Did you read the story, The Banig Festival, in the March issue of Chirp magazine? It was written by author Mila Philipzig and illustrated by her childhood friend, Aura Asuncion Yambao. Mila and Aura both grew up in the Philippines so Mila wanted to tell a story that was inspired by the Banig Festival that takes place there. The bridge in the story, that the main character is afraid to cross, was even inspired by a real bridge! Let’s learn more about Mila and her story.
What gave you the idea to write about the Banig Festival?
I love banigs (traditional handwoven mats) and have fond memories of sharing them with my siblings and cousins for afternoon siestas (naps). The banig-weaving industry is not flourishing in the Philippenes anymore and I wanted to call attention to banig, to the festival, and to celebrate these beautiful traditional mats.
How long have you been writing for kids?
Banigs are very colourful. What is your favourite colour?
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Mila!
Have YOU ever been to a festival that was special to you? Leave a comment and tell us about it!