Book launch of children’s stories dealing with history

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.

Kian’s story wins the National Children’s Book Award

The story about a young victim of extrajudicial killing received recognition at the National Children’s Book Awards held July 17 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

“Si Kian” is a story about a 17-year-old high school student Kian Loyd Delos Santos who was shot dead by elements of the Caloocan police in its anti-drug operations on August 16, 2017.

Of the nine books selected as Best Reads for Kids for 2016 and 2017, “Si Kian” is the only children’s story with a political theme.

Written by Weng Cahiles and illustrated by Aldy Aguirre, the book was part of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Story Project. It was translated into English by Ramon C. Sunico and was based on the research of Kimberly dela Cruz.

In an interview, Cahiles said, “Natutuwa ako sa pagkapanalo ng libro although nakakalungkot na mayroong libro na ganito in the first place.”

The story can be read here.

Other awardees include:

  • Habulan (Anvil Publishing), Written by Kora Dandan-Albano, Illustrated by Beth Parrocha
  • Janus Silang (Adarna House), Written by Edgar Calabia Samar, Illustrated by Borg Sinaban
  • A Long Long Time Ago (Tahanan Books), Written by Michelline Suarez, Joonee Garcia, Divine Reyes, Illustrated by Benjor Catindig
  • Takbo (Tahanan Books) Written and Illustrated by Auri Asuncion Yambao
  • Hari ng Komyut (Adarna House, Anino Comics) Written and Illustrated by Lizette Daluz
  • Lost (Adarna House, Anino Comics) Written and Illustrated by Rob Cham
  • May Gulong na Bahay (Chikiting Books) Written by Genaro Gojo Cruz, Illustrated by Paul Imbiong
  • Melag (Adarna House, Anino Comics) Written and Illustrated by Bong Redila


The 35th National Children’s Book Day

Children of all ages are invited to the celebration of the 35th National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) on July 17, 2018 (Tuesday) at the Main Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from 9:00am to 5:00pm with the theme Sa Aklat May Laya.

Held every 3rd Tuesday of July, the NCBD highlights the best works of children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers, and celebrates the importance of nurturing the young readers’ curiosity and imagination.

The event’s morning program consists of the awarding ceremonies for the 2018 PBBY (Philippine Board on Books for Young People)-Salanga Prize, 2018 PBBY-Alcala Prize, 2018 PBBY Wordless Book Prize, and the 2018 National Children’s Book Awards.

Towards the end of the morning, the PBBY Sa Aklat, May Laya Exhibit will be launched as well, featuring artworks related to the PBBY-Alcala Prize. This is derived from the children’s stories that won the PBBY-Salanga Prize, Becky Bravo’s work entitled “May Alaga Akong Bakulaw.” The exhibit is free and open from July 17 to 22, 2018 at the CCP Little Theater Lobby.

At 1:30 pm, My CCP Tour activity will commence at Little Theater Lobby led by the CCP Arts Education Department. This will be followed by free sessions on storytelling, arts and crafts and music and movement prepared by the Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books group for children at the Main Theater Lobby at 3:00 pm.

The CCP event is free and open to the public. For pre-registration and details, contact Ms. Kim Lim at 551-5959, or 0919-3175708.

As the second part of the NCBD celebration, the PBBY stages Salaysayan 2018, the 2nd Storytelling Festival at Museo Pambata with emphasis on Read Aloud as a strategy to bring to life books and the written word.  The Salaysayan will run from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Registration fee is Php250. Contact the PBBY Sectoral Representative for Librarians at

On July 21, the PBBY, together with Kasingkasing Press and Hubon Manunulat, brings the NCBD to Iloilo through workshops on book design and illustration to be held at Cinematheque Centre Iloilo, and a series of talks on children’s literature at the UP Visayas. Registration fee for the talks and workshops is Php500. For details, email at or visit the PBBY Facebook page.

Magsugilanonay Kita: 2nd West Visayan Mother Tongue Children’s Books Summit

West Visayan children’s literature in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon will once again take spotlight this year as a group of contemporary writers, language advocates and an independent publishing house in the region are set to hold the Magsugilanonay Kita: 2nd West Visayan Mother Tongue Children’s Books Summit. The two-day event is will be held on 18 to 19 February at the 3rd Floor Event Center, Robinson’s Place Iloilo.

In line with the national government’s recent implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education program as a linguistic approach in schools across the country, members and representatives of Hubon Manunulat and Kasingkasing Press have lauded the timeliness of the children’s book summit for its aims to heighten the awareness of parents, teachers and educational policy makers in fostering the language skills of young readers in their native tongue.

