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Panabo City holds Children's Festival of Talents

Davao City (28 October) -- About 1,500 children, teachers and parents join the Children's Festival of talents that occupied the Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Cultural and Sports Center last October 20. In this program, children from 89 pre-school and day care centers, and elementary schools convene to sing, dance and showcase their talents.

Panabo City Bright Child Ambassador Michael Jay Mira, 10 and Panabo School Bright Child Ambassador Hazel Jane F. Disto, 9 were the hosts for the show.

This activity is only one of the programs lined-up by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, headed by Eugene Ortigoza, for this year's National Children's Month Celebration with the theme, "Bright Child: Proteksyon ng Bata, Pananagutan ng Bansa".

DSWD XI Regional Director Ester Acebedo-Versoza, the guest speaker, gave her message though her representative, Crismar Catalan, Region XI Early Childhood Care and Development Coordinator, which in part states, "In this way, you help the young ones bring out their hidden talents and cultivate the confidence they needed to stand and speak or act in front of a crowd as big as this". She encouraged the parents to continue supporting the interest of their children, give them the right opportunity and environment that would help stimulate and develop their talents.

Davao del Norte PSWD Officer Arlene Semblante, also a guest, recognized the inspiration of the children to perform; they are the support from the parents, teachers and the Local Government Unit. She congratulated Panabo City for having various activities and programs that focus on the welfare of the children.

"I am happy because through this event, we can show our talent and improve through the process," said Bright Child Ambassador Michael Jay Mira, a Grade IV pupil of Rizal Elem. School in an interview. "Parents should protect their children because they are the future," he added.

Mayor Jose L. Silvosa's message was delivered by his Executive Secretary Severa O. Libres. His stressed in his message that in line with the theme of the National Children's Month, the protection of every child starts in the home, from the parents. (CIO-Tagum) [top]

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