Jul 11, 2023 | Press Release

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, through its Intertextual Division in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) celebrates National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) with a series of book activities on July 18, 2023 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater).

Now in its 40th year, the event is held every third Tuesday of July to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s rendition of the folktale ‘The Monkey and the Turtle’ in the July 1889 issue of Trubner’s Oriental Record in London.

Theme for this year’s event is entitled “Basa. Bayan. Bukas.” The program includes a presentation of New Children’s Books, Keynote speech by Mighty Magulang/Mona Veluz, musical performance by Kabataang Gitarista, awarding of the 2023 PBBY-Salanga and PBBY-Alcala Prizes, storytelling of the winning piece, opening of an Art Exhibit, viewing of Himig Himbing videos from the CCP Arts Education Department, talks, art exhibit tour with artist Jomar Galutera, and storytelling with games, among other activities.

Besides championing the importance of nurturing the curiosity and imagination of young readers, the CCP and PBBY also focus on recognizing the best work of children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers.

The event is made possible in line with CCP’s vision to be the leading institution for arts and culture in the Philippines recognized globally in promoting artistic excellence and nurturing the broadest publics in art making and appreciation, and mission to promote and preserve the best of Filipino arts and culture by embodying the values of katotohanan (truth), kagandahan (beauty) and kabutihan (goodness).

Interested parties may bring any kind of children’s book for donation. It will serve as one person’s entrance ticket to the venue. The collected books will be given to the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.

For more information on NCBD, visit the CCP, CCP Intertextual, and PBBY Facebook pages.  Follow the CCP official accounts on Twitter @The CCPofficial and Instagram @culturalcenterph or send to CCP’s e-mail ( for queries.

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