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Pinoy artists come together to promote safer environments for young children

Pope Francis has always been an advocate of children’s right. In fact, in a speech delivered at the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, Lolo Kiko asked for child abuse to stop. “Acts of violence take place not only in the home, but also in neighborhoods, schools, athletic facilities and, sadly, also in church settings.” Pope Francis said. “The time has come, then, to work together to eradicate the evil of child abuse” he continued.

In celebration of National Children’s Month, Filipino artistic groups come together to dedicate the whole month of November to raising awareness of children’s rights. It is a very special moment to impart to the young generation that we value their opinions and rights.

Inspired by the book Karapat-Dapat, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), CANVAS, and BLACK CANVAS presents “Batang Karapat-Dapat: a Mini-Festival on Child’s rights.” It is an event that will offer workshops for children and feature storytelling collaboration performances entitled “Mga Kuwentong Karapat-Dapat.”

Guests can expect a wide array of performances––shadowplay, dance, and music––by independent artist groups such as Anima Tierra, Daloy Dance Company, and Anino Shadowplay Collective every 2pm on November 20 and 23. These performances feature three original stories that focus on the value of home, society, and environment.

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Tahan Na, TahananTahan Na, Tahanan

Written by Maria Isabel Alarilla-Arellano and illustrated by Don M. Salubayba, Tahan Na, Tahanan follows the story of a young girl who comes to terms with her family’s decision to move after her mother tells her: “Ang tahanan ay dala-dala natin saan man tayo magpunta; Basta’t tunay ang ating pagmamahal sa isa’t-isa!” 

You can read the book online by clicking on this link.

Nadia and the Blue StarsNadia and the Blue Stars

In the middle of war, How does one survive? How does one recover? These are the questions Francesca Nicole Chan Torres ventured on in Nadia and the Blue Stars. Illustrated by Liv Romualdez Vinluan, the book tells the story of Nadia and how she showed her entire village how to be resilient.

You can read the book online by clicking on this link.

Inang Kalikasan’s Bad Hair Day

Inang Kalikasan’s Bad Hair Day

Written by Recle Etino Vibal And illustrated by John Paul Antido, Inang Kalikasan’s Bad Hair Day was first released on July 23, 2015. The book is about Mother Earth and her quest in finding the perfect crown.

You can read the book online by clicking on this link.

“Batang Karapat-Dapat” also marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention for child’s rights. The event is supported by artist partners and event sponsors, including the UBS and Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy of the Philippines, Save the Children Philippines and The Araneta Foundation.

Want to take part in this event that hopes to build a safer, more peaceful, and loving world not only for kids but for everyone? Admission is free! Reserve your tickets now by visiting CCP’s website and following CCP, CANVAS, and Black Canvas on Facebook for more information.


by Mark Baccay.

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