Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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My M5 student Tiraluck donned in an elegant
Maria Clara dress
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The first ASEAN Exhibit and the annual Academic Day was held in school on Thursday last week (January 26) which was highlighted with different display showcasing various information about the ten ASEAN countries. The acronym ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations with ten member states - Brunei Darrussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore,Thailand, and Vietnam

As the sole Filipino teacher in my school, the task to prepare for the exhibit was on me and mine alone. It was actually a privilege but at the same time a burden on my part considering the many aspects about Philippines that I would like my Thai students and colleague to know about. Aside from the fact that the our country is an archipelago composed of 7,100 islands and that we are the third largest English speaking country in the world, what is there to learn about the so called "The Pearl of the Orient Seas"?

I felt that I should give them a short background about what Philippines is all about so in my display board I included bits of information about History, Geography, Climate, Flora and Fauna, Religion, Transportation and Cuisine but information alone could never catch any attention so I added more sights and scenes of what Philippines and what Filipinos are made of under brief and catchy phrases. Under "Pinoys Got Talent" were Manny Pacquiao, Lea Salonga, Arnel Pineda, Charice and other Filipino artists who made it big in the international scene. Then, "Beautiful Pinays" showcased the beautiful Filipinas who brought home crowns in various beauty pageants such as  Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss World and Miss Earth. I featured the best festivals in the country with vivid and colorful pictures in "Festive Philippines" and I wowed my visitors with my "Beautiful Philippines" where I exhibited nothing but the best tourist spots that we have.

I am proud to be Pinoy in white Barong Tagalog. 
Nothing could beat a first hand experience of what it's like to be in my country just at least through our cuisine so I offered them "Adobong Manok at Baboy", "Escabeche", and  "Embutido" courtesy of Miss Cheryl's Pinoy Kitchen and "Puto Cheese". 

How about Filipino traditional costume? I had a fashion show of the Maria Clara Dress, Philippine Terno and Barong Tagalog through the generosity of some good friends such as Ate Gina and Kuya Del, Ate Eunice and Primo to whom I am very thankful for.

As the day concluded, I felt a renewed sense of pride knowing that my students have gained more knowledge about the country where I come from - its history, its culture, its people. I just wish they will be able to say "Magandang Umaga Po" when they'll meet me in the corridors in school. Only then that I will know for sure that those display I made was worth all the effort I've done. 



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35 comments:

  1. That is so patriotic of you to do that and to do that alone is an achievement indeed. Congratulations for a job well done and continue to create activities that could positively promote our country in spite of the awful images it gets from other parts of the world.

    I am always proud to be Filipino and we only have one nation to care for.

    Keep up Enzo.

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  2. Omigosh! What a really great project you have there ... I admire the passion ... keep it up! Tama yan. We need to do what we can for the Philippines.

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  3. indeed its beautiful. reviving pinoy spirit..you rock

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  4. Kudos to you.You had represented our country very well.It was a complete information and you did make a great impact on it.

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  5. wow, everyone should love our country. what a information you share...

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  6. kudos to your projects! and PS your student is pretty, bagay sa kanya costume niya

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  7. Filipino dresses exudes such elegance! I'm grateful you were able to demonstrate it well.

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  8. A cultural feat! Well done. I love your student's parasol and her dress - how did it look so lovely now that it's worn by a foreigner?! ;)

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  9. I wish to see more of those Maria Clara ternos that were showcased on the fashion show. There is alot to tell when it comes to our culture. From the clothings, foods, dances, music, arts, etc. I hope you all imcluded it there. Hehe. I would really love to see the event too. Great job sir! This excites me a kot. :)

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  10. ang galing! saludo ako sa yo teacher!... teka don't tell me ikaw din nag luto ng lahat ng foodies? you make us proud! kudos!

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  11. Lovely Filipina costume. Visiting you from Wednesday Whites here's my entry thanks My Daily Mumbles

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  12. Aww so nice! Glad that someone is introducing our country and culture the way you do to people from other nations. We really are the best ambassadors of our own country. I also felt that way when I was working in Shanghai. I truly represented my country to people who wouldn't have any connection with the Philippines otherwise.

