#NCBD2015, in photos

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Pardon the week-long lull, it’s been a busy week! The National Children’s Book Day festivities just wrapped up — #NCBD2015 was a blast!

I’m still in recovery mode (haha and yeah, I’m planning more shenanigans next week), so here’s how I celebrated NCBD, in photos.

Tuesday was the Philippine Children’s Book Summit, and I woke up bright and early (haha, I am rarely awake so early, but Centris is faaar) to joing Dr. Kat Gutierrez and Xi Zuq for our panel on “Why Adults Should Read Children’s Books”:

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It was a fun topic for us panelists, and we had a good turnout — there were no more seats inside our function room, and it seemed the audience had a good time.

Stayed the rest of the afternoon to catch some talks I was interested in.

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In “Dangerous Poetry for Young Readers,” award-winning poet Mariko Nagai, author of “Dust of Eden” explored the genre of novel in verse, honoring the past through literature, and dealing with sensitive issues in children’s literature.

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“New Ways of Bringing Books for Readers” was a session that showcased two successful initiatives that work: Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library, and the Library Renewal Program. I’m definitely suggesting these programs for our book club to volunteer at in the coming months.

IMG_5830I also enjoyed children’s book illustrator Wen Dee Tan’s book on wordless picture books, which are a special interest of mine. While the examples she gives are books I am well-acquainted with, I like the ideas she proposed about visual literacy, and how she explored the potential of a purely visual format. There was also an interesting discussion on the practical uses of visual literacy, which I agree is more relevant now, when kids are bombarded with so many visuals.

Last Saturday, I was over at the NCBD Fair at the Rizal Library with my book club, Flips Flipping Pages, where we set up a booth and also conducted a storytelling session and book discussion.

I spent the previous night with fellow Flippers Gege and Shani in preparation for the fair — we had to prepare materials for our booth, Shani and Gege were throwing ideas on the part of the book discussion which introduces our book club, and I was determined to create a costume for the fair. We didn’t get much sleep (maybe two hours?), but we were fairly successful on all fronts.

I came as Kuting Magiting, one of my favorite Filipino kidlit characters:

IMG_5871 We barely made it in time for ingress (phew!).

Thanks to the Flippers who did the preliminary setup, all that was left to do was put up the backdrop:
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Lay out our merch:

11781828_1875779795980385_95782436345365904_nAnd we were pretty much good to go:

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We had a book-cover design activity at our booth, which ensured we had a steady stream of visitors:

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I was the designated booth minder so I didn’t get to go to the “Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu” discussion, but from what they told me, the kids from Escopa had a blast. And it looks like it, based on the photos!

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Joko took care of the storytelling, and moderated the discussion.NCBD - Haze
Author Nanoy Rafael and illustrator Sergio Bumatay also joined the discussion:

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11703336_1875785322646499_7659279544949991206_nAnd huhu, I wish I was in this photo:
11742667_1875786395979725_3025416586460812537_n (1)Meanwhile, upstairs at the fair, we had a visit from Heneral Basa:

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PBBY chair Tarie kept us company on her shift at the raffle box:

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Franny of Tahanan wandered over:

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And I did a (teensy) bit of wandering on my own:

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Later that afternoon, we awarded the winners of our book cover design contest — we had so many entries it was difficult to choose a winner!

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It’s great how two bookish things I am passionate about — book clubs and kidlit — converged in one event. It was an awesome, awesome day!

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On to #NCBD2016! :)

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2 Responses to #NCBD2015, in photos

  1. Xi Zuq says:

    Yehey, Blooey! Kita-kits sa susunod na NCBD celebration. :]

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