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Celebrate literature at the 2018 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival

National Book Store invites you to join authors, writers, and other bookworms at the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival. It will take place at Raffles Makati from August 10, 11, and 12, 2018.

"We're excited to hold this year's festival, with a diverse lineup of authors, artists, and publishing professionals. And for the fifth consecutive year, we’re happy to be partnering with Raffles Makati," says Xandra Ramos - Padilla, National Book Store's managing director.

"Raffles is proud of our literary heritage, where great authors have been hosted and celebrated in its different hotels worldwide," says Monique Toda, Raffles and Fairmont Makati's Director of Communication.

Admission is free, and this three day event is filled with book signings, discussions, and panels about books, literature, and culture. Top billing this year are Adi Alsaid, Erin Entrada Kelly, and Nancy Silberkleit.

Alsaid is a young adult author, born to Israeli parents and raised in Mexico City. His most recent book, 'North of Happy', follows Carlos Portillo, a teenager who began hearing his dead brother's voice in his head and decided to run away to the US. There, he must decide what's most important to him and where his true path really lies. Alsaid's other works include 'Let's Get Lost' and 'Never Always Sometimes'.

Kelly is an award-winning Filipino-American children's book author. Her works include 'Blackbird Fly', 'The Land of Forgotten Girls', 'Hello, Universe', and 'You Go First'. 'Hello, Universe' won her the 2018 Newbery Medal for outstanding children's book.

Finally, Silberkleit is the co-CEO of Archie Comics Publications. She sees the comic book as a valuable tool for developing literacy among first-time readers and instilling a love of reading for everyone. Her personal motto is that "Children + Comic Books = Reading, Knowledge, and Confidence."

Apart from them, a multitude of local authors and artists will also be joining the festival. These include VJ Campilan, Butch Dalisay, Lourd De Veyra, RV Manabat, Rod Marmol, Jomike Tejido, Abbey Sy, and many more

This event is made possible in partnership with ABS-CBN Publishing, Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Ateneo De Manila University Press, CNN Life, Scholastic, Summit Books, Tahanan Books, Team Magazine, the University of the Philippines Press, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Visprint, Young Blood, and Young STAR.

All events will be held at Raffles Makati, with registration starting at 9:00 am everyday. For the book signing events, only books purchased from NBS, NBS Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated. Books by the authors may be purchased on-site.

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About Raffles Makati

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a luxury brand with an illustrious history dating back to 1887 when the world-renowned Raffles hotel first opened its doors in Singapore. Today, the remarkable collection includes twelve extraordinary properties in many of the world’s best cities and top holiday destinations including favourites such as Paris, Istanbul, and the Seychelles. Each Raffles promises an oasis of calm and charm and a compelling mix of cultures and styles, and has its very own story to tell. Part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe. Raffles is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests. For more information or reservations, please visit

About National Book Store

For over 75 years, National Book Store has remained the category leader in books and supplies retail with over 230 stores nationwide. It is a partner in every Filipino’s education, creativity, productivity, and lifelong learning. National Book Store provides a vast selection of books, school and office supplies, and other educational and professional products. Shop online at or call their delivery hotline 8888-NBS (627).

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