37th MIBF Checklist

14 September is a big day for book lovers! It’s the first day of the annual Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)! Running until 18 (Sunday), MIBF is the biggest book event in the country as local and foreign publishers sell most of their titles at discounted price!

For those who want to update their bookshelves with the latest local children’s and young adult books, we compiled a list of the 2016 releases. Just click the name of the publisher or the book to find more information.

Happy book hunting!






Links: price list, free MIBF tickets & book signing schedule, Anino Comics





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Links: other new titles, free MIBF tickets & book signing schedule





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  • Anita the Duckling Diva | picture/storybook
  • Ang Bata sa Basket | picture/storybook
  • Ang Dalawang Haring Siga | picture/storybook
  • Ang Sabi ni Tatay, Ang Sabi ni Nanay | picture/storybook
  • Nina Wonders, Nina Asks | picture/storybook
  • Yaya Niya, Nanay Ko | picture/storybook


Available at NBS, Fully Booked, Precious Pages, and other bookstores.





Link: website




  • Alpabeto sa Bayong | picture/storybook
  • Bilangan sa Karagatan | picture/storybook
  • May Gulong na Bahay | picture/storybook
  • Si Julie Gandionco at ang Kaniyang Panaderya | picture/storybook
  • Tunogzzz | picture/storybook


Links: website, press release, brief descriptions

Wow, God! Storybooks

NitoyYehey! We have a guest blogger today – Nitoy Gonzales of Delighting Grace

Nitoy describes himself as “a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God known to all men.” You can get in touch with him through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

And here is his review of two Wow, God! picture books published by OMF Literature under its Hiyas imprint.


Flaming Furnace, Fiery Faith

Flaming Furnace, Fiery Faith (2014) is the retelling of the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found in Daniel chapter 3. Although the story is mainly about that chapter, the initial pages of the book briefly tackle parts found in chapter 1. By doing this, reteller Ms. Beng Alba-Jones gives readers a background on how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego developed their “fiery faith” in God. It is foundational to the main story, which is about these godly men facing King Nebuchadnezzar.

I enjoyed how Ms. Beng retold the story. It felt like I’m in a Sunday School class, where Ms. Beng is passionately telling me the story.

As for the artwork, it was rendered by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero. With her superb signature style of illustration, this is for me by far her best work for a children’s book. It may not reveal enough actions of the characters to give readers an adrenaline rush, but the way each image blended with the text can still captivate and leave readers stunned.

Ms Beth’s works with Tito Dok (Dr. Luis Gatmaitan) for two Adarna House titles and with Grace Chong’s Oh Mateo series have this distinct style of being bubbly and light. Her illustration in this Wow, God! book, I think, gave her a bit of a challenge in fleshing out this serious biblical story.

Overall, Flaming Furnace, Fiery Faith is a successful children’s book that will reinforce in children the value of obedience and faith in God as they face challenges in their Christian life. Life may not be a flaming furnace but for a child who has a Christ-centered faith, it is white hot for God.


One Mighty, Awesome, Incredible Rescue

Every story in the Old Testament about heart pounding rescues points to the redemptive story of Christ. Whether it’s the story of Queen Esther, Noah, or Lot, it is a mere shadow of the biggest story of God – that Christ is rescuing his elect. The story of the Exodus is one of the most well-known and well-loved stories. Moses, as a type of Christ in the Old Testament, leads the children of Israel out of Egypt. The climax of this story is of course the crossing of the Red Sea.

One mightyReteller Yna Reyes points out some things in the picture book, One Mighty, Awesome, Incredible Rescue (2014), to emphasize that this is a rescue story. For example, she tells her readers that the plagues are the showdown of power between the false gods of Egypt and the true and living God of Israel.

The flow of the retelling, on the other hand, is good and a little bit similar with Ms. Yna’s other book, God of Fire, God of Rain. Her retelling also highlights how powerful God is and what He can do for His people.

Rommel Joson gives us a “mighty, awesome, incredible” artwork in this Wow, God! book. A great story deserves a great amount of visual candy that children and adults will love. I imagine using this book in a Sunday School setting, and I feel I don’t need to explain a lot because the illustration can speak for itself. I love the illustration of the plague of darkness and how Mr. Rommel captures every drama as the story unfolds.

One Mighty, Awesome, Incredible Rescue is a must read for kids who want to grasp the Exodus story through accessible text and gorgeous illustration. Kids should not miss this book!


“​Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1