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The 4th National Children's Book Awards
19 July 2016

PBBY

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), are happy to present the seven winners of the 4th National Children's Book Awards. The awards given this year are for children's and young adult books published in 2014 and 2015.

The 2016 Best Reads (as well as the citations written by the judges) are as follows:

Dumaan si Butiki

Dumaan si Butiki
Written by Gigi Constantino
Illustrated by Ray Sunga
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Sino ang mag-aakala na eksayting ang paglalakbay ng isang butiki? Sobrang nakaaaliw ang pagsulpot-sulpot, sa kung saan-saang bahagi ng bahay, ng butiki sa kuwento. Ang simpleng teksto ay nagamit pa upang ituro ang konsepto ng kabaliktaran sa paraang kaaya-aya, kung kaya hindi ka magsasawa sa pagsubaybay sa lahat ng dinaanan ni Butiki.

Citation written by judge Kristine Canon

 

Halu Halo

Haluhalo
Illustrated by Eli F. Camacho
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Ang aklat na ito ay kompleto sa sangkap puwera lang sa salita. Marami itong iba't ibang kulay, siksik sa tamis, at umaapaw sa aliw. Kung sa bagay, ano pa ba ang kailangang sabihin kung kitang-kita naman at madaling maintindihan ng bata man o matanda ang paggawa at pagkain ng haluhalo? Haaay! Ang sarap ulit-ulitin ng pagbabasa sa nalikhang aklat ni Eli F. Camacho na Haluhalo.

Citation written by judge Kristine Canon

 

Mang Andoy's Signs

Mang Andoy's Signs
Written by Mailin Paterno
Illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Published by Ilaw ng Tahanan, Inc.

We see it everywhere. A crowd of funny, wise, vulgar, and ridiculous words and phrases rendered in bold strokes and colorful letters. But as the sight becomes too familiar, the messages they convey are soon ignored. Thus it is refreshing to read Mailin Paterno's simple story about a billboard maker who turned harsh warnings into gentle reminders. Isabel Roxas complemented it with her signature whimsical illustrations using bright splashes of color and chaotic spreads that actually make sense. Together, they created Mang Andoy's Signs, a delightful book for both children and adults. This book truly deserves a sign of its own saying: "Simply marvelous!"

Citation written by judge Cecilia Picache

 

Salusalo para kay Kuya

Salusalo para kay Kuya
Written by Ergoe Tinio
Illustrated by JC Galag
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Masarap maging bahagi ng pamilyang Filipino. Malaki at maingay pero masaya. Para bang ibinalik ako sa pagkabata ng Salusalo para kay Kuya. Naaalala ko noong bata pa ako, kapag kaarawan ko na ay sabik na sabik akong gumising nang maaga para buksan ang aking mga regalo. Ramdam mo rin ang pagmamahal ng buong pamilya sa kanilang kaanak sa kuwento. Sa bawat pahina, nangungusap ang mapinpintog na pisngi ng mga tauhan, abala sa paghahanda sa isang salusalo, pero masaya pa rin ang lahat. Ipinapaalala nito na dapat tayong maging katulad ni Bubuy Boy, na umiiyak ng bahaghari, na kahit na parang may iniwan na malaking butas ang ating kaanak kapag sila ay pumanaw na, kailangan tayong maging malakas at puno ng pag-asa, at sariwain ang mga inspirasyong iniwan nila.

Salamat Ergoe Tinio, JC Galag, at Adarna House sa mahusay na kuwento!

Citation written by judge Troy Lacsamana

 

Supremo

Supremo
Written by Xi Zuq
Illustrated by Al Estrella
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Supremo is an engaging read. This heartwarming story takes you back to the good old days when you felt lucky to have a best friend and you felt tingled upon seeing your crush. Its flowing language, realistic plot, and catchy illustrations come together to give you one unforgettable ride. It makes you laugh out loud; it makes you stop and think; it even manages to make you shed tears. And, just when you start thinking you've had it all, it reminds you of your social responsibility-without pushing it down your throat forcibly. Kids will love this, and adults will enjoy it, too. Supreme, indeed!

Citation written by judge Prof. Portia Padilla

 

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon
Written by Edgar Calabia Samar
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon is a captivating tale of a young boy's courage amidst the enveloping darkness in his life. Edgar Calabria Samar pulls us into a world of mysterious events and frightening characters from Philippine folklore. He expertly weaves in elements from role-playing video games, a concept that connects with young readers (and to gamers of all ages). This book takes us on a rollercoaster ride full of adventure, suspense, and danger.

Finally, a hero like Janus Sílang claims his space in our imagination. He rises above the challenges and gives hope-a bright star leading us out of the darkness.

