Tuesday, July 18, 2006

National Children's Book Day 2006

Congratulations to Ian Casocot, J. Dennis Teodosio and my good friend Marielle Nadal for winning the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize! They were awarded for their winning stories at the National Library today. Here's the announcement from the Adarna House website:

For the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize, The Philippine Board on Books for Young People awards honorable mention to three authors: Ian Casocot (Rosario and the Stories), J. Dennis Teodosio (Tonyong Turo), and Marielle Nadal (Can You See (What Buboy Sees)?). No grand prize was awarded this year.

Aside from being multi-awarded and well-published, Casocot maintains a website on Filipino writings and literary criticism. Like Casocot, Teodosio has also bagged many awards for his writing, including those for Best Screenplay at the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Marielle Nadal, on the other hand, is a graphic artist by profession and works full-time at a foundation.

Tonyong Turo
, a story in Filipino, deals with materialism and the true values of things and people. Rosario and her Stories, is a story in English that deals with the Filipino folk tradition of storytelling. Rosario is the story of an out-of-place girl who is able to show her friends the unique beauty of her lolo’s stories. Can You See (What Buboy Sees)? is a story in English that affirms life in a Filipino community and speaks of reaching out to the people one sees during the day-to-day trip through town.

National Children's Book Day (NCBD) is celebrated every third Tuesday of July to commemorate the first publishing of Dr. Jose Rizal's children's story. I can't believe it has been a full year since the last NCBD celebration. How do you measure a year in one's life? In paperclips, books, new friends, and most importantly, in rekindled friendships.

Congratulations, Yelley! I'm so proud of you, my big little sis! Check out more of Yelley's photos from NCBD 2006 here.

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