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Vibal welcomes 'Pinoy Explorers' for e-storytelling, plant tour

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Vibal Publishing House, Inc. (VPHI) recently opened its doors to young visitors for an “e-storytelling” session and plant tour. Around 30 Grade 5 students from Tomas Morato Elementary School, the beneficiary of the “Pinoy Explorer” Club, eagerly joined the activities jointly organized by Vibal and the popular travel show seen on TV5 network.

First stop of the explorers was at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Vibal where they were introduced to a unique and innovative story-telling activity. Aside from printed story books, the students used PC tablet devices to read the digital version of three children's stories.

The storytelling session was led by “Kuya Rich” and “Ate Joanne” from Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, Inc. -- a guild of volunteer storytellers whose mission is “to instill among children the love of reading and the appreciation of children’s literary art through storytelling.”

The storytellers entertained their young audience with their engaging rendition of “Baha”, “Amansinaya”, and “Rizaldy” – all penned by by award-winning writer Eugene Y. Evasco. The story books are published by Vibal affiliate LG&M Corp. under its Chikiting Books series.

Using Samsung tablets, the students enjoyed the experience of reading electronic storybooks from the e-reading application called Vibe Reader, developed by Vibal's technology arm, Vibe Technologies Inc. Created under the ePub 3.0 standard, the story book “Baha” featured images that moved and created sound with a mere tap of a finger – much to the delight of the young students.

After their storytelling session, the participating students received complimentary copies of Chikiting Story Books from Vibal. The group also had a chance to observe Vibal's textbook production via a plant tour that highlighted the editorial, printing, and even digitization processes.

Pinoy Explorer Club is a membership-based organization which aims to create environmental awareness, animal conservation, climate change, and nationalism through the organization of child- and family-friendly educational activities. It was created by the producers of “Pinoy Explorer”, TV5's first travel show hosted by celebrity Aga Muhlach. ###