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Press Release: Tahanan Launches Long-Awaited Sequels to Lola Basyang and Filipino Riddles


Riddle enthusiasts and lovers of Lola Basyang stories are in for a double treat when Tahanan Books launches its companion volumes to two popular Filipino classics on Tuesday, February 19, 5 - 7 p.m., at Figaro Café, Greenbelt 3, Makati City. The event is open to the public.

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Volume 2), is penned by Severino Reyes (1861-1942), author of the timeless “Tales of Lola Basyang” loved by generations of readers. Luring us back to a magical land inhabited by the likes of clever maidens, tianaks, and thirsty dragons, this fresh new anthology of twelve tales boasts such classics as “Plawtin ni Periking” (“Periking’s Flute”) and “Ang Prinsesang Naging Pulubi” (“The Princess Who Became a Beggar”). Each story is illustrated in soft, dramatic tones by award-winning illustrator Felix Mago Miguel. Co-editors Christine S. Bellen and Rebecca T. Añonuevo modernized portions of the author’s original text to better suit the sensibilities of today’s readers.

Bugtong, Bugtong (Volume 2) is a charming collection of 57 riddles in Filipino. All eyes are on Oskar, a dog that roams his master’s house and the fields beyond, playfully encountering adventures and objects presented in the form of a riddle. Creator Daniel Palma Tayona’s rich and warm palette floods the book with happy sunshine. The book is an endearing salute to the late great children’s book author Rene O. Villanueva, who wrote and collected the original Bugtong, Bugtong edition (Tahanan Books, 1998). Follow Oskar’s canine capers as he unlocks the secrets of the Filipino language. Let the guesswork begin! (Includes answers in English.)

Volumes 2 of Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (ages 15 and up, P275) and Bugtong, Bugtong (ages 8 to 12, P195) are available at all National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked branches. Find them too on the Tahanan Books website.

For more information, please contact Gisela Marcelang at giselaATtahananbooksDOTcom.

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