Teen author and illustrator Chloe Seraspe Reynaldo has released her book, “Be A Girl Champion”, a compilation of stories about seven young girls who faced hardships in their lives but who came out stronger and wiser.
The 19-year-old sophomore Biology student at the University of the Philippines Diliman worked for three years on the book that tells the stories of seven girls from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The book introduction goes:
“Readers of this book will take away one thing: everything that happened to these girls has happened and continues to happen to millions of others just like them, not just in Asia but around the world.
“Author Chloe Reynaldo wrote these stories hoping readers will realize that these unfortunate circumstances are commonplace and that they are happening all around us, even though they go unnoticed.
“Reynaldo wrote them simply, to impress upon people of all ages the daunting problems these very young girls face. But these are also stories of hope-stories that show any step forward, no matter how small, can be a major improvement.
“One way or another, these girls strive to overcome their difficulties and to continuously grow as people. Reynaldo hopes that all will always be inspired to move past obstacles and look forward to the future and always remember to support, bolster, and champion one another.”
Chloe Reynaldo always ends a story with her core message: “Listen to her. Know her worth. Be a girl champion.”
“Be A Girl Champion”, published by the Texas Christian University (TCU) Press, was launched at the Rees-Jones Lobby of TCU on October 8 to coincide with celebrations of the United Nations International Day of the Girl.
The new book that celebrates the advocacy, gender equity, and the power of girls was presented in a Manila launch on October 9 during the “#ReWriterHerSTory: A Conversation on Empowering Girls and Young Women Through Storytelling” event of Plan International Philippines.
Chloe Reynaldo, a member of Y-Peer of the United Nations, was the named the youngest-ever TCU Global Innovator in 2016 for her youth and gender activism. The award started Reynaldo on the project grant to sustain her work in the Philippines. “Be A Girl Champion” is the result of her TCU project grant.
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