2004 - Nikki Dy-Liacco won 2005 Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) - Salanga Writer's Prize, who wrote her entry, "The Yellow Paperclip with Bright Purple Spots". I joined 2005 PBBY - Alcala Illustrator's Prize competition. I submitted my three illustrations for "The Yellow Paperclip with Bright Purple Spots".
March - April 2005 - I was working on illustrations. My medium was mixed media (acrylics, coloured pencils, old papers on wood). Hehehe, I loved to sit on the floor while working...
July 2005 - Nikki and I were at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila where the awarding ceremony held. It was so enjoyable and fun! Weee, we got gold medals! My gosh, we looked so gorgeous... hehehehe! *Nikki and Mall blushed...*
August 2006 - Nikki and I won the National Book Award for Children's Literature! Unbelievable! They reprinted another 5,000 copies for the 2nd printing. EEEeeeeee!!!! *Nikki and Mall screamed.....*
Nikki and I are so blessed because The Yellow Paperclip with Bright Purple Spots is our FIRST CHILDREN'S BOOK. Hopefully, we could have another future children's book again.