Imus returns to reading time for children

IMUS CITY, Cavite: The local storytelling time for city kids, “Kwentuhan sa Plaza”, is back after a two-year hiatus as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 9, 100 children aged 5-12 gathered at Imus Plaza in Barangay Poblacion 1-C here to share the joys of reading and imagining.

Organized by the Imus City Parks and Historic Sites Administration Unit and the Imus City Public Library, the guest storyteller this afternoon was the First Lady of Imus City, Jelyn Maliksi.

“Hangad po nating maisulong pa sa ating mga kabataan ang pagbabasa asang mahalaga and masayang gawain para sa batang Imuseños (We wanted to share the joy and learning of reading with the children of Imus),” Maliksi said.

Kwentuhan sa Plaza, a storytelling project of the City Library and the city’s historic parks and sites, aims to instill values ​​in children while nurturing a community with a penchant for reading.

The administration of the municipal park also distributed souvenir toys to all the children who participated and listened to the reading hour.

Edwin Malicsi, park administrator, said they had to control the number of participants in the reading session in order to respect health protocols and the safety of children.

Beginnings

Kwentuhan sa Plaza started at sunset on a wet Friday in 2016, children gathered in the historic town square of Imus next to the statue of local hero General Licerio Topacio in front of the old building of the town hall and the picturesque Notre-Dame du Pilier Cathedral.

The children sat on the floor with their legs crossed as the town’s public librarian, Rose Roman, 57, led the book-reading session.

Roman, a town librarian for 29 years, thought of the project one day as she watched the square from the library which rarely had visitors.

Roman remembers the first storytelling sessions with about 20 children listening and a budget of 25P per child for snacks, which is a juice accompanied by “mamon” (sponge cake).

A habit of telling stories at sunset started every first Friday of the month. It became a regular event that children looked forward to during the pre-pandemic period.

The audience grew from 20 to 80 children. Some of them came from nearby towns and villages that the local government had to provide more chairs and a better public address system, according to Roman.

Kwentuhan sa Plaza is open to volunteer storytellers, including Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi and government employees, teachers, police, firefighters and members of non-governmental organizations.

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