Book Review ~ Bumasa at Lumaya 2: A Sourcebook on Children’s Literature in the Philippines Blog Tour

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5 stars

Bumasa at Lumaya 2 is a resource and reference book on children’s literature put together by the the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). The first one was published in 1994 and it wasn’t until this year, twenty-one years later, that the second book in the series came out.

Bumasa at Lumaya 2 indeed is a reference book on children’s literature. It discusses the status and history of children’s literature in the country from 2000 to 2013 and how far it had come since especially in the advent of picture book apps and ebooks.

It also contains a chapter titled The Writer’s Heart which basically discusses the things a writer must keep in mind when writing a children’s book, who the children are, and how they think. It also enumerated the challenges we face in retelling stories from days of old like the Filipino folk tales, myths, fairy tales, and Filipino legends.

Another chapter was dedicated for the various writer fora titled Writer’s Speak which mainly discusses how one became a writer, when, where, and how one writes; their influences and the publishing process; and most importantly the state of the publishing industry today. A section discussed how to write nonfiction books for the children.

A chapter on The Bookmaker’s Art makes the readers appreciate the growth of the children’s books in terms of illustration and design, the milestones in children’s book illustrations, the recognition that the talent and skill of Filipino illustrators has been getting, the support gained for illustrators throughout the years, and how – with the advancement of technology – everything had become a lot easier. A section on comic appreciation was also included and it discusses the Philippine Comics Industry, the Digital Revolution, recommended titles on comics for children among others.

Being a reader, my most favorite part of the book is The Reader’s Part. It has two sections: For Love of Reading – which discusses how we can encourage and nurture the love and habit of reading. It also discussed the challenge of getting children to love reading and the staggering realization that  how will they love reading if we don’t have books to learn to read with in the first place? To make these books available, Library Hubs was born in 2006 as did various other programs that encourages love of reading such as Sa Aklat Sisikat and Inquirer’s Read-Along Sessions with celebrity readers.

The next section for this chapter discusses the ways in which a librarian and other interested parties can organize a school and home library. This part I also loved because as a high school student, I dreamed of having my own library someday that I can share with the public.

The last chapter titled Book Reading and Learning shows a conversation with reading education advocates where they discussed the gaps in children’s literature, the lack of nonfiction books, the importance of using children’s books in the classroom among others.

I love this book because it delivered everything it promised. It is for the readers, the publishers, artists and illustrators, educators, librarians, authors.

Bumasa at Lumaya 2 shows us that we’ve come a long way but at the same time it also shows us how far we still have to go.

Five stars for Bumasa at Lumaya 2. Here’s to hoping that years from now, when the third book comes out, it will show how closer we’ve come to reaching our goals but for now, let’s celebrate the birth of this book – the one that will serve as everyone’s guide in getting us closer to that elusive goal.

About Bumasa at Lumaya 2

“Twenty-one years after its first ever resource and reference book on children’s literature in the Philippines, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) again offers readers a second look at where Philippine children’s literature is today: the huge strides it has taken and the many more fascinating destinations it has set its sights on.”

Contributors: Eugene Y. Evasco, Rene O. Villanueva (+), Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Lara Saguisag, Christine S. Bellen, Ramon C. Sunico, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Mailin Paterno Locsin, Russell Molina, Carla Pacis, Augie Rivera, Zarah C. Gagatiga, Jomike Tejido, Beth Parrocha, Perpilili Vivienne Tiongson, Lin Acacio Flores, Ruben de Jesus, Liza Flores, Paolo Chikiamco, Ani Rosa Almario, Leonor Diaz, Dina Ocampo, & Felicitas Pado.



Bumasa at Lumaya: Celebrate the 33rd National Children’s Book Day with PBBY

bumasa at lumaya

The month of July is dedicated to the promotion of children’s books. The National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) is celebrated every third Tuesday of this month. With this year’s theme, Bumasa at Lumaya, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will be having a string of events to honor book creators and to promote reading among the young.

National Children’s Book Day
In partnership with the National Book Development Board (NBDB), the 3rd National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA) will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 19. This highly-anticipated event recognizes the excellent works of children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers. Another highlight of this day is the awarding of the 2016 PBBY-Salanga and PBBY-Alcala winners.

Book fair and Children’s Literature Talks
The Book Fair and Children’s Literature Talks will be held on July 23 at the Xavier School in San Juan. The fair shall feature local children’s book publishers. Aside from selling selected titles at a discounted rate, publishers will also hold simultaneous storytelling sessions. A special package of all winning NCBA titles, from 2010 to 2016, may also be purchased at the fair.

