Feb 25, 2020

OPEN MIC - ENHANCED VERSION

Lucky, Host of "Heroes Live"
Lucky, Host of "Heroes Live"
OPEN MIC – ENHANCED VERSION
MOVING FORWARD WITH ORATORY DEVELOPMENT AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING 
Reported by Nonna Ponferrada

In 2019, Open Mic was introduced into the FPVI Program with the view of developing the students’ public speaking skills and building confidence to foster their individual capabilities to speak in front of their peers. This was usually followed by Q&A. Initially, this was a painful exercise but slowly became a session much anticipated by both students and teachers. In January 2020, the Team Open Mic, an enhanced version of the original, was introduced where each team is tasked to choose a famous personality (local or international) whose life and work they have to present in any format of their choice - an open invitation to further their creative potential. The point is to spur them to learn to do research, understand the materials they gather, and learn how to work as team.

Get to know Andres Bonifacio, a Filipino revolutionary hero who fought for Philippine independence, the first subject portrayed. The team of Lucky, Hannah, and Marky decided to do “Heroes Live”, a television special feature hosted by Lucky. From the studio, the host gives an introduction of Andres Bonifacio then turns over the spotlight to Hannah, a correspondent interviewing Marky, a Bonifacio fan and scholar. The format was creative and impressed school teachers who were invited to rate the performance.

The second team picked Regina “Gina” Lopez, environmental activist and Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) who passed away last year. The team used a game show format with an in-house made bell, a unique way of presenting the life and work of their chosen famous personality. Angelo played the game show host with Manuel and Lyka as competing players. The game, which amply covered Sec. Lopez’s many accomplishments and contributions in protecting the environment to benefit many, especially the marginalized, amazed the teachers/judges.

It was clear that the two teams understood the objectives of the exercise: working creatively on material/topic and mode of presentation of their choice and working cooperatively together. The third team’s presentation is yet to come and will be tackling the impact of the works of Martin Luther (seminal figure in Protestant Reformation) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (Christian Minister and Activist) on humanity in another format that will surprise the audience. Another Sunday to look forward to at the FPVI Center.

Hannah, interviewing Marky
Hannah, interviewing Marky
Game Show in action
Game Show in action
Nov 26, 2019

PREPARING FOR THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Bevy of teen tailors
Bevy of teen tailors

The FPVI students dedicated their semestral break in late October to preparing a unique Christmas program of festivities at the FPVI Center.  First, they focused on the tailoring of their costumes for the Nativity Play, corresponding to their assigned roles. It was agreed at the outset that each one would make his/her own costume. They went online to get ideas and then let their imaginations run riot. Surprisingly, and drawing on past creativity classes, they all opted to do their sewing by hand instead of using the sewing machine.

FPVI had purchased a bulk supply of muslin flour sacks from a nearby bakery and after washing the sacks and cutting them into full square pieces, each student dyed the material in his/her preferred colors using natural dye and, once dry, proceeded with the cutting and sewing!  As the tailoring began to reveal the whole panoply of nativity costumes, they conferred with one another about how the concept had caused them to consider what it was actually like for Mary and Joseph in a stable in Bethlehem.  Were cast-off flour sacks really so far from the truth? Is Tunga, home of FPVI, not actually in some way like a Judean town?

And so, sandals emerged for Joseph and wings for the angels; crowns for the three kings along with their gifts and, yes, beards. And by the time the week ended, they had their costumes tucked, folded and stored---ready for FPVI’s first full staging of the Christmas Story, with shepherds and angels in attendance, on December 21st.

“I searched the internet for an angel’s costume. It was my first time to make my own costume and I was excited.  It was fun, too, though there were times when my finger got pricked with the needle.” --- Marky

“I was excited as it was my first time to make my own costume. It was not difficult for me because I learned to sew from Grade 7.  In fact, it was fun and also nice getting help from the others.” --- Lucky

 “I was happy and proud to have made my own costume. My first time to do it. We all had a fun time and laughed a lot.” --- Candy

Candy and Hannah working on the angel's wings
Candy and Hannah working on the angel's wings
Hannah's version of Mary
Hannah's version of Mary
Nov 26, 2019

FPVI Fellows Act as Big Brother/Big Sister

Halloween Group Photo
Halloween Group Photo

FPVI Fellows Act as Big Brother/Big Sister: Experiencing a Holloween Celebration for the First Time

In the Philippines, Halloween is not celebrated in the way it is in the West. Instead, Filipinos celebrate All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, or Hallowmas, in honor of all the saints from Christian history followed by another holiday called All Souls Day, a day of alms giving and prayers for the dead, giving the gift of time to their dear departed by spending the entire day in the cemetery, tending the graves and mortuary stones.

FPVI, in collaboration with Beengo Farm organized a version of a Halloween Party for a group of children in two of the town’s Barangays (villages) to give them a taste and experience of a Halloween celebration. The idea of holding the party was received with a lot of curiosity and, of course, excitement. The