The A to Z of Philippine Culture Explained In One Nifty Book
Learning about Philippine culture can be overwhelming, and this visually stunning book written by Eugene Y. Evasco and illustrated by Aaron Asis aims to present a lot of important things about the country with Alpabeto ng Kulturang Filipino. The book, which took two years to complete, is set to launch today, September 20, at Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Historian Ambeth R. Ocampo has nothing but high praises for the volume: "Letras y figuras was an ingenious art form that used multiple figures of people and scenes of 19th-century Philippine life to form letters that spell out a person' name. Eugene Y. Evasco and Aaron Asis have drawn on this art form and updated it for the 21st century fusing images and concepts to spell out images and aspects of Philippine culture that spell out what is to be Filipino."
Alpabeto ng Kulturang Filipino features various elements that make up local culture, from our modes of transportation through history to customs and traditions in different provinces. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a specific culture-related word, which is complemented with an illustration.
Evasco is a creative writing professor at the University of the Philippines - Diliman. He specializes in children's literature, particularly in the Filipino language. Asis, a freelance illustrator, has been a member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan since 2012.
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