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IAN Sta. Maria’s ‘Salamangka ‘ Book 2 will be launched on 3 October. ART COURTESY OF SUMMIT BOOKS

The 7th Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, an annual event organized by National Book Store and Raffles Makati, will be held online from 28 September to 4 October.

The festival features author interviews, talks and panel discussions with top Filipino artists and authors — all streaming for free on the NBS Facebook Page ( and with selected sessions simulcast on Shopee and Lazada.

Books featured in the festival may be purchased at NBS branches and online on, and official stores on Shopee and Lazada. Special discounts are up for grabs online from 25 September until 4 October, with up to 20 percent off on all imported titles and 10 percent off on all local titles.

Learn about the value of history with bestselling author, renowned historian and speaker Ambeth R. Ocampo. Enjoy live poetry reading by Jerico Silvers and appreciate poetry’s function as social commentary from Lourd de Veyra. Join book discussions with a number of authors including Ayris Alcachupas, Kaye Allen and Jason Paul Laxamana.


Immerse yourself in insightful discussions on a plethora of topics, including an exploration of stories in this year’s edition of the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival.

Immerse yourself in insightful discussions on various topics, including an exploration of stories in the time of COVID-19 and behind-the-scenes look into the making a children’s book.

You can also gain skills with Bliss Books authors who will share tips in writing during the new normal, and a panel discussion on teaching values through picture books.

Sign up for updates by visiting and get a chance to win a set of books. You can also join the raffle promo when you shop online. Five lucky winners will receive a dining certificate for two at Raffles Makati.

Participating publishers include ABS-CBN Books, Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Lampara Books, Lifebooks, Summit Books, Tahanan Books, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House and VIVA Books.

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