July 20, 2018


July 12, 2018

CHILDREN of all ages are invited to the celebration of the 35th National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) on July 17, 2018 (Tuesday) at the Main Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from 9:00am to 5:00pm with the theme Sa Aklat May Laya.  

Held every 3rd Tuesday of July, the NCBD highlights the best works of children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers, and celebrates the importance of nurturing the young readers’ curiosity and imagination.

The event’s morning program consists of the awarding ceremonies for the 2018 PBBY (Philippine Board on Books for Young People)-Salanga Prize, 2018 PBBY-Alcala Prize, 2018 PBBY Wordless Book Prize, and the 2018 National Children’s Book Awards.

Towards the end of the morning, the PBBY Sa Aklat, May Laya Exhibit will be launched as well, featuring artworks related to the PBBY-Alcala Prize. This is derived from the children’s stories that won the PBBY-Salanga Prize, Becky Bravo’s work entitled “May Alaga Akong Bakulaw.” The exhibit is free and open from July 17 to 22, 2018 at the CCP Little Theater Lobby.

At 1:30 pm, My CCP Tour activity will commence at Little Theater Lobby led by the CCP Arts Education Department. This will be followed by free sessions on storytelling, arts and crafts and music and movement prepared by the Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books group for children at the Main Theater Lobby at 3:00 pm.

The CCP event is free and open to the public. For pre-registration and details, contact Ms. Kim Lim at 551-5959, or 0919-3175708.

As the second part of the NCBD celebration, the PBBY stages Salaysayan 2018, the 2nd Storytelling Festival at Museo Pambata with emphasis on Read Aloud as a strategy to bring to life books and the written word.  The Salaysayan will run from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Registration fee is Php250. Contact the PBBY Sectoral Representative for Librarians at

On July 21, the PBBY, together with Kasingkasing Press and Hubon Manunulat, brings the NCBD to Iloilo through workshops on book design and illustration to be held at Cinematheque Centre Iloilo, and a series of talks on children’s literature at the UP Visayas. Registration fee for the talks and workshops is Php500. For details, email at or visit the PBBY Facebook page.