Manila Bookstores. We live in the provinces where it’s practically impossible to buy books, unless you’re looking for a review book for a nursing board exam. Iloilo is a city of nearly 400,000 souls, a good percentage of them going to the city’s numerous colleges, but we’ve never found a decent bookstore. (But, there are some good college libraries in Iloilo.) The National Bookstore branches at SM City and Robinson’s mainly have school supplies, stationery, text books and a very, very small selection of literature. That’s why the bookstores of Manila are such a treat for us. Our interests are mostly literature and history especially Philippine history. Here are our favorites:
Tradewinds Books, Silahis Center, 744 Gen. Luna, Intramuros, 63-2-527-2113 and 63-2-527-2112. This beautiful restored or reconstructed building also houses an art gallery and wonderful antique and gift shop. One could easily spend half a day here.
Solidaridad Bookstore. 531 Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Metro Manila. 63-2-523-0870. A lovely old-fashioned bookstore for book lovers near Robinson’s Ermita. You can read a tribute to this Manila landmark at http://fsioniljose.blogspot.com/2004/08/solidaridad-bookshop.html
Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati. Good selection of books on Philippine history and culture. Phone: 63-2-892-1801 www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Built in 1937, the Nielson Tower in Makati City used to be an airport passenger terminal and control tower of the old Nielson airport, which was part of the Hacienda San Pedro Makati of the Zobel de Ayala family.
The airport was also the site of the United States Far East Air Force headquarters in World War II. The old terminal now houses the Filipinas Heritage Library.
Ayala Museum Bookstore
Powerbooks, Greenbelt Mall. The closest thing to Barnes and Noble or Borders. http://www.powerbooks.com.ph/index.asp