Call for Entries: The 2017 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2017 PBBY-Salanga Prize. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). The winner shall receive twenty-five thousand (25,000) pesos and a medal. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day in July 2017.
Contest Rules
  • The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
  • Stories should be intended for children aged 6 to 12 years old. The plot and the sequence must be capable of sustaining an illustrated book of 28 to 32 pages.
  • Entries may be in Filipino or English.
  • Entries must be in hard copy, double-spaced, on short bond paper. Maximum length is five (5) pages.
  • A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
  • Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.
  • Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. The second envelope must contain the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has (a) never been published nor (b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.
  • All entries must be sent through snail mail to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Scout Torillo cor. Scout Fernandez Sts., Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
  • All entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat no later than 5:00 p.m., December 2, 2016.
  • Winners will be announced no later than February 3, 2017. Non-winning entries will be disposed of by the PBBY Secretariat.
Grand prize and honorable mention winners shall be subject to a bidding process to be facilitated by the PBBY, to determine which publisher/s will publish their winning stories.
The winning story will be the basis for the 2017 PBBY-Alcala Prize.
For more details, interested parties may contact the PBBY at (02) 3526765 local 203, or email pbby[at]

Press Release: Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) celebrates 25th year with “Tinker Tales”

Monday, September 19, 2016
Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), the Philippines’ first and only organization of illustrators for children, marks its 25th year with its anniversary exhibit, “Tinker Tales,” slated on Sept. 12 - Oct. 16 at the Third Floor Exhibition Halls, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

Founded in June 1991, Ang INK was the offshoot of a children's book illustration workshop sponsored by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and the Goethe-Institiute Manila and conducted by visiting German book illustrator Reinhard Michl. The organization was born out of the workshop participants’ belief that a collective effort among colleagues is vital to the professionalization and development of the industry.

Since its inception, Ang INK has gone on to mount 46 group exhibits and publish several books as a group: “INKuwento” (1999), “Kuwentong Kalikasan, Katha ng Kabataan” (1999), “Water in the Ring of Fire” (1999), “Hale Hale Hoy” (2006), “Mga Tambay sa Tabi-Tabi” (2009), and “Ang INKredible Coloring Book” (2016). It has also received recognitions, including the Pearl Anniversary Reading Advocacy Award (2000), a Philippine Board on Books for Young People citation (2001); and a Museo Pambata Award of Recognition (2014); while individual members have reaped national and international awards. Today, Ang INK members continue to create art not just for children’s books, but also for comics, magazines, newspapers, workbooks, websites, toys, games, animation, greeting cards, posters, murals, postcards, and TV commercials.

In 2016, Ang INK renews its commitment towards encouraging the creation and appreciation of illustrations for children with “Tinker Tales,” a showcase of over 200 works by Ang INK artists, inspired by stories gathered from a variety of institutions: The Raya School, San Vicente Elementary School, AHA Learning Center, Quality Life Discoveries, and ATD Fourth World-Philippines.

In “Tinker Tales,” Ang INK continues the cycle of children inspiring art which inspires children. Prompted by story stones previously created by Ang INK at the Ayala Museum, children of different backgrounds came up with different stories, which are in turn illustrated in the works featured in the exhibit. The second part of the exhibit is a new set of characters, objects, and settings that can be used for fresh stories, for the next 25 years and beyond.

Aside from the exhibit, Ang INK will also be hosting its annual INKFest (free admission with museum entrance) on Oct. 1, 10 am to 6 pm at the Ayala Museum G/F lobby, showcasing live art, merchandise tables, art activity booths, and more.

Other activities in line with the month-long anniversary celebration are the following: Sept. 24, G/F Lobby, book launch of Adarna House’s Kapitbahay Kubo and Kara at Play illustrated by Jamie Bauza & Pergy Acuña (10 am – 12 nn, free admission); Illustration Masterclass: Secret Techniques for Award-Winning Book Illustrations facilitated by Sergio Bumatay III and Rommel Joson (2 - 5 pm, P1,500 registration fee); and Oct. 8, Kiddie Arts & Crafts Party (10 am - 12 nn, G/F Lobby, free admission with museum entrance), and Sketch Afternoon, a drawing session with your favorite INKies (2 - 5 pm, 3/F Lobby, P650).