Citation written by judge Dan Matutina

 

Kids' Choice Awards given out for the second time

This is also the second time that the NCBA recognizes books chosen by a group of kid judges. The winner for this year was Made Perfect in Weakness, written by Didith Rodrigo, illustrated by Patricia Lascano, and published by The Bookmark, Inc.

Made Perfect in Weakness

Here are the young judges' citations for Made Perfect in Weakness:

Ang nagustuhan ko sa Made in Perfect Weakness ay 'yung story niya kasi kahit she's blind at tinutukso, hindi siya sumuko at siya ay nakapagtapos.

Citation written by judge Althea Hazel Fresno

Kahit po na bulag siya, hindi siya tumigil sa pag-aaral. At parehas kami ng favorite subject.

Citation written by judge Sean Kirby Cruz

Hindi hadlang ang kapansanan sa pag-aaral.

Citation written by judge Ricmel Padon

Kasi po nag-work hard siya para makuha yung goal niya.

Citation written by judge Yasuyuki Avendaño

Dahil hindi hadlang ang kapansanan sa pag-aaral. At may aral din tayong makukuha sa kuwento na kahit hindi tayo perpekto, kailangan nating magsikap.

Citation written by judge Alizza Tolentino

 

The kid judges also chose nine finalists for the Kids' Choice Award.

Marvino's League of Superheroes
Written by Rae Rival-Cosico
Illustrated by Jamie Bauza
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

This is a nice story about Marvino going to a museum, but he doesn't have the money for it. But then he befriends the one who owns the museum, but he doesn't know it. What I like about this is that, if you see a good sculpting, you can draw it, just like how Marvino did.

Citation written by judge Horacio Rafael de Peralta

Made Perfect in Weakness
Written by Didith Rodrigo
Illustrated by Patricia Lascano
Published by The Bookmark, Inc.

This book tells kids that their own weaknesses can make them even better. It teaches kids that weakness doesn't make you a failure.

Citation written by judge Horacio Rafael de Peralta

Big Sister
Written by Zarah Gagatiga
Illustrated by Ruben de Jesus
Published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc.

This book teaches kids that an older sibling may be annoying, but some point in time, they will need an older sibling. As said in the book, "My friends can keep me company, I know, but my big sister is special." And, "She may annoy me sometimes, but she can be loyal and loving."

Citation written by judge Rafael Varela

Si Andoy, Batang Tondo
Written by Mark Anthony Angeles
Illustrated by Ray Nazarene Sunga
Published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc.

This book teaches kids to help others without being told to do so.
Citation written by judge Rafael Varela

Happy Home 1: Coming Home
Written by Grace Chong
Illustrated by Leo Kempis Ang
Published by OMF Literature-Hiyas

Coming Home was chosen as a book in the Top 9 because of its touching story about an orphan boy coming to terms with living with his new family. The story is seen from the younger children's perspective and it definitely shows just how lucky millions of kids are. The moral and the plot come together in a way that is both educational and lovable.

Citation written by judge Alon Luna Fabros

Uncle Sam
Written by Segundo Matias, Jr.
Illustrated by Jason Moss
Published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc.

Uncle Sam was chosen as a book in the Top 9 because of its insight on the LGBT community through a child's eyes whilst still keeping with a colorful theme and a plot that is sure to make readers love the book. The book brings along a story that makes young people, who feel as if they are different, more at home. Plus, it's in both English and Filipino.

Citation written by judge Alon Luna Fabros

I Will Always Love You More
Written by Peachy Concepcion
Illustrated by Joel Chua
Published by Anvil Publishing, Inc.

This book was chosen to be in the Top 9 because it assures kids that whatever they do, their parents will always love and support them. The book shows that even though the mom misses her daughter's hugs and kisses, she accepted that her daughter was already growing and her ways are changing. She supported her daughter's decisions and promised that she will always be there for her no matter what.

Citation written by judge Pheonna Heart Ragasa

Nawawala si Muningning
Written by Michael M. Coroza
Illustrated by Tokwa Peñaflorida
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

This book was chosen to be in the Top 9 because it was very accurate in showing how cat owners feel when their cats are missing and how they imagined what happened to their cats while they were missing. It was also very relatable, like how cat owners can relate to how the boy felt when his cat was missing and how it frightened him so much.

Citation written by judge Pheonna Heart Ragasa

Salusalo para kay Kuya
Written by Ergoe Tinio
Illustrated by JC Galag
Published by Adarna House, Inc.

It taught me that no matter what happens, we should continue our life by keeping and treasuring the good and happy memories of our loved ones, because everything happens for a reason.

We also need to be strong to make our dreams come true by making our loved ones our inspiration. It's good for children because of its illustration that can get the children's interest, and its simple words make the story great.

Citation written by judge Apriel Beltran

 

This year's NCBA was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The NBDB and PBBY started awarding the NCBA in 2010, to honor significant children's books, created through the perfect marriage of text and illustrations.