Thursday, August 23, 2012

Buwan ng Wika 2012

Alinsunod sa itinakda ng Proklamasyon B1g. 1041, s. 1997, na nagpapahayag ng taunang Buwan ng Wika tuwing Agosto 1-31, ang pagdiriwang ay pangungunahan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) na may paksang "Tatag ng Wikang Filipino, Lakas ng Pagka-Filipino."

Layunin ng pagdiriwang ang mga sumusunod:

  • ·         maisakatuparan ang mga tungkulin ng KWF ayon sa itinakda ng Seksiyon XIV, Letrang L ng Batas Republika 7104;
  • ·         mapalakas lo ang wikang Filipino bilang Wikang pambansa at Wikang panlahat para sa lakas at tatag ng sambayanang Pilipino;
  • ·         magunita ang kasaysayan ng wikang pambansa sa ika-75 taon mula nang ipahayag ang Tagalog bilang batayang wika;
  • ·         maganyak ang mamamayang Pilipino na makilahok sa Timpalak sa Pagsulat ng Sanaysay sa Filipino; at
  • ·         lalong pasiglahin ang mga paaralan sa pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.

Hinati sa limang (5) paksa ang isang buwang pagdiriwang:
Agosto 1-7
Pitumpu't limang taon sa Pagsulong ng Wikang Filipino sa Edukasyong Pilipino
Agosto 8-14
Filipino at iba pang mga Wika sa Pilipinas: Lakas ng K to 12 at MTB-MLE
Agosto 15-21
Wikang Filipino at iba pang Wika sa Rehiyon: Wika ng Bayan sa Kapayapaan
Agosto 22-28
Wikang Filipino: Wikang Panlahat para sa Matatag na Lipunang Pilipino
Agosto 29-31
Wika ay Kakambal ng Kapayapaan sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Landas

Masayang Magbasa sa Sariling Wika

Ang mga libraryan at staff na nakasuot ng Filipiniana

Tatag ng Wikang Filipino, Lakas ng Pagka-Filipino. Aprub!

Birthmarked Book Trailer

Book Review:

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien

Gaia (Guy-ya) Stone is following in her mother's footsteps. She has been training to be a midwife for years and is ready to accept her role in the community. For as long as she can remember, life on the outside of the wall has been this way.

The first three babies of the month are advanced to the Enclave to be adopted and live their life inside the wall. While the pain of losing a child is great, the mothers know that their baby will be living in a community with conveniences not available to the people living in Wharfton, like electricity and running water.

Gaia doesn't know what to do when her parents are arrested and taken by the Guard of the Protectorat. She finds it hard to believe that her parents know anything the Enclave would want to know, but by the questions they ask her when she comes home to find them gone, they think her parents have important information. Gaia is completely in the dark. The only thing she has to go on is the long piece of ribbon with a strange code sewn in it that her mother's assistant gave her and told her to keep secret at all cost.

Gaia's life becomes a complicated game of cat and mouse as she attempts to get inside the wall, find her parents, and solve the mystery of the coded ribbon.

Caragh M. O'Brien has written a wonderful addition to the dystopian genre. Readers get a glimpse of life in the 2400's after a drastic weather change has dramatically reduced the human population. Even though the world is completely different than the one we live in, the problems Gaia encounters are very similar - she enjoys time with her family, likes socializing with friends, and is insecure when it comes to love.

BIRTHMARKED is fantastic. I loved it and stayed up much too late because I couldn't put it down. It definitely deserves an award. The author leaves the ending open for a sequel, and I for one can't wait to see what happens next.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kuwentong Nanay - Mahal kita, Inay

In my mommy blog, (  ) I shared my journey as a Mom. One way to connect with my son is through reading and storytelling with him. We read books every night before going to sleep. I am Booklover, while my son is my little Bookworm!  As a Librarian, and as a Storyteller to the young ones and young at heart.. I would like to recommend the local children's literature / storybooks which is all about values of children to their mother. Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!

Story by Edgar Samar
Illstrations by Russell Molina

Darna is a Filipino superheroine, not unlike Wonder Woman. It tells the story of an Overseas Filipino Worker, working as a baby sitter in Hong Kong. It tells of the reality of Filipinos needing to live away from family just so they can provide for their family’s material needs.
The story is told in an engaging and light manner. Through the story, adults and children alike can have a better appreciation of the sacrifices that OFWs make. This story is made for kids up to the ages of 7 to 10.


