Book Review: All About the Philippines

I’ve been to Paradise, but I’ve never been to me.

And by me, I mean my land, The Philippines! After scanning this book for the first time, I never felt this excited (maybe it’s because of the lively colorful illustrations) to share All About The Philippines and read stories, songs, crafts, games and more the Philippines can offer for my kids.

I learned so much about my own country (Philippines is so diverse, that I find myself amused at how fond I am to new discoveries) just by sharing trivias and fun facts with my children.

Can a group of men carry a whole house?

Can kids ride to school on a big tricycle?


The Author

Gidget Roches Jimenez has written many books for children, including the award-winning Can We Live on Mars? and The Secret is the Soil (The Philippine National Children’s Book Award Best Reads). She loves writing poetry, and non-fiction books on locally relevant issues, which are close to her heart.

The Illustrator

Corazon Dandan-Albano earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting at the University of the Philippines. She has illustrated over forty children’s books, including the popular Filipino Friends and Filipino Celebrations.

The Book


All About the Philippines takes you to meet the people, places and traditions of the Philippines. You’ll have fun visiting the three main islands – from the big cities to the beautiful beaches – and seeing what it’s like to be a kid in the Philippines.

Passionate about the Philippines

The Pearl of the Orient Seas – that is the sobriquet of the Philippines. It is indeed a land of beautiful islands with rich diversity including different indigenous people, exotic delicacies and vast culture from the three major islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. This children’s book painted all these in a very gentle and exiting manners that kids would definitely love.

Let All About the Philippines take you on an awesome journey to the lively and colorful country of Mary, Jaime, and Ari – first cousins who look completely different from one another but are the best of friends. Mary, Jaime, and Ari in my perspective is Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao talking about themselves, their uniqueness and at the same time, their similarities as Filipinos. Through random sequence, they’ll introduce you to their homes, their schools, their families, favorite places to visit, holidays and more.

They’ll tell you their stories and show how although from the different parts of the Philippines – just like kids in so many other parts of the world – come from many cultures and have their own traditions, languages and beliefs… and yet, they are all 100% Filipino.

If you are planning to visit Philippines with your kids or just like me wants to spice up the boring names-dates-places History with colorful illustrations and fun facts, to bond with the kids while learning or just something to look forward to, grab a copy of All About the Philippines for in this book you will:

-Learn about conquistadors and traders who came to these islands many centuries ago. They maybe one of your ancestors.

– Join Mary, Jaime and Ari on vacation to see how earthquakes, typhoons and other natural events make the Philippines a place that’s beautiful and full of life.

-Check out Filipino games and make your own sipa – the Philippines version of hacky-sack

-Experience the different cultural festivals, and try a few easy recipes for holiday treats

-Learn how people of many different languages can communicate together

Along with fun facts, you’ll learn about the spirit of the Philippines that make this country and its people wonderfully unique. This is a book for families to enjoy together.


Read about my Tuttle Publishing Book Review of Pan de Sal Saves the Day here.


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