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The founders of the successful Komura; book fair, – Kwago and Warehouse Eight – are holding an open fundraising event for the building of an independent book bar at the La Fuerza compound in Makati on January 27 and 28.

This fundraiser is meant to share the vision of Warehouse Eight and Kwago to promote organic collaborations and support in the creative community.

The soon-to-be book bar aims to provide a platform for authentic and alternative learning, as well as a literary playground where the Filipino small and specialty press community can showcase and sell their works, however experimental they may be.

“Literature, coffee and a good conversation—this is what the book bar offers in three words,” Kwago’s Chief Librarian Czyka Tumaliuan said.

Located at the bottom of Warehouse Eight, the book bar will be co-designed by artist Jem Magbanua, known for exploring the nature of being by studying structures and spaces. The bar will offer fiction-inspired drinks that will be developed with the help of YDG Coffee founder Marco Tarog and Matthew Carpio.

Tumaliuan also clarified that Kwago is not only a bookstore, but a platform to develop genuine connections among readers and writers.

“It’s an alternative learning platform. The bookstore is there to help sustain the independent press community, so they can make weirder, unpopular stuff, and afford to quit their full-time corporate jobs even if only a few people read and appreciate what they make,” she shared.

Warehouse Eight’s Kayla Dionisio said that her relationship with Kwago is more of a partner rather than a tenant.

“I’ve always pushed for the space downstairs to be utilized in some way. It’s the first point of entry for our guests and tenants and it was hard to find a concept with its own identity, yet was also grounded to the essence of not just Warehouse Eight but the energy of La Fuerza compound. And a breakout space for deep dialogues, learning, and a quiet cup of coffee fits,” Komura; co-founder and co-owner of Warehouse Eight Dionisio shared.

Featured poets Crystal Claire, Franchesca Casauay, Miguel Espiritu, Obie Obias, Peep Warren, Paolo Rodriguez, Sofia Paderes, Vyxz Vasquez, and more will perform on the first day of the gathering. On January 28, artists skymarines, Jorge Juan Bautista Wieneke V, Ian Penn, Mariah Yonic, and Small Town Press will tell their stories through music at the Echoes at the Warehouse.

All sales from the bar and store will directly fund the construction of the book bar. Guests can donate money, artworks, books, furniture and other things that can be used for the book bar.

For more details, visit the event page here.


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