San Pablo City hosts National Reading Month Kick Off
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”– Confucius
San Pablo City hosted the 2nd Kick Off Ceremony for the launching of the National Reading Month last November 3 with the theme: “Nasa Pagbasa ang Pag asa”. This is in support of the Ten-Point Basic Education Agenda on the Aquino Administration and the institutionalization of Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP) of the Department of Education.
The San Pablo Central Gym was once again the venue for this historic event. For the pre-registration, teachers in the division participated in the “Libro Mo,Handog Ko” activity,where they donated various reading materials for the library hub.
Children lined up early for the big event and their faces were filled with anticipation on what to see in the kick off and as to who, their mystery readers would be. Around two thousand people composed of students, school heads, DepEd officials and government officials were present to witness the event.
The program commenced at 8 a.m. with the entrance of colors and the singing of the National Anthem by the San Pablo Central School Choir. The doxology was performed by the PHIMARTS Production, sponsored by the DepEd Central Office, and San Pablo Central School Choir also rendered the singing of the Calabarzon Hymn and San Pablo Hymn.
Mayor Loreto Amante warmly welcomed the audience. He encouraged everyone to value reading. Mrs. Susan DL. Oribiana, OIC-Schools Division Superintendent, in her opening remarks underscored that students should not only patronize foreign authors, but the local authors as well. She introduced to the audience a local author named Patricia Laurel who is presently based in USA and is a descendant of Dr. Jose Rizal. She mentioned that though e- books are in vogue, children should not forget to appreciate printed books. She ended her speech by greeting the audience, “Happy reading!”. Congresswoman Marisol C. Aragones was represented by her sister, Maricel Perez, who in her speech said, “Instead of busying ourselves in social media, we must busy ourselves in reading, this way we will be armed with knowledge.” After her message the author of the National Reading Month, Congressman Jorge B.Banal Jr. of the 3rd District of Quezon City delivered his message.
He stressed that the image of Benigno Aquino Jr. was used in the Araw ng Pagbasa, in honor of his ardent love for reading. His birth anniversary is November 27 which is the date for the reading month culminating activities.He reiterated that the younger generation should remember the legacy left by Ninoy Aquino. Ms. Beverly Berame, the Library Hub head from DepEd Central Office mentioned in her speech that the reason why San Pablo City was chosen as the venue for the National Kick Off is because of the good performance of San Pablo City in reading as well as the effort of the city for its Library Hub project.
After the opening program, “Story Reading Time” followed. Students of the different schools in San Pablo City had a very lively interaction with their mystery readers. Mayor Loreto Amante was the reader for Kinder and Grade 1; Councilor Adrian Lait,representative for Vice Governor Karen C. Agapay, was the reader for Grades 2 and 3; Cong.Jorge B. Banal Jr, for Grades 4 and 5; Ms. Beverly Berame for Grade 6; Mr. Job Sape, EPS II-LRMDS from Region IV-A, for Grades 7 and 8; and Ms. Maricel A. Perez for Grades 9 and 10.
After the story reading time, the students and readers were guided by their ushers and usherettes in the library tour. The program ended at 11 o’ clock in the morning. The event offered simple yet meaningful activities to develop learners’ love for reading.
Other suggested activities for the reading month include: Reading Olympics; Help A Reader:Be a Volunteer; KaREADthon; and the Araw ng Pagbasa Challenge where all learners, teachers, and school officials will do the nationwide synchronized reading at exactly 9 a.m. on 27 November 2015.
No matter how busy we are, we must always find time to read, to enrich our knowledge; thus, become better citizens.