About the book:
As a young girl, Asuncion Lopez-Bantug Rizal sat on her uncle Paciano’s lap and asked him to tell her stories about his brother, Jose.
Ms. Bantug, the granddaughter of Rizal’s elder sister Narcisa, was her family’s journalist and chronicler. Fondly nicknamed “the little question box,” she plied her relatives for their recollections about Lolo Jose. Over the years, she copiously filled notebooks with details about the life of our national hero. For over seventy-five years, Ms. Bantug’s memoirs have served as the basis for many of the stories historians have told about Rizal.
Finalist, 1998 Gintong Aklat Award for Children’s Literature.
Illustrated by National Artist BenCab.
Publisher: Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Size: 200 x 263mm
About the author:
Asuncion Lopez Bantug, Rizal’s grandniece, was a journalism and education graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. Bantug taught at St. Theresa’s College in Manila before she became a full-time housewife. Bantug has contributed to various Philippine publications and was a member of the Women’s Writers Group which included former Senator Maria Kalaw Katigbak. She wrote the book Indio Bravo, an illustrated biography of Rizal intended for young readers, in 1997.