Sunday, May 11, 2008
The National Bookstore-GenSan had its first opening day (soft opening) today at 11 a.m. When I entered it at 1:30, the thirst for books and knowledge was palpable in the air. Of course, there were a lot of mothers with kids in tow in search of best buys in school supplies. In my first thirty minutes there, I saw lots of bookworms (the very same people I see in the local bookstores and secondhand bookshops on my bookhaunts) and made new friends.
The NBS-Gensan branch has a mezzanine with two staircases. It looks like a smaller version of the NBS-Katipunan branch across Ateneo de Manila University. The mezzanine holds more books on shelves, since the ground floor has mostly school and office supplies. The left side corner of the mezzanine has a special browsing and activity section for kids.
Although I still don't understand the fascination Pinoys have for dictionaries, this section is SRO (standing-room-only) for most browsers. The cookbooks section also has its female browsers.
Ma'ams Jo and Salome of NBS-Gaisano Mall Davao branch are on hand to oversee the opening.
You may apply for your own Laking National card now!
The Grand Opening and Blessing is in the offing! See you there!