As I have mentioned in my previous post on tips on enjoying the MIBF, I said that when you get to the book fair you should be prepared to be overwhelmed. There are books, books, books everywhere.
I watched this scene in Sex in the City a long time ago: as Carrie Bradshaw was walking along the streets of New York, she stopped in front of a store window and with a dreamy look in her eyes, sighed with pleasure. What was in the window? Only the latest designer shoes by one of her favorite designers. Well, that’s me once I get to the book fair. I enter the fair, look around, and sigh with so much pleasure: BOOKS!
I’m happy to see this year that there are several booths in the fair that sell books by Christian authors. In my own humble opinion, the OMF Lit booth was the best. This is not because it had the largest booth among all the Christian bookstores, but because they had so many activities within the booth. Once inside, it will be hard to leave as you get to meet the different authors, have your new books signed and even get the chance to win some of their best books.
One of the activities that had me staying in their booth was the Bloggers Challenge. We were given a set of ten challenges to do for a chance to win all of their new releases. What?! More books? I am definitely in!
Here’s the list and how I achieved them:
1. Grab your favorite book, go the the stage and have your picture taken like our I Read poster.
2. Walk up to a complete stranger and recommend a book for them to buy.
This I did one huge step bigger: I agreed to be interviewed by the 700 Club staff who was around that time and talked about Hula, Multo, Faith Healing ATBP by Hiram G. Pangilinan. They say I’ll be appearing on TV some time. Too bad I don’t have a picture of that but Ms. Ida Torres of OMF Lit was right there watching the interview.
3. Take a video of yourself talking about why and who you love reading.
Ms. Ida Torres took a video of me at the book fair.
4. Wear a silly hat, go to another booth and have picture taken with a stranger.
Thanks to this young man, who is still a stranger to me till now, for agreeing to have his picture taken with me.
5. Introduce yourself on stage and talk about your blog and your blog url.
This is the best of all my challenges. Instead of merely going up on stage, Ms. Ida had me interviewed by The Edge Radio that was currently broadcasting from their booth! I got to talk about homeschooling and why it was the best decision for our family.
6. Post something on your social networks inviting them to the MIBF OMF Lit booth in an unusual way.
7. Get three people to sign the OMF Lit survey.
This was the first thing I did because it’s the easiest.
8. Briefly interview an OMF Lit staff about how they feel about the MIBF so far.
This is Mr. Nelson Zuniga who works in the Wholesale Department of OMF Lit. He says,
“Hirap during ingress kasi nakakapagod. Pero masaya ngayon sa dami ng tao. Hindi dahil sa dami ng benta kundi madaming makakapagbasa ng God’s word – pwedeng iregalo at makapagpabago ng buhay.” (It was hard during ingress because it was tiring. But I’m happy now because of the volume of people that came. Not because of the sales, but because a lot more people will be able to read God’s word – the books can be given as gifts and it may help to change people’s lives.")
9. Write a blog (or even a series of blog entries) about your whole MIBF experience.
There should have been 10 challenges but they took one out which is helping to bag books because there were just too many customers around.
I know after reading this blog post and all my other posts about OMF Lit, you might be wondering if OMF paid me to do this for them. The answer is a big “NO”. I write about the book fair because this is one of the major affairs that my children and I go to every year. We enjoy it a lot. We specifically enjoy going to the OMF Lit booth every year because we have met so many people there that have become our friends. We also love their books by Ms. Grace Chong and Tito Doc Luis Gatmaitan so it’s always a pleasure to see them at the book fair. With all the activities that they have at the booth, there’s always something for every one of my children.