"Tinker Tales" is mounted in partnership with Ayala Museum, in cooperation with Prestige Paper Products, Fedrigoni,, Sakura, Adarna House, Oishi, Wavelink, Lampara Books, Summit Books, Davies Paint, and OMF Literature.

For details and other inquiries, contact

Friday, July 29, 2016
The winners of the Bumasa at Lumaya 2 giveaway are Sambat Trust, Christian Nalica, and Mai Bayani. I hope you like the book! =D

GIVEAWAY: Bumasa at Lumaya 2: A Sourcebook on Children's Literature in the Philippines

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I'm giving away three copies of Bumasa at Lumaya 2: A Sourcebook on Children's Literature in the Philippines (Anvil Publishing Inc., 2016)! This is a collection of English and Filipino essays, interviews, and other discussions edited by Ani Rosa Almario, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, and Ramon C. Sunico, trailblazers in the Philippines' children's book industry.

For a chance to win a copy of Bumasa at Lumaya 2, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. Write your name, email address, and one sentence about why you want to learn more about Filipino children's literature. I will randomly select three winners at 9 p.m. (Philippine time) on Wednesday, July 27. This is an international giveaway! :o)

EDIT: There appears to be something wrong with the comments section. :o( I apologize for that. Please shoot an email to to join the giveaway! Thank you!

For more information about the book, visit the other stops on the Bumasa at Lumaya blog tour:

Author Interview: Zarah Gagatiga at Cinderella Stories

I'll end this post with the cover of Bumasa at Lumaya 2 and a list of all the resources you can find in it. See you in the comments section!

Kay Sarap Magbasa! by Rene O. Villanueva
Introduction by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
Ang Panitikang Pambata sa Filipinas: 2000-2013 by Eugene Y. Evasco
Saan Nagpupunta ang Araw Kung Gabi? Pagsulat ng Kuwentong Bata by Rene O. Villanueva
12 Questions with Rene O. Villanueva by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
Quite Contrary: A New Direction for Poetry for Filipino Children by Lara Saguisag
Ang Muling Pagsasalaysay ng Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang by Christine Bellen
Writers' Forum 2008 (Ramon C. Sunico, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Mailin Paterno Locsin, Russell Molina, Carla Pacis, and Augie Rivera)
Sulataktakan: Conversations on Children's Literature moderated by Zarah Gagatiga:
     Stories are Everywhere by Mailin Paterno Locsin
     Magic Secrets, Revealed by Russell Molina
     A Love for Fantastic Worlds and Insects by Jomike Tejido
     Writers and Verbs, Artists and Adjectives by Beth Parrocha
     Healing with Words by Luis P. Gatmaitan
Filling the Gap: Young Adult Literature in the Philippines by Carla Pacis and Ramon C. Sunico
The Filipino Young Adult Novel: A Safe Place: How My First Novel I Hate My Mother! Came to Be by Perpilili Vivienne Tiongson
How I Write by Lin A. Flores
Telling the Truth: Nonfiction for Children by Mailin Paterno Locsin
Pages and Spreads, Pictures and Styles: Visual Directions in Filipino Children's Books: 1983-2014 by Ruben de Jesus
Children's Book Illustrations in the Philippines: 1990-2007 by Liza Flores
The Magic of the Frozen Moment: A Crash Course in Comics Appreciation by Paolo Chikiamco
For Love of Reading by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
A Library for Children and Young People by Zarah Gagatiga
A Roundtable Discussion with Reading Educators by Ani Rosa Almario, Dr. Leonor Diaz, Dr. Dina Ocampo, and Dr. Felicitas Pado
Awards and Recognition for Philippine Children's Literature: 1978-2015
The PBBY Salanga and PBBY Alcala Awards: 1984-2015
The 25 Best-Loved Filipino Children's Book Characters
Friday, July 22, 2016
Hello! For the Bumasa at Lumaya blog tour I'll be posting the evening of July 23. See you then. =D

The 4th National Children’s Book Awards

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB) are pleased to present to you the winners of the 4th National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA), the best Filipino children's and young adult books published in 2014 and 2015.

