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Local Author of the Month: Rene Villanueva

imagesSi Rene O. Villanueva ay isang tanyag na manunulat ng mga librong pambata, mga dula, at mga dayalogo sa telebisyon at pelikula. Isinilang si Villanueva noong ika-22 ng Setyembre 1954 sa La LomaLungsod ng Quezon, sa mag-asawang Francisco at Vicenta Villanueva. Nakapagtapos siya ng kursong Kasaysayan sa Lyceum of the Philippines noong taong 1969.

Nagsimulang magsulat ng mga dula at libro para sa mga bata si Villanueva noong dekada ’70 at nailimbag ang mahigit limampung librong siya ang may akda mula noon. Nakamit niya ang kanyang unang gantimpala sa Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature noong 1980 para sa isang maikling dulang pinamagatang “Kumbersasyon.” Isa lamang iyon sa marami niyang akda na nabigyang gantimpala at nagluklok sa kanya sa Palanca Hall of Fame noong 1995. Isa siya sa mga unang nagsulat para sa serye ng Aklat Adarna. Dati rin siyang prodyuser ng programang pambata na “Batibot” na sumikat noong dekada ’80. Siya ang naging ikalawang patnugot ng isang seksyon ng Diyaryo Pilipino; patnugot ng Diliman Review; sanggunian ng “Children’s Communication Center”; orihinal na punong manunulat ng “Philippine Sesame Street Project”; at malikhaing director ng “Philippine Children’s Television Foundation, Inc.” Naging pangalawang propesor si Villanueva ng Departamento ng Pilipino sa Kolehiyo ng Sining at Letra ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Kasabay nang pagsusulat at pagtuturo ay naging miyembro din si Villanueva ng “Likhaan: U.P. Institute of Creative Writing,” Galian sa Arte at Tula, “U.P. Writers Club,” Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, at “The Writers Bloc, Inc.”. Ginawaran siya ng Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Literatura) noong 2004, at nahirang siyang Pinakamahusay na Alagad ng Sining sa 2005 Gawad Chanselor sa UP. Nabibilang si Rene Villanueva sa unang hanay ng mga manunulat na naisama sa Hall of Fame ng Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

MGA AKLAT NI MR. RENE VILLANUEVA NA HUMUBOG SA KAALAMAN NG MGA GURO AT MAG-AARAL :

  • Ang Batang natutong maging matapang = The Child who learned to be brave
  • Alamat ng atis = The Legend of the custard apple
  • Kumusta!
  • Maghapon ni Bong = Bong’s day – Ang karamihan ay gusting hiramin
  • Okaka-okaka, ang batang palaka
  • Tubig: ano ang magagawa ng tubig

Sanggunihan: http://fil.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Rene_O._Villanueva

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Author of the Month: Virgilio Almario

virgilio almarioSi Virgilio Almario ay isinilang sa San Miguel, Bulacan noong Marso 9, 1944 at kilala sa taguring “Rio Alma.” Lumaki siya sa isang komunidad ng magsasaka sa panahon ng pag-aalsa ng Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (HUKBALAHAP) noong dekada singkuwenta.  Siya ay isang makata, kritiko, tagasalin, editor, guro at tagapamahalang pangkultura ng Pilipinas.

Nagsimula ang buhay niya bilang makata noong kumuha siya ng ilang yunit sa kursong edukasyon sa University of the East noong 1963.  Naging malawak ang kaalaman tungkol sa panulaan sa daigdig, lalong-lalo na sa makabagong panulaan. Ang saklaw ng kanyang mga paksa ay ang kalikasan, pag-ibig at mga problemang pangkasalukuyan.  Ang kanyang katanyagan bilang tagapagsalin ng mga tula, dula at nobela, lalo na ng mga akda ni Jose Rizal tulad ng Noli Me Tangere at El Filibusterismo (1999) ay nagkamit ng gantimpalang Best Translation of Rizal as novels.   Nakatanggap din siya ng parangal at pagkilala mula sa iba’t ibang prestihiyosong institusyon tulad ng  Palanca Awards, , Ten Outstanding Young Men Award for literature (TOYM), at Southeast Asia Write Award mula sa Bangkok, Thailand.  Nagtamo ng gantimpala mula sa Cultural Center of the Philippines at naging Makata ng Taon ng Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. Hinirang din na Outstanding Citizen ng Dangal ng Lipi Award at  Gantimpalang Quezon.  Itinampok siya sa Orden ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining para sa Literatura noong 2003.

