KUYA JUN’S PRIZE-WINNING LAMPARA BOOKS
Speaking of children, I want to congratulate another good friend, Segundo “Jun” Matias for winning first prize in the Tagalog Children’s Story Category of the recent 2011 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His winning entry, Alamat ng Duhat (The Legend of the Java Plum), is one of the more than 30 children’s books Jun has written so far for his Lampara Books, endearing him not only to kids (who fondly call him Kuya Jun) but also to parents.
For Lampara Books, Jun regularly attends the annual Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and travels to a similar fair in Bologna, Italy, in his effort to update himself on trends in children’s book publishing.
“I love kids,” said Jun, very obviously.
Aside from being a publisher (for 20 years now), he is a storyteller. He has done several storytelling videos of the books published by Lampara Books, and those videos can be viewed on the Youtube (simply type “magbasa kasama si Kuya Jun” or “mga kuweno ni Kuya Jun” on the search box). The same videos are sold in schools to cater to children who prefer aural storytelling. Jun is currently touring schools for the Lampara Books live storytelling sessions.
“Those sessions are becoming popular among school children,” said Jun whose recent sessions were held at the La Consolacion College, Richland Montessori, National Christian Life College, Merdedarian School, World Citi College, St. Vincent School and St. Claire Foundatiion of Knowledge.
Lampara Books are very affordable, costing only P69.75 per copy at National Bookstores and Precious Pages Bookstores.
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
WRITTEN BY RICKY LO
October 12, 2011