BAYBAYIN – Philippine indigenous script
- Baybayin.com – Christian Cabuay (a.k.a. Kristian Kabuay) developed this website to educate others and propagate the script, as well as his Baybayin-inspired artwork. There is a printable chart of the script as well as tutorials.
An Introduction to Baybayin– a 50-page primer on Baybayin by Christian Cabuay
- Baybayin script – Christian Cabuay’s guide to writing the script. Scroll down for the chart of Baybayin characters and have fun!
CHILDREN’S BOOKS (see also Folk Tales, Customs or Language below)
Araw Sa Palengke– I love this book! The illustrations are adorable, especially the palengke (market) scene, and the story warm and funny at times, giving us a glimpse of a Filipino child going to market with mom. And the ending is priceless. 😉
Cora Cooks Pancit– Another sweet book that evokes the warmth of mother’s kitchen and Pinoy family life. Has a pancit recipe at the back – it just might inspire kids to start cooking pancit! 😉
Haluhalo Espesyal– a wonderful story book capturing the strong bond between Lola and her apo (grandchild), and Lola’s amazing cooking. Great introduction to a few dishes and snacks that bring back memories…Also has a recipe for halu-halo at the end. Unfortunately no longer in print, but maybe secondhand copies available.
CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
Salamat Po! Learning About Showing Respect In The Filipino Culture– a very short illustrated children’s book on customs like pagmamano and saying “po“. Cute way of introducing little ones to these unfamiliar customs.
DICTIONARY (see also Language)
Tagalog-English/English-Tagalog Standard Dictionary: Pilipino-Inggles, Inggles-Pilipino Talahuluganang (Hippocrene Standard Dictionaries)– by far the best dictionary of this kind that I’ve seen. It includes grammar rules, word lists, accent marks, and a large vocabulary. A bit pricey, but well worth it.aby fartio by far the best dictionary I’ve seen- it has grammar rules, word lists, accent marks, and a large vocabulary. A bit pricey, but well worth it.
FOLK TALES AND LEGENDS
Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella– the Cinderella tale with a Philippine twist. Somewhat awkwardly written in my opinion, but the beautifully detailed illustrations make it worthwhile. Title page is written in Baybayin. Some parts may be inappropriate for sensitive or younger children (ie. people /animal treated cruelly), best for ages 8 or 9+.
Once In The First Times: Folk Tales From The Philippines– a compilation of short Philippine folk tales, both before and after Spanish colonization. Beautifully written but this reprint is way overpriced. Try finding a secondhand copy of the older version if you don’t mind used books.
French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters– Though obviously not Filipino, this book enlightened me as to how and why Filipino kids, too, eat everything, and how we could help our own kids do the same. You can view my post on this – How to Raise a Foodie (or Ten Tips for Raising Foodies).
Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life– Fr. Leo wonderfully combines great food and recipes (not necessarily Filipino) with food for the soul – inviting families to share meals together again, just like back home. Check out his website at – Grace Before Meals.
Memories of Philippine Kitchens– excellent resource on quintessential Filipino cuisine! This book contains the history of Filipino dishes, recipes, and wonderful photos evoking memories of cooking back home.
- Filipino Cuisine in the News
LANGUAGE (see also Dictionary)
Filipino Friends– great illustrated book of Filipino words including those for family members, some customs, food and games, numbers, weather etc. Makes a great gift, too!
– a rhyming book of Filipino words from A to Z. Rhymes are a bit forced at times, but illustrations are cute. Good introduction to quite a few basic Filipino words.
My First Book of Tagalog Words: Filipino Rhymes and Verses
Last updated: May 19, 2015
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