27th National Children's Book Day

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Yesterday was the 27th Philippine National Children's Book Day and I attended a lovely celebration organized by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). The celebration included a presentation of the latest children's books from Philippine publishers and the opening of a retrospective exhibit of the works of the late illustrator Albert Gamos.

The keynote speech was delivered by the always inspiring author Candy Gourlay. She presented the idea of a Philippines where every child loved to read and had the power to imagine and therefore work toward a better Philippines. Wow. I'm definitely up to the challenge. Are you?

Here are pictures of the hardworking members of the PBBY (and Candy Gourlay with the PBBY):

Raymund Falgui was awarded the 2010 PBBY-Salanga Prize for his unpublished collection of children's poems, Green Leaf and Other Poems. Congratulations!

I love that he said that if we all remembered what it was like to be a child, we would all be better people. :o)

Zarah Gagatiga, chair of the PBBY, gave a fabulous reading of one of Raymund Falgui's poems.

Aldy Aguirre was awarded the 2010 PBBY-Alcala Prize for his unpublished illustrations for Green Leaf and Other Poems.

Congratulations, Aldy!

The program for National Children's Book Day was at Museo Pambata, a children's museum in Manila. One area of the museum is dedicated to children's book authors and illustrators and encourages children to consider being authors and illustrators when they grow up. What a great concept for museum space!

I had a wonderful time celebrating National Children's Book Day with fellow children's book lovers and I'm already looking forward to next year. Thank you, PBBY!


C.Y. said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing, Tarie! Things are really moving forward and the field is getting richer because of inspired, passionate folks like you. :)

Tarie said...

Thanks, CY! There's more to come! The announcement of the winners of the very first National Children's Book Awards is on Saturday.

Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga said...

haha! i love the pbby group pic where we looked so wacky! so candid! what's funny, btw? thanks for joining us, tarie!

Tarie said...

Zarah, I can't remember what you guys were laughing about, but that is my favorite picture too! :o)

fantaghiro23 said...

Hey, Mike won? Cool! This is looking like a very vibrant field already, Tarie. I'm very excited for you and for us, the readers. Thanks for telling us about it and posting pics!

Tarie said...

Yeah, Mike rocks! =D

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