Reading is basically a life skill. It occupies a high place of significance in a child’s learning and personal growth. It is a cornerstone of a child’s success in school and indeed throughout life. Reading is the key to student’s achievement. The ability to read and write is important for lifelong learning. One can develop the ability to learn for life if he has acquired the necessary literacy and numeracy skills. These are important elements for building individual competence and achievement that can be translated in the future into a competitive workforce. And learning these skills starts at an early stage of child’s life. The forgoing statements clearly stated that reading is an important tool that an individual should acquire in order to succeed in any endeavor one will take in life.
Relevant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 181, s. 2017, National Reading Month Celebration, Mrs. Rose D. Malabanan, the Chairman of the said activity, through the initiative and guidance of Mrs. Mary Jane D. Baral, English Department Head, prepared activities last November 20-24, 2017 during English Classes. The objectives of the celebration were the following: support the DepEd Ten- Point Agenda 2017-2022 entitled Quality, Accessible, Relevant and Liberating Basic Education for All, strengthen the DepEd’sEvery Child A Reader Program, making every Filipino child a competent reader and writer appropriate for his/ her grade level, commemorate the centennial of the birth anniversary of Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature. Specifically, the students will be able to create a story to celebrate Philippine culture and arts through pictures, write one sentence one paragraph short story to describe the country Sang DaangTaon From Now., make on the spot painting/poster making contest to describe Filipino as a manager, hold a storytelling contest on any Nick Joaquin’s story for children and interpret any short story for children by Nick Joaquin through dramatic choric and interpretative dance.
Every grade level, Grade 7-10, participated in the celebration. Contests by rooms in different categories were held to select the best story teller, imaginative painter, proficient writer and effective speaker. Through the leadership of Ms. Judith T. Zalameda, Ms. Razel Jaen Eucare, Mr. Jester M. Pagkaliwagan and Mr. Lito K. Gutierez the club advisers of Grade 7-10 respectively, the best in their levels were chosen. The culminating activity was held last November 28, 2017 at the English Resource Center. It started at exactly 8:00 am with a prayer led by Ms. Zalameda, makabayan song rendered by Ms. Eucare, a message was given by Mrs. Baral, the judges were introduced by Mr. Pagkaliwagan, the criteria for judging were explained by Mr. Gutierez and Mrs. Malabanan gave her closing remarks. First in line was the writing contest which described the country Sang Daang Taon From Now. The contestants were housed in one room for an hour. Another one was on the spot paining contest to describe Filipino as a Manager. Two hours were allotted while staying in one room. The four contenders from each level gave their best in sharing their insights and ideas about Philippine culture and arts. They created a story through pictures, 100 Pictures To Tell. The program ended at exactly 12:00 noon with the verdict of the people who served as judges. We can say the English department chose the best who can be the instruments and agents of change to make every Filipino child a competent reader and writer.