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DOWNLOAD × Guardians of Tradition: The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan ë Who are the indigenous and folk artists of the Philippines Guardians of Tradition by Mae Astrid Tobias and illustrated by Rommel Joson is full of facts aboutof the best Philippine master weavers, folk musicians, performing artists, mat weavers and metal smiths whose talents and skills have earned them the title Manlilikha ng Bayan Designed to help children recognize native Filipino ingenuity and creativity, the book includes fun activities to promote appreciation for culture and arts Guardians of Tradition has a fun and colorful design that appeals to young readers Available at I already talked about the book GUARDIANS OF TRADITION The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Thursday last week For those who had missed my blog entry, you can find it using the link below love this book There simply is no other way to say my feelings for it.Just reading its summary I already came into conclusion that GUARDIANS OF TRADITION is unique Reading the entire book had only confirmed that theory.The book talked about The Manlilikha ng Bayan awar I already talked about the book GUARDIANS OF TRADITION The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Thursday last week For those who had missed my blog entry, you can find it using the link below love this book There simply is no other way to say my feelings for it.Just reading its summary I already came into conclusion that GUARDIANS OF TRADITION is unique Reading the entire book had only confirmed that theory.The book talked about The Manlilikha ng Bayan awardees who are indeed guardians of tradition because they are the last few who promote and live by our ancestors culture and art Masino Intaray of Pala wan for example, keeps the Pala wan s musical and literary tradition so did Samaon Sulaiman of Maguindanao before he passed away in 2011 There is also Uwang Ahadas, a Maestro of Yakan Music.It also featured weavers like Lang Dulay of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Salinta Monon of Tagabawa Bagobo Darhata Sawabi of Barangay Parang, Jolo, Solo and Hadja Amina Appi of Ungos Matata, Tandubas, Tawi Tawi.Alonzo Saclag is another noteworthy guardian of tradition awardee He is called a Cultural Crusader because he is a proud cultural warrior.Then there s also Federico Caballero dubbed as the Storyteller of Memories probably mainly because the epics he can chant are in Kiniray a said to be a language that is no longer spoken.Another interesting talent was that of Eduardo Mutuc who is dubbed as the Metalsmith of Saints.I m neither a musician nor a weaver, and I m most certainly not a metalsmith But I was happy reading about such talented people and I couldn t help but envy Ginaw Bilog the Engraver of Rhymes who could read and write baybayin baybayin was the Philippines writing system prior to the Spanish rule Her talent was something that I would want for myself While reading about her, I couldn t help but think how it is to read poems and documents that had been written hundreds maybe even thousands of years before Yes, that s what made this book vastly different from the others It talks about the Philippines traditions, culture, art that s already existing long before the Spanish era and has been, thankfully, successfully handed down to the current generation by these awardees.It showed that everywhere in the Philippines, even that long ago, we had talented people.While I was reading, I was stuck to the term Pre Spanish Just how long ago was that It certainly made me grab my calculator I couldn t help it, I was curious Well, it s been 493 years since the Spanish rule These traditions therefore, had existed for far longer than that You could say that I was fascinated, captivated It s amazing that these talents have been passed down even after all these years.I m glad.This is proof of our roots These traditions are something that is originally ours not an influence of some conqueror that had tried their best to subdue our ancestors and made them acquiesce using a clever excuse that we were uncivilized.Clearly, we were not We would have been fine on our own We would have been spared of the history of abuse that has been perpetuating since the Spanish era Even now Filipinos seem to think that the best way to rule our country is to abuse their power by taking the money from taxes, land, etc of the people Riches that are not rightfully theirs.And, as in during that time, we the greater majority continually let them Only, the abusers are undoubtedly not foreigners any but our very own people.Why not We have certainly learned from the best It had been going on for over 300 years that the Filipinos had finally accepted the practice as a norm.The readers may scoff and say that the book is just a children s book and had nothing to do with the mess that is our country and the scammers and thieves that we call politicians Yes, yes, I know Not everyone is like that Maybe.I beg to defer GUARDIANS OF TRADITION tells us a lot It tells us that our culture was rich Andthan that, it was ours We had a strong set of values We used to not get the tax money of our people We had talent and we use them instead.The way I see it, the opposite had happened after we were conquered that the Filipinos became barbaric like our conquerors were as we sought for that power for ourselves How else would you call plotting and killing people of our own