17 October 2019 – The National Book Development Board (NBDB), with support from the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt, led the Philippine participation in the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair, held from 16 to 20 October 2019 at the Messe Frankfurt. With the brand, “Books Philippines,” NBDB curated books from co-exhibitors and established activity areas to conduct business meetings, networking activities, cooking exhibitions in various fora at the Book Fair.
“I congratulate the members of the Philippine delegation who have come together to create and introduce the country’s cultural brand at this year’s book fair,” Consul General Evelyn Austria-Garcia said during the opening reception of the Philippine stand on 17 October. “I commend the efforts of the NBDB in the Philippine publishing industry and in the global creative economy,” she added.
In her speech, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda expressed her full support in the Philippines’ continuous participation in the “olympics” of the book publishing world which is the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the country’s bid to be the Guest of Honor Country in 2024.
“I was glad to have taken part in this year’s Book Fair, as it gave me new insights and ideas to pursue to communicate the Philippine narrative,” Undersecretary Abella said. Meanwhile, Ambassador Ma. Theresa Dizon-de Vega hoped “to see an improved and bigger Philippine stand in next year’s Book Fair.
NBDB Chairperson Flor Marie Sta. Romana-Cruz vowed to continually develop the book publishing industry through participation in different international book and rights fair such as the FBF. “For easy access among visitors, the books on display were curated by genre produced by the participating publishing houses, ranging from children’s books to young adult literature, biographies and history books to contemporary fiction, and text books to hardbound books on Philippine arts and culture,” she said. The NBDB Chair invited everyone to attend the side events at the PH stand featuring literary and cultural luminaries such Mr. Ambeth Ocampo, Chef Claude Tayag and Ms. Abi Goy.
This year’s Philippine stand witnessed a growth in size and increased participants, showcasing diverse content from key players in the local publishing industry, namely, ABC Educational Development Center Children’s Book, Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Ateneo de Manila University Press, C&E Publishing, Inc., Good Intentions Books, Inc., Inkies, Inc., Lampara Publishing House, Inc., Marigold Marketing Services,Inc./Mama Sita’s Foundation, Precious Pages Corporation, Rex Group of Companies, Seanjaikim Book Gear, Inc., University of the Philippines Press, Vicarish Publication and Trading Inc.
The NBDB, Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), and the Philippine Educational Printers Association (PEPA) were instrumental in bringing participants together for the collaboration.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest international trade fair for the book publishing industry, serving as platform to launch new titles and content, as well as to negotiate the international sale of rights and licenses. The five-day annual event held every October in Frankfurt, brings together more than 7,000 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors from more than 100 countries, including publishers, literary agents, authors, illustrators, media professionals, and trade associations. END