Kids told fables on generosity, kindness at Inquirer Read-Along
Over 400 pupils learned valuable lessons on generosity, gratefulness, and compassion through the Inquirer Read-Along storytelling session on Friday at Tugatog Elementary School in Meycauayan City, Bulacan.
Featured readers were Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 first runner-up Mary Justine Teng, Miss Air-Philippines 2018 Zahra Saldua and teachers from Sophia School.
The morning session was Read-Along’s 10th-year collaboration with Adopt-a-Kid, an outreach project of Sophian high school students for poor pupils in public elementary schools in this city.
Sophian teachers Pauline Morenos, Belle Limos and Jonas Alaba read “Si Langgam at Si Tipaklong,” an Aesop fable retold by Alberta Angeles. It is about a diligent ant which is relentless to store food—despite the distraction of its grasshopper pal to play instead—for the rainy season.
Teng, a returning storyteller, read Mike Bigornia’s “Si Putot,” about a dog which envies other animals with longer tails. It later realizes that having a short tail is not a disability nor something to be ashamed of.
Teng encouraged kids to embrace uniqueness and to turn insecurity into positivity.
“Appreciate what you have and make the most out of it. You are unique and what makes you unique makes you beautiful,” Teng said.
Saldua read “Rosa Albina” by National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario. It tells of how a conceited carabao learns to be humble and to get along with others.
Saldua said that more than a lesson on humility, the story teaches kids to show kindness despite being mistreated by others.
“Always approach people with a kind heart no matter who they are. You’ll never know that you may be the one to inspire them to become a better person,” Saldua said.
The two-hour program also included sing and dance performances from Sophian senior high school students and distribution of healthy lunch meal.
Friday’s session was hosted by Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig, Inquirer senior corporate affairs associate and Dyali Justo, a veteran storyteller from Adarna House.
It was held in cooperation with Ricardo de Guzman, principal of Tugatog Elementary School; Norma Esteban, division superintendent of the Department of Education-Meycauayan; Sophia School Parents Core Group; Cafe Nenzo; Mutya ng Pilipinas Organization; Miss Earth Foundation; and Smart Communications.
Inquirer Read-Along is a corporate social responsibility project of the Philippine Daily Inquirer that aims to promote love for reading among children.
Since 2007, over 20,000 kids aged 7-13 from about 50 cities nationwide have joined the program and has featured over 400 celebrities, leaders, educators, and other youth role models as storytellers. – Rafael L. Antonio, Inquirer Research
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