Metro Manila · Impressions from the Dia del Libro 2014
The Dia del Libro 2014 at the Instituto Cervantes was smaller than in the last years. Nevertheless, many visitors still came to look for Spanish books, watch Spanish movies, and eat tortilla or paella.
The majority of visitors at the Dia del Libro on April 26 were young people, students who are already studying Spanish or consider doing so. The Spanish language and culture institute Cervantes offered them free Spanish classes and tests, and provided information about "Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language" (DELE) and the Spanish Virtual Classroom, an online learning environment created by the Instituto Cervantes.
Bookworms could hunt for Spanish and English Literature in the beautiful Mediterranean patio of the Instituto, where the Ortigas Foundation Library, Silahis, and other vendors displayed their old and new treasures. Right beside the book fair, visitors could indulge in croquetas, paella, and other Iberian delicacies.
The Dia del Libro, the Spanish version of the International Book Day, is a yearly event to promote the Spanish language, literature, and culture around the world.