Last week, Lampara Publishing House launched its latest young adult fiction series called Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Batang Aswang. Written by master storyteller Segundo ‘Kuya Jun’ Matias, Jr. and illustrated by award-winning artist and illustrator Jomike Tejido, the book is said to be the first in a series that is described to be 50% mythology, 50% adventure and 100% Filipino.
The series follows the adventures of Moymoy who, though raised by humans, finds out that he is actually the child of a goddess and a “tibaro”, or magical being. Bullied as a child, Moymoy discovers his talent for shape-shifting in order to escape danger. His adventures begin when he returns to the world of Gabun, and discovers his role in the world of aswangs, duwendes and the like. Moymoy discovers that the markings on his chest form the image of half the map towards the land of Panalturan, a sacred land for the “tibaro.” The other half of the map is imprinted on the chest of Moymoy’s long-lost twin, Alangkaw. Alangkaw however was raised by Buhawan, a corrupted “tibaro” who aims to reunite the twins in order to use the map for his own greedy purposes.
Matias, a long-time advocate of children’s literacy, was especially invested in the making of this series. A native of Pampanga, he recalls his childhood spent playing among ricefields and riversides, his playtime enriched with stories of aswang, duwende and other Filipino mythologies. With the advent of foreign book series for young adults such as Harry Potter, Twilight and the like, Matias set out to make a series with the Filipino audience in mind.
Segundo Matias, Jr.
Matias was once a screen writer for films and television before he entered the world of children’s literature. He has written screenplays for Viva Films, Seiko Films, and Regal Films, as well as teleplays for various TV shows, including Lino Brocka Presents.
Matias, also known by his persona “Kuya Jun,” is a storyteller and has published over 1500 books for children and young adults including the series titles: “Makabagong Alamat”, “Mga Kuwentong Nanay”, and “Mga Kuwentong Dapat Mong Malaman”. His “Alamat ng Duhat” won first prize at the 2011 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
In 2012, his “Ang Papag ni Tatang” merited an honorable mention citation from the PBBY-Salanga Prize. His other awards include receiving a first honorable mention citation for the teleplay, “Loida: Taxi Driver” during the 1991 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.
As “Kuya Jun,” he is the storyteller in the widely circulated DVD series Ang Mga Kuwento ni Kuya Jun.
Jomike Tejido, aside from being an architect, is a premier author and illustrator of almost 70 children’s book. Among his published works are “Tagu-Taguan” ( Best Reads 2010), “Pundido” (Golden Book 2002), “Ma-Me-Mi-Mumu!”, “Foldabots Toy Books” and the “Jepoy Dyip” series. His paintings on banig have been exhibited in solo shows in Manila and in group shows in Tokyo, Paris and the USA. Through his works, he aims to showcase the richness of Filipino culture. His banig paintings were featured in the Lampara Book “Mabuting Pilipino” written by singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon.
Other than visual arts, Tejido is a toy enthusiast, and a soccer fan. He loves to travel in order to see different cultures here and abroad.
Inspired by local folklore, written and illustrated by Filipino talents and published locally, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Batang Aswang is a literary gem made by Filipinos for Filipinos.
For inquiries, visit www.lamparabooks.com.ph, or call Lampara Book Publishing at Tel. No. (02) 414-6188; Fax No. (02) 367-6222 or send email: [email protected]
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