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We need new storytellers!

If you have a lot of free time, a passion for telling stories, and a penchant for the company of kids, start gearing up for your audition!  We need you!

Storytellers must be available most of the time during the work hours of weekdays.  Most of our storytelling sessions are done in schools, so we need storytellers who can make themselves available for such events.

Experienced or not, our storytellers are able to make our stories come alive through their craft.  We are eager to add to our pool, and we are looking for people who have great stage presence and share our passion for literature, literacy and early childhood education.

Send us your resume and weekly schedule through grace@adarna.com.ph, or call 3723548 local 110 for details.  Individuals with regular nine-to-five jobs need not apply.

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Kuwentong Adarna at PDI Read Along

Last Saturday, at 10:00 in the morning, almost 100 kids trooped over to the Ortigas Foundation Library.  All trips to the library entail reading, of course.  But this one was an extra special treat.  The kids were there to participate in a Read-Along session of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  And that day, Read-Along chose the life and the works of Dr. Jose Rizal to serve as the central theme, in remembrance of Independence Day.

So to start the day, Dyali Justo, an Adarna House storyteller, led the kids in the reading of Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa.  The book, written by Rene Villanueva and illustrated by Joel Chua, tells the lives of heroes Rizal and Andres Bonifacio side by side, focusing on the parallels and intersections of their stories.  As part of Kuwentong Adarna, each of the kids were given a copy of the book to read from, and take home.

Nagpayong Elementary School students reading along

Nagpayong Elementary School students reading along

The Ortigas Foundation Library suddenly gets all abuzz after the Kuwentong Adarna segment.  We find out soon enough that actor Cesar Montano, the day’s celebrity reader, has arrived.  Tito Bubuy is best known for his portrayal of our national hero in the movie Jose Rizal and was there to read Si Pagong at si Matsing. The local folk story was first told and illustrated by Rizal on Paz Pardo de Tavera’s guest book in 1886.  For this session, Tito Bubuy read our version, retold by Danilo Consumido and illustrated by Hubert Fucio.

Tito Bubuy reads Si Pagong at si Matsing

Tito Bubuy reads Si Pagong at si Matsing

Saturday’s session, hosted by Junior Inquirer writer Ruth Navarra, was held in Ortigas Foundation Library, which houses an extensive Rizaliana collection.  The session also served as one of the culminating activities of Book Matters, a two-month long activity presented by the Library, Lopez Memorial Museum and Library, and Robinson’s Children’s Library.

The session also featured the first of six PDI Read Along Kuwentong Adarna segments for the year.  In every Kuwentong Adarna segment, one of our storytellers will read to the young participants of the Read-Along session, each of whom will be given a copy of the segment’s featured storybook.  We are proud and happy to share PDI’s efforts and passion to promote the love of reading among children.  Read the PDI news article about the June 27 Read-Along session here.

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Storytelling sessions for June

For the month of June, watch our stories come alive!  Catch the storytelling sessions of Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Read-Along on the second and fourth Saturday of the month of June.  Call PDI Read-Along at 897-8808 local 329.   We will also be having a storytelling session at Hooked on Books on June 28, in partnership with Purefoods Hotdogs.  Hooked on Books is located at 138 Ching Santos Building, Katipunan Ave, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.  You may reach Hooked on Books at 911-2149.

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Register now for our Storytelling Workshop

Slots are still open for Adarna House’s Storytelling Workshop.  This workshop will be held at Balay Kalinaw in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on May 16 (Friday).  Participants of this workshop will be trained on the art of narrative performance by Jay Menes, one of Adarna House’s veteran storytellers.  Registration is also still open for the book-making workshop for children.  For registration or inquiry, e-mail ergoe@adarna.com.ph, call 3723548 local 122, or text 0917-3722639.

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1st Book-Making Workshop

Last Friday, twenty-four kids graduated from the first wave of Adarna House’s book-making workshop. Storyteller Kathi Charcos called the kids one by one to present them with their finished projects.

For the four Fridays of April, all 24 participants wrote their own story, and made the illustrations for their narratives, with the help of author May Tobias-Papa and illustrator Hubert Fucio. Last Friday, the kids received their finished books, read the blurbs of their story, and introduced their project to their classmates.

The second run of the book-making workshop starts on May 9, 2008.

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And the plot thickens…

Or so it should, at least when it comes to the projects for our Book Making Workshop, which started with a full house last Friday.

For the first day, author May Tobias-Papa (Estrellita) talked about her book and shared some tips on writing stories. She likened a story to a special dish, with each element — characters, setting, tone, conflict — acting as an important ingredient. She showed the kids how to make a solid character using a character web, and how best to go about making and resolving the main conflict in a story.

With the help of storyteller Kathi Charcos, the kids were guided on a step-by-step process in coming up with the elements of the story, and in writing the narrative itself. Each story was read by May before the kids went home with the author’s advice on how to flesh out their stories’ interesting details.

Same time this week, the kids will return to hear and talk about each other’s stories to further polish their narratives, be equipped with tips on coming up with a title, and (of course!) to have lots of fun in the company of books.

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