According to Noel G. de Leon, founder and publisher of Kasingkasing Press, “It is important for us to raise such awareness to the public now that the use of the native language as a medium of instruction is being fully implemented in classrooms nationwide. Not only does this enable us to strengthen the great linguistic and literary heritage we have as West Visayans but it also helps us address the great language divide we have previously faced in our educational system. We welcome this move as a gift to future generations.”  

After the success of the first summit in 2015, organizers are embarking on a grander roster of events for this year with a wide range of lectures and open forum discussions on the topic of mother tongue-based children’s literature, its cultural value as a tool for identity-building and issues in dealing with West Visayan children’s literature. The summit intends to capture students (specifically campus journalists and B.Ed. majors), teachers, school administrators, publishing representatives, creative writers and other interested parties from the region. It will also include a book fair throughout the two-day event, which will be capped off by a children’s short film viewing session sponsored by CineKasimanwa Film Festival.

Registration for the summit starts on 15 January and ends on 10 February with fees ranging from Php 300.00 for students and Php 500.00 for adults (parents, teachers, professionals, etc.). For procedures and inquiries, interested parties are advised to contact the organizers either by email through or or by mobile phone through 0919-315-6752 or 0917-303-1703.

Call for Papers, 4th Literary Studies Conference: Children’s Literature in Southeast Asia

Universitas Sanata Dharma, Indonesia

19 to 20 Oct. 2016

Conference Focus

When dealing with literature for children and young adults (LCYA), there are two different concerns academicians usually focus on: LCYA for pedagogical means, and LCYA as a subject of literary studies. In Indonesia, while LCYA starts to boom and becomes more available, the study of LCYA itself does not follow the trend. In the university level, there are only a few researchers who dedicate themselves to the study of LCYA and it is still difficult to find an LCYA department or area of study in the Indonesian universities.

Considering the fact that LCYA in Indonesia—and possibly Southeast Asia—is still understudied, the 4th LSC (Literary Studies Conference) raises this issue to see possible causes and future directions for LCYA study in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. We invite and encourage the submission of papers from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries dealing specifically with the questions of children’s literature in our local context.

The conference invites you to send an abstract under a particular topic area.

Guidelines for Submitting Abstract

  1. Write your 250-word abstract (in English or Bahasa Indonesia), provide a title, your name, email, name of department and university.
  2. Indicate under what particular topic area your abstract is being submitted.
  3. Submit your abstract no later than 1 Aug. 2016.
  4. Indicate any audio-visual equipment or logistical requirements you might need for your presentation at the conference.
  5. Indicate the language of presentation (the committee provides interpreters for those who present in Bahasa Indonesia).

Submit your abstract to Your abstract acceptance notification will be sent two (2) weeks after your submission. Full paper has to be submitted by 26 Sept. 2016.

Topic Areas

  1. the questions of authorship and readership in literature for children and young adults (LCYA)
  2. LCYA and post-colonial imagination
  3. LCYA and ecology
  4. Diversity in LCYA
  5. LCYA and language teaching
  6. LCYA and oral tradition
  7. LCYA and performance studies
  8. Language in LCYA
  9. Peace education through LCYA
  10. LCYA and translation
  11. LCYA and psychology

Call for registration to the 2016 Young Writers Workshop for Children Ages 9-17

The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) would like to invite parents to register their children for the Young Writers Workshop. This will be held on 16 April 2016, Saturday, 9:00AM-1:30PM at the 13th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU Taft Campus. Children ages 9-17 are welcome to join the workshop.

This workshop seeks to assist budding young writers in developing their creative skills and techniques in writing a creative nonfiction (e.g., personal essay, journal or blog entry). The workshop will be supplemented by a Storytelling Hour or Book Exhibit Tour. 

Admission is free. Slots are limited. Materials, handouts, and lunch will be provided. A certificate of participation will be given each participant. Specific workshop venues will be announced. Registration deadline: 20 March 2016. 

Please register your child/children by submitting the following data: 
1) Full name of parent/s
2) Contact information (email, telephone, office/unit if DLSU faculty/staff) 
3) Full name of child/children
4) Birthdate of child/children
5) School affiliation of child/children

Please send registration information to: 
The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
DLSU Miguel Building Room 208
Please indicate “Young Writers Workshop” in space marked “Subject.

