More Information for Mga Kuwentong
Three folktales from the Philippines, told in English and Tagalog, attempt
to explain the inexplicable while passing along cultural images and stimulating
Kuwentong Bayan: Folk Stories from the Philippines
Alice Lucas, Editor
In English and Tagalog, 1995, 64 pages, duotone illustrations
Hardcover (0-936434-85-6) $18.95
Paper (0-936434-89-9) $12.95
Set of two audiocassettes $15
Teacher's Guide $5
Mga Kuwentong Bayan retells three precolonial
folk tales. "A Creation Story" begins with a world of
sky and water and tells how the first humans, male and female, emerged
from a bamboo reed."The Monkey and the Turtle," like
animal stories worldwide, teaches lessons about human behavior through
animals who embody traits like selfishness, trickery and wisdom. "Aponitolau
and the Star Maiden," a love story that connects earth and sky,
provides glimpses into traditional Filipino rural life. An important
book for young Filipino Americans, helping to connect them with their
language and culture and expose them to traditional island music.
Included is an introductory essay exploring the cultural significance of folk
tales and an essay examining the history of written Tagalog with a glossary.
On the audiocassettes, the three folk tales are told by a professional actor
in both English and Tagalog, accompanied by music performed on traditional
How This Book Came About
This book was published as part of the New Faces of Liberty project, funded
by the Zellerbach Family Fund, and directed by Alice Lucas. The tales were
collected by Carl Angel, who also illustrated the book.
About the Artists and Designers
Alice Lucas, Editor: A former public school teacher in San Francisco,
Alice Lucas directed the New Faces of Liberty project, under which this book
was published. Lucas has had a long interest in developing curriculum materials
for immigrant students.
Carl Angel, Illustrator: A Hawaii-born Filipino and now a Study Center
designer and artist, Angel's first solo exhibition was a series of 10 paintings
based on the mythology and folklore of the Philippines. In this book he explores
the connection between symbolism and storytelling.
Lenny Limjoco, Designer: A photographer, journalist and Study Center
art director, Limjoco was born in the Philippines.
He returned there to document the country's turmoil before,
during and after the fall of the Marcos regime. His powerful photo book Kasama is
a result of that journey. In Mga Kuwentong Bayan he calls on his skills
as a photographer to create evocative duotones of Carl Angel's sophisticated
Wilma Consul, Translator: Journalist and the former editor of
Filipinas Magazine. She now lives in the Philippines.
Alex Torres, Narrator: An actor, musician and graphic designer,
Torres recorded both the English and Tagalog tracks on the audiocassettes.
Mahal: Using traditional Filipino instruments, Deo and Evelie
Arellano recorded the music that can heard on the audiocassettes.
Publishing for other books about the Philippines and Filipinos.