Bookmark’s FABruary Book Launch

The Bookmark, Inc. will launch its new children’s books, featuring THERE’S A DIPLODOCUS IN THE HOUSE, PLAY, HUGGING THE TREES, AND OTHER INTERESTING TITLES on Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 5:30 in the afternoon at The Last Chukker, Manila Polo Club, McKinley Road, Brgy. Forbes Park, Makati City.

 

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Titles included in the launch are:

-There’s a Diplodocus in the House by Rebecca Añonuevo, illustrated by Sergio Bumatay III

-Yehey, May Pamilya na ring Mag-aaruga sa Akin! (Yehey, There’s a Family That Will Take Care of Me!) by Genaro Gojo Cruz, illustrated by Aaron Asis

-Play by Javier Delfin, illustrated by Shannah Orencio

-Legacy by Simon Godfrey Rodriguez, edited by Nina Macaraig-Gamboa, illustrated by Wylzter Gutierrez

-The Hero of Mount Pinatubo by Julian Christian B. Patdu, edited by Nina Macaraig-Gamboa, illustrated by Bea Lintag

-The World, My World, in My Eyes by Carl Matthew Rodriguez, edited by Nina Macaraig-Gamboa, illustrated by Ingrid G. Tan

-Hugging the Trees by Russell Molina, illustrated by Liza Flores

-Bangkang Bakunawa by Carla Pacis, translated by Randy Bustamante, illustrated by Edrick Daniel

-Handog ni Lola by Carla Pacis, translated by Randy Bustamante, illustrated by Seth Clarece Estacio

-Mapun by Carla Pacis, translated by Randy Bustamante, illustrated by Jose T. Gamboa and Herbert Consunji

-Ang Jin at ang Pawikan by Carla Pacis, translated by Randy Bustamante, illustrated by Jeanne P. Tan

-Biyaheng Page by Carla Pacis, translated by Randy Bustamante, illustrated by Lloyd Niguidula

 

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Authors and artists of the books will be present for book signing. Artists’ original works are also on exhibit and available for sale.

To RSVP, call 895-8061 and look for Tessie Homeres, Joseph T. Pirmejo, or Elaine Bagang, or leave a message at rsvp@bookmarkthefilipinobookstore.com.

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Press release from The Bookmark, Inc.

Anima Exhibit

Can a book have no paper but walls? No pages but floors? What if a book is larger than life… what are the odds of fantasizing in a “picturebook” into which one’s invited?

These questions welcomed visitors like me to “Anima: A Picturebook in Space,” an exhibit by award-winning children’s illustrator, Sergio Bumatay III, as it opened on 15 January 2016.

As his thesis for a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, Bumatay elevates the picturebook as a narrative medium and showcases the rich imagination and creativity of children — good reasons to visit the exhibit!

 

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Follow the Story

Epigraphed with Maurice Sendak’s words in his famous picturebook, Where the Wild Things Are: “…And the walls became the world all around,” the exhibit’s story follows the adventure of a child character in the world of dreams. And we all know what happens in a dream as a trope in children’s books, everything can happen.

Utilising this dream device, the child character enters a realm full of objects that could only exist in that space, but is substantiated in Bumatay’s art installations. So don’t be surprised to see a suitcase that oozes with a gluey substance, an inverted cow hanging on the ceiling, or pants with eyes.

You will definitely be amazed finding out what other strange things the child encounters in the realm of dreams and how the adventure ends!

 

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Celebrate Childhood

The exhibit somehow echoes his illustrations in the Rio Alma poetry book, May Darating na Trak Búkas, which was reviewed here. As in the book, Bumatay used commonplace materials to build a world — a thing a lot of children are experts at. They can make houses, monsters, and vehicles, for instance, out of cardboard boxes.

My favourite piece in the exhibit is actually the one made out of cardboard boxes. It looks like a rocket ship, with all the machinery drawn on the body, atop a pointed building with a snaky staircase. I remember doing a similar thing when I was young.

So be prepared to be in awe with how Bumatay transformed “insignificant objects” to create a playground of imagination.

 

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“Anima” runs until 29 January 2016. Also check out Bumatay’s review of Isang Harding Papel for Xi Zuq’s Nook.

Isang Harding Papel

sergio-bumatayMay guest reviewer na naman tayo ngayon. Si Sergio Bumatay III!

Isa siyang batikang ilustrador ng mga aklat pambata. Kasapi siya ng Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan at nagkamit na ng maraming parangal, tulad ng Peter Pan Prize ng IBBY-Sweden at PBBY-Alcala Prize. Ilan sa mga libro niya ay Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu!, Tuwing Sabado, Ay, Naku!, at Tight Times.

Binása niya ang aklat na Isang Harding Papel at tiningnan ang ilustrasyon nito. Narito ang kaniyang review.

 

Malaharding pabalat. Malikhaing paggamit ng medium. Epektibong composition at layout. Memorable imagery.

