Bookay-Ukay a Rockin’ Pinoy Bookstore


Not All book Lovers are Nerds. You will not see your typical geeky type crowd at this store. You would think this was an underground gig spot. What first caught my attention is how the store is designed. You’ll see plenty of artwork, pinoy designs, urban graffiti with a punk rock feel. You can’t see any white space on the walls because it’s all filled with posters and art. Even with all the chaos, books are instinctively organized and all easily within reach to feel and brows through. For me it was a visual carnival before it was a bookstore.

inside bookay-ukay store

Do the Ukay-Ukay Book Challenge

Have you ever tried going to an ukay-ukay with hopes of scoring great finds and making fantastic deals? It’s a fun and thrilling experience to rummage through clothes racks and boxes in search for hidden treasures. Pinoy bookworms can now get a piece of the action too.  Bookay-ukay is a trendy bookstore in Sikatuna Quezon City which sells vintage, hard-to-find out of print books. You can buy hard-to-fnd literary gems at a “presyong pang-estudyante”. If you love books and want to try something new, you gotta come over.

Ukay-Bookay repair mode
Bookay repair mode
the first ebook
The first e-book
Is this real life?
Is this real life?

Good Books, food,  music and people make a great Tambayan

bookay internet
Slow internet encourages reading physical books

The store is a magnet for open minded and smart pinoys who are tired of the sterile aisles of generic bookstores. It’s not about being rich or intellectual – walang lamangan dito.  You can have dinner or drinks at Tomato kick restaurant on the same level after your book purchase. Just smile and make new friends in this compound. The area has dozens of other small “kainans” to choose from. There’s also a cute flower shop and salon on the ground floor if you want to relax and get your nails done.

I was able to have a short chat with one of the part owners, Dan, and he explained that sharing wisdom was more important to him than making a buck. The store owners search for books in all the scary places you would not want to go – Quiapo, Recto and the back shelves of Booksale and Books And Mags. Join the family and start reading something older than you are, today.

Dan of bookay
Dan Part-owner of Bookay browsing Design pinoy

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#55 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City store hours: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 10PM

Note: I am not affiliated with Bookay in anyway. Just tripped into the store somehow.

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12 Responses to “Bookay-Ukay a Rockin’ Pinoy Bookstore”

  1. Hi , nice to come across your bookstore
    Can you tell me if you have the comics -The Legend of the Dark knight by Jim Aparo Vol 1 and Kamandi Omnibus vol 1 in used copies …or can you procure me from Phillipines at reasonable rates .Thanks