On June 30, 2013 at 2 PM, Mt. Cloud Bookshop will host the launching of the new children’s book,The Golden Arrow of Mt. Makilkilang and Other Cordillera Folktales. The event is open to the public and will include story-telling and a performance for children by the Aanak di Kabiligan Community Theater Group.
Published by the Cordillera Green Network (CGN), the book is a collection of folktales from Kalinga, Benguet, Apayao and Mt. Province. These stories were collected during various Youth Eco-Summits around the Cordillera, in which local children turn stories told by their grandparents into theater productions, through a series of community workshops facilitated by the CGN. The tales in the book impart lessons like taking care of the environment and protecting its resources. These lessons are learned through the tales of the brave and clever Gawan and how he fought a monster snake to save Gammilayan; the curious Kankanaeys who discovered the edible fern Paco; the powerful yet generous Ari Moran who led his people to plant rattan; and the strong Bugan who journeyed the river from Sabangan to Kalinga inside the belly of a snake.
The participating artists include Joy Cobcobo, Fara Manuel, Leonard Aguinaldo and Haruka Furusaka, all doing woodblocks or rubbercut printing. Furusaka illustrated “Eaten” which was written by Rocky Cajigan upon the research of Sacha Garah Weygan, Hector Kawig, Rey Aurelio and Cajigan. “Legend of Arimoyan” was illustrated by Aguinaldo and written by Joyce Longid and Milo Florentino. “Paco Paco” was illustrated by Fara Manuel with research by Wanda Lyn Padia, Merlyn Conchita de Guzman, Alistair Jason Bolislis and Eric Baguingen. Joey Cobcobo did the woodcut illustrations for the cover story with research by Kurt Fernandez, Lenard Banatiw and Franzene Mendoza.
CGN is a non-stock non-profit organization committed to establishing a wholesome Cordillera environment by working closely with local communities. Mt Cloud Bookshop is a local, independent bookstore that aims to bring the written word to life in Baguio City through various literary activities such as author’s talks, poetry slams and readings, story-telling sessions for kids, and small workshops. The bookshop is found at Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, tel: 424-4437, and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.