Día Internacional del Libro (International Book Day)
Dia del Libro has its roots in the centuries-old Catalan tradition of exchanging books for roses. For every book purchased, each buyer will receive not only a 20% discount but a long-stemmed rose courtesy of the participating bookstores.
It is widely believed that Dia del Libro was originally celebrated every third week of April to commemorate the death of two of Western literature’s most well-known writers — William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, author and creator of the most iconic character in Spanish literature — Don Quixote de la Mancha. It is said that not only did these two die on the same year (1616), they also died on the same day — April 23rd.
Apart from books, visitors will also be treated to poetry recitals, music and a dance performance by a Spanish contemporary dance duo.
Participating in the book market are some of the country’s most popular bookstores such as National Bookstore, Powerbooks and Fully Booked as well as specialized bookshops such as the Ortigas Foundation, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the La Solidaridad Bookshop.