Latest Stories

Inquirer Read-Along treats Alabang street children with stories on brave women


MANILA, Philippines – Children from Tuloy sa Don Bosco Street-children Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa City were treated on Friday to two stories of brave women—a grandmother who tried to save everybody from a tragedy using her extraordinary hair and a queen who helped a problematic tribe.

These children are mostly poor, abandoned and homeless. The Tuloy sa Don Bosco Streetchildren Village took them in, took care of them and taught values and attitudes they need to become effective members of society. Part of their education is teaching them technical courses.

“The children felt like they were part of the story. They did not only understand what was being read to them but they felt like they were actually seeing the events from the story,” teacher Sweet Gelera said after INQUIRER’s Read-Along.

“Para daw silang nasa 3D,” fellow teacher Len Dela Cruz said. Both teachers said they were amazed at how the 180 children devoured every bits and pieces of the story that was read to them by singer-actress Nikki Gil, Alitaptap’s Posh Develos and Ray Escasinos.

During the read-along, Gil read “Alamat ng Papaya,” while Develos and Escasinos read “Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola.” Both stories were written by the late Rene O. Villanueva.

The “Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola” is about a grandmother who used her kilometre-long hair to save the houses and animals from being blown away when a typhoon hit their village.

“Alamat ng Papaya” is about Pya-a’s loyalty to their leader, Reyna Lingap and how their courage and loyalty led to the birth of the first Papaya fruit.

After every story, the children were asked questions about the books read to them and they eagerly raised their hands, trying to get the attention of the story-tellers and Read-Along host and INQUIRER Libre editor-in-chief Chito De La Vega.

Gil said at first she did not know what to do after seeing the children, some looked like they were only seven or eight while others were already in their teens.

“I am torn between trying to make the kid understand the story and trying not to make it boring for the older ones,” she said but in the end she said she was impressed at how responsive the children were.

“Sumisililp ako from what I am reading and I can see na nakatutok sila sa powerpoint presentation. You can see that they are really interested,” Gil said.

After the session, the children have shown their appreciation by performing Nikki Gil’s song, which goes “thank you for everything you do…I’m glowing inside because of you.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: brave women , Education , Inquirer , Inquirer Read-Along , Language , Literature , Nikki Gil , Rene O. Villanueva , street children , Tuloy sa Don Bosco Street-children Village

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  5. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  8. Garcia Marquez left unpublished manuscript
  9. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  10. Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  5. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  6. This is not just a farm
  7. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer


  • Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  • N. Korea finally offers condolences over ferry tragedy
  • 16 CADPI sugar refinery workers now out of danger after toxic shower in Batangas
  • PNP denies Purisima’s involvement in questionable deal with courier firm
  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist hostage
  • Sports

  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • UST posts twin kill in Filoil pre-season cup opening day
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • China won’t budge, wants PH gov’t to apologize to HK
  • Cha cha train to follow Obama visit?