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by Liana Romulo

illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano


Publishers Weekly:

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!


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Ages 6-9, Filipino-American, Holiday, Kindergarten