Last July 11, the PBBY officers and board members met at the Kapitan Cafe, Kapitan Moy building in Marikina City to finalize plans for the 26th National Children's Book Day. This is the first time that PBBY will have the celebration of NCBD (National Children's Book Day) outside Manila. Only three venues were used in the past -- CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines), TNL (The National Library) and Museo Pambata. This year's theme focus on leadership and readership thus, the NCBD poster boasts of this slogan - Readers Make Good Leaders!
Marikina has taken a great interest on literacy promotion. The whole month of July promises to be a fun-filled month of reading, writing and interactive activities for children and literacy advocates. There is more to Marikina than just shoes, really. In fact, I was there twice last week to visit a librarian friend who is working in the city's Ka-Angkan History Foundation. If you want your genealogy traced, pay the center a visit and you might just discover your roots leading you to a popular celebrity or historical figure in the past.
Going back to NCBD matters, the Salanga and Alcala Prizes will be awarded during the opening ceremonies on July 21, 2009 at the Marikina Convention Center. Here's a photo of the winning Alcala by Ferdinand Guevara. His interpretation of Garlitos' wining Salanga, Ang Higante Sa Aming Bahay was done in 3D art.