What is Angkas?
Angkas verb: to give someone a lift.
Who We Are
Angkas Travelling Bookstore is a social enterprise whose mission is to promote the ingenuity of Filipino authors and publishers by bringing their works closer to communities across the country.
What We Aim To Do
We have made it our mission to shorten the gap between local publishers and consumers by bringing the books closer via travelling bookstore. We want to help create a culture of reading among FIlipino communities.
Where We Want To Do It
Angkas Travelling Bookstore will make its way to provinces across the Philippines. We will be staying for weeks at a time per location.
Angkas @ the park - book selling, poetry reading, and storytelling for kids
Angkas School Caravan - book selling, authors meet, storytelling for kids and training for teachers
Angkas Academy - various art related training workshops
Angkas Gives Back - buy books to donate
Why We Are Crowdfunding
Our travelling bookstore will not be complete without the physical bookstore. We are utilizing the help of crowdfunding so we would be able to purchase a second hand APV vehicle along with the customization for bookstore setup.
An NBDB (National Book Development Board) study concluded that from 2007 to 2012 there was a continuous decline in readership among adults 18 years old and above. One of the widely known problems is the access to reading materials due to the lack of bookstores and libraries in areas outside of urban centers as well as some publishers’ inability to comply with bookstore or retail outlets’ requirements, most notably, on the trade commission agreement which results in the absence of a number of titles in bookstores to name a few.
Moreover, it was determined that the prime reason for declining book sales in the local industry was the lack of awareness of locally-published books.
Rey Bufi or Kuya Rey is a storyteller, inspirational speaker, trainor and founder of The Storytelling Project (TSP), a Non-profit organization which aims to spark hope, inspiration and imagination through storytelling. He have tirelessly crossed rivers and excitedly conquered mountains to reach remote communities – to bring our own brand of happy learning. He has given storytelling workshops for more than 1000 volunteers, students and teachers. He has reached more than 3000 kids from Camiguin Norte Babuyan Islands, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Benguet, La Union (Luna, Burgos, San Fernando), Baguio, Pangasinan (Dagupan and Sison), Tarlac,Manila, Cavite, Bicol, Cebu (Bantayan, Santander, Cebu City), Bohol, General Santos City, Siargao, Leyte, Samar, Zamboanga to Patikul Sulu. He also conducted Parenting Seminars to different provinces. He is also the sectoral representative for storytellers in the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). He is currently starting a Mobile Bookstore called Angkas Travelling Bookstore, a social enterprise with the mission of bringing locally published books closer to Filipinos in urban and rural communities.
Percentage of our proceeds will benefit The Storytelling Project (TSP), a non-profit organization which aims to spark hope, inspiration and imagination through storytelling; to make reading an enjoyable experience for children; to start a reading habit; and to instill the love of reading and learning in all our TSP kids. We’ve tirelessly crossed rivers and excitedly conquered mountains to reach remote communities – to bring our own brand of happy learning. Follow TSP at https://web.facebook.com/TheStorytellingProject/ to know more.