Friday, July 18, 2008

their future their pride - aetas

it was in the afternoon when i visited the Katutubo Village in Planas Porac Pampanga. i made sure to check out the school situated inside the village grounds. the school has four buildings with one room for each grade school level.i also had the time to talk to the teachers of the school who were really devoted to help the children. they consider teaching here as a mission. i met ma'am Remedios who guided me around this small school.the students greeted me in English. impressive! they are now following the current educational curriculum. so you can interact with them by speaking Tagalog or English. they were so happy studying as i observed for a short while their activities. in one math class, i was given the chance to check their seat works and they did well at it. what a privilege! ma'am Remy shared to me that they are now becoming confident as they learn more things in school.the school today, only offers elementary level. so when they graduate from grade school they transfer to the schools near the town proper for them to be able to interact with other students outside the village.the Philippine flag concretely says that they are Pinoy. after their class, they went out playing and asked me to take a picture of them. you can see the smile that they really deserve. i'm glad because i can see that though they did not recover yet from the effects of the eruption, they are slowly moving forward in education.soon these children will be bringing home their diplomas as they continue to dream big. thanks to the teachers here who selflessly offer their time, resources and their love to the children of Katutubo Village. this is the school where my new found aeta friend manong Dencio is working as a volunteer. i met him unintentionally on my way here and led me to their village instead of the one i'm supposed to visit which was farther. so i dedicate this post to him. we are planning to be there by September this year to do outreach. they were asking if we can donate a printer for their computer, school paraphernalia , a speaker for their sound system and other needs. you are absolutely welcome to help and join us there.i won't be able to visit your blogs this weekend as i'll be out again on the far north of Luzon.

49 comments:

Rio said...

wow! nag eenglish? astig ah!. mas mataas pa ata ang kalidad ng edukaston dyan kaysa d2 sa minala..
saludo ako kay mam remy sa kanyang dedikasyon sa pagtuturo=)

ingat dong sa byahe=)

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

I love the second photo! All the children look so proud to show off their school.

Lawstude said...

count me in for a worthy cause.

ingat sa biyahe dong.

Nanaybelen said...

Wow! ang galing. Touched ako

equilibrium2008 said...

honestly, they are more eager to learn and finish studies compared to those who are capable of having a very good education at prestigious schools. Most of those can afford take studies for granted.

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

cute yung 7th photo... cute nila.. saan next adventure mo dong?

collapsingbarrycade said...

what an experience. i'd love to do this sometime in the future, specially teaching these kids some bullying tips so they can survive through life. Hahah! just kidding. this is really a worthwhile trip and experience. i envy you.

ALiNe said...

Outreach...I miss!

redlan said...

muntik na ako napaiyak sa post na to ha. lol(idaan ko na lang sa tawa). nakaka inspire sila. nakakainggit ang pagdalaw mo.

si judy ann santos may tinutulungan din na mga aeta. hindi ko alam kung saan. baka ito rin. am not sure.

nakikita ko yung effort mo. i work out mo yan. baka makatulong tayo kahit konti. keep up the great mission dom!

Steven and Aisha said...

Hi DonG, I really envy you! You could travel to these awesome places and meet these wonderful people. :) I love their smiles and kids are sooooo cute. I would love to see their place someday.

Anonymous said...

Blessed Day Dominic, I will definitely support you on the outreach program.

Violet

Pietro Brosio Gallery said...

It's nice to see and meet these wonderful people. The children are cute and lively.

Raft3r said...

happy weekend, dong.

hey, sa next outreach nyo
lemme know
maybe i can help out

thanks!

L.Reis said...

They look so happy with their big lovely smiles...

Dina said...

Such an uplifting post today. Children smiling and happy to learn and teachers dedicated to their pupils -- this is a happy situation.

ifoundme said...

dahil sa idol kita sa pag ikot sa pinas at pagshowcase ng ganda nito, i decided to take pictures too everyweek. hindi nga lang eveyday kasi tali ako sa work.

it's good to know that the aetas are catching up with the current curriculum. the next thing we will know, sila na rin ang magtataas ng flag ng pinas sa labas ng bansa natin.

the donG said...

>hi doc rio, oo. marunong na talaga sila. kaya pasalamat sa mga guro doon. salmat doc!

