National Bookstore (NBS) have just opened in ILIGAN CITY (and things start to get interesting here in the city).
Yes! I know. Hold on your horses. It's just until now that the country's most famous bookstore chain has opened their business for the book-deprived Iliganons. Don't judge us with your two bright eyes (We still have Booksale and United Bookstore even before this. xD)
Right after I read a post about the opening of NBS I decided to hop off and pay NBS a visit. I may have certain titles in my mind that I wanted to buy but there are two reasons why I didn't hope enough:
- the said titles might not be available during the launching day, and
- I might end up looking at piles of paper, stationeries, journal. Yes! A school supply store rather than a bookshop (this was the case in one of the NBS branches in Cagayan de Oro).
Still I kept three books in my mind that I wanted to look (and buy) for:
- "Si Janus Sílang at ang Pitumpu't Pitong Púsong" ni Edgar Calabia Samar
- "Colon" by Rogelio Braga
- Any books by Jose Maria Sison (Amado Guerrero)
In the store. I immediately assessed the area as how much sace did they allocate for the school supplies (as I am much afraid that this will come out a different store other than being a bookstore) and how much space do they have for their books. Amazed, it was a 50-50% Share! Not bad! 4 stars for that!
I started rummaging the titles on display. They displayed the usual bestsellers like Fifty Shades of Grey, Harry Potter, Wattpad and local Romance titles, and...
Lang Leav's and Rupi Kaur's poetry.
They didn't fail to include the western and Filipino classics from Dante Aliegheri to Nick Joaquin. I didn't see even one books I have earlier imagined that they would have. I have it checked in their system. Negative.
It's fine though (I hope they will fill their shelves fast). Instead I bought these lovely books:
Bebang Siy's It's a Mens World and Haruki Murakami's After the Dark. Beautiful, right? It is! It is!
With NBS now in Iligan, will the number of the reading Iliganon soar high? I doubt. But I would hope to see an increase of bibliophiles.
What's your NBS-Iligan Opening Day story? What books can you recommend?