The Magic of Apo Mayor by Grace D. Chong

The Magic of Apo Mayor, written by Grace D. Chong and illustrated by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero won the First Prize in the Palanca Awards in 2001, in the short story for children category. It is about Apo Mayor, an old man, who has significant influence in a place called Umingan.

Apo Mayor says the word Es-wes (or what sounds like it) when he approves of something or when something great is done. You’ll have to read the book to actually find out what Apo Mayor means. The book also features a boy named Teo (and who is the character in Grace Chong’s Oh, Mateo books) and teaches kids positive values like caring for the environment, respecting old people, and taking responsibility for one’s actions, etc. It also highlights the fact that everyone is capable of doing some good — even kids — and while others may perceive little acts of kindness as insignificant, good behavior, in itself, is always great.

I like getting the Oh Mateo books (e.g. All Aboard with Five Lolas) for my kids as they teach positive, Filipino values. The books come in both English and Filipino versions (in just one book) so your child can be more at ease with both languages. It even comes with a glossary. The drawings are also nice and colorful.

Oh Mateo books will do for slightly older kids. The book says it is appropriate for kids aged 8 and up but my daughter enjoyed it even when she was three. Given the length and the quality of the stories, kids up to the age of 10 can probably enjoy these books.


#1 dana on 05.30.08 at 5:01 am

dear grace i hope you
get this comment

my father ,my mother and i love to read books and our religion is born again christian my father saw your book
its what’s for breakfast a one year daily devotion for kids
we bought it immediately and i read it and im still reading it im touched by you and god’s help


From LasticMoms: Hi Dana. Thank you for your comment. This site though is not in any way connected with Ms. Grace. Anyway, I am glad that her books have touched you too. Who knows? Ms. Grace might stumble upon your comment somehow. Best regards.

#2 bluecode on 03.26.09 at 9:37 am

i’m fond of reading books, and i wonder what really Apo Mayor means with what you are referring to, wish i could find that book.

From LasticMoms: Thanks for dropping by the site. Apo Mayor is a character in the book. You can find the book in most National BookStore branches.

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