This week heralds the Guardians of Tradition Blog Tour! Guardians of Tradition (written by Mae Astrid Tobias, illustrated by Rommel Joson, with photos by Renato S. Rastrollo) is a fact book about the Philippines’ National Living Treasures, or the citizens who have been awarded the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Visit the following blogs this week to learn more about our Treasures, get the chance to win fabulous prizes, and find out more about the local online literature community!
Dia on Book Junkie Joint
Tina on One More Page
Freine on Freine Writes
Chris Mariano on Ficsation
Xi Zuq on Xi Zuq’s Nook
Mina V. Esguerra
Agay on Agay is a Girl
Sol on The Belle of a Boulevard
Monique on Bookish Little Me
Dia on Book Junkie Joint
Chris Mariano on Eskritoryo Pilipinas
Sol on The Belle of a Boulevard
Cassandra on The Moon Lost a Faerie
Louize on The Page Walker
Janice on The Roller Coaster Ride
Zarah on Love a Librarian
Persis on The Clumsy Diarist
Louize on The Page Walker
Ivy on Like a Tidal Wave
If you have a lot of free time, a passion for telling stories, and a penchant for the company of kids, start gearing up for your audition! We need you!
Our storytellers make our stories come alive through their craft. We are eager to add to our pool, and we are looking for people who have great stage presence and share our passion for literature, literacy, and early childhood education.
Storytellers must be generally available during the work hours of weekdays. Most of our storytelling sessions are done in schools, so we need storytellers who can make themselves available for such events. College students at least 18 years of age are welcome to try out.
Send us your résumé and weekly schedule through lance [at] adarna.com.ph, or call (02) 352-6765 local 120 for further details. Applicants will be scheduled for auditions from October 14 to 18. Individuals with regular nine-to-five jobs need not apply.
Adarna House is happy to work with Save the Children and Prudence Foundation for their First Read Programme, which aims to improve the development of emergent literacy and numeracy skills of children ages 0-4 through more responsive parenting and increased community support.
Part of the Programme is the development and publication of books and early literacy materials in the local language, for which the book Ang Mabait na Kalabaw has been translated to Blaan, Tagakaulo, and Tboli by Save the Children and SIL Philippines. These languages were chosen according to the linguistic areas covered by the Programme in support of mother tongue-based multilingual education.
We are proud to be involved in a project that greatly embodies inclusive education and literacy.
To find out more about our partnership publications, contact our Product Development Group through (+632) 352-6765 local 204.
The Reading Association of the Philippines is pleased to announce that it welcomes submissions to its journal, THE RAP JOURNAL. The RAP Journal accepts articles on reading, literature, language, literacy education, reading and language teacher education, and related educational topics. These are the sections to which papers may be submitted:
- Perspective Papers — These papers present prevailing theoretical models of reading, language and literacy education; broad discussions of issues relating to literacy education; and policy proposals for improving reading and language education. Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words, including the abstract and bibliography. These papers are evaluated for their validity, the strength of their arguments and conclusions, and for the timeliness of the positions presented.
- Research Papers — Inquiries into various aspects of literacy comprise majority of the articles published in The RAP Journal. Articles submitted should report on inquiries conducted within the last 10 years. Research-based articles are evaluated based on the relevance of the research aim, the soundness of the research process, the quality of discussion of the data, and the cohesion between the findings and generalizations. Articles may not exceed 6,000 words, including the abstract and bibliography.
- Theory-to-Practice Papers — These articles share theory-based strategies and approaches that have been tried and tested in the classroom. Contributors are encouraged to use action research for papers submitted to this section of The RAP Journal. Papers are evaluated based on how well they translate theory into practice; the description of the process of teaching, and the authentic examples presented; and the unity between the findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Articles may not exceed 3,000 words, including the abstract and bibliography.
- Featured Author/Illustrator/Publisher/Storyteller Essays — These are first-person essays by writers/illustrators/publishers/storytellers of literature for children or young adults. Submissions to this section usually impart and illustrate the creative process which leads to the creation or rendition of literature made for children and young people. In general, these submissions are not subjected to a double blind review process, but are edited for grammar, clarity, and language use. Essays may not exceed 2,000 words, including the abstract and bibliography.
