Looking for a Filipino novel for beginning chapter book readers? Check out Supremo – written by Xi Zuq and illustrated by Al Estrella!
“Kalahating okey at kalahating hindi talaga okey ang tinibok ng puso ko. Mas magandang maging Supremo ako dahil mas madali kong pagsisilbihan ang paaralan. Pero naintindihan ko na ring manalo man o matalo, ang mahalaga ay gawin ang mabuti para sa paaralan.”
Meet Leandro Aponesto or Andro for short. He is an incoming Grade 6 student and he wants to be the next Supremo of his school. A Supremo is pretty much like the chairman or president of the student government. In this book, Andro and his friend Miyo try their best to win the elections. What started out as a quest for popularity soon became a learning experience on what it means to give true service.
KIDS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“‘… Gusto kong tumulong kasi magiging sikat ako. Parang si meyor, naging sikat siya no’ng ginawa niya ang Mark Trasfiguracion Libreng Tuli Program. Kung hindi lang ako tapos nang magpatuli, pipila rin ako sa Barangay Clinic.’
Tumawa ako. ‘Basta sa akin, totoong pagtulong.’
‘Bakit? Hindi ba totoong pagtulong ang kay meyor?'”
What I love about this book is that it touches on social issues that are properly contextualized for kids. I believe that kids can never be too young to start asking themselves important questions. Andro’s struggles with his dad, friend, and the campaign can be relevant to any child. The book tackles these realities with a good balance of wit and humor.
LONG LIVE THE SUPREMO!
We live in an age wherein kids are slowly forgetting our national heroes. The book can be a good catalyst to spark students’ interests about one of our local icons, Andres Bonifacio. While the novel doesn’t directly talk about Bonifacio’s life, it can inspire students to discover how our Supremo served our country.
Supremo is published by Adarna House. You may purchase copies from their bookstore or in local bookstores in the Philippines.