About Us

Number of titles
90,000 ++
School and office supplies
100,000 ++
Stores Nationwide
200 ++
Happy Employees
3,000 ++
Students Helped
500,000 ++
Libraries Built
2,000 ++

75 Years of Endless Discoveries

For the past years, we have remained close to the hearts of millions of Filipinos across generations. No matter what point they are in their lives, they will always have a home here in National Books Store - for readers, artists, students, and whole families. We are proud to remain a constant in everyone's journey , nurturing the passions and inspiring the growth of every Filipino.
Our founders, Socorro Cancio - Ramos , Jose Ramos, and their family , embodied hard work and powerful leadership and persevered against all odds. Their once small stall in Escolta, despite having been burnt to the ground during the Japanese occupation and later ravaged by a typhoon, persevered and prospered amidst adversity. It is this resilience and relentlessness that took us to heights they once thought were impossible.
Their journey is an inspiration for Filipinos everywhere, and a reminder of the humble beginnings of one of the country's most loved institutions.

Our History

In the 40's

National Book Store was established by Jose and Socorro Ramos


National Book Store re-opened in Avenida Rizal after burning it during the Liberation


Typhoon Gene struck the country and ruined NBS

In the 60's

Inauguration of the nine story building in Avenida which was christened as the AlBeCer Buidling


Opening of the National Book Store - Rizal Avenue

In the 70's

Opening of the National Book Store - Recto


Opening of National Book Store Araneta Coliseum


National Book Store got the licensee from Hallmark
Opening of National Book Store in Quad Arcade

In the 80's

National Book Store Superbranch in Cubao was opened


National Book Store opened its first Visayas branch in Mango Cebu Avenue
National Book Store Head Office Quad Alpha was operationalized
Union Alliance of Concerned Employees of NBS was established


Cacho Publishing, Inc. was established

In the 90's

Implementation of NBS' Cut Price sale
Establishment of Anvil Publishing, NBS' publishing arm


Introduction of NBS' house brand - Best Buy
National Book Store C5 warehouse


Power Books, Inc. was established along Arnaiz in Makati
Opening of the first Mindanao branch in Cagayan de Oro Borja


National Book Store changed its logo from the traditional bird image to N
The first NBEX store was opened in Retiro

In the 00's

Implementation of the loyalty program - Laking National


Nanay Coring won the Enterpreneur of the Year from Ernst and Young
Establishment of the National Book Store Foundation, Inc.


Awarded as Outstanding Filipino Retailers by PRA


Launching of NBS Website


Opening of the 100th store in SM Taytay, Rizal
Opening of the first Metrobooks in Hongkong
Nanay Coring was awarded Honorary Degree in Ateneo De Manila


The first ever mid night book launch in the country: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Launching of the NBS Facebook account

In the 2010's

Launching of the My Pilipinas Moleskine in collaboration between National Book Store, Collezione-C2, and Moleskine. We launch a limited edition of Moleskine that printed with iconic Philippine map on our legendary notebook is a symbol of the Filipino spirit, passion and limitless creativity.


Arrival and signing event of one of the Best Selling Book Author, Nicolas Sparks


Launching of the Nanay Coring: The Story of National Book Store's Socorro Ramos
Mark Millar: The Milla in Manila: Mark Millar’s unique competition to attend a signing anywhere in the world has been won by the National Book Store in Manila. NBS placed the largest order for Supercrooks #1


Launching of the Rajo Laurel Design Collaboration
Launching of the NBS E-Commerce Site


1st Philippine Readers Writers Festival: National Book Store brings the best-selling author in Manila for the first time.
Mitch Albom Book Signing Event: The first biggest signing in Manila.
Launching of the My Fave Book Selfie in Philippine Star
Formulation of the new NBS Vision and Mission statement
First Free Comic Book Day in the Philippines.


Collaboration with Daphne Oseña-Paez, an entreprenuer and media personality.
In celebration of BenCab: 50 Creative Years, National Book Store collaborated with Benedicto Reyes Cabrera. By this, we launched a special limited edition stationery collection in honor of his contribution to the country’s culture. We are proud to finally present the BenCab products which feature some of his exceptional works. Through this collection, we will be able to bring BenCab’s works closer to a wider market and reach out to a new generation of artists and enthusiasts.
Color Pop Fair: First coloring event in the Philippines
Kiera Cass signing event in Cebu: The Biggest Book Author event in Cebu
Implementation of SAP, an enterprise planning software
Appointed as exclusive Philippine distributor of Itoya from Japan
Opening of the 200th store in Ayala Serin Tagaytay
Launching of NBS Delivery Service / Hotline
Turnover of the first NBS Foundation Dome Library; a first of its kind in the Philippines


Collaboration with Cecile Zamora Van Straten, lifestyle blogger.
National Book Store won the Hall of Fame for Philippine Retailers Association
New store design Malherbe in SM North Edsa.
Appointed as exclusive Philippine distributor of Caran d' Ache
Acquired a license to design and distribute products from Disney


Opening of the new store concepts: Art Bar, Workstation and Noteworthy
Opening of the NBS' Academy, an in house training center for NBS employees