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July 22 is National Children's Book Day! - PBBY

Posted by Michael Cuevas Barcas on June 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)


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July 22 is National Children's Book Day!


To celebrate National Children's Book Day, a special children's book fair featuring the country's major children's book publishers shall be held from 9 till 2:30 pm at the Museo Pambata. The fair shall be open to the public and admission is free.


There shall also be a special workshop for librarians called, The School Library as Avenue for the Development of Life Skills (An Echo and Workshop Session of the 42nd IASL Conference in Indonesia) from 9-12 noon also in Museo Pambata. The workshop shall be facilitated by Zarah Gagatiga, Librarian, Beacon Academy and PBBY Board Member


This workshop session will help librarians integrate life skills and well-being indicators in library management. Ms. Gagatiga will also discuss concepts in planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services for children and teenagers. 21st century trends in school library management and administration will also be presented as well as information on professional learning networks, particularly the International Association of School Libraries.


Participants will be charged a workshop fee of P500.


For inquiries about the bookfair and the workshop, you may email [email protected] or contact Lance at 3526765 local 120.

The Hunt for Filipino Food: Kusina to Cuisine - The Theresian Cookbook

Posted by JTP on May 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Courtesy of Corinne Trang

The Hunt for Filipino Food:Kusina to Cuisine – TheTheresian Cookbook I am a cookbook reviewer, and it’s always exciting to leafthrough pages that offer an insight into a new and vibrant cuisine. AndI am a food writer, so I appreciate the effort it takes to compile sucha book. Kusina to Cuisine – The Theresian Cookbook had me glowing withchild-like joy.

We think we know all about food, don’t we? Those classic French dishesthat are so prized …by the French; sumptuous and spicy curries from theSubcontinent (I am personally addicted); baked goods from these veryshores – yes, we are au fait with food. But then there are plates fromthe Philippines!

I am fortunate to have a dear friend who hails from Manila. She is an‘Old Theresian’ and has contributed to this volume, a compilation ofrecipes from former pupils of St. Theresa’s. For us non-Filipinos, it’sa delicious introduction to a very individual cuisine. There is nothingin this book that would strike epicurean terror into the heart of evena timid European home cook. OK, granted, a very few of the ingredientsmight demand a trip to an Asian supermarket, but that aside, themajority of recipes here are accessible and they are all tempting.

Chef cookbooks are glossy, polished and sometimes intimidating. On theother hand, cookbooks such as Kusina to Cuisine offer a real vision ofhow folks cook and eat, and in this case the cooking and eating isenjoyed in the Philippines. Perhaps I am naïve but I trust recipesfrom home cooks. They take pride in that cake, that sauce, that pasta,those noodles might be dinner every Wednesday night. These particularhome cooks have flair!

I am rather surprised that Filipino restaurants are not flourishingoutside that country. Its foods have so many elements with which we arealready familiar. I have seen menus from the best of Manila’srestaurants and I could book my flight this very moment. The recipeshere are a more domestic take on these dishes but they indicate thevalue of this internationally little-known cuisine.

Good use is made of both fresh fish and shellfish. Pork is prominent,along with chicken. Lots of Asian fruits and herbs but chilli isn’toverpowering. Garlic is evidently popular, along with the expectedChinese accents of soy and rice. It’s a delicious amalgam of all thecultural influences that make these islands what they are today.

I have several favourites from this practical ring-bound collection.Killer Chili Dip is simple and comforting and flexible. Great for aparty and it can be spiced up for those with adult tastes; nothingexotic, admittedly, but worthy of a try. Yema are sweet caramelisedmilk balls that would make delicious gifts if one could bear to giveany away. Toyoma is a pork belly stew with eggs – just a couple ofingredients, used to present a unique dish. Lengua is beef tongue andit takes advantage of that underestimated meat. This recipe turns thathumble offal into dinner party fare with Asian colour.

