NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK READING DAY 2017
celebrated at SM City Bacolod
Here in the Philippines, we celebrate the National Children’s Book Reading Day to commemorate the classic publication of Dr. Jose Rizal entitled, “Ang Pagong at ang Matsing”. The event is simultaneously held all around the country every third Tuesday of July.
And this year, on its 34th year, the Bacolod Homeschoolers are privileged to join the event at SM City Bacolod that happened at the north wing atrium.
There were two books read today–Two Friends, One World, which is in English, and Oyayi Bumabara, which is in Filipino. The English book was read to the kids by education and pro-women advocate, Bacolod Councilor Cindy Tan-Rojas, who is also a mom herself. She is the chairperson on the Committee on Family & Child Development of the Bacolod City Council. Meanwhile, the Filipino book was read by Arvin Gee Losañes, the HR Manager of Convergys Bacolod and who is a Certified Story Teller of the Adarna House of Books. The children were really in for a treat.
The kids present were students of Sum-ag Elementary School and La Consolacion College Elementary School. Some members of the Bacolod Homeschoolers Network were also able to join. Homeschooling families are advocates of reading and literacy. In our family, we have a built a library of books in different genres ever since I was still pregnant with my eldest.
The children in the audience eagerly listened to the stories and enthusiastically participated in the games afterwards, which has proven that they have been listening to the storyteller. They were given prizes courtesy of World of Fun. Then they were treated to snacks from Merzci Pasalubong. They did not leave empty-handed as all the kids present received gift packs containing a book and notebooks from National Bookstore. They were all so happy to each bring home books and notebooks with pencils. Homeschooling in Bacolod is made fun because of activities like these!
SM Supermalls’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, SM Cares, through the SM Committee on Youth and Children’s Welfare, celebrates this activity every year in order to inspire the young children to the love of reading and the love of printed books. They also have this advocacy of promoting literacy and encouraging children to develop their love for reading at an early age. The mall has been committed in becoming a venue for learning as well as a medium for imparting knowledge to the kids–both from the public and private schools. After the event here in Bacolod, a box of books was donated for use in the library of Sum-ag Elementary School.