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Bestselling YA authors Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga sign books for Cebu fans

Young Adult (YA) author Jennifer Smith was at a queue in a convenience store when the inspiration for her latest book Windfall came in the form of a man with…

Young Adult (YA) author Jennifer Smith was at a queue in a convenience store when the inspiration for her latest book Windfall came in the form of a man with stocks of lottery tickets in his hand.

“I’ve always been interested in moments of change, that exact time when someone’s life changes. There’s not a better example of that than through winning the lottery,” she explained in an interview shortly before a book signing event at Ayala Center Cebu.

National Book Store brought another two bestselling authors, Smith and Jasmine Warga, to the Philippines. NBS hosted the book signing events for Smith and Warga last November 11 in Cebu and on November 12 at SM Aura Premier in Taguig.

Smith authored several bestselling young adult novels, including “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” “This Is What Happy Looks Like,” and “The Geography of You and Me.” Warga wrote such books as “My Heart and Other Black Holes” and “Here We Are Now.”

Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga

BOOK SIGNING. Jasmine Warga (left) and Jennifer Smith talk to Cebu journalists before their book signing session with fans in Ayala Center Cebu.

Young Adult book themes

Windfall, which was published in May 2017, revolves around a young woman, Alice, who buys a lottery ticket for her best friend Teddy. It ends up winning him the $140 million but the money soon creates a gap between them.

Warga’s new book Here We Are Now tackles the life of Taliah, who recently meets her biological father Julian. He asks her to go to Indiana with him to meet her dying grandfather. Taliah goes on a journey with her father, and soon learns he wasn’t the father she hoped for all these years.

Her other book My Heart and Other Black Holes touches on such topics as teen romance, mental health, suicide and has been translated into over 20 languages.

Warga said music, though she has no aptitude for it in the way that musicians have, is a common theme of her book because she considers it the closest thing to magic in this world.

Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga

IN CEBU. Jennifer Smith and Jasmine Warga sign books for fans during an event in Cebu.

Writing inspirations

Smith and Warga talked about how they became writers, their writing process, inspiration for their books, and favorite authors.

The two said they had a great experience and already tasted a variety of Filipino food. What they haven’t done yet but wanted to do was try the local Jollibee branch.

All of Smith’s and Warga’s books are available at several National Book Store branches in the Philippines.

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Art materials, workshops featured in National Book Store ‘Make and Create’ festival

Fine art paper, journals and notebooks, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and pens of all kinds and functions, the National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival had…

Fine art paper, journals and notebooks, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and pens of all kinds and functions, the National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival had everything that budding artists and art fans could possibly need.

For the two-day event, the Prestige Paper Brands sold journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks at a discount. All the products displayed at the festival are also available at the National Book Store branch in SM City Cebu.

Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. The 2-day event by National Bookstore featured fine art paper, journals and notebooks, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and pens of all kinds.

Buyers were able to choose to have their plain-covered journals personalized with their names or favorite quotes. This was done for free by the brand’s calligraphy expert.

Limelight notebooks are made of paper that´s up to 120 gsm so it’s thick and perfect for sketches or art works using watercolor.

The company also carries the Fabriano and Acquarello fine art paper products that have cotton in their composition. Fabriano has 20 percent cotton while Acquarello is made of 100 percent cotton. This makes both paper lines capable of holding water.

Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

Limelight notebooks are made of paper that´s up to 120 gsm so it’s thick and perfect for sketches or art works using watercolor.

Art and crafts materials

Sam Josef Abatayo, Sharpie brand management trainee, said they have specialty pens that can be used on various materials including fabric.

Sharpie markers can be used for artworks on shirts, bags, and sneakers, he added. To make the design more permanent, it will have to go through a heat setting process.

Marvy Uchida is a Japanese brand that retails calligraphy, drawing, coloring, brush, and specialty pens.

Sharpie.

It sells ball point and chisel and bullet types as well as gel pens and highlighters for school and office use, according to May Janine Fernaneo, Marvy Uchida marketing officer.

The brand also carries drawing and calligraphy pens as well as fabric and other markers for hobbies and crafts.

Professional art brands

Prismacolor has a colored pencils set with a staggering 150 hues for professional use.

There are National Book Store products like Chameleon’s one pen blends and multiple tones and Caran D’Ache’s oil pastels and colored pencils.

Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

Faber-Castell also has a lot of materials for children and students, from the soft touch brush sets and tri-grip brushes and watercolors to colored pencils and crayons.

Elmer’s Glue offers more choices now as well and has a colored line for more interesting artworks.

When it comes to pens and markers, Uni carries a diverse range of products. There are the Jetstream, Uniball, Click Gel, and Signo lines. It also has drawing pens, mechanical pencils, correction pens, highlighters, as well as several kinds of markers for a host of functions and uses.

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National Book Store brings Kevin Kwan to Cebu on August 27

National Book Store will bring international bestselling author Kevin Kwan to Cebu for a book signing on August 27 at 2 p.m. in the City Wing of SM Seaside City…

National Book Store will bring international bestselling author Kevin Kwan to Cebu for a book signing on August 27 at 2 p.m. in the City Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu. Registration will start at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from National Book Store and Powerbooks will be accommodated.

