Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

Dec 3, 2018 | Likes, Live, Only Berlin

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

I’ve got an old sticker book when I was a kid.  My mom would always bring me to National Book Store Cubao branch so I could buy stickers and complete my Panini Dinosaur Sticker Collection Book. I carried that love for sticker collection until college.  I remember that when time permits, my then boyfriend (now husband) would accompany me at National Book Store Ermita branch because it was there we find Panini stickers.  

More than my love for Panini sticker collection, I also developed an affection for book reading.  It was in high school when I started collecting those young adult romance novels that usually dealt with high school drama and romance, first dates and first love, family conflicts and peer pressure.  Then I was introduced to suspense novels and those stories with a combination of horror and family saga.  Ow, how I love those narratives revolving around family secrets, forbidden love, and rags-to-riches drama. 

Children are made readers

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I may say, my love for reading never ended.  It evolved and now that I have five boys, I would want to assume that such passion for books has been carried to them.  They learn to appreciate reading, because their parents have instilled in them the enjoyment that comes from a good book. 

Now, all our five boys have their collection of books.  And I am just so proud of them.  More than the knowledge absorbed from those titles, the exposure to reading exercises their brain and enhances their concentration.  I was told that kids who are exposed to consistent reading learn to sit still for long periods.  Such a skill can help them later on when they go to school, find a job, and even settle and have a family.  Plus, youngsters can quickly identify with the characters, put themselves into the story, and develop empathy.


Meaningful Gifts at National Book Store


For a book lover, a visit to a bookshop isn’t complete without wandering by its aisles. My boys and I are all head over heels at National Book Store’s Best Books of 2018 section.  Displayed are the year’s best titles according to reviews, number of copies sold, and popularity.  Perhaps, it was the section where I stayed the most.  With the many beautiful titles in front of me, I can’t decide what to get first.  Sadly, I just can’t put them all inside my cart.  I have a working budget.  Ow, how I wish I could bring every title I want.  But I let my boys pick- at the most- three books as part of their mom’s Christmas present.

The bookshop that goes beyond titles

In this time and age of the World Wide Web, almost anything can now be bought on the Internet, books included.  But as for my boys and me, nothing can still replace the touch and feel of a real bookshop. More than the vast collection of reading materials, other bookstores also offer arts and crafts, toys, and even cute keepsakes, and other school and office supplies.  Plus of course, some bookshops have nice lounge chairs.  The store’s lighting, color, and layout all contribute, too, for a lovely reading or shopping experience.   One classic example is that of National Book Store.


Meaningful Christmas with National Book Store

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Storer

I must say that even for non-bibliophile, a trip to the National Book Store is heaven. I love it best that they have different zones that would lead even the most clueless soul where to find the 100 Great Gifts to Get.   It is a curated selection of products featuring exclusive items, collaborations, holiday specials, and more.  Price points are from P100 to P1000.  And since Christmas is just around the corner, National Book Store also has a Christmas Zone for anything holiday decors to trees, gift bags, and wrappers.  

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

Just very near the entrance of most National Book Store branches is the Gift Zone.  My boys and I stayed there for almost an hour or more.  Everything is just too cute and usable; we can’t decide from the many feature products before us what to get.  Arranged by budget or by personality, each gift pack or gift items are designed to help customers select presents more conveniently.  Gift bundles and items are priced from P50 and below, P100 and below, P300 and below, and P500 and below.  It helps, too, that each table is categorized into gifts for the family, officemates, and special someone.  How thoughtful can they be!

A National Book Store near you

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

Meaningful Shopping at National Book Store

National Book Store has over 235 branches nationwide.  And for those who can’t physically visit the bookshop, they can visit to shop online or call the delivery hotline 8888-NBS. I love it that they can adjust especially that many people nowadays are doing their shopping online. But for my family and me, any city mall or town center’s soul is a bookstore.  It feeds not only our hunger for knowledge but provides knickknacks and everyday office essentials.  It is our go-to place for the boys’ school needs which in simple or complex ways, help them succeed in life. And in this season of giving, a trip to National Book Store spells convenience, completeness, and accessibility.  Go and visit the nearest National Book Store in your area and be awed.   


  1. K'Mich E

    Great article to encourage young minds to read.

  2. Kristen

    I love how you talked about your memories of reading, and then passed that on to your kids. Reading is so important. My kids LOVE going to the bookstore!

  3. Megan Chaney

    This is great! As a kindergarten teacher, I can never stress enough to parents how important it is to show interest in reading and get their kids interested, as well. A book is a great gift for absolutely anyone.

  4. Tara Pittman (@momknowsbest15)

    I remember the first time I took my son to the library at 3 years old. He loved to read and was so excited that he may have been a little bit loud.

  5. Annie Cho

    I love going into bookstores and getting lost in a good read. I’d love to visit this one someday!

  6. reikamisakisan

    I love going to National Bookstore to check out new books to read. I always stop by everytime I go to the mall.

  7. Brittany Vantrease

    I’ve never heard of National Bookstore before. My kids and I all like to go to bookstores, too. There are always very interesting things there as well as thousands of amazing books waiting to be read.

  8. Jessica Hendricks

    Wow, this is incredible! I’ve never heard of National Bookstore before – that’s amazing that they have 200+ stores nationwide!

  9. Keshia Richmond

    I love books and book stores. Never heard of a nation book store. Thanks for introducing us to this treasure

  10. Jessica Lynn Martin

    This bookstore looks so amazing. We love books here. I also have 5 kids and they love to read. We just moved to a new area and we still have not found a bookstore. After reading this post, I think our weekend plans will now include going to a bookstore and getting some new books. Reading is so important, especially for kids.

  11. chefhazard7

    I love book stores, it makes me sad that they are closing up in favor of buying more online. There is something special about wandering around the aisles and picking something random on a dreary afternoon.

  12. Jesusa Gilliam

    This sounds like such a great thing. I myself need to start reading more to my two boys, I know how important it is to get them interested in books. We usually read a book at night but I feel like we need to read more.

  13. Marie Kait

    This looks like a great bookstore! I love taking my kids to buy books, but I always feel bad setting a limit, because reading is so awesome! But we can’t just buy all the books. lol 🙁

  14. konnaant

    There are so many beautiful memories I agree. Getting booka as gifts is definitely a great idea.

  15. Bindu Thomas

    This is the first time I am hearing about National book store. Thanks for sharing. Me and my kids love reading books.

  16. Kiwi

    This post came just on time because I said I was not going to wait until the new year to read more! I dont think there is a National Bookstore near me but I would like to visit one eventually.



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