Did you know Kitty Duterte is a bookworm? Find out what she reads and shares

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Presidential daughter Veronica “Kitty” Duterte led storytellers during the 9th National Children’s Book Reading Day in Davao City held at SM City on Tuesday.

The book reading activity was also held simultaneously in 67 SM malls throughout the country and seven cities in China.

The 13-year-old Kitty’s audience were pupils of Values School and Euro Asia Emil’s Child Early Development school.

She chose Ramon C. Sunico’s “Two Friends, One World” a story of two friends,the blind boy Antonio and his friend and Francisca, telling stories of each other’s world and discover, in the simple act of sharing, a larger and more marvelous world where they both belong.

In an interview,Kitty said, “I got to tell kids the story and encourage them to read as reading is important because whatever knowledge you get through reading magamit mo sa future mo (you can use in your future),” she said.

Veronica, a seventh grader, said she had been reading even when she was a toddler.

Kitty is currently reading Lauren Kate’s “Fallen” and she admits to being a fan of young adult sci-fi writer Veronica Rossi.

She said she has a huge collection of book because she preferred to read the traditional way rather than from a tablet.

SM City Davao mall manager Maria Lynette Lopez said the activity is celebrated in all SM malls every 3rd Tuesday of July in commemoration of the publication of Dr. Jose Rizal’s classis, “Ang Pagong and at Ang Matsing”. It is a partnership between SM and Department of Education (DepEd), United Children’s Fund (Unicef) Vibal Publishing, National Bookstore, and Anvil Publishing. (Digna D. Banzon/PNA)