Annual Theme

To enhance the curriculum for long-term students, our Executive Board’s Curriculum Committee selects an annual theme for every academic year.  This theme integrates into all of our student’s Areas of Study.

Many themes focuses on regions of the Philippines, for example: indigenous peoples of the Cordillera Mountain Range in Northern Luzon. With the Cordillera Mountain Range theme, our students learned Kalinga dances during Dance Class, Ifugao chants in Music Class, and explored weaving Bontoc patterns and making traditional Benguet clothing during Arts & Crafts Class. During our student’s Buhay Pinoy Class, they studied the customs, traditions, and history of the indigenous ethnic groups in the region. Themes may also be topical, such as Philippine values or the various countries that have influenced Philippine culture.

IP has repeated themes from previous years, however we design lessons for age-appropriate exploration. We provide our lower school students an introduction to the annual theme, whereas our upper school students move beyond introductory topics. Upper school students also study more complex historical, environmental, and sociological dynamics aligned with each year’s theme.

Iskwelahang Pilipino students meeting Mindanao "celebrities."
Our 2016 theme: “Wow Mindanao” included Mindanao “celebrities” (clockwise from top left): President Duterte, Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, boxer Manny Pacquiao and Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach visiting our Sampaguita class!

Our Annual Themes have included the following:

  • 2023-2024: Beauty in Diversity
  • 2022-2023: Kwentong Bayan (Philippine Folklore and Storytelling)
  • 2017-2018: Bisaya Gid!
  • 2016-2017: Wow Mindanao