WOW Mindanao!

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2016-2017 School Theme.

Iskwelahang Pilipino’s school year curriculum for 2016-17 started with a theme called WOW MINDANAO! The school concentrated on the Pilipino culture from the people in Mindanao. At the annual NEFFA (New England Folk Festival) festival in April 2017, each class group will perform a dance from different regions down south. The Ilang-Ilang class will perform a dance about Pomelos called, SUA-KU-SUA, from Jolo; the Sampaguita class will perform the KAPA-MALONG-MALONG , a traditional Maranao dance; the Bonificio group will dance PANGALAY, a Tausug dance from the Sulu Archipelago, and the Rizal group will dance the KATSUDORATAN, the royal manner of walking from Lake Lanao.

The children were also taught how to play instruments from the south: the kulintang (set of gongs), the gabbang (wooden xylophone), the agung (gong) and dabakan (drum) by Christi-Anne Castro, (IP Alum and Music Director of the IP Rondalla Ensemble) who visited and taught for a day. Christi-Anne flew in from Michigan where she is a faculty member (Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology) at the University of Michigan’s School of Music.

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Jeopardy

February 27, 2017, IP Alum, Sam Oglesby was a contestant on Jeopardy on WBZ-TV (CBS affiliate). Sam is the oldest son of Suzette Oglesby, Bahay Pinoy (Arts and Crafts) volunteer teacher and Jim (IP father and active IP Caroler). The IP community was rooting for Sam who did a brilliant job keeping pace with the other 2 contestants.

Sam told Jeopardy host, Alex Trebec, about how he would pretend to be the TV game show Mr. Trebec when he was younger. He prepared the questions and answers for his family (father, mother and brother, Scott) to play the game.

GO Sam!

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Lutuan Cook-off

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December 4, 2016 IP’s first Lutuan cook-off. IMG_9044

6 teams. Winners all.
One stand out competitor was thinking-out-of-the-box! White chocolate champorado with bacon bits (salty & sweet), rice crispies (texture) and “chocNuts” sprinkles (novelty). Innovative. Thoughtful. Well played.

Other yummy entries included a complete Tapsilog Breakfast, Lumpia, Ensaymada and Mamon. Congratulations to all the chefs!

Tiangge 2016

Save the date for the Annual “Tiangge”

on Saturday, November 11.19.16, at the St. Brigid’s Church, Lexington, MA

Mom-trepreneurs selling their crafts from the kitchen stove, jewelry studio and many more vendors from the New England area. Shop, eat and greet fellow Pinoys at IP’s TIangge.

 

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2 Million & Change Grant

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Iskwelahang Pilipino Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $3500 Grant

Iskwelahang Pilipino Selected by Local Associate to Receive Staples Foundation Grant

Bedford, MA June 9, 2016 – Iskwelahang Pilipino has been awarded $3500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year. 

Upon receiving an email from the Staples Community and Giving Team with the good news, Iskwelahang Pilipino’s Executive Director, Maria (Bebs) Sipin says, “The grant money will help support IP’s mission of instilling cultural pride among Filipino-American students and at the same time developing a sense of community by sharing and teaching our Philippine culture to others.”

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”

The Staples associate who recommended IP is Rowena Sy-Santos. Rowena is also a mother and volunteer at Iskwelahang Pilipino.

 

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

 

 

We’re 40 and We’re FABulous!

Bedford, MA, May 29, 2016, Bedford High School Auditorium.

IP turned 40. For the Anniversary celebration, IP mashed up contemporary American pop hits to traditional Filipino folk dances on the first half of the show. IP Rondalla also celebrated its 30th birthday with a Bicol Epic called, The Ibalon.

Photos by Charlie Castro and Patricia Yusah

 

Barnes & Noble

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Burlington, MA

Barnes & Noble, the ultimate destination for book lovers (and more) will host Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP) at the Burlington store (98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA- off route 128) for an afternoon of Philippines Music and dance. This fundraising effort is for the school’s 40th Anniversary celebration.
When you check out, please use the voucher ID  (11829249) at the register this Sunday, IP will get credit for the purchase. Win-win!

The IP children will perform with indigenous string instruments (Rondalla), sing popular-Taglish-themed songs and dance a few folk steps to the delight of book shoppers.

Bring the family, friends and music-lovers…shoppers too will enjoy the rhythm of Pilipino culture, Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2-4pm.

The Book Fair voucher ID (11829249) can also be used online from April 17 through April 22, 2016. Simply enter the Bookfair ID when checking out online, IP will still get credit for the purchase.

Mabuhay ang IP!

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Coloring page

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Manila’s multimedia artist, Kankan Ramos creates a beautiful illustration for Iskwelahang Pilipino. To help celebrate IP’s 40th birthday, Ms.Ramos puts together images and words that are significantly important to the community.

#IP40

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NEW school year starts Sunday, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015.
Registration for new and returning families start at 12noon at the Shawsheen Room (aka Cafeteria) at the Bedford Town Cebter.
An assembly/orientation for new parents will follow at 1pm.
Important announcements should not be missed as Iskwelahang Pilipino is celebrating its 40th Anniversary all throughout the year.

At 2pm, the families will gather with a meet and greet session on the second floor at the Union Room.
After merienda at the cafeteria, the children will have short class periods- an introduction to the volunteer teachers and staff.

Thank you for your interest and support!
See you on IP Sunday, September 20, 2015 at noon.
12 Mudge Way, Bedford MA 01730
Bedford Town Center