Save the Children + Adarna House: First, Read

“In other words, if early experiences with books and reading are fun, exciting, and enjoyable for a child, that child is likely to continue to feel that way about reading throughout life.”
—Emergent Literacy: Investing Early for Exponential Outcomes
(Save the Children US, Department of Education and Child Development)

Shared early literacy experiences build meaningful emotional bonds between parent and child, and also boost brain and language development. For many years, Save the Children Philippines, local arm of the world’s leading independent children’s organization, and Adarna House, pioneering creator of Filipino content, have worked together towards the shared goal of creating better lives for children through reading.

Foremost in this partnership is the Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa project, a writing contest for short stories and book concepts held in 2014 and 2016. The project resulted in three outstanding board books for children 0-4 years old.

Launched first was the winner of the first Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa contest, Dumaan si Butiki. Written by Gigi Constantino and illustrated by Ray Sunga, the board book challenges readers to find butiki on every page while teaching them about directions. Dumaan si Butiki was given a National Children’s Book Award in 2016 with this citation:

Sino ang mag-aakala na eksayting ang paglalakbay ng isang butiki? Sobrang nakakaaliw ang pagsulpot-sulpot kung saan-saang bahagi ng bahay ng butiki sa kuwento. Ang simpleng teksto ay nagamit pa upang ituro ang konsepto ng kabaliktaran, sa paraang kaaya-aya. Kung kaya, hindi ka magsasawa sa pagsubaybay sa lahat ng dinaanan ni Butiki. —Kristine Canon

From the same contest came the manuscript for Maghapon Namin ni Nanay, written by Genaro Gojo Cruz and illustrated by Nicole Lim. One of Adarna House’s bestselling board books, this is a tribute to the stay-at-home mother, whose presence fills her children’s day with happiness as they go through the day’s activities together.

The winner of the second Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa contest was Kayang-kaya! by Alyssa Judith Reyes. The story, illustrated by Liza Flores, encourages children to do things on their own and in process, develop self-confidence. This is also Adarna House’s first manipulative book, featuring a lacing toy on its back cover.

Because of partners like Save the Children Philippines, Adarna House now has a robust shelf of board books that help parents jumpstart their children’s reading journey. By working together, Save the Children Philippines and Adarna House hope to keep inspiring families to learn and above all, to read together.

Until June 22, these board books (and all other items) will be on sale at 20% OFF at the Adarna House Quezon City bookshop (Sct Torillo cor Sct Fernandez Sts) and online (


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Adarna House, the first and one of the largest publishers of children’s books in the Philippines, is now accepting applications to the 2019 Barláya Writers’ Workshop for Intermediate and Young Adult Literature.

BARLÁYA is a comprehensive workshop for crafting and developing books of intermediate and young adult writers in the Philippines.

The workshop is open to any Filipino citizen aged 18 years or older, and willing to attend monthly learning and writing sessions in Metro Manila. Accepted fellows are expected to attend ALL the sessions which will last from April to September 2019.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Application form (to be downloaded here)
  2. Two (2) chapters of the novel-in-progress
  3. Outline or overview of the chapters
  4. Bio-data.

Submissions must be in hard copy, 1.5 space, Times New Roman 12 with 1-inch margins on short bond paper.

Submissions may be in either English or Filipino.

All submissions must be addressed and delivered to

Ani Almario / Barlaya Workshop
Adarna House
109 Scout Fernandez St
cor Scout Torillo St,
Brgy Sacred Heart
Quezon City 1103

Deadline of submission is on March 22, 2019.

For further queries, you may call e-mail jonnel[at]


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Patinikan sa Panitikan: An Interschool Quiz Bee on Filipino Literature [YEAR 2]

Adarna House is proud to invite high schools to the second Patinikan sa Panitikan: A Quiz Bee on Filipino Literature. With the goal of encouraging high school students to discover and get inspired by locally-written works, this competition challenges high schools to showcase their love of Philippine literature through a test of general knowledge on Filipino authors, literary history and tradition, and select classic and modern texts.

This quiz bee is in partnership with Ayala Malls Cloverleaf and Pandayan Bookshop, and is also supported by Hapee Toothpaste and Oishi.

