MIBF Bookworms: Stanley Chi, Tado Jimenez, Ramon Bautista, and Carlos Celdran
The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) has always been sacred to me. When I first found out about it back when I was still a med student, I made it a point to go there every year thereafter. I felt silly whenever I get excited for MIBF, but I couldn’t help it - there’s a nerd in me I can’t quite quash! And to make things even more exciting, MIBF is launching a campaign for literacy this year, with the aid of four impressive “MIBF bookworms” for 2012.
I got the chance to know more about all four bookworms – a.k.a. official ambassadors of the 2012 Manila International Book Fair – and it felt like peeling an onion. Allow me to dish out what I’ve learned about the four MIBF bookworms.
MIBF Bookworm Tado Jimenez
Tado Jimenez is funny in a caught-you-off-guard way. I can’t predict what he’ll say next; I’m sure, however, that it will be shocking and funny. I can’t count how many times I mouthed “Oh my God” whenever he answered questions from the press. Yes, when Tado talks, the press laps it up.
Tado is also quite down to earth. It’s like he’s not a celebrity (except that you’re acutely aware that he is). There’s no VIP aura anywhere around him. And his political will is apparent in his words and actions. If he’s running for candidacy, I believe he deserves to win.
MIBF Bookworm Stanley Chi
Stanley Chi is no stranger to me. He has been my partner (in crime) for more than a year now. It still surprises me, however, that he could do so much in so little time. How on earth does he manage his time?
Stanley, unbeknown even to his own peers, has been doing his share in promoting education. He is an art teacher and has given free classes to NGOs catering to orphaned and abused children. He told me in confidence (oops, sorry for divulging your secret!) that he wanted to use his earnings from his latest book for a literacy fund meant for one of his pet organizations.
MIBF Bookworm Ramon Bautista
Ramon Bautista is beloved by many, given his internet antics. His social media reputation also precedes him, given the outrageous tweets and videos he posts regularly. All that, I’ve known ever since. But I didn’t know that his being a director also meant he had the drive to make every video look as good as it should, even if he was in front of the camera, not behind it.
The suggestions and extra effort he put into his character for the MIBF videos did not escape my attention. He transformed into a different but similar Ramon Bautista when the camera started rolling. He’s also a professor, giving him credence to exalt the MIBF advocacy for literacy.
MIBF Bookworm Carlos Celdran
The first time I met Carlos Celdran, I didn’t realize how nice he was. But during the video shoot for the MIBF literacy campaign, he was funny and quite endearing. He shared stories on past
misadventures without a hint of pretense. His being “Carlos Celdran” was the real deal.
I find it weird, surreal, and wonderful that he voiced out his opinions as honestly as he does. Maybe that’s why everybody loves him: he’s keeping it real. And yes, he loves books, even the most morbid ones – and yeah, I can relate.
MIBF Bookworms Teaser Video
Do watch the teaser video of the MIBF bookworms – and tell your friends about it. I couldn’t stop laughing and replaying the video. It’s just hilarious in an almost painful way! But don’t take my word for it; check it out and judge for yourself.
The 33rd Manila International Book Fair will be on September 12 to 16, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center. Oh yes, I’ll definitely be there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
All MIBF bookworms deserve to be ambassadors of literacy. And believe me when I say they have signed up for this because they believe this campaign will help promote reading and education. It’s so amazing to see four wonderful people, all driven to do their part as literacy advocates, endorsing the country’s biggest, baddest book fair ever. Now, it’s our turn to promote literacy: let’s SHARE their video and get the word out!