Tahanan Books turned 25!
25 Years of Making & Celebrating Children’s Books
Despite rain or heavy traffic, authors, artists, book designers, publishing collaborators, friends and family filled the Milky Way Café in Makati City to celebrate Tahanan Books’ quarter-century of creating meaningful books for Filipinos.
Reni Roxas established Tahanan Books in 1992 and managed to rise from the ashes to achieve more milestones for the local children’s book industry, producing an impressive array of more than 150 original titles. Its diverse publist showcases bilingual and Filipino picture books, biographies of heroes, folk tale and short story anthologies, reference and science books. Tahanan has dedicated itself to making quality books for Filipino. Named for the Filipino word for “home,” Tahanan aims to nurture a passion for learning with books that celebrate Philippine culture and history.
The thanksgiving merienda was hosted by the fabulous Tessa Prieto-Valdez, kicking off with a quick trivia quiz about Tahanan Books. She then passed on the mic to Carla Pacis, a Gawad Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Children’s Literature in English, to say a few words and invited a few more friends to talk about their favorite adventures with Reni from her years abroad and in Manila. With the guests waxing nostalgic, Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz, the National Book Development Board Chairperson, took the stage to deliver a roast and toast that felt more like a thoughtful letter from a lifelong friend. To close the celebration, Reni expressed her gratitude to the people who helped her lead Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc. to its 25th year and her hopes to bring even more Filipino books to families here and across the globe.