Friday, August 21, 2015

All About the Philippines Book Launch

I was invited to attend the launch of "All About the Philippines" book last Saturday at National Bookstore, Greenbelt 1. I was very excited because aside from being a children's book, the book centers on the Philippines as a land of beautiful islands and rich diversity and culture.

Here are some of the pictures that I gathered during the event:

Here's the host during the launch...

A traditional dance was performed during the event...

Ms. Charity of The Learning Library told us something about the book...

Storytelling activity by Teacher Tolet for the kids...

Distribution of cute loot boxes to the kids...

Here's the picture of the books that sold like pancakes that day...

They served local delicacies such as pancit palabok, lumpiang ubod, maja blanca, puto and palamig during the launch...

After the event, there was a book signing by the illustrator (Corazon Dandan-Albano) and author (Gidget Roceles Jimenez) of All About the Philippines...

Ms. Corazon Dandan-Albano & Ms. Gidget Roceles Jimenez

Here are the loot boxes by Tupi, Gupit at Pinta that was given away during the event.

Aren't they too cute?

Here are what's inside the box...

Traditional Filipino games such as holen, yoyo, sipa, larong goma, piko, etc.

My boys holding their loot boxes...

They are so happy with it and I'm very excited to teach them traditional Filipino games!

From the press kit...

All About the Philippines
A Land of Beautiful Islands and Rich Diversity!

Let All About the Philippines takes you on an incredible journey to the lively and colourful country of Mary, Jaime and Ari—first cousins who look completely different but are the best of friends.
They’ll introduce you to their homes, their schools, their families, favourite places to visit, holidays and more. They’ll show you how kids there—just like kids in so many other parts of the world—come from many cultures and have their own traditions, languages and
beliefs…and yet, they are all 100% Filipino.

In this book you will:

• Directions on how to find a particular stall
• Join Mary, Jaime and Ari on vacations to see how earthquakes, typhoons and other natural events make the Philippines a place that’s beautiful and full of life
• Check out Filipino games, and make your own sipa—the Philippines’s version of a hacky-sack
• Experience the different cultural festivals, and try a few easy recipes for holiday treats
• Make a parol—a Filipino holiday decoration that you can enjoy all year long
• Learn how peoples of many different languages can communicate together
• And a lot more!

Along with fun facts, you’ll learn about the spirit of the Philippines that make this country and its people wonderfully unique. This is a book for families or classrooms to enjoy together.

Author Gidget Jimenez is the author of poetry and non-fiction books for kids, including the popular Can We? science series. She lives in the Philippines with her husband, their three children and their many pets.

Illustrator Corazon Dandan-Albano has illustrated over thirty children’s books, including the popular Filipino Friends and Filipino Celebrations. She lives in the Philippines with her husband and their two daughters.

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