Storyteller Aquino treats kids to ‘Halo-Halo’


THE READER President Aquino shares a children’s story before an audience of Grade 4 pupils in Quezon City on Tuesday in line with the government’s observance of National Reading Month. LYN RILLON

As the government wrapped up the observance of National Reading Month, President Aquino took time out from the usual affairs of state and presided over a “Day of Reading” at a Quezon City elementary school on Tuesday.

His pièce de résistance: A story called “Halo-halo Espesyal.”

The response of the audience was a unanimous “Masarap! (Delicious!)” when asked by the VIP storyteller how they enjoyed the tale about an ailing little girl named Jackie and the “medicines” that made her well, including a glass of ice-topped sweets cited in the story’s title.

Incidentally, Mr. Aquino’s health made headlines recently. About two weeks earlier, the President—who continues to smoke despite calls for him to quit—reportedly had a bout with the flu and rhinitis.

Still, the storytelling session at Teodora Alonzo Elementary School in Project 4 saw Mr. Aquino in a jovial mood. Speaking to the children after the reading, he said the story penned by Yvette Fereol reminded him of his own experiences as a young boy.

Like the character Jackie, he said, he got showered with affection by his late parents and grandparents. “All of us need to be loved. We will achieve much if all of us will love and support each other,” he said.

The story tells of Jackie who took various medicines given by her mother but only recovered from her week-long illness when her Lola Itang came to visit. Thanks to the yummy treats coming from her grandmother’s enchanted kitchen, including the popular Filipino dessert “halo-halo,” Jackie’s health was restored.

The storytelling session with the President was the culminating activity of the government’s month-long campaign promoting the love for reading among the young.

Quezon City Rep. Jorge John Banal Jr. noted that the President’s “special” participation coincided with the birth anniversary of Mr. Aquino’s late father, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was known as a voracious reader.

“Day of Reading draws inspiration from the life of Ninoy who found hope and inspiration in the books and letters from his family during the dark years of his incarceration at Laur, Nueva Ecija,” the lawmaker said, referring to one of the elder Aquino’s ordeals during the Marcos dictatorship.

Before going to Quezon City for the storytelling session, the President on Tuesday attended Mass at his father’s tomb in Manila Memorial Park, Paranaque City.

From Project 4, Mr. Aquino motored to Sikatuna Village, also in Quezon City, and spent time with the pupils of Learning Tree Child Growth Center.

The Palace arranged the visit to the center after receiving “funny, warm and heartfelt” letters from some of the fourth and fifth graders of the school in July, according to the principal, Grace Mae Jornales.

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  • dequis

    o ano, peter wallace, ano namang sasabihin mo? ‘tang ina ka pakialaman mo sarili mong bansa hindi itong amin. i warn you peter wallace, i am a10-wheeler truck driver you better be careful with what you say about our Pres. Noy and i will be careful with my truck each time i see your car on the street.

    • GaggerAlert

      Oooohhh.. a 10-wheeler truck driver. Really scary.


    • GaggerAlert

      Sometimes it really hurts in the butt when somebody shoved whole pineapple-sized dose of truth right down there, doesn’t it? :)

    • GaggerAlert

      And you my sir, should ask for an appointment with a psychiatrist. Better have that head of yours check before you hurt someone.

      Better be safe than sorry.

      • dequis

        its the two of you and your peter wallace that need to have an appointment with a psychiatrist, he has no business saying those words to our president.

      • GaggerAlert

        Well, honestly speaking, between the 3 of us, you’re the one who’s behaving like a psycopath. :)

        Get a life dude, its just his opinion. This is a free world isn’t it? 

      • dequis

        yeah, gaggeralert, i just been to a psychiatrist and she told me i really am — a psychopath. she said it’s exactly what i need about what i says to you. she only told me to come back to her after i done what i told you. now better it is you who gets a life or an accident — insurances. and from now on tell the guy you are defending here to stay away from 10-wheelers or get him a plane ticket out of this country of ours.

      • GaggerAlert

        Nice story brah. :)

        Yup I have a life. Its just some people are downright creepy online and you need to inform them that they are.

        Anyways goodluck on your truck driving escapades. Better not hit me ok? :)

        (on a sidenote: perhaps both you and whoever your psychiatrist is, check in a mental institution, clearly, he/she shouldn’t have let you out. Just sayin’.) :)

      • dequis

        you scairt? i mean what i say. just refrain from saying anything about what people are. it’s a free country but you donot have the freedom to say what a kind person i am. life is not enough for you, you need accident, the proceeds for your family, after i crush your car into scrap and you into pulp.

