There are a lot of ways to tell stories—as many as narratives of history and tales of the imagination allow. “Performatura,” a literary and performance art festival that is part of the celebration of National Reading Month, explored different techniques and tools of bringing stories to life.
The young listeners giggled everytime British Ambassador Asif Ahmad did his ant voice when he read Angelita Aragon’s “Ang Magkaibigan,” a story of friendship between an ant and a dove. “Whenever you read to children, it’s always very honest,” the ambassador said.
With dwindling interest in books and barely a tenth of the population reading for leisure, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) is lining up three days of activities next week it hopes will spark interest in reading and spur the local publishing industry to become globally competitive in light of the upcoming economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.