Text by Marz Aglipay; Photos by Martina De Vera
November 18 – Manila, Philippines. The co-working space of Warehouse Eight hosted the first edition of Komura; Book Fair, which drew sizable traffic of like-minded book lovers, especially towards the evening.
Komura; packed a full day’s program with a crowd-funding workshop by Spark Project, which aimed to encourage writers and illustrators to pursue independent publishing; a book meet-up hosted by Kwago Bookstore; and a busking session dubbed “Echoes at The Warehouse.” The performers lined up for Echoes included Lions and Acrobats, Asch, Alyana Lea Carmela, Niki Colet, and Hoochie Coochie Mikkie, along with poets who did poetry reading. “Echoes is an expectation-free platform where artists don’t have to ‘perform’ and do their usual acts. They can just be there to share a piece of themselves in whatever format they feel right at the moment,” said Komura; co-founder Kayla Dionisio.