First day high!
I challenged myself that I would go to the first day of the 33rd Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). For the last few years, I have been going on any day except the first day. This year, I wanted to do something different. Plus I wanted to see the difference. And what differences I saw!
To be frank, I was expecting a big crowd since today is the first day, which basically meant a race for those rare and only-one-in-the-stock books. But there weren’t that many people there. If there was a group that I was wary of, it was a line of chubby and cute pupils from a private school. They looked so nice in their uniforms but I didn’t take a picture of them, least I be suspected as a pedo.
Since there’s a wider variety of books (as opposed to the selection that would be in the coming days), it’s understandable to see a lot of shutterbugs. And they took advantage of the space afforded by the not-so populated place. Plus it’s likelier that the books could be photographed before they were touched by people.
One more thing I realized is that it was quieter today. There were programs going on both floors but they weren’t the games, quizzes, and speeches that usually happen in the later days.
Plus, I also got freebies and prizes!
Well, I have always walked away with free magazines but this is the first time that I got bookmarks, “poster,” and utility keepers. And I would’ve gotten more had I been more patient in lining up for the cashier.
Lugging around a heavy haul is tiring. And so I gave up after a couple of hours, even though I haven’t toured the whole place. I fear I would buy more than I could bring home.
But before leaving, I decided to pass by Swensen’s. It’s been almost a year now since I raced to be one of the first 100 customers. And I have yet to use my card for a free scoop.
Once home, I was asked if I’d be able to actually read all of them. I’ll do what I could.