I found out from this tweet that my favorite indie bookstore, Libreria, is closing its doors on March 24, Saturday. I was surprised and saddened by the news. We don’t have a lot of indie bookstores here in Manila. Most readers buy books from the top three chains: National Bookstore, Powerbooks and Fully Booked. Or from used bookstores all over the Metro. Which is why I was delighted when I first discovered Libreria. It’s a quaint little place and I love hanging out there. I could stay there for hours, talking about books with Triccie (the owner) and fellow Filipino readers.
Libreria has been the default location for Filipino Book Bloggers meet ups since late 2010. It’s a great place to meet up because it’s cozy and we don’t have to worry about not having enough seats. Also, chatting in a bookstore is always a good thing for book lovers. Libreria is the main reason why I’ve been a frequent visitor in the quirky area of Cubao X the past few months.
I just wanted to write a post to say goodbye to this lovely bookstore. If you’ve never been to Libreria, drop by for a visit before it closes. As mentioned in the tweet above, all books are selling for 50% off. We had some fun times in Libreria and I’m going to miss it when it closes.