Romualdez bloc commends Yolanda survivor
• November 29, 2014
• Written by Jester P. Manalastas
• Published in Top Stories
THE House Independent Minority Group, led by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, has filed a resolution commending a survivor of Typhoon Yolanda from Tacloban City for emerging as the “Storytelling Queen” of a read-along festival.
In a read-along festival sponsored by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Eine Vuycankiat, 10, was named the Storytelling Queen.
The group filed House Resolution 1704 and urged the House of Representatives to give Vuycankiat a special citation for showing immeasurable inspiration and hope for a better life, which she has given to survivors of the calamity.
The Waray-speaking Eine, bested six other Filipino-speaking finalists despite being the last qualifier in the grueling two-day elimination round.
“Eine did not let ‘Yolanda’ dampen her spirits to pursue her studies and used the tragedy instead as a motivation to do well when she competed in the annual festival,” the resolution said.
“Amid the euphoria of her victory, Eine still remembered her friends in Tacloban City who were perished by typhoon ‘Yolanda’ and proudly dedicated her triumph to her friends and to other victims of the said tragedy,” Romualdez said.
Ten days after Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in Tacloban, Vuycankiat and her mother left the city to continue her studies. Eine’s father is a seafarer, and was working on board a foreign ship when Yolanda struck.
Vuycankiat, a Grade 5 student from the School of Saint Anthony in Lagro, Quezon City, passed the elimination and semifinal rounds competing with 54 other students from 10 to 12 years of age in the festival organized by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as the country marks National Reading Month this November.
Aside from Romualdez, other authors of the measure are Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, La Union Rep. Victor Ortega, Surigao del Sur Rep. Philip Pichay, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, and Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz.