Filipino schools really like their activities!
This past week, our school celebrated their founding anniversary. It wasn’t until after the first day when I realized that this whole week is actually to fundraise money for the school. HaHa! We did “canvassing,” which student who can raise the most money wins “Mr. & Miss. PNHS” (Pambujan National High School). We had a variety show and sold tickets. (I didn’t pay.) We had an educational Bingo game, where each card cost 5Php. Lastly, we had a night event in the community. Teachers would dance to the cucaracha and solicit money.
Most of the teachers at PNHS. 58 of us?
1st Day: Canvassing
Canvassing is when students ask for donations, whoever fundraised or donated the most money will be Mr. and Miss. Pambujan National High School.
-The Winners- Mr. and Ms. PNHS 2013. He fundraised around 6,000Php and she fundraised a little less than 60,000Php. (around $1,535) <- that’s a lot of money for us.
2nd Day: Variety Show
The group shot of people who participated in the variety show. The painted faces is this awesome modern dance group. I want to be part of their crew.
3rd Day: Matho Don’t have pictures
4th Day: Coronation and Matho
Let’s just say it started “Filipino time.” The Coronation and afterwards dancing!
My family getting ready to dance the night away.
My entourage… haha JK. Probably my most closest girlfriends at school. Emily, me and Loreen. Our nicknames are Breadcrumbs, Stefunny, and Miss. Urhi (late), or Breadcrumb 1, Breadcrumb 2, and Breadcrumb 3 (me).
5th Day: Festival
As the closing number of our week’s celebration, each grade did their interpretation of a festival held in various areas in the Philippines.
The 7th grade flower girls
The 7th grade did their interpretation of a festival from Northern Samar.
8th or 9th grade presents scarecrow festival…
It had interesting music- a combination of folk instruments with electronica.
4th year (10th grade) did Sinulong festival. It’s a festival from Cebu. (Cebu is East of Bohol, the island with the big earthquake. Both islands are recovering.)
It’s a pagan dance.
The SSC kids (honor students) in their panagbenga festival from Baguio City.
In unison! Sexy feet! It was super hot that day. I don’t know how the students were able to dance on the hot concrete. Ouch!
After the fun filled activities in the morning, we what any other school would do in the Philippines. We had lunch with something really tasty…
One large piece of meat on a “kabob” stick
Post-lechon with tatay ko.
Meet two of my favorite people in Pambujan. JLo (David) and Natalia (Harvey) are baklas (transgender males). Once I was sitting in the student garden enjoying the view and mag-observe the fields, JLo sits next to me and we instantly bonded. She told me about her school life and being bullied. There are some students who can be cruel, but for the most part they (baklas) are beloved in school. Well I at least love them.