Take it from Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, the beloved Books from Underground will be coming back to the Lagusnilad Underpass, which was recently renovated and reopened to pedestrians.
"Huwag po kayo mag-alala. Ang kanyang existence ay iaayos natin kung paano sila magiging legitimate businessmen (Don't worry. We are working out how they can become legitimate businessmen)," Moreno said of the bookstore, which closed shop when the underpass was cleared for the renovation.
Businessman AJ Laberinto started Books from Underground by laying his books for sale on the floor near the Manila City Hall, before earning enough to rent a stall in 2010. Among its patrons are students looking for readings on a budget (P60 to P150).
"Sayang nga lang walang pasok. Siguro matutuwa at maninibago ang mga estudyante na muling madadaan dito (It's a pity there are no classes. I think students will be happy and surprised when they pass by here)," he said.
On Monday, Manila reopened the Instagram-worthy Lagusnilad Underpass that features murals of the city's heritage and COVID-19 frontliners. Books from Underground is expected to open sometime next week.