The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) which dates back its beginnings in the 11th century is the largest and most established book fair in the world. The publication of William Shakespeare’s first folio was announced in the catalog of this renowned fair in 1622. The FBF is attended by publishers, agents, booksellers, translators, film producers, authors and other stakeholders of the book publishing industry. It is a professional venue to sell rights, exchange ideas and build lasting connections.
The participation of our country in the FBF is rooted in the National Book Development Board’s mission and vision of making our book publishing industry globally competitive. This year, the Philippines will be part of the FBF once again through our country stand showcasing the best of book publishing in our country as well as holding Philippine events.
Our fifteen (15) co-exhibitors are: Adarna House, Inc., Anvil Publishing, Inc., Ateneo de Manila University Press, the Book Development Association of the Philippines, C&E Publishing, Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., Lampara Publishing House, Inc., Marigold Marketing Services, Inc. (Mama Sita’s), Precious Pages Corporation, Rex Group of Companies, SoLine Publishing Company, Inc., St. Matthew’s Publishing Corporation, University of the Philippines Press, Vicarish Publications and Trading, Inc. and WS Pacific Publications. Each of our co-exhibitors has a space in the Philippine stand to showcase their best books and to hold meetings with their prospective partners.
Philippine events will also be held on different stages at the fair. Kristian Cordero, author and translator, will speak about the Filipino writer as a Translator, Rommel Joson, illustrator, will present about Komiks as Weapons of Information and Disinformation and Budjette Tan, author and illustrator, will share about the Rise of Independent Filipino Comic Book Creators and their Urban Fantasy Comics. For the first time, a Business Matchmaking Session where our co-exhibitors will be able to expand their network by matching them with German and other European book publishing industry players.
NBDB aims to spearhead the increase of Philippine presence at the fair and gain guest of honor status in the future.
For more updates about the Philippine presence at the fair, watch out for these hashtags: #booksphilippines and #booksPH.