It almost didn’t happen, with Philippine Airlines cancelling our flight because of Typhoon Glenda. Thankfully, we were able to rebook everything without more hassle than merely moving the whole of our trip a day later.
So we spent the week of National Children’s Book Day—officially on July 15 this year, but again with postponements due to Glenda, will be celebrated today instead—in Batanes, which I think is every Filipino’s dream local destination. And rightfully so, because it is as majestic and culturally rich as it is touted to be. GettingPaged decided to spend the last full day of our trip thanking our wonderful Ivatan hosts by doing our bookdrop right there, in Basco, Batanes.
We had five books to drop, each one a PBBY-Salanga Prize and PBBY-Alcala Prize award-winner and each one also signed by its author and/or illustrator. We tried really hard to choose a spot of relevance to the book, to children, and to the NCBD celebrations. (We also had to put the books in ziplock bags, because of the unpredictable weather.)
We had so much fun doing this bookdrop that we have decided to do this every time we’re on vacation somewhere. More than making us feel good for doing something nice, it gave us a new way of exploring a new place, and we ended up getting to know Basco a little better.
Thank you so much to the volunteers, authors, and illustrators who helped us with this book event! (Belated) Happy National Children’s Book Day, everyone!