Written by Mary Gigi Constantino
Illustrated by Ray Sunga
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Judges' citation:

Sino ang mag-aakala na eksayting ang paglalakbay ng isang butiki? Sobrang nakakaaliw ang pagsulpot-sulpot kung saan-saang bahagi ng bahay ng butiki sa kuwento. Ang simpleng texto ay nagamit pa upang ituro ang konsepto ng kabaliktaran, sa paraang kaaya-aya. Kung kaya, hindi ka magsasawa sa pagsubaybay sa lahat ng dinaanan ni Butiki.

Illustrated by Eli F. Camacho
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Judges' citation:

Ang aklat na ito, ay kumpleto sa sangkap, puwera lang sa salita. Marami itong iba't ibang kulay, siksik sa tamis at umaapaw sa aliw. Kung sa bagay, ano pa ba ang kailangan sabihin kung kitang-kita naman at madali maintindihan ng bata man o matanda ang paggawa at pagkain ng haluhalo? Haaay! ang sarap ulit-ulitin ang pagbabasa sa nalikhang aklat ni Eli F. Camacho na Haluhalo.

Written by Mailin Paterno
Illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Published by Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc.

Judges' citation:

We see it everywhere. A crowd of funny, wise, vulgar, ridiculous words and phrases rendered in bold strokes and colorful letters. But as the sight becomes too familiar, the messages they convey are soon ignored. Thus, it is refreshing to read Mailin Paterno's simple story about a billboard maker who turned harsh warnings into gentle reminders. Isabel Roxas complemented it with her signature whimsical illustrations using bright splashes of color and chaotic spreads that actually make sense. Together, they created Mang Andoy's Signs, a delightful book for both children and adults. This book truly deserves a sign of its own saying: "Simply marvelous!"

Written by Ergoe Tinio
Illustrated by JC Galag
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Judges' citation:

Masarap maging bahagi ng pamilyang Pilipino. Malaki, maingay pero masaya. Para bang ibinalik ako sa pagkabata ng “Salusalo para kay Kuya.” Naalala ko noong bata pa ako, kapag kaarawan ko na ay sabik na sabik akong gumising nang maaga para buksan ang aking mga regalo. Ramdam mo rin ang pagmamahal ng isang kapamilya sa kaanak sa kuwento. Sa bawat pahina ng kuwento, nangungusap ang mga mapinpintog na pisngi ng mga tauhan, abala sa isang salusalo, pero masaya pa rin ang lahat. Ipinapa-alaala na dapat tayong maging katulad ni Bubuy Boy, na umiiyak ng bahaghari, na kahit na parang may iniwan na malaking butas ang ating kaanak kapag sila ay pumanaw na, kailangan tayong maging malakas at puno ng pag-asa at sariwain ang mga inspirasyong iniwan nila.

Salamat Ergoe Tinio, JC Galag, at Adarna House sa mahusay na kuwento!
Written by Xi Zuq
Illustrated by Al Estrella
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Judges' citation:

Supremo is an engaging read. This heartwarming story takes you back to the good old days when you felt lucky to have a best friend and you felt tingled upon seeing your crush. Its flowing language, realistic plot, and catchy illustrations come together to give you one unforgettable ride. It makes you laugh out loud; it makes you stop and think; it even manages to make you shed tears. And, just when you start thinking you’ve had it all, it reminds you of your social responsibility―without pushing it down your throat forcibly. Kids will love this, and adults will enjoy it, too. Supreme, indeed!