people who were deemed on the way to getting that power people who were like Andres Bonifacio Remember the Martial Law Remember the people who would just suddenly disappear never to be seen again The sad thing is that these things still happen It s such a vicious, vicious cycle that we keep repeating Why Because we Filipinos don t know our roots That we weren t like that, at all We had talents Killing people for money and stealing the public funds and grabbing lands were something that was started by the Spanish friars Let s not emulate them any.I know I already sound like a broken record so I will stop If we don t try to understand this collectively as a people, no matter what I say it will be useless anyway.Let me just conclude this by saying that books like GUARDIANS OF TRADITION have the power to make us look back.It tells us our truth.It tells us of history that we do not know and in effect, make us proud Because these things happened hundreds of years ago when we were not yet alive, the Filipinos of today didn t know that we weren t like this before and therefore, accept things as they were because it was standard practice.Kudos to Adarna for producing books like this one and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts NCCA for making sure the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan act lives on and that the deserving people get recognized Although if you ask me, I think their grant must be increased That way, the awardees will be able to build schools just as Lang Dulay had, making the learning and sharing of their craft and talentaccessible.And of course, kudos also to the talented bookmakers as well Mae Astrid Tobias who wrote the book, Rommel E Joson who made the illustrations, and Renato S Rastrollo who took the pictures of the Guardians Now, if only Filipinos would love reading as well They would know that GUARDIANS OF TRADITION exists Then again, going back to that era again, reading was practically prohibited The friars were so afraid our ancestors would become educated and enlightened they would revolt against them And the friars were right, voracious readers like Rizal and Bonifacio after all, were the ones who ignited the revolution.Now I know why only few of us loved to read What a tragedy, indeed But let us all change that After all, it s been 115 years since that period It s time to stop the corruption It s time to read There are no friars any who will persecute us if we do otherwise.It s time to break this vicious cycle For the duration of the Guardians of Tradition Blog Tour, Guardians of Tradition is available at discounted price at the Adarna showroom in Scout Torillo corner Scout Fernandez Streets, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City 1103 Philippines Trunkline 632 352 6765, Fax 632 352 6765 local 125, Email Address adarnahouse adarna.com.ph For international readers and Filipinos abroad, an ebook version is coming soon To order paperback copies online, visit back to my blog on October 18, 2013 and join our raffle We will be giving away exciting prizes which includesGift Cards, signed copies of Guardians of Tradition from Adarna, and CDs of National Living Treasure Bayan Sumaon Sulaiman from NCCA to 10 lucky winners Thank you for reading this entry Originally posted HERE Guardians of Tradition The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan 2012, Adarna House is the first local non fiction children s book I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing I have a two year old daughter who I am raising to be a reader, and so I thought it would be a good idea to include non fiction books in her budding library, starting with this one After the very short time it took me to read it, I realized that Guardians of Tradition is a very wonderful and info Originally posted HERE Guardians of Tradition The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan 2012, Adarna House is the first local non fiction children s book I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing I have a two year old daughter who I am raising to be a reader, and so I thought it would be a good idea to include non fiction books in her budding library, starting with this one After the very short time it took me to read it, I realized that Guardians of Tradition is a very wonderful and informative book that every Filipino child should have and read In this day and age when technology has become so integrated in our everyday lives, when children toddlers barely out of their diapers, even lug around gadgets and tinker with electronic devices in their waking hours, it is remarkable to see a child who enjoys books and readingthan shuffling through his or her parents tablet or mobile phone Not that there is a scarcity of reading materials for the child to devour bookstores are chock full of books for children of all ages to choose from But to actually have a book that talks about the Filipino culture, with the aim of preserving age old arts and traditions, and to write it in a way that it would cater and appeal to the young ones, is so refreshingly brilliant Guardians of Tradition is basically about the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan GaMaBa , an award bequeathed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts NCCA , as empowered by Republic Act No 7355, to select Filipinos who have, through the years, kept their respective traditional arts alive through consistent practice The text, as crafted by the late Mae Astrid Tobias, is simple enough