Aside from F. Sionil Jose’s works, the store also houses literary works of other Filipino authors (Jose Rizal, A.C. Fabian, Nick Joaquin, Lualhati Bautista, Paz Marquez, etc.) 

From love, family, relationship, war, history to politics, Solidaridad bookshop showcases the richness of the Philippine literature and culture. It also carries international classics, and books about philosophy, religion, politics, and Asian culture.

Indeed, this little place is a heaven for book lovers!


Of course, I did not go home empty-handed. Haha! I bought the first book of the Rosales Saga. [EDIT: Here is my review of Po-on: Click here.]


To all Filipino book lovers, I encourage you to visit Solidaridad Bookshop, and explore our country’s story through the eyes of these great Filipino authors.

Good day!



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