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A Heartwarming “Buwan ng Wika” (The Month of National Language) Celebration at Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone celebrated the “Buwan ng Wika” last August 22, Friday, with the theme of the week “Ang Wika ng Pagsasalin ay Wika ng Paguunawaan (The Language of Translation of Understanding). The event was attendant by parents, teachers, students and their cares and siblings. All students and teachers dressed in defferent national costumes like Filipiniana, Baro at Saya, Malong, Kamisa de Chino, Buri Hat (red scraft) and the timeless Barong.

Stepping Stone celebrated the “Buwan ng Wika” last August 22, Friday, with the theme of the week “Ang Wika ng Pagsasalin ay Wika ng Paguunawaan (The Language of Translation of Understanding). The event was attendant by parents, teachers, students and their cares and siblings. All students and teachers dressed in defferent national costumes like Filipiniana, Baro at Saya, Malong, Kamisa de Chino, Buri Hat (red scraft) and the timeless Barong.

The teachers together with all the trainees prepared for the program long way back. They gave practices for the dance presentation, allotted a class period for the pre-contest painting activity, updated the bulletin board in the building for the month of the national Language, and purchased all materials and prizes needed for the event. Our parents had been very supportive all the way through the preparation for the “Linggo ng Wika”

The program was organized by Teachers Dada and Giezelle with the help of all the other teacher including SPED and Psychology trainees from University of Makati. Nyssa led the beat by hand for the singing of the National Anthem. Academics Head Teacher JB warmly welcomed all the families and thanked them so much for their presence and cooperative. Teacher JB also introduced the new Peace Corps Response Volunteer assigned to Stepping Stone, Ms Colleen Richard, a Licenced Speech Pathologist from Minnesota, U.S.A. Ms. Colleen indeed enjoyed looking at the kids in their costumes, especially while watching the Teen-Adult class dance the “Pandanggo sa Ilaw”, (candlelight dance), the Functional Academics class’s new version of “Itik-Itik” (goose dance), and the Early Intervention class’s “Magtanim ay di Biro” (Planting rice is not easy).

What was so new about the celebration of “Linggo ng Wika” was when parents joined the poetry contest. Mrs. Teresita Valdez-Briones, Mrs. Gloria Bañez and Mrs. Dorothy Pasia, winner of the contest, read the poem “Ang Wikang Filipino” in their own style.

The event would not have been so exciting as always without the traditional way of celebrating it with the irresistible “Pabitin” (packs of goodies tied on a crisscross frame made of bamboo sticks which must be hung and lowered to the kids) which the kids had jump for and grab. Well, big ones also were not able to fight off their own for themselves…such a fun and irresistible game indeed! Some of the games that truly were a treat for the whole family were, “Bring Me” (first to give the object asked)

“Basagan ng Itlog” (break the egg), “Calamansi Relay” and “Trip to Jerusalem”. The parents and carers were really game to dance and sing in front. Everyone who participated in the games received cool prizes. The day was filled with fun and appreciation in a terrific atmosphere of unity and cooperation

At 11:45, everyone started for the feasts arranged on the long table- of various kinds like fried and roasted chicken, chicken adobo, breaded chicken, pancit (sautéed noodles), spaghetti, hotdogs, menudo, dinuguan, chocolate cake, pizzas, muffins, doughnuts moon cakes, ensaymada, rice cakes and drinks! Wow!

During the feast time, families had the time to eat together, converse with each other, talk about the moments during their daring acts in the contests and most importantly, they had the contests and most to be away from the ordinary day at home or in the office. It seemed the school celebration was a wonderful day for all the families

For all the joys that the whole family of Stepping Stone shared with one another, it will always only just take “Translating our ideas and efforts into one big happy family”.