LAMPARA BOOKS SERIES SCORES BIG WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING READERS

Lampara Books, published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc. (LPHI), is scoring a hit with Spanish-speaking readers of children’s books with the translation-publication-distribution of its series of illustrated children’s stories, Kuwentong Nanay, by Panamericana Editorial Ltda. (www.panamericaneditorial.com)

Kuwentong Nanay, written by award-winning children’s books author Segundo D. Matias, Jr, is a collection of stories paying tribute to the greatness of mothers. The first story was released in 2009 and new stories are added each year.

The seven titles translated into Spanish are Superwoman si Inay (Mommy is Superwoman); Sexy ang Mommy Ko (My Mommy is Sexy); Mahal Kita, Inay (I Love You, Inay); Mommy, Mommy!; May Magic si Inay (Mommy Knows Magic); Sikat ang Mommy Ko (My Mommy is Famous); and Ang Aking Anghel (My Angel).

 

The books were illustrated by award-winning Filipino artists and children’s books illustrators, including Ghani Madueño, Rowen Agarao, Beth Parrocha-Doctolero, Zeus Bascon, Kora Dandan-Albano, and Ray-Ann Bernardo.

As translated into Spanish by Juan Pablo Mojica, the seven titles are Mi mamá es supermujer; Mi mamá es muy bonita; Te amo, mami; Mami, mamiii; Mi mama sabe hacer magia; Mi mamá es famosa; and Mi ángel.

 

Panamericana Editorial Ltda. (www.panamericanaeditorial.com) is a Bogota D C., Colombia-based publisher and distributor of Spanish-language books.

LPHI (www.lamparabooks.com.ph) is one of the leading publishers of children’s books in the Philippines. It publishes children’s stories written by budding and award-winning Filipino writers as well as foreign authors; a harvest of the stories is culled from national story writing contests (including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the PBBY [Philippine Board on Books for Young People]-Salanga Prize). The stories are written in two languages—Filipino and English—and are illustrated by award-winning Filipino artists and illustrators of children’s books.  The books are laden with good moral lessons and values and provide inspiration to develop a profound love for books and reading.

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Segundo D. Matias, Jr. is an award-winning children’s book author, having won prizes from the Palanca and the PBBY-Salanga Prize. He earned a certificate for Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino from the Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Aside from Kuwentong Nanay, he has also written a series of books about modern Philippine legends and about vice. He has written scripts for television as well as film. He is the author of the ongoing popular series of books, Moymoy Lulumboy. He is a member of the Writers’ Studio, a group of film and television writers, and is the president and founder of LPHI, along with its sister publications Precious Pages Corporation, Life is Beautiful Creatives, and Red Line Media among others.

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A Celebration of Life

There is no greater gift than giving the children what they need—a little help, an unwavering hope, and a never-ending kindness.

The man behind Precious and Lampara Foundation, Mr. Segundo Matias, Jr., once again, was able to put big smiles on every child’s face from Childhaus. Childhaus is a temporary shelter for indigent patients from different provinces who have cancer or other dreaded diseases and have no place to stay in Metro Manila while undergoing medical evaluation or treatment.

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Mr. Matias has been celebrating his birthday with these little angels for the past few years. Every year, Precious and Lampara Foundation conducts a set of fun and creative activities for the children.

Big hearts always cause big smiles. Indeed.

Joy radiated through the children’s faces as they watched an animated film based on “Joseng Dalag”—a children story with moral values and was written by Mr. Matias himself. Giggles and hearty laughter surrounded the place. Watching their lips curved into big smiles was priceless. And hearing them laugh was like hearing a very wonderful music. After the film-showing, Mr. Matias shared a little insight about the story.

 

 

The birthday celebrator, Mr. Matias, then centered the stage and shared the story of “Superwoman Si Inay.” The short story was a portrayal of a mother’s unconditional love for her kids. The children, even their guardians, enjoyed the live storytelling. They were asked to face their mothers and utter “Ang galing, galing ni Inay!” Indeed, the mother of these children were superwomen. Their care and selfless love were reflected in their faces as they told their heart-tugging experiences.

 

 

Miss Aiko Salazar, the administrator of Precious and Lampara Foundation, also prepared a coloring activity. The children became really enthusiastic as their little hands got hold of the crayons. They were given fifteen minutes to finish the activity. When they had finished coloring the provided illustrations , some of them presented their works with so much pride. Their artworks were then pinned to the wall in front so everybody could see them. Mr. Alvin Bragais, an artist from Black Ink, chose three artworks as the winners. Winners each received Moymoy Lulumboy T-shirt.

 

 

Mr. Segundo Matias also shared gifts to the children and mothers at the end of the program. Various books were given to them; coloring books and word search activity books for the children and romance novels for the mothers. The birthday celebrator was moved as a little girl handed him a birthday card and when everybody started singing him a happy birthday song.

