The first major book fair of the year happens this week, March 1 to 3, at the UP Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman, Quezon City. Organized by the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (ABAP), the academic book fair carries the title: “Enhancing Academic Essentials Through Print and Technology.”
Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, chairman of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), is the guest speaker at the event’s opening program.
The exhibition highlights the latest titles for school and institutional libraries foremost among which are titles that are needed for the new General Education or GE curriculum for colleges and universities. The new GE curriculum is meant to prepare students for workplaces anywhere in the world and for jobs that have yet to be invented. CHED has emphasized that learning resources , both printed and digital, are a vital tool in the new curriculum and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) need to be adequately stocked with these materials.
Responding to the CHED challenge, the ABAP Academic Book Fair exhibitors also assist professors and librarians in accessing academic journals and highly specialized publications from around the world.
Among the exhibitors at the fair’s 21st edition are Philippine publishers C&E Publishing, the UP Press, Ateneo de Manila University Press and Rex Publishing, foreign publisher Cengage Learning Asia, and booksellers CD Books International, F&J de Jesus, Golden books Services, IBC Book Consolidators, Megatexts Philippines, Goodwill Bookstore and Forefront Book Inc.
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