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There’s no stopping National Children’s Book Day

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Typhoon “Glenda” may have temporarily upset all plans for the 31st National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) festivities on the third Tuesday of July, but booklovers like the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are never that easily discouraged. So what’s a minor setback wrought by the weather? The logical course of action was to look at the next Tuesday, July 22, for the planned book fair of Philippine titles.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Brother Armin’s love story

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It was an unusual morning of launches at last week’s “Booklatan sa Eskwela: Tuloy ang Basa” at the Makati Elementary School Library Hub. Booklatan is a regular reading outreach program of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with the local government and similarly committed nongovernment organizations to call attention yet again to the importance of reading and the urgency of making books available, especially to public school children. For how else can we foster an appreciation (take note that I am restraining myself, and not even talking about a love for reading) for books?

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Alternative Publishing 101

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The Limbag Kapihan for writers, artists, editors and translators drew a crowd eager to know “what’s next, now that my manuscript is ready to become a book?” Organized as part of a continuing series by the National Book Development Board with its stakeholders, the forum was scheduled on the heels of other gatherings with publishers, booksellers, authors, literary editors, and more recently, librarians. A bright and much-needed idea conceived and implemented by executive director Graciela M. Cayton and her deputy, Camille V. de la Rosa.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Teach the student, not the curriculum

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Forty-five incoming Grade 3 teachers took their oath at the Teach for the Philippines (TFP) graduation ceremony of the 2014 Cohort two days before classes began for the public schools. As if the rigorous selection process they underwent—the nine-week summer institute in Dagupan immersing them in pedagogy and the actual practicum in nearby public schools—were not thorough initiation enough.

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No substitute for ‘black marks’ on a page

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When Joseph O’Reilly, the UK-based Save the Children senior education adviser, prefaced his opening remarks on “Getting the World’s Children to Read” with staggering statistics—that 61 million children are out of school and that 200 million schoolchildren in developing countries struggle to read basic words—the audience needed no convincing about what he called a global learning crisis.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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