      • GaggerAlert

        Man, you couldn’t even get a little bit of sarcasm do you?

        Dude, why I would I be scairt (assuming you meant, ‘scared’)? I’m living in a free society. 

        Well, I can assume can I. Also, could please have a little bit of sense. Your issuing a death thread here. That makes you rightous? Come on! 

        Get a life dude, and buy some antipsychotics. You REALLY NEED IT!

      • GaggerAlert

        Plus, isn’t what you’re saying a death threat?  :) 

        Say what you want, but I don’t believe in those types of sh*t. SOrry. :)

      • GaggerAlert

        Dude, one more thing. Just use your common sense would you. Assuming you want to ram somebody while in a truck. You’re in effing Manila for goodness sake! Traffic is like hell! The only chance you would get is if you’re directly behind that person, when the possibility of doing that, swerving around the “hellous” traffic here is remote! You have the barracade of jeeps and motorcycles to pass through. 

        So yeah, back to the drawing board on your planned “assasination” attempt of Peter Wallace. :)

      • GaggerAlert

        One more question. Do you even know the plate number of his car?

  • GaggerAlert

    Ok, so what’s the relation of Halo-Halo Espesyal with the face of Ninoy?

    Oh I got it, Ninoy mixed with Cory, came a halo-halo product called Noynoy.

    Not so appetizing I think. Really screwed up. :)

  • Jack

    ang alam ko po ay itong story telling ay ginagawa ng mga first lady sa USA 

    • pangitbudhiko

      well he is also the first lady of the Philippines, hindi alam ang sexual orientation.

      • Jack

        salamat po, ngayon alam ko na siya rin pala ang ating first lady. ang galing mang pangitbudhiko

    • Malik62

       No offense meant to the anti-P-Noys but BS Aquino X3 is the best story teller I’ve ever heard.  Just listen to his SONAs they are the best fairy tales I’ve ever heard!

  • Your_King

    Storyteller Aquino…how fitting! Sometimes that’s all he does is read from a book or a prompter and talk talk. Its actually shocking that he didn’t take a jab at fpgma and propaganda to the kids since that is his favorite past time. You know what…who knows?! Maybe he did in a subtle way about this sick girl Jackie who needed to take some medicines to get well.

    • Malik62

       Yeah BS Aquino X3 loves to tell fairy tales and he wants to be the fairy in those tales.

      • Your_King

        Essentially all of Aquino’s promises are now known to be fairy tales since he’s fallen short of basically all of them.

      • pangitbudhiko

        yes he is fairy as in binabae

  • walaKA

    Nakakatawa mga Anti-PNoy..Lahat na lang nagagawan nila ng isyu..Makapuna lang at makapangbatikos kahit walang kakwenta kwenta pinagsasasabi..Basta maipakilala lang na Anti- PNoy sila…Tsk Tsk!!

  • disqusted0fu

    now this is Aquino’s kind of meeting! see how happy he is. he knows these kids will probably believe in anything he says. this is where his trickery will work best. but then again, maybe not. some kids are smarter than that.

    • Malik62

       Please spare the Filipino children. BS Aquino X3 this is just too much!

      • Francis81

         Pweenoy kwento dami…. dami tulo lawaaay…

      • disqusted0fu

        spare is not in Aquino’s character, unless of course if you are a kkk. too bad for these children they are not part of that.

    • pangitbudhiko

      you mean smarter than him (abnoy)

  • phantomofhope


  • Malik62

    BS Aquino X3 came out with a reading material for grade school students entitled Ninoy, Cory and Noynoy: An Inspiring tale of family and country. A complete perversion of history and of the Aquino-Cojuangco family.  It is pure lies! The last time someone ordered a book to be written for instructional materials he was deposed as a dictator. Remember “The New Society'” or “Bagong Lipunan?”

  • Seroquel55

     BS Aquino X3’s mind is concoction or a halo-halo of seroquel and abilify. Plus heroine and mary jane.

  • Go Kosha

    Time to do something to promote reading among the youngsters

  • $20722540

    hey president leave it to the first lady to do the reading season, lol!  you have other important things to do.  in a video, some of the students said masmagaling pa raw magbasa yong classmate nila  lol!!

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