This project is in celebration of the National Literature Month (Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas). It is organized in partnership with DLSU American Corner Manila. For inquiries, please contact BNSCWC at (632) 5244611 local 233; email

National Children’s Book Awards 2016 now open for nominations

Now on its 4th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for the Young (PBBY) will present the National Children’s Book Awards on July 2016. The NCBA will give honor to the best books for children and young adults (0-19 years) published during the years 2014 and 2015. The National Book Development Board is now accepting nominations for the National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA).

All publishers, authors, and illustrators are encouraged to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is February 12, 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked February 12, 2016.

A book is eligible if it complies with all of the following:

1. Published in the Philippines by an NBDB-registered publisher within the two (2) years preceding the year of selection;
2. Authored by a Filipino citizen;
3. Written in Filipino or English; and
4. Released to the public in the eligible year.
Steps in nomination:
1. Fill out the following:
i. Form 1A (if there are 3 or less entries/nominees); or
ii. Form 1B (if there are more than 3 entries/nominees).
2. Attach any one of the following:
i. Delivery receipt/s to a bookstore, or a dealer/jobber, or any similar entity that has the ability to distribute books to the public; or
ii. A donation to a school or library, which need not be formally accepted in an instrument by the beneficiary. It is enough that the donation is received, acknowledged and/or certified by the beneficiaries of said donation in writing; or
iii. Distributed in bookstores or entities that sell the book, including online stores, proof of which should be provided; or
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iv. Produced/printed by a book facility/entity, as shown by a document that said book has been produced in quantities consistent with the act of publication. It is, however, understood, that the specific number of copies shall not be part of the criteria to determine the books to be selected for the Awards; or
v. A consignment agreement with a bookstore or outlet or a sales report.
3. Attach a copy of NBDB Certificate of Registration;
4. Provide us seven (7) copies of each book;
5. Submit all requirements to:

The Executive Director
National Book Development Board
Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. J. Ortigas Avenue,
Ortigas Center, 1605 Pasig City
Subject: The National Children’s Book Awards 2016

For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Mr. Ryan Esteban at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or email

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan presents TWICE: Ang INK Annual Exhibit

Ever thought that once is just not enough? Then we’re giving you Twice! Twice the artworks, twice the wonders, twice the story. 

Everyone’s invited to Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan’s Annual Exhibit for 2015. Make sure to save the date because it will be twice the feast for your eyes!

TWICE: Ang INK Annual Exhibit
December 5, 2015, 6:00 PM
At Galerie Stephanie
Unit 1B Parc Plaza Bldg., 183 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City Philippines

See you there!
Artworks by Kora Dandan Albano

1st West Visayan Mother Tongue Children’s Books Summit set for September 26

Kasingkasing Press and Hubon Manunulat will hold “Magsugilanonay Kita: 1st West Visayan Mother Tongue Children’s Books Summit” on 26 September 2015 at Robinson’s Place Iloilo.

This summit aims to heighten the awareness of parents and teachers on the importance of children’s literature, and to expose them to the wealth of children’s books in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon. The latter is most especially important since the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education is now implemented.

The whole day activity will have students, parents, teachers, professionals and writers as audience. There will be talks on Children’s Literature in the Mother Tongue, The Role of the Illustrator in the Bookmaking Process and Best Practices in Copyright with notable writers from West Visayas as resource persons. Children’s books by writers from the region will be exhibited and sold during the event. The activity will be capped off with a reading of stories for children by members of Hubon Manunulat.

For more inquiries, e-mail:, or call +63 919 315 6752.

Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition now accepting entries

Rules and Conditions

1. The Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition is open to all Filipinos.

2. Entries must not have been previously published, and all entrants must warrant the originality of their submitted entries.

3. Writers may submit only one entry, in English or Filipino, which shall be of 1,000 words or less. This word limit is a strict and absolute limit. Even just one word above the limit will be enough to disqualify an entry.

4. There is no particular theme, other than the use of this year’s contest piece, a new work (shown above) by artist Rommel Joson, as the inspiration or basis for the entry.


A CANVAS review panel shall read and award points for all stories received based on the following criteria:

* Originality and Storyline (35%)
* Imagery (35%)
* Quality of Writing (30%)

Based on the points received, CANVAS shall forward a shortlist of three to five stories with the highest scores to theArtist. The Artist shall then provide comments on any or all the stories, for consideration by the panel of judges.

The panel of judges – taking the contest criteria and Artist comments into non-binding consideration – shall collectively choose the winner from the shortlist of stories.

