Dumaan si Butiki wins Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa contest


Save the Children’s First Read and Adarna House congratulate Mary Gigi Constantino for winning “Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa,” a writing contest for short stories and book concepts, with her story Dumaan si Butiki. The author will receive a fifteen thousand-peso cash prize from Save The Children, while the winning work will be published by Adarna House in 2015.

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 is the Vice President and product development head of Adarna House, director of The Raya School, President of the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP), and Secretary General of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY).

Ryce Calunsag is a teacher, mother and reading advocate. In her 13 years in education, she taught in Xavier School and helped improve the Early Childhood curriculum for C.R.E.A.T.E. pre-school in Ortigas. She has shared with many children, including 2 of her own, her passion for reading. As the General Manager of the Learning Library—an educational enrichment company devoted to helping children become better learners, one of her goals is to help more Filipino families get into the habit of reading.

Diane Carasig is an Early Childhood and Literacy Practitioner who is currently a Program Officer for Early Childhood Care and Development at Save the Children International. Prior to joining SCI, she was a Literacy coordinator and teacher. She obtained her Psychology degree (AB 2006) from Ateneo de Manila University and her Master of Family Life and Child Development from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her passion for reading and books began when she first read Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat”.

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