This year is the 3rd National Children's Book Awards (NCBA) and the deadline for nominations is this Friday, January 31. Click here to read the NCBA rules and click here to download the NCBA nomination form.
The online version of the rules asks for seven copies of each nominated book, but now ten copies of each nominated book must be submitted because more judges (kid judges!) have been added to the awards.
I'm already looking forward to the awards ceremony on July 26. :o)
Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series, Bookmark’s series for children’s books, will be formally launched on February 5, 2014, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Last Chukker, Manila Polo Club, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City.
The series features nine new titles, namely: A Passion for Science (Dr. Lourdes Cruz and Dr. Baldomero Olivera, Jr.); A Time to Grow (Margarita Dela Cruz Santiago); A Voice of Hope in a Time of Darkness (Susan Fernandez-Magno); BROCKA: The Filmmaker without Fear (Lino Brocka); The First International Filipino Diva (Jovita Fuentes); The Pangat, the Mountains, and the River (Macliing Dulag); I Know Where My Heart Is (Bro. Richie Fernando SJ); My Father, the “Soldier” (Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos); and My Role Model (Vidal Lory Tan.)
The Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series aims to present role models for young people to emulate. Each story in the series contains a central theme that exemplifies a moral value or characteristic or an exemplary incident in the life of each principal character.
Also to be launched are Pages written by Javier T. Delfin, illustrated by Gabi Dimaranan and The Day of Darkness written by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan, illustrated by Gutch Gutierrez.
Original illustrations will be exhibited and up for sale. The authors and artists will be present for the book signing.
This is not the first time de Guzman and Cruz have been awarded by the PBBY. De Guzman bagged Honorable Mention in 2003, while Cruz won Honorable Mention in 2004. This is Quirante’s first award from the PBBY.
The three winners shall be awarded during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day in July 2014.
For inquiries about the contest, email the PBBY Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Welcome to the second day of the Ngumiti si Andoy blog tour!Ngumiti si Andoy, written by Xi Zuq (/Shee Zuk/) and illustrated by Dominic Agsaway, is the winner of the 2013 PBBY Salanga and Alcala Prizes and the latest bilingual (Filipino and English) picture book from Adarna House. In Ngumiti si Andoy, a boy named Andrew is drawing the statues in his school's heroes park when the statue of Andres "Andoy" Bonifacio, the Father of the Philippine Revolution, comes to life. Andrew and Andoy have a conversation about Andoy's parents, siblings, and wife. The bookhasgreat educational value - teachers and parents can use it to introduce children to the hero or complement formal history lessons - but it is not overtly didactic.
For the Ngumiti si Andoy blog tour, I am interviewing both the book's author and illustrator, as well as sharing some of the illustrator's initial sketches for the book.
Let's start with the debut author and my fellow book reviewer Michael Jude Tumamac Xi Zuq.
Hi, MJ Xi Zuq! Why did you join the Salanga, and what did winning mean to you?
joined last year’s Salanga because it’s Andres B.-themed. Andres B. and
his close friend Emilio Jacinto are my favorite heroes. It was my dream
to publish a work about them. Winning the Salanga, therefore, paved the
way for me to realize this dream. And it is a great honor for me to
have the opportunity to reintroduce some aspects of Andres B.’s life to
the present generation of Filipinos.
Why is Andres Bonifacio your favorite hero?
Andres B. is my favorite hero because he was very passionate in everything he did and he invested so much in persons he loved.
Is that why you focused on Andres Bonfacio's relationships in Ngumiti si Andoy?
I also wanted to portray Andres B. as a human who knew how to love.
Hence, I animated the statue of Andres B. to somehow liberate him from
the mold we usually put him in - a fearless freedom fighter (though he
really was). But only when we "soften" and animate his statue will we be able to realize that he kept a lot of emotional pain, pain from
losing his two brothers, being unable to see his beloved, the death of his
son . . . I can only imagine the flashbacks he had during the
hour that he knew he was going to be killed.
