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.