HIRAYAMANAWARI*: VALUES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY FILIPINO CHILD
(*Let the Imagination Soar)
The colorful thirty minute program teaches values to children in the elementary grades through the dramatization of original stories and adaptations of Filipino folklore and well-known tales. Each episode is designed to captivate the young viewer's imagination by using elements of fantasy even as it illustrates the importance of a particular value. Given its orientation and intention the show serves as a supplement to the values education program of the DECS and is widely used as a visual tool in the classroom to peddle values.
The anthology depicts a wide range of values such as:
Since its inception and the airing of its first episode in October 1995, storylines and concepts for the program have undergone a rigorous review process, aimed at successfully combining entertainment with values education. A Creative Committee critiques all storylines, sequence treatments and script drafts, evaluating the material on the following:
Dr. Lourdes "Honey" Carandang, regarded as the Philippines' premier child psychologist, serves as a consultant to the Committee. Her work and experience in child development are an invaluable contribution to the Committee's as well as the writers' understanding of a young audience's needs and perspectives.
To sustain the interest and attention of children viewers, the production team employs techniques that cover a vast range of artistic and electronic wizardry which can only be achieved through a costly investment of high technology, state of the art equipment and the harnessing of the most creative imaginations in the industry.
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