Illstrations by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

The book tells about a mother who shows her untiring and unfailing love for her family. She works all day and it has turned her hands as rough as sandpaper. This distresses the little girl, upon hearing her aunt saying that her mother's hands may cause her father of leaving them. But in the end, the little girl realizes how much effort and love her mother puts in every task she does for her and their whole family. It shows how every rough times can be smoothened out by a mother's love.

Story by Grace Chong
Illustrations by Kora Dandan-Albano

Did you ever feel ashamed of your own mother?
Mayang did. Just because her mother wears no lipstick. Many times Mayang wished her mother would look smarter and be something else. It took a dangerous incident to make Mayang see her mother's strength, heroism and true beauty. No Lipstick for Mother is a moving story that will make you love your mother more.

Story by Segundo D. Matias, Jr.
Illustrations by: Beth Parrocha-Doctolero
There is no day or hour when Nicole is not with her mommy. Ever since she can remember, it was always the two of them together, everywhere.
But Nicole's mommy is fat. Her arms and legs are plump, and her tummy is ripply, like a squishy ball. She is not sexy as the mommies of Nicole's classmates.
What could she do so that her mommy would become sexy, too?
Find out in this story how Nicole's mommy becomes sexy in her own eyes.

Story by Segundo D. Matias, Jr.
Illustrations by: Kora Dandan Albano
There is a mother telling a story. She says it began with an incomprehensible feeling--- a feeling of restlessness, constant fatigue, sleepiness. The doctor said she was carrying a child in her womb.
Read in this story how a child is born into world, with a mother's unconditional love.

sapatos ni mommyMOMMY'S SHOES
Story by Segundo D. Matias
Illustrations by Kora Dandan-Albano
Every Sunday, with their mommy, siblings Luigi and Chie always go to mall. If they are not shopping for toys,
they are at timezone playing. But once they get to Jollibee to eat, their mommy never orders anything for herself.
And the pair of shoes their mommy always examines and tries on for size at the shoe store, she has not bothered to buy. What could be the reason?
Read in this story how Luigi and Chie discover how much their mother loves them.

superwoman si mommyMOMMY IS SUPERWOMAN!
Story by Segundo D. Matias
Illustrations by Ghani Madueño
Mommy Doris is well known in town because she does manicures and pedicures.
She is also popular of her big bayong filled with items she sells on installment basis. But she can also do better. As a mother, Mommy Doris has a quality that makes her capable of providing anything her children need.
Read in this story why Mommy Doris is really awesome.

Story by Segundo D. Matias, Jr.
Illustrations by Rowen Agarao
At their age, children are prone to various illnesses. In this story, the main character suffers from different sicknesses and ailments—which are integral stages in her growing-up years.
Find out in this story what the best medicine is for children’s ailments, and who alone in the world can provide it.

Story by Segundo D. Matias, Jr.
Illustrations by Ray-Ann Bernardo
Joseph’s acquaintances who are his age always shout or cry “Mommy, Mommmy!” whenever they are attacked by wasps, sideswiped by a tricycle, could not get down a tree they have climbed or presume they have seen a goblin.
What is the matter with them? Joseph wonders to himself. They do nothing but cry for their mothers every time they get scared of something.
But when a storm rages and their school gets flooded, and Joseph is put in danger, he also learns to utter the words:
“Mommy, Mommmy!”

Story by Segundo D. Matias, Jr.
Illustrations by Zeus Bascon
In class, Agnes is the best in their Math and English subjects. She is also at the top of the honor roll. All her certificates are framed and hung on the wall by her mother.
But despite the honors Agnes is garnering, she is still envious of her classmates. Her classmates have yaya s, but she has none!
Read in this story how Agnes finds out what she has is greater than a yaya .

Story by Segundo D. Matias, Jr.
Illustrations by Ghani Madueño
Teresa says her mother is unreasonably persistent, always repeating her words. “Oh, this kid!” “Didn't your teacher scold you?” “Didn't you get caught in the rain?” “If you're going to play with your brother and sister, don't go too far away.” “Come home before sunset.” Sometimes Teresa asks herself: “Doesn't Inay have anything else to say?” She thinks her ears are starting to hurt from the constant reminders and queries.
Read in this story how Teresa realizes her mother's repetitious nature is but a manifestation of a mother's love for her child.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Harvesting the Heart, by Jodi Pico

Harvesting the Heart explores the issues and the emotions of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family.

