About the Press


Sawaga River Press is an independent press committed to publishing books that explore and celebrate children’s experiences in the Filipino diaspora, especially those rooted in the Filipino indigenous spirituality and in the values of the indigenous people in the lands where Filipinos dwell.

Sawaga River Press is the publishing arm of a 501(c)(3)nonprofit, Libro Para Sa Tanan, A Literacy Project, which was originally created in 2008 to promote literacy in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines.

We value indigenous wisdom and spirituality, inclusion, diversity, equity, and the right to self-represent.

Our Objectives

  • To create fun children’s books that will encourage young minds to read
  • To create children’s books that bolster children’s self-esteem and foster a sense of acceptance and belongingness
  • To publish children’s books that will encourage children to read and learn about their cultural and ethnic roots
  • To provide children’s books that incorporate Filipino languages and dialects thereby promoting language familiarity and acquisition

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