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Friday, 13 August 2010 08:46



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“Eskwelahang Pinoy sa Konsulado 2010” Holds Graduation Rites in Chicago

C HICAGO (jGLi) – Some 57 young Filipino-American students, who are on summer break, returned back to “school” during their vacation to learn about their roots.

After three consecutive Saturdays, they received last Saturday, Aug. 7, Certificates of Attendance from Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim for completing this year’s pilot summer class on Philippine language and culture from a project called “Eskwelahang Pinoy sa Konsulado 2010.”

During the closing program, the students recited Filipino poems and delivered speeches in Tagalog. There were also community singing of folk song “Bahay Kubo” accompanied by their teacher and pianist Ester Hana and the Philippine Rondalla; The Hawak Kamay Group performed with their colorful costumes, the Estudientina,” “La Jota,” and “Tinikling.”

In his remarks, Consul General Herrera-Lim said, “We thank the Filipino community in
Chicago for joining us in this journey of self discovery. All of us moved closer towards a realization of our identity as Filipino and fully aware of the richness of our culture and heritage. The enthusiastic response of the community animates all of us.”

The topics discussed in the class were Philippine history, heroes and presidents, language, indigenous music and dances, customs and traditions, indigenous children’s games, riddles and rhymes, arts and cuisine.

The Consul General also distributed Certificates of Appreciation to the Fil-Am lecturers and co-sponsors of the summer class – the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)-Illinois, Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2010, Kalayaan Chicago, Philippine Week Committee (PWC) 2010, Zamboanga Del Norte National (Provincial) High School Alliance-USA (ZNNPHSA), Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Rizal Center/Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, Inc. (FACC), and the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF).

The lecturers included Angeles “Jelly” R. Carandang, Ester Hana, Rizalina “Sally” V. Richmond, Fe B. Mendoza, Dr. Marietta Luayon, Sol K. Anderson, Olola Ann Zamora, Ruben Salazar, Razil Collanto, Willi R. Buhay, Dr. Evelyn De Asis Natividad, Anna Gina Millan and Timothy John Collanto.

The Consul General likewise acknowledged the invaluable assistance of Fil-Am owned media in the
Midwest and other individuals in disseminating information on this pilot project.

A lthough, the pilot project was a success, Consul General Herrera Lim told this reporter he will still be discussing with the group if they will hold it again in the future.

For parents, who want their children to learn Filipiniana, the session held every two hours for three Saturdays – July 24 & 31, and August 7 – was bargain compared to previous programs in the past when they sent their children to the
Philippines for a guided educational immersion program.

But there are some trade-offs. The experience gained by students at the “Eskwelahan sa Konsulado 2010” was like a guided tour in a Philippine museum with a Filipino guide. While the trip to the
Philippines by students will give them real feel of the Philippine sights and sounds and other natural environment, where they can talk the talk and sample the food, feel the smiles and warmth of the Filipino people.

Among others, the students who were grouped from about grades one to five for one class and from grades six and high school in another were shown images of animals, plants, flowers, musical instruments, etc. that were translated from English to Tagalog or Filipino.

There were also Filipino folk songs sung and music played and the resource persons delivered their lectures both in English and Filipino and the food served during the session were Filipino. # # #


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