1st All-Filipino online bookfair goes live on Shopee this August

All-Filipino Boofair Aklatan
The Book Development Association of the Philippines calls for book lovers to support the first-ever all-Filipino book fair this month. Photo from 2019 MIBF from BDAP Facebook.

The first All-Filipino online bookfair “AKLATAN” is going live mid-August for book lovers!

The Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) is organizing the online event from August 16-18, 2020, to encourage Pinoy readers to support local writers and publishers.

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“Watch out for the first-ever, All-Filipino online bookfair, AKLATAN on Shopee from August 16-18, 2020,” BDAP said on its Facebook post.

The bookfair will be held online via the virtual marketplace, Shopee, as face-to-face mass gatherings are prohibited under the re-imposed Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease and to help save the medical community from exhaustion due to the pandemic.

The first-ever online bookfair comes in time just before the opening of classes on August 24 as announced by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Buyers can enjoy book hunting and purchasing without leaving the comfort of their homes and without risk of contracting the virus.

Here is the list of publishers joining the first-ever All-Filipino online bookfair:

19th Avenida Publishing
Adarna House
Alpha Stream Marketing
Anvil Publishing
Asia/Pacific Circulation Exponents
Ateneo De Manila University Press
Ateneo de Naga University Press
Bookware Publishing Corp
Central Books Supply
Chapter House Publishing
Christian Literature Crusade
Church Strengthening Ministry
Cunanan Map House
FELTA Multi-Media
FEU Publications
Forefront Book Co., Inc.
Great Books Trading
Institute of Spirituality (ISA-Jecho Publishing)
MSA Publishing
New Day Publishers
OMF Literature
Our Daily Bread Ministries Philippines
Philippine Christian Literature, Inc.
Phoenix Educational Services, Inc.
Precious Pages and Lampara House
Saint Mary’s Publishing
Salinlahi Publishing House
San Anselmo Publications
St. Matthew’s Publishing
Summit Media
Tahanan Books
University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
University of the Philippines Press
Wizard Publishing Haws
WS Pacific Publications

It was November last year when the BDAP last organized the Philippines’ biggest All-Filipino Bookfair held at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City to promote the Filipino writers and the local book industry.

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