(L-R): Sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz and Viel Aquino-Dee, author Yvette Fernandez and illustrator Abi Goy during the November 19 book launch at the Ayala Museum
Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. was a town mayor, a provincial governor, a Philippine senator, and a national hero. While his wife, Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino was a quite housewife, who, after Ninoy died for the country became the 11th president and the first woman president in the country’s history. They are the symbols of the Filipinos’ worth, dreams and hopes. This November, Dream Big Books, an imprint of Summit Books, shares how Ninoy and Cory taught their son, their daughters, and the rest of their country the value of dreaming big, fighting hard, and standing up for what they believe in, through the children’s book Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy.
Written by Town & Country’sYvette Fernandez, and illustrated by Abi Goy, Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy retells the story of how a family strengthened by faith, molded by difficulties and inspired by nationality, became the Philippines’ symbol of democracy and people power.
Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy also tells how President Noynoy Aquino, at a tender age of twelve, learned that the Philippines is more than just a country, it’s home – a home worth fighting and living for. Not only does he carry the name of his father and his grandfather, he also carries in his shoulders the mission and vision his parents died for.
A heartwarming and touching story about dreaming big, fighting hard and never giving up, Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy sets to inspire and remind readers the value of family and love for the country more than anything.
Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy was developed with the help of Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, and the Office of the President of the Philippines.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-Angat at Pag-Asa (AGAPP). The project’s goals are to enhance the resources of the nation’s public schools for supporting literacy development, and to help provide early childhood care and development (ECCD) programs for preschoolers.