Kwan is currently promoting his latest book “Rich People Problems.” The novel is about the rich and powerful problems of Singapore.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan is the man behind ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, which is now being adapted into a feature film by Ivanhoe Pictures and Color Force, the producers of ‘The Hunger Games’ movies. Its sequel ‘China Rich Girlfriend’ was described by People Magazine as “a field guide to Asia’s uberwealthy echelon and comic satire at its best.”

Kwan was born and raised in Singapore, where he attended Anglo-Chinese School. After obtaining his first degree in creative writing from the University of Houston, Kwan moved to Manhattan to pursue a BFA at Parsons School of Design. Kwan currently resides in Manhattan.

The event is made possible in partnership with SM Seaside City Cebu.

“Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend,” and “Rich People Problems” are available in National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks. Shop online at nationalbookstore.com. Share your excitement by using the #KevinKwaninCebu. For more updates, follow NBS on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube (@nbsalert), join their public chat on Viber, and visit their blog at blog.nationalbookstore.com. (Press release)

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Iconic Japanese stationery brand Itoya opens in Cebu

Premium notebooks of various designs and types, high-quality pens, and other writing implements and supplies are now available in Cebu with the opening of the Itoya corner in the National…

Premium notebooks of various designs and types, high-quality pens, and other writing implements and supplies are now available in Cebu with the opening of the Itoya corner in the National Bookstore branch in Ayala Center Cebu.

Officials of Itoya and National Bookstore led the opening of the store earlier today, June 10.

“We feel truly honored that an iconic brand such as Itoya has partnered with us. We are excited to showcase their carefully curated merchandise with high quality craftsmanship that is sure to rev up the school and work spaces of our customers, especially here in Cebu,” said National Book Store managing director Xandra Ramos-Padilla in a press statement.

Itoya Cebu Colorchart

ITOYA NOW IN CEBU. Present during the opening of Itoya in Ayala Center Cebu are (from left) Itoya Time Value Ltd. president Takahiko Kanai, National Book Store senior brand manager Arlene Thay, and Ito-ya Ltd. senior vice president Isamu Suzuki. (Photo: Max Limpag)

Itoya, which is located in the Ginza district, is listed among the must-visit stores in Japan by travel guides, including the Lonely Planet.

“The concept of Itoya products revolves around excellent design, impeccable material, and multi-functionality. Majority of Itoya products are developed in Japan and pass strict quality control to ensure that the design and style meet world-class standards,” National Bookstore said in a statement.

Itoya Cebu notebooks

NOTEBOOKS. Zequenz journals on display in the store. (Photo: MyCebu.ph)

Itoya senior vice president Isamu Suzuki said during the launch that the company has been making premium stationery and writing products for close to 112 years. He said they were the first company in Japan to use the English word “stationery.”

Today, however, Suzuki said the company has become a “premium gift shop” that carries a varied line of products, including:

Color Chart

This is a collection line of ballpoint pens and accessories, mechanical pencils, notebooks, leather jacket for journals, pouches, binders and office supplies and accessories. They come in various matching colors, hence the name, ranging from: Magenta Pink, Sunset Orange, Pear Green, Sky Blue, Navy Blue, and Earth Brown.

Romeo

Romeo-Collection

This product line traces its origin to the first fountain pen made by Itoya more than 100 years ago. Suzuki said in an interview that the name comes from the character of the universal love story that has had many a would-be Romeo penning love notes to their Juliets.

The company said the Romeo brand was re-launched in 2004 for use of the modern businessmen. It is 100% man-made and uses only premium materials. The Romeo collection also includes pad bands with pen holders, file binders, notebooks, and pencils, and leather products such as wallets, card cases, memo pads, ID holders, and pen cases.

Contrail

Itoya Cebu Contrail notebooks

Contrail journals.

This latest brand “offers the ultimate tools for those who are always on-the-move.”

“The pens are reminiscent of maritime flags that are perfectly paired with the incensed cedar used in the barrel. The collection also includes the “on-the-go” and “street” journals which feature attractive patterns and are light in weight,” the company said.

Helvetica

This line, which features simple designs, is named after the typeface.

Itoya Cebu Helvetica

Helvetica pens.

“Itoya’s Helvetica products similarly bring in simple and timeless designs while maintaining its smart functionality,” the company said. The Helvetica collection includes ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, pencil extenders, pen cases, multi-functional pens, clipboards, and dual ring binders.

Itoya’s products were first made available in the Philippines in October 2015. National Book Store Senior Brand Manager Arlene Thay said the brand was doing well among a wide range of Filipino consumers. She said it did well heading to the Christmas seasons when many bought items like the Romeo pens as gifts to bosses or spouses and other special people.

Thay said Itoya was particularly strong among “working executives.”

The Itoya branch in Ayala Center Cebu Cebu is the first outside Manila. Itoya products are currently available in the National Book Store branches in Power Plant Mall, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, SM Aura Premier, and Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4, and will be available this June in Alabang Town Center and Glorietta 1.

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