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25 Best-Loved Pinoy Children's Book Characters of all Time

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) and Philippine Board on Books for Young People mounted a touring exhibit of the 25 of the Best-Loved Pinoy Children's Books Characters of all time. It is based on a survey among hundreds of Filipino school children. I'm ashamed that I only know 3 out of the 25 pinoy characters. We decided to buy all the children's books in the ongoing Manila International Book Fair in SMX Convention Center. You can catch the exhibit in the lobby of SMX Convention Center.

1. Santa Butsiki of Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit

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Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit
Writer: Rene O Villanueva
Illustrator: Ibarra C. Crisostomo


2. Pilo of Si Pilong-Patago tago

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Si Pilong Patago-tago
Writer: Kristine Canon
Illustrator: Leo Alvarado

3. Kas of Ang Barumbadong Bus

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Ang Barumbadong Bus
Writer: Rene O. Villanueva
Illustrator: Jo Ann Bereber-Gando

4. Lola of Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola

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Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola
Writer: Rene O. Villanueva
Illustrator: Ibarra Crisostomo

5. Raquel of Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Raquel

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Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Raquel
Writer: Luis P. Gatmaitan, M.D.
Illustrator: Beth Parrocha-Doctolero


6. Onyok of Ang Mahiyaing Manok
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Ang Mahiyaing Manok
Writer: Rebecca T. Anonuevo
Illustrator: Ruben De Jesus

7. Pilandok of Pilandok Series

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Pilandok Series
Writer: Victoria Anonuevo
Illustrator: Kora Dandan-Albano

8. Mariang Sinukuan of Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan

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Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan
Writer: Virgilio S. Almario
Illustrator: Mitxi Villavecer

9. Ampalaya of Alamat ng Ampalaya

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Alamat ng Ampalaya
Writer: Augie D. Rivera Jr.
Illustrator: Kora D. Albano

10. Si Langgam at Si Tipaklong
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Si Langgam at si Tipaklong
Writer: Alberta Angeles
Illustrator: Ibarra Crisostomo

11. Si Pagong at si Matsing

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Si Pagong at Si Matsing
Writer: Danilo Consumido
Illustrator: Hubert Fucio

12. Filemon Mamon
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Filemon Mamon
Writer: Christine Bellen
Illustrator: Jason Moss

13. Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Harangan

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Si Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan
Writer: Rene Villanueva
Illustrator: Alfonso Onate and Wilfredo Pollarco

14. Pandakotyong

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Si Pandakotyong
Writer: Christine S. Bellen
Illustrator: Albert E. Gamos

15. Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum

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Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum
Writer: Rene Villanueva
Illustrator: Renato Gamos

16. Peles of Ang Kamatis ni Peles

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Ang Kamatis ni Peles
Writer: Alberta Angeles
Illustrator: Renato Gamos

17. Rosamistica

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Rosamistica
Writer: Christine S. Belen
Illustrator: Liza A. Flores
18. Mateo of Oh Mateo! Series

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Oh Mateo! Series
Writer: Grace D. Chong
Illustrator: Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

19. Ang Parusa ng Dwende
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Illustrator: Elbert Or.

20. Chenelyn

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Chenelyn! Chenelyn!
Writer: Rhandee Garlitos
Illustrator: Liza Flores

21. Carancal

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Carancal Series
Writer: Rene O. Villanueva
Illustrator: Kora Dandan-Albano

22. Ibong Adarna

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(I'm Still looking for these 3 books.... )
23. Ug Uhug

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24. Mariang Alimango

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25. Juan Tamad

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this is a great post anton. any suggestions for pinoy children's books for children living abroad? im actually looking for something more traditional like the "ang mga alamat" anthology that I used to read when I was younger, you know, bakit maraming mata ang pina etc etc. any suggestions?

Hmmn, good question. Parang suggestions on all-time filipino children's books. Yeah meron rin yung Maraming Mata ng Pinya at mga lola basyang books...

I'm still discovering this world of Children's books.

Anton

This is great! I love reading those books for myself. Hehe. It's also great that they created sculptures of the characters, so the kids will appreciate these books more. Go Filipino!:)

I remember Santa Butsiki! Hehe. Wow, those are amazing sculptures!

....we wonder{gmma too} when will FIRST LOVE:A HEALTHY WORLD PLANET PARADISE blog sites corner will published-announced their great wonderful humurous children's books like those titled: ang musika ni nena by: first love:ahwpp....ay nga pala yun ding 'malinis na kamay' o yung 'gitara ni nonoy'pero mas love ko yung titled: 'mga kalaro ni cecilia' at 'bulaklak ng bayan' kasi medyo pang may kalakihan na ng edad yung ibang children's book ng first love: i'll say for elemntary senior o high schooler na bagay yung titled: 'mga ibon pag umuulan' 'umagang kay ganda' 'drawings ni papa' o 'trisekel ni kuya' kasi masyado namang intellectual kung pang toddlers yung cutomers pero good luck when you guys released your children's books sooner i hope lol....

.....i like to read chenelyn one day....but i am still waiting for my old high schoolmates announcing their children's books that we have been waiting for since last christmas pa yun under first love:a healthy world planet paradise my cubao elementary schoolmates fro the 60's mauunahan pa yata kayo lol....so pablik high school dyan sa bayan when can we read you top 10 children's books titled: 'piso piso' 'lolo at lola' 'tsinelas ni kikay''sampaguita' 'rosas na dilaw' 'luksong lubid' 'ipin ni serapin' 'tatsulok at quadro' 'kandila' 'gatas ng kambing' 'si basa at tuyo' 'manika ni nena' 'rosa rosario' 'kikay at kikoy' 'bata batuta'
'tumbang preso' 'gulay gulayan'....this top 10 ay yung favorite ko thank yoy talented creative adventurous smiling filipinos thank you philippines....

i wish more filipinos will create produced coffee pictures table books on separate just all gma stars abs stars channel 5 stars channel 9 11 13 ot whatever other channels also we are interested to buy glosy coffee table books faces full body shots of all philippines fashions photography models no exceptions
also glossy full body facial shots of all philippines musicians as well as all dance groups or individuals and a separate books on philippines classical-jazz ballet dancers performances of course with a mini biography on each individuals hopfully by this christmas{gift ideas}thank you philippines

i wish more filipinos will create produced coffee pictures table books on separate just all gma stars abs stars channel 5 stars channel 9 11 13 ot whatever other channels also we are interested to buy glosy coffee table books faces full body shots of all philippines fashions photography models no exceptions
also glossy full body facial shots of all philippines musicians as well as all dance groups or individuals and a separate books on philippines classical-jazz ballet dancers performances of course with a mini biography on each individuals hopfully by this christmas{gift ideas}thank you philippines

Hello po. Nakakatuwa namang makita yung mga pics. Kami po gumawa nung mga rubber foam characters na yan. And may correction lang po ako, ako kasi yung gumawa nung duwende rubber foam. Yung character pong iyon ay from "Ang Parusa ng Dwende" illustrated by Elbert Or.

Thank you po sa pagpost ng mga pictures!!!

SUPERB PICS...I was the one who made the foam character for Hukuman ni Sinukuan with the help
of the illustrator Ms. Mitzi Villavecer...I'm so proud of INK...
Thank you for this wonderful post. :)

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