This year’s Pinoy Book Stop Tour, spearheaded by the National Book Development Board (NBDB), was held on April 7-8 and visited various locations in Metro Manila, Tagaytay, and Laguna.
Although condensed in two days compared to last year’s three, the 2017 Pinoy Book Stop Tour was able to visit six venues in areas around Metro Manila. The tour gathered 15 participants, excluding the walk-ins at every stop.
Activities were held in each book stop — talks on books, poetry readings, and musical performances — to promote excellent local titles, particularly the recent winners of the National Book Awards and the National Children’s Book Awards. The roster of speakers included Isabela Banzon, Rosa May Bayuga, MJ Tumamac, Ergoe Tinio, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Chuckberry Pascual, Marne Kilates, Amy Uy, Jenny B. Orillos, Gerry Alanguilan, Ericson Acosta, Enrique Villasis, and Joselito delos Reyes.
By the end of the second day, almost everyone was carrying bags full of newly purchased and signed books on the way home.
BODHI MIND AND BODY SHOP
While its name may sound like a spa cum clinic, Bodhi Mind and Body Shop is a two-story shop filled with books on life and all its aspects.
The shop’s owner, 71-year-old Grace Eleazar, told BusinessWorld that her goal was to share her specialized 40-year-old book collection with the public. The topics range from the mind and consciousness, philosophy, religion, mind and body interaction, and the needs of the body both internally and externally.
“These are books on the nature of reality and how to use our mind and consciousness in order to have a better life and a better world,” she said. “This is a bookstore on life itself.”
Aside from the bookstore, Bodhi has a separate store for health and wellness products and a cozy roof deck for those who want to wind down.
For more information, contact La Bella Tagaytay head office at (02) 656-8669 local 107.
Source: Business World Online by Camille Anne M. Arcilla