MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The first-ever PBF shone the spotlight on Filipino books, creators and readers.

It celebrated the best of Philippine literature, culture and content, bringing education, entertainment and shopping in one festival for families, friends and book enthusiasts.

PBF gave Filipino publishers and creators a platform where they could showcase their work, especially those done during the pandemic.

More than 50,000 people thronged the last day of the festival, which featured Filipino authors and creators, new titles, talks, workshops and live performances, all for free.

A project of the National Book Development Board (NBDB), the largest traveling book festival in the Philippines will next move to Davao City from August 18 to 21, 2023.

Apart from the meet-and-greets and book signings with authors, there were also talks and workshops on creating webtoon stories, visual storytelling, illustrating books for children, and more.

The appreciative crowd attended literary discussions on gender and sexuality, enjoyed live performances and storytelling, and immersed themselves in various stories with the festival’s Book Nook, with a curated selection of books and a comfortable lounge area.

The PBF will become an annual event to showcase the best in Philippine publishing.

This is an important first step in highlighting the best and the brightest work being done in the field, marketing and distributing them, and selling them so that they will reach the hands of their intended readers.