#CursedChildPH: The Release Party

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Six more days until the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

On Sunday, July 31st, the official Box-Opening Ceremony is at 7:01 am, and the release party is at 11:00 am at National Book Store, Glorietta 1.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: What We Know

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Sans spoilers, of course.

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Review: Bumasa at Lumaya 2

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In celebration of the 33rd National Children’s Book Day, I received a review copy of the second edition of “Bumasa at Lumaya 2: A Sourcebook on Children’s Literature in the Philippines,” edited by Ani Rosa Almario, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, and Ramon C. Sunico.

I encountered the first “Bumasa at Lumaya” (1994) book in college while I was doing research for my thesis, which was about the process of creating a children’s book.  The Rizal Library had a copy of the book, and while I appreciated the context it provided me of the Philippine children’s book industry, the year was 2005 and I had to rely mainly on articles I could find online for more recent  articles I could use as reference.

This second volume comes as a much needed update on the first, an essential sourcebook for students, teachers, writers, illustrators and other children’s content creators, publishers, and generally anyone who is involved or interested in Philippine children’s books.

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Bumasa at Lumaya: 33rd National Children’s Book Day

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July is the month for Filipino children’s books, with the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) celebrated on the third Tuesday of the month. With this year’s theme, “Bumasa at Lumaya,” the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, honors book creators and promotes reading among the young with a series of events.

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.

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Seveneves

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Our book for the month over at Flips Flipping Pages is Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves,” which is quite a doorstopper so I carved out time a couple of weeks ago to read it.

It begins quite ominously: “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason,” which basically is a drawn-out disaster scenario, where fragments of the moon are set to rain down on Earth in around two years, rendering it inhabitable for 5,000 years. Evacuation into space is determined as the best hope for humanity, and the world’s powers and scientists quickly assemble the Cloud Ark. The International Space Station is transformed into a hub for smaller vehicles (arklets), to house two representatives from each nation, as well as a handful of specialists to ensure the survival of the human race.

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