As a kid, I did not have access to books, but I always love reading. Back in high school, a teacher accused me of ripping a book into two and had my sister, a senior then, notified. My sister cried out of humiliation. The allegation stemmed from the fact that I was the sole soul reading that book every lunch break. But I had no memory of ripping the book.
When I transferred to a Catholic school, which had a relatively big library, I stole most of its Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys hardbound collection. Until now, I still have some of those books. I did and do not feel guilty.
I see myself in the country kids nowadays. After all, I was and still am. There must be a community of aspiring readers somewhere but does not have access to books. So I made it as a personal project to adopt a small community where I can send books regularly. So far, I launched this small project with my two favorite places in Cebu, places I visit once or every other month: Malapascua Island and Kawasan Falls, my writing muse. With this, I can personally assess the kids’ progress, can supply new books, and read books with them.
As you may have noticed, I sell some preloved books here on BWAB. The proceeds goes to buying preloved young adult and children’s books.
Because reading shapes minds, ideas. Because there is nothing impossible to a well-read mind. Because really, our nation badly needs more readers.
Adopt, build a community of readers. This is how I celebrated my 28th.
The first waterfall is the busiest part of Kawasan’s river system.I love the walk from the second falls to the lagoon. It is wild, beautiful, and serene. Inserted Sari-Sari Story Books activity. Kids were asked for their own intepretation of tiktik/wakwak—a mythical and mostly horrifying creature in the Visayas and Mindanao.Rizalito is one of the residents of Kawasan waters. Everytime I visit Kawasan, he is always there, dipping. Tried cliff jumping with the girls. It was exhilarating and nerve-wrecking. They asked when I would be back in Kawasan. They would be there to welcome me once again. We are a community of readers.