My dear reader might wonder why I bother to review a book that themajority will not find. Kusina to Cuisine – The Theresian Cookbookisn’t readily available, that’s true. I have used this volume toillustrate the broad appeal of Filipino food and to act as a catalystto ask the question: ‘Where are the Filipino restaurants in London?’Failing that: ‘Where are the cooking classes?’ I am sure I will beadvised that there are one or two but they are not well publicised. Aswe speak I would say that the most authentic food is found in homes.There seems to be little publicity about the dishes, although there arefaint rumbles of enthusiasm from those who have travelled. There arefolks who are endeavouring to introduce Filipino food served from foodtrucks. Word is slowly getting out to those who are open to anothertaste palate.

I will travel to Manila and beyond at the soonest opportunity and enjoylearning about the restaurant trends, classic dishes, home cooking and,undoubtedly, snacking. I will muse on origins of dishes and considerhow to describe this European-infused multi-Asian culinary delight inone word. I guess ‘Filipino’ will do nicely.

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Remembering Macliing Dulag

Posted by JTP on April 23, 2014 at 2:45 AM

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Inquirer Northern Luzon

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—This generation should always remember that they have a great hero in their history.

This was Baguio-based writer Luz “Luchie” Maranan’s message to a group of children and activists who attended the launch of her children’s book, “The Pangat, the Mountains, and the River,” at Mt. Cloud Bookshop here last year.

The book tells the story of respected Kalinga pangat (tribal chieftain) Macliing Dulag and his people, who opposed the construction of the Chico River hyrdroelectric dam, a government project that would have submerged the farms and ancestral lands of the Kalinga and Bontoc peoples in the late 1970s.

Dulag was shot and killed by government soldiers on April 24, 1984, for leading the protests against the project.

Maranan’s book opens with Apong Chumallig, who was at the ator (village center in form of rocks) in front of children, recalling how Dulag started to fight for the rights of his fellow villagers.

“Time came when we, the Kalinga and the Bontoc, had to strengthen our bodong (peace pact between the two tribes in the Cordillera) to defend our villages. One brave, heroic man stood out among us and urged the people of the Cordillera to unite and fight so that all of us can still live in these beautiful mountain villages,” Apong Chumallig said.

He recalled his days with Dulag and their friends discovering Chico River, the center of their struggle.

“With our friends, Macliing and I enjoyed swimming in the Chico, diving from the rocks that stood like giants against the current. We explored the forests where our fathers hunted deer and wild boar,” he said.

Maranan said the heroism of Dulag and other Cordillerans should be a constant reminder to the younger generation of indigenous peoples to value their rights over their ancestral lands.

“It is my wish that the children in the urban center know the stories of the indigenous peoples. They should know how mines, dams and logging concessions could destroy our natural resources. If children know that these resources are for them, the future generation will appreciate [why indigenous peoples are defending their land] because that is an act of patrimony,” she said.

Maranan said she chose to write about Dulag because there was no popular material on the Kalinga leader, except in news articles and biographies.

She said writing about the stories of Cordillera heroes was a way of educating children about the heroes who fought and sacrificed for their future.

The book focuses on the heroism of Dulag, but it also tells the story of his people who inspired him to lead the struggle against the dam project.

In 2011, Maranan did intensive research on the life of Dulag when she attended an elders’ meeting in Tinglayan town, Kalinga province. She interviewed relatives of Dulag for the book.

Published by Bookmark as part of its series on “Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth,” the book was illustrated by Ariel Santillan.

It was the English translation of Maranan’s award-winning work, “Ang Pangat, ang Lupang Ninuno, at ang Ilog,” which won third prize in the short story for children (Filipino division) in the 62nd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2012.



8 Children's Books for the Next Generation by Weng Cahiles

Posted by Michael Cuevas Barcas on March 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

8 Children's Books for the Next Generation by Weng Cahiles




It’s time to tell the kids to drop their iPads (or whatever gadget they’re holding) and have them flip through actual book pages instead. Introduce them to the joy of reading through the following children’s books (and a comic book) that will introduce you to important Filipino personalities, events, folklore and a thing or two that the internet won’t tell them.


8. Ang Pangat, Ang Lupang Ninuno at Ang Ilog

written by Luz Maranan, illustrated by Ysabel Maranan, published by Lampara Books

This project by the mother-and-daughter tandem of Luz and Ysabel Maranan is about the life of Macliing Dulag, a pangat or a tribe leader hero from the Cordillera. He was known for opposing then President Marcos’ plans to build four dams along Chico River in the Mountain Province.