The culmination of the NCBD celebration is the Children’s Literature Talks. The program will start with the book launch of Bumasa at Lumaya 2, a Sourcebook on Children’s Literature in the Philippines.

This whole-day event will also be a gathering of writers, illustrators, students, storytellers, teachers, librarians, and parents. For a registration fee of PHP800.00, participants may choose to attend among discussions on writing sensitive stories, body positivity on young adult fiction, the evolution of children’s book illustrations, raising multilingual readers, and more. Award-winning author, Augie Rivera (Alamat ng Ampalaya, Isang Harding Papel); illustrator, Liza Flores (Chenelyn! Chenelyn!); and reading advocate and educator, Victor Villanueva (Reading Association of the Philippines) are some of the industry experts who will be sharing their knowledge on children’s content and reading. Organizations such as The Learning Library and The Learning Basket will also share their expertise on multilingualism and homeschooling respectively.

For inquiries about the Book Fair and Children’s Literature Talks, you may e-mail or call 352-6765 loc 204.

Book Fair and Talks

PBBY Fact Sheet

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People

The PBBY is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development of children’s literature in the Philippines.

The PBBY is the lead agency in the celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD). This is celebrated every third week of July to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London.

The PBBY is composed of permanent and institutional members and individuals representing different sectors. The institutional members are The National Library, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Museo Pambata. The individual members represent educators, researchers, librarians, book reviewers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, publishers, booksellers and mass media.


  • Tarie Sabido (Chair)
  • Dina Ocampo (Vice-Chair)
  • Ani Rosa Almario (Secretary-General)
  • Victor Villanueva (Treasurer)

Permanent Members

  • The National Library
  • Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) represented by
    Hermie Beltran
  • Museo Pambata represented by Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson

Sectoral Representation

  • Emily Abrera (mass media)
  • Karina Africa-Bolasco (booksellers)
  • Tarie Sabido (book reviewers)
  • Dr. Luis Gatmaitan (writers)
  • Victor Villanueva (educators, basic education)
  • Ramon Sunico (educators, tertiary)
  • Dina Ocampo (researchers)
  • Fran Ong (publishers)
  • Ruben de Jesus (illustrators)
  • Zarah Gagatiga (librarians)
  • Rey Bufi (storytellers)
  • Inquirer Read-Along (reading advocacy)

Honorary Chairman

  • Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag †, National Artist

National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015 Blog Tour: Dream Date

NCBD Blog Tour HeaderHello, readers! We are currently on the second week of the blog tour for the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015. And here is the theme for this week:

Hulyo 14 – 19: Dream Date Sinong manunulat o ilustrador ang nais mong makasama sa isang araw/gabí? (Kailangang mga aklat pambata at pangkabataan ang nililikha niya. Maaari ring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)

Translation:Which Filipino writer or illustrator do you want to be with for a day/a night? (Their works must be geared towards children and young adults. Feel free to list more than one.)

Filipinos are talented hands down, if they don’t sing, they write or paint. I’m a huge admirer of talented/gifted/intelligent people so it’s not surprising that my list is long. Thankfully, we have a restriction, being that their works should be geared for kids or young adult, my list therefore, is mercifully shorter. Lol. ❤

Here are the writers/illustrators whom I believe are a cut above the rest and with whom I want to spend a date with. I’ll start with:

CJ de Silva1. CJ de Silva

Known as a “Gifted Child” and a “Promil Kid” of the ’90s, CJ de Silva is now an art director and graphic designer. She still loves to paint and illustrate.

I admire CJ because not only did she hold various exhibits as a child (and sold paintings while she was at it, with price ranging from P5,000.00 to P100,000.00 at the time), she also graduated magna cum laude (meaning with great honor) from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts, with a degree in Visual Communications.

While Filipinos are generally accepting and kind, there’s always that one person who “organize” bullying against a person/classmate who are more talented and more intelligent thanPicture1 the rest. Being on the receiving end of that kind of bullying I can attest that it is not easy. And that is why, more than her talent and intelligence, I admire CJ for her courage and strength, for she is someone who  endured bullying in high school and still, she emerged as a successful person that she is today.

You can watch interviews on CJ here:

done by GMA7

for Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin

She illustrated one children’s book: Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin written by Bernadette Villanueva Neri

Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden) by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and CJ de Silva

Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden) by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and CJ de Silva

and one book which I think is for YA, NA, etc. title Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Check CJ de Silva’s works here. The theme of her paintings are mostly mother and child.

2. My second dream date is Johann de Venecia. ^___^ I can’t begin to tell you how much I love his works.

Here is Johann’s profile in Goodreads:

Johann de Venecia began drawing on the walls of his grandmother’s house at the age of four. He was hooked ever since and years later, he earned his BA degree in Visual Communication from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD).

