For His Love of Mother Tongue: Jerome Herrera on Translating ‘The Little Prince’ into Chavacano

by Nove Patangan I spent most of my teenage years back in my hometown in Dipolog City in Zamboanga. There, I met different people who spoke different languages, of which Chavacano is one. Although I can only speak a few Chavacano words, this language speaks to me a volume of the people’s culture and identity. So when I came across of a news about the newly-released Chavacano-translated version of The Little Prince, a 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, I was curious of the man behind this endeavor. Jerome Herrera is a Chavacano enthusiast from Zamboanga City, Philippines. He translated…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: Children’s Books #12daysofBookbedRecs

by Nove Patangan Plenty of my nephews and nieces are drowning in toys they no longer use, and buying them more stuff can feel like a gratuitous waste of precious house space (and money). Books then is a great alternative. I’m one of the typical titas who would rather spend a penny for a book that I feel my pamangkins would love to read. So when the Big Bad Wolf arrived in Davao, I thought this was the perfect time to stock up for the kid’s library. Since I can’t bring all of them here in the city since they live…

Meeting Different Kinds of Readers at the NBS #BookBingeBazaar in Davao

by Nove Patangan Yesterday was the second day of National Book Store’s Book Binge Bazaar, and it is also Davao’s first time to host this event. Since it’s the first in the Durian capital, it is expected that Dabawenyo avid readers will flock just to score titles at a low price. Apart from stumbling upon interesting books, we get to meet various kinds of readers. Now, it’s a known fact that no two readers are like. We have our own literary preferences, habits and quirks, and how we buy books are influenced by these. Check out some of the readers*…