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

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

2. Pilo of Si Pilong-Patago tago

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

3. Kas of Ang Barumbadong Bus

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

4. Lola of Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola

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

5. Raquel of Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Raquel

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

6. Onyok of Ang Mahiyaing Manok

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

7. Pilandok of Pilandok Series

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

8. Mariang Sinukuan of Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan

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

9. Ampalaya of Alamat ng Ampalaya

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

10. Si Langgam at Si Tipaklong

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

11. Si Pagong at si Matsing

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

12. Filemon Mamon

Filemon Mamon
Writer: Christine Bellen
Illustrator: Jason Moss

13. Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Harangan

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

14. Pandakotyong

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

15. Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum

Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum
Writer: Rene Villanueva
Illustrator: Renato Gamos

16. Peles of Ang Kamatis ni Peles

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

17. Rosamistica

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

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

19. Ang Parusa ng Dwende

Illustrator: Elbert Or.

20. Chenelyn

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

21. Carancal

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

22. Ibong Adarna

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

24. Mariang Alimango

25. Juan Tamad


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.