Sezairi dominates streaming charts in Asia with global hit “It’s You”

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After going viral on TikTok and subsequently charting on Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart where it peaked at No. 17, Singapore-based singer-songwriter Sezairi is currently on the rise with the recent success of his single “ It’s You .” A rousing ballad that showcases the journey of putting one’s fears to rest when it comes to loving someone, “It’s You” is part of Sezairi’s recently released EP, Undertones . “I had a lot of things in mind when writing this song but I guess the underlying theme is love,” the chart-topping artist opens up about the inspiration behind the track. “It’s like going on this crazy journey just searching for ‘the one’ and then having a sudden realization, and disbelief even, that you already know who you were looking for and that they were always there and will always be there for you no matter what. It’s also a sort of ode, a thank you to that special someone in your life.” The song is steadily climbing on Spotify Philippines’ Top 100 charts, ranking at No.

Komikera wins 2020 PBBY-Alcala Prize


THE Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will give the grand prize award of the 2020 PBBY-Alcala Prize to illustrator Victoria Melissa R. Tadiar during the 37th National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) celebration on July 21, 2020.

Tadiar won for her illustrations based on Boon Kristoffer Lauw’s chapter book, Team Abangers at ang Estilong Trumpo.  Lauw won the grand prize at the 2020 PBBY-Salanga Prize, the first time the competition was opened to chapter books.
A full-time IT professional who works on comics and illustrations in her free time, Tadiar won the Komiket Best Komiks Award in 2017 for her Filipiniana fantasy comic SAGALA, which was released as a self-published graphic novel in 2019.  Her current project, Twinkle, Twinkle, is an Official Selection finalist at the First Philippine International Comics Festival (PICOF). She is also a new member of Ang InK (Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan), the only professional organization of children’s illustrators.

The 2020 PBBY-Alcala Prize and PBBY-Salanga Prize winners will also receive cash prizes amounting to 25,000 pesos each (subject to tax).  The aforementioned cash prizes will be given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) as an expression of its support to visual and literary artists for children in the Philippines.

The CCP and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) celebrate NCBD every third Tuesday of July to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s rendition of the folk tale The Monkey and the Turtle in the July 1889 issue of Trubner’s Oriental Record in London.  Former CCP President and National Artist, Lucresia Kasilag was one of the founders of PBBY.

For inquiries about the contest, contact the PBBY secretariat at secretariat@pbby.org.ph.(PR)

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