Catholic bookstores to join grand book fair

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Catholic Book Center (CBC) in Intramuros (Photo: CBC)

PASAY City, Sept. 14, 2015 – Readers, take heed!

Catholic bookstores and publishing houses are set to bring anew some of the best and latest in Catholic literature to the forthcoming 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex, Pasay City.

Books galore

“We are proud to present to the reading public the complete 41-volume set of the works of St. Augustine which includes his Confessions, City of God, On The Trinity, as well as his Sermons,” said Lily Bagaoisan, administrative manager of the Catholic Book Center (CBC) in Intramuros, one of the Catholic participants in the MIBF.

In an interview, she shared CBC will also sell on site theology books, catechisms, missals, breviaries, saints’ biographies, devotionals, gift Bibles, sacramentals, sacred images, Pope Francis memorabilia, and his recent encyclical Laudato Si’.

According to Bagaoisan , CBC has consistently joined MIBF since its establishment in 1988.

About service

“So far, we have never missed a single year. Although we can barely afford the exhibit fee and only manage to break it even, we derive satisfaction from serving our customers. Because that is what CBC is about: service,” she explained.

Bagaoisan went on to point out that she finds fulfilment in what she does when she sees their clients are happy with their purchase.

“I am overjoyed every time I receive feedback that our patrons are happy because they finally have something they couldn’t find elsewhere,” she added.


CBC is a member of the Asian Catholic Communications Inc. (ACCI).

Other ACCI members that will take part in the 36th MIBF are: Claretian Communications, Jesuit Communications (JesCom), Logos Publications, Paulines Publishing House, Shepherd’s Voice Publications, St Pauls, Bayard Assumption Media, Institute of Spirituality in Asia, and Word & Life Publications.

The Opus Dei-owned Sinag-tala will also join the book fair as well as Catholic university presses like the UST Press and the Ateneo de Manila University Press. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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