Can you please share your creative
process for Ngumiti si Andoy?
Well, my main project in writing the story was playing with the element
time. I thought it would be fitting to disorient the linearity of time
in this story especially because it tackles a historical figure. Hence, I
used the heroes park and the statues because they are loaded with historical timefeatures. I was
engrossed with the idea of using statues (and as well as other historical
artifacts) because they represent a world in the past but exist (and most are created) in
I introduced a kid narrator who started the story with an "ending"
and ended it with another "beginning." [Tarie's note to readers: You have to read the book to see this!] To add to the play of bending
the linearity of time, I opted to animate Andres B.’s statue
and had him interact with the kid narrator. Through their conversation,
was able to access events that happened in a different period of time
without entering that period.
finishing the first draft, I got worried that my experimentation was
too much. If child readers would be able to follow the story was my
primary concern. But I also thought (after reading some literature
children’s concept of time) that kids narrate events usually in a
manner. In the end, I made a compromise between the two [a linear and non-linear story].
How does being a book reviewer affect your
being an author and vice versa?
Being a book reviewer helped me a lot in writing stories. For one, I rarely write
prose. My entry point in the kidlit sphere was actually writing poetry for children. So by reading and
analyzing story books, I sort of learn the way to write stories.
books also helps me know what’s there and what’s "in." I somehow got
ideas on which types of stories and writing styles win in certain
Why do you prefer to use a pseudonym?
The story behind my psedunoym is top secret (laughs). But I decided to use it mainly because it piques the interest and curiosity of kids. One of my students even said (yes, I sign their work with my pseudonym) that it was odd and weird but she liked it.
As an author, what are your essentials and obsessions?
I cannot write without my notebook, where I keep all my story/poem ideas and drafts. [I feel more comfortable writing by hand] because I've been trained that way since grade school. I only encode a work after one revision by hand. Then I print it and do another revision by hand. I do that until I feel satisfied with the work. Also, I put a lot of notes, references, and comments that I have difficulty managing when working on my computer.
I'm obsessed with forms and structures. Since I was a poet first, I cannot help minding every element of a story - the title, line cuts, sound patterns, spelling, plot, symbols, etc.
Do you have any advice for writers waiting for their big break?
My advice is they should read and read works for children if they want to write for children. Reading can help them identify stories they like, dissect their elements, and apply the techniques and styles they'll discover in their writing. Reading reviews, research, and literary criticism of children's works can also aid them, especially if they are unsure of how to dissect a work. MJ Xi Zuq, thank you so much for this peek into your writing life. Next up is my interview with Ngumiti si Andoy illustrator Dominic Agsaway!
Hi, Domz! Why did you join the Alcala, and what did winning mean to you?
It's bizaare that I joined the contest for the "Alcala" factor associated
with the award. Just a brief background: since I was a kid, I have loved
Alcala's works and he is a hero for me and my parents. Larry Alcala was
the artist who always created works that made Filipinos love their
culture with smiles on their faces. When I saw the 2013 Salanga winning
story, I was amazed that it was culturally significant, but I still felt pressured about the challenge ahead. I was reluctant to join and felt awkward because I knew a lot of talented artists would be
joining. Something within me said, "Create what you love and
do the artwork that will make Filipino kids and adults love Andres
Bonifacio." It was the "Alcala" in me that moved me to do it.
give more details about what you felt when you first
read the story? What's your favorite thing about it?
regard to the story, the first time I read it, I concluded it was very good and easy to digest material for kids. Xi Zuq's narrative is
very alive. The challenge for me was that our great Supremo had to be
drawn in a whimsical story in which there are parts about his life. I
had not yet made artwork with a respectable figure interacting with a
comical kid. My heart was calling me. It was time to contribute fitting
artwork for a breakthrough story that kids and adults will enjoy
reading - a historical, fantastical, fun story about Bonifacio. It's far from reading textbook material about a hero that at the end makes you feel like you will have an exam or quiz bee review
afterwards. I have nothing against history books since
they are good references and we gain knowledge from them. It is just that
Ngumiti si Andoy is a cool narrative: kids and adults will enjoy its humor, gain knowledge about Andres Bonifacio, and be
inspired by his life. It's like counting numbers through a
catchy song instead of just plain counting numbers. We learn, but
through a flavorful variation. We take it in our mind and enjoy.