Based on a Palanca-winning story, children will read about Macliing’s leadership and bravery during Martial Law.


7. Brocka: The Filmmaker Without Fear

written and illustrated by Jose T. Gamboa, published by The Bookmark Inc.

Introduce kids to one of the best directors our country has produced.

This Sorsogon native is the man behind the movies “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang,” “Jaguar,” “Bona” and “Insiang” which was the first Filipino film ever shown at the Cannes film festival.

This year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York had a week-long screening of “Maynila: Sa Kuko ng Liwanag”—deemed by many to be the greatest Filipino film ever made.


6. Ngumiti Si Andoy

written by Xi Zuq, illustrated by Dominic Agsaway, published by Adarna House

Winner of last year’s PBBY-Salanga Prize, the story is about Andrew’s encounter with the Father of the Philippine Revolution himself when a statue in his school’s park turns into life.

Beautifully illustrated by Agsaway, this book was released November 30 last year, just in time for Bonifacio’s 150th birthday commemoration.


5. Edsa

written by Russell Molina, illustrated by Sergio Bumatay III, published by Adarna House

For those who want to educate kids about the People Power Revolution of 1986, this book is just what you need.

This counting book makes children tie together images of people and objects related to the EDSA Revolution, allowing them to learn numbers and about this important part of our nation’s history at the same time.



4. Guardians of Tradition

written by Mae Astrid Tobias, illustrated by Rommel E. Joson, photos by Renato Rastrollo, published by Adarna House

This 32-page book is perfect for kids (and adults) who want to get to know our country’s National Living Treasures awardees selected by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The awardees were chosen for their dedication to their craft and their contribution to preserving tradition. Some of the personalities included in the book are musician Uwang Ahadas, master mat weaver Hadja Amina Appi, poet Ginaw Bilog and master of dance Alonzo Saclag.


3. Ang Bonggang Bonggang Batang Beki

written by Rhandee Garlitos, illustrated by Tokwa Penaflorida, published by Chikiting Books

This groundbreaking children’s book tackles effeminacy in young boys. The story revolves around Adel, a child teased “beki” by his friends because he is soft-spoken, loves to sing and dance and prefers the color pink.

Illustrator Tokwa Penaflorida perfectly captures the essence of Adel’s playfulness through his wistful drawings.


2. Pilandokomiks

written and illustrated by Borg Sinaban,published by Adarna House

Transforming classic Pilandok stories written by National Artist Virgilio Almario into a series of comic books for kids is not an easy task but Borg Sinaban managed to do a good job at it. Instead of letting kids read the usual manga, why not give them Pilandokomiks? It packs the same well-executed illustration but with stories rooted in local setting.


1. The Public’s Servant

written by Didith T. Rodrigo, illustrated by Kaecee Salvador, published by The Bookmark Inc.

The Bookmark Inc.’s Great Men and Women of Asia – Children’s Series aims to introduce to children awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation.

Jesse Robredo won back in 2000 for exemplary government service but his life as an outstanding public servant was cut short by his tragic death in 2012. This biography is written using Internet chat style to entice young readers to learn anecdotes about this modern hero’s life.



Weng Cahiles is the author of the Adarna House children’s book “What Kids Should Know About Andres And The Katipunan.”

Book Review: Modern Heroes For the Filipino Youth Series

Posted by Giusseppe on January 24, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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Back in 2010, Bookmark won a Best Reads National Children's Book Award for Lub-Dub Lub-Dub, a biography of Dr. Fe Del Mundo the first woman pediatrician in the Philippines. Written by Rusell Molina and illustrated by Jomike Tejido, the book is part of Bookmark's  Great Men and Women of Asia–Children’s Series. The series brings together stories of ordinary people who've done extraordinary acts of goodness that it elevated them to heroic status. Specifically, the heroes featured in the series are awardees of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards. At a time when teachers and librarians are looking for biography books for children to read, Bookmark took the brave initiative to have this series published.


