Storytelling, one of the earliest forms of folk art, was featured for the first time today as part of Negros Wildlife Month celebrations.
Renowned local storyteller, Mark Asuela, from the charity foundation Share An Opportunity Philippines, was the guest narrator.
Speaking to 150 local school children at the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation's Center in Bacolod City his chosen tale was 'Sumakwel's Song of Freedom'.
This tells of a young Visayan Spotted Deer who asks his grandfather why the family ended up in the Mari-it Wildlife Conservation Park in Panay.
The old deer tells the fawn how long ago they all enjoyed the freedom of the forests, but then as the forests became smaller and smaller due to logging, hunting and poaching life became a dangerous struggle. But, their deepest wish is one day to return to the forests and once again enjoy their freedom.