Fil-Canadian kids learn about Pinoy heritage
OTTAWA, Canada - The Philippine Embassy opened its door to Filipino-Canadian children in a fun-filled learning where kids enjoy a day-long introduction to Filipino culture.
"ABAKADA" in Ottawa is more than just the basic letters in the Filipino language. It's also the Philippine embassy's way of bringing Pinoy children back to their roots.
"This is the second year that we are hosting this ABAKADA to teach the second generation Filipino Canadians or Filipino children in Canada about the beauty of our culture and the beauty of our language," said Ambassador Leslie Gatan.
It's a picture that many Filipino parents have seen before: of kids born in Canada or have migrated here at a young age having forgotten Filipino customs and their language. It's something like parent Jeanne Moreno is also working on.
"As much as possible, we talk to them in Tagalog sa house. Yun na nga lang, they answer back in English. Pinapabayaan na lang namin at least naiintindihan pa rin nila kami," Moreno said.
At ABAKADA, they learn Filipino customs like showing respect to the elders called "pagmamano". They also learn songs like the Philippine National Anthem, folk dances and some common phrases in Tagalog.
"I like it a lot because even if we are here in Canada, I won't forget where I came from," said 11-year-old Luc Moreno.
More initiatives like this are being planned to keep the Filipino Canadian community in touch with their Filipino heritage.