Every child is precious. And the best gift that we can give them is a little help, an unwavering hope, and a never-ending kindness. And the best gift in return? If they will later extend a hand, give hope and show kindness to other people.

Moymoy Lulumboy centers the shelves of major National Book Store branches nationwide

Good news, Moymoy Lulumboy fans! Moymoy Lulumboy now centers the shelves of major National Book Store branches nationwide! National Book Store features all the four installments of this action-filled series published by Lampara Books.

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This highly acclaimed young adult fiction highlights not just the various quests of the young hero, Moymoy, but also accentuates Philippine values and mythology.

The first book, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Batang Aswang, was launched during the 35th Manila International Book Fair. The second and third parts of Moymoy’s journey are entitled Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Nawawalang Birtud, and Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap kay Inay respectively. Moymoy, our little hero, continues to embark on an adventure-filled journey in the fourth book, Moymoy Lulumboy: Mga Dulot ng Digmaan.

Moymoy Lulumboy is written by the renowned children’s book author, Segundo Matias, Jr., and illustrated by the artist-painter and children’s book illustrator Jomike Tejido.

Moymoy has been considered as the “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson” of the Philippines.

Moymoy has recently been an official part of Kapamilya, making all Moymoy Lulumboy fans anticipate the live-action rendition of our hero’s adventures. The contract signing between ABS-CBN executives and the creator-publisher of Moymoy Lulumboy was held last December 1, 2017.

MOYMOY LULUMBOY NOW A KAPAMILYA

Moymoy Lulumboy fans, rejoice! You can now look forward to an exciting live-action rendition of the beloved boy-aswang, hero of the popular series of books.

Last Friday, 1 December 2017, Moymoy became an official Kapamilya member through the ABS-CBN Universe. A memorandum of agreement was signed between a panel of ABS-CBN executives and the creator-publisher of the adventure novels.

ABS-CBN has a franchise development arm tasked to acquire properties to be developed as possible shows to be produced and aired on the channel. As an entry to ABS-CBN’s franchised properties, Moymoy books can now be developed into either a TV series, movies, soundtrack, digital pieces, merchandise, or attraction in its experience stores.

In the contract signing, the network was represented by Cory Vidanes, chief operating officer for broadcast; Cat Lopez-Uy, head of finance for the dynamic Access Group, which is in charge of the corporation’s latest popular products Mahiwagang Black Box and ABS-CBN Mobile; and Nandy Villar, head of Integrated Marketing (IM) at ABS-CBN Corporation.

Lampara Books, the book imprint under which the series of books is published, was represented by the creator of the popular character, Segundo D. Matias, Jr., who is also the founder and president of Lampara Publishing House, Inc. (LPHI).

Moymoy Lulumboy is an ongoing series of novels whose first book, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Batang Aswang, was published in 2014. Launched during the 35th Manila International Book Fair, the event coincided with the visit to the Philippines of notable English author of comic books and graphic novels, Neil Gaiman, who is familiar with Filipino folklore and promptly asked for a copy of the book, a request that was promptly heeded by an air-mail delivery of a copy of the book.

The book was eventually cited as one of the top ten books of 2014 by the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a review under its Arts and Books section. It was reviewed, among others, “a solid effort at further modernizing our own myths.”

As of this writing, the series has released three other installments: Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Nawawalang Birtud, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap kay Inay, and Moymoy Lulumboy: Mga Dulot ng Digmaan. More books are either already in the pipeline or planning stage.

All the books were illustrated by award-winning artist-painter and children’s book illustrator Jomike Tejido.

All four books have been certified best-sellers.

The character Moymoy is introduced as an infant left by a tibaro under the care of a human.

The novels follow his journeys back to his real world, the enchanted kingdom of Gabun, composed of magical creatures. His adventures evolve as he embarks to discovers his true identiy and of the world where he truly belongs.

Moymoy is considered the Philippines’ answer to British author J.K. Rowling’s wizard, Harry Potter, in addition to being also the Percy Jackson (the title character and narrator of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) of the Philippines.

The author, Segundo D. Matias, Jr., is an award-winning children’s book author, having won prizes from the Palanca and the PBBY-Salanga Prize. Aside from the Moymoy series, he has also written a series of children’s books about modern Philippine legends, vice, and mothers. He has written scripts for television as well as film. He is a member of the Writers’ Studio, a group of film and television writers, and is also the president and founder of LPHI’s sister publications, Precious Pages Corporation, Life is Beautiful Creatives, and Red Line Media among others.

He took up courses in Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino from the Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and is currently writing his thesis for his MA, a book in narrative form and geared for young adult readers, tentatively titled Mga Batang Pusit, about HIV-positive children.

 

LAMPARA BOOKS ANNOUNCES WINNERS IN CHILDREN’S STORY WRITING CONTEST

LAMPARA Publishing House, Inc. (LPHI) wishes to announce the winners in the recently concluded 2016 Annual Lampara Books Children’s Story Writing Contest.

