We Went to the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale One Day Earlier, Here’s What We Saw

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Photo / Big Bad Wolf

If you’re a reader, you probably know about the Big Bad Wolf, the world’s biggest book sale that has traveled all over the world, visiting 37 cities in 15 countries. One of its stops is the Philippines and they have offered millions of books at huge discounts.

This year is an exciting time because the Big Bad Wolf is finally back to a physical space after going online due to the pandemic.

We went to the sale the day before opening and here’s what we saw:


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The Big Bad Wolf is divided into three sections: children’s, non-fiction, and fiction. We focused on the fiction section and the selection this year is great. Some books are actually on our wishlist! In previous years, we went to the sale expecting to discover new reads from authors whose works we haven’t explored yet.

Some of the authors that stood out to us were Rick Riordan, Neil Gaiman, Paulo Coelho, Susan Sontag, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, Chuck Palahniuk, David Sedaris, Sayaka Murata, and more. The classics and comics are well-represented, with books by Jane Austen, H.G. Wells, and George Orwell, and graphic novels from Marvel.

Here’s our haul:

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A highlight this year is the section on Filipino books. There are comics, novels, and children’s books from Adarna and Anino Comics. We highly recommend Mars, May Zombie!, a yassified apocalypse YA novel, and the graphic novels by Rob Cham. We hope Big Bad Wolf can expand the local selection in the coming years because we have a great collection of books.

There are no prices on the tags, only letters. These correspond to certain prices, which you’ll have to look at the boards scattered around the area. It’s advisable to take a photo so you can refer to it anytime. Here’s a photo below:

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Photo / Big Bad Wolf

Shopping can get overwhelming so it’s nice that there is a collection of food stalls where you can get snacks. There are fries, milk tea, and other meryenda classics.

Here are other things you need to know:

  • This year’s book sale will be from June 23 to July 3, 2023, at the PICC Forum Tent in Pasay City, from 10 AM to 1 AM daily.


  • There will be two million books for sale with discounts of up to 95%. You can buy books for as low as P20!


  • New titles will be released daily, so each visit is a unique experience.


  • Entrance to the Big Bad Wolf book sale is still free. You can enjoy promotions when you register for a free membership through the QR code before entering the venue. Additionally, you can gain access to exclusive offers and deals when you checkout through the user-friendly web app.


  • One of the exciting highlights of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2023 is the “Book Haul” contest, where shoppers of all ages can participate for a chance to win a trolley full of books. Participants are invited to capture their book sale experience through a creative photo or video and share it on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok, using the hashtags #BBWManila2023 and #TrolleyfulOfBooks2023. Daily prizes worth P25,000 in vouchers will be awarded for the most creative submissions, and one lucky grand winner will take home a trolley full of books.

If you’re a Metrobank cardholder, you can enjoy these benefits:

  • For a minimum purchase of P3,000, Metrobank credit cardholders can avail of 0% installment for three months.


  • Metrobank cardholders will enjoy dedicated lanes during the sale.


  • Purchases of P5,000 with Metrobank credit cards can score up to 10% cashback.


  • Qualified World, Platinum Mastercard, and Travel PlatinumVisa cardholders will have exclusive access to a special lounge where they can sit and spend time reading their latest book haul.


Website: https://www.bigbadwolfbooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooksphilippines

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbwbooksph/

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