70th Platinum Anniversary

Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc.

National Children’s Book Day

July 18, 2017

As part of the Philippine Pediatric Society’s 70th Platinum Anniversary, PPS will celebrate National Children’s Book Day on July 18 in cooperation with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philippines (RMHC). Together with the Department of Education City of Makati and Department of Education Cordillera Administrative Region and Adarna Publishing House, this nationwide campaign will be launched to champion literacy empowerment for children with exceptional needs and their families. By partnering with three powerhouse Filipinoinstitutions for children, PPS will achieve its biggest Read to Learn program yet! The celebration will happen in simultaneous events in two major cities across the Philippines.

With the theme “Keep Families Close”, RMHC and Adarna will provide free books to encourage families to read together and widen their horizons through the stories. Literature teaches empathy by making the reader place themselves in the shoes of different characters. Stories can also inspire these families to continue struggling by finding characters that endure similar conflict. Lastly, books provide families with an avenue to bond by talking about the characters and how they feel about them.

On the day itself, families will be given a memorable experience in the cities of Makati and Baguio. This event will have storytelling volunteers, a photo booth and games for children selected by the Department of Education. This moment will enable families to meet each other and experience a sense of community among children with exceptional needs.

In Makati City, the activity will be at Nemesio Yabut Elementary School, Guadalupe Nuevo where we will be joined by children with exceptional needs from NemesioYabut Elementary School, Pembo Elementary School, Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School, Francisco Benitez Elementary School, and Palanan Elementary School.

In Baguio City, A Child’s DREAM Foundation will provide the venue where a big celebration with CISV Baguio and their international volunteers from the Step Up Program will make it a day that the chosen families will never forget.

Moreover, the PPS will extend its celebration of National Children’s Book Day by involving its 5,800 doctors in 12 chapters across the country. A letter will be sent to PPS members to sponsor Ronald McDonald Read to Learn Library Kits for their local hospital’s pediatric wards and schools. Each kit will provide the beneficiaries with 34 big books for children to develop the love for reading.

With these activities for literacy, we shall continue to enrich the lives of Filipino children and their families through the joy of reading together! Happy National Children’s Book Day!