Among the 123 entries, “Ang Bisita ni Lolo Lino” written by Mark Raywin S. Tome bagged the first prize. A resident of Tondo, Manila and a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Filipino from the Philippine Normal University, Tome, wins a cash prize of Php 30,000.00.

Mary Grace S. Borja, author of “Mga Basyong Bote sa Aparador ni Nanay” is the recipient of the second prize. She is a resident of Plaridel, Bulacan and graduate of Bulacan State University. Borja wins a cash prize of Php 15,000.00.

Each winner also receives a scroll of merit.

The board of jury was composed of Ms. Becky Bravo, award-winning children’s story writer and currently an editor-translator-writer at LPHI; Mr. Eugene Y. Evasco, Palanca Awards hall of famer, UP professor and award-winning author of children’s stories; and Mr. Segundo D. Matias, Jr., Palanca Award-winner for teleplay and children’s story and LPHI president and general manager.

The judging was held at the Lampara Publishing House, Inc. office in Quezon City, with DTI representative Narissa P. Torres, on December 23, 2016.

The story will be illustrated by the winner in the soon-to-be launched 6th Lampara Books Illustrator’s Prize, also sponsored by LPHI, and will be published by the company through its banner book imprint, Lampara Books.

Launched in 2011, the contest aims to find suitable stories for children for publication as illustrated children’s books by Lampara Publishing House, Inc.

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Moymoy Lulumboy Book 3 : Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay

 

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The continuation of the adventures of Moymoy Lulumboy, Ang Batang Aswang hit the shelves last September 17, 2016 in the 37th Manila International Book Fair. A grand launch was prepared to welcome back our little hero and his friends. Segundo D. Matias, Jr. and JomikeTejido once again teamed up in giving life to our country’s mythology and our little hero’s amazing adventure.

 

Moymoy Lulumboy, Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay is the series’ third installment, a follow up to the success release of the first book Moymoy Lulumboy, Ang Batang Aswang and the recent Moymoy Lulumboy, Ang Nawawalang Birtud.

 

If Ang Batang Aswang gave the readers a glimpse on the life of the tibaros and the problem they were facing, Ang Nawawalang Birtud gave the readers an action-packed search for the nawawalang birtud, the third book, Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay would definitely give you mixed emotions.

 

In Moymoy Lulumboy, Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay, the twins are reunited again, this time in search of their mother who they thought has left the world already. Sidetracked by their mission to get back the rest of the Ginto ng Buhay which Buhawan stole from the Apos, Moymoy and Alangkaw showed how they matured over the years. The depth in their character will give the readers a checkpoint of the good, the bad and what our lives are made of. It is a plus factor that the book tackled not just about family, friendship, love and sacrifice but also about the environment.

 

Get ready to laugh, cry, be amazed and discover love and the goodness in everyone in this book. Join Moymoy Lulumboy and his twin Alangkaw in their search for their mother, the Ginto ng Buhay, and the good within them.

Batang Lampara, Batang Kuwentista

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The third day of the 37th Manila International Book Fair was not a typical book fair. Lampara Books in partnership with Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) brought excitement in SMX Convention Center by bringing the final competition of Batang Lampara, Batang Kuwentista in the event. Now on its fifth year, the storytelling competition is considered as its biggest with over 400 participants. The elimination process lasted for 3 days. Soon after, a workshop was arranged for the 20 contestants and their coaches. Ten students filled category A—which are students from grades 1 to4—and another ten for category B, students from grades 5 to 7.

Ken Harvey V. Nicolas from Diliman Preparatory School bagged the first prize, bringing home a medal, a plaque and PHP 15,000.00 cash prize. Ken’s storytelling of Joseng Dalag from Mga Kuwento Ni Kuya Jun Series caught the attention of not just the judges but the rest of the crowd. Antonio Marquin C. Naciso from Nemesio I. Yabut Elementary School brought home the second prize. His winning piece Ang Munting Opisina ni Inay was told in a very engaging way that gave him his win. The third prize went to Paul Ceasar B. Pascual from MSA Whiz Kids Acadey, Inc. and his story Ang Lumang Aparador Ni Lola.

Category B of Batang Lampara, Batang Kuwentista was as exciting as the first category. India P. Beldia of Merriam College, storyteller of Ang Pambihirang Babaeng Hindi Umuupo brought home the first prize. She received a medal, a plaque and fifteen thousand pesos in cash. The storyteller of Gaano Ba Kalayo Patungong Paaralan? won the second prize. James Andrew Q. Relucio from Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar Elementary School brought the crowd in a journey thru his storytelling. Janine M. Urag from Padre Gomez Elementary School won the third prize. She brought to life the character of Kulasa from the story Eto na si Kulasa.

This year’s competition was indeed one of the highlights of the book fair. True to its tagline, Batang Matalino, Batang Masigla, Batang Lampara, Lampara Books together with PETA helped in showcasing the talent of this generation. Lampara Books is thankful to those who have been part of the event and looking forward for the 6th year of the competition, discovering more Batang Lampara.