>hi karen, yes. tey are so proud and happy to have the cace to study and learn things.

>lawstude, ayos! salamat!

>hi nanay belen, salamat. sana po makasama kayo sa outreach para makikita nyo sila.

>hi equi, you are tight about that.

>jasper, nasa baguio ako ngayon. leaving for somewhere in benguet tomorrow.

>barry, hahaha... bullying pala ituturo mo. astig ka talaga.

>hi aline, you might want o join tis outeah.

>redlan, not sure di kung dito yon sa katutubo village. pero sabi nila , marami na rig pumuta na artista doon. ikaw na lag hinihintay nila. hehehe...

>hi aisha, you'll have your time. pag willig kag tumulong, mangayayari alaga yan kasi dami talagang nangangailangan ngayon.

>hi violet, ayos! hehehe... planuhin ko pa kung paano natin gagawin.

>pietro, i hope you'll be able to visit th philippines too.

>raft3r, sure! i'll post it here. thak you very much.

>l.reis, yes they are.

>hi dina, thanks! despite all the poblems, you can see that people here can still be happy as long as they are with their family.

>hi ifoundme, great! kakatuwa naman at na enganyo ka na rig magpost ng mga pictures.

"the next thing we will know, sila na rin ang magtataas ng flag ng pinas sa labas ng bansa natin."
>>> i too want to see this happen.

Heart of Rachel said...

What a great experience. The students look so happy. I hope they will continue to receive quality education.

BlogusVox said...

I'm glad our government is doing something about the flight of our aborigines. It's should have been done a long time ago.

I met some in my hometown and I observed they feel inferior when among the low-land people. Education will change that. They will no longer see themselves as second-class citizen and can claim "I too am a Filipino"!

Alicesg said...

Wow nice photos of the school kids. Glad they are well educated. You have a nice trip and nice weekend.

The Islander said...

i always love and admire the smiles. so happy and pure.

wanderingcommuter said...

dude, i hope you don't mind pero anong work mo?




tapos kung may opening kayo? hahaha. parang travel ka na lang ng travel eh. hehehe

Dakilang Islander said...

i truly admire sa mga guro dyan for their dedication..it means a lot to these kids

SandyCarlson said...

These are delightful photos.

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

well... ingat sa benguet trip.

Panaderos said...

Thanks for sharing these great photos, Dong. I love those kids' smiles. I wish all of them well.

alcogoodwin said...

Hi there,
Work has kept me away from your wonderful blog for a while sadly. However a day off has allowed me to have a good read through all that I have missed.
My friend, you are purely awesome. Your photo essays and stories are beyond compare.
I have a great interest in Philippine volcanos and your stories of the people effected by Pinutubo evoke so much emotion.
I'm proud to have found your website and been able to meet you. Please keep it up.

Regards
Brad
PS: One thing I have been doing is setting up a web forum for those who love the Philippines.
I would be honoured if you and any of your readers would join us and help promote interest in your beautiful country.
http://adobodownunder.freeforums.org/

nyl said...

gustong gusto ko silang makasalamuha...

We cannot fake their smile..its so genuine and seem content.

acey said...

beautiful kids!

the donG said...

>hi rachel, i think they will as i see the support that comes from the teachers.

>blogusvox, you're right about that! im sure we will be seeing them working with us in the future.

>hi alicesg, thanks a lot!

>islander, they sure have cute smile.

>wandering commuter, right now wala akong work. im serving a community fulltime.

>dakilang islander, me too. they are certified missionaries.

>hi sandy, thanks.

>jasper, salamat!

>panaderos, no problem. thanks for your wishes for these kids.

>brad, yeah. i noticed that. it's great that you're back ill surely join that forum and i'll try to invite the readers here to join the forum too.

im glad that you always find the posts here valuable. you're actually one of the first readers of this blog. thank you very much for keeping in touch.

>hi nyl, yes they are so real. how much more if you have the chance to meet them.

>hi acey, yes they are!

> Vanny < said...

aww.

dami ding ganyan sa zambales. and yes, i saw their effort para makapag study lang.. ;)

unagt kuya dong!

me said...

importante talaga edukasyon...and they're learning english ha.. astig..

sana sa mga susunod na panahon maragdagan pa ang eskwelahan dyan.. di lang elementary, pati highschool na rin...

dong ingat sa byahe.. godspeed!!