Bukod sa mga nilikha niyang tula, dula, nobela at iba pa, si Virgilio Almario ay isa ring tanyag at premyadong akda ng mga panitikang pambata.  Pinangunahan niya ang isang proyekto noong 1977 para sa Nutrition Center of the Philippines na naglalayong palawigin ang panitikang pambata.  Dito umusbong ang kasalukuyang kilalang aklat Adarna, ang kauna-unahang aklat pambata para sa kabataang Pilipino.author of the month

Photo taken from:

Gulle, Ramil Digal. (n.d). INKCANTO: Virgilio Almario: ” I simply coudn’t shake off obligation to the other National Artists.  Philippine News.  Retrieved August 8, 2013, from  http://www.philippinenews.com/read/latest-news/12013-inkcanto–virgilio-almario-i- simply-couldnt-shake-off-the-obligation-to-the-other-national-artists.html

Adarna House. Retrieved August 14, 2013, from http://adarna.com.ph

AUTHOR OF THE MONTH: NICHOLAS SPARKS

NICHOLAS SPARKS

by: Mrs. Conchita Teresa M. Olivares

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 31, 1965. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. He wrote his first book in 1985 but was never published.  He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine married in July 1989 and lives in Sacramento. He wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist, and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House.

Here is a list of bestselling books he has written: 

1994 – The Notebook
      1998 – Message in a Bottle
      1999 – A Walk to Remember
      2000 – The Rescue
      2001 – A Bend in the Road
      2002 – Nights in Rodanthe
      2003 – The Guardian
      2003 – The Wedding
      2004 -Three Weeks With My Brother:
                  a non -fictionmemoir
      2005 – True Believer
      2005 – At First Sight
            (a sequel toTrue Believer)
      2006 – Dear John
      2007 – The Choice
      2008 – The Lucky One
      2009 – The Last Song
      2010- Safe Haven
      2011 – The Best of Me
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Author of the Month: January 2012

JOHN FLANAGAN

by: Mrs. Conchita Teresa M. Olivares

John Flanagan is the bestselling author of the adventure / fantasy series Ranger’s Apprentice which he wrote to encourage his twelve – year – old son to enjoy reading.The series includes:

Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan
Book 2: The Burning bridge
Book 3: The Icebound land
Book 4: The Battle for Skandia
Book 5: The Sorcerer of the North 
Book 6: The Siege of Macindaw
Book 7: Erak’s ransom
Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel
Book 9: Halt’s Peril
Book 10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

This series regularly appears in the NEW YORK TIMES list and has been shortlisted for children’s book awards in Australia and overseas.It won several awards such as Honor Book for the Koala Winners in 2009.The seventh book, Erak’s ransom was chosen as the Books of the Year for Older Children and the International Success Award.The first and fourth book won the Aurealis Awards while the third book was highly commended. Then, the first, second and fifth book each earned the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book.The first book was also the Longlisted for the Ottakar’s Book Prize for 2006–2007 and the first book also was nominated for the Grand Canyon Reader Award in 2008.

John was born on May 22, 1944, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife Leonie, in Sydney, Australia. He is currently writing futher titles in the Ranger’s Apprentice as well as the exciting new Brotherhood series.

He said in an interview that the main theme of his stories is “ the eventual truimph of good overevil”.Other themes include courage, loyalty, and that a person can do anything if they tried hard enough.One review noted that “themes of loyalty, bravery, endurance and friendship leave young readers in safe hands as they learn to navigate dangerous waters on their own.”

References:

Google images. Retrieved January 3, 2012 from http://www.google.com.ph/

Ranger’s apprentice. Retrieved January 3, 2012from http://en.wikipedia.org

Ranger’s apprentice. Retrieved Janury 3, 2012 from http://us.penguingroup.com

Ranger’s apprentice. Retrieved January 3, 2012 from http://www.fictiondb.com

Author of the Month: RICK RIORDAN

Born on June 5, 1964, in San Antonio Texas, USA. A certified teacher of English and History for fifteen (15) years before he became a writer.At present, he lives with his wife and two sons, Haley and Patrick whom he gets his ideas for writing.

Rick Riordan is such a big star in the world of fiction. He is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi- award winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

He is a recepient of various awards such as The Shamus Award and Anthony Award for Big Red Tequila in 1998, Edgard Award for Best Paperback for The Widower’s Two- Step in 1999, Mark Twain Award for The Lightning Thief in 2008, MarkTwain Award for The Sea of Monsters in 2009; Rebecca Caudil Award for The Lightning Thief in 2009, and the Author of the Year by CBC Choice in 2011.

Here is a list of Riordan books well read and loved by both young and old!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The 39 Clues Series

Tres Navarre Series

      • Big Red Tequila – May 1997
      • Widower’s Two-Step – June 1998
      • The Last King of Texas – January 2000
      • The Devil Went Down to Austin – June 2001
      • Southtown – April 2004
      • Mission Road – June 2005
      • Rebel Island – August 2007

The Kane Chronicles

His works show that Riordan has a knack for writing for kids and admits that it is not much different than writing for older audience.

“I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want—a fast-paced story characters worth caring about, humor, surprises, and mystery, says Riordan. “A good always keeps you asking questions and makes you keep on turning the pages until you find out the answers”

References:

Heroes of the Olympus. Retrieved December 5, 2011 from disney.go.com
Rick Riordan. Retrieved December 6, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org
Rick Riordan. Retrieved December 5, 2011 from http://www.rickriordan.com
Rick Riordan. Retrieved December 6, 2011 from http://www.scholastic.com