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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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Beaming with pride

Before anything else, a few congratulations are in order.

To Augie Rivera, Ghani Madueño, and Soroptimist International of Baguio, whose book Ang Lihim ni Lea was a finalist for the Children’s Book Category in this year’s Gintong Aklat Awards. The book is a partnership project with SI Baguio and is about child abuse.

Gintong Aklat 2008 Finalist

Gintong Aklat 2008 Finalist

To our storytellers who did so well in the recent PBBY-NBDB Salaysayan Storytelling Competitions.  Tony Yanza — 2nd place, Filipino Category; Dyali Justo — 3rd Place, Filipino Category; and Claude Despabiladeras — 3rd place, English Category.

Way to go, guys!  We are so proud!

Tony with his silver medal

Tony with his silver medal


Claude's & Dyali's winning performances

Claude and Dyali during the finals

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See you at the MIBF!

We hope you come and support the local publishing industry in the upcoming Manila International Book Fair.  It will be held from September 12 to 16, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia Complex.

All the significant Philippine publishers and bookstores will be there, selling their books at a discount.  There will also be workshops presented by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People.  The exhibit of 25 life-sized sculptures of children’s book characters will also be there.

Of course, please don’t forget to visit the Adarna House booth, where you’re sure to find your favorite authors and illustrators, along with our new titles for 2008.  Tag some kids along as well, because we have a magic show, storytelling sessions, and mascot appearances lined up for them!

Click here to download our printable tickets.  Black & white print outs will be accepted at the gate.  See you there!

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