I was thrilled to get an invitation to attend Lampard Books Launch of one of their most popular series Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay, as the third installment hits the shelves last September 17, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, coinciding with the 37th Manila International Book Fair.
I usually make time to go to the MIBF on a weekday because I did not want to be crushed by the large crowd of people during the weekend, but for one of the most amazing Pinoy Childern series I made this exception.
It has been year since we last heard from Moymoy, the boy “Aswang”.
In this book, Moymoy is able to save his twin brother Alangkaw and their childhood friend Hasmin, a manananggal. Having found out as well who their mother is and where she may be found, the twins embark on a mission to save her by following certain missions as bidden them by Ingkong Dakal, the guardian of the Gabun archives. Will Moymoy and Alangkaw be able to accomplish the tasks and eventually be reunited with their mother Diyosang Liliw at last?
The event was made even more special with the PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) book reading/ singing/ acting out the except from the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the performance excuse the strange video, I only got a portion before my battery gave out.
They also had a very interesting Question and Answer portion with both the author and the illustrator gamely answered questions about the books. They are open to a manga version but not to a live action or anime version as of this time. The Author, Kuya Jun said that he has no idea how many books are to follow Moymoy`s adventure but he is just enjoying the experience of writing for children. The Moymoy books wants to teach young children the there is beauty in diversity and no matter what gender, race or creed you may be, you are still a person with feelings and need to have a place in this world.
Penned by champion of original Filipino literature for the youth and Precious Pages Corporation stalwart Segundo ‘Jun’ Matias, Jr. with illustration by award-winning visual artist Jomike Tejido, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Paghahanap Kay Inay will surely be a new favorite for Filipino readers to read over and over until the next installment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matias, also known by his persona “Kuya Jun,” is a storyteller and has published over 1500 books for children and young adults including the following series titles: Makabagong Alamat, Mga Kuwentong Nanay, and Mga Kuwentong Dapat Mong Malaman. His Alamat ng Duhat won first prize at the 2011 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. In 2012, his Ang Papag ni Tatang merited an honorable mention citation from the PBBY-Salanga Prize. His other awards include receiving a first honorable mention citation for the teleplay, Loida: Taxi Driver during the 1991 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. The most recent addition to his achievement is another Palanca for #PaperDolls, awarded 3rd prize under the Sanaysay category.
Matias has also written screenplays for Viva Films, Seiko Films, and Regal Films, as well as teleplays for various TV shows, including Lino Brocka Presents. As “Kuya Jun,” he is the storyteller in the widely circulated DVD series Ang Mga Kuwento ni Kuya Jun.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Award-winning artist-illustrator Jomike Tejido imparts his iconic illustrations to the book. With more than 70 books to his credit as author and illustrator, including illustrations for Oxford University Press and Scholastic, Tejido is a member and one-time president of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), an organization of children’s books illustrators. He has received awards and recognition from NomaConcours, Japan; PBBY-Alcala Illustrator’s Prize, International Board on Books for Young People, and Golden Book Award.
ABOUT LAMPARA BOOKS
Lampara Books brings to children, parents and teachers the brightest stories from the current harvest of children’s literature in the Philippines, likewise from the literature of different countries from all over the world. Each story is carefully written or retold by budding and award-winning Filipino writers and illustrated by illustrators of children’s books. Featured here are unique and exciting characters, places, themes and experiences that will kindle the imagination, emotion and mind of the young readers. Each book is written in two languages—Filipino and English—to reach a greater number of readers here in the country and in other parts of the world.
More importantly, Lampara Books hopes that the lessons and values learned in these stories will serve as light that will guide young readers to grow up with a profound love for books and reading, a deep respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment, and a keen awareness of their roles as good and responsible members of society.
For inquiries, visit www.lamparabooks.com.ph, or call Lampara Book Publishing at (02) 414-6188, 367-6222 (fax) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you PETA Theater Center, Lampara Books and Precious Pages for inviting me to this very interesting event. Hope to be at their next launch.
As more and more Pinoy readers are getting into books, it is good that there are books available to cater to the rich and imitative minds of the Filipino consciousness and mythical world. Hopefully the Moymoy Books will help open the minds and hearts of young Filipino readers not just to the beauty of the Filipino Mythical world but also to the diverse Filipino language.
Get your copies and complete the Moymoy Lulumboy books, available at leading bookstores nationwide.
Until next time!