Josh of Arabia said...

i marvel at their gullible smiles, ..full of promise and hope :) not to mention they are cute too.

amazing, as usual!:)

pensucks said...

nakyuryos tuloy ako kung ano trabaho mo. ansarap siguro ano? ganda talaga ng blog mo, educational.

Lalaine said...

A Salute for Ma'am Remedios and for her students! and take care on your trip. ;)

again... dont forget the pasalubong... :D

alcogoodwin said...

Thanks mate, I know having you on the forum will help raise much more interest in your country.
If I can encourage just a couple of people to have an interest in the Phils then I will be happy.

Best wishes
Brad

bw said...

Nice shots ! That's a great testament to our cultural diversity !

I'm glad these kids go to school and are conscious of the need for education :)

Selerines said...

Nice to see those smiles on their faces.. No words to express it... Hope that they will have a bright future.. Nice one friend....

atticus said...

galing ng pictures! ano ba ang ginagawa mo at lamyerda ka nang lamyerda? magsama ka naman.

the donG said...

>hi vanny, yes. nandyan sila sa mga areas ng zambales, tarlac at pampanga.

salamat!

>mangyan, oo nga. pero okay na rin kung sa mga paaralan sa bayan na sila mag aaral para maka interact na rin sila sa mga taga bayan.

salamat!

>josh, yes. you can see how happy they are amidst the difficulties.

>pensucks, im an engineer but now im serving a community of which these trips are my sideline.

salamat sa pagbisita lagi.

>hi lalaine, saludo talaga ako sa kanila kasi natuto na rin silang magsalita sa dialect ng mga aetas.

salamat at as usual pictures ang pasalubong. hehehe...

>brad, sure. i'll insert the invitation on one of the post this week.

>bw, you're right. this gives way for them to know that they are also pinoy.

>selerines, im sure they will.

>hi atticus, sure. basta hindi delikadong mga byahe. tsaka mga short trips lang din mostly ginagawa ko kaya baka mabitin pag nag invite ako. pwede kang sumama sa pagbalik namin doon sa september.

post ko ang details dito by august. bahagi ako ng community na lingkod at ito ay mga sidetrip ko.

Carver said...

The children all look so bright and happy. Wonderful that they are able to continue with their education after the hard times they have had from the eruption. Great shots.

Paulette said...

wow dong! ang galing im so touched sa post mo.. sana next outreach nyo makasama din ako pag wala akong work.. i like to stuff like that din kaso lang wala akong kakilalang mga org na nag papajoin ng mga hindi nila members.. happy trip dude and ingat always

Sandy B and Dick said...

Love seeing pics of the children...beautiful, smiley faces!!!

tutubi said...

hope they nurture their pride the right way. they should strive for education but persevere to preserve their own language, customs and traditions. Lowlanders should also not look down on them

the donG said...

>hi carver, yes. they are now slowly moving forward from that tragedy.

>hi paui, sa amin pwede kang sumama at magdala ng mga kaibigan. ipopost ko naman dito kung kelan. wala pa kasing date kaya keep in touch lang.

>hi sandy, yes. they really have adorable smiles.

>tutubi, the way i see it when i visited them, they are not that shy anymore as they get to see more visitors in the village. another thing is, when they reach high school, they already join the other students in a school in the town proper.

i think they will soon be out working with us.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ang paglalakbay moy maging daan ng kaalaman dong!mabuhay!..teka parang kasunod ng sasabihin ko world peace!...ngapala nalala ko yung isang mama dyan sa pix parang kamukha nya yung nagbenta sakin dati ng pana na gawa sa kanilang lahi..maganda sya at matalas,kaya lang ginawa ko itong pangdisplay.

the donG said...

>ever, hehehe... napapa-world peace ka pa talaga. hehehe... baka nga sya yon. marami din ako nakitang mga bagay na gawa nila na binebenta sa clark. nakabili ka na din pala. mostly nga pang display ang mga ito.

Random Ramblings said...

i appreciate you put maps on your blog entries. im sure it is a great help, especially to our foreigner friends.

the donG said...

>hi arlene, thanks! i actually did that map because the maps available online are usually too small. i'm glad that you find it helpful.

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