Fil-Ams Raise Money To Publish Ilokano-English Children’s Book

Young Filipino Americans from Hawaii and New York are raising funds to publish a children’s book written in Ilokano and English.The book titled “Nasirig’s Great Adventure” follows a young girl and her two best friends on her journey to find her missing tablet.

As a way to connect with Filipino and Ilokano culture, the creators hope that the community will enjoy the book’s story and visual glossary of Ilokano-English vocabulary words.

Moreover, the book will have 40+ pages and will be printed in hardcover and in full color.

The book’s fundraising campaign is currently up on The book is scheduled to go into production in December and will be shipped to customers from January to February.

The book’s production team consists of three Filipino Americans.

Author Chachie Abara is a 1.5-generation Filipino-Ilokano immigrant and mental health advocate in Hawaii. Fellow Filipino-Ilokano immigrant in Hawaii Mario Doropan is the book’s Ilokano translator. New York-based designer and illustrator Cassandra Balbas is bringing Nasirig’s adventure to life in the children’s book.

For those who would like to donate to the project, head to For more updates, follow the project on Instagram @nasirigsgreatadventure.

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