General Information

    1. The quiz bee is open to private and public junior high schools (Grades 7 to 10) in Metro Manila and Region 4-A. Schools in other areas in Luzon may inquire about participation and may also be included depending on transportation requirements.
    2. The quiz bee questions will revolve around general knowledge on Filipino authors, literary history and tradition, and select classic and modern texts.
    3. To register for the quiz bee, schools must fill out and submit the registration form on or before 31 January 2019.
    4. Eliminations will be hosted by the school and must be scheduled on a weekday from 3 December 2018 to 15 February 2019.
    5. Elimination schedules are on a first-come-first-served-basis.
    6. During the elimination round that Adarna House will conduct in the school, two (2) participants will be named as the school representatives.
    7. On 18 February 2019, Adarna House will notify the twenty-five (25) schools that garnered the highest scores from the elimination rounds.
    8. The 2 school representatives from these 25 schools will represent their school in the semi-finals to be held on 5 March 2019.
    9. Five (5) duos with the most number of points from the semi-finals round will then compete in the grand finals on the same day, where one school will be declared as the Grand Winner.
    10. At least one Adarna House-appointed judge will be present at each round and decisions from the judge/s will be final.
    11. Relatives of employees of Adarna House, Adarna Group Foundation, The Raya School, and quiz bee sponsors and partners, up to the second degree of consanguinity, may not participate in the quiz bee.
    12. To register, fill out the form found at Inquiries may be coursed through joinpatinikan[at], +632 352 6765 local 120, +63 908 505 1035, or +63926 676 0971.

Prizes (over PHP200,000 in prizes up for grabs)

  1. School representatives
    • certificate
  2. Semi-finalists (50 students)
    • certificate
    • items from Adarna House, partners, & sponsors
  3. Finalists (8 students)
    • medal
    • items from Adarna House, partners, & sponsors
    • flash drive and pocket wi-fi
    • cash prize of five thousand pesos
  4. Grand Winner
    • trophy
    • cash prize of ten thousand pesos
    • books worth ten thousand pesos
    • laptop, flash drive, and pocket wi-fi
    • trophy
    • books worth ten thousand pesos
    • WiKAHON B worth seventeen thousand pesos

Semi-Finals and Grand Finals

  • Schedule: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 5 March 2019 (Tuesday)
  • Venue: Activity Center, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Ave., Brgy. Balingasa, Quezon City (Transportation shall be shouldered by the participating schools.)

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Introducing: Jumper Cable Chronicles

Ilang linggo matapos ang pasukan, simple lang naman ang gustong gawin ni Dino Soriano habang bakasyon—ang libreng makapanood ng live streaming ng laban ni Pacquiao. Kaya niya kinalikot ang mga kable ng laptop niya.

Sino ba naman ang mag-aakalang hindi si Pacquiao ang mapapalabas niya sa laptop? Nagpakilala sa kaniya ang lumitaw na bata bilang Dimension Engineer Haya Project mula sa Dimension 049. Hinahanap niya ang tumakas na kaibigang si Medical Engineer Anita Project dito sa mundo, na tinatawag ni Haya na Dimension 196.

Handa ba si Dino Soriano na maging Agent 001 ng Dimension 196?

Inihahandog ng Adarna House ang isang bagong seryeng pang-young adult: ang Jumper Cable Chronicles ni EK Gonzales, sa salin ni Xi Zuq. Iikot ito sa mga misyong kahaharapin ng isang 16-taong gulang na mapapasabak bilang dimension agent.

Lalabas sa Manila International Book Fair ang unang libro ng serye, ang Jumper Cable Chronicles: Si Santa Anita, at darating ang awtor at manunulat para pumirma ng mga libro sa aming booth sa sunod na Sabado, 3:00 NH.

Samahan ninyo kaming makilala ang ating mga bagong bida sa isang patikim—narito ang unang kabanata ng libro.


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Free tickets: 2018 Manila International Book Fair

Manila International Book Fair, the country’s biggest book selling event, is less than a month away! As usual, MIBF will be held at the SMX Convention Center beside Mall of Asia in Pasay City. And just like last year, the Adarna House booth will be found on the 2nd floor.

