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let it die

I heard one lady from a minority tribe down under in NZ told a Hawaiian presenter to let the art of hula dancing die peacefully rather than having people who do not belong to the culture, and who do not understand the heart of the art, perform it for the sake of entertaining foreigners and tourists at hotels. She said that performing an art outside of its original context will not revitalize the culture but rather it is short of turning the art into something like a dead piece of stone on a shelf in a museum. That comment made me wonder, is that what we are doing with our culture? In our effort to preserve our dances by performing them at school and other festivities, are we actually uprooting these dances from their meaningful place in our culture and history?

Much of the Kalanguya (and probably other Igorots) dances are performed in a specific occasion, for a particular purpose. Much of their meanings are associated with our animistic religions except probably for our wedding d…

TOO PROUD?

For countless times last week, I blurted out the phrase, "...and I'm an Igorota!"

Then one insomniatic night I thought, "Ain't I becoming too proud of my ethnicity?"

Is that possible?

(I'm just wondering... cuz I didn't get to hear my classmates say, I'm Ilocano, I'm Tagalog,.. except for the Japanese, the Korean and the Mongolian.)

(It so happened that last week consisted of first days in class so every time you get into a room, or meet new people, there was a need to intro the self.)

LEARNING A NEW ABC

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I'm at school again! Yes, I am! I like school! :-) One of my courses this semester is Greek I. Last Thursday was our first day, and Greek 1, being my last subject for the week was a breath of fresh air. Last Thursday, we learned our alphabet. It wasn't too different from the way our teachers taught ABC in first grade. So Greek is my favorite subject so far, although the professor likes to pick on me just because I am a Bible Translator.

Funny thing is, there are only two ladies in the group and we seem to be more linguistically inclined than the rest of the male population of our class. Of course I am biased because I am one of the two. My only worry is that our professor is one of those who like to talk a lot; lots of ad libs and sidetracks on every other Greek letter we learn, when all I wanted to do is to plunge right into the subject matter. It's hard enough to learn a new ABC where the P is read as R and the V as N.

Another subject which I decided to be my se…

A SWING BY THAILAND

Last Monday, my sis, myself, and a few colleagues from the NPMTTA (Northern Philippines Mother Tongue Translators' Association) flew to Bangkok for the Conference on Language Development and Multilingual Education. It was jointly sponsored by UNESCO, UNICEF, SEAMEO (Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization), SIL, Mahidol University in Bangkok, and a few other notable international organizations.

Other than the fact that I did not get to see any of the Bangkok Sights, the conference was a success as far as I am concerned. I came home with lots of plans and acquaintances that would help make a go of those plans. Well, just one plan actually, but it entails a lot of workforce and more planning. We were able to network with people from the Philippines (people whom one can't just approach readily here in the country) especially key people from DepEd who can help us kickstart the 'correct' multilingual education; i.e. first language first education in my tribe. I sa…