Book launch of children’s stories dealing with history

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The Bookmark, Inc. will launch children’s books about the nation’s history on Oct. 17, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at the UP Vargas Museum, UP Diliman.

Lakay Billy, Defender of Indigenous People
Written by Luz B. Maranan
Illustrated by Duday Ysabel Maranan

A story about William or Billy Claver, a lawyer who fought the Marcos dictatorship.

Claver joined the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) led by human rights luminaries Jose Diokno and Lorenzo Tañada, which provided legal aid to human rights victims. For almost a decade, Claver bravely enjoined other lawyers in Northern Luzon to join the FLAG and provide pro bono assistance to victims of Martial Law in the cities and provinces.

In the 80s, Claver traveled to far-flung areas in Cagayan and Isabela to extend legal advice and assistance to the marginalized sectors whose human rights were violated by wealthy and powerful landowners and businessmen who were protected by the military. His dedication to the cause of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera Region made him a constant friend and adviser of indigenous activists and human rights defenders.

Mang Adong’s Jeepney
Written by Tippy O. Kintanar
Illustrated by Jose Maria Tristan V. Yuvienco

It is a story about Leonardo Salvador Sarao Sr., also known as Mang Adong Sarao. He was the founder of Sarao Motors, an automotive company known for designing, manufacturing, and selling Philippine Jeepneys.

At the School Gate
Written by Sandra Nicole Roldan
Illustrated by Nina Martinez

Days after her father disappeared, Ella Cortez sees someone waiting for her at the school gate. Before the night is over, Ella realizes: “This is just like Martial Law happening all over again. The only difference was that no one else knew about it. Just us and Them.” Based on the author’s experiences with her family during martial law and the years after, this story shows there are many different ways to be brave during difficult times.

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