Lucy Lombos shows there’s not just one way to teach children. She used to be a teacher, is currently a school directress, and, in the last few years, writer of children’s books and other genres published here in Canada, the U.S. and the Philippines.
In 2014, Lombos published the first of her children’s books, Ang Tinago Kong Piso (The Peso Coin I Kept) in the Philippines.
Three other children’s books The Class Lady Bug about child bullying, The Star of the Sea: A Boat Ride about a young girl’s adventure in Puerto Galera and Ter and Ter, how an unexpected friendship between a turtle and eagle flourished, were published in the U.S. in 2016, in Canada in 2017 and in the Philippines in 2018, respectively.
In 2017, Happiness 365 and ¼ Days, a biographical book, was also published in Canada. The proceeds of the book sale went to the Filipino children who had cancer.
Earlier in 2019, Lombos’ young adult Christian novel, Rose of Calapan And Her Pearls in the Box, was published. Lombos tells Canadian Filipino Net that proceeds from the sale of this novel will go to the scholarship program of the Lombosco Academy Foundation to help in sending deserving youths to college.
“I’m happy helping the youth to study, to learn and love reading as well,” she said.
In September, Lombos published two more children’s books: The Joys of Junior and Swanie’s Bag.
Born in Manila, Lombos taught at the Puerto Galera Academy in Mindoro where she lived for three decades. In 2000, she and her husband Jun founded Lombosco Academy (LA) in Muntinlupa City.
Lombos joined her husband in Canada in 2014. She sits as the Academy’s school directress remotely from Richmond, B.C., while her husband serves as its Founding President. Lombos also manages the school’s foundation and often travels to the Philippines to reconnect with the academy staff and students and conduct writing and storytelling sessions, receiving awards along the way.
Lombos, who suffers from diabetes and a foot injury, encourages fellow Canadian Filipinos to “bring changes and give impact maybe not to the whole world but at least to our two best-loved countries, Canada and the Philippines.”