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Monday, June 17, 2019

'Sandangaw' in Woodside, Queens: A Waray Children's Book Launch, June 23

(UPDATED 6/17/19) - Sari-Sari Storybooks has informed us that the author Voltaire Oyzon, will not be present at this event. Please be advised accordingly.

New York - Sari-Sari Storybooks, Topaz Arts, the Filipino School of New York-New Jersey, PAL/Pilipinx American Library, and Atlantic Pacific Theatre is celebrating the launch of the newest Sari-Sari Storybook, "Sandangaw: a Waray Tale" on June 23 Sunday beginning 3PM at Topaz Arts Gallery 5503 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377.

This is the third U.S. launch celebrating this charming story of tenacious little Sandangaw and his quest to grow.

Voltaire Q. Oyzon, the author will be reading from the story and play a short video. There will be crafts for the kids, and Filipino sweets will be served. This is a kid-friendly event, all ages welcome.

Books will be available for purchase ($10 each).

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About the story:

written in Waray by Voltaire Q. Oyzon
illustrated by Ray Nazarene Sunga
translated into English by Merlie M. Alunan and Firie Jill T. Ramos

Little Sandangaw might just be a handspan tall, but he wants to do all the things that bigger children do. If only his family weren’t so afraid he’d be blown away, dragged, or stepped on! When the village magic woman tells him to visit the Eagle of Mt. Danglay for help, Sandangaw learns what it takes to grow.

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About Sari-Sari Storybooks:
Sari-Sari Storybooks is an Oakland-based independent press that celebrates the quirky magic of Filipino storytelling. We publish picture books for 5-8 year olds, written to the multilingual cultures of the Philippines, and gorgeously illustrated by artists from around the Philippines. We love Filipino stories, and hope you do, too.

About Topaz Arts:
A pioneer in the Queens area, Topaz Arts brings contemporary artists and new works to the community, encouraging dialogue among different disciplines & diverse cultures, stimulating new ideas and new ways of working. Topaz Arts, Inc was founded in 2000 by artists Todd B. Richmond and Paz Tanjuaquio, to provide a place where the facilities meet the needs of artists – a space where collaborations can flourish, and the process can be shared with the community.

About the Filipino School of NY-NJ:
The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey, founded in 2008, promotes the learning of Philippine language and arts, and the understanding of Philippine culture, values and tradition. We take pride in our Filipino heritage and aim to provide quality programming through innovative, creative and engaging approaches to ensure an educational experience that is of value and high standards. Our heritage. Our legacy.

About PAL / Pilipinx American Library:
PAL / Pilipinx American Library is a bi-coastal, mobile non-circulating library that centers local + global Pilipinx narratives and print histories by writers, poets, artists, and scholars across the diaspora. It is based in Queens, NY and the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Atlantic Pacific Theatre:
ATLANTIC PACIFIC THEATRE is a theater company that creates theatre works, community programs, and social practice art experiences towards cultural equity for and with the Asian Pacific Islander (API) diaspora community and beyond. We aim to enhance the public’s understanding, empathy, and awareness of the API diaspora in local and transnational contexts. The company's underpinning values of cross cultural exchange and pluralism center our work on polycultural narratives between communities of color across geographical borders.

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