In Uncategorized on October 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm
We’d like to welcome aboard Mariel Vera Go, our chapter’s Assistant Events and Publicity Coordinator. Mariel is a graphic designer, illustrator and writer who is published in collaborative works like the WWF Workbook Climate Change Changes Everything and the Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) anthology, Mga Tambay sa Tabi-Tabi.
She is a New Client Implementation Manager in a proudly Philippine-owned global design BPO. Enjoying the experience of client interaction, widened travel horizons and working with high-caliber professionals has been unmatched. However, with new interests to pursue, she prefers to consult. She is focused on carving a niche in Children and YA Publishing through SCBWI and Ang INK, plus exploring storytelling for children and the elderly.
We look forward to having Mariel join us in planning and implementing our various plans for distinctively SCBWI Philippine events in children’s & YA books. We’re so happy to have Mariel, so now there’s five in our team: Nikki Torres, Assistant Regional Advisor; Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Chapter Advisory Board Member; Karina Bolasco, Chapter Advisory Board Member; Beaulah Taguiwalo, Regional Advisor; and Mariel Vera Go, Assistant Events and Publicity Coordinator. — BPT
In Uncategorized on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm
You could see it in her smile. Lorelie was delighted with her find at a local university bookstore—Maya: Mga Tulang Pambata (Maya: Children’s Poems) by Emilio Mar Antonio. Opening the book revealed black and white ink drawings and verses that followed a fixed rhyming meter. She hoped the book would help her hone her skills as a budding poet. Beaulah pointed out that Lorelie herself writes really well in Filipino, based on the stories she shared in earlier Booktalks. We encouraged Lorelie to try different styles and discover her own voice.
Beaulah then talked about one of her favorites among the latest crop of children’s books by award-winning authors for the book series Gig Seafarers Children’s Stories: Hello, Tatay written by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz and illustrated by Ang InK member Aldy C. Aguirre. Delicate watercolors and child-like sensibilities really set Aldy apart. On each spread he had a surprise for the reader. For example, a tiny blue-roofed house sits beside the boy who is on the phone with his overseas father. As his father talked, the boy’s imagination ran wild through the bright red telephone connecting them. Beaulah also shared the good news that the publisher has agreed to widen the distribution of the series and made it available to the general public on Amazon! What an excellent way to reach out to the world!
I guess I truly piqued the group’s curiosity when I said, “I kept the receipt from Barnes & Noble to show you.” Aside from the usual items purchased, there was a Recommended Reading List attached—from the very helpful (and knowledgeable!) B&N Staffer who helped me pick out some good books for my 8 y/o niece!
I originally wanted to give her Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are but my cousin warned that she might find it too scary. So I asked the staffer for help. I ended up getting Book #1 in this horse set, plus a Ramona book about sisters. I also bought Book #10, the last of the horse set for myself because of its gorgeous charcoal illustrations. I’m hoping if Annie likes the first book and keeps reading, we’ll be able to swap stories and meet halfway! This sparked a discussion on parental discretion in choosing readers for young, impressionable minds. I agreed with Beaulah: reasonable open-mindedness is the way to go.
Before wrapping up, the three of us decided to work on our book club’s entry for the “Skype with Neil Gaiman” contest. A previous Booktalk featured author, JB Gamboa, had generously shared the news. So we were excited to compose our three curious questions about Gaiman’s novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I took out my laptop and we visited the website. The deadline was on October 1, nearly a month away. Plenty of time! We carefully checked the number of characters allowed in the submission box: 150 characters to explain why we wanted to Skype with Neil; 350 characters for the questions themselves. So far, so good! I turned the page to the Official Rules . . . and read, to our dismay: “The Sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the United States . . . .” Ah, well. C’est la vie. — Mariel Vera Go, SCBWI Philippines Assistant Events and Publicity Coordinator
In Uncategorized on September 18, 2013 at 8:15 am
On Monday 2013 August 12, we pored over and discussed several copies of Carancal children’s books. These are a set of books written by Rene O. Villanueva, illustrated by Kora Dandan-Albano, and published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc. Aside from the Carancal books, one attendee, Eileen Benedicto from Iloilo, talked about one of her favorite children’s books.—BPT