Can you please take us step by step through your creative process?
Hop on and see that my creative process starts with walking on the road
and observing the difference between the morning and afternoon sky, the
details of places for reference, and gestures of both kids and adults. I
take note of essential things and transfer them to the paper as artwork
(sometimes with tiny erasable notes). Most of the time, I stand up
and reenact the expressions of the characters. A mirror is a great aid for
that. Deciding on the layout is like creating the best shot or
cinematography that you want for a scene in a movie. It will be all
smooth sailing then with sketching and inking. I feel like a kid again
doodling and checking a perfect grade school paper
with regard to creating ink shadows. Lastly, the challenging part is choosing the compatible colors. After the hard work, I'll double check every corner of the
artwork. If everything's good, I look at it from a distance
and imagine it as a part of a great book with text.
As an illustrator, what are your essentials and obsessions?
That's a good question. Love is essential to me to create the artwork.
It's my love for creating art and love for special ones that
inspire me - God, my fellow Filipinos, my special someone, my family,
friends, and the kids who will be reading the book. It makes me feel like
I'm on steroids when I'm creating my works. It will reflect on the artwork
if the illustrator has no love for what he is doing, making it lifeless
even if the greatest techniques or media were used.
With regard to
obsessions, I hoard inspirational materials
like sketch drawn children's books (Where the Wild Things Are; Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You; Mostly
Ghostly by Steve Zorn and John Bradley; No, David!; Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies;and Stories to Tell in the Dark by
Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell.), humorous comics
(Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, Mutts, and Yotsuba&!), feel good music ("Like a G6" by Far East Movement, "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia,
"Wild Ones" by Florida featuring Sia, "I Wish" by Exile, "Tik Tok" and "C'mon" by Ke$ha,
"Here's to the Night" by Eve 6, "Replay" by Iyaz, and "Give Me Everything Tonight" by Pitbull), and
motivational materials (e.g. Chicken Soup for the Soul). These
obsessions remind me that everything I do
is valued and will promote something good to others.
Do you have any advice for illustrators waiting for their big break?
For my fellow illustrators, everyone dreams of a
big break. Don't stop believing in what you can do. Dream. Dream big.
After finishing my artwork for the 2013 Alcala contest, I stared at it,
imagined that it will be in book form, will be featured in different
media, and that kids will enjoy it. All these things are happening at the
Another thing to take note of is to love and feel inspired. Love your craft, love your talent, and put love in your drawings. Everything must be free flowing.
there's love and vision, you must also do the action - learn. Learning is
a continuous process. I have tried different techniques and studied any
possible medium that matches me. One day, I tried going back to
my very first - pen and paper. I listened to comments and advice from my
mentors and my fellow artists. Be grateful to them. One of my
greatest secrets is to practice drawing at least 30 minutes a day.
Your hard work will pay off and don't forget to
give thanks to the Creator, to your inspirations, and to the people who
supported you. Good luck and maybe in the future we'll see a award
winning book illustrated by (insert your name here).
Bye, Domz! Thank you so much for visiting my blog to answer interview questions.
And bye, readers! Please make sure to check out a copy of Ngumiti si Andoy. :o)
I am an English teacher and professional fangirl. My fandoms are: children's literature, young adult literature, and K-pop.
In 2009, I was a judge for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS), and in 2010, I was a judge for the (Philippine) National Children’s Book Awards.
I represent book reviewers on the Philippine Board on Books for Young People.