By admin - Posted on 09 January 2014

     How do young Filipino migrants adjust and thrive in different environments with various cultures? The award-winning book, "Art as Reality: The Transition of Filipino Migrant Children in the Middle East", which was recently donated to the Benguet State University, La Trinidad, provides some answers.

      Its editor Araceli Cuesta Jimeno, a native of Baguio City and wife of former Philippine Ambassador to Oman JoselitoAlegadoJimeno presented the coffee table book to Dr. Ben D. Ladilad, Benguet State University President at on November 26, 2013. 

     Through essays, paintings, drawings and digital art, young children of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Middle East describe their life in transition: leaving one’s country, family and friends; learning a different language, adjusting to different cultures; growing up from being a toddler to teen-ager, advancing from elementary to high-school; visiting the Philippines for the first time, or after a long time. The children are ages 8 to 17 and enrolled in 21 Philippine Schools throughout the Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Their essays and artworks were chosen through an art and literary contest sponsored by the Philippine Embassy in Muscat, Oman.

     The book is the winner of the 2013 Best Journalism Award – Book Category by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas citing it as “having raised awareness on the issues on Filipino migration, advanced the cause of Filipino overseas, and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas”.

     The Philippine Embassy in Oman published the book to celebrate the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2013. It has been distributed to Philippine and foreign embassies, consulates, Philippine Schools, Philippine Senate and relevant agencies, and international organizations such as UNICEF and UNESCO.//Filmore Y. Awas


“University President, Ben D. Ladilad received a book donated by Ms. Araceli Cuesta Jimeno, wife of the Ambassador of Oman. The book is entitled "Art as Reality".//Lenymendoza