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Warehouse Eight together with Kwago, organized the first experience-driven book fair that features different ways to tell a story last November 18, 2017 at Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza compound in Makati City.

Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, Komura; book fair focused on letting people experience literature in a fun and interesting way.

“I grew up reading because it’s required, because my teachers told me that it will make me smart and successful. It was mostly functional. My goal now is to show people that literature could also be a source of pleasure, relieve stress, deepen empathy and enrich creativity,” Komura; co-founder Czyka Tumaliuan said.

“Literature is so much more than a learning platform. Literature is an experience,” she added.

Supported by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Komura; is one of the first book fair in the metro that gathered independent and specialty bookstores, publishers, and art shops in one intimate space to celebrate creative freedom.

“With the help of Jia Cabansag, we designed the Warehouse in such a way that people would want to stay and chill for a bit. We wanted everyone to feel at home. And I’m so happy to see that they did. I even saw a guy half-finishing a book he just bought that day. Children and old couples were reading in the nooks we intentionally scattered in the space. I really felt that Komura; revived a lost art form—reading,” Komura; co-founder and Warehouse Eight co-owner Kayla Dionisio shared.

Attendees also enjoyed live music featuring Asch, Lions and Acrobats, Niki Colet, Alyana Lea Carmela, and Hoochie Coochie Mikkie. These artists bare their insides through music at “Echoes at the Warehouse.”

After buying books, comics, and card games at the fair, everyone got the chance to experience Chibot Media’s exciting Virtual Reality (VR) booth, where book lovers were introduced to a new form of storytelling.

Check out some of our photos from the event:

Photos by Madel Crudo

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