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Traditionally, PBBY invites a keynote speaker impassioned about literacy and the reading and the writing of literature, a role model for children and adults alike, to grace the day's opening ceremony.
As Gulf News reported on July 29, the government revamped PBBY with effect from August 1, with an online provision to renew policy, increased amounts of insurance coverage in various cases, and new powers to Indian missions to certify health conditions and labour cases (instead of certificates from foreign governments).
Speaking on the transfer of funds, Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY, said: "We are very pleased with the smooth and successful transfer of funds, and that the PBBY and ASCHIANA organisations will be able to start working on their projects right away.
Eventually, De Jesus became an illustrator of children's books, and also a board member of PBBY, which holds the annual illustrators competition, PBBY-Alcala Prize.
It was as PBBY illustrators' sectoral representative that De Jesus proposed to the board his plan to nominate Alcala to the NCCA.
The strengthened scheme (PBBY, 2017) will come into effect from August 1, the Indian Consulate in Dubai said in an announcement posted on its website.
Genaro Gojo Cruz, a published author and professor, is this year's PBBY-Salanga Prize winner for 'Dalawa Kami ni Lola.' His is not an unfamiliar name in children's literature, nor to the PBBY, as he also won last year's grand prize.
RayVi Sunico, her colleague in PBBY, describes the appropriateness of her choice of name: 'She named it Giraffe Books, after that most elegant of animals who saw far and whose head was closest to the sky.'
The NBDB is proud of partnering with the PBBY on this highly laudable project, as it is something that needs to be institutionalized and to continue long beyond the tenure of the organizations' present set of officers.
Joining them were MJ Cagumbay Tumamac, author of Ngumiti si Andoy; poet and fictionist Kristian Cordero; Edgar Samar, author of the Janus Silang series; and illustrators Ruben de Jesus, Rommel Joson and the 2015 PBBY Salanga Prize honorable-mention winner, Cheeno Marlo del Mundo Sayuno.
Typhoon "Glenda" may have temporarily upset all plans for the 31st National Children's Book Day (NCBD) festivities on the third Tuesday of July, but booklovers like the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are never that easily discouraged.
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