The University of Santo Tomas, in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), will host the 28th National Children’s Book Day on July 19, 9 a.m. at the UST Museum. The works will be featured in an exhibit that will run until August 4, 2011 in the same venue.
Coinciding with this year’s book day celebration is the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal anchored on the theme “Lolo Jose: Nagbabasa, Binabasa”, which seeks to accustom the Filipino youth to the children’s stories written by the national hero.
Aside from the customary reading of Rizal’s stories, the event will also feature works done by children’s book illustrators who graduated from UST. One of them is Yasmin Doctor whose entry “Rizaldy” won the 2011 PBBY Alcala Prize.
The PBBY Alcala Prize was given annually in honor of PBBY co-founder and renowned illustrator Larry Alcala.
Doctor’s entry was based on the 2011 PBBY-Salanga Prize-winning story, "Rizaldy" by Eugene Evasco. "Rizaldy" is about a boy who was named after the holiday on which he was born: Rizal Day. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Library, according to the PBBY website.
“Rizaldy” will be exhibited alongside the works of Leo Agtuca and Jonathan Ranolla, who were adjudged as honorable mentions.
A private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development of children’s literature in the Philippines, the PBBY is composed of institutions such as the National Library, CCP, and Museo Pambata, and individual members representing educators, researchers, librarians, book reviewers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, publishers, booksellers and mass media practitioners.
ASSOC. PROF. GIOVANNA V. FONTANILLA Director Office of Public Affairs University of Santo Tomas Tel no.: 731-3544, 786-1611 loc. 8315 Telefax no.: 740-9727