BERGENFIELD, NJ – On October 7, the Filipino Children’s Story Hour Program was launched at the Bergenfield Public Library in Bergenfield, NJ. The event was attended by an estimated 40 people, and included welcome remarks from Norman Schmelz, Bergenfield Mayor; Vice Consul Tanya Ramiro, Philippine General Consulate of New York representative; Cely Deauna, Bergenfield Public Library Trustee; Louise Morose, Head of Library Youth Services, and Venessa Manzano, Director of The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey. Other guests in attendance included Councilman Buddy Deauna, Councilman Arvin Amatorio, Board of Education Members Anthony Cortez and Eileen Ryder; and Bergenfield Public Library Trustee Barbara Chittum.
The audience enjoyed a book reading of the famous Filipino children’s classic “The Monkey and the Turtle” written by Jose P. Rizal; a Filipino martial arts demonstration by KRU Martial Arts; and cultural dance performances by several students of The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey.
The launch of the Filipino Children’s Story Hour Program is timely and fitting – with more than 116,341 Filipino-Americans living in New Jersey, Bergenfield has the second largest concentration of Filipinos in the state. Along the town’s main thoroughfare Filipino businesses and eateries are flourishing, and Filipino-Americans are holding local government positions in the town council, public library and board of education. The program serves to promote Philippine languages, history, art and culture throughout Bergenfield and its surrounding communities as well as provide access to resources that enable citizens to learn more.
The Filipino Children’s Story Hour Program meets every first Saturday of the month from 10:30am – 11:30am, and every third Thursday of the month from 11:00am – 12:00pm in the Children’s Room on the 2nd floor, and is free and open to the public.
Founded in 2008, The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving New York, New Jersey and surrounding states promoting the learning of Philippine languages, history, arts, and current events as well as the understanding of Philippine culture, values and tradition.
The school is open to students of all ages regardless of race, religion or creed. Our programs and events are designed to provide a positive, meaningful and enriching learning experience for students and participants at home and in the community both locally and abroad. (Photos and press release by the FSNYNJ; Featured photo is Teacher Joffin Motyka reading “The Monkey and the Turtle”)