I am beyond excited to finally share a project that I’ve kept secret since I started working on it last year.
I’M A PUBLISHED CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR!!! *cue happy tears* 😱😭😭
Being a children’s book illustrator is just one of my many dreams, and I still can’t even believe that it came true in the form of Bilangan sa Karagatan, a charming story written by Ms Raissa Rivera Falgui about two merpeople counting the creatures in the ocean. It’s the perfect little book for toddlers learning how to read and count.
Last Saturday was the book launch of Vibal Publishing’s 5 new Chikiting Books (Bilangan sa Karagatan included) at the Manila International Book Fair and, well, I’ll let the vlog and photos tell the story XD
You probably can’t tell from the picture but my hands were shaking in excitement when I saw the banner LOL
They even had this mini gallery of illustrations from their books! Mine are the two purple ones 💜
My super proud momma 💕
(From Left to Right) Tunogzzz illustrator Mary Rosebelle Harlan with the author Ma. Plaza Policarpio, author Genaro Gojo Cruz (he wrote three books: May Gulong na Bahay, Si Julie Gandionco at ang Kaniyang Panaderya, and Alpabeto sa Bayong), and me! I do wish I could’ve met the author of Bilangan sa Karagatan but she was unable to come.
I didn’t know there was going to be a book signing haha! Just act like you know what you’re doing, Jeca!
Baby Zoee has got to be my favorite book buyer from the launch! Her mom was looking at the books on our table when Zoee reached out towards Bilangan sa Karagatan! 😭💕😭 They went home with 6 new Chikiting Books. I hope they enjoy the books, and that Baby Zoee learns a lot from them!
*Sees someone buying Bilangan sa Karagatan*
Me: (pokes my mom excitedly) Ma! Ma! Ma! May bumibili!!! (There’s someone’s buying the book!)
Ms Thea: uyy, kinikilig ka? (uyy, are you excited?)
Sorry I don’t really know the English translation of “kilig” hahahah!
Thank you so much Ms Thea for being very friendly and helpful, and for making me feel comfortable! Also, check out my unplanned matching outfit with the Vibal team haha!
Huge thank you to Vibal Publishing for the opportunity to illustrate for them!
Bilangan sa Karagatan is now available in local bookstores! You can also send a message to Vibal Group on Facebook for orders 💕