For inclusion in the December 2013 journal article review process and possible publication in the 36th issue of the RAP Journal, submit by October 31, 2013.
Manuscripts will be reviewed using a double-blind review system. Comments will be sent to the author/s within 2 months of submission. Papers may be accepted, accepted pending revisions, revised and resubmitted for a future issue, or rejected. Please read the submission guidelines and the criteria for the evaluation of papers. To know more about RAP, visit their website at rap.org.ph.
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July 16 is the 30th National Children’s Book Day. As part of its celebration, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), in partnership with Adarna House and University of San Jose-Recoletos, invites public and private school teachers and librarians to Basa, Mga Kapatid! A Free Seminar on Library Activities and Book Reviewing. The seminar will be held from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on July 20, 2013 (Saturday) at AV – Room, Saint Ezekiel Moreno Bldg., University of San Jose-Recoletos, Basak Campus, Basak Pardo, Cebu City.
Speaking at the seminar will be outgoing PBBY Chair Zarah Gagatiga and incoming PBBY chair Tarie Sabido. For registration information, download the PBBY Cebu Seminar_Registration Form.
- ABOUT Zarah Gagatiga: A teacher librarian at Beacon Academy, she used to be the coordinator of Xavier School’s Grade School Learning Resource Center and is formerly President of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING). She co-authored a book entitled Tales from the 7,000 Isles: Filipino Folk Stories published by Libraries Unlimited in 2011. She is also an accreditor for Instructional Media for the PAASCU and has been conducting lectures and workshops on library services and storytelling in Singapore, Thailand, and Hongkong.
- ABOUT Tarie Sabido: Currently taking her MA in English Studies from the University of the Philippines, she has taught English and professional oral communication in universities such as Ateneo de Manila and De la Salle. She designs and develops materials for teaching English as a foreign language, and also blogs about children’s and young adult books. Most of her blog reviews on Into the Wardrobe, Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, and Color Online give focus and importance to Asian books.
To commemorate Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birthday and the 30th National Children’s Book Day, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People calls on everyone to join the reading revolution with the theme “Basa, mga kapatid!”
Posters commemorating this year’s National Children’s Book Day celebrations are available from the Secretariat. This year’s poster was designed by Kora Dandan-Albano.
Schools, libraries, and literacy organizations are encouraged to drop by the PBBY Secretariat at 109 Scout Fernandez St, Brgy Sacred Heart, Quezon City to get posters. Please call Lance through (02) 352-6765 local 120 to schedule your pick up and to verify whether there are still posters left.
How can we make children understand how it was during Martial Law? World War I? Pre-Hispanic times? Through time travel, of course! Not the dangerous, techie-gadgety, lightning-necessary kind. Just the in-the-comfort-of-your-own-home type—books!
You may have already read some without realizing it. Historical fiction is a genre all on its own, and that means that there is a wealth of materials out there that go under this label. In general, historical fiction employs historical elements (such as real-life events and people) in its narrative.
Besides being a literary treat, reading and utilizing historical fiction has many benefits.
Reinforce lessons in history with historical fiction as a teaching tool. Teachers could use it as a springboard to discuss Social Studies of History topics, as an alternative teaching method for linguistically inclined students, and as a way to review concepts and topics discussed in class.
Makes history come alive. Since the past is brought to life by historical fiction, readers can have a deeper connection with history. While enjoying the adventures and conflicts of the characters, children will understand the context of a historical event, person, or place. They will also analyze multiple perspectives, and realize the complexity of historical issues, as depicted by the characters in the narrative.
Enrich the imagination of readers through stories, especially those that fill gaps in history and try to answer what-ifs of the past. It will give them the idea that behind every bit of historical information lies a story – and that they are free to rework and imagine the outcomes.
Adarna House offers a variety of books under the historical fiction genre. These include the Batang Historyador series that narrates fictional lives during different political periods of the country through the eyes of children characters.