Join us for a day full of books and exciting activities! Anvil Publishing will be celebrating International Book Day on April 21 at the Día del Libro to be held at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City. Enjoy a discount of 20% off on our books, plus get a free rose for every purchase.
Catch our authors for a storytelling, a book launch, and book signing activities.
At 11:00 AM, there will be a storytelling about Duck and Croc, a children’s book about an unlikely friendship, by Kooky Tuason and Marty Tengco of the collective, Romancing Venus, to be held at the main stage. Afterwards, Robert Magnuson, the author of Duck and Croc, will be signing books at the Anvil Publishing booth. Czech Republic Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, Jr., will be signing books, including his latest release, Agos: Modern European Writers in Filipino, at 1:00 PM at the Anvil Publishig booth. At 2:00 PM, authors Ambeth Ocampo (author of “The Looking Back” series, Pierra Calasanz-Labrador (author of Dear Universe), and Yvette Fernandez (author of Life is Good) will be respectively signing their books at the booth.
Meanwhile, Ramon Vilaró Giralt, internationally published Spanish writer, launches his latest book, Mabuhay: A Historical Travel Narrative. Mabuhay maps out the temporal and geographic history of the Philippines, where every place shapes the narrative of a curious voyager as he unearths the history of the land and grows ever more connected to its people, from humble small-town residents to internationally renowned figures. This is the Philippines through the eyes of a uniquely positioned observer, a Spanish traveler–a stranger by all accounts, yet one so intimately familiar with Filipino history and culture. The book launch will be held on 3:00 PM, at the Instituto Cervantes Library.
Featured in our booth is a listening hub where visitors can listen to a teaser of the first-ever locally published audio obok, Dear Universe. Special thanks to Promate.
Instituto Cervantes, the cultural arm of the Embassy of Spain, also has tons of exciting activities in store.
Thousands of books will be gathered around its premises in the Ayala Triangle. As in previous years, Día del Libro will feature top bookstores and publishing houses that will be selling a wide array of books at a 20% discount. Following the tradition in Spain, every book purchase would entitle one to a free rose.
Apart from the book market, visitors to Día del Libro will be treated to poetry recitals, free Spanish classes, book presentations, street art to commemorate de 200 years of Prado Museum, games, as well as activities for the children.
One of the main features of the day will be a free concert by the Manila Symphony Orchestra. The “Concierto en el parque”, scheduled at 5:30pm, will feature classical pieces from the Spanish and Filipino repertoire.
After an enthusiastic reception by Makati citizens in 2016 and 2017, the Pop-up Library “The Book Stop” comes back to Ayala Triangle. The project, designed by WTA Architecture & Design Studio, is a non-profit library for the entire community, where visitors can interact in lively discussions with fellow readers and share their love of books, borrow volumes for free and exchange books.
Instituto Cervantes is challenging visitors to join a Quixotic attempt: to copy Don Quixote de La Mancha by hand. Among the events organized by Instituto Cervantes to commemorate the Day of Miguel de Cervantes is the Rewriting of Don Quijote. The Spanish cultural center is in search of 500 book-loving volunteers to take part in a “Quixotic” endeavor: to hand-write Cervantes’ novel. The final hand-written book will be deposited in the Library of Instituto Cervantes. People interested in taking part of the writing of Don Quijote can join on the same day with no prior registration. Participants in the handwriting chain will receive a rose.
Día del Libro is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, in collaboration with Ayala Land, the Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (AECID), La Liga, The Book Stop – WTA Architecture & Design Studio, Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC), One Meralco Foundation, Turkish Airlines, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain, National Bookstore, Anvil, Diamond Hotel, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Eunic Philippines, the National Book Development Board, Editorial Sial Pigmalión, and the best Manila bookstores.
Admission to all Día del libro activities is FREE on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. For more information, please call 5261482 or visit http://manila.cervantes.es orwww.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila. Instituto Cervantes de Manila is at Ayala Tower One & Philippine Stock Exchange Tower Plaza, Ground Floor, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue, Makati.