MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2003  (OPS) U.S. First Lady impressed by grade school children

First Gentleman Jose Miguel T. Arroyo joined United States First Lady Laura W. Bush in a story-telling session with 346 grade school students playing up the importance of learning and reading on their way to a higher level of education.

The US First Lady Laura Bush read the book "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, what do you see," by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.

The children amusedly echoed the line "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, what do you see?" after the US First Lady. They were guided by Amcy Esteban, a grade two elementary teacher from Centex-Manila.

Everyone were so enthusiastic, including First Gentleman Arroyo, who sat at the front audience row, while the First Lady Bush read the Panda Bear story.

After the seven- minute story telling session, six grade school pupils recited their own narration of "The Bamboo Tree" story.

The First Lady was all smiles as she listened and watched the drama-dance presentation of the "Bamboo Tree" story.

After the drama-dance part, six students gave Mrs. Bush an anklung (a musical instrument), a tray, castanets, a basket, fish trap and flute, all made of bamboo.

A cultural presentation using bamboo props and musical instruments followed. A children’s rondalla played and students in native Filipino attire danced with bamboo props the Pasigin, Subil and Tinikling accompanied by other students playing the "angklung."

After the dance, a student presented more gifts to Mrs Bush -- a book on bamboo and a bamboo jewelry box -- and sang "Magandang Pilipinas" and "Mabuhay".

After the 40-minute session, Mrs. Bush posed for souvenir photos with the grade school dancers.

"Thank you very much! I will never forget this, these beautiful and wonderful performances of all the dancers, singers and all the musicians. I am so impressed," she told the participants.

The 346 students who gathered at the Kalayaan Hall for the session with Mrs Bush came from schools in Manila which include St. Scholastica College, San Beda College, Legarda Elementary School, Aurora Elementary School, Centex-Manila, Isabelo de los Reyes, Bagong Barangay Zamora, Cupang, P. Gomez and Roxas High Schools.


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