“Kapag ikaw ay palabasa, magkakaroon ka ng inspirasyon para sumulat ng sarili mong kuwento,” said Genaro R. Gojo Cruz during his talk in the three-day division seminar on Storytelling cum Library Management initiated by the City Schools Division of Tayabas City at St. Jude Coop Hotel, Brgy. Isabang, September 9-10, and 13.

The said seminar was aimed to prepare teachers to create more learning resources including crafting of storybooks in different subject areas that shall also compete in the National Storybook Writing Contest.

Gojo Cruz, a well-known writer of children’s literature, discussed the most relevant topics in storybook writing including the categories and characteristics of children’s storybooks, the importance of storytelling in children, and writing a baby book using only eight sentences.

He also discussed the process in analyzing a story through its structure, character, conflict, start and end, point of view, voice, dialogue, and theme. The writer wrapped up with the Do’s and Don’ts in writing children’s story and illustrations.

Meanwhile, Schools Division Superintendent Catherine P. Talavera mentioned that she expects all the participants to acquire the skills needed in writing stories for children. “I am expecting that after this training, we’ll able to create new sets of trainers that will mentor more teachers in the Division of Tayabas City to develop more learning resources,” emphasized SDS Talavera.        

Christian J. Bables, EPS in Filipino, provided the rationale of the training and reiterated that the said training is one of SDO Tayabas’ many ways to eradicate non-readers in both elementary and secondary level. Both Generosa F. Zubieta, EPS in LRMDS and Mildred Z. Galleno, EPS in Kindergarten, stressed the importance of the training to the teachers especially in Key Stage 1 (Grades 1 to 3).

Meanwhile, Division Librarian Edna Eclavea talked about the process of evaluation of SDO Developed Contextualized and Localized Learning Materials and highlighted the style guide and specifications including the standard font style and size, color of book cover, illustrations, page set up, and common errors to be avoided when creating learning materials for the division and regional LRMDS.

As part of the training, participants were asked to write their own output and among these, the story “Pungas…Hikab…Inat” authored by Dianne Charish A. Cabuyao of Mate E.S. bagged the best output award. (Dianne Charish A. Cabuyao, Teacher II, Mate Elementary School, Division of Tayabas City)