Top 5 things to do at Manila International Book Fair 2017

The Manila International Book Fair is less than a month away! For those who have never been but are interested in books of any kind, regular MIBF visitors are sure to say that this event is not to be missed.

Held every September, MIBF is the most exciting week of the Philippine publishing industry. More than 100 local and international publishers and suppliers participate in MIBF every year, and the fair is even bigger this time, occupying two floors of the SMX Convention Center. (The second floor will be dedicated to books for children and young adults, and that’s where we’ll be this year.)

So gather your book-loving friends at this year’s fair, and mark your itinerary for the absolute top 5 things you must do at Manila International Book Fair 2017:

(5) Marvel at the publishers’ booth designs. At the MIBF every year, there is a contest for best booth design, so publishers bring out all their bells and whistles to make their booths eye-catching and stop-worthy. One publisher’s aesthetic is sure to be different from the next, so part of the MIBF experience is marveling at the various styles of the booths.

(4) Discover new books. If you want to find, and/or find out about, the new books the local publishing industry dished out this year, the MIBF is a great one-stop shop for these new reads. Apart from selling fresh-off-the-press books at big promotional discounts, local publishers usually hold mini-launches and promos for these new titles at the Fair.

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(3) Meet book creators. In connection with number 4, book fairs are great opportunities to meet your favorite authors and illustrators! Publishers invite their new and best-selling book creators to visit the booths and sign books for the readers. Some people even go to all five days of the Fair, bringing their old books each day to have them signed by the authors and illustrators visiting the booths.

(2) Fill up with book bargains. All of the books are sold at huge discounts! Most exhibitors sell books up to 70% off their original price. Newly-launched titles will also surely be sold at introductory prices. At Adarna House, you will also find bargain book bundles which are perfect as gifts if you’re ready to get an early start on your Christmas shopping. We will be posting our MIBF sale price list within this week, so make sure to pay our Facebook page a visit.

(1) Support local literature. Let’s face it—the share of local books in our usual bookstore shelves is very small, which makes supporting Philippine literature a bit difficult. The great thing about MIBF is it gathers Philippine publishers in one venue, making it easy to see just what our book industry has been up to these past years. If your Filipiniana collection is in dire need of new additions, then the MIBF will do wonders for your bookshelf.

The 38th MIBF is happening from September 13 to 17 (Wednesday to Sunday), 10:00AM to 8:00 PM at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. (Remember: the children’s and young adult section is on the 2nd floor.) Tickets are sold for PHP20 at the venue, but if you wish to skip the lines, here are free printable MIBF tickets you can present at the gate. Make sure to bring your own shopping bags, as Pasay City is a no-plastic-bag zone. And if you’re planning to buy a lot of books, you can do as the regulars do, and bring rolling luggage or strollers—you won’t regret it!

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Job openings for Region 3 & Baguio

JOB OPENING: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Adarna House is currently in need of a Business Development Executive based in Region 3.

The position will report to the Business Development Manager and will be responsible in generating sales from schools and other assigned channels in Region 3. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the overall sales targets of the company
  • Handle sales order placements and follow up customer requirements
  • Handle inquiries, issues, and concerns of clients
  • Assist in implementing sales activities and literacy programs
  • Support customer service, marketing, and other departments in delivering quality product and services

Candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must have a sense of country and commitment to advocating reading and literacy improvement
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any related field; fresh graduates are encouraged to apply; applicants with sales experience, a plus
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Must be a team-player and willing to travel

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package, excellent work-life balance, and training opportunities to the successful candidate.

Interested individuals must submit a comprehensive resume via e-mail to vanessa[at]adarna.com.ph with the subject line “BDE Region 3 Application” on or before July 31, 2017. Interviews will be held at Adarna House’s Quezon City office.


