Reading Month 2017 highlights Nick Joaquin’s literary legacy

November 15, 2017

PASIG CITY, November 15, 2017 – The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Learning Delivery-Teaching and Learning Division (BLD-TLD), is spearheading the celebration of the 2017 National Reading Month this November featuring the legacy of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin.
 
In addition to strengthening the DepEd’s Every Child a Reader Program, this month-long occasion aims to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Nick Joaquin, known as one of the most distinguished Filipino writers whose works delve into and reflect the many facets of the Filipino.
 
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, a staunch advocate of reading, expressed her enthusiasm over this tribute to a cultural icon which highly suits the theme, “A Celebration of Arts and Culture through Reading.”
 
The Department enjoins all schools in the country to conduct various activities to celebrate the month as stipulated in DepEd Memorandum No. 181, s. 2017.
 
As a national kick-off activity, all regional directors, schools division superintendents, and school administrators are directed to serve as mystery reader of a children’s storybook in Filipino during flag-raising ceremony.
 
All teaching and non-teaching personnel are also encouraged to practice the Drop Everything and Read habit everyday of November at 10a.m.
 
To introduce Nick Joaquin to the younger generation, DepEd will conduct the first National Book Report Writing Contest where Senior High School learners will be tasked to write a book report on one of his works, and defend it before a panel of judges. Junior High School learners, meanwhile, shall prepare short narratives through comic strips on Joaquin’s possible take on current issues. The national finals is set in January 2018.
 
Further, a week-long reading camp consists of contests highlighting the works of Nick Joaquin, including the writing and reading of a one-sentence, one-paragraph short story (Sang Daang Taon and Kaya Ko); painting (Filipino as a Manager); quiz bee (Questions on Heroes); storytelling for children (Kuwentuhan Tayo); newswriting (Nick Report); interpretive dance (Isayaw Natin); and a book-sharing activity (Birthday Book Party).
 
Other activities include the classroom-based creation of a story to celebrate Philippine culture and arts through pictures (100 Pictures to Tell); planting of 100 trees in the community, each to be named after a Filipino hero (Hardin ng mga Bayani); bringing and sharing of storybooks for children (#ShareABook); tapping of volunteers from the community who will adopt a child and help him/her succeed in reading (Help a Reader, Be a Volunteer); and a symposium for parents and guardians (Reading Family).
 
 
The celebration shall culminate with the nationwide, simultaneous Araw ng Pagbasa on November 27, 2017 at 9a.m., pursuant to Republic Act 10556 which recognizes the importance of promoting reading as a shared activity among the youth, families, educators, and the private sector. The Schools Division of Cavite Province is set to host the national event.
 
Ultimately, DepEd is intent on making every Filipino child a competent reader and writer through the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all, as articulated in the Department’s 10-point agenda.
 
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