|My M5 student Tiraluck donned in an elegant|
Maria Clara dress.
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.