Thursday, September 29, 2005

Read the winning stories
It is fascinating to see how a single painting can inspire diverse and unique stories that children and adults can enjoy alike. See for yourself! Below are four of the very best as selected by our panel of judges, downloadable as pdf files.

WINNER: "The Rocking Horse" by Becky Bravo


"Si Ninjang Kabayo at ang Ermitanyong Kalbo" ni Andrea Lazaro
"Treasures I have Known" by Raissa Claire Rivera
"Sol" by Anna Cristina Llanera

Also listen to a radio interview of Carla Pacis and Augie Rivera on Wed, Oct 5, 2005 on DZFE Kalikasan Vigilante with hosts Emily Marcelo and Vic Milan.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Kwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING), the premier organization of Filipino writers for children, in cooperation with Phoenix Educational Systems Inc., will be conducting a workshop on

at the

5th flr. Robinson’s Galleria Corporate Center, Ortigas, Pasig City on October 22, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop topics and speakers are the following

Why write for kids? Why not?!

Dr. Luis Gatmaitan MD

Palanca Hall of Fame Winner and TOYM Awardee

Writing for Kids : Labor and Love

Carla Pacis

Palanca Winner and Manila Critics’ National Book Awardee

Rhyme and Reason : Writing Poetry for Kids

Heidi Eusebio-Abad

Published Writer and Professor of Creative Writing & Children’s Literature

University of the Philippines, Diliman

Workshop fee costs Php 1,000.00 inclusive of snacks, lunch and workshop kit. A 15% discount will be given to early registrations on or before October 15, 2005.

For reservations and inquiries contact 09164340167/09209602884/723-0481 loc 424

Or email /

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Congratulations to Kuting members who won in the recent CANVAS' first annual children's storywriting competition:

Grand prize winner:
Becky Bravo, "The Rocking Horse."

Honorable mention:
Raissa Claire U. Rivera, "Treasures I Have Known"
Agay Llanera, "Sol".

The panel of judges was composed of Gigo Alampay (Executive Director of CANVAS), and multi-awarded children's story writers Carla Pacis and Augie Rivera.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


If you think puppet shows are 'just for kids', you're definitely wrong. To prove this, come and watch Teatrong Mulat's SITA & RAMA: PAPET RAMAYANA this Sept. 16 (7pm), Sept 17 & 18 (10 am & 2pm), Guerrero Theater, 2/f Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman.

As critic Isagani Cruz commented, SITA & RAMA:PAPET RAMAYANA "shows how far we have come in puppet theatre."

The play showcases the highly sophisticated puppets & sets designed by Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, the lilting melodies by Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander and the innovative direction by Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete.

The brother and sister team of Cynthia Alexander and Joey Ayala who composed and arranged the melodies for the lyrics of the songs of Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio are being featured together in one CD for the first time! Sita & Rama CDs will be on sale during the 3-day re-staging.

Schools, college groups, students and theatre aficionados who wish to watch a sophisticated puppet show, discover the beauty of the Indian classic, while listening to the music of Cynthia Alexander and Joey Ayala, can avail of discounted tickets by calling 921-9773 or 0918-903-2040 (Ami) Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Adarna 2005 Storybooks and Silver Editions Book Launching

Adarna House will have a book launching of their 2005 Storybooks and Silver Editions on Sept 17, Saturday, 2-4pm, Powerbooks Live, Greenbelt. Among the titles to be launched are the silver editions (or the 10th anniversary edition) of some of the Kuting members including Ang Alamat ng Ampalaya by Augie Rivera and Papel de Liha by Ompong Remigio and the reissued titles Tiger on the Wall by Annette Flores-Garcia and Manik Buangsi and The Love of Lam-ang by Virgilio Almario.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Call for entries for the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Call for entries for the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and The National Library. The winner will be given P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children's Book Day on July 18, 2006.

Contest Rules:

1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
2. Stories should be intended for children aged 6 to 12 years old. The plot and the sequence must be capable of sustaining an illustrated book of 28 to 32 pages.
3. Entries may be in Filipino or English.
4. Entries must be in hard copy, double-spaced, on short bond paper. Maximum length is five (5) pages.
5. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
6. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.
7. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the contestant's full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has a) never been published nor b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.
8. All entries must be sent through snail mail to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Room 102, JGS Building, 30 Scout Tuazon St., Quezon City.
9. All entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat no later than 5:00 p.m., October 28, 2005.
10. Winners will be announced no later than November 25, 2005. Non-winning entries may be claimed at the PBBY Secretariat until December 16, 2005.

The winning story will be the basis for the 2005 PBBY-Alcala Prize. For more details, interested parties may contact the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, at Room 102, JGS Building, 30 Scout Tuazon St., Quezon City, Telefax 372-3548 or email