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Filipino Classic Works Now On Booklat

The good news is that Booklat, the free-reading site based in the Philippines, has included four classic Filipino works in its lineup of reading materials on its site.

Recently uploaded are Jose Rizal’s “Noli me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo,” Francisco Balagtas’ “Florante at Laura,” and “Ibong Adarna.”

The four titles, though required reading in Philippine junior high school, are a must-have in every true-blooded Filipino’s bucket list.

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“Noli” and “Fili” are Rizal’s twin indictment against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines; “Florante at Laura” tells of the determined romance of a duke and a princess as they flee from a usurper count; “Ibong Adarna” is about an eponymous bird being pursued by three brothers.

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To access any or all the titles, type www.booklat.com.ph on the yahoo search engine.

They are also available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Dubbed as “Filipino Writers’ Hub,” Booklat is essentially a domain where creative and literary people—writers and readers—meet and interact with one another. It enjoins writers to send in their works on any topic under any genre, either in Tagalog, Engish or Taglish, for evaluation for eventual print publication.

Visit Booklat now—and spread the good news. 

Lampara Art Fest: A First Of Many

Many were surprised as to how Lampara Books has never mounted its own art festival until now. Indeed, the surprise was valid, seeing as how we, as a publishing house, have gathered and published so many stories penned and illustrated by some of the Philippines’ most prolific and talented. Though we did dabble and join some festivals in the past to showcase our books and stories, we always thought that we wouldn’t know how to mount our own. However, the success of the event told us otherwise—we knew what we were supposed to do, we just had to do it.

And so the first-ever Lampara Art Fest was born, where independent artists under Ang INK (Ilustrador Ng Kabataan) could come together to showcase their art directly to their intended market: the kids.

We also took this opportunity to launch a new book under Lampara Books: “Ang Bangkang Tutong,” a folk tale from the indigenous Isneg, reimagined by author Eugene Y. Evasco, and masterfully illustrated by art director Brent Sabas. The book itself was read and performed live by renowned storyteller Mark Boquiren, who himself is an author published by Lampara Books.

Apart from the book launch and showcase of children’s art, we wanted the event to be both kid- and parent-friendly. Workshops were conducted and facilitated by Beth Parrocha, Rev Cruz, and Mark Boquiren, much to the delight of the kids, who were able to bring home the things they created, as reminders to themselves (and everyone else) that age is not an indicator of creativity nor imagination.

All in all, despite being the first, the event was a success, and we’re motivated to mount one again soon, with more artists, more illustrations, and more surprises!

Watch the highlights from last Saturday’s event on our official YouTube channel here:

Were you able to join us during our first-ever #LamparaArtFest? Let us know your favorite moments in the comments below!

“Ang Bangkang Tutong,” Written By Eugene Evasco And Illustrated By Brent Sabas

Orihinal itong isinulat ni Eugene Evasco para sa “Ang Bangkang Tutong.”

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Kuwento ng magkaibigang daga at ibon ang nilalaman ng aklat. Ngunit hindi pagkakaibigan ang pangunahing aral kundi ang halaga ng pakikinig.

Bilang isang guro, lagi’t lagi kong idinidiin ang halaga nito–sa mga lektura, sa mga anunsiyo, at sa mga payo at mahahalagang punto. Katambal ng pakikinig ang paggalang. May idiomang Pinoy na tumutukoy sa uri ng pakikinig na hindi pinahahalagahan ang isang natanggap na mensahe–ang taingang-kawali.

Mahalaga ang pakikinig upang magsilbing gabay sa sinoman.

Maraming tunggalian ngayon ang malulunasan ng pakikinig sa sentimiyento sa magkakaibang panig. Maraming hindi pagkakaunawaan ang maiiwasan kapag isinagawa ang pakikinig. Mas magiging payapa at magaan ang buhay kung tatalasan lamang ang pakikinig.

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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.

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.