The Language Department of the College of Arts and Sciences hosted the University's 12th Reading Festival on February 22-24, 2020. A Parade of Lights, Float and Community Dance opened this year's reading fest. The theme "On Becoming a Lifelong Reader," focuses on the value of reading in our lives as a means of communication, learning and leisure.

Dr. Mona Froida M. Language, Chairperson of the Language Department, quoted American author Stephen King in her opening message. 

"Books are uniquely portable magic. Let us always carry with us this portable magic. Let this magic of reading give power to your learning, thus turning your life-long journey into one exciting adventure."

The Interschool Speech Choir competition for elementary, secondary and tertiary levels, were held on the first day of the Festival.

In the elementary level, there were nine (9) participating schools, namely; Batu-Batu Elementary School, Notre Dame of Bongao, Mahardika Institute of Technology, Panglima Arasia Elementary School, MSU-TCTO CHILDS, Yusup Dais Elementary School, Simandagit Elementary School, Bongao Discovery School and MSU-TCTO CDC-LES. MSU-TCTO Child Development Center - Laboratory Elementary School (CDC-LES) emerged the champion.

There were five (5) participating schools in the secondary level, namely; Tawi-Tawi School of Arts and Trade, MSU-TCTO Preparatory High School, Mahardika Institute of Technology, Notre Dame of Bongao and Pagasinan National High School. Notre Dame of Bongao Secondary Department was declared champion.

For the tertiary level, Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College bested Tawi-Tawi Criminal Justice College Incorporated and MSU Tawi-Tawi.

The 12th Reading Festival Intra-school competition highlights were jazz chant, spoken poetry and storytelling.

The Reading Festival is an annual activity of the University's celebration of the National Arts Month. The activity was pioneered by the College of Arts and Sciences dean, Dr. Anabel A. Wellms in 2008 which aimed at celebrating the achievements of schools in promoting reading.

Chancellor Guinto-Sali lauded the CAS Dean and faculty members of the Language Department, headed by Dr. Langoh, for zealously organizing and hosting the Reading Festival.

The Chancellor also shared how the need of reading with comprehension is very important to the young learners.

"The need to develop the skill of reading with comprehension in every child cannot be overemphasized. So, as formators, parents, teachers, and elders should endeavor to inculcate and nurture the interest, love and passion for reading which should last for a lifetime."


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