Celebrating Philippine Book Development Month and National Reading Month this year has been quieter partly because of the global pandemic, and partly because of the devastation brought by two strong typhoons this November.
Despite these events, book lovers throughout the country have found ways to commemorate this month in their own simple, and sometimes even unconventional ways.
Many schools have initiated reading advocacy programs for the month, inviting authors to read their books to students. On November 27—a day officially declared as Araw ng Pagbasa—public schools are scheduled to have storytelling sessions. Incidentally, November 27 is the birth anniversary of Ninoy Aquino, and it is no accident that this was the day chosen to celebrate National Reading Day. Ninoy, after all, was an avid reader.
This year, the Manila International Book Fair, for the first time in 41 years, will conduct a “virtual” book fair which will happen from November 24−30, 2020. Further details are yet to be announced. For now, you may head over to their website at www.manilabookfair.com and sign up to find out more.
Brille Petit joins the reading community in keeping the hopes of our nation alive through books. This month, Brille Petit launches two new books—Pass the Message to Picaso, illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Dominic Agsaway; and A Week of Ties, illustrated by Anthony Charles Coralejo.
Brille Petit titles are available in National Bookstores and online at Lazada.