Jesse Robredo's story shared in this year's Araw ng Pagbasa

By Regina Monsayac and Sarah Gellor

Posted at Dec 14 2014 09:03 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2014 05:03 AM

Last November 27, 2014, public elementary schools and other organizations held story-telling sessions all over the country led by the Department of Education in pursuant to RA 10556 or Araw ng Pag(b)asa Act.

Councilor Amie Hernandez shares the story of Jesse Robredo with children in Nagcarlan, Laguna

In celebration of this day, Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, together with Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, Excel Center for Educational Leadership (EXCEL), Institute for Governance and Strategic Partnerships (IGSP) and Jesse M. Robredo Foundation (JMRF) held a total of four story-telling sessions in D. Tuazon Elementary School and Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School.

"We want to make sure that every child in our country is encouraged to love reading at an early age that is why we launched this initiative all over the country," said Rep. Bolet Banal of Quezon City, who is also the main author of the Araw ng Pag(b)asa Act.

Armed with cut-outs of the characters glued to popsicle sticks, twelve associates from the said organizations and three volunteers excitedly read the story of the late Jesse M. Robredo from the book “Simply Jesse”. That day, a total of 204 enthusiastic and smart public school kids learned of Jesse’s heroism and how they themselves can be heroes in the littlest ways. No less than the daughter of the late DILG Secretary, Tricia Robredo, led the story-telling session at D. Tuazon Elementary School in Quezon City. The “Simply Jesse” books were also donated to both schools along with other storybooks given by AHON Foundation to serve as a reminder of this year’s Araw ng Pagbasa, Araw ng Pag-asa.

"Our family continues to appreciate the fact that even after two years since his untimely death, Jesse's life of public service continues to be an inspiration to Filipinos especially the youth in our country," shared Rep. Leni Robredo, whose main advocacy is also providing quality education to her constituents in Camarines Sur.

Children in Infanta, Quezon listening to Councilor LA Ruanto who dressed up like Santa Claus

Aside from the celebration in Quezon City, Kaya Natin! Champions and volunteer groups all over the country united in reading “Simply Jesse” in their respective areas. Children from Kauswagan, Tarlac, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Davao City, Southern Leyte, Infanta, Iriga City, Naga City, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Nagcarlan heard Jesse’s story of simplicity, public service and heroism.

"We chose to share the inspiring story of Sec. Robredo so that at an early age, more Filipino children will understand the values of honesty, integrity and service. Hopefully, when they become the leaders of this country, they will also aspire to be like him," added Councilor Amie Malabag-Hernandez of Nagcarlan, Laguna.

Jesse M. Robredo’s story would have not spread in all these places if not for the participation of the following people and organizations: Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte, Christian Paul N. Sunga of the Tarlac State University Supreme Student Council, Mayor Gloria-Crespo Congco of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Danica Ellana Virlyn of Rotaract Club of San Fernando, La Union, Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta of Davao City, Former Gov. Rosette Lerias of Southern Leyte, Councilor Lord Arnel Ruanto of Infanta, Quezon, Quenie Arellano of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-Iriga, Congresswoman Leonor G. Robredo of Camarines Sur, Rea Robles of the Ateneo Literary Association, Naga City, Former Councilor Lugi Lipumano Garcia and KN Youth Chapter of Olongapo City, Kier Suyat from Mabalacat, Pampanga and Councilor Amelia H. Hernandez of Nagcarlan Laguna.

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