April 17, 2019

What to Expect at Día del Libro or International Book Day 2019

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  • Immerse yourself to a fun day of culture, literature, food, and books at this year’s Día del Libro or International Book Day happening on April 27, 2019, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

    Organized by the Embassy of Spain’s cultural arm, Instituto Cervantes de Manila will once again bring us a day of books, literature, and activities that will surely be fun for all ages! Here’s what to expect at this year’s Dia del Libro:

    Books, books and lots of books!

    Image grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page

    Just like every year, Dia del Libro promises to bring top bookstores and publishing houses to the event offering guests thousands of books to choose from.  Some of the authors will also be there to sign your books!

    There will also be a rewriting of Don Quijote, to commemorate the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. About 500 participants are expected to hand-write his novel, Don Quijote de la Mancha. Once the hand-written book is finished, it will be deposited to the Library of Instituto Cervantes.


    Image grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page

    Since it is a Spanish tradition that every book entitles the customer one FREE rose, Dia del Libro will giveaway roses for every purchase! Plus, all those who will be participating in the Poetry Recital will also receive roses so expect the event to be full of roses around!

    Poetry Recital

    Image grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page

    There will also be a poetry reading from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. featuring our national hero, Dr. José Rizal’s “Mi último adiós.” 70 participants are expected to recite a line on the poem and each recitation will be recorded, edited and will be shown on the website and social media pages of Instituto Cervantes Manila.

    For interested participants, you may register on the venue itself starting 9:30 am. All participants will also get a rose afterward and one might get a chance to win a Spanish course!

     Arts and Games

    Image grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page

    Around the venue, you will also find artists and their on-the-spot artworks which will also be displayed throughout the day for public viewing. There will also be fun games around, like this mini football perfect for those who will bring along their kids.

    Image grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page


    Image grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page

    Cap off the night with a small concert of Spanish and Filipino independent songs. At 7:30 pm there will be a Posporos concert, featuring Vulk, a Basque punk band from Bilbao, and The Late Isabel, an art rock band from the Philippines. There will also be foods and refreshments around so you won’t have to worry about being hungry while you enjoy a whole day of festivities.

    Watch our short video of the latest Día del Libro. On April 27, 2019, come to Ayala Triangle (Makati) and join us to celebrate a new Día del Libro! Thousands of books in Spanish, Filipino and English… A rose will be given for every purchase, following the Spanish tradition. On the same Saturday, there will also be an Open House at the Instituto Cervantes grounds. The festivities will begin at 10am, ending at 10pm. Enjoy a day of books, poetry, music, dance, theatre, concerts and Spanish food! If you like books… you shouldn't miss this! :)Así fue el Día del Libro en Manila el año pasado. El próximo sábado 27 de abril participa en nuestro Día del Libro. Desde las 10 de la mañana hasta las 10 de la noche, participa en esta fiesta en torno al placer de leer: mercadillo de libros nuevos y usados en el que podrás encontrar miless de libros y seguro que no te irás sin alguno de regalo. Y, hasta agotar existencias y siguiendo la tradición española, rosas gratis para todos los participantes. Si quieres pasar una jornada repleta de cultura y diversión, ¡ven al Día del Libro! 🙂

    Instituto Cervantes de Manilaさんの投稿 2019年3月25日月曜日

    First introduced in 2006 by Instituto Cervantes in Manila, Dia del Libro follows through the tradition of Barcelona Spain where every St. George’s Day (April 23), everyone exchanges roses and books. The day also honors two of our greatest writers—Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare and at the same time, we celebrate the World Book Day on April 23.

    Catch Dia del Libro 2019, this April 27, 2019, at Ayala Triangle Gardens. Entrance is absolutely FREE! For more information about Dia del Libro, you may contact Instituto Cervantes de Manila at (02) 526 1482 or visit their Facebook page at InstitutoCervantesManila for more updates.


    What: Dia del Libro 2019/International Book Day
    When: April 27, 2019 (Saturday)
    Where: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo De Roxas St. Cor. Makati Ave, Makati City
    Facebook: facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila
    Website: https://manila.cervantes.es

    Images grabbed from Instituto Cervantes Manila’s Facebook page

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