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