This year has been pretty interesting.
A lot of things I used to do suddenly landed on my lap and I find myself doing them again. First was making illustrations for a children's book (something I haven't done for a long time) and now, designing a set of four books written by different authors. In a period of less than a month, I managed to brew up these designs for a lovely set of tomes - picture books, really. It's all about kids for kids and how their quiet everyday heroism can someday lead to something bigger.
Lovely, ain't it?
PALETTE OF DREAMS (Mga Kulay ng Pangarap)
written by Liwliwa N. Malabed
ARIEL ESTIGOY is a scholar of Save Our Street Children Foundation Inc. (SOSCFI) in Baguio City. He learned how to paint in a SOSCFI workshop under the artist-volunteer Bumbo Villanueva. Ariel, now 16 years old, teaches young scholars how to make their world more colorful through art. He loves to experiment with pastel crayons.
SONG OF THE IFUGAO (Awit ng mga Ifugao)
written by Agay C. Llanera
TRISHA MAE KITONG is a 4th grade student at the Burnay Elementay School in Lagawe, Ifugao. At 9 years old, she is one of the youngest students of the Hudhud School of Living Tradition, and was awarded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for chanting the hudhud 58 times from June 2008 to June 2009 — the most number of recorded chants a munhaw-e has rendered in the whole of Ifugao. Currently, she lives with her father Edward, a farmer, and younger sister Trixie Ann in Lagawe while her mother Celia works in Hong Kong as a domestic helper.
HANDS THAT BRIDGE (Mga Kamay na Nag-uugnay)
written by Perpi Alipon-Tiongson
BRENDON JAMES DE GUZMAN YULO or BJ is a Child of Deaf Adults, or CODA. He was born on June 10, 1997 to Maria Theresa and Manny Yulo, both Deaf. They live with Lolo Gil and Lola Arsenia, both Deaf as well, in Pasig. Maria has a sister, Tanya, who is also Deaf. Tita Tanya is married to a Deaf. The couple live in California. BJ has a younger sister, 7-year old Darlene, who is hearing. Lolo Gil, Maria and Tanya are award- winning painters. BJ is learning how to paint with them as mentors.
A READER'S STORY (Kuwento ng Isang Mambabasa)
written by Glenda C. Oris
Poverty and physical disabilities have not stopped 16-year old PRECIOUS CABUS from pursuing her passion for reading and love for learning. Visits to a bookstore where she could read books freely, jot down notes and widen her knowledge is her resourceful way of ensuring that she earns a good education. Determined to learn both inside and outside the classroom, she disciplines herself by dividing her time wisely between schoolwork, household chores and helping her grandmother earn money to support their extended family. She is now a high school student at Balara High School and lives with her grandmother and other relatives. Wise beyond her age, hopeful and inspiring, Precious makes a bookstore her very own library, a street her classroom and life itself her school.
All the photos for these books were from the lens of Jaime M. Unson. The stories were edited Carla Pacis, Augie Rivera and the Filipino translations by Bong Oris. These are published by The Museo Pambata
Oh, these books will be launched on Saturday, 29 May 2010 at 9:30 a.m. (good luck if I can be up at that hour) at The Museo Pambata at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and South Drive, Manila.
I thank Nina Lim-Yuson and Maricel Montero - two ladies who tirelessly work for the Filipino child.
p.s. As I write this, all four are in varying phases of being printed in time for their launch on the 29th of this month.