Ilan lang ito sa mga dahilan kung bakit ko nagustuhan ang mga illustrations ni Rommel Joson sa Isang Harding Papel, na kuwento ni Augie Rivera at inilimbag ng Adarna House (2014).

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Una, makulay at punong-puno ng visual elements ang pabalat. Nakatutuwa dahil parang sinadyang magmukhang bulaklak at kabute ang mga ulo ng mga tao na naka-drawing dito. Waring kapag dumaan ka sa harding ito, magdadalawang isip ka kung alin ba sa mga ito ang mapipitas mo: ang mabango o ang may lason. O baka naman BAWAL pumitas.

May koneksiyon agad ang illustration sa subject ng kuwento — anong alaala o karanasan ang gusto mong baunin, ang mapapait ba o ang matatamis? Depende na lang sa ‘yong pananaw.

Sa pabalat mo na din mapupuna ang malikhaing paggamit ng iba’t-ibang medium at technique ng ilustrador. Mayroong collage, acrylic, pencil, pastel, at siyempre mga papel. Namangha ako sa pag-angkop sa konsepto ng layering, lalo na ang nakapanibagong paggamit ng tracing paper sa ilang larawan para maipakita ang technique na ito. Ang mga larawan ay mukhang nagkapatong-patong at natatakpan ang ilang mga elemento.

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Malinaw na ang sinimbolo nito ay ang pagtago sa katotohanan, isa ring temang tinatalakay sa diwa ng EDSA. Nabigyan din ng kakaibang dimensiyon ang layering ng mga larawan. Ibig sabihin nito na may iba’t ibang dimensiyon ang kuwentong ito ng isang makasaysayang pangyayari.

Bilang isa ding ilustrador, alam kong mahirap punuin ng larawan sa pinakaepektibong paraan ang landscape na format. Dahil kakaiba nga ang espasyo ng layout, maraming bagay ang kailangang isaalang-alang sa isang pahina: ang paglalagyan ng mga teksto, ang pagkasyahin ang mga patuwid na tauhan, at ang gutter o ang hati ng pahina sa gitna. Sa Harding Papel, naging matagumpay ang illustrator sa pagsasama-sama ng lahat ng elemento. Mapapansing parang iisang larawan lang ang teksto at mga drawing sa isang pahina at hindi nagsasapawan.

IMG_20141103_110301Kung mayroon akong maaalala sa librong ito, ito ay ang napakalakas na imagery ng illustrations. Nakamit ito ng illustrations dahil sa kapayakan at pagkamalikhain ng paglalarawan.

Ilan sa mga paborito kong larawan ay ang pagdungaw ni Jenny sa bintana at ang pagganap niya bilang ikatlong kalachuchi. Nakapaloob sa mga larawang ito ang buod ng kuwento at ang mahika ng ilustrador.

May Darating na Trak Búkas

May-Darating-na-Trak-BukasIsang talinghaga ng haraya ang bundok ng basura sa bagong aklat ni Rio Alma. Pinamagatang “May Darating na Trak Búkas”, isa itong tulang isinulat para sa mga bata at iginuhit ng premyadong ilustrador na si Sergio Bumatay III. Inilathala ito ng Adarna House sa pagtatapos ng 2013.

Sa wawaluhing sukat at isahang tugmaan sa bawat apat na taludtod, isang eksplorasyon ang tulang ito sa yaman ng haraya sa tambak ng basura. Inakmaan naman ito ng hindi malambot at malinis na dating ng ilustrasyon upang isalarawan ang nasabing daigdig.

Nagsisimula ang aklat sa pagkuwestiyon sa pangangailangang pisyolohikal, “Me keso ka?” sa isang tauhang mahirap at ipinapalagay na nakatirá sa bundok. Sasagutin ang tanong na ito nang may katiyakang ‘wala’, “Ang mahirap ay mahirap.”

Iigpawan ang pangangailangan ng katawan ng yaman ng harayang makukuha sa bundok. Sa bundok na ito itinatambak ang mga basura ng lipunan, at ang silbi lamang nito ay tapunan ng mga hindi na kailangan. Ngunit sa aklat, isang daigdig ng mga posibilidad, “ng sorpresa at milagro” ang bundok na ito. Nagkakaroon dito ng posibilidad ang pagsama-sama ng mga bagay na hindi inaasahang magsama-sama: ang bomba sa pagitan ng bag at korona ng mga kutsara, mga isdang nakaipit sa maleta, nakayakap na panda at nakakapit na tigre sa balyena, at iba pang pinagsama-sama ni Bumatay sa kaniyang pagharaya. Tinatapatan ng ilustrasyon ang pagsasama ng mga hindi rin inaasahang magsama-samang salita: santakrusan, eroplano, keso, pakete, plawta, peryodiko at iba pa.