If the judges cannot come to a consensus on the winner, they shall take a vote and the entry that gains the most number of votes shall be declared the winner.

None of CANVAS’ review panel, the judges or the Artist shall see any entrant’s name until the winner is chosen.

6. Entries must be submitted by email, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to with the subject heading ROMEO FORBES CHILDREN’S STORY WRITING COMPETITION. Entrants must include a cover sheet with their name, mailing and email address, and telephone number. Only the story title should appear on all pages of the entry.

7. The deadline for submission of entries is 5:00 p.m. (Manila time), Friday, 16 October 2015.

Kindly note that CANVAS acknowledges each and every entry that we receive. If you submitted a story, and do not receive an acknowledgement from us within 24 hours, please assume that your story was not received and kindly resend it to us.

Nevertheless, entries received after the deadline, even if sent earlier, may no longer be considered for the Competition. CANVAS shall not be responsible for entries which are not received, or which are received after the deadline, due to technical failure or for any other reason whatsoever.

8. All entrants hereby agree to authorize CANVAS to post such entries on its website, as CANVAS deems fit, and free from any payments, royalties or fees whatsoever.

9. There shall be only one winner, who shall receive a cash prize of PhP 45,000.00 (less applicable withholding tax) for his/her entry. The winner shall be responsible for all applicable taxes.

The winning writer shall also be entitled to five (5) free copies upon publication of the book.

The winner shall grant and transfer to CANVAS all intellectual property and publication rights to the story, including anytranslations, adaptations or modifications thereto.

It is hereby understood that the cash prize to be awarded to the winner shall include consideration of such intellectual property and publication rights to the story, and the writer shall not be entitled to any other royalties or fees from earnings, if any, that may result from future publication of, licensing of, or other transactions on the same. (Please see our note below on why we have this rule.)

10. Except for the right to publish any received entry on its website, CANVAS shall not retain any other rights to entries that are not selected as the winner, except where separate agreements are reached with the writers.

11. CANVAS shall exercise full and exclusive editorial and artistic control over the publication of the winning entry and resulting book.

While, it is the full intention of CANVAS to publish the winning entry as a full-color children’s book, CANVAS reserves the right not to publish the same for any reason whatsoever.

12. The winner of the CANVAS storywriting competition will be announced on or around the second half of January 2016. The winner will also be notified via email/text on the same announcement date.

13. CANVAS reserves the right not to award the competition prize in the event that the judges decide that no entry was received that is deserving of the top prize. In such unlikely event,however, CANVAS shall have no right whatsoever over all entries that were received; and shall not publish any entry, in its website or in any other venue, without the prior written consent or agreement of the author.

14. The decision of the competition judges shall be final, and no correspondence or inquiries into the same – including requests for comments/feedback on received entries – shall be entertained.

15. Employees of CANVAS, and members of their immediate family, as well as the Artist’s immediate family, are disqualified from participating in the competition.

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Why We Ask for the Transfer of Rights

The competition rules (Rule 9) clearly state that the winning author should agree to transfer all rights to CANVAS and”…shall not be entitled to any other royalties or fees from earnings, if any, that may result from future publication of, derivative works, licensing of, or other transactions on the same.”

This note is just to clarify where it is that CANVAS is coming from.

First of all, having complete ownership of the story rights makes it easier and less complicated for us to quickly and liberally share and give our consent to anyone who may ask for permission touse the winning story (something that we have always granted in the past).

It is for this very reason that the stories and illustrations of books we publish are all available for free viewing and enjoyment on our website (, despite the concern of some that the easy availability of the stories on the Internet could eat into the sales of our books (which, happily, has not proven to be the case).

Beyond this, our stories are also available and downloadable on our website FOR FREE, in both English and Filipino. Just as we were fortunate enough to have been given permission to adapt “The Man WhoPlanted Trees,” into our maiden publication – “Elias and HisTrees,” – we hope that the stories that we work on will inspire similar creativity.

A second reason why we ask for the transfer of rights is that CANVAS is a small nonprofit, and is not equipped to document and track royalty shares that ideally should accrue to authors and artists. It is for this reason that our prize (we think), is quite substantial and approximates (if not exceeds) what writers would normally expect to receive in royalties.

Finally, aside from the possibility for getting some of our books published abroad, we also sometimes talk with corporations about sponsoring the publication of books that can be given away to children in public schools and disadvantaged communities throughout the country. Clear and complete ownership of the rights makes it easier for us to pursue this mission.

(You can read our latest updates on this bookgiving initiative by clicking here:

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your stories!!!