Saturday, July 30, 2005


Huli man daw at magaling, maihahabol din. Late ako sa selebrasyon ng NCDB ngayong taon (July 19, 2005). Late na akong nagising, at grabe ang traffic. Sayang, hindi ko naabutan ang launch ng 3 new childrens books ko ng Gintong Salakot (Vibal Publishing House) series--"Baha!" illustrated by Panch Alcaraz, "Hilong Talilong" illustrated by Mark Salvatus III, at "Apat na Mata," illustrated by Redge Abos.

Bukod sa pagpapasinaya ng mga bagong aklat para sa bata, pinarangalan din ang mga nagwagi sa PBBY Writer's and Illustrator's Prize. Pitong taon na ang nakalilipas nang nanalo ng Grand Prize ang kuwento kong "Federico" sa PBBY. Sa CCP rin ginanap ang awarding/ lauching ng first book ko, kaya deja vu kapag umaattend ako sa NCBD. Bakit tuwing ikatatlong Martes ng Hulyo ginaganap ang NCBD? Dahil bilang parangal sa pagtatangka ni Dr. Jose Rizal na ipakilala ang kuwentong-bayang "Ang Pagong at Matsing" sa daigdig. Nalathala ito sa "Trubner's Oriental Record" sa London sa mga panahon din iyon.

May espesyal na gunita sa akin ang NCBD. Sa araw na ito, taon-taon, may nalalathala akong bagong aklat pambata. Natutuwa rin ako at ang daming aklat na inilulunsad; marami na namang mababasa ang kabataang Filipino. Hindi na nila kami nasisisi na puro Harry Potter na lamang ang laman sa children's book section ng mga bookstore. Bukod pa rito, naaalala ko ang paglalathala ng aking kauna-unahang aklat. At ito'y isang aklat pambata.

Heto pala ang isang artikulo na nakuha ko mula sa Adarna House (ang publisher ng aking tatlong librong Federico, Misteryo!, at Anina ng mga Alon). Check out:

Adarna House and PBBY: In Retrospect Friday, July 1, 2005

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) who likewise endeavors to promote and develop children’s literature in the Philippines has been helping Adarna House produce quality books for the past two decades. The PBBY, established in 1983, is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization whose institutional members include The National Library, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Museo Pambata. The Children’s Communication Center, one of the PBBY’s founding members, actually gave birth to Adarna House due to its need for a publisher and distributor for its many publications for children. To date, Adarna House has
published over twelve stories whose authors and illustrators won the PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize and the PBBY-Alcala Illustrator’s Prize respectively. Each literary piece and graphic interpretation is a foray into unique narratives on topics not commonly delved into by publishers of popular fiction. Among the winning stories of the early 80’s, perhaps Ang Kamatis ni Peles (1984) would be the most memorable story published by Adarna House. Renato Gamos’ illustrations delightfully gave life to Alberta Angeles’ story about a grasshopper who, through hard work and a series of amusing ministrations, was able to grow such plump tomatoes. In 1993, Nikhus Katindoy, who illustrated Terengati, won the year’s PBBY Illustrator’s Prize. The use of mixed media in interpreting the story of a mortal who married a sky maiden started the
courageous foray of Adarna House illustrators into the use of alternative media in creating storybook illustrations. This was followed by Bruhahahaha…Bruhihihihi…,(1995) which was written by Corazon Remigio and illustrated by Roland Mechael Ilagan. Remigio tackled the story of an old lady whom everybody thought was a witch. It turns out that the old lady was merely a victim of several misconceptions. The same goes for Ang Itim na Kuting (1996) by Natasha Vizcarra and illustrated by Ferdinand Guevarra, where a stray cat finds it difficult to find a home because of its physical appearance.

One of the most daring attempts at using storybooks to teach sensitive issues is Federico, which won in 1997. Eugene Evasco weaved the story of a child experiencing Down Syndrome into a very stirring narrative while Paul Eric Roca managed to interpret the story in such a way that the physical appearance of the main character would not be a source of malevolent amusement.

Ang Tatlong Kahilingan ni Julian (1999) and Uuwi Na Ang Nanay Kong Si Darna (2002) tackled the issue of parents leaving their kids to work abroad. Mayroon Akong Alagang Puno (1998) used a magical tree to show the power of a child’s imagination. In 2000, Germaine Yia wrote the story of a boy who was so worried about having an impostor cousin. Nasaan Si Kuya Emil?, which was illustrated by Michael Adrao, humorously sheds light unto the changes brought about by puberty. Matagal Ang Sundo Ko? (2001) is a clear favorite as many kids have experienced anxiety because their parents or their yayas didn’t fetch them in school on time. Sandosenang Kuya (2003) by Russell Molina and illustrated by Hubert Fucio surprises you with the plot’s wonderful twist. This story which can only be fully appreciated in Filipino, tells about a group of boys who one would assume are members of the family but turns out to be residents of the same orphanage. To describe Papa’s House, Mama’s House (2004) by Jean Lee Patindol and
illustrated by Mark Salvatus III would not do justice to the exceptional skill demonstrated by both author and illustrator in handling the issue of marital separation. Of course, The Yellow Paperclip With Bright Purple Spots, by Nikki Dy-Liacco and May Ann Licudine, is yet to be published this year. It would be a delightful addition to PBBY’s roster of magnificent stories. Most of these stories use avant-garde narratives. Be that as it may, Adarna House and the
Philippine Board on Books for Young People continue to recognize those who are brave enough to set a trend that will help young Filipino minds obtain a broader perspective of things and in the process, be more interested in the alternative ending rather than the happily-ever-after.


Blogger firithromenwen said...

naks! galing mo talaga kapatid!

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