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Have You Seen This Book at the Eiffel Tower?

Were you in Paris last year? If you were at a cafe near the Eiffel Tower, you may have noticed this book lying around:

Magnificent Benito #adarnahouse #augierivera #filipinochildrensbook

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Have You Seen This Book at the Eiffel Tower? #ParisFrance #France #EiffelTower #AugieRivera

Filipino children’s book author Augie Rivera left signed copies of his most popular books at famous places in Europe:

  1. At a cafe near the Eiffel Tower

Magnificent Benito by Augie Rivera #adarnahouse #filipinochildrensbook
Magnificent Benito by Augie Rivera

2. At the Piazza del Duomo in Milan

Alamat ng Ampalaya by Augie Rivera #filipinochildrensbook #augierivera #adarnahouse
Alamat ng Ampalaya by Augie Rivera

3. At the Louvre in France

4. At the Elephant House Cafe in Scotland 

If you have kept any of these books, please let me know by posting a photo on Instagram and tagging @thebellissimamma!

I was lucky enough to get in touch with Mr. Augie Rivera since I am a huge fan of his work. He has won the Palanca Award several times for children’s fiction in Filipino and English ( Read on to find out more about his work:

Mr. Augie Rivera, what inspired you to leave your books at these famous European landmarks?

I was inspired by a video of Hermione (Emma Watson) leaving a copy of her favorite books in random places in the London tube. So for this Euro trip, I thought of doing a similar gesture as a thank-you to the universe for all the blessings I received in my 22 years of being a children’s book author (I was first published in 1995, Alamat ng Ampalaya) and have released 19 titles already. I wanted to share some of my books to the world (well, to anyone who’d care to pick it up, especially Magnificent Benito which I co-wrote with my wife, Mike Rivera).

Where did you leave your signed copies of your work?

I left Magnificent Benito, Alamat ng Ampalaya and Xilef titles inside the Louvre, outside the Louvre, at a cafe outside Eiffel Tower, at the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, in London, in Newcastle, and one inside Elephant House Cafe in Scotland, as we’re both J.K. Rowling/ Harry Potter fans.

Is there a way to find out who “found” your books?

I hope somebody did pick up the books and posted it on their social media accounts. It would be nice to know who “adopted” them.

I wanted to share my latest book, “Isang Harding Papel”, a historical fiction set during the Martial Law years (especially with the current political situation in the Philippines), but it has no parallel English translation. Sayang.

Will you continue to give out free books?

Now I plan to do this in my future travels, too- leave free copies of my books in public places, sana in public libraries too.

If you are a parent who would like to read high-quality bilingual (English-Filipino) books to your little one/s, check out these titles by Augie Rivera. These books can be purchased at are also available on Amazon. Click the images to find out more.

Which books or resources do you use to teach your child a different language? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Also, don’t forget to check out Augie Rivera’s latest book, Isang Harding Papel!


Carmela Granada is the creator of Bellissimamma. She blogs about beauty in your thirties, family travel, and joyful motherhood. Her family is based in Siena, Italy.


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