Have you seen the brand new National Book Store flagship store at the new Glorietta 1 in Ayala Center, Makati? It’s huge. There are three floors with the most complete selection of books, school and office supplies. The store also has a dedicated book signing and events area, numerous shop-in-shops for signature brands like Moleskine, Crane & Co., Sheaffer and Work Station, and Illy Café (yay!).
I had the honour of hosting the reopening of this flagship store last week. As always, it was a pleasure being with the NBS family.
With the new generation National Book Store cousins Miguel Ramos, Trina Alindogan and Xandra Padilla. When I posted this in Instagram, the dress got a lot of feedback. Yes, another white lace dress. I’m wearing K&Company and Jewelmer south sea pearls.
It’s been 70 years since Nanay Coring opened her first store in Avenida Rizal back in 1942. They now have over 140 stores nationwide. In fact this National Book Store Glorietta 1 is the seventeenth National Book Store branch opened this year. Other new branches are Antipolo Victory Park, Ayala Cagayan Centrio Mall, Greenhills Greenlanes Arcade, Lucky Chinatown Binondo, Mandaluyong, Manhattan Parkway, Robinsons Calasiao, Robinsons Magnolia Town Center, Robinsons Palawan, San Antonio Plaza, SM Consolacion, SM General Santos, SM Lanang, SM Laoag, SM Olongapo and SM San Fernando.
Back in 2007, I interviewed Nanay Coring for Proudly Filipina. She told me her story about how she set up her first store during the war and passing on the entrepreneurial genes to her children and grandchildren. Nanay Coring is now in her eighties and still goes to work everyday.
My kids enjoyed reading this lovely book written by Yvette Fernandez. When Sophia saw these photos as I was writing this entry, she retold the story in her own words. She was amazed to see that Nanay Coring was a real person and that I knew her. Now she wants to meet Nanay. I think that can be arranged.