You are all invited to an exhibit featuring the winning works from the past 31 years of the PBBY-Alcala Illustrators' Prize. The exhibit will be at Corredor Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman and will open 3 p.m. on August 18.
The Philippines' 3rd National Children's Book Awards included a Kids' Choice Award! Five judges, ages 11-13, read picture books published in 2012 and 2013 and picked their top ten favorites. Below are the ten books and the kid judges' citations for the books. I have put their citations in boldface, but have not edited their writing in any other way!
Sandwich to the Moon Written and illustrated by Jamie Bauza Chikiting Books, 2013
Si Berting, ang Batang Uling Written by Christopher S. Rosales
Illustrated by Aldy Aguirre Lampara, 2013
I. together with the other judges chose 10 books that will be the top 10 finalists but i will only share our reasons why we chose "Sandwich to the Moon" & "Si Berting ang Batang Uling" as part of the Top 10 finalists because we think that younger readers will easily understand and relate to these books' content and also we think that the writers, as well as illustrators along with the publishing companies did a job well-done in writing, illustrating, and publishing the books in an entertaining, creative and inspirational way. I would like to congratulate sir Jaime Bauza, writer & illustrator of "Sandwich to the Moon" and L G & M Corporation. And congratulation also to sir Christopher Rosales as the writer, Aldy Aguirre as the illustrator of the book entitled "Si Berting ang Batang Uling" and Adarna House Inc. for publishing the book. Thank You!
By Carelle Ann Abanico
Pages Written by Javier T. Delfin Illustrated by Gabi Dimaranan Bookmark, 2013 One of the 10 finalists for the Kids' Choice Award is a book entitled "Pages." It is written by Javier T. Delfin with illustrations by Gabi Dimaranan and published by The Bookmark, Inc. This book was chosen because of it's unique story. The very colourful drawings and pictures were also really cool. And the words were really simple and easy to understand.
By Pheonna Heart Ragasa
Sinemadyika Written by
Lauren V. Macaraeg Illustrated by Aldy Aguirre Lampara, 2013
"Sine Madyika" written by Lauren V. Macaraeg, illustrations by Aldy Aguirre and published by Lampara Books is also a finalist. The story's creative way of telling us that everyone can have fun was really cool. We liked how the story showed us that even if Popoy was blind he still has a lot of fun.
By Pheonna Heart Ragasa
Pintong Maraming Silid Written by Eugene Y. Evasco Illustrated by Leo Kempis Ang Chikiting Books, 2013
The Little Girl in a Box Written by Felinda V. Bagas Illustrated by Aldy Aguirre Adarna House, 2013
A pleasant afternoon to everyone. First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone as a sign of my gratitude for this once in a lifetime privilege that you had given me. Being a part of this event was an extreme honor for a student like me. I hope that this event will be successful and I also hope that we judges, did our job well enough.
One of the two books that I had chosen was the “Pintong Maraming Silid”. One of the reasons why I had chosen this book was because of its simplicity. I loved the story line and how the story was stated. I also liked the illustrations and most of all, I loved the story because I easily understood it.
The other book that I had chosen was entitled “The Little Girl in a Box”. One of the reasons why I had chosen this book was because of its really good story line. I loved how the story flows. It was precisely stated and it was very simple yet it was still good. I really, really enjoyed it.
By Jay Harold Odon
May Darating na Trak Bukas
Written by Virgilio S. Almario Illustrated by
Sergio Bumatay III
Adarna House, 2013
May trak na darating bukas. Ano kaya ang kakaibang mga gamit na dala nito? Hindi basura kundi mga sorpresa at milagro. Sa tambak ng basurang ito ang luma ay ginagawang bago.
Ang May Darating na Trak Bukas ay tungkol sa kung anong magagawa mo gamit ang iyong imahinasyon. Sa mata ng isang bata sa kwento, ang tambak ng basura ay may pakinabang. Nakakalikha siya ng isang kaharian, isang sasakyang panlakbay at isang aklatan. Imahinasyon lang ang kaniyang kailangan.
Bukod sa magandang tula na isinulat, puno rin nang makulay at nakakatuwang mga guhit ang libro. Nakakaaliw siyang tingnan at basahin paulit-ulit. Hindi ka talaga masasawa.
By Miranda Villanueva
Ang Bonggang Bonggang Batang Beki! Written by Rhandee Garlitos Illustrated by Tokwa Peñaflorida Chikiting Books, 2013
Ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng kulay pink? Kagandahan? Kababaihan? o katapangan?
Ang pangunahing tauhan ng kwentong ito ay si Adel, isang batang lalaki na hindi katulad ng ibang mga batang lalaki. Mahilig siya sa kulay pink, manood ng teleserye at sumayaw habang kumakanta. Dahil dito, pinagtatawanan siya at tinatawag na Beki. Pero hindi ni Adel pinapansin ang mga tukso sa kaniya. Para sa kaniya, ang kulay pink ay simbolo ng katapangan. Pinili ko ang kwentong ito dahil sinasabi niya na iba’t-iba ang mga uri ng taong nasa mundo. Hindi rin tayo dapat mahiya sa sarili natin. Isa itong importanteng mensahe na dapat malaman ng ating kabataan para maturuan silang tanggapin ang isa’t-isa.
