Thursday, September 27, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Sinagot ni G. Evasco ang mga tanong ukol sa bago nilang antolohiya ni G. Segundo "Jun" Matias na may pamagat na Antolohiya ng mga Radikal na Kuwentong Pambata: Baklas, Piglas at Hulagpos (Lampara Books, 2018).
1. Ano ang nagbigay ng inspirasyon o motibo para sa antolohiya?
Nais naming makapag-ambag ng bago para sa panitikang pambata ng ating lipunan. Marami na tayong nalikhang mga alamat, retelling, at mga kontemporanyong kuwento na nagpapakita ng danas at suliranin ng mga bata. Ngunit napansin namin na may kulang pa. Kailangan ng tapang at kapangahasan sa pagsulat ng kuwento na tumatalakay sa mga sensitibong usapin at inilalahok ang bata sa pakikibaka tungo sa makatarungan, ligtas, at payapang lipunan. Ang antolohiya ay simula pa lamang ng aming proyekto na makapanghikayat sa mga manunulat para sa bata na ilahok ang mga usaping panlipunan sa kanilang mga sulatin.
Nagsimula ang ideya sa klase namin ni Jun Matias sa MA Malikhaing Pagsulat sa UP Diliman. Proyekto nila sa klase ang mag-edit at makalikha ng antolohiya. Sayang ang proyekto kung ito’y akademikong gawain lamang. Maraming magagandang kuwentong nailahok sa proyekto. Pinagyaman namin ito sa pamamagitan ng pambansang call for contribution. Nagulat kami sa dami ng nag-ambag ng mga maiikling katha. Kaya ang isang antolohiya ay pinagpasyahang maging tatlong bolyum. Natutuwa kami sa reception at sa tugon ng mga mambabasa sa mga aklat. Mabenta ito sa nakaraang Manila International Book Fair. Tingin namin, handa na ang lipunan sa mga pangahas at radikal na panitikang pambata.
2. Bakit antolohiya ng maikling kuwento ang napiling anyo?
Ito ang napili namin dahil ito ang pinakaraniwang anyo ng panitikang pambata na kailangan ng push o hikayat na umunlad pa at umusbong ang potensiyal. Sa ibang anyo gaya ng tula, pinag-iisipan namin ito.
Malaking pagsubok sa mga manunulat ang pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng panahon. Tapos na ang panahon na hindi nakikisangkot ang mga manunulat para sa bata sa mga suliranin at usaping panlipunan. Napupulaan ang panitikang pambata dahil tila ba wala itong pakialam, masyadong safe, “masyadong wholesome,” gaya ng sinasabi ng mga kritiko.
4. Mensahe para sa mga babasa at magbabasa ng Antolohiya
Ang proyektong ito ay unang hakbang pa lamang. Unang tangka ito sa makalipunang pagsulat para sa bata. Nawa’y makahanap ng inspirasyon ang maraming manunulat sa mga aklat na ito.
Mabibili ang antolohiya sa Precious Pages Bookstore na may mga sangay sa mga SM Malls sa Metro Manila at piling siyudad sa Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
I was commissioned by KMJS Program Manager LJ Castel to write a children’s story tackling child porn to supplement their special documentary on the subject. I think it’s a fantastic concept— to present a very heavy and sensitive subject matter and intersperse it with a light, colorful, whimsical take that will make the whole presentation more compelling/interesting to a wider audience market. More importantly, it will help attract the younger age group whom we also want to target and enlighten about the sad plight of these children of cyberporn. (after airing: it worked! A lot of twitter fans took note that the concept of mixing the ‘heavy/serious and light/colorful’ made it more accessible to the audiences, even to young children. I read a comment that his 6-yr old was engrossed watching, and asking questions that were not clear to her, which was good!)
While I was reading through the voluminous research materials sent to me by the program, I came across this interview of an eighteen year old recounting the harrowing experiences she went through when she fell victim to cyberporn at the tender age of eight. She said: ‘hindi ko po alam na mali pala ginagawa ko… na nabibiktima na pala ako… ang alam ko lang, kumikita ako ng pera, nakakatulong ako sa amin.”This became my inspiration for ‘Nina Inocente.’
How did you conduct research for this project?
I have already written quite a number of children’s books tackling sensitive topics and children in difficult circumstances like: “Ang Lihim ni Lea” (on incest/child sexual abuse), ‘Mantsa’ (on verbal abuse), ‘Isang Harding Papel’ (on Martial Law), ‘Xilef’ (on dyslexia), ‘Batang Historyador’ series (historical fiction set during different historical periods) and others. And always, research plays an important part of pre-writing stage. Aside from all the research materials and interviews provided to me, I also brushed up on a lot of online articles and books on child porn, psychology, therapy, etc., as well as on other reported cases. I also consulted some Cebuano-speaking writer-friends on some of the Cebuano terms that I intended to use in the story.
This is not your first story on a sensitive issue regarding children. What metaphors came up that formed Nina and characters in the story?
