Unfortunately, as I didn't have enough money this time of the year (as compared to last year), I was only able to buy 4 books - 2 Jessica Zafras (including her latest, Twisted Travels) and copies of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo (Ateneo edition; faithfully translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin). I don't have them in my collection yet and I think no respectable library can exist without these two great books.
Today being Saturday, I find it weird to see few people. Sabagay, I was here on a Sunday yata last year. I also think it is sad that there are more people in National Bookstore than in publishing houses like, say, Bookmark (my favorite) or Anvil (which publishes Twisted). I am sure it is cheaper to buy books straight from the publishers. My Rizals were at Php 100 each only, and the 2 Zafras a total of Php 310. Not bad at all for someone on a budget. Anyway, I'm leaving you with some shots of the World Trade Center Manila building.
I didn't find a coffeetable book I liked, although I already bought several Filipinianas last year. Oh yes, before I forget. I also got these:
Coasters. Aren't they lovely? They are pen and ink drawings made into coasters from the Chang Rong Antique Gallery in Intramuros. Drawings by Felipe Adriano, Jr. They are sealed to protect them from moisture.