To strengthen students’ love and passion for reading and to develop students’ appreciation for writing, Tayabas City Stand Alone Senior High School joined the celebration of National Reading Month through a symposium held at SHS Function Hall, November 20, 2018.

The school invited Simon Louis Errol E. Torres, Vice-Chair of the Office for Student Affairs and Literature professor at Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc. as resource speaker in the said event.

Torres’ lecture centered on this year’s theme, “Pagbasa: Susi sa Magandang Kinabukasan,” issued through DepEd Memorandum No. 175, s. 2018

His brief talk also delved on the qualities of today’s generation and their attitudes towards reading as the many reasons why students should read.

“We imitate the kind of people surrounding us. We need to surround ourselves with great minds, so we can be more like them. But since they can’t be with us personally, one way is to read the books of these geniuses. Eventually, we copy and live their mindsets,” said Torres in his lecture.

Reiterating Torres’ encouragement for the students to develop a passion for reading was Principal Leonora L. de Rama who even shared the first story she was able to read.

As part of her closing remarks, de Rama challenged all the students to start reading at least one book every month to make them critical thinkers, imaginative, and fluent in the language.

The program ended with the awarding of certificate to the speaker and announcement of winners of the school-based essay writing contest.

Jaceille Dael, Grade 12 -HUMSS student bagged the gold medal in the said competition.

Aside from the celebration of National Reading Month, the school’s symposium also focused on other November celebrations such as National Library and Information Services and Filipino Values Month. (Regicelle D. Cabaysa, Master Teacher, Tayabas Stand Alone SHS)