Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines
Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, formerly known as Alitaptap Storytellers Club, was founded in February 1999 at Museo Pambata ng Maynila. At present, it is currently house by The National Library of the Philippines for its workshops, competitions and storytelling shows. Alitaptap is 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. Our club named itself after the fascinating firefly, whose mystic lights in the dark connote the enchantment which storytellers weave into the stories, enriching and delighting audiences of all times. We, as members, meet regularly to discuss how we can help the Filipino children become better readers. Although we come from different educational backgrounds and work experiences, we are still able to form a strong connection and come up with dynamic activities and projects to ensure that we move towards fulfilling our mission.
Alitaptap performs for different government and non-government organizations, schools, churches, malls and other private corporations. The organization also have regular storytelling sessions in Museo Pmabata and the Children’s Library of The National Library of the Philippines every Saturday from 10AM-11AM. Alitaptap, together with CCP, DZAS and PBBY, has a radio program dubbed Wan Dey Isang Araw: Storytelling in the Radio every Saturday between 9AM-10AM.
Aside from the storytelling sessions, Alitaptap also conducts workshops for teachers, caregivers, parents and other people interested in storytelling. We also tie-up with other organizations whose missions align with ours such as Sa Aklat Sisikat, Cultural Center of the Philippines (with its Batang Sining Workshop), Bantay Bata 163, GUIDE Foundation (for Special Children) and DepEd’s Library Hub Project.
Alitaptap also organizes competitions yearly such as The Annual Alitaptap Inter-College Storytelling Competition for all college students and The Alitaptap Annual Children’s Storytelling Competition for students in the grade school level.