Friday, August 25, 2006


This is an oasis in the midst of Makati’s business center — Greenbelt Mall; a wonderfully-designed sprawling commercial complex. Its overall architecture was designed to blend with its surrounding landscape; retaining both its urban and natural characters unlike the ubiquitous fully-enclosed monolithic template of SM Malls.

This mall offers numerous dining, entertainment, and shopping establishments, but among my favorites is Power Books. It comes close to New York’s Barnes & Noble and Border’s bookstores with its well-organized, wide selection of books, comfortable sitting areas, and a coffee shop. It also offers special events such as talks, exhibits, contests, poetry readings, group discussions, book clubs, author visits, book signings, and much more! In addition, this bookstore offers book reservation and special order services (Greenbelt 4 branch telephone: 757-6428 or 29).

Speaking of books…

Yes ... it's a book fair!

It’s the 27th Manila International Book Fair to be held at World Trade Center Metro Manila, Financial Center Area over at Roxas Boulevard (Gil Puyat Avenue corner. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard).

Exhibit Schedule: August 30 to September 3, 2006 -- 10am to 8pm, daily

I must admit, found out about this only recently through micketymoc’s Stepping on Poop site. If you’re planning on going, please let us know; we might all hook up or something.


posted by Señor Enrique at 6:17 PM


Anonymous Toe said...

AAAAAAH!!!! Greenbelt, Powerbooks, and bookfairs are the EXACT reasons why I'm homesick for Manila! :(

August 25, 2006 7:19 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Ahhh ... Toe, that was exactly the plan -- to post an entry about Greenbelt and books to make you really homesick so you'd come rushing back home and bring us some KRAMAS!!!! hahahaha!

August 25, 2006 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Major Tom said...

What a beautiful oasis and so near a book haven...This time, no one should ask that perennial theoretical question: What book would you rather have if you are trapped in a huge desert?

August 25, 2006 8:07 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hahaha ... that's very witty, Major Tom.

It's really a nice complex, but most of the shops are a bit pricey.

August 25, 2006 8:19 PM  

Anonymous niceheart said...

Nice landscape. I think it has sort of a soothing effect.

Enjoy your time at the book fair.

I just noticed that your 'Greenbelt Mall' and 'Power Books' links both have "" inserted in them.

August 26, 2006 6:49 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you for pointing out the URL errors, Niceheart; just corrected them :)

Yes, this place is really nice -- a must to visit when you come home with the family for vacation.

I will blog about the book fair!

Thanks again!

August 26, 2006 7:14 AM  

Blogger cyberpunk said...

argh, international book fair.. VERY tempting, gastos na naman!

August 26, 2006 12:19 PM  

Anonymous aurea said...

I like these type of posts, and the photos. The other day I was looking at satellite maps on Google, trying to find our old house in the Philippines. It was tough because I only remember small bits about the Phils. So these posts make me nostalgic, and also help me remember old places.

August 26, 2006 2:27 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Cyberpunk!

I know, BUT for those hard to find books, this may be the place. I have these three books that I'm looking for and may find in the fair:

- "Indio Bravo" (as recommeded by Corsarius; Natl Bookstore could never seem to get a copy for me).

- "Ben Singkol" by F. Sionil Jose as recommended by Chris Lagman.

- "Kite Runner" as recommended by Sidney Snoeck today.

Hoping to find them at this fair!

August 26, 2006 9:46 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'm glad to be of service then, Aurea. Worry not, I'll keep posting pics that may be of interest :)

August 26, 2006 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Toe said...

Eric, ah ganon! Was that your evil plan? :) Actually, I was hoping you'd be in New York in September since you seem to know so much about the place... your hometown pa nga. And if you took us around, I'd be more than happy to give you a handful of kramas. :)

I'd hate to go to Barnes & Noble because I don't have the budget to buy books. :(

August 27, 2006 12:09 AM  

Blogger christine said...

Hi Senor Enrique,

I'll be there! Not sure on which day yet though, but I do hope to bump into some of you. This will be my first book fair and I'm pretty excited. Kinda strange I haven't been to any before considering I'm a bookworm and am always lamenting the lack of public libraries in this city.

Have you ever visited ? I got my Kite Runner copy there for only P200, secondhand (I love second hand books). :)

Please, if any of you know of good libraries in Manila, let me know. I'll even buy you a donut and coffee for it! :)

August 27, 2006 3:29 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

If ever ou'd find me in NYC, Toe, it would be most probably in spring or summer; not September because that's the month I'd usually start feeling kinda blue. Septemeber means autumn, and this season heralds the upcoming cold weather lurking around the corner.

