Sometimes kids will find a book interesting when it is not a school-issued book (maybe they think it is more interesting). And that's what we hope for when he--and you--see this book, Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know, from the editors of the popular blog, "FilipiKnow.net."
Like the blog, the book is filled with amazing trivia about our country's history and heritage (there are also myths and urban legends that kids will like even more). Here are some of our favorites you and your child can discover together:
1. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio are not the only national heroes we should get to know.
Apolinario Mabini, Antonio Luna, and Gregorio del Pilar, also had meaningful contributions in history. Some tidbits of trivia: Mabini had an exceptional memory. General Luna helped establish the first military academy for Filipino soldiers. Del Pilar, the hero of Tirad Pass, knows Pinoy martial arts or arnis de mano.
2. More Filipino women played a part in our history--and not just in the sidelines. We have Filipina warriors who were instrumental the fight for our freedom. Trinidad Tecson was the only woman to undergo blood compact when she enlisted for the Katipuneros. Agueda Kahagaban, the Joan of Arc of the Tagalog, was the first and only woman general in the Katipunan. Teresa Magbanua was the Joan of Arc of the Visayas. These can easily be your daughters' role models.
3. We have always been a nation home to great Filipino athletes, too!
You already know track and field legend Lydia de Vega, champion bowler Paeng Nepumoceno, and our most recent Olympic medalist Hidylyn Diaz. We also have two-time Olympian swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso. Long before the Azkals, Paulino Alcantara was the first Asian (and Pinoy) to play for a European football league.
4. There are more traditional Filipino games other than patintero and sungka. Babuy-babuyan has nothing to do with pigs, but with catching as many insects as you can from the ground. You lure them out of the soil with bait from a hair strand. We also have our own version of tag, and it's called Araw-Lilim, where the tagger can only tag players touched by sunlight.
5. Pinoy expressions were a lot quirkier than today. If you need a lesson to interpret what kids today mean when they say YOLO, maybe you can also school them on the old-school sayings and their etymologies. For example, explain to them how expressions such as "para kang sirang plaka," "kahiramanang suklay," "bulang gugo," "giyera patani," or "topo-topo barega." Dare them to use these with their peers!
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Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know (P275) is now available on book stores and newsstands.