Are you looking for materials which might spark the interest of your child about Filipino culture? Check out CSM Publishing’s new Pinoy Manga series, Ma-i. Ma-i is written and illustrated by Aria Chelabian and Faye Villanueva-Chelabian.
Ma-i is about the fictional world where there is peace and unity among its inhabitants until a dark being named Ka’lila has brought danger and disunity. A young lad named Lakan and his friends tries to defeat this darkness and their journeys are chronicled in the initial launch of this series.
It is a fight between good and evil but without the usual super hero powers. The initial release has five books available:
1 – Si Lakan
2 – Palaboy
3 – Si Malakas at Si Maganda
4- Ang Alitaptap
5 – Aman at Makaka
At the end of each book, there is a trivia about a word that might no longer be familiar to modern day Filipinos but is part of our heritage.
For just 85 pesos each book, this series can be a good reading material for Filipino and Araling Panlipunan already! As each book progresses, your children will be reintroduced to the richness of our own culture and history while promoting positive values using Filipino mythology and legends!
I believe that Ma-i series is a promising material and is best for ages 12 and up. I am personally not a fan of manga comics but this series has a huge potential and is a good start for raising Filipino heritage and culture awareness among our youth.