Victor Jose Peñaranda 1953-2017

Victor Jose “Bimboy” Peñaranda was born on March 6, 1953 in Manila to Waray parents from Leyte-Samar.

A graduate of Philippine Christian University, he became involved in the Educational Development Project Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF), from where he was recruited to oversee the production of children’s books for a government program.

That program, for the Nutrition Center of the Philippines, was headed by Virgilio S. Almario. Working alongside them were Charles Funk and Perfecto Martin, forming the original team that created the Aklat Adarna series. Peñaranda stayed on with Children’s Communication Center, the private organization that continued Aklat Adarna after the government project ended.

The Aklat Adarna staff thought that it would be fun to honor him through a guide for parents and day care workers discussing the developmental stages of a child. The book “Ang Buhay ni Bimboy” was published in partnership with DSWD.

From working with Aklat Adarna, Peñaranda went on to serve social development organizations and to make a name for himself as a poet.

The beloved writer and mentor passed away on September 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife Josephine and their three children, Saira, Siday, and Nikos.

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Libreng seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Klasikong Panitikan

[PAUNAWA: Sarado na ang pagpapatalâ para sa seminar na ito. Nang ganap na 3:00 NH ng Agosto 23, 2017, punô na ang 100 puwestong pangkalahok.]

Dahil sa magandang pagtanggap sa mga nakaraang Klasrum Adarna, muli kaming magdadaos ng seminar tungkol sa Pagtuturo ng Klasikong Panitikan. Tatalakaying muli ni Dr. Edgar Calabia Samar ang mga akdang Ibong Adarna, Florante at Laura, Noli

Me Tangere, at El Filibusterismo.

Gaganapin sa Setyembre 1 (Biyernes), 8:00 NU–5:00 NH sa Ortigas Center, Lungsod Pasig, libre ang seminar (kasama ang pagkain at sertipiko) at mayroong 100 puwestong pangkalahok para sa mga guro ng Filipino sa matataas na paaralan. Pupunan namin ang mga puwestong ito ayon sa pagdating ng mga pagpapatalâ.

Hanggang dalawang guro lamang ang maaaring ipadala ng bawat paaralan. Narito ang mga detalye upang makalahok:

  1. Isulat ang mga sumusunod na impormasyon:
    • pangalan ng paaralan
    • buong pangalan ng [mga] gurong inyong ipapadala
    • personal na mobile number at e-mail address ng bawat kalahok
  2. Ipadala ang kumpletong impormasyon sa klasrum@adarna.com.ph / +63 915 527 1105
  3. Itago ang kumpirmasyong ipapadala sa mobile number at/o e-mail address ng kalahok. Lalamanin ng kumpirmasyon ang detalye ng lunan ng seminar.
  4. Hindi makalalahok ang mga hindi nakapagbigay ng kumpletong impormasyon.
  5. Ang huling araw ng pagpapatala ay 29 Agosto 2017.

Kung mayroong katanungan, mangyaring makipag-alam sa e-mail, mobile number, o sa (+632) 352 6765 local 120.

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Top 5 things to do at Manila International Book Fair 2017

The Manila International Book Fair is less than a month away! For those who have never been but are interested in books of any kind, regular MIBF visitors are sure to say that this event is not to be missed.

Held every September, MIBF is the most exciting week of the Philippine publishing industry. More than 100 local and international publishers and suppliers participate in MIBF every year, and the fair is even bigger this time, occupying two floors of the SMX Convention Center. (The second floor will be dedicated to books for children and young adults, and that’s where we’ll be this year.)

So gather your book-loving friends at this year’s fair, and mark your itinerary for the absolute top 5 things you must do at Manila International Book Fair 2017:

(5) Marvel at the publishers’ booth designs. At the MIBF every year, there is a contest for best booth design, so publishers bring out all their bells and whistles to make their booths eye-catching and stop-worthy. One publisher’s aesthetic is sure to be different from the next, so part of the MIBF experience is marveling at the various styles of the booths.

(4) Discover new books. If you want to find, and/or find out about, the new books the local publishing industry dished out this year, the MIBF is a great one-stop shop for these new reads. Apart from selling fresh-off-the-press books at big promotional discounts, local publishers usually hold mini-launches and promos for these new titles at the Fair.

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(3) Meet book creators. In connection with number 4, book fairs are great opportunities to meet your favorite authors and illustrators! Publishers invite their new and best-selling book creators to visit the booths and sign books for the readers. Some people even go to all five days of the Fair, bringing their old books each day to have them signed by the authors and illustrators visiting the booths.

(2) Fill up with book bargains. All of the books are sold at huge discounts! Most exhibitors sell books up to 70% off their original price. Newly-launched titles will also surely be sold at introductory prices. At Adarna House, you will also find bargain book bundles which are perfect as gifts if you’re ready to get an early start on your Christmas shopping. We will be posting our MIBF sale price list within this week, so make sure to pay our Facebook page a visit.

(1) Support local literature. Let’s face it—the share of local books in our usual bookstore shelves is very small, which makes supporting Philippine literature a bit difficult. The great thing about MIBF is it gathers Philippine publishers in one venue, making it easy to see just what our book industry has been up to these past years. If your Filipiniana collection is in dire need of new additions, then the MIBF will do wonders for your bookshelf.

The 38th MIBF is happening from September 13 to 17 (Wednesday to Sunday), 10:00AM to 8:00 PM at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. (Remember: the children’s and young adult section is on the 2nd floor.) Tickets are sold for PHP20 at the venue, but if you wish to skip the lines, here are free printable MIBF tickets you can present at the gate. Make sure to bring your own shopping bags, as Pasay City is a no-plastic-bag zone. And if you’re planning to buy a lot of books, you can do as the regulars do, and bring rolling luggage or strollers—you won’t regret it!

