MANILA, Philippines — Over a thousand children learned the importance of fairness and sharing from the stories told in this year’s first session of Inquirer Read-Along held at Calvario Elementary School in Meycauayan, Bulacan on Friday.
Television host Patricia Tumulak, Inquirer Read-Along storyteller and ambassador, read to the students “Hating Kapatid,” written by Raissa Rivera Falgui and illustrated by Fran Alvarez.
The story tells of an ant who learns the true meaning of “fair share” from his older brother ant as they eat different Filipino snacks together.
Tumulak said she wanted the children to realize the value of sharing beyond material things.
“Sharing is caring not just when it comes to material things. It can also be about sharing one’s knowledge, time and energy,” she said.
Tumulak, who joined a Read-Along session outside Metro Manila for the first time, said she is looking forward to attending more sessions in far-flung areas with the program now on its 13th year.
“Hopefully I could spend more time with the kids not only in Metro Manila but also in other places around the country, maybe in areas we haven’t reached yet,” she said.
The trio of veteran storytellers Sophia School principal Ann Abacan, Dyali Justo of Adarna House and Rich Rodriguez of Ang Pinoy Storytellers told an interactive reading of “Ang Pambihirang Sombrero,” written and illustrated by Jose Miguel Tejido.
The book is about a young girl whose adventure begins when she discovers a strange hat among her grandmother’s old belongings.
The children were also entertained throughout the program with several performances by Sophia School teachers and students.
Hosted by Abacan and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig, Inquirer senior corporate affairs associate, Friday’s session was conducted in partnership with Sophia School and Café Nenzo.
The session was Inquirer’s 12th collaboration with Adopt-a-Kid program, Sophia School’s outreach initiative to less privileged pupils from public schools in Meycauayan. The school has been marking its anniversary with the outreach read-along program since 2009.
Launched in 2007, Inquirer Read-Along is Philippine Daily Inquirer’s corporate social responsibility project which aims to promote reading and combat the declining readership among children. It has reached thousands of children, ages 7 to 13, from over 50 cities nationwide and has featured hundreds of celebrities and role models as storytellers.