They usually have a huge selection of bargain-priced books over at any Barnes & Noble (mostly publisher overstock); you needn't have to spend much! For cool esoteric titles (even second hand), try Strand downtown south of 14th Street by Union Square.

August 27, 2006 4:20 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Christine, there's this cool- looking library I sometimes drive by over at Lacson, Fugoso Library. Haven't been inside, but it's tempting.

Thanks for the URL.

Have you asked Vonjobi of Filipino Librarian?

Not sure which exact date I'll be at the book fair, but will let you know.

August 27, 2006 4:23 AM  

Blogger j said...

hubby and I love Greenbelt too :)
it's not to crowded, no need to worry about the "mandurukot" which is rampant in Megamall now, love the shops and the toilets are always clean and with ample supply of tissue. oh, and the restos are superb!

August 27, 2006 4:55 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi jairam, how's the pooch?

Yes, this is really a nice place! Love it.

However, it doesn't have Juan Soy anymore :(

August 27, 2006 9:11 AM  

Blogger christine said...

I'll have to check that out, thanks Senor!

August 27, 2006 9:12 PM  

Anonymous kyels said...

Greenbelt and Power Books. Definitely a place to visit especially Power Books.

I've to admit I'm a bookie. Damn, wish I could attend the book fair though.



August 28, 2006 9:58 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'll keep an eye out for local libraries and let you know, Christine.

Yes, I'll see to it that I get a chance to attend the book fair, Kyels, because I have a couple of books to look for!

August 28, 2006 11:16 AM  

Anonymous kyels said...

Aha! What books are you searching for?


August 28, 2006 6:53 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

- "Indio Bravo" (as recommeded by Corsarius; Natl Bookstore could never seem to get a copy for me).

- "Ben Singkol" by F. Sionil Jose as recommended by Chris Lagman.

- "Kite Runner" as recommended by Sidney Snoeck.

These are basically the books I'm looking for, Kyels.

August 28, 2006 7:06 PM  

Blogger vina said...

i love greenbelt and i love powerbooks! good thing the latter transferred to its present location from the one in pasay road. it wasn't very accessible then.

August 28, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous bugsybee said...

Hi Eric! I posted a comment here about 2 days ago ... anyway, I love bookstores too and when I am in Manila, my first stop is either Fully Booked in Rockwell or Power Books in Greenbelt and I go back to these places everyday till it's time to fly back to Bacolod. And I feel sad that I'm missing another book fair ... the last time I went to one was more than 5 years ago!

August 29, 2006 12:47 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I can imagine why you love Greenbelt, Vina -- it is really a nice place!

Didn't know about Power Books at Pasay Road, but I'm glad they had moved to Greenbelt.

August 29, 2006 6:03 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That often happens to me at other sites, Bugsybee ... I will post a comment and on my return visit ... nada! hehehe. Must be a Blogger foible.

Don't often go to Rockwell :(

Bacolod is such a thriving city, Power Books ought to open a branch over there.

August 29, 2006 6:06 AM  

Anonymous carla said...

bookstores are my favorite places to hang out. powerbooks of course here in manila. i've been to nyc 4 years ago and i just looooooooove barnes and noble! i remember walking down broadway with my brother (from 42nd until canal street) and i practically stopped at every bookstore in sight hehe. i might go to the book fair this friday... i hope i hope!!!

August 31, 2006 8:05 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Nice Carla!

Times Square to Canal may seem like a long arduous trek, but the city has so much interesting shops and street going-ons that one is easily entertained and amused during those long walks.

Barnes & Nobles stores are great BUT did you happen to stop by Strand at Union Square? Great collection of new and used books they have! If not, don't miss it next time you visit NYC -- it is worth visiting!

August 31, 2006 9:33 AM  

Anonymous carla said...

yes, i've gone to strand two times actually. found a book about tintin (as in tintin's history, not the comics). it's just too bad i didn't buy the book the first time around. love the musty smell of the basement levels. :-)

August 31, 2006 9:45 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Ok, you have it pretty much covered then, Carla. BTW, Conrado de Quiros, the columnist at Philippine Inquirer, also loves exploring Strand whenever he goes to NYC.

Oooops ... there is one other bookstore in the Diamond district; forgot its name now, but will dig it up and share with you.

August 31, 2006 9:54 AM  

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