The five finalists of the 2017 Inquirer Read-Along Festival Storytelling Competition are (clockwise from center): Reeve Angelo Penuliar, Iza Nicole Barcena, Izabelle Rose Dimzon, Princess Jeza Gail Eliang and Jose Joachim Manalang.(Photo by Jamillah Sta. Rosa/Inquirer Photo)
5 pupils compete for Read-Along Storytelling King/Queen title
Five young storytellers will compete for the title of Storytelling King or Queen on the second day of Inquirer Read-Along Festival on Oct. 7.
The finalists, who were picked after the semifinal round on Saturday at the Inquirer main office in Makati, are: Reeve Angelo Penuliar and Izabelle Rose Dimzon of School of Saint Anthony in Quezon City; Iza Nicole Barcena of Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Manila; Princess Jeza Gail Eliang of Antonio Regidor Elementary School in Manila; and Jose Joachim Manalang of the Seed Montessori School in Quezon City.
The semifinalists read the story “Super Ningning” by Liwliwa Malabed. It is about a young girl who wishes for superpowers to defeat school bullies but later realizes that kindness and compassion matter more.
The contestants and their coaches attended a workshop on the basics of book-based interactive storytelling on Sept. 16. It was conducted by veteran Read-Along storytellers and festival competition judges Dyali Justo and teachers of Sophia School in Meycauayan, Bulacan led by principal Ann Abacan.
Ten semifinalists were chosen out of 81 contestants during the elimination rounds on Sept. 23. Only workshop participants, who have not won in any previous storytelling contest, were eligible to join the competition.
Junior Inquirer editor and Read-Along host Ruth Navarra-Mayo, Inquirer photographer Grig Montegrande and professional storyteller Posh Develos from Ang Pinoy Storytellers served as judges both for the elimination and semifinal rounds.
Now on its seventh year, the two-day festival of marathon storytelling will be held on Oct. 6-7 also at the Inquirer main office. Its highlight is the crowning of the Festival King or Queen, the storytelling champion among pupils aged 7-12.
With theme “Hope for the Children, Hope for the Country,” the festival, which is comprised of four storytelling sessions, will feature tales of hope, resiliency and environmental awareness.
Among the guest storytellers include Inquirer President and CEO Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez; Miss Earth-Philippines 2017 Karen Ibasco; Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin; multi-awarded actress Cherry Pie Picache; theater actress Cris Villonco; The Voice Kids Season 2 finalist Esang de Torres; and 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino awardee Alonzo Gabriel.
Also reading are professional storytellers Justo, Develos, Rich Rodriguez and Ray Escasinas.
Those interested in joining the festival may call Odeng Orolaza, 8978808 ext. 330 or e-mail [email protected]. Slots are on a first-come, first-served basis./jpv