Last Tuesday (Feb 14,2006) we went to my daughter’s school for the celebration of its 50th anniversary. First we had mass (daughter is a choir member). Then we watched a literary presentation on the school’s famous “mountain”, a cluster of big rocks put together in an elevated manner with trees and grass on top and around it. My daughter was one of the performers in her group Tunog Lira (Lyre group). The little kids enjoyed running around the area.Everything was fine except when Tania started crying when she saw smoke from the grilling stations for hot dogs.
After the program, the audience had community singing, candle lighting and hot dog roasting. The candle lighting was a very significant event because they are going to say goodbye to their beloved mountain to give way to the construction of a building.The significance of the activity is also felt because there were visitors during the program: alumni and grandparents of some of the students there whose parents were also students years ago. It was a reunion of sorts of these parents whose children graduated then and whose grandchildren are now studying in the school. Testimonies of fun, adventure and of feeling good were shared. Why, even the teachers of the moms of my daughter’s friends who studied there are still teaching there! One will wonder “What is it that these parents enjoyed in the school that they want their children to experience too?”
If one would observe the children in school, they are different from students in other school. They are happy, dirty, noisy, happy, confident, happy..They are happy. One can feel their energy by just watching them play, interact with one another and perform in front of people. The children can sing songs that are quite old-fashioned. They are friends with their teachers and principal. They go through a learning process that is different from traditional setting because they focus more on the process, not with the product. They are enjoying their childhood.
Just this morning (Feb 16, 2006), we watched again our daughter perform with her group together with the Munting Tinig (choir), Tunog Plauta (Flute group) and Tunog Ritmo (Rhythms group). They performed songs like Tea for Two, Stouthearted Men (I don’t even know this song!), Memory, Cuando, Roman Guitar, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, A Child’s Plea, Kataka-taka, Pilipinas…The songs were quite hard for the lyre members because of the fast rhythm but they were enjoying themselves. The audience, mostly primary grades and some HS, were responsive to the beat/music they were making. We are proud of you, dear daughter 🙂
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