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Philippine Day held in Fushimi (Nicolle Comafay)
Philippine Day held in Fushimi by Nicolle Comafay
With the objective of introducing and understanding different cultures of the world, the Fushimi Youth Center sponsors
an annual event called 「世界に出会うプログラム」or “Meet the
World Program.” Every year, the program showcases one country
for one day and this year, the Fushimi Youth Center, in cooperation with Aspiring Citizens for Community
Empowerment (ACCE), Kyoto Filipino Pag-asa Community
(KFPC) and the Kyoto Association of Pinoy Scholars (KAPS) held “Philippine Day” on March 2, from 11am to 4pm on a Sunday. A
mixture of Filipinos and Japanese, as well as other nationalities
attended this event.
KAPS took on the responsibility of preparing a 3-hour long
cultural program of songs, dances and games. Members Mike,
Lenee, Sam and Eloi danced the Tinikling, with the help of the “taktak” boys, Jong, Bene, Jay Arre and Concon. A workshop was
later held to teach the audience the basics of dancing the tinikling.
To show both traditional and modern dances, KAPS also danced Boom Tarat, a song popularized in a noon time show in the
Philippines. The morning program was ended with the song Kailangan Kita as rendered by Cerrone, accompanied on the
guitar by Jay Arre. In the afternoon, the traditional game of
patintero was introduced and very much enjoyed by both children
While the above program was ongoing, a flea market
sponsored by ACCE was set-up in the next room of the second
floor. Downstairs, posters and crafts from the Philippines were
exhibited. Food, being an important part of Filipino culture, were
sold by some members of the KFPC. Of course, KAPS did not let
this event pass without selling their famous polvoron and the much
enjoyed leche flan by Vince which, not surprisingly, sold out.
As with most of the events participated in by KAPS, the
bonding that was developed during the preparations; a monthlong
of weekly practices for the tinikling dancers, and a day of
polvoron and leche flan making for everyone who helped. The
karaoke-singing and dinners together after the event was time
spent enriching with the camaraderie among KAPS members.
The Philippine Day was special in a way because we were
also able to bond with the Japanese and Chinese student
volunteers who not only helped us prepare the polvoron but was
also responsible for overall the organization of the event. We
want to extend a very special “Arigathanks” to Itoh-san for giving
us the opportunity to be involved in this event. It was truly memorable.
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