Inquirer Read-Along shares stories of modern heroes

MANILA, Philippines – About 60 children from three elementary schools heard tales about different forms of heroism and honoring modern day heroes during Inquirer’s virtual reading session on Thursday, October 18. 20

The session was held in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation and featured actress Nikki Valdez and the Metrobank Foundation, outstanding Filipino award-winners Col. Stephen L. Cabanlet and teacher Christine Joy Dr. Aguila.

The program, which aired live on the Inquirer and Metrobank Facebook pages, began with an opening message from Kristal T. Batino, senior program officer of the Metrobank Foundation’s Excellence Awards Unit.

Aguila has read “Ayokong Pumasok sa Paaralan” by Rene O. Villanueva, the story of a bee who initially refuses to go to school and of his mother who convinces him that he can have more fun in school life.

Aguila, a Filipino teacher at the main campus of Philippine Science High School in Quezon City, came from a family of teachers. You have spent nearly half of your life defending the Filipino language and culture in education.

Cabanlet read the life story of First Class Soldier (PFC) Nestor Acero, a Marine who died in 1972 during a battle with Muslim outlaws in Sibalo Hill, village of Punay, Sulu and received a (posthumous) Medal of Valor for sacrificed his life to take care of his wounded comrades and to cover the withdrawal of the rest of the troops.

“Ang Kabayanihan ni PFC Nestor Acero” was published by the Philippine Marine Corps.

Cabanlet, himself a decorated Marine, devoted 29 years of his life to military service and helped promote peace and prosperity on the war-affected island of Sulu and nearby towns. He now serves as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Unified Command for Operations in the Western Command in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Valdez read Ompong Remigio’s “Yaya niya, Nanay ko”, the story of a little girl’s love for her mother who works as a nanny for another child.

Valdez juggles being a mother to her 14-year-old daughter with her intense acting career and her pastry business where she makes and sells her sweet cake creations.

Thursday’s session was hosted by Inquirer Lifestyle editor Ruth Navarra-Mayo and was held in partnership with Doña Pilar C. Gonzaga Elementary School, Good Shepherd Montessori School and Manggahan Elementary School.

Launched in 2007, Inquirer Read-Along is a corporate social responsibility project of the publishing house that aims to promote a love of reading among children.

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