JOB OPENING: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Adarna House is currently in need of

The position will report to the Business Development Manager and will provide administrative, secretarial, and clerical support to maintain an efficient office environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responding to phone and e-mail inquiries and accurately directing them to other members of the organization
  • Coordinating messenger and courier services
  • Monitoring inventory and maintaining office filing and storage systems
  • Ensuring office equipment and facilities are clean and properly maintained
  • Performing work-related errands such as going to government offices and banks
  • Providing logistical assistance in implementing sales and marketing activities

Candidates should fulfill the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any related field; fresh graduates are encouraged to apply
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Internet savvy with basic MS Office competencies
  • Highly organized with good attention to detail

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package, excellent work-life balance, and training opportunities to the successful candidate.

​Interested individuals must submit a comprehensive resume via e-mail to vanessa[at]adarna.com.ph with the subject line “​NL Admin Assistant Application” on or before ​July 31, 2017.

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Buribooks bags 2nd place at 5th Digital Ehon Awards

Adarna House Digital’s app BuriBooks was honored with the Second Prize for Digital Educational Materials during the 5th Digital Ehon Awards in Japan. Entries of almost 300 were submitted from 32 different countries. Only 6 of these entries were given awards in the educational materials category.

The awarding ceremony took place on May 27th (Sat) at the University of Tokyo. Margret Malang from the Cultural Section of the Philippine Embassy in Japan received the award on our behalf.

The prize for Digital Educational Materials is a newly established prize with the goal of developing and spreading the best digital teaching materials. Selecting the best learning tools for children are the judges, teachers and experts working in the front lines in Japan.

BuriBooks is Adarna House Digital’s new ebook library of Filipino content for children. Subscription to BuriBooks includes access to the largest library of Filipino children’s ebooks with vocabulary and reading exercises and levels to track the user’s reading progress. Try BuriBooks for free on the iOS App Store. A web-based version is coming soon. For more information, follow BuriBooks on Facebook and visit buribooks.com.

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Registration now open: summer classes for parents

Adarna Group Foundation invites parents and parents-to-be to a series of classes this summer! Happening on May 13 (Saturday) at Adarna House, participants are encouraged to join these classes:

—  9:00 AM to 12:00 NN —
• Making Books for Your Toddler
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP1,000 | Regular Rate: PHP1,300
• Storytelling Basics
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP500 | Regular Rate: PHP750

— 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN —
• Soft-Toy Making
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP1,000 | Regular Rate: PHP1,300

— 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM —
• Whole + Natural Baby Food Preparation with Chef Namee Sunico
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP1,800 | Regular Rate: PHP2,300
• Childbirth Preparation with Unang Yakap
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP500 | Regular Rate: PHP750

Through these classes, AGFI hopes to help make the different stages of parenting and early childhood a fun and fulfilling learning experience for both parents and children.

Only 10 to 15 slots are available for each class on a first-come, first-served basis. To avail the Early Bird Rates, participants have to fulfill registration and payment on or before April 28.

Pre-registration is required (i.e. walk-in participants will not be entertained if slots have been filled). To pre-register and receive payment information, send us your name, mobile number, and chosen workshop/s through info[at]agfi.com.ph.

Proceeds from the workshops shall benefit recipients of the Adarna Group Foundation’s early literacy programs. For further details, contact Con through 3526765 local 210 or Van through local 211.

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Register now: Parent-toddler summer classes

Adarna Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI) invites parents with children 2-4 years old to week-long classes this summer! Happening from May 8 to 12 (Monday to Friday) at Adarna House, parents are encouraged to join these classes:

  • Nanay and Me: Awit at Galaw (9:00-10:00 AM)
  • Nanay and Me: Yoga (10:30-11:30 AM

Through these classes, AGFI hopes to help parents and kids discover fitness mixed with fun while exploring the many instruments, songs, and arts of the Philippines!

Only 10 to 15 slots are available for each class on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for  each class (of five hourly sessions) is two thousand pesos (PHP2,000) but participants paying on or before April 28 can avail the early bird rate of one thousand five hundred pesos (PHP1,500).

