At the School Gate—a children's book about the experience of a 15-year old high school student during the government's witch hunt against people branded as Leftist dissidents in 1991–is one of three titles The Bookmark, Inc., is launching on Wednesday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. at The Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus in Quezon City.
Written by Sandra Nicole Roldan, illustrated by Nina Martinez, this book depicts memories of martial law, as well as the bravery displayed by children and families of so-called dissidents in the aftermath of the government's anti-Leftist campaign 27 years ago. The author is an offshore PhD candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and teaches Creative Writing at the College of Arts and Letters in UP Diliman.
Bookmark simultaneously launches two other titles, both biographically historic nonfiction for children. Lakay Billy, Defender of Indigenous People, written by Luz B. Maranan and Illustrated by Duday Ysabel Maranan, is a story about William "Billy" Claver, a human rights lawyer who fought the Marcos dictatorship.
Mang Adong's Jeepney, written by Tippy O. Kintanar and illustrated by Jose Maria Tristan V. Yuvienco, is about Leonardo Sarao Sr., also known as Mang Adong Sarao. He was the founder of Sarao Motors, an automotive company known for designing, manufacturing, and selling Philippine jeepneys.
At the School Gate is a great reading for children and young people ages 10 years old to senior high school, as well as freedom-loving people of all ages. The book will be available in major bookstores, in schools, and public libraries, as well as museums and other educational venues.
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