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  13. Oh, and if I may add, you look absolutely stunning in your barong. ;)

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  14. one of the best asset of all Filipinos anywhere and everywhere is our ability to sing and dance and dress properly. Just the same, your showcase as shown is one true agent of cultural hegemony in the globalized cultural struggles of all peoples of the world.

    Salamat sa post mo na to.

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  15. Kudos Sir. You've done a patriotic job. There are many ways of being patriotic and what you did is just another example of being one. Though you live in a foreign land, but yet your heart and soul is still in your home country PH.

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  16. Nakakabilib po ang project nyo. Nakaktuwang isipin na you are sharing to others ang kulutra ng pinoy.. Kahanga-hanga. More power po! And more success on all your projects pa! ;)

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  17. Kudos to you sir, and more power to your next project

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  18. I like the maria clara dresses though I've never seen one in these days

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  19. Me too, brother I am always proud to be pinoy! Thank's for sharing this..

    Visiting for WW! Hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.loveablecassandra.com/2012/01/mommys-good-helper.html

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  20. You look very smart in your barong. She is stunning. I noticed she is wearing a fascinators that's very English. I would say she's modern Maria Clara. I'm old fashion that's why I noticed such thing in her head.

    We have a Filipino Community in England. Everytime were having our annual Filipino Cultural show. Dress to impress tagala ang labanan. It's very important to us to wear a proper Maria Clara o kahit baro't saya na may panyo sa ulo. Yong iba nga pangkatutubo talaga ang dating, imported from Philippines. It makes me so proud of where I came from. Mabuhay ka kabayan! I obviously read your article. It's worth reading. Maraming Salamat po.

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  21. that is so nice... promoting our very own in other countries. i too, am very proud to be pinoy. happy that your project turned out well... finally i have a face to sir enzo! was here for WW sir!

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  22. you know what , it's been my dream to be part of a show or exhibit like that. Dito kasi sa pilipinas wala na ako nakikita na naka baro at saya . pero sa ibang bansa yung mga tradtional na suot nila nakikita pa rin at talaga they really practice it. Dito kasi parang modern na modern na eh

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  23. great job in introducing our culture to your students :)

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  24. aww so pretty. always brings a big smile to see conservative looks of a Filipina. visiting from Wednesday whites.

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  25. proud to be a Filipino Sir :-) great costume :-) Thank you for sharing :-) Visiting from Wednesday Whites, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.adventurousjessy.com/2012/01/winter-is-back-in-western-new-york.html

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  26. hi Enzo!
    Visiting from WW#36
    My White Entry .Have a nice day!
    Inviting you to join Orange Tuesdays 34th edition still open till Saturday.

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  27. wow! you will just be amazed that one day, one of your students will greet you Magandang Umaga po in a perfect Tagalog accent :) keep up the good work ^^

    visiting you back for WW. thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving me a compliment :)

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  28. kakamiss tuloy ang pinas...I always admire people wearing our traditional clothes...presentable...ehehhee! you look good on barong tagalog!

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  29. Congratulations on a job well done!
    And I love her parasol, by the way. :)

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  30. Good job Enzo, you make us all proud. keep it up.:)

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  31. Awww! Very Pinoy you are, Sir and Ma'am! Nice, nice! I's always great to see a kababayan outside the Philippines that wears the traditional Pinoy Filipiniana! :)

    Visiting for WW!

    Creating Love
    Arts in the Fridge
    Wintery Scenes
    Travelholics

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  32. It's a great feeling when you someone who is very proud for what he is. thanks for the visit and i do hope you can join our green monday meme too at mygreenlivingideas.com

    Thanks.

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  33. wow!! love it, sir enzo! i wonder when will Joey be able to wear his barong here in Thailand? thanks for joining WW!

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  34. Wow!.. that's a lot of work and effort on your part, but I'm sure it's all worth it.. you've done very well.. thank you for imparting a bit of the Philippines here in Thailand.. :)

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  35. nice dress really. we ought to flaunt more our culture during special occasions :)

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