Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas host Christine Bersola-Babao shows her love for the environment with her latest children's book Basura Monster.
According to her, she can be a big help to the society—in her own little way—by writing good books for the children. Much as she advocates for the protection of the environment, Tintin has made it clear that she has no intentions of running for public office.
In a PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interview last February 20, Tintin explains that we have to do our part in caring for Mother Nature. "I do my share on TV to disseminate that kind of information. What a better way to mold the children's minds than to write a book na magugustuhan nila because the characters here parang anime, parang comics."
Tintin is also active in making the Philippines a reading country. "Ako as part of the advocacy, marami ngayong nanonood na lang ng TV, naglalaro ng video games, naglalakwatsa sa mall, pakonti nang pakonti ang nagbabasa ng libro.
"I'm a child of TV but I want to balance it by reading to my child every single day. Kung everyday, babasahan mo yung mga bata, mas ginagamit nila imagination nila."
At around 4 o'clock in the afternoon, Tintin does a storytelling session with children at the Bridges Bookstore in Greenhills, San Juan. Most of the kids came from the Scandinavian Missionary in San Juan. The TV host also facilitated a short discussion of the storytelling session before autographing books for the parents and children who attended the event.
LASTING LEGACY. Tintin shared with PEP her inspirations for writing children's books. Aside from being a mother to Antonia, Tintin remembered her conversation with fellow TV host Boy Abunda. She recounts, "Si Tito Boy, one time, nag-uusap kami. Di ba andaming mina-manage ni Tito Boy? Sa mga mina-manage, ang pinaka-problema nila paano sila maaalala ng tao. Yung lasting power sa business.
"Sabi ko long after I'm gone, this [book] will be well remembered not only by my daughter or future kids kung dadami pa, mga apo, pati na yung ibang bata. Hopefully this will be the legacy that I will leave behind for generations to come."
PEP asks Tintin how her daughter Antonia inspired her to write another book. She recounts, "I wanted her to grow up living in a beautiful world. Everyday when you wake up, tinatanong mo sa sarili mo, lalaki ba yung anak ko sa mundong puno ng krimen? Lalaki ba yung anak ko na mare-realize niyang may puno sa paligid niya? If we don't care about our world right now, our children will grow up with nothing to see. This encapsulates everything."
Antonia Sofia Julia is Tintin's eldest daughter with husband and fellow broadcaster Julius Babao.
Basura Monster is a book being endorsed by the Department of Education and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Tintin waived her royalty for the book but she will get a number of books to donate in public schools.
The story is about two kids, Buboy and Anna, who throw garbage everywhere—like most of us nowadays. These two kids are not aware that a "monster's eye" is hiding underneath the riverbed. The eye grows stronger and stronger each day because of the trash thrown by the people in the river. The Basura Monster then wrecks havoc by stepping on trees and destroying the forests. Find out how the Buboy and Anna deal with the destructive Basura Monster.
The book illustrations were drawn by Cedric Ryan de Guzman while the Basura Monster character was originally conceptualized by a 15-year-old kid named Dominic M. Hamada.
Basura Monster is the second of a series of bilingual (English/Tagalog) books that Christine Bersola-Babao will write for children. It is available at Goodwill Bookstore outlets nationwide.