About the book:
A beautiful picture book featuring the lyrics of Bahay Kubo, a familiar and well-loved folk song in the Philippines. Its composer is unknown. Its Tagalog lyrics have been passed down through the generations by way of oral tradition The lyrics include plants which are not indigenous to the Philippines : peanuts (mani), eggplant (talong), and mustard (mustasa). This could mean that the folk song originated or evolved through colonial times.
Publisher: Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Size: 343 x 432mm
About the illustrator:
Hermes Alegre is well-known in art circles for his beautiful interpretation of the Filipina maiden. He has been identified with the portrayal of the Filipina that is frankly seductive and alluring, shrouded with a quiet sense of mystery.
Alegre shapes his aesthetics along a romantic vein with a kind of self-absorbed look recognized in the faces of Alegre’s women, even when the subject seems to stare back at the viewer. The Filipina is observed as a specimen of tropical beauty, heightened by the surrounding visual elements-a thicket of vegetative growth, dense foliage and greenery.