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PBBY-Alcala Prize Retrospective Exhibit

You are all invited to an exhibit featuring the winning works from the past 31 years of the PBBY-Alcala Illustrators' Prize. The exhibit will be at Corredor Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman and will open 3 p.m. on August 18.

The 2014 National Children's Book Awards - Kids' Choice Award

The Philippines' 3rd National Children's Book Awards included a Kids' Choice Award! Five judges, ages 11-13, read picture books published in 2012 and 2013 and picked their top ten favorites. Below are the ten books and the kid judges' citations for the books. I have put their citations in boldface, but have not edited their writing in any other way!


Sandwich to the Moon
Written and illustrated by Jamie Bauza
Chikiting Books, 2013



Si Berting, ang Batang Uling
Written by Christopher S. Rosales
Illustrated by Aldy Aguirre
Lampara, 2013

I. together with the other judges chose 10 books that will be the top 10 finalists but i will only share our reasons why we chose "Sandwich to the Moon" & "Si Berting ang Batang Uling" as part of the Top 10 finalists because we think that younger readers will easily understand and relate to these books' content and also we think that the writers, as well as illustrators along with the publishing companies did a job wel…

New date for the Philippine National Children's Book Day Fair!

The 2014 National Children's Book Day Fair

July 15, 2014 is the Philippines' 31st National Children's Book Day! The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is celebrating by organizing a children's book fair at Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila. The following publishers and organizations are participating in the fair:

Adarna House
Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK)
Anvil Publishing Inc.
The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) 
Dream Big Books
Hiyas
Lampara Books
LG&M Chikiting Books
Save the Children Philippines
Tahanan Books 

At a stage area, publishers will present their latest children's books through different kinds of performances, games, and even cooking demonstrations! Booths at the fair will sell children's books, children's magazines, and art for children. There will be discounts, giveaways, face painting, a drawing/coloring corner, storytelling sessions, and book signings and meet & greets with authors and illustrators.

See yo…

Press Release: Freelance Artist Wins Alcala

The 2014 PBBY-Alcala Prize was won by freelance artist Aaron Paul Asis. Asis based his winning entry on one of the 2014 PBBY-Salanga honorable mention awardees, “Gaano Ba Kalayo Patungong Paaralan?” by Genaro Gojo Cruz.

According to this year’s judges, Asis’ illustrations “depict the intimacy between two brothers, but their visual closeness does not prevent the viewer from imagining the expanse of the outside world and feeling the anticipation for tomorrow’s journey to school.”


Garnering honorable mention this year are artists Jericho Angelo Moral and Jason Gabriel Sto. Domingo. Click here to see Moral's and Sto. Domingo's illustrations. All three artists are members of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK), a professional organization for children’s book artists.

Asis shall receive twenty-five thousand pesos, a medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded during the National Children’s Book Day ceremonies on July 15, 2014.


For inquiries abou…

The Janus Silang Blog Tour: Day One

Welcome to the Janus Silang blog tour! Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon is a new Filipino young adult novel written by Edgar Calabia Samar and published by Adarna House. We're kicking off the blog tour with a cover reveal and first chapter preview.

Check out the cover below!


Here is a blurb about the novel:

Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus. Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer shops sai ba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula rito na mag-uugnay sa kanya sa misteryo ng kinahuhumalingan niyang RPG—at sa alamat ng Tiyanak mula sa Tábon!

And ohohoho you can read the first chapter here or below!



Edgar Calabia Samar will be at National Book Store SM North on May 10 at 3 p.m. Please join us for the book signing and book discu…

Call for Applications: KABANATA Young Adult Writer’s Workshop

Call for Entries: 2014 PBBY-Alcala Prize

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2014 PBBY-Alcala Prize.

The winner shall be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children's Book Day on July 15, 2014.

CONTEST RULES:

1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.

2. Entries must be based on any of the following, all honorable mention winners of the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize:

"Ang Misay sa Aming Bahay" by Susan Anne Alegro Quirante
"Gaano ba Kalayo Patungong Paaralan?" by Genaro Gojo Cruz
"Reyna Elena" by Michael de Guzman

3. Copies of these stories may be requested from the PBBY Secretariat or downloaded from the PBBY website.

4. All entries must be original unpublished illustrations that have not won in any previous contest…

Calling all English teachers in Malaysia and Singapore!

Helloooooo to all my fellow English teachers in Malaysia and Singapore. Please encourage your students to join the Scholastic Writers' Award 2014!


If you are in Malaysia, check out this link. And if you are in Singapore, check out this link. :o)

January 31 is the deadline for nominations for the 2014 National Children's Book Awards!

This year is the 3rd National Children's Book Awards (NCBA) and the deadline for nominations is this Friday, January 31. Click here to read the NCBA rules and click here to download the NCBA nomination form.

The online version of the rules asks for seven copies of each nominated book, but now ten copies of each nominated book must be submitted because more judges (kid judges!) have been added to the awards.

I'm already looking forward to the awards ceremony on July 26. :o)

Press Release: Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series Launching

Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series, Bookmark’s series for children’s books, will be formally launched on February 5, 2014, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Last Chukker, Manila Polo Club, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City.

The series features nine new titles, namely: A Passion for Science (Dr. Lourdes Cruz and Dr. Baldomero Olivera, Jr.); A Time to Grow (Margarita Dela Cruz Santiago); A Voice of Hope in a Time of Darkness (Susan Fernandez-Magno); BROCKA: The Filmmaker without Fear (Lino Brocka); The First International Filipino Diva (Jovita Fuentes); The Pangat, the Mountains, and the River (Macliing Dulag); I Know Where My Heart Is (Bro. Richie Fernando SJ); My Father, the “Soldier” (Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos); and My Role Model (Vidal Lory Tan.)

The Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series aims to present role models for young people to emulate. Each story in the series contains a central theme that exemplifies a moral value or characteristic or an exemplary …

Press Release: Three Authors Share Honorable Mention at the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize to writers Michael de Guzman, for his story "Reyna Elena"; Genaro Gojo Cruz, for his story, "Gaano ba Kalayo Patungong Paaralan?"; and Susan Anne Alegro Quirante, for her story "Ang Misay sa Aming Bahay."
This is not the first time de Guzman and Cruz have been awarded by the PBBY. De Guzman bagged Honorable Mention in 2003, while Cruz won Honorable Mention in 2004. This is Quirante’s first award from the PBBY.
The three winners shall be awarded during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day in July 2014.
For inquiries about the contest, email the PBBY Secretariat at pbby@adarna.com.ph.