I Know It's Christmastime

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I Know It's Christmastime

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I Know It's Christmastime
by Cristina Aguila Llorente Drost
with illustrations by Willi Red Buhay

Based on the authors personal experiences and childhood recollections, this book gives readers, especially children, a feeling of Christmas traditions observed in the Philippines. Another goal of the book is to promote better understanding of the customs and traditions the Filipino children enjoy every Christmas.

Some of the traditions may vary from those of other Filipinos because of regional differences, but for the most part, traditions have Spanish origins. This is understandable because the Philippines was under Spanish rule for almost 400 years. Some traditions are also American in naturethe Philippines was a U.S. Commonwealth for fifty years.

About the Author

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Cristina Aguila Llorente Drost obtained her bachelor of science in Education degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines. As a Fulbright scholar, she obtained her Masters of Arts in Library Science at the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Notre Dame. Later, she decided to pursue the Certificate of Advanced Study with concentrations in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language from the National Louis University in Illinois. She has broad experience as a librarian, having worked in college, high school, and elementary school librariesboth public and private.

For leisure, she loves to engage in research, enjoys playing the piano, and spends hours doing crossword puzzles.

(2011, hardcover, 30 pages)