Sorsogon Museum, PDI lead ‘Read Along Program’

by Irma A.Guhit

Sorsogon Provincial Museum and Heritage Center

SORSOGON CITY, Apr. 8 (PIA) — The Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center Incorporated (SMHCI), in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer( PDI), will spearhead the first ever story telling session at the provincial museum here tomorrow (Apr. 9) to commemorate the life of our heroes in celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan.

According to Mr. Joseph John Perez , SMCHI trustee, this event is part of the PDI’s “Read Along Program” in its continuing support to make literacy one of its advocacy by focusing on the heroic deeds of our forefathers.

“Inquirer has since been holding similar events in different parts of the country to promote the interest and love of reading books among children, specially the lives of our heroes and people who have contributed a sense of history in our country,” Perez related.

Cecilia Hsu-Duran, promotion head of the SMHCI, said that PDI Luzon Bureau correspondent Joane Los Banos coordinated with the SMHCI to sponsor the initial launch of the project in the province.

“We have tapped the assistance of the city government here and we are very thankful to Mayor Leovic R.Dioneda, the SHALOM Foundation and the Department of Education, for gathering 60 children aged 6 to 12 years old who will take part in this activity on Saturday at 10:00 am,” Duran said.

Duran also cited that PDI founder “Eugenia “Eggy” Duran-Apostol, sister of former Mayor Fernando Duran and now chair of the SMHCI, has that special affinity to Sorsogon being a true Sorsoguena and would like to contribute a legacy for reading which now seems to be a fading value.

“Another personality within the Inquirer publication is Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, editor in chief, is the daughter of the late Colonel Nicanor Jimenez who also hailed from Sorsogon and considered one of our veteran heroes during the World War II in the province,” according to Duran.

Their life will be shared through the read along program to young children who should be made aware of such kind of heroism, according to Perez, and we also want them to develop the love for reading.

This activity according to Perez is open to the public and interested persons should contact the museum office.

Perez said that for this launch, local volunteers were tapped led by retired teacher Ms. Rose Enerio who is a long time volunteer of PDI’s Read Along Program in Metro Manila.

Another volunteer is Sorsogon Arts Council spokesperson and Museum Trustee Perez himself once a part of Batibot World of Children Expo and founder of Radyo Pambata, and also to include Gibbs Cadiz, PDI Lifestyle section editor.

This activity that will be done this Saturday will also provide the children a guided tour of the museum, called a ” A Walk Through History” telling them about the importance of the things that they will see inside the SMHCI to inspire them of the rich history of our province, its people and its aspirations.

The Read Along Program will be a continuing activity of the SMHCI and will invite national figures, and inspirational leaders who will read stories to children and promote literacy advocacy through reading monthly.

“Today reading seems to be a passing and unimportant activity to kids specially with the advent of computers, internet, cellphones and modern technology games.The life of our heroes are no longer given importance specially by our young generation”, according to Mrs. Duran.

“Let us bring back the sense of history here in our province through our museum activities and the emulation of the heroic deeds of our war veterans who have fought for our freedom through reading “, Duran said. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)

The original article can be found here.

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