Cleanse Your Feed With Whimsical Works by Filipino Illustrators

They're for National Children's Book Day!

(SPOT.ph) In July 1889, Jose Rizal published a version of an Ilocano fable called “The Turtle and the Monkey” in Trübner's Oriental Record in England. It’s believed to have given rise to what we now know as Philippine children’s literature, a milestone that’s commemorated every third Tuesday of July with National Children’s Book Day. This year, Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan has organized a series of events along with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People—among them, an online art exhibit featuring the whimsical works of some of the most talented young Filipino artists right now.

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Titled Kapit: Sa Pagbabasa, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa, the online art exhibit is a showcase of illustrations by Pinoy artists on Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan’s (Ang INK) roster, including Robert Alejandro, Abi Goy, and Liza Flores. The exhibit will run alongside Bagong Pahina, which features works by Ang INK members from books recently released by publishing houses like Little & Brown and Scholastic Asia. Both exhibits will run from July 21 to August 31 on the Ang INK website.

"Usiserong mga Hayop" by Robert Alejandro, from Kapit
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"Let's go" by Aldy C. Aguirre, from Kapit
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"Never alone" by Abi Goy, from Kapit
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"Matandang Matabang Pusa" by Felix Mago Miguel, from Kapit
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"Sakto Lang" by Domz Agsaway, from Bagong Pahina
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"Maaanghang Na Salita" by Beth Parrocha, from Bagong Pahina
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"Sayaw ni Dayaw" by Harry Monzon, from Bagong Pahina
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Aside from the online exhibit, Ang INK will also be hosting a couple of other online events: Liwanagan will be an online discussion about illustrating books with difficult topics. Fran Alvarez, Angela Taguiang, Domz Agsaway, Jomike Tejido, and Rommel Joson will be participating in the chat to be held via Facebook Live on July 22 at 3 p.m. Tara, Guhit Tayo! will be an online tutorial on how to draw characters from some of the most well-loved Filipino children’s books, to be led by Beth Parrocha and Liza Flores. Catch it on July 23 at 3 p.m.

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Looking for more things to do while stuck at home? A collection of 20 new books illustrated by members of Ang INK will be available to read for free until July 28 via BuriBooks.com. The Philippine Board on Books for Young People has online events planned too—just check out their Facebook page.

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For more information on Ang INK’s events throughout July for National Children’s Book Day, log on to the Ang INK website.

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