Kitakits!

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Job openings for Region 3 & Baguio

JOB OPENING: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Adarna House is currently in need of a Business Development Executive based in Region 3.

The position will report to the Business Development Manager and will be responsible in generating sales from schools and other assigned channels in Region 3. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the overall sales targets of the company
  • Handle sales order placements and follow up customer requirements
  • Handle inquiries, issues, and concerns of clients
  • Assist in implementing sales activities and literacy programs
  • Support customer service, marketing, and other departments in delivering quality product and services

Candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must have a sense of country and commitment to advocating reading and literacy improvement
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any related field; fresh graduates are encouraged to apply; applicants with sales experience, a plus
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Must be a team-player and willing to travel

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package, excellent work-life balance, and training opportunities to the successful candidate.

Interested individuals must submit a comprehensive resume via e-mail to vanessa[at]adarna.com.ph with the subject line “BDE Region 3 Application” on or before July 31, 2017. Interviews will be held at Adarna House’s Quezon City office.


JOB OPENING: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Adarna House is currently in need of

The position will report to the Business Development Manager and will provide administrative, secretarial, and clerical support to maintain an efficient office environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responding to phone and e-mail inquiries and accurately directing them to other members of the organization
  • Coordinating messenger and courier services
  • Monitoring inventory and maintaining office filing and storage systems
  • Ensuring office equipment and facilities are clean and properly maintained
  • Performing work-related errands such as going to government offices and banks
  • Providing logistical assistance in implementing sales and marketing activities

Candidates should fulfill the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any related field; fresh graduates are encouraged to apply
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Internet savvy with basic MS Office competencies
  • Highly organized with good attention to detail

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package, excellent work-life balance, and training opportunities to the successful candidate.

​Interested individuals must submit a comprehensive resume via e-mail to vanessa[at]adarna.com.ph with the subject line “​NL Admin Assistant Application” on or before ​July 31, 2017.

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Buribooks bags 2nd place at 5th Digital Ehon Awards

Adarna House Digital’s app BuriBooks was honored with the Second Prize for Digital Educational Materials during the 5th Digital Ehon Awards in Japan. Entries of almost 300 were submitted from 32 different countries. Only 6 of these entries were given awards in the educational materials category.

The awarding ceremony took place on May 27th (Sat) at the University of Tokyo. Margret Malang from the Cultural Section of the Philippine Embassy in Japan received the award on our behalf.

The prize for Digital Educational Materials is a newly established prize with the goal of developing and spreading the best digital teaching materials. Selecting the best learning tools for children are the judges, teachers and experts working in the front lines in Japan.

BuriBooks is Adarna House Digital’s new ebook library of Filipino content for children. Subscription to BuriBooks includes access to the largest library of Filipino children’s ebooks with vocabulary and reading exercises and levels to track the user’s reading progress. Try BuriBooks for free on the iOS App Store. A web-based version is coming soon. For more information, follow BuriBooks on Facebook and visit buribooks.com.

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Registration now open: summer classes for parents

Adarna Group Foundation invites parents and parents-to-be to a series of classes this summer! Happening on May 13 (Saturday) at Adarna House, participants are encouraged to join these classes:

—  9:00 AM to 12:00 NN —
• Making Books for Your Toddler
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP1,000 | Regular Rate: PHP1,300
• Storytelling Basics
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP500 | Regular Rate: PHP750

— 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN —
• Soft-Toy Making
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP1,000 | Regular Rate: PHP1,300

— 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM —
• Whole + Natural Baby Food Preparation with Chef Namee Sunico
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP1,800 | Regular Rate: PHP2,300
• Childbirth Preparation with Unang Yakap
XX Early Bird Rate: PHP500 | Regular Rate: PHP750

Through these classes, AGFI hopes to help make the different stages of parenting and early childhood a fun and fulfilling learning experience for both parents and children.

Only 10 to 15 slots are available for each class on a first-come, first-served basis. To avail the Early Bird Rates, participants have to fulfill registration and payment on or before April 28.

Pre-registration is required (i.e. walk-in participants will not be entertained if slots have been filled). To pre-register and receive payment information, send us your name, mobile number, and chosen workshop/s through info[at]agfi.com.ph.

Proceeds from the workshops shall benefit recipients of the Adarna Group Foundation’s early literacy programs. For further details, contact Con through 3526765 local 210 or Van through local 211.

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Register now: Parent-toddler summer classes

Adarna Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI) invites parents with children 2-4 years old to week-long classes this summer! Happening from May 8 to 12 (Monday to Friday) at Adarna House, parents are encouraged to join these classes:

  • Nanay and Me: Awit at Galaw (9:00-10:00 AM)
  • Nanay and Me: Yoga (10:30-11:30 AM

Through these classes, AGFI hopes to help parents and kids discover fitness mixed with fun while exploring the many instruments, songs, and arts of the Philippines!

Only 10 to 15 slots are available for each class on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for  each class (of five hourly sessions) is two thousand pesos (PHP2,000) but participants paying on or before April 28 can avail the early bird rate of one thousand five hundred pesos (PHP1,500).

Pre-registration is required (i.e. walk-in participants will not be entertained if slots have been filled). To pre-register and receive payment information, send us your name, mobile number, and chosen workshop/s through info[at]agfi.com.ph.

Proceeds from the workshops shall benefit recipients of AGFI’s early literacy programs. For further details, contact Con through 3526765 local 210 or Van through local 211.

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