Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin
Posted on September 24, 2012 by Saab Magalona
The reason why I love the TV show
Modern Family so much is because it wasn't afraid to tackle real life family issues.
Of course some of the themes and humor are not for younger audiences so lucky for them young ones, there's now a local children's storybook
that discusses unconventional family set ups.
I'm proud to present to you the 2006 First Prize awardee in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin written by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and illustrated by my friend CJ de Silva.
Maraming anyo ang pamilya. Tulad ng mga bulaklak sa isang halamanan, mayroon itong iba’t ibang itsura, kulay, bango, at laki. Sapagkat ang anumang uri ng pagsasamang nakasandig sa pag-ibig ay dapat kilalanin bilang pamilya. Isa rito ang kuwento ni Ikaklit. Bagaman iba sa trasdisyunal, maituturing na pamilya ang samahang bumibigkis sa kaniya at sa dalawa niyang ina.
CJ first encountered this short story as an assigned reading in her Panitikang Pilipino 19 (Sexuality in Philippine Literature) class in UP Diliman
last 2007. Her professor mentioned that the story got rejected by mainstream publications
for its homosexual theme. CJ looked for the writer and presented to illustrate for free, as long as they could publish
and share it to the world. They worked on it for a year and they just launched it last September 13th.
I think it's important for children to be aware of people who are not exactly like them so they can grow up to be open-minded and respectful of others' beliefs. It's a good gift idea especially for those who are just starting a family!
For now, Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin
is available at the UP Faculty Center or you may send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or cjdesilva.com
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