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15 Books to Buy from the Manila International Online Book Fair 2020 #MIBF2020

BY KB Meniado and BM

Readers from all over the Philippines and even abroad can now attend the Manila International Book Fair… because, yes, that’s right, it’s now online! Click here to register for free and browse, and if buying, here are 15 titles in no particular order that we think you should add to cart.

1. Paboritong Lugar ni Nanay by Weng Cahiles, illustrated by Aldy Aguirre

A mother explores the memories of her lost hometown in Paboritong Lugar ni Nanay.

2. Wing of the Locust by Joel Donato Ching Jacob

Immersive and imaginative, Wing of the Locust absorbs readers into its intricate world of pre-Hispanic Philippines in a ‘strangely familiar’ land. The nuances, scenery, and traditions speak to not only Filipino readers, but also an assuring nod to children of the soil of Southeast Asia, in moments of shared human history.

3. Barangay: Sixteenth Century Philippine Culture and Society by William Henry Scott

A picture of pre-Hispanic Philippine life woven by a respected Philippine historian. Derived largely through a comprehensive analysis of early Philippine language lexicons. An attempt to separate myth from historical fact about the pre-Spanish Filipino.

4. In Tune by Yeyet Soriano

Between fulfilling family obligations and navigating the tricky social climate at her private school, Sydney Mendoza tries to keep a balance. Himig Raymundo, on the other hand, knows the feeling of living in the shadow of his successful parents and the agony of being with schoolmates who won’t let him forget. When Sydney and Himig get targeted to be the stars of High School Night by their batchmates who want to see them fail miserably, they band together to prove everyone wrong, and, in the process, find the one silver lining in the prank—each other. 

5. Raya and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World by Catherine Dellosa (Flicker #3)

“If I don’t break your heart, the world is going to end.”When Grayson posts about his girlfriend breaking up with him with that line in an anonymous “Breakup Confessions” thread, Raya recognizes the references and knows that it’s him.Raya has been dealing with a deeply personal loss, with only her comic books to give her quiet comfort. But thanks to her forum-lurking, she now knows that the guy she’s been crushing on for years is single again. What’s that called, when she might actually have a chance with him but senior high school just ended and they’re heading off on separate paths forever and ever? It’s called a long shot. Right. Only heroes take a risk with those odds and still win.But when Grayson walks into the hobby shop she works for and asks Raya for a comic book recommendation, Raya realizes that superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes. And as they bond over the summer on all things caped and geeky, Raya discovers that maybe—just maybe—she deserves a chance at a super-powered love story of her own.

6. Little Wolf by Cat S.

Little Wolf is not afraid of exploring outside her den. But during her first hunt with the pack, she makes a mistake on the field and gets lost. Little Wolf hopes to find her way home.

This, along with Doobiedoo Asks, is an Official Selection of the 1st Philippine International Comics Festival.

7. Philippine Folk Literature: An Anthology (Reprint)

This anthology presents a bird’s-eye view of the whole range of Philippine folk literature.

8. What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra (Six 32 Central #1)

It’s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, he’s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home, and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isn’t ideal, especially if the person is a former colleague and the subject of the day’s hottest political trash fire. But work is work, and she decides to let him stay in the tour. She’s hoping she won’t regret it. He’s hoping his day turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind.

9. One Day Closer by Layla S. Tanjutco

“To the one my heart knows but hasn’t met yet – when we finally meet it will be as the flowing river into the open arms of the sea”

10. Culture and History by Nick Joaquin

A groundbreaking treatise by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin on how Philippine history and Filipino identity have been shaped by the tools of our native and adopted cultures. Learn about feminism and beaterios, and the evolution from bamboo houses to stone churches.

11. Love & Other Wars by M.R. Maximo

To what extent would you fight for love?
Is it even worth the battle?
Let MR Maximo carry you into weaved words about love;
where between the lines are untold stories of how we fight for that one significant thing in this world.
In this collection of poems, we are reminded that love is no ordinary war.

This book consists of almost 40 poems written in English and Filipino.

12. Macli-ing Dulag: Kalinga Chief Defender of the Cordillera by Ma. Ceres Doyo

There are people on this earth who radiate power and honor by their very being. I felt that way about Macli-ing during the times that I met him before he was assassinated by soldiers too cowardly to allow him to live. He was a teacher. His words, his stance, his charisma and stubborn insistence on the sanctity of his people’s land taught me that there were places in the Philippines where money did not speak and where power resided in something other than armed strength. I will never forget him.”
—Lin Neumann, American journalist, former human rights and church volunteer in the Philippines

13. From the Eyes of a Healer: an anthology of medical anecdotes edited by Joey A. Tabula, M.D.

A collection of 16 medical anecdotes by Filipino physicians with an introduction by Dr. Gideon Lasco. 

Mula kay Prop. Michael L. Tan: What a delightful compilation of stories.  The candor, the willingness to speak of their feelings, uncertainties and vulnerabilities, humanizes the healing profession, and makes us better appreciate how Medicine’s true drama comes in little everyday triumphs. These are stories of physicians who are good: good as mabuti, good as magaling.

14. Martial Law by Ambeth Ocampo (Looking Back #15)

Stop describing the whitewash of the Marcos dictatorship and the martial law years as ‘historical revisionism.’ Historical revisionism means correcting what is wrong, erroneous, or false. The pro-Marcos narrative continually foisted on us, especially in social media, is nothing but barefaced lies and half-truths. This is not historical revisionism it is historical denialism.

15. Papa Teyo by Mia Baquiran and Juno Abreu

Papa Teyo is a picture book about Lucy’s relationship with her grandfather Papa Teyo. It is set in Tuguegarao and has texts in Ibanag and English.


Proceeds from the sale of this book during MIBF week will be donated to individuals affected by recent typhoons through the initiative Tindig Pilipinas by The Storytelling Project.


This post is (sadly 😂) not sponsored . Enjoy #MIBF2020! READ ALL EVENTS POSTS HERE.

4 responses to “15 Books to Buy from the Manila International Online Book Fair 2020 #MIBF2020”

  1. Can’t wait for my In Tune copy to arrive! >-<


    1. Hope it gets to you soon! Thanks for reading as always, Jessica 🙂

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  2. […] Little Wolf written and illustrated by Cat S. (also part of “15 Books to Buy from the Manila International Online Book Fair 2020 #MIBF2020”) […]


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