Some of Sergio’s works include Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu!, Tuwing Sabado, Ay, Naku!, and Tight Times. Many of these are awarded with local and international honors, such as the Philippine Board on Books for Young People –Alcala Illustrator’s Prize, the National Children’s Book Award, and the International Board on Books for Young People-Sweden Peter Pan Prize.
May Darating na Trak Búkas is one his latest offerings. Now, a Sambat Trust school library has a copy of this book, thanks to Sergio's kind donation.
You’re very welcome! I hope kids will love it as I did in creating the book.
Surely, they will! Can you tell us a little more about this wonderful poetry book?
We really wanted to make the book special and beautiful, as you can see from the printing and binding, and of course with the heartwarming content. A hardbound children’s book is very rare locally, and it’s like holding a real work of art, only in book form! It’s our “gift” to kids.
It actually started with one of my sketches. We experimented on the “reverse process” of creating a book: coming up with images first as inspiration for the story. In this case, I made several drawings, from which I outlined the imagery to form a storyline. Then the publishing team asked Sir Rio, which I’m very grateful that he found time, to write a poem inspired from the imagery.
It was a pleasure creating the book because I was given a lot of room for creative expression. That independence means I can offer a lot of ideas to make the book more beautiful.
Illustrating a poetry book can be a bit more experimental than picture storybooks. For me, that is more fun.
I think that by offering a beautiful book, both inside and out, many kids might learn to appreciate the power it has to transform and inspire imagination, and hopefully treasure a book forever.
What book projects can we expect from you? Are we going to see more poetry book illustrations?
Hopefully, I can make more poetry books or books with lesser words. I would like to come up with my own wordless book someday.
I’m just grateful that they appreciate my perspective in illustrating. I hope that they will be able to share that magic to many kids and people in general as possible.