30th National Children’s Book Day ~ July 16th ~ Philippines!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Tomorrow, July 16th, is the 30th National Children’s Book Day in the Philippines. Events will taking place tomorrow and throughout the remainder of July to celebrate this special day.national children's book day Highlights include:

paw_sm_MCPBBY (Philippine Board on Books for Young People) will be presenting the 2013  PBBY Alcala (Illustrator) and Salanga (Writer) Prizes  tomorrow at the Cultural Centre of the Philipinnes. Dominic Agsaway, an illustrator from Bulacan and a member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK) is the winner of the Alcala Prize with honorable mentions going to artists Sergio Bumatay III and Francin Cruz. Teacher Michael Jude C. Tumamac has won the Salanga Prize for his story, “Ngumiti si Andoy,” a story inspired by the life of Andres Bonifacio. Honorable mentions go to Mark Anthony Angeles and April Jade Biglaen. Learn more about these awards and the prize ceremony here. 

paw_sm3The Children’s Literature Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CLAPI) will be hosting a forum on Reading Beyond Borders to be held at the P. Gomez Elementary School Auditorium, Sta. Cruz Manila on July 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

In celebration of National Children’s Book Day and as part of UP LF’s 17th anniversary celebration week there will be a forum on children’s literature entitled Child’s Play on July 17th at the C.M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center. Find out more about the event here and more about the speakers here.


Watch Tanghalang Pilipino’s musical adaptation of the children’s book Sandosenang Sapatos (A Dozen Pairs of Shoes) by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan! Sandosenang Sapatos, the Musical runs from July 13 to 21 at Tanghalang Huseng Batute in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For ticket information click here.

paw_sm3 On July 20th, PBBY in partnership with Adarna House and University of San Jose-Recoetos invites public and private school librarians to BASA! MGA KAPATID! A Free Seminar on Library Activities and Book Reviewing. Featured speakers are Zarah Gagatiga  and our favorite Filipina blogger Tarie Sabido who is also (woot! woot!) the incoming PBBY chair!!!

paw_sm_MCIn celebration of National Children’s Book Day, The University of the Philippines (Diliman) in cooperation with Save the Children Philippines presents Child Language, Language Independent: Book Playground for Education. This two day conference will take place July 25 and 26th and will feature selected speakers who will “discuss children’s book value in the promotion of advanced education and being critical of the language production of children’s books”. More details are here.

paw_sm3To find out about more National Children’s Day celebrations, do visit blogger extraordinaire, Tarie Sabido over at Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind. Tarie is always our go to gal for details on what’s happening in the world of Filipino kidlit and we were pleased to have her join us last year as Guest Blogger where she shared more about the world of Filipino kidlit with us  (read her guest posts by clicking here). She also featured prominently in our October 2009 PaperTigers issue Children’s literature from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.

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Award-winning Filipino children’s story Sandosenang Sapatos (A Dozen Pairs of Shoes) adapted for theater

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Our current issue of PaperTigers focuses on the Philippines and recently,while searching for literature events taking place there, I came across this news on OMF Literature’s website:

Sandosenang Sapatos (A Dozen Pairs of Shoes), a Palanca award-winning story that has reaped numerous accolades here and abroad and has touched the hearts of many, is now a musical staged by the Valenzuela City Center for Performing Arts (VCCPA) in cooperation with the Valenzuela City Government and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Written by Luis Gatmaitan, M.D., Sandosenang Sapatos tells the story of Karina and Susie. They are the daughters of the town’s best shoemaker, but only Karina gets to wear the beautiful shoes their father makes. Susie can never wear shoes because she was born without feet—will her father, her family love her less? Susie is surprised by the discovery of her father’s incomparable love for her.  Sandosenang Sapatos celebrates the love and acceptance of a family in the face of adversity.

Artistic director Roeder Camañag says, “This is a story of hope grounded in reality. It’s something that will help fight the cynicism we see around us nowadays. It’s not a fairy tale; it’s fresh and relevant.”

Author Luis Gatmaitan is happy with the results. “It is a great honor for an author like me to see the story I’ve created come to life on stage, from the pages of a book to a musical.”

Click here to see photos from the play.

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Luis  Gatmaitan, M.D. has authored and published more than 30 storybooks for children tackling relevant issues such as disability, senility, bereavement, coping with cancer, childhood diseases, and children’s rights in his stories. Inducted into the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2005, he has also been a recipient of the Catholic Mass Media Awards and the PBBY-Salanga Writers Prize.  In addition he  has chaired PBBY and KUTING. In 2005 IBBY named Sandosenang Sapatos an Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities.