Portal: Chikiting

From Wikipilipinas: The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A Guide to Philippine Children's Literature

Chikiting Reads
Mga Kuwento ni Lola BasyangThe MatsYou're A StarNaku, nakuu, nakuuu!Hilong TalilongDagat Sa Kama Ni TroyPapel de LihaThe Yellow Paper Clip with Bright Purple SpotsTight Times
Rene VillanuevaEugene EvascoLuis P. GatmaitanAlfredo SalangaLara SaguisagAmelia Lapeña-BonifacioHeidi Emily AbadChristine BelenCarla PacisSally EugenioLina Diaz de RiveraIsabella Clarisse Juria
Larry AlcalaJomike TejidoFerdinand DoctoleroLiza AlcarazRuben de JesusMarcus NadaElbert OrSergio Bumatay IIIMichael AdraoMariano ChingBeth Parocha DoctoleroBlooey SingsonMarcus Nada
Manolo SilayanCharlyn Chua
Adarna HouseAnvil PublishingOMF Literature Inc.LG&M CorporationTahanan BooksLampara Publishing House
Children's Book Awards
National Book Award for Children's LiteratureSalanga Writers' PrizeAlacala Illustrators' Prize
PBBYAlitaptap Storytellers PhilippinesKUTINGSASAng INKThe Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators



During the early part of the 1900s, the only book available for Filipino children was the caton or cartilla--an instructional book on the Roman alphabet. When the Americans came, they introduced Filipino readers to Aesop's Fables, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland, and many others. After some time, local folktales were adapted to cope with the lack of reading materials for children. Severino Reyes--more popularly known as Lola Basyang--started by writing a series of tales in Liwayway Magazine. Camilo Osias and Juan C. Laya soon followed by publishing supplementary materials for students in elementary and high school. With these books serving as precursors to children's literature, readership and learning soon flourished in the country.

Over the past years, there have been significant efforts to uplift children's literature in the Philippines. In line with this great cause, WikiPilipinas presents the Philippine children's literature portal Chikiting. Chikiting compiles information on local children's books published throughout history. Featured in this portal are prolific authors, illustrators, and storytellers. Through Chikiting, WikiPilipinas lauds the efforts of the country's leading children's book publishers and organizations. WikiPilipinas joins them in working to raise readership and learning in the Philippines.

Join us too! Register now at WikiPilipinas and help enrich the Philippine Children's Literature Portal!

Featured Article


Grande Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater


Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, also known as Tita Amel, is a playwright, writer, and a set designer. She is dubbed "The Grande Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater." She started receiving awards and editorships for her writing as early as high school and college. Her set designing began in the University of the Philippines where she earned a Fulbright-Smith Mundth Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She became Research Fellow of several local and international grants. In 1977, she founded and managed "Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas," an official UP children’s theater and puppetry troupe... (read more)

Chikiting Reads


Yummy Fly Pie

Yummy Fly Pie.jpg

Yummy Fly Pie is a flip-flap book on what animals eat, the sounds they make and how to politely say “no, thank you!” This book is freshly-baked by Jomike Tejido, who also worked on the illustrations. It was published by LG&M Corporation, an affiliate of the country's biggest educational publisher, Vibal Publishing... (read more)

Special Portals


History.png Aklas
Battles, Revolts, and Uprisings
Maskarra-festival.jpg Fiesta
Philippine Feasts
Fashionlogo.jpg Moda
Philippine Fashion and Style
Book-icon1.jpg Edukasyon
Philippine Education
Folklorelogo.jpg Alamat
Philippine Myths and Legends
Kenkoy-head.png Komiks
The Philippine Komiklopedia
Musiclogo.jpg Musika
Original Pilipino Music
Travel-Guide---icon.png Travel Guide
Online Guide to the Philippines
Government-and-Politics.png Barangay
Philippine Barangay Database
Culture-and-Arts.png Kusina
Unique Filipino Food
Filmlogo.jpg Pelikula
The Philippine Cinemapedia
Filipina-icon.png Women's Portal
Encyclopedia Filipina
Bulilitportalicon.png Chikiting
Philippine Children's Literature
Spinning-top.png Laro
Traditional Philippine Games
Jose rizal 01.jpg Rizaliana
Encyclopedia on Jose Rizal
Old-recorder.png Nostalgia
Philippine Memorabilia
Communities.png Etniko
Philippine Ethnic Groups
Book.png Libro
Filipiniana Books Collection
Media-and-Entertainment.png Teleserye
Philippine TV Series Guide
Blueagle.png Philippine Species
Philippine Flora and Fauna