the idea for the international day of the book originated in catalonia, spain, where st. george's day meant exchanging a rose for a book. today, several european nations mark april 23 as a day of honoring that great source of everything: the book. interestingly, that date marks the death of literary greats miguel de cervantes, william shakespeare and inca garcilaso de la vega.
on saturday, april 21, instituto cervantes hopes to bring the tradition here in manila, with an event named dia del libro/araw ng libro. a bunch of events are in store for anyone who'd like to check out this special day: film showings, spanish food fair, photo contest, declamation contest, and of course, a book market! over 4,000 brand new books will be for sale at great prices! and to keep the tradition flowing, a rose will be given to anyone who buys a book.
it's going to be quite an event, and it's such a shame that i won't be able to go (because i'm finally going to the beach this weekend!). i've been longing for some new books, and this would have been a great place to hunt for them. but i hope you guys get to check it out. it looks like it's going to be a grand book fiesta!
dia del libro
april 21, 2007, 10am to 11pm
venue: instituto cervantes
855 t.m. kalaw st., manila
tel. no.: 5261282 to 85
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