Johann had moved on from walls to more suitable media, but the childhood enthusiasm remained. He is now based in Long Beach, California with his partner Chris, and is actively pursuing a career as a freelance illustrator and concept artist. I love Johann’s works because of its ability to bring me into an entirely new and different world. Funny how, by just staring at an art work I get to see a story, a fantasy world that holds something dark, sinister. Some of his artworks for The Seven are a tad frightful that the children who saw it during our exhibit in SM Calamba and SM Lipa got scared and one or two of them actually, er, cried.

Like CJ, Johann only has one children’s book titled Brightest:

and one YA, titled The Seven: The Key of Credence by Veronica Mist. I already included some of his illustrations for The Seven in my previous post here so I’ll only place here the remaining pieces.

Here are his other works (only posting a few, there are plenty really)

The first image is Johann’s version of Rapunzel (left) while the other one is titled Death and Rebirth of Spring (right). Admittedly both not children-friendly because of its dark themes BUT I love it.

I forgot what this one’s called but I really love the colors.

This one is called Fatima and The World Slayer

Johann has plenty of works but I won’t post them all here. Go check him out!

3. Dr. Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” published in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London over a hundred years ago. Source:

Rizal is the first published (children’s) author in the Philippines. He wrote “The Monkey and the Turtle.” In French. Because he was an overachiever like that. Then, he proceeded to write both Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in Spanish. Overachiever, as I said.

Bust of Padre Guerrico in clay, by Rizal. Source:

I’m assuming everyone knows who he is so I’m not going to post what his works are here (okay so maybe some of it, but not everything because there are plenty!). If you want to see his artworks, go check out the museums in Manila (I forgot which museums, I visited them all sixteen years ago) which have his works on display. It’s the least we can do considering he died for the country and, they are really good! For my non-Filipino readers, you can read this post I made about him: Jho-sigstylediv So, what do I do once I am face to face with my dream dates? I’d want them to show me their work space, at home

and at the office. Their studio if they have one, their current work-in-progress, paintings and illustrations they all did as a child and in Rizal’s case, his writings when he was a kid. I’d enjoy comparing their works when they were still a kid and their works as adults.

Rizal’s pencil sketch of Blumentritt. Source:

With that out of the way, I’ll ask them what made them pick up a pencil. What was that aha moment that made them want to draw / write? What were they doing then and how old were they? Who are their influences? What are their favorite books? Paintings? Who are their favorite artists and writers? Who do they look up to? I’ll ask them what’s the greatest thing about being a writer or an artist? What their feelings are while they are up against a work and how do they feel once they are done? What are their frustrations / constrictions as a writer/ artist that they feel? I have a lot of questions, so many I’m sure long after I posted this I’d still be able to think one. Even personal ones. How are they as a person, as a son or daughter, as a significant other? Are they perfectionist only when it comes to their work or does this apply to all aspects of their lives? And I have questions especially for Rizal. I’m sure, wherever he is now, he is still looking after us.  For one, I’d like to know his writing process. Did he agonize over story structure, too? How many words did he write per day? How many hours did he write per day? What did he love doing the most? Writing? Sketching? Painting? Sculpting?

Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo Source:

Rizal predicted in his book that one day the Filipinos will no longer suffer in silence but will fight back against the tyranny of its government:

“Ang bayan po’y di dumaraing dahil siya’y pipi, di tumitinang dahil natutulog. Subali’t darating ang panahong malalantad ito sa inyo at mapapakinggan ang kanyang mga panaghoy. Pagsapit ng araw na ito,… sasambulat sa lahat ng dako ang mga naipong luha; himutok at buntong-hiningang matagal na panahong kinimkim sa puso ng bayan.” – Pilosopo Tasyo (kab. 25)

English translation: “The people do not complain because they have no voice; do not move because   they are lethargic, and you say that they do not suffer because you have not seen their hearts bleed.” ― Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)

Dr. Rizal, do you think we are only ten years away from this? Or do we wait for another three hundred years for this to happen?

“Mamatay akong hindi man lang masisilayan ang pagbubukang liwayway, kayong makakakita, batiin n’yo s’ya at wag kalimutan ang mga nabulid sa gitna ng dilim.” – Elias (kab. 63)

English translation: “I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land. You who have it to see, welcome it … and forget not those who have fallen during the night!”

Rizal, if you are going to be given another chance to do over, would you have done things differently? What would you have changed? Do you still think we are worth dying for? (Hey, I know Ninoy said this, but I’m sure Rizal thought it, too). We, the Filipino people who saw the dawn, who saw the sun rise and brighten our mother country, are we on the right track? Do you think the country’s where you want it to be? Now there’s a food for thought.