2014 IP Graduates


May 18, 2014, IP Graduation Ceremony

Four graduates leave Iskwelahang Pilipino today and bring with them memories of Sundays filled with bonded friendships, culinary experiences and Pinoy Pride. We say Congratulations to Avigail Deking, Nolen Dube, Sierra Jamir and Julian Umali. We hope you will keep us in your hearts!

The New Rondalla Generation: Recital 2014

May 17, 2014, Bedford, MA

The sanctuary at the First Parish Church of Bedford was filled with Philippine music on a warm Saturday.in May Hosted by Elsa Christiansen-Janairo (Instructional Program Director) and the team of mentors, she introduced the beginners group called the “Hele Class”. They performed “bahay kubo” and “ako ay Pilipino”. Aside from Jaereyn Javier, the buzz was all about the performance by a mother and son duo. Agnes Quisumbing and her son Lucas Villasenor proudly strummed serious banduria side by side.  The rest of the afternoon soiree included the older classes (Korido, Talindaw and IP’s seasoned performers, the Kundiman group). It was inspiring to see many fresh talent on stage. The beat goes on at Iskwelahang Pilipino rondalla. [slideshow_deploy id=’513′]

The Joy of Pabitin

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NEFFA 2014

Mansfield, MA- at the New England Folk Festival’s (NEFFA) annual event this year, the IP children represented the Philippines with dances (salakot, bakya, tinikling and bangko) and costumes to delight of the local audience.[slideshow_deploy id=’464′]

Photos by Charlie Castro

Project Rebuild: IP Fundraiser for Haiyan victims

[slideshow_deploy id=’424′]Sunday, March 30, 2014. The relentless rain did not dampen the spirits inside the elegant ballroom at the Tewksbury Country Club on Main Street. The grandiose high pine wood ceiling was crowned with an impressive chandelier giving the IP fundraising event a touch of class. Chef Paul Wahlberg, owner of “Wahlburgers” and “Alma Nove” in Hingham, MA, (and now chef celebrity of the reality show, “Wahlburgers” on A&E cable) donated all the food served at the cocktail and silent auction. Marc Ginsburg, owner of the country club offered this charming ballroom space and the use of his staff (free of charge) for the afternoon soiree. The auction bids and raffle prizes tipped the goal to over $10K. All monies will be given to three schools in the Visayan Islands (the Loboc Central Elementary School in Bohol; the Pedro E. Candido Memorial National High School in Hernani, Eastern Samar; and the Pilar Central School in Camotes Islands, Cebu). Through the help of the Tanging Yaman Foundation, a licensed NGO in Manila who acts as a conduit between donors and the beneficiaries in the Philippines, the funds will help rebuild a “rehearsal room” at the Loboc school; purchase armchair desks for the Eastern Samar High School; and stock educational materials for the library at the Camotes Island school.

Chef Wahlberg told everyone present at the affair how he loves the Filipino people and even got introduced to his favorite dish, “dinuguan”. He was impressed with the rondalla performance and stayed awhile to have photos taken with some of the donors. Mabuhay to all our generous friends and families at Iskwelahang Pilipino!

Tea Musicale , 2014 – A HIT!

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Several unforgettable acts this year included our very own Boy Band singing a medley from Disney Dudez; a hula-hoop act; Irish Stepping to Michael Jackson’s tune; a Katy Perry duet called, ROAR; 8 princessessssssss singing Let it Go (from Frozen) as they stripped off their gloves, cape and crown, a Wizard of Oz favorite sung in Spanish, and a Gungham style soloist.

Photos by Charlie Castro and Patty Yusah

Celebrity Series 2014

DSC_0746         Sunday, February 23, 2014- Tea Musicale and Celebrity Series guest, Broadway actor/singer Jose Llana meets and greets IP kids and their families. Mr. Llana commented that it took a lot of courage and creativity for the children to step on the platform to perform. He expressed admiration for the school and wished he had access to one when he grew up in the Washington, DC area. IP was honored to be serenaded with two songs, capella. One Tagalog song from a recording he did in Manila and a song from “King and I”. The children took some lessons from our guest when he stressed that he took his Pilipino heritage into his work. He also advised that as a performer one should always take rehearsals and practice seriously- it takes away the uncertainty and makes one more confident in their role. After his talk, many children gathered and he gave them more personal advice for their career in theatre. Salamat Jose Llana and Mabuhay!

Jose Llana, Celebrity Guest 2014

Paalam Tess

paalam Tess

We bade goodbye to our beloved “Tess” Maritess Salientes in an intimate evening tribute given by her friends at Iskwelahang Pilipino at the Bedford Town Hall on Saturday, September 28, 2013. She was a parent (to IP student, Samantha and Max), a volunteer, our music teacher and Caroling head master. She was a foodie, the most gracious host, and a beautiful woman inside and out. We were lucky to have had her join the IP Rondalla Concert in Manila, in July 4, 2013 at the Resorts World venue. It was her last gig with us. Paalam Tess. We love you.