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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024
Co-organised with the National Book Development Board (NBDB), celebrate and experience the rich and diverse Filipino literary culture through the COF Philippines programmes.


The development of children's literature in the Philippines dates back to the pre-colonial era, when oral tradition teemed with lullabies, myths, epics, legends, riddles and proverbs of strange events and phenomena, mythical creatures and milieu.

When book swere first printed locally in 1593, publishers never looked back. Never absent of narratives to weave, children's stories have been captured through various forms and means throughout the centuries.

From the likes of Severino Reyes' fanstatical tales of Lola Basyang, to Mars Ravelo's comics protagonists like Darna, Dyesebel, Captain Barbell and Lastikman who reflected the issues of their time, to more modern depictions of lore and social norms like Eugene Evasco's YA novel, Anina ng mga Alon and Budjette Tan's graphic novel-turned-Netflix series, Trese, the Philippines and its kidlit/YA industry and creatives offer a smorgasbord of stories that surely reflect and resonate with both local and international readers.

At AFCC, meet with Filipino children's book writers, illustrators, publishers and more in these series of talks, panel discussions and workshops.  

Access these sessions with an AFCC Festival Pass
The full lineup of programmes will be updated here in the coming weeks.
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23 May (Thursday)

Championing Southeast Asian Cultures through Storytelling
23 May | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Presentation | English | L16, The Pod
Dante Francis M. Ang II Charisse Aquino-Tugade

24 May (Friday)

The Role of Spaces in Reclaiming Our Narratives
24 May | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Presentation | English | L16, The Pod
Charisse Aquino-Tugade
Writing Stories for Children: the Booklatan sa Bayan Experience
24 May | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Presentation | English | CTPL Programme Room 2
Carol Tapia