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  • Gawad Panitikan Pangkalusugan: Promoting Children’s Health Awareness Through Filipino Storybooks

    The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority awards the winners for their nationwide children’s storybook writing competition to help raise awareness for children’s health and illnesses while celebrating Filipino ingenuity and culture.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • About the Gawad Panitikang Pangkalusugan
    The Gawad Panitikang Pangkalusugan is a nationwide children’s storybook writing competition with health as its main theme. Entries written in English, for eventual translation to Filipino, are principally geared to bring into light health issues and concepts to Filipino children aged 5 to 10 years old. The competition was opened to all Filipino citizens who are of legal age, and currently residing in the Philippines.

    The project sought to raise the following:
    •    relevant health concerns in the national consciousness
    •    an advocacy for literacy and education
    •    to celebrate Filipino ingenuity and culture.

    The venture aimed to separate itself from the current mainstream literature on children’s health by opening up this niche to writers who may explore other methods, literary forms (prose or poetry), genres (i.e. comedy, horror, science fiction, fantasy), and approaches in presenting an otherwise serious and scientific topic. It challenges participants to break away from a clinical, straightforward and sanitized presentation of health, and to mold it in a form that is enjoyable and of interest for its young audience.

    Tackling Philippine Health Myths
    In its pilot year, the competition carried the theme “Tabi-Tabi: Exploring Philippine Health Myths.” Entries were asked to tackle health myths corresponding to any one of four categories, namely: stomach (ex: diarrhea, intestinal worms); brain / behavior (ex: epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, child development); fever / infections (ex: measles, mumps, chicken pox, otitis media, conjunctivitis, dental caries); and nutrition (ex: childhood obesity). The winning entry from each category would comprise the set of stories to be published into a series of full-colored picture books.



    Click here to see the winning writers and illustrators.

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