In tackling such sensitive topics, the challenge is always to come up with a story that young audience can easily relate to, with a character that’s compelling and memorable. Nina is not your typical pa-sweet, goody two-shoes little girl— she’s boyish, makulit, rough, techie-mahilig sa computer, active imagination, but also loves to play with dolls. Many kids love playing RPG or role-playing games on the computer, so I made use of that. The ironic thing is it was also the device used by the computer shop owner, Ate Guwapa, who was like a wicked Pied Piper who lured her unsuspecting victims into the vicious web of cyberporn. The recurring image of the Sto. Nino in the story was utilized not for religious but for symbolic purposes— like a ‘silent witness’ to the ongoing abuses and exploitation of ‘niños inocentes’ or innocent children.
What is the purpose of this kind of storytelling, where fictional charcaters are meshed with real people and events? Will it solve issues and problems, particulalry the exploitation of children?
A simple story cannot claim to ‘help address (or even solve) this problem on child pornography.’ But it serves a two-pronged purpose:
Nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob kapag nakita ng mga batang biktima na hindi sila nag-iisa, at may iba ring mga batang may parehong pinagdadaanan; kung kinaya ng bidang ma-overcome, kaya rin nila.
Kapag ine-expose natin ang mga bata sa iba’t ibang karanasan, na kakaiba sa kanilang mga sariling karansan, pinalalawak natin ang kanilang pagtanggap at pag-unawa; sa vicarious experience, natuturuan silang mag-isip, maging kritikal, magtanong tungkol sa mga complex issues; at ine-empower din natin sila para alam nila ang mga dapat gawin kung sakaling malagay sila sa parehong sitwasyon.
Augie Rivera will give a talk on Using Children’s Literature for Learning About History at the Benitez Hall, UP Diliman on September 29, 2018, 1-4PM.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Si Genaro ay may dalawang aklat pambata na inilathala ng Lampara Books. Book signing niya sa Linggo, Setyembre 16, 2018 sa Manila Intetnational Book Fair.
Friday, September 14, 2018
|The MP Mobile Library is at rest in the museum grounds.|
Charlot Cachuela, MP's librarian and resident storyteller tells us more about the mobile library's history, activities and future projects.
How did the mobile library begin?
The Mobile Library had its beginning in 1995, shortly after the opening of Museo Pambata. In fulfillment of the museum’s thrust to promote literacy, staff members and volunteers regularly visited underserved areas in Manila aboard a Tamaraw FX carrying 50 books and a simple sign that read "Museo Pambata Mobile Library". From then on, the advocacy program continues to serve to Filipino children especially when it finally had a real mobile library van.
What are its programs, schedule of visits to communities and activities?
The main goal of the project is to provide reading materials to children who doesn't have an access to books and from there encourage them to read. Thus we do, storytelling enhanced with arts and crafts. There is also an allotted time for reading the books. Different workshops, such as storytelling, creative facilitation and establishing reading centers are among the activities being provided to the volunteers and community leaders who are interested with the project. The mobile library visits communities every Saturday but can have activities on a weekdays during school breaks.
|Charlot telling a story to kids in Museo Pambata|
Why is it still operational? Name factors that have been helpful for you and the MP mobile library to function?
Through all the support from the people who believe in the project, whether they are sponsors, volunteers, community leaders, parents and friends, the mobile library van still rolling its wheels. The project will continuously serve the children as long as needed. The organization seeks funds to keep it moving. Collaborating with interested local government units and schools also make to the project sustain.
What are the future plans or activities of the MP Mobile Library?
One of our dreams is to make a smaller mobile library van which can go along narrow streets of Manila. We cannot bring the big bus into smaller communities because of its size plus its old already, serving us for 14 years. A new look, a new vehicle in the future to reach more children.
Visit the Museo Pambata website and FB Page for updates on activities and projects for kids and children's rights advocate.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
|Our featured new books for the month of September|
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
- Isa rin sa aking paborito noon pa man ay ang mga Pabula ni Esopo. Naalala ko pa noong akoy bata pa na lagi akong binabasahan at kinukwentuhan ng aking ina. Kahit pay itoy paulit-ulit nang naikwekwento. Ngayon dahil sa akoy may sarili ng pamilya at may sarili na ring mga anak ako na ang siyang nagkukwento ito sa kanila.
Monday, September 3, 2018
|Melai has found her center in storytelling!|
Kailan at paano mo nalaman na isa kang storyteller?
|Melai in action. At a storytelling event in Bangkok, Thailand.|
Melai's activities in storytelling can be read through her Facebook account. Check Kwentista Ramirez and discover the many services and programs she help conduct in the National Library of the Philippines.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Ino the Invincible is a story of friendship and what we Filipinos are so crazy for, basketball! There is no brawl in the story, only sportsmanship. Kindness and decency too. Three things in short supply these days. So, if you believe in these values and in building lasting friendships through sports get a copy at the MIBF and read the book aloud to a child or to a class.
Do support our Filipino book industry, especially our local publishers of children's books, as there are many titles out this MIBF season.
Here's a throwback post on Ino the Invincible including a back story. See you at the MIBF!