There’s a new bookstore in town and it’s called Libreria, located in the quirky and artsy Cubao X. This is where the second meet up of the Filipino Book Bloggers was held but more about that on another post. I wanted to highlight Libreria because it’s new and you can’t find a lot about it when you Google the name of the bookstore. To those who’ve never been to Cubao X, here’s the full address:
Gen. Romulo St.,
Araneta Center, Cubao QC, 1109
Libreria doesn’t have a sign to indicate its presence so when you enter Cubao X, just go straight until you find a vacant area then go inside and you’ll see a bright blue door. That’s the entrance to what Tarie has dubbed the Filipino Book Bloggers’ new headquarters.
Triccie, the owner of Libreria, is really nice and friendly. The place has a homey feel to it because some of the books are from Triccie’s own collection. She has a houseful of books and when she realized that she wouldn’t get to read a lot of the books that she owns anytime soon, she decided to put up Libreria. The books in the store aren’t covered in plastic like in other commercialized bookstores so customers can read samples while browsing. The books are very affordable especially since some of them are pre-loved. There’s even a bargain section where all of the books are just P50 each. I was glad to see that there are books in Libreria that aren’t available in other local bookstores. I bought a hardcover edition of The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty for only P100 and a trade paperback of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith for only P75. To the other Filipino Book Bloggers, please leave a comment listing the books that you bought to give people an idea of what’s available in Libreria. :)
I’ve always envied my American friends their indie bookstores and now I have my own favorite indie bookstore to patronize. Libreria is open everyday, 3pm to 8pm but on weekends, they can extend up to 11pm. Cubao X caters to a nocturnal crowd and I quote Honey in saying that Libreria is “a haven amidst teenage angst.” They also serve freshly brewed, refillable coffee for only P50.
Follow Libreria through its Facebook page.