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Book Launch of Ninoy Aquino: A Courageous Homecoming and Other New Titles

Bookmark recently had its book launch of Ninoy Aquino: A Courageous Homecoming and the other books of the Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series and of the Great Men and Women of Asia–Children’s Series which is a partnership project of The Bookmark, Inc. and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation at the McKinley Room, Manila Polo Club last April 24, 2010.


Ambassador Bienvenido A. Tan Jr., The Bookmark, Inc's, president, introduced the guest of the evening, Mrs. Viel Aquino-Dee, who thanked Bookmark for publishing the book on his father. Also, former senator and lawyer Rene Saguisag read a paragraph from the Ninoy Aquino: A Courageous Homecoming on behalf of his daughter Lara Saguisag who authored the book and proceeded to read a short speech he had prepared. He emphasized the importance of reading not just for children but for all ages. Senator Rene Saguisag encouraged guests and participants to acquire copies of the books.

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 incident in the life of each principal character. Stories on the following persons as role models were made: Sr. Christine Tan (A Life with the Poor); Doreen Fernandez (The Teacher); Jaime Ongpin (The Reluctant Hero); Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros (Musician for the Filipino Church); Gen. Vicente Lim (The General); Edgar Jopson (EDJOP: A Child of the Storm); and Ninoy Aquino (Ninoy Aquino: A Courageous Homecoming).

The Great Men and Women of Asia–Children’s Series endeavors to bring inspiring stories of real-life heroism to children all over the world, so that they may grow in their love of country, compassion for their fellowmen, and perseverance to achieve worthwhile goals anchored on strong personal values. Stories were based on the life of the following Magsaysay awardees: Dr. Fe Del Mundo (Philippines), Jesse Robredo (Philippines), Mother Teresa (India), Vo-Tong Xuan (Vietnam), Dita Indah Sari

(Indonesia), Shoaib Sultan Khan (Pakistan), Lin Hwai-Min (Taiwan), Chamlong Srimuang (Thailand), Kiran Bedi (India), Seiei Toyama (Japan), Abdul Sattar Edhi and Bilqis Edhi (Pakistan), Yuan Longping (China), Tetsu Nakamura (Japan), Mohammad Yunus (Bangladesh), Prateep Ungsongtham-Hata (Thailand), and Ho Ming-teh (Taiwan).


Guests had their books signed by authors and artists of the stories who were present. Some artworks from artists Quix Maiquez and Victoria Ronidel were exhibited during the launch. Guests included Bishop Antonio Ledesma, Carmencita Abella, Becky Villegas, Washington Sycip, Louie Torres and Des Torres, Joy Jopson-Kintanar, Rainier Quilala and Anna Magpayo, Jay Velasco, Mara Perez, Oni Gargaritano, Gaspar Solis, Leo Calderero, Della Besa and Patricia Licuanan.


Authors present were Emma R. Tan, Didith T. Rodrigo, Gidget Roceles-Jimenez, Lin Acacio-Flores, Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz, Kitkat Torres. Some artists seen were: Abi Goy, Liza Flores, Ariel Santillan, Ma.Victoria Ronidel, Quix Maiquez, and May Tobias-Papa.