North Luzon opportunities: Administrative Assistant & freelance book sellers



Adarna House is currently in need of an Administrative Assistant for its Baguio office.

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] with the subject line “NL Admin Assistant Application” on or before October 15, 2016. (Only qualified applicants will be notified.)


We are also looking for people to represent our company in our North Luzon book fairs. Book sellers would be responsible for on-site sales transactions, customer inquiries, ingress and egress, and turnover of sales and book fair materials.

Our book sellers must fulfill the following minimum qualifications:

  • a high school diploma
  • with initiative; approachable and accommodating; responsible and punctual
  • basic communication skills in Filipino and English; knowledge in Ilocano a plus
  • willing to travel within Region 1, Region 2, and CAR

Applicants may send their bio-data to Rosal Rubiano, Business Development Executive, via email (northluzon [at] or post (Adarna House North Luzon, Unit 409 Jewel Igorot Building Kilometer 4, La Trinidad Benguet 2601) on or before October 7, 2016. For further inquiries, contact Rosal through (074) 423 1901.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Kapitbahay Kubo & Kara at Play


Adarna House, Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan, and Ayala Museum invite everyone to the launch of two new board books: Kara at Play (by Lara Saguisag and Jamie Bauza) and Kapitbahay Kubo (by Pergylene Acuña)! The launch will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 24 at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby.

The program will include a storytelling session, games, and prizes. We are also inviting guests with children to pre-register because the first fifty (50) pre-registered kids will each receive one of the new board books at the launch!

To pre-register, send us (via kaibigan [at] or 0927 382 4716) the following information:

  • kid’s name (nickname and last name)
  • kid’s age
  • guardian’s mobile number and email address

See you on Saturday!

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5 tips to help you choose the perfect Adarna House book


With over 100 different titles, our storybook collection offers an overwhelming amount of choices. Here are a few pointers that might help you narrow down your picks for the perfect picture book!

  1. Make sure it’s from Adarna House. Our books take at least 9 months in research and development for us to make sure that apart from complying with our literary and artistic standards, they are also developmentally and culturally appropriate. To know that the book you’re holding is a quality Pinoy picture book, look for our logo at the top left front cover.
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  2. Choose your preferred language. Or don’t, because most of our storybook titles are bilingual. If the original text is in English, it would probably come with a Filipino translation (and also the other way around). In support of MTB-MLE (mother tongue-based multilingual education), we also have books in Cebuano and Ilocano. You will know a book is bilingual because it would have a tag on the upper right corner of the front cover.
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  3. Look for medals. Over fifty of our books have won major awards locally and internationally. Most of these awards were received after publication, so you can be sure that our award-winning titles passed not only the discerning tastes of our editorial team, but also the critical eye of other literary institutions. Our books proudly display their medals on the front cover.
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  4. See our age recommendation. With the help of education, language, and reading experts and through kid-testing, we are able to determine the optimal reading age for our various titles. Flip one of our books over to see our age recommendation below the book summary. Our online bookshop can also be browsed according to age.
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  5. Know your reader. The more you know about who you’re giving books to, the better you can choose! Being aware of your readers’ ages and language skills is just the start. Finding out about their interests, dreams, and challenges will get you much closer to books they will surely love and remember.

Browse our storybook collection now to practice your book-picking skills! Visit our online bookshop or come by our booth at the Manila International Book Fair!

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Kayang-Kaya wins Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa contest


Save the Children’s First Read and Adarna House congratulate Alyssa Judith Reyes for winning the second run of “Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa: Short Story Writing Contest,” with her story Kayang-Kaya. Reyes, a teacher from Parañaque City, will receive a fifteen thousand-peso cash prize from Save the Children, while the winning work will be published by Adarna House in 2017.

First Read is an Early Childhood Care and Development project of Save the Children, together with Prudence Foundation, that aims to improve the emergent literacy and numeracy of children aged 0-4 years old. It encourages families with preschool-aged children to learn together with the support of their communities.