And they've only just begun on this courageous venture as another series is produced for the Filipino young reader: The Modern Heroes For the Filipino Youth Series.  The 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. So it says in each of the book's blurb.

The books live up to its aims as values of bravery, courage and love of country, bespeak of the stories of Ninoy Aquino, Ed Jopson, Jaime Ongpin, Vidal Lorenzo Tan, Gen. Vicente Lim, and Jose Abad Santos. The stories of Richie Fernando, Sr. Christine Tan and Macliing Dulag would inspire young readers to look at love, service for others, determination and social justice in a new light. 

The series also features the artistic genius of Lino Brocka and Jovita Fuentes; the ingenuity and business acumen of Margarita Dela Cruz Santiago; the dedication of Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros SJ to bring liturgical music closer to church parishioners; the drive and endurance of Filipino scientists Drs. Lourdes Cruz and Baldomera Olivera Jr.; and the heart and passion of Doreen Fernandez to teaching and writing.

Written by the country's best writers and illustrated by select artists, the series is a beautiful medley of good storytelling and strong visuals. Readers young and old would definitely feel the creators' intent at putting in their best effort and talents to produce quality reading material. What really worked for me, as far as this series is concerned, is it's message of revisiting core values that would help define our identity as a nation in this age of rapid change and globalization. At a time when we're all going through problems that challenge our moral fiber, we need stories to remind us that we're capable of making the right choices no matter how difficult the odds are.

Bookmark's launching of Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series Children's Books and other titles is on Feb. 5, 2014, Wednesday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM at the Last Chukker, Manila Polo Club, Makati. For details check Bookmark's events-link on Facebook,

Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series Launching

Posted by Michael Cuevas Barcas on January 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series Launching

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

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

TheModern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series aims to present role models foryoung people to emulate. Each story in the series contains a central theme thatexemplifies a moral value or characteristic or an exemplary incident in thelife of each principal character.

Also to be launched are Pages written byJavier T. Delfin, illustrated by Gabi Dimaranan, The Day of Darkness writtenby Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan, illustrations by Gutch Gutierrez.

Original illustrations will be exhibited and up for sale. The authors and artists will be present for the book signing.

Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series New Title My Father, "The Soldier" Released and Now Available

Posted by Michael Cuevas Barcas on December 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Jose Abad Santos Children’s Book Released

The Bookmark, Inc. presents new published children’s book-picture book for Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series – My Father, “The Soldier” is about the courageous life and martyrdom of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos through the eyes of his son Pepito. Jose Abad Santos is one of the heroes of the Philippine resistance against the Japanese Occupation during World War II.


My Father, “The Soldier” is the new addition in Bookmark’s Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series, which 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.


The story is written by Jake Advincula, an Ateneo High School student who won first prize in Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Writing Contest sponsored by The Bookmark, Inc. It was edited by Nina Macaraig-Gamboa and illustrated by Aurora Morealis and Gutch Gutierrez.

My Father, “The Soldier” is printed in color on 16 pages of matt-coated paper in an 8"x 10" format.


For more information contact Bookmark at telephone nos. 8958061–65, fax: 8970824,email: [email protected]

Spirit of Asia offers corporate "Gifts of Values"

Posted by JTP on November 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Courtesy: RMAF Website

This holiday season, Spirit of Asia offers businesses executives, public relations units, and procurement officers a way to let their corporate gifts stand out with Gifts of Values. The Gifts of Values are sets of books featuring the stories of selected Ramon Magsaysay Awardees. They highlight greatness of spirit and values such as generosity, creativity, compassion, leadership, and selflessness—qualities that helped them change their communities for the better.

Their inclusive and sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems of people all over Asia make very inspiring reading. In one book, a young girl learns about Dr. Fe del Mundo’s work as a doctor. In another, a balikbayan experiences the distinct brand of Jesse Robredo’s leadership. Another book shows how the husband-wife team of the Edhis started an ambulance service for the underprivileged and homeless sick in Pakistan. In one other, non-engineer Ho Ming Te spurs whole Taiwanese communities to build their own bridges.

