Storytime! PH Consulate in NY hosts book reading to bring Pinoy folk tales to Fil-Am kids in the US

Headlining the events celebrating the Philippine National Heritage Month in May, the book “Once Upon the Sun and Sea” will take readers down memory lane with stories told by the elderly from the Philippines.

For Filipino-American families who have spent years away from their homeland, “Once Upon the Sun and Sea” offers a heartfelt journey back to their roots through the cherished folk tales as told by their elders.

At the same time, this book is “a love letter to the children of the Filipino diaspora,” especially those who barely know any folk tales from the Philippines, according to its authors Jo Tiongson-Perez and Denise Orosa.

Tiongson-Perez and Orosa are headlining a special book reading and signing event on May 4, coinciding with both the Philippine National Heritage and the Asian Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

Hosted by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and Sentro Rizal New York, this book reading event seeks to celebrate and preserve the country’s cultural heritage, especially for the younger Fil-Am generation.

“Events like this open up access to our Indigenous stories, historically characterized and othered as primitive or savage,” said Tiongson-Perez, as reported by US Bureau. “They can be powerful ways of reigniting pride in one’s cultural heritage.”

Consul General Senen Mangalile echoed this sentiment: “This engagement promotes cultural identity among Filipino Americans, especially the youth, fosters meaningful conversations within families about their ancestral roots and cultivates pride in their Filipino ethnicity.”