  • Ani Almario – Vice President for Product Development of Adarna House, Director of The Raya School
  • Eli Camacho – Product Development Manager of Adarna House
  • Maya Nayo – Education Advisor for Early Childhood Care and Development, Save The Children
  • Catherine Manzano – Project Manager for First Read Phase 2 Project, Save The Children

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Writing for Children: a panel with NCBA-winning authors


Join National Book Store’s Philippine Readers and Writers Festival by attending our session Writing for Children, a panel discussion with the authors of our books that won this year’s National Children’s Book Awards. The discussion will be held on August 28, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Namayan, Raffles Makati.

This session will be especially interesting because the panel will be composed of authors writing for children of different ages. Gigi Constantino‘s Dumaan si Butiki is a board book for babies and toddlers. Xi Zuq‘s Supremo is a chapter book for Grades 4-6while Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar is the first book in a series of young adult novels. Meanwhile, moderator Ergoe Tinio wrote Salusalo para kay Kuyaa storybook for the early grades.

Admission is free! This session is a part of National Book Store and Raffles Makati’s Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, three days of book signings, discussions, and panels about books, literature, and culture from top Filipino writers and artists. For more information, read National Book Store’s post about the Adarna House session.

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MIBF 2016: Book signing, free tickets, AND MORE!


Manila International Book Fair, the country’s biggest book selling event, is less than a month away! As in previous years, MIBF will be held at the SMX Convention Center beside Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The Fair will open daily at 10AM and close at 8PM from September 14 (Wednesday) to September 18 (Sunday).

Our booth will be selling books at bargain prices and have also posted our pricelist for the fair on our Facebook page. We have also lined up signing sessions for the following books:

  • September 17, 10AM
    2016 National Children’s Book Award winners:
    Dumaan si Butiki by Gigi Constantino and Ray Nazarene Sunga
    Haluhalo by Eli Camacho
    Salusalo para kay Kuya by Ergoe Tinio and JC Galag
    Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar
    Supremo by Xi Zuq and Al Estrella
  • September 17, 1PM
    – Lost by Rob Cham
    – 12:01 by Russell Molina and Kajo Baldisimo
  • September 18, 10AM
    – Kung Linggo by Virgilio S. Almario and Abi Goy
    – Si Lola Apura at si Lolo Un Momento by I.S.A. Lopez and Vanessa Tamayo
  • September 18, 1PM
    – Detective Boys of Masangkay by Bernalyn Hapin Sastrillo
    – Si Tito Libro at Ako by Uma Krishnaswami, Nanoy Rafael, and JC Galag
  • September 18, 3PM
    – Moving Onwards and Upwards by Hanako Amihan
    Poopo The Cute & Many Other! by Apol Sta. Maria

Tickets will be available at the gate for only PHP20.00 daily. But those who wish to skip the lines can download and print these tickets for free. These tickets will also serve as your entry to our raffle of 5 exclusive art prints. (Mechanics below.)




  • Download our free MIBF tickets.
  • The tickets can be printed out and black-and-white copies will be accepted at the gate for free entrance to the Fair.
  • Each ticket includes a raffle stub—fill it out, tear away from the ticket, and drop it off at our MIBF booth for a chance to win one of five exclusive art prints.
  • A person is allowed to enter only one (1) stub per day.
  • One (1) art print will be raffled off at 5:00 PM on each day of the Fair.
  • Stubs dropped past 5:00 PM will be included in the next day’s draw.
  • Winners will be informed via text and e-mail.
  • Prizes may be claimed at our MIBF booth, or within the month of September at the Adarna House bookshop.


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Our storytellers play a crucial role in our efforts to develop in children a love for books. Through their infectious enthusiasm, our storytellers present kids with a vision of the joy that can be found in reading.

We would be happy to find new members for our pool of freelance storytellers, and we are looking for people who have great stage presence and share our passion for local literature, literacy, and early childhood education.

In two weeks, we will be holding auditions for those interested in becoming one of our storytellers. We require people who are:

  • passionate about telling stories and enjoy the company of kids
  • generally available during the work hours of weekdays
  • willing to travel
  • at least 18 years of age

If you meet the above requirements, please start gearing up for your audition—a simulated storytelling session, using an Adarna House storybook of your choice, in the language you excel in. The auditions will be held on September 2, Friday, at Adarna House.

To reserve an audition slot, send us your résumé and weekly schedule through kaibigan [at], or call (02) 352-6765 local 119 for further details. Individuals with regular nine-to-five jobs need not apply.


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