Written by Edgar Calabia Samar
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Judges' citation:

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon is a captivating tale of a young boy’s courage amidst the enveloping darkness in his life. Edgar Calabria Samar pulls us into a world of mysterious events and frightening characters from Philippine folklore. He expertly weaves in elements from role-playing video games, a concept that connects with young readers (and to gamers of all ages). This book takes us on a rollercoaster ride full of adventure, suspense, and danger. 

Finally, a hero like Janus Silang claims his space in our imagination. He rises above the challenges and gives hope―a bright star leading us out of the darkness.

Winner of the Kids' Choice Award

Written by Didith Rodrigo
Illustrated by Patricia Lascano
Published by The Bookmark, Inc.

Judges' citations:

"Ang nagustuhan ko sa Made in Perfect Weakness ay yung story niya kasi kahit she’s blind at tinutukso, hindi siya sumuko at siya ay nakapagtapos."

"Kahit po na bulag siya, hindi siya tumigil sa pag-aaral. At parehas kami ng favorite subject."

"Hindi hadlang ang kapansanan sa pag-aaral."

"Kasi po nag-work hard siya para makuha yung goal niya."

"Dahil hindi hadlang ang kapansanan sa pag-aaral. At may aral din tayong makukuha sa kwento na kailangan, kahit hindi tayo perpekto, kailangan nating magsikap."

Bumasa at Lumaya: Book Fair and Children's Literature Talks

In the Philippines, the month of July is dedicated to the promotion of children's books. National Children's Book Day (NCBD) is celebrated every third Tuesday of this month. With this year's theme, Bumasa at Lumaya, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will celebrate through a book fair and children's literature talks.

The book fair and children's literature talks will be held on July 23 at Xavier School in San Juan. The fair shall feature local children's book publishers. Aside from selling selected titles at a discounted rate, publishers will also hold simultaneous storytelling sessions. A special package of all National Children's Book Award-winning titles, from 2010 to 2016, may also be purchased at the fair. Entrance to the fair is free!

The culmination of the NCBD celebration is the children's literature talks. This whole-day event will be a gathering of writers, illustrators, students, storytellers, teachers, librarians, and parents. For a registration fee of PHP800.00, participants may choose to attend among discussions on writing sensitive stories, body positivity in young adult fiction, the evolution of children's book illustrations, raising multilingual readers, and more. Award-winning author Augie Rivera (Alamat ng Ampalaya, Isang Harding Papel); award-winning illustrator Liza Flores (Chenelyn! Chenelyn!, The Secret is in the Soil); and reading advocate and educator Victor Villanueva (Reading Association of the Philippines) are some of the industry experts who will be sharing their knowledge on children's content and reading. Organizations such as The Learning Library and The Learning Basket will also share their expertise on multilingualism and homeschooling respectively.

For inquiries about the book fair and children's literature talks, you may e-mail or call 352-6765 loc 204.

Graphic Designer Bags 2016 PBBY-Alcala Prize

Monday, June 13, 2016
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People declared Mark Lawrence Andres as Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 PBBY-Alcala Prize. Andres is a graphic designer of And a Half Studio and has illustrated three children’s books for an NGO. He is also a member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), a professional organization of children’s book artists.

Artist John Dominic Ochotorena won honorable mention. Ochotorena is a member of Ang INK as well.

This year’s PBBY-Alcala Prize called for entries based on the 2016 PBBY-Salanga Prize Grand Prize Winner, “Makinang Makinang,” by Genaro Gojo Cruz.

Both Andres and Ochotorena will be awarded during the celebration of National Children's Book Day on July 19, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

For inquiries about the contest, contact the PBBY Secretariat at telephone number 352-6765 loc. 203 or e-mail

International Book Giving Day 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Whoa, it's been a year since I last blogged! I'm sorry about that; I promise to update with another post this month. :o)

For now, please allow me to remind you that February 14 is International Book Giving Day. On that day, you are encouraged to spread the love of books and reading among children by:

1) gifting a book to a friend or family member,
2) leaving a book in a waiting room for children to read,
3) donating a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter, or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
For more details on International Book Giving Day, please visit and scroll through the hashtag #bookgivingday on your social media accounts.