PETA rekindles interest in reading

 Vol. 8  No.6

Rekindling interest in reading is what the Philippine Educational Theater Association hopes to instill in its annual Children’s Arts Happening. The PETA Children’s Theater Program (PETA-CTP), along with Lampara Publishing House and Terre Des Hommes Netherlands, is launching “BUKLAT: Buhayin ang Aklat!”

The Storybook Theater Project will provide a space for children and child advocates for them to develop an appreciation for reading through performances, workshops, and forums. It also aims to popularize Filipino children’s literature.

For more than 20 years, PETA-CTP has been working extensively with children and young people in marginalized communities through theater—an instrument for their self-expression, creativity, education, protection and development.

The program engages children and young people in the process of developing stories, playmaking, capacity building and in developing community performances and sustained cultural programs in communities and shelters of children in difficult circumstances.

The Storybook Theater Project will take place on November 12-13, 2011 at the PETA Theater Center , #5 Eymard Drive , New Manila, Quezon City , Philippines .

Schedule of Workshops and Performances

NOV 12, 2011 (Saturday) 8AM to 4PM

  • Forum on “How To Encourage Reading Among Children” for Parents, Educators, and NGO Workers (16 years old and above)

A forum intended for child educators, teachers, and parents which aims to impart techniques on how to develop readership among children. The forum will also focus on why it is important for children to become avid readers. From choosing the right books to start with and how to engage children by reading aloud stories to them, adults will become avid fans of reading themselves.

  • Workshop on Basic Illustration for Children and Teen (10-14 years old)

A basic illustration workshop which will teach the rudiments of sketching characters, coloring, and detailing, for the young ones dreaming of illustrating their own books someday.

  • Reading as Characters (Voice Acting) Workshop for Children(8-12 years old)

An acting workshop which focuses on using the voice for telling storytelling and characterization.

NOV 13, 2011 (Sunday) 9AM to 5:00PM*

*There will be two sets of performances in the morning (9AM to 12:30PM) and in the afternoon (1:30-5:00PM)

  • Storytelling sessions with Saab Magalona, BJ Forbes, Ernie Cloma and Winner of Lampara Books Storytelling Contest
  1. Performances by:
  2. Anino Shadowplay Collective
  3. Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas
  4. PETA Metropolitan Teen Theater League
  5. Sipat Lawin Ensemble
  6. Artistang Artlets
  7. Kaibigan Cultural Group
  8. Anak ng Bayan (San Juan Theater Group)
  9. PETA MTTL Alumni

For more information, contact:
PETA Marketing Office c/o Joyce Lim at 725-6244 or +639175692216.
Or email us at; or visit

About Peta Mekong

Mobilizing the arts community for advocacy in the Greater Mekong Subregion

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