This book, as Picoult's generally do, alternates between different points of view and periods in time. In this case, the story is told by Paige (in the first person) and from her husband, Nicholas's point of view, but in the third person. Since Paige's parts are told in the first person and Nicholas's in the third, I personally felt a lot closer to Paige's character. I also didn't like Nicholas particularly, and I'll get to why in just a minute.

Paige has some significant demons in her past to overcome. When she was five, her mother disappeared. An only child, she was raised by her father. When she was 18, she had an abortion. This led to a breakup with her boyfriend, and, worried that her father might somehow discover her secret, she chose to run away instead of waiting just a few months until leaving for college. She had been accepted by the Rhode Island School of Design and wanted to study art. Her interest didn't seem to have really waned, and I didn't think she was even having doubts about college. So, she'd had the abortion because she wasn't ready to handle motherhood and wanted to go to college, but then she didn't end up going to college anyway. She ran away to Massachusetts (from Chicago) and got a job in a seedy diner, where she worked as a waitress but also drew pictures of the customers. She was very good at drawing, and also had a uncanny ability to include things about the person in the drawing that she had no real way of knowing, as if drawing a person gave her a glimpse into their subconscious.

Paige met Nicholas at the diner. His life had been one of privilege. He and Paige hadn't known each other very long at all when he asked her to marry him. They got married and several years later had a kid, which was basically when Paige's life fell apart. She quickly became overwhelmed with the demands of motherhood, and Nicholas wasn't at all understanding. He didn't really help at all. In fairness, he worked very long hours as a heart surgeon, so he didn't have a whole lot of time to help, but his lack of understanding was basically why I didn't like him. He didn't understand that while he got few breaks, Paige got NO break, since mothering is a 24/7 job. He would play with the baby a little bit (maybe) and think it was easy and why was Paige bitching so much?

The other reason I didn't like him was that he would do things like insist she entertain a bunch of snobby people and say he was doing it for her, which was bullshit. He was doing it for himself, to further his own career, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I thought he should at least be honest about it. If he were really doing it just for her, he would have quit, since she didn't want to do it and would rather have had more of his time. She was not materialistic or hung up with status.

Anyway, Paige eventually couldn't take it anymore and ran off. I think post-partum depression was likely a major factor. She searches for her mother and tries to deal with her past. She does find her mother and spends some time with her. In the process learns more about herself and her own motives. In the meantime, Nicholas learns that it's not so easy trying to raise an infant. He ends up asking his estranged parents for help. Paige eventually returns, but Nicholas, understandably angry at her for leaving, isn't particularly inclined to forgive her. Even though anyone would be mad about that, I thought he was particularly unforgiving, but maybe that's just because I didn't like him in the first place. Interestingly, his parents are more understanding, especially his mother. His mother, while she had not left her family, had had her own rather difficult quest for her own identity, so she could empathize with Paige more than Nicholas could.

Don't get me wrong; I don't really think it was right for Paige to just leave her baby like that. I don't understand how she could. But I guess I really believe that she just couldn't take it anymore and didn't see another way out. She even believed that she was a bad mother and that her baby would be better off without her. It wasn't true, of course, but I do think she really believed that.

It's fair to say that the book is really gripping. It brought out strong emotions in me--anger toward Nicholas, for example, and identification with Paige. I am not sure why I identified with her since my life isn't like hers  but I suppose I can relate to sometimes feeling overwhelmed by life. And the search for one's own identity is pretty much a universal theme.

Meet my Super Yaya

This morning, I heard Luigi saying "Tsi-tsi Yaya!" and her nanny answered "You're welcome!". I smiled. It's a nice feeling that our home feels warm though it's raining cold outside because of the "Habagat".

As a working mom, I always left my son with our yaya's care. After searching for the "Wanted: Yaya for Luigi", and experiencing yaya horror stories.... Glad we found the "That's my YAYA!" for Luigi.

She is a nanny by day, and a student by night. 

Today is her birthday so I created an electronic children's picture book for her. Thank you for taking care of Luigi.
Again, Tsi- tsi yaya! (thank you yaya)

Monday, August 13, 2012

25 Series to read if you love the Hunger Games

Here's the 25 Series to read if you love Hunger Games. Check your local bookstores to buy for it. And if you want it for free, go to your library and borrow books. Happy reading!