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Upholding the annual tradition of culture and literature, the Embassy of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes will be hosting Dia del Libro on April 22 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Just a side note: Can you believe this year is already the 11th year of the annual book bonanza? Neither!

Anyway, Dia del Libro, also renowned as the International Book Day, originated in Barcelona, Spain and is commemorated on St. George’s Day (April 23) through the exchange of books and roses.

The date honors the deaths of great writers Michael Cervantes and William Shakespeare, who both strangely died on April 23 in 1616.

Closer to home, the colorful literary festivity is also a fitting affair for the National Literature Month in reverence to Filipino poet Francisco Balagtas.

Like its previous installments, every purchase from the vast selection of books from participating bookstores and publishing houses will come with a rose. Some will be sold with a 20% discount while hundreds more will be given out for free!

Aside from the book market, the Embassy of Chile will present an exhibit in honor of Chilean writer Gonzalo Rojas (1916-2011), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino will kick off a Balagtasan, and Vibal Foundation’s Flora de Filipinas will have its book launch on the venue.

The Prado Museum in Manila, which hosts the event alongside Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes, will be inaugurated as one of Dia del Libro’s main displays. It is a rather exquisite collection from great artists of the 12th to the 19th century that will grace the exhibit through high-definition photographic prints.

The event’s partakers will be treated to poetry recitals, dance performances, plays, concerts, activities for the kids, and a free concert by the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Admission and activities are definitely free, but they do come on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dia del Libro 2017 is happening at the Ayala Triangle Gardens on April 22, 2017 (Sunday), from 10 am to 10 pm. Check out Instituto’s website or Facebook for more details.

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