IMG_20140105_182906 Nakabubuo naman ang aklat ng panibagong mundo mula sa mga pagsama-samang ito: isang kaharian, isang sasakyang panlakbay, isang aklatan, isang kabayo, isang hindi matiyak ngunit umiiral na lupain. Sa bundok na ito ng haraya, nagiging bago ang luma, nagiging kailangan ang itinuring nang walang pakinabang. Kinakalikot ng pagsama-samang ito ang imahinasyon ng tauhan at ng mga mambabasa upang lumikha. Bukod sa pagbibigay hustisya, pinagyaman pa ni Bumatay ang tula sa pamamagitan ng paglalagay ng ‘diwa’, ‘buhay’ at iba pang salita sa ilustrasyon.

Bagaman itinatanghal, hindi ikinukubli ng aklat ang katotohanan na isa pa ring bundok ng basura ang mundong tinatahak. Darating din ang panahon – o ang mga panahon – na magsasawa at matatapos din ang pagharaya, maaaring dahil sa nasuyod na ang lahat ng basura o tinatawag na ng sikmura ang isipan o, tulad ng piniling isalarawan sa ilustrasyon, aalingawngaw ang pangungulila. Pinapatindi ang mga damdaming ito ng malalamlam na dating ng kulay, at lalo na sa hulíng bahagi na maiiwan ang tauhang binabalot ang sarili sa kumot ng ‘pag-asa’.

IMG_20140105_183603Ngunit hindi malulunod ang tauhan at ang mga mambabasa sa katotohanan ng kahirapan ng daigdig na ito. Ipaaalala ng aklat na laging may pag-asa. Bukod sa ilustrasyon na iniluluwa ng trak ang panibagong tambak ng basura habang natutulog pa ang tauhan, pag-asa rin ang pahiwatig ng mga piniling salita sa huling dalawang taludtod ng tula: “May darating na trak bukas/ Karga’y bago, bago tiyak.”

Sa hulí, hindi lamang talinghaga ng haraya ang bundok ng basura kundi ng kahirapan, ng pagkabata, ng kayamanan, ng paglalakbay… ng búhay.

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May Darating na Trak Bukas

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Raffle Giveaway

Huwag kalimutang sumali sa Xi Zuq’s Nook New Year Giveaway upang magkaroon ng tsansang manalo ng mga librong pambata at pangkabataan. Pindutin lang ang larawan ng mga premyo sa ibaba. Tapos na ang raffle giveaway.

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Russell Molina (EDSA)

Illustrated by multi-awarded artist Sergio Bumatay III and published by Adarna House, EDSA is a counting book that reminds kids of this generation about the 1986 People Power Revolution.

Award-winning writer Russell Molina talks about EDSA, his latest book.

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Sambat Trust: How was EDSA conceived? Can you describe the writing and publication process of EDSA?

Russell Molina: EDSA is probably one of the toughest stories to write because it [the 1986 People Power Revolution] is such a defining moment in our history and retelling it for a new generation seems like a daunting task. Also, we all have different versions of that event that can be framed through different lenses – from historical to personal.Since we lack stories on the revolution intended for young readers, I wanted this book to have an introductory feel that can capture both their curiosity as well as their imagination. So I decided to write about the event from their perspective.The tricky part of the storytelling is in choosing which scenes should be given prominence. I think the magic of EDSA is clearly demonstrated in those small, seemingly unnoticed, moments that radiate with real emotions. Through the child’s eyes, I attempted to recreate those wonderful images vis-à-vis the iconic ones.

edsaI also remember the EDSA Revolution as a series of different events that ended with thousands of people converging in that historic spot. I wanted the story to have that same effect. That’s why I decided to turn it into a counting book to give it a tempo and a huge crescendo at the end.

I think Serj Bumatay did a wonderful job in his re-imagination of Edsa. His visuals were current but at the same time nostalgic in feel. I purposely used words sparingly because I wanted the visuals to drive the story forward.

ST: What is your EDSA Revolution experience? Did you inject a part of your experience in the elements of the book?

Russell: Most of the images I included in the book were culled from memory. These are the vivid scenes that left an impression when I was young. And I wanted to share those images with the young readers.

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I wanted them to ask questions the way I did during those times.

serjST: What do you think is the significance of EDSA to children?

Russell: EDSA is more than just a piece of our history. It is a wellspring of solid Filipino values like determination, cooperation, perseverance, etc. It is about unity. It is about faith. It is about freedom. It showcases the unwavering Filipino spirit. And I think children can learn a lot about themselves and what they are capable of doing through this book

(first published in the Sambat Trust blog)

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The contest requires participants (writers and/or artists) to submit either a short story or an illustrated picture book in English. It is open to the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. There will be two local winners per country but only the 1st

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Last year, the first time the Philippines was admitted to the contest, Sergio Bumatay III was declared the Global Champion!

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