ABOUT BEAULAH TAGUIWALO
BEAULAH P. TAGUIWALO loves numbers, words, and pictures. She is a pioneer scholar and first batch graduate of the Philippine Science High School, a Math major, and a former Math Department Faculty member of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. In 1980 she turned to her other love, the arts, and shifted to freelance illustration, editing, graphic and book design, and prepress production.
Beaulah’s work is in more than 60 published titles, including books by three Philippine National Artists: Nick Joaquin’s Culture and History (2004), Salvador Bernal’s Patterns for the Filipino Dress (1992), and Leonor Orosa Goquinco’s The Dances of the Emerald Isles (1980). She has illustrated and designed several children’s books, including Bunny Ty’s Some Women (2009), five Philippine language editions of Alice McLerran’s The Mountain That Loved A Bird (2005), Grace Chong’s Ragamuffin (2004), Mirava and Alfred Yuson’s Junior Starfish and the Rainbow (1995), and Maria Elena Paterno’s Sampaguita (1991).
In 2009, Beaulah conceptualized, art-directed, designed, and produced fifteen books for children by children based on prize winning stories told in Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a, the languages spoken in the West Visayan island of Panay. In 2010, she coedited, art directed, designed, and produced ten children’s books based on prize winning stories for children whose fathers are mostly away at sea. Some of these books were translated to Cebuano and Hiligaynon, and a new set of ten titles is scheduled to come out in 2013.
Aside from conceptualizing, editing, illustrating, designing, and producing books, Beaulah is a member and serves as Regional Advisor for the Philippine chapter of the Los Angeles based Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). She also edits Expression OnLine, the SCBWI international online newsletter reaching almost 4,000 subscribers worldwide, and translates illustrated antique children’s books into Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a for Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project. She helped found and served as an officer of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK), the first children’s illustrators group in the Philippines. She also served as Chair and sectoral representative for illustrators in the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY).
Beaulah enjoys building her vector graphics library, creating books she wants to read but cannot find, helping others to do the same, and continuing what she and her husband Mario started: creating, producing, and distributing mother tongue books. She lives in Manila, Philippines with her son Homer who is a tenor soloist. Some books designed, produced, or illustrated by Beaulah are here: http://tinyurl.com/kkl4oat
“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison