Rita Avila: ‘It’s nice to write stories for children because you know na they will learn from it.’
Seasoned actress and book author Rita Avila is releasing new books that children and parents can enjoy together.
“I’ll be coming up with four new books. ‘Yung isa, it’s part three of my book series, The Invisible Wings. It’s published by St. Paul’s, and then the other three are published by Mindmaster – The Tale of Popi Puti and Mimim Makutim and The Tale of Bentot Lembot and Ging-ging Astig, and The Tale of Ron Ron Meron and Lala Wala. They have Tagalog versions, too,” she shared with PUSH.
Talking about the third book of The Invisible Wings series, Rita said that the characters were inspired by her three dolls. “The characters are actually my three dolls – Popoy, Mimay and Pony. They want to be angels on Earth. They want to do good things every day for the love of God so these book series teach values for kids. Tapos the three characters have speech defects. Pero that’s to inspire children who can’t talk well kasi di ba, ‘pag bata pa, they don’t really speak straight pa. To inspire them that despite their speech defect, they can do something good for the love of God.”
When asked where she gets her inspiration for writing such stories, Rita said that she is lucky to have friends who have children who tell her about their parenting experiences. She said this is where she gets her ideas.
Rita was happy to announce that part three now includes coloring pages. “Kasi ‘yung part one ng Invisible Wings, they also published a coloring book version so ngayon sa part three, sabi ko bakit hindi natin i-mix ‘yung text and the coloring pages.”
Meanwhile, Rita’s books under Mindmaster are more of a textbook for adults.
“It encourages parents and guardians to help in shaping the kids to be whole. Kasi what I want in that book is for the adults to avoid wounding the characters of the children. Kaya parang ‘yung three topics ‘nung books ko are about how to guide the children if they don’t seem to fit the norm of society.”
As for her future plans, Rita hopes that she can still continue The Invisible Wings series.
“’Yung sa Mindmaster naman kasi parang I’m their first author for children’s stories. Last year, I came out with a love story from Mindmaster which is Wanna Bet On Love? kaya lang they wanted pala children’s stories for me,” she explained.
“Ang plan ko since ‘yung ngayon, puro about ‘yung sa norms and society, baka another batch na naman of three na iba naman ‘yung topic,” she added.
According to Rita, she is really comfortable writing children’s books. “It’s nice to write stories for children because you know na they will learn from it, eh. T’saka I encourage also ‘yung bonding ng parents and the children as they read the book together.”
Rita’s The Invisible Wings books are available at St. Paul’s stores in SM malls. They are also available online at their website, www.stpauls.ph. The Mindmaster books, on the other hand, can be found at National Bookstore branches.
Meanwhile, Rita happily shared that she will soon be back on the big screen as she will be working on two movies. While she has guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows, her last primetime soap was Magpahanggang Wakas that concluded earlier this year.