On the project’s fourth year, Insular Foundation brought its Literacy Caravan at Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
Insular Foundation partnered with the Department of Education Region IV-B, through OIC Superintendent Elsa T. Barrios, to bring a free storytelling workshop for elementary level teachers, 100 storytelling sessions to 10 public elementary schools, and a book party for underprivileged school children. Leading Filipino publisher, Adarna House, also lent its support to the activity.
The workshop, facilitated by Adarna’s Jay Menes, aims to develop teacher’s storytelling skills to better engage students and inspire them to read. A total of 69 teachers participated in the activity.
The storytelling caravan, meanwhile, was held at 10 schools: Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School, East ES, West ES, Gregorio Oquendo ES, Mateo Jagmis ES, WesCom ES, San Pedro ES, Tiniguiban ES, Francisco Ubay MES, and Tagburos ES. Adarna House storytellers read 100 select Filipino children’s stories, including Insular Foundation’s Wishing Well, to grade school. As tokens, the participants of the storytelling sessions, their advisers, and their school’s principal received their own copy of Insular’s storybooks, Wishing Well, Bisnesboy Minggoy, Christmas in February and Luckiest Girl in the World.
A book-themed Christmas party for 30 under-privileged students of Tagburos ES capped the caravan.
Aside from the activities, Insular Foundation turned over 500 copies of each Insular Foundation storybook, and assorted children’s books to DepEd Puerto Princesa.
Through the caravan, Insular Foundation hopes to improve students’ reading and financial literacies. / MDSantos
Insular Foundation Administrator Ana Maria R. Soriano hands over copies of the Insular Financial Literacy Storybooks series to Dr. Cyril C. Serador, DepEd OIC Assistant Superintendent, during the simple turnover ceremonies at DepEd Puerto Princesa. Witnessing the event are Grade 4 students of Puerto Princesa East Central School.
Kat Charcos-Puyo reads Susan dela Rosa Aragon’s When Color Came to Town to Grade 1 students of East Central School, Puerto Princesa.
Storyteller Noy Bonanciar tells the story of Aleli Batnag’s Si Ching na Takot sa Dilim to Grade 3 WesCom Elementary School students.
Storyteller Noy Bonanciar and Grade 3 students of Tiniguiban Elementary School who received copies of Insular Foundation’s storybooks: Wishing Well, Christmas in February , and Luckiest Girl in the World.
The Storytelling Team (from left): Troy Lacsamana, Noy Bonanciar, Dyali Justo (Adarna storytellers); Yolanda V. Serag (DepEd Puerto Princesa Education Program Supervisor), Michelle Santos (Insular Foundation Literacy Caravan Project Lead), Dr. Loida Olavario (DepEd PSDS/ Division English Coordinator ); Kat Charcos-Puyo, and Jay Menes (Adarna House storytellers).
Jay Menes (center, 3rd row from front, in blue), facilitated a free storytelling workshop at the Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School as part of Insular Foundation’s Literacy Caravan. A total of 69 public elementary school teachers attended the one-day seminar.
Insular Foundation, as part of its Literacy Caravan, hosted a book-themed party for 30 select Tagburos Elementary School students. The students, aged 7 to 12 years, spent an afternoon of games and treats, all centered on books and love of reading. Each child received a loot bag containing assorted storybooks and an Adarna House stuffed doll of its character, Pilandok. Above, Jay Menes, the book party’s facilitator and Adarna House storyteller, reads the story of Ang Walong Baso ni Kuya Paquito to rapt participants. The book was written by Annie Pacaña-Lumbao and illustrated by Ray Nazarene Sunga. Aside from the book party, the Literacy Caravan also included a Storytelling Caravan to 10 schools, book donation, and a one-day free Storytelling Workshop, all held at Puerto Princesa. / Photo by Ergoe Tinio