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

Our stories deserve the world, just as the world deserves our stories: this is the motto by which Executive Director Charisse Aquino-Tugade led the National Book Development Board (NBDB) to champion the growth of the Philippine book publishing industry.

In this session, Aquino-Tugade tells the tale of her work to reclaim and decolonise narratives, community and processes. Her campaign re-centred the nation’s perspective to prioritise mother-tongue languages and to use books as tools for deep engagement—from creating reading centres in indigenous areas to mobilising policy makers, to prioritising Filipino stories.

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Charisse Aquino-Tugade

Charisse Aquino-Tugade (Philippines)

Charisse Aquino-Tugade is the Executive Director of the National Book Development Board (NBDB). She is a cultural worker, primary mover for CulturAid, founder of The Manila Collectible Co., and founding Director of Museo ng Muntinlupa. As the NBDB Executive Director, she is working on the National Book Database to standardize publishing industry metadata and bibliographic information of Filipino-authored publications. She also envisioned and spearheaded The Book Nook, which are storytelling and reading communities that provide Pinoy books for kids and kids-at-heart from Ifugao to Tawi-Tawi. Charisse has a B.A. in Anthropology and Marketing from San Francisco State University and is pursuing her graduate studies in Museum Studies at Harvard.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.