Article by Mayako Kruger

Photo by Sarah Daniels

On October 27, the annual Filipiniana festival was held in celebration of Philippine culture here at ISM. From the parade to the barrio fiesta in the afternoon, there is no shortage of fun activities for the Bearcat community to enjoy. Organized by the Philippine Cultural Club (PCC), the event promises to be an authentic recreation of classic Filipino traditions. At the barrio fiesta, classic Filipino treats and delicacies were sold in the middle school courtyard. Among the food vendors, students enjoyed taho, shaved ice, fish balls, pancit, and everybody’s favorite: Andok’s Chicken. This year, the celebration’s theme was Pintados Festival which included body painting and native dancing.

Filipiniana is a great occasion for the school to come together and celebrate our host country. The whole school, from kindergarten to twelfth grade, is able to watch the parade and partake in the barrio fiesta.

“My favourite part was assembly and all of the dances because it’s interesting to see the cultural inspired dances on such a festive occasion,” says freshman Nika G.

You might be wondering, why do we have such a day? Mandy Q., the president of the school’s Philippine Cultural Club, said, “We really want to be able to spread Filipino culture throughout the ISM community, so people can love and gain more awareness about the Philippines–the country that they live in.” when asked about the purpose behind the special day. In addition, she stated, “We aim to expose the international community to traditions that are distinctly Filipino, in hope that they further appreciate and learn about the country that we live in.”

The parade had students marching in their colorful, national costumes as well as PCC Shirts, which were sold in front of the canteen the whole week. Teachers and students were all welcome to march in celebration of the country. The high school concert band also took part in the parade as well as flag dancers and a band from a local community. In addition to the parade, dances were performed by ISM’s dance classes and local elementary schools.

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