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5 Must-Have Products From Adarna House to Nurture Your Roots

Updated: Jan 27

Cultivating Filipino Culture Through Children’s Literature

Words by J Renz Barrios

Photos courtesy of Adarna House

"Una sa Filipino" (First in Filipino) is the current slogan of Adarna House, the Philippines' first and largest children's book publisher. True to this, the company remains committed to its mission of creating unique literary experiences for children that not only uphold excellence but also foster a deep love for the country. With over 40 years of experience in designing and publishing educational materials, Adarna House continues to uphold its vision.

Named after the mythical Adarna bird, the company had its origins in the mid-1970s as part of the mental feeding program by the Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP), initially known as Aklat Adarna. After the conclusion of the program, Virgilio S. Almario, a renowned poet and National Artist for Literature, persisted and adapted to continue the program through the Children's Communication Center (CCC). Later on, Adarna Book Services was established to produce storybooks for CCC, eventually evolving into the Adarna House, Inc. we know today, becoming a pioneer in children's book publishing and the most awarded publisher in the history of the Philippine children's book market.

Adarna House has published storybooks, including all-time favorites such as Alamat ng Ampalaya, Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum, and the Pilandok series. With more than 300 titles in print in both Filipino and English, the company continues its goal of providing high-quality educational materials and inspiring a love for literature and country in children. 

In this list, let's delve into Adarna House's current product lines and offerings, which are certain to help you stay connected with your Filipino roots:

Pambatang Diksyonaryo

Pambatang Diksyonaryo is the first comprehensive Filipino children's dictionary. Not only does it aid in the development of Filipino vocabulary, it also fosters a deep love for the country. This dictionary features words that enrich children's understanding of Filipino history and culture. With kid-friendly word definitions, English translations, and helpful sentence examples, it is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn the Filipino language. Moreover, it includes over 1,400 illustrations that both children and the young at heart will undoubtedly appreciate.

Kasaysayan Book Bundle

Encourage kids to explore the rich tapestry of our heritage and delve into the fascinating narratives of ancient Philippines. It's high time to rediscover the story of pre-colonial Philippines with the Kasaysayan Picture Book Bundle. This picture book bundle includes titles such as Ang Unang Barangay, Matandang-matandang Buto: Ang Homo Luzonensis sa Pilipinas, Mga Sinaunang Hayop sa Pilipinas, and Lakbay Masjid. This bundle is a perfect choice for history enthusiasts who are eager to learn interesting details about our pre-colonial past. 

Kuwentong Kaibigan Series

The Kuwentong Kaibigan Series is a collection of picture books created in collaboration with Indigenous communities of the Philippines. Rooted in the belief that identities and friendships begin with conversations, these stories were thoughtfully selected by these communities to share their way of life and culture with others. The series currently comprises three titles: Ang Paglikha ng Daigdig, Si Suwan at si Talambinus, and Ang Mahiwagang Habihan. Remarkably, 50% of the sales from these books are directed to indigenous schools and communities where these stories originate.

Board Book Bundle of Songs

We can all agree that Filipinos are naturally born music lovers, and this passion is evident in our rich collection of folk songs. Adarna House has found a fun way to introduce these cherished tunes and rhymes to toddlers and preschoolers through the Board Book Bundle of Songs. This bundle features 10 iconic Filipino folk songs, including classics like "Bahay Kubo," "Leron Leron Sinta," and "Maliliit na Gagamba." With its engaging illustrations and familiar melodies, this bundle will surely make learning Filipino and parent-child bonding time more fun.

What Kids Should Know

Discover a deeper understanding of various facets of Filipino culture with the Adarna House What Kids Should Know book bundle. These books are designed to pique children's natural curiosity, encouraging them to explore and appreciate the richness of Filipino heritage. This captivating bundle covers a wide range of topics, from Filipino Food and Filipino Architecture to Filipino Musical Instruments and Filipino Visual Art. It's a journey through the heart and soul of the Philippines, allowing young minds to absorb the vibrant tapestry of our culture and traditions.

Adarna House's products are not only educational but also a source of inspiration, fostering a love for our unique heritage from a young age. To explore these offerings and discover other Adarna House titles, visit their website at To learn more about Adarna House and stay updated with their latest releases, connect with them on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @adarnahouse.


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