Sunday, January 20, 2013

BEAUTIFUL EYES by Gayle Romasanta and Ramon Abad

Book Information:

UPDATE: The print version is now out of print.  You can still order BEAUTIFUL EYES as an E-book by clicking on link below.


A bilingual children’s book by Gayle Romasanta, Ramon Abad and translators Carmen and Pat Romasanta, in both printed chapbook and e-book formats

Release Date: 2012

Print chapbook: $12.00 from Meritage Press

E-book Retail Price: $9.99 from Meritage Press’ Lulu account at

Chapbook ISBN: 978-0-9826493-3-6
E-book ISBN: 978-0-9826493-4-3

Meritage Press is delighted to announce its latest release, the bilingual beginning reader children's book Beautiful Eyes with text by Gayle Romasanta, Tagalog translations by Carmen and Pat Romasanta, and illustrations by Ramon Abad.

Meritage Press is proud to support this project, a needed addition to bilingual children’s literature involving Filipino culture.

Available for purchase either as a saddle-stitched paperback on quality paper or as an eBook through
     To order a hard copy for $12.00 plus s & h and tax, email the publisher directly at
     To order an eBook for $9.99 retail, click this link to go to Meritage Press' Lulu site:

The eBook can be read on iPhone, iPad, Kindle and other tablets that can read the PDF format. Kindle users may need to download the eBook to their computer then email the file to their Kindle. See Kindle instructions on transferring files to Kindle.

Beautiful Eyes is based on the timeless motor skills and memory game taught to Filipino babies. An adult says to the baby, “Beautiful Eyes!” Based on memory, a baby will open and close her eyes, batting them for all to see! Beautiful Eyes also emphasizes the beauty that is the Filipino self. It aims to nurture this sense of self early on in the baby years for little ones to take into adulthood—and for adults to remember this sense of self as they read to their children.

Interview of Gayle Romasanta and Ramon Abad available at GMA's Pusong Pinoy:


Gayle Romasanta was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to the United States when she was 1 ½ years old. When she was five she wrote a short story about the little people who lived underground. After this story, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Along the way she learned to play the violin, joined a funny theater group, went to art school, and had two babies. She continues to write and publish her creative writing.

Ramon Abad was born in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines and moved to the United States when he was almost 2 years old. When he was four he would draw on everything: on walls, in books, and on recycled paper from his dad’s work. Now as a grown-up he draws on a computer, but he still also draws on recycled paper.

For more information, please email the publisher at   *****   Beautiful Eyes has become one of Meritage Press' most popular titles.  For example, here are the Cabinet members of Cal State Long Beach's Pilipino American Coalition playing with the book!    
  More information about the book also is available at its Facebook page: