During National Book Week, research group IBON is set to launch its 2017 “Economics for Filipinos” planner with recently-proclaimed National Book Awardee Manix Abrera.
Themed “Promoting Pro-people Economics for Filipinos”, the 2017 IBON planner was illustrated by the celebrated Philippine Daily Inquirer cartoon strip “Kiko Machine” artist and author. His recent work “News Hardcore!” earned the Best Book of Graphic Literature award in the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and Manila Critics Circle-sponsored 35th National Book Awards.
Abrera’s cartoons on the planner capture IBON’s twelve-item adaptation of the 15-point People’s Agenda for Nationalist and Progressive Change. IBON highlights points for nationalist and progressive economics that counterpose the neoliberal economic policy-making that, according to the group, worsens poverty and inequality in the Philippines.
The 2017 IBON planner will be launched at the IBON Bookshop on Timog Avenue, Quezon City on November 23 at two o’clock during the kickoff of a three-day sale. The twin events will jumpstart a People’s Bookshop Month that will offer items on various socio-economic issues for as low as Php3 on weekdays from 9am-5pm.