illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano
Romulo gives readers an overview of Filipino holidays, festivals, and other celebrations. Events include the Ati-atihan Festival, one of three January events honoring Filipino history and the infant Jesus; Araw ng Kalayaan, the celebration of Philippine independence from Spain in 1946; and Araw ng mga Patay, All Souls’ Day. Features of Dandan-Albano’s cheerful if generic watercolors are identified with labels and captions (for example, an envelope of “pakimkim” or gift money given as a present at a baptism). Recipes, songs, and instructions to make art projects add to this up-close look into Filipino culture.
Celebrations and festivals include:
- Mga Kaarawan—Birthdays
- Semana Santa—Holy Week
- Mga Barrio Fiestas—Town Festivals
- Mga Binyag—Baptisms
- Araw ng Kalayaan—Independence Day and more!