press release

National Book Store’s
Philippine Readers and Writers Festival goes online

The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, an annual event held by National Book Store together with Raffles Makati, returns for its 7th year from September 28 to October 4, 2020. Now happening online, this week-long event features an exciting series of author interviews, talks, and panel discussions with top Filipino artists and authors - all streaming for free on the NBS Facebook Page ( and with selected sessions simulcast on Shopee and Lazada.

Books featured during the Festival can be purchased at NBS branches and online on and its official stores on Shopee and Lazada. Special discounts will be available online from September 25 until October 4, 2020, with up to 20% off on all imported titles and 10% off on all local titles.

Learn about the value of history in quarantine with bestselling author, renowned historian, and speaker Ambeth R. Ocampo. Enjoy live poetry reading by Jerico Silvers and learn about poetry’s function as social commentary from Lourd de Veyra. Join book discussions with a variety of authors including AyrisAlcachupas, Kaye Allen, and Jason Paul Laxamana.

Immerse yourself in insightful discussions on a plethora of topics, including an exploration of stories in the time of COVID-19 to the behind-the-scenes of making a children’s book. You can also learn and improve on your skills, with Bliss Books authors sharing tips for writing during the new normal and a panel discussion on teaching values through picture books.

Lots of other events await, so sign up for updates by visiting and get a chance to win a set of books. You can also join the raffle promo when you shop online. Five lucky winners will receive a dining certificate for two (2) at Raffles Makati.

Special thanks to Raffles Makati and all of the participating publishers: ABS-CBN Books, Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Lampara Books, Lifebooks, Summit Books, Tahanan Books, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, and VIVA Books.

Learn more by visiting and following National Book Store on social media - @nationalbookstore on Instagram and @nbsalert on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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