The Learning Tree School Visit

My friend, Ruby Diamante is substituting as a preschool teacher for 5 year olds at The Learning Tree.

The class is tackling the five senses so she asked me to do a reading of my 1996 picture book Boy with No Face published by Adarna Book Services. After the first printing ran out, Adarna decided not to do a second printing because of slow sales. Yet, until last year, I had been meeting people who remember my book, like the kid from the Ink exhibit who told me my book was his brother’s favorite. But then, it being a favorite by few doesn’t translate to smashing sales.

Still I am thankful and only too glad to meet someone who appreciates my work. I will be happy to give an original artwork in appreciation!

I am thinking of doing a new set of art for Boy with No Face using digital media. I am encouraged by my colleagues at the LA-based SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) who have been actively discussing and exploring the huge potential of ebooks and appbooks for children’s literature.

At present, I have finished line drawings for my next book, Look! At what the Cat Dragged in! and I felt it would be good to show the story to a test audience.

Most of the kids had fun with the story as I showed them. There was one precocious girl, though, who said, “That’s Impossible!” when the cat drove the car in after dragging one object after another into the house. I wanted to say, “So is a wardrobe that transports you to a land of ice and talking animals!” But the kid had spunk and I love her for being uncharacteristically outspoken for a Pinay kid!


















After the storytelling, I asked them what sort of stories do they want to read.

Dinosaurs and outer space stories… Hmmmm…. Let me think about that.

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan celebrates 20 years of Philippine Children’s Book Illustration

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK)
& Ayala Museum


20 Taon
Celebrating 20 years of Philippine Children’s Book Illustration

See you there!
From 22 NOV 2011 to 15 JAN 2012
GF Gallery

21 NOV (Monday)
6:00 PM, Museum Lobby
RSVP 7577117 to 21 local 10, April Tamayo

Ayala Museum
Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street
Greenbelt Park, Makati City


26 NOV 2011, SAT / 10:00-11:30AM
K-Zone Art Workshop for Kids
w/ Jomike Tejido

03 DEC 2011, SAT / 10:00-11:30AM
Caltex Art Workshop for Kids
w/ Domz Agsaway

03 DEC 2011, SAT / 2:00-4:00PM
Ang InKies Talk
w/ Liza Flores, Mark Salvatus & Marcus Nada

14 JAN 2012, SAT / 10:00-11:30AM
Adarna House Art Workshop for Kids
w/ Yas Doctor

14 JAN 2012, SAT / 2:00-4:00PM
Industry Talk
w/ Illustrators, Authors, Publishers & more!

For more information,
visit ANG-INK.ORG or

With special thanks to:
Oishi Cuckoo
Vgrafiks Design + Branding
Adarna House, Inc.
Anvilpublishing Weshapeminds
Lampara Books
The Chocolate Kiss Cafe
Frameline Art Gallery
Orange Segment