Prof. Arlante (center, in purple) with the ABAP Officials

Prof. Arlante with the ABAP Officials

Now known as the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (formerly, the Association of Booksellers for the Academe and the Professions), the association kicked off this year’s book fair with the theme — The Filipino booksellers: responding to academic & information needs in the midst of global challenges.

Atty. Tamano

Atty. Tamano

Prof. Arlante

Prof. Arlante

The opening ceremonies were held last June 23rd at the Megatrade Hall I of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. To formally inaugurate the exhibit, guests of honors Atty. ADEL TAMANO, President of the Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), and UPD University Librarian Prof. SALVACION ARLANTE led the ribbon cutting ceremony. A short program later followed at the main seminar room of the exhibit hall. Atty. Tamano talked about the importance of the reading culture today and how instrumental the booksellers are to address this issue. Meanwhile, Prof. Arlante shared about the UP Library experience with booksellers and how they have welcomingly bridged for the needs of the Library. The state of the ABAP and of the industry in toto was highlighted by ABAP President Mr. LINO DAGUS. Mr. NOEL CABANGON graced the occasion as well and serenaded the audience with his inspiring compositions.

This year’s fair features 43 exhibitors in the book publishing/bookselling industry in the country. It is a perfect venue for librarians, students, professionals and book buffs to take advantage of this event, as books are offered at fair price. The five-day fair will run from June 23 to 27, 10AM-8PM at the Megatrade Hall I, 5th level Mega B, SM Megamall. — CMAbrigo

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