Monday, December 12, 2011

INK facts!

According to Ms. Liza Flores (one of our advisers)' post one early morning (or dinner time)... ANYWAY
20 Things you may or may not know about INK

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) was founded on June 7, 1991 during a Children's Book Illustration Workshop sponsored by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and the Goethe-Institut Manila. The workshop was conducted by visiting German illustrator Reinhard Michl.

During its first year, Ang INK grew from 21 workshop participants to more than 70 members. Ang INK members are also known as "INKies."

It was Robert Alejandro's idea to call Ang INK, "INK." It was Bernie Solina's idea that the "I" should stand for "Ilustrador." As a joke, "INK" initially stood for "Inihaw na Kambing" ("broiled goat").

Mel Silvestre was chosen as Ang INK's very first president because he was literally someone that everyone could "look up to." He was succeeded as president by Joanne de Leon.

Ang INK has received several awards as a group, including a Pearl Anniversary Reading Advocacy Award from the Reading Association of the Philippines in 2000, and a Citation from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People in 2001.

Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando gave Ang INK the key to the City of Marikina, along with a Plaque of Appreciation from the City Government of Marikina for Significant Contribution to the Success of the 2006 Shoe Festival.

Ang INK awards honourary membership as an expression of appreciation to illustrators who have rendered outstanding service without being affiliated to the organisation. Ang INK's honourary INKies are Larry Alcala, Jose Aruego, Albert Gamos, Crisostomo Ibarra, Marcy Dans Lee and Reinhardt Michl.

The themes of Ang INK's annual exhibits center on Filipino life and culture as may be seen and appreciated by children. These themes include a child's daily life, dreams, games and stories; Philippine tourism, history, folktales, mythology and wildlife; the art of Larry Alcala and the stories of Lola Basyang and Rene Villanueva.

Many Ang INK members are recipients of awards such as the Philippine Board on Books for Young People Illustratror's Prize, Palanca Awards, Gintong Aklat Awards and National Children's Book Awards.

Ang INK has come out with five books as a group: "Water in the Ring of Fire" (1999), "INKuwento" (1999), "Kuwentong Kalikasan, Katha ng Kabataan" (1999), "CCCD Made Easy" (2003), "Hale Hale Hoy" (2006) and "Mga Tambay sa Tabi-Tabi" (2009). Also as a group, Ang INK has also worked on three workbooks for the World Wildlife Fund: "The WWF Philippines Workbook on Philippine Animals" (1999), "Happy Habitats" (2005) and "Climate Change Changes Everything" (2007).

All in all, including its annual exhibits, InK's mounted a total of 32 exhibits.

Aside from children's books, Ang INK produces art for children for media including comics, magazines, newspapers, workbooks, websites, animation, greeting cards, posters, murals, postcards, and even TV commercials.

Inkie Ferdinand Doctolero won second place at the Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations, a prestigious international competition. Other INKies who have been honoured at the Noma Concours include Panch Alcaraz, Serge Bumatay III, Beth P. Doctolero and Jomike Tejido.

It's been 12 years since Ang INK last held an exhibit at Ayala Museum: "INKuwento," its 7th annual exhibit was held in 1999, and "Buhay Bata," its 4th annual exhibit, was held in 1995.


Ang INK's very first annual exhibit was held in March 1992 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

In 2006, Ang INK was one of six Philippine artist organisations invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila to participate in an exhibit called "Tipon."

In 2008, Ang INK joined the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) by mounting a traveling exhibit. The exhibit featured life-size sculptures of the 25 best-loved children's book characters as determined by a survey of hundreds of Filipino children. The exhibit went to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Manila International Book Fair, the University of the Philippines Film Center and the Marikina Convention Center.

Ang INK’s logo was designed by Endo Pascasio.

Children’s books in the early 90’s such as the Aklat Batibot series, were printed with half of its pages in black and white and the other half in color because of the prohibitive costs of full-color printing. These days, printing has become more affordable and books are done in a variety of styles: traditional media, mixed collages, and even digital renderings.

So far, the INKies with the most published books over Ang INK’s 20 years are Beth Parrocha-Doctolero with 47 books, Jomike Tejido with 42 books, Kora Dandan-Albano with 38 books, and Jason Moss with 27 books.

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