Pre-registration is required (i.e. walk-in participants will not be entertained if slots have been filled). To pre-register and receive payment information, send us your name, mobile number, and chosen workshop/s through info[at]agfi.com.ph.

Proceeds from the workshops shall benefit recipients of AGFI’s early literacy programs. For further details, contact Con through 3526765 local 210 or Van through local 211.

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Rochelle Silverio: mother, reader, librarian

Adarna House has been an ally of parents, advocates, and professionals in rearing generations of Filipino readers since its inception more than thirty years ago. As the school year comes to a close for most local schools, we thought it best to talk about one of the best things about school that our readers will surely miss this summer—their library. And what better way to do that than to tell you about one of our librarian friends.

Mother and professional Rochelle Silverio works as a librarian at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, a government-ran higher education institution in Metro Manila and as a lecturer on children’s and young adult books at the University of the Philippines’ School of Library and Information Science.

After finishing a bachelor’s degree, she had a training stint in a children’s library inside a shopping mall. Seeing how delighted children were in exploring the books available in their library made her decide to pursue librarianship as her profession. She then got her license, worked in a private school, and took a master’s degree in library and information science. And throughout her career, she is really glad that children nowadays have access to a variety of books, including those that reflect their own culture, such as Adarna House books.

The situation is different from Rochelle’s childhood milieu, where only a handful of Filipino children’s books were available. Her love for reading, nevertheless, was developed by reading comic magazines, newspapers, and a couple of foreign books including Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. Storytelling sessions with her mother, meanwhile, ignited her imagination and penchant for stories.

“During afternoons, my cousins and I would gather around Ima Esteng to listen to her stories about faraway kingdoms and magical places,” she recalls.

No wonder that when she finally discovered Adarna House in college, she easily fell in love with its books. Ompong Remigio’s Papel de Liha, a touching storybook about a mother’s love, instantly became one of her favorite stories; she even gifted her mother a copy. The message in Jomike Tejido’s fable Dindo Pundido and the suspense in Anette Flores Garcia’s novella Jacobo’s Ghost were also two of her unforgettable reading moments.

“My experience as an adult reader is a proof of the ageless and timeless appeal of Adarna House books. I am, in turn, happy to share these stories to my child.”

Besides reading for pleasure, Rochelle is an avid reader of Adarna House books as part of her professional development as a librarian; she needs to understand children and the works created for them. For her doctorate in Reading Education, for instance, she analyzes the importance and symbolism of food in the Adarna books Hating Kapatid, Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum, Haluhalo Espesyal, Filemon Mamon, Araw sa Palengke, and Kain, Kumain, Kinain.

Currently, she is one of the brains of the Valenzuela City Library, a public library. The library’s shelves, she says, will definitely be filled with Adarna House books  to entice people of all ages to visit the place. And after the establishment of the library, she also hopes to create a reading program using Adarna House books to sustain the reading habit among the members of their community.

With these developments in her life, it seems that Adarna House will continue as Rochelle’s partner in her work and advocacy for years to come.

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Job Opening: Business Development Executive

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JOB OPENING:  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Adarna House is currently in need of a Business Development Executive.

The position will report to the Business Development NCR Team Lead and will be responsible in generating sales from schools and other assigned channels in Metro Manila. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the overall sales targets of the company
  • Handle sales order placements and follow up customer requirements
  • Handle inquiries, issues, and concerns of clients
  • Assist in implementing sales activities and literacy programs
  • Support customer service, marketing, and other departments in delivering quality product and services

Candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must have a sense of country and commitment to advocating reading and literacy improvement
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any related field; fresh graduates are encouraged to apply; applicants with sales experience, a plus
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Must be a team-player and willing to travel

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package, excellent work-life balance, and training opportunities to the successful candidate.

Interested individuals must submit a comprehensive resume via e-mail to vanessa[at]adarna.com.ph with the subject line “BDG Executive Application” on or before March 31, 2017. (Only qualified applicants will be notified.)

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