“Gift of Values 1” is a beautiful compilation of nine Great Men and Women of Asia (GMWA) books that detail the life and transformative works of the Magsaysay Awardees. They are great resource materials and ideal as a gift or donation for schools, teachers, and libraries.

“Gift of Values 2” is a set of 16 full-color, illustrated titles from the GMWA children’s series featuring the Magsaysay Awardees. Told in a rich and entertaining voice attractive to children, they are perfect tools for introducing greatness of spirit into the lives of  the young.

The latest addition to these Gifts of Values are the Greatness of Spirit (GOS) mugs, designed with colorful caricatures of Magsaysay laureates and the values of patience, innovation, compassion, leadership, empowerment, and simplicity that they embody. The mugs come in a special gift box when bundled with GMWA children’s books. The GOS mugs are available in sets of one, three or six mugs.

For inquiries or orders, call Spirit of Asia Gift Gallery at 521-3166 loc 136 or 196 or email: [email protected]


Posted by Michael Cuevas Barcas on October 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)


October 18, 2013




By: Paul Daza; Photos by Bojet Rabena, Bok Pioquid, and Bookmark


Last February 18, Ateneo de Manila High School freshman Joaquin Domingo S. De Guzman of 1-A was announced as the third place winner of Bookmark’s Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth writing contest. Joaquin’s essay, entitled “I Know Where My Heart Is,” was about Richie Fernando, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic who died in Cambodia in 1996 from a grenade blast as he was protecting his students from a troubled boy.

Eight months after winning third place in the contest, Joaquin is now a sophomore in the AHS, and a published author to boot. “I Know Where My Heart Is” is now an inspiring children’s book under Bookmark’s Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth series, with beautiful illustrations by Jomike Tejido.

“I Know Where My Heart Is” was given a soft launch in the morning of October 16, 2013 during the AHS’ annual celebration of Teen Read Week. Present with Joaquin at the event held in the AHS Library Discussion Room were a few of his classmates from 2-A, who assisted the teen author by giving the book a dramatic group reading. Also present were Dr. Mari Delfin of Bookmark, AHS Educational Media Center Coordinator Elizabeth Peralejo, Associate Principal for Academic Affairs Ma. Jennifer Concepcion, Associate Principal for Student Affairs Ron Capinding, Associate Principal for Formation Fr. Jboy Gonzales, SJ, and AHS Principal Gabriel F. Mallillin.

Fittingly, “I Know Where My Heart Is” was given its soft launch on the eve of the 17th anniversary of Richie Fernando’s death. A graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Development Studies, Richie was killed in Cambodia on Oct. 17, 1996 at the age of 26.

The Bookmark Inc., Annual Book Sale 2013

Posted by Michael Cuevas Barcas on September 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (1)

The Bookmark Inc., Annual Book Sale 2013

Bookmark: The Filipino Bookstore is inviting everyone to its Annual Book Sale on September 9-14, 2013. Discounts of up to 50% will be given to various titles. Books on Arts and Culture, Environment, Food, Health and Fitness, History and Politics, Biography, Religion, Travel, Literature, Audio/Music and Video materials are available.


Included in the sale are titles which won awards in the past such as Lub-dub, Lub-dub, one of National Children’s Book Awards’ Best Reads for 2010; Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo translations by Soledad Lacson-Locsin, winner 1996 National Book Award for Best Translation and Bone Tumors in Filipinos by Dr. Edward Wang and Dr. Ariel Vergel de Dios, winner 2007 National Book Award for Medicine. Also on sale in the Filipino Literary Classics are Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels, N.V.M. Gonzalez’s The Bamboo Dancers and Bienvenido Santos’ Brother, My Brother.


Children’s Book on the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation’s Great Men and Women of Asia–Children’s Series and Bookmark’s Modern Heroes for The Filipino Youth Series are offered.


Bookmark: The Filipino Bookstore is located at 264 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati City. Store hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Inquiries are entertained at 8958061-65, fax: 8970824 or email us at [email protected]


For inquiries, call or email

Donna Rayo, FBS Marketing Manager

Tel: 895-8061 to 65

Email: [email protected]

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