that a child would be able to understand and appreciate it fully The photos of the awardees accompany the text and give the young reader an idea of how these exceptional Filipinos look like, and the illustrations of the boy Kiko and his Philippine eagle friend, Banog, make the workchild friendly I am imagining that kids who are of school age pre school to grade school would be able to understand the bookthan, say, my daughter who is only two years old, but I don t think it would hurt either to introduce them to the Filipino culture as early as their parents can The information contained in this work is invaluable in the preservation of the Filipino arts Before reading it, I wasn t even aware, myself, that these arts existso, that there are individuals who have been doing it their entire lives, and are therefore masters at it I am amazed at the richness of the Filipino culture, and I admire these GaMaBa awardees for their passion.My favorite feature of this novel work is the fact that it is interactive after almost every entry about a particular GaMaBa awardee, there is a fun activity that the child and the parent can work on together, which is related to the art perpetuated by the said awardee For example, in the entry about Samaon Sulaiman, recognized for his expertise in playing the kutyapitwo stringed lute , the activity involves the creation of the child s own kutyapi using materials that can be readily seen around the house, such as an old shoebox and rubber bands In the entry about Hadja Amina Appi, a Sama woman from Tawi Tawi who weaves mats from pandan leaves, the activity requires strips of paper and glue for the child and the parent to create their own miniature mat Th inclusion of these simple activities makes reading the book not only fun, but it also creates ways for the child and the parent to have a fewminutes of bonding time.As a parent and as a Filipino, I highly recommend that every Filipino parent get their child children a copy of this book It will not only preserve Philippine culture and tradition through knowledge dissemination, but it will also increase awareness on the part of the young readers about these traditions that are distinctly our own For, truly, these outstanding artists are an inspiration to every Filipino young and old alike Book DetailsComplimentary review copy from the publisher, with a lovely CD recording of the music of Manlilikha ng Bayan Samaon Sulaiman, courtesy of NCCA When I was a kid, I loved watching those early morning educational shows on TV I thought it was such a genius thing but I felt really bad because they weren t available in my school I mean, why can t we watch it at nine in the morning They re educational So come summer vacation, I end up watching them religiously every morning, over breakfast, before I get asked to do chores I loved the historical shows the most,than the science ones, because I loved how they were told and it helped m When I was a kid, I loved watching those early morning educational shows on TV I thought it was such a genius thing but I felt really bad because they weren t available in my school I mean, why can t we watch it at nine in the morning They re educational So come summer vacation, I end up watching them religiously every morning, over breakfast, before I get asked to do chores I loved the historical shows the most,than the science ones, because I loved how they were told and it helped me remember history a little easier than just simply reading it.Reading Guardians of Tradition The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan reminded me of those days when I watched those shows This book by Mae Astrid Tobias, illustrated by Rommel E Joson and with photos by Renato S Rastrollo, is a children s book about the different indigenous and folk artists of the Philippines These are people who were awarded by the government the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan to let the country know about their art These people are the best weavers, folk musicians, performing artists, mat weavers and metal smiths in the Philippines The book talks about them, who they are, what they do, and it even includes some fun activities to help the readers appreciate what these people do The book is narrated by two characters Kiko and Banog, and it is filled with colorful photos and illustrations for not just young but also the old readers.In a nutshell, I really enjoyed this book It s not often I read a children s book, and this one is a really pretty one I loved the binding, and the glossy pages I also love the illustrations and how the two main characters or tour guides seem so fun They make it easier for the books to be read, and it didn t seem like a simple history arts culture book I honestly haven t heard of anyone in the book, and it was fun reading about them and what they do I figure I ve probably seen some of these pieces, but I never knew the history behind it, andimportantly, the people behind them There s also a glossary of terms at the back for review, and a map of the Philippines that points out the locations of the people featured in the book.I could easily this book as an app, or a TV show, especially since the two characters seem to be drawn for that I would love to have another volume for this book, because I m pretty sure there arethan 11 of these people in the country They truly are guardians of our tradition, and it made me proud to be born and raised in a country with such colorful culture Also posted at I Like it Dog Eared