By Miranda Villanueva
The Day of Darkness
Written by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan
Illustrated by Gutch Gutierrez
Come to a town where the people fear a beast so might that nobody dare come near. They hide in a cave at the full moon to prevent themselves to be eaten by a monster soon. When two kids venture out when the moon is high, do you think their end would be nigh?
The Day of Darkness is about standing up to your fear and conquering your you. This book tells us that some good people can turn sour at an instant and how some bad people can redeem themselves and become good.
By Amihan Ramos
Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin Written by Bernadette Villanueva Neri Illustrated by CJ de Silva Publikasyong Twamkittens, 2012 This is a story about a young girl who has two mothers instead of a father. Because of this, she gets bullied in class and only a few kids talk to her because they are also being bullied. This little girl loves to plant just like her mothers. This book teaches us not to bully others just because they are different or they grew up differently or their parents are different. That it’s okay to be adopted. That it’s okay to be different.
By Amihan Ramos
Five different judges, ages 8-10, read the ten picture books above and chose one winner for the 2014 National Children's Book Awards - Kids' Choice Award. The winner is The Day of Darkness! Here is what the kid judges had to say about The Day of Darkness:
We like The Day of Darkness because it makes you believe that everything isn’t really scary. It can make you believe that sometimes, you can adapt to things and you don’t have to be so scared anymore.
By Alonzo Cristobal
Congratulations to all the teams behind these books selected by young Filipino book lovers!
At a stage area, publishers will present their latest children's books through different kinds of performances, games, and even cooking demonstrations! Booths at the fair will sell children's books, children's magazines, and art for children. There will be discounts, giveaways, face painting, a drawing/coloring corner, storytelling sessions, and book signings and meet & greets with authors and illustrators.
See you all on July 15 (Tuesday), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Museo Pambata for the 2014 National Children's Book Day Fair!
According to this year’s judges, Asis’
illustrations “depict the intimacy between two brothers, but their
visual closeness does not prevent the viewer from imagining the expanse
of the outside world and feeling the anticipation for tomorrow’s journey
Garnering honorable mention this year are artists Jericho Angelo
Moral and Jason Gabriel Sto. Domingo. Click here to see Moral's and Sto. Domingo's illustrations. All three artists are members of
Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK), a professional organization for
children’s book artists.
Asis shall receive twenty-five thousand pesos, a medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be
awarded during the National Children’s Book Day ceremonies on July 15,
For inquiries about the contest, please contact the PBBY Secretariat at telephone number 352-6765 loc. 203 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa
bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus.
Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer
shops sai ba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang
Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya
niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula rito na
mag-uugnay sa kanya sa misteryo ng kinahuhumalingan niyang RPG—at sa
alamat ng Tiyanak mula sa Tábon!
And ohohoho you can read the first chapter here or below!
Edgar Calabia Samar will be at National Book Store SM North on May 10 at 3 p.m. Please join us for the book signing and book discussion!
The Philippine Boardon Books for Young People (PBBY) formally launches the KABANATA Young Adult
Writer’s Workshop with a call for fellowship applications. Slated to begin in
October 2014 in Quezon City, KABANATA aims to provide a venue and support
system to writers who share in PBBY’s commitment to the promotion of a culture of reading among Filipino youth by providing
this growing population with books that recognize their culture, aspirations,
and sense of maturity.
For a period of at
least six months, fellows accepted to KABANATA will meet monthly for learning
sessions with industry experts, and progress discussions with their co-fellows.
Upon novel completion, PBBY will help fellows with publication by inviting
publishers to bid on the finished works. With this, KABANATA hopes to produce
chapter books and young adult novels that will set the bar for similar
endeavors to aspire to, and be the growth spurt of what will hopefully become a
thriving, diverse, and quality Filipino literature inventory for kids and teens.
Applicants are asked
to submit, among other requirements, a novel-in-progress represented by three
chapters and a chapter outline. Novels-in-progress should be aimed towards
children within the age of 9 to 16. Those interested may visit pbby.org.ph or
bit.ly/kabanata to see the application guidelines, fellowship requirements, and
complete workshop details. For further inquiries, contact KABANATA via
firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 352-6765 local 119.
The Philippine Board
on Books for Young People (PBBY) is a private, non-stock, non-profit
organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s
literature in the Philippines and is the lead agency in the annual
celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), which falls on the third
Tuesday of July.
The winner shall be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children's Book Day on July 15, 2014.
1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
3. Copies of these stories may be requested from the PBBY Secretariat or downloaded from the PBBY website.
4. All entries must be original unpublished illustrations that have not won in any previous contest.
5. All entries must consist of three (3) illustrations that are of the same size and medium. Entries do not have to be based on consecutive spreads/parts of the text.
6. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
7. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only, preferably on a small piece of paper pasted on the back of each artwork. Entries with a signature or any identifying marks are automatically disqualified.
8. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a separate envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant shall appear. The envelope must contain the contestant's full name, address, contact numbers, short description of background, and notarized certification vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication.
9. All entries must be sent to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, 109 Scout Fernandez cor. Scout Torillo Sts., Quezon City by April 14, 2014.
10. Winners will be announced no later than May 12, 2014. Non-winning entries must be claimed no later than June 13, 2014, after which they will no longer be the responsibility of the organizers.
For more details, interested parties may contact the PBBY Secretariat by calling 352.6765 or emailing pbby [at] adarna.com.ph.
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 email@example.com.