Our booth will be selling books at bargain prices — watch out for the price list we will be posting at our Facebook page. For now, we can say that select titles will be on sale up to 60% off, and big books will be half-the-price for purchases of at least fifty (50) pieces. The Mini-WiKAHON boxes (A & B) will also be discounted at 50%.

We also invite everyone to join us and the creators of our new titles (September 15, 2PM) and the books that won this year’s National Children’s Book Awards (September 15, 10AM). On September 16, 10AM, please come to the 2nd floor stage area for the launch of our new board books and picture books. Storytelling, games, and book signing will be part of this program. We will also be giving away freebies and raffle prizes to those attending the launch.

The Fair will open daily at 10AM and close at 8PM from September 12 (Wednesday) to September 16 (Sunday). Tickets will be available at the gate for only thirty-five pesos (PHP35) daily. But those who wish to skip the lines can download and print these tickets for free. (Black-and-white tickets will be accepted.)

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Adarna House Bags 4 National Children’s Book Awards

Held every 2 years and organized by the National Book Development Board and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, the National Children’s Book Awards give honor to the best publications for children and young adults. This year’s ceremonies were held on the 35th National Children’s Book Day, July 17, 2018, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines lobby.

Four Adarna House books – three from the Anino Comics imprint – were named Best Reads for Kids at the 5th National Children’s Book Awards.

These titles will be offered at a discount online and at the Adarna House Quezon City bookshop from July 23 to August 23:
• 20 % discount on individual titles
PhP650 for all 4 titles (28 % off)

Ang Hari ng Komyut
Hari ng Komyut puts into the spotlight the trials and challenges Filipinos encounter in our public transport system in a way that is lighthearted and comic—but still drives a serious point. Masterfully executed, these comics strips shed light on the comedy of everyday commuting tragedies and the tragedy of everyday commuting comedies; reminding us that there is always hope at the next train. – Manix Abrera

For a wordless comic book to be good, the artist has to maintain the balance between what information is given and what is kept hidden for the reader to interpret on their own. Lost has found that balance. With that, it is able to tell a story of great adventure while giving the reader freedom to translate the pictures using their own experiences and emotions to understand what is happening. It is a breathtaking testament to the power of comics. – Manix Abrera

Isinabuhay ang nagdaang panahon sa mundo ng kabataan sa probinsya ng Pangasinan gamit ang malikhaing dibuho, at paglalahad. Nakakaantig ng damdamin ngunit nakakatuwa. – Edgardo Quiros

Si Janus Silang at ang Pitumpu’t Pitong Pusong
Para sa matagumpay na panulat na pangkabataang nobela at disenyong panlibro na nakakapanghimok ng malikhaing pagbabasang malinaw na tumatahak sa kwento ng pakikipagsapalaran at paghahanap sa sarili ng tauhan–halaw sa mitolohiya at urban lore, gamit ang kontemporaryong wika at mga sandali–at mapanlarong pagsasanib ng sulat, komiks at chat sa texto na nakakapanghikayat ng malawig na gamit sa imahinasyon at diwa, at lamlamin ang pagbabasa bilang pang-araw-araw na aktibidad at pangangailangan ng isip at katawan… – Rolando Tolentino

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6th International and 48th National RAP Conference

The Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP), in partnership with Department of English and Department of Literature of the University of Santo Tomas, invites all teachers and reading advocates to the 6th International and 48th National RAP Conference with the theme Literacy Towards Civility.

All plenary sessions and research presentations will focus on Preservation of Heritage, Literacy Advocacy, Tolerance in the Midst of Diversity, Respectful Reading Education, Literacy for Social Change, Informed Decision Making, Critical Reading of Mass Media, and Ethics in Social Media.

The conference is happening on August 2-4, 2018 at the TARC Auditorium of University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

See the DepEd Memo here. For inquiries and registration, please email or contact:

Dr. Rosalyn G. Mirasol
Conference Director / 09150490370

Reading Association of the Philippines is an affiliate of International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association) in Delaware and was the first Southeast Asian organization listed.

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