Looking to add more good reads to your bedtime storyboook shelf? Inspire your child to express his creativity with the help of these Pinay celebrities who have taken their talent to the world of books.
1. Anne Curtis
Here’s Anne showing that’s she’s definitely more than just a pretty face. The actress and TV host has just recently become a children’s book author. Her book, titled Anita the Duckling Diva, was written for UNICEF as one of the six books included in the fund program’s first collection of children’s books called Children’s First! Storybooks. Anne is also UNICEF Philippine’s celebrity advocate for children.
Anita the Duckling Diva tells the story of a duckling who is bullied after singing in front of an audience. Despite this, and with the encouragement of her loved ones, she joins a singing contest and comes out a champion.
Other books included in UNICEF’s Children’s First! Storybooks include: Ang Sabi ni Nanay, Ang Sabi ni Tatay by Sacha Calagopi; Ang Dalawang Haring Siga by Rene O. Villanueva; Ang Bata sa Basket by Augie Rivera; Yaya Niya, Nanay Ko by Ma. Corazon Remigio; and Nina Wonders, Nina Asks by Marcy Dans Lee.
2. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan
Photo from Mommymaricel.com
Photo from Mommymaricel.com
Maricel can be remembered for her award winning roles in film such as Minsan Lamang Magmahal, Iisa Pa Lamang and Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin. But she’s not just an actress, she’s a mom of five first and an author with six books under her belt, three of which are children’s books.
Her first children’s book titled SuperBenj! was published in 2006 and won the Best Children's Book Award from the Catholic Mass Media Awards. The book is about a superhero with a heart condition, inspired by Maricel’s son Benj who had to undergo open-heart surgery.
The second book, Meet My Super Dad, features a boy who introduces the readers to his dad whom he believes is a superhero. Kuya na si Bunso, Maricel's third book, was inspired by her then youngest child Benj’s questions upon learning he was a soon-to-be big brother.
3. Rita Avila
Rita first made it big in the 80s with the late afternoon TV show That’s Entertainment. She has since acted on many films and TV dramas. What not many people know is that she’s also an author of children’s books. Her first book titled Si Erik Tutpik at si Ana Taba tackles friendship and bullying.
Her second is titled The Invisible Wings. “The Invisible Wings is about three siblings who want to do good things every day for the love of God. Little do they know that their guardian angels have put invisible wings on their backs,” Rita told The Philippine Star. Last year, she sent the book to the Pope and received a letter of reply from the Vatican expressing the pontiff’s gratitude.
She has also written an inspiration booklet titled 8 Ways to Comfort with Grace which she wrote based on her experiences after losing her premature baby.
4. Tintin Babao
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Christine Bersola-Babao, who is known in the public eye as Tintin Babao, is a broadcast journalist, TV host and prolific children’s book author. She has written six so far, the most popular of which being Basura Monster.
Basura Monster teaches kids the importance of caring for the environment and how not doing so can lead to dire consequences. The book has sold over 120 thousand copies and has endorsements from the Department of Education and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Her other books includes Bryan Learns His Lesson, Superhero Nio, The Story of Christine, Bakit Siya Mayroon, Bakit Ako Wala? and Kontra, Bida, Big Boy Buwaya.
5. Heart Evangelista
The TV and film actress didn’t technically author a children’s book but she did have a hand at creating one by taking on the important job of illustrating it. Heart has quite the talent for painting and she’s lent that talent to the children’s book titled Daughter of the Sun and the Moon, with words by designer-entrepreneur Rocio Olbes.
“The book is a fairy tale, and fairy tales are meant to inspire. It is about love overcoming despair, and believing that, no matter what, what you find to be true will work out in the end,” Rocio told Manila Bulletin.