• May 21, 2024

Two Filipino kids were among the 10 children across Asia who were given the 2021 Scholastic Asia Young Storytellers Award (SAYSA).

Cassandra Ysabel Ignacio and Phoebe Niguidula, both from St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina, were among the 10 who best delighted the SAYSA judges who chose from the 70 finalists shortlisted from more than 1,700 participants. 

Scholastic Asia received read-aloud entries from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The SAYSA judges were Selina Lee, Vice President of Scholastic Asia; Christabel Pinto, Senior Director, Global Literacy Program of Room to Read; Catherine Wu, Scholastic Asia’s Reading Ambassador; and Peter H. Reynolds, award-winning author and illustrator.

Among the 70 SAYSA finalists were 14 Filipino kids, selected through public voting and judging by Scholastic Asia:

Cassandra Ysabel IgnacioSt. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina
Eeva Cambria BazarOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Haquila GuevarraSan Sebastian School, Inc.
Jairo Stian ReolizoSchool of Saint Anthony
Kayla Nevaeh Donnatessa CaparasCasa Del Niño Montessori & Science High 
Keizha Christine SalvosaGood Shepherd Cathedral School
Lady Alyssa Kate TanSacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
Luke Adrianne AmaroSchool of Saint Anthony
Phoebe NiguidulaSt. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina
Vernice May BautistaOur Lady of Perpetual Succor College
Wyanett DoydoyNew Era University (Pampanga Branch)
Yasmin Binte Mohamed YasinAsia Academic Integrated School
Ysabel TampusOur Lady of Perpetual Succor College
Zairich Althea CastilloTaps Achiever Private School

Scholastic launched SAYSA in October 2021, leveraging the use of the digital space to provide a platform for children to showcase their many talents. Readers aged 4 to 10 years were invited to express their creativity through storytelling. 

After the success of the inaugural competition, Scholastic Asia has announced that SAYSA 2022 will be in October.

Scholastic Philippines has uploaded 14 SAYSA read-aloud videos from the Philippines on its YouTube channel.

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