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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

The illustrator is a co-storyteller in a picture book. Pictures convey and amplify the themes and emotions of the story while being bound by the physical limitations of the printed book.

How exactly does the illustrator allow the reader to inhabit the storyworld? This session explores the different techniques an illustrator uses to depict places and spaces in a picture book. Dive into how an illustrator’s stylistic choices inform the story in three notable and award-winning Philippine children’s books.

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Rommel Joson

Rommel Joson

Rommel Joson is an illustator, painter, and educator based in Quezon City, Philippines. He received Honourable Mentions from the Philippine Board of Books for Young People-Alcala Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2021. He illustrated the book, Isang Harding Papel, which was awarded the 2015 Filipino Readers Choice Award, Best Children's Book. He currently teaches at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts.

Daniel Lorenzo Mariano

Moderator Daniel Lorenzo Mariano (Philippines)

Daniel works as a Project Development Officer III and OIC Division Chief at the Readership Development Division of the National Book Development Board (NBDB), spearheading flagship reading engagement projects such as the Book Nook Project and the Read for Empowerment and Advancement (READ) Campaign. He revels in writing Filipino creative nonfiction and conducting research in literary criticisms and language studies, particularly in orthography development.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.