Martin Julius Perez shares
his answers to my questions before we had our storytelling session in
Sambat Elementary School with Sambat Trust scholars.
1. What motivated me to volunteer?
At first I’m reluctant to join due to a busy schedule, but then I
decided to volunteer. As a librarian and an advocate of reading and
learning, I think I can help and contribute to this activity. I’m
thankful that when I was younger, there are people
who would share to me stories that inspired me and touched my life.
This time, it is my chance to return the favor to the younger
generation. I hope to inspire them with these little acts of mine.
2. What is my personal goal as a storyteller?
When telling or sharing stories, I just want to put smiles in the faces
of these children and to inculcate in their minds and hearts positive
insights, values and lessons that will, in some way, have an impact in
their lives. I want to promote reading for learning and for leisure, and
to make them appreciate every story, whether it is short or long,
simple or complicated. I want them to realize that in every story
there’s something to learn and there’s an idea to capture for the
development of their imagination and outlook in life.
is my volunteer-storyteller experience prior to this activity?
I think the last time I volunteered for a storytelling activity was in
an outreach program for patients of a children’s hospital in Quezon
City. Also, aside from this, I love to share children’s stories to my
little cousins at home.
are my expectations from this experience?
I just wanted to have fun and to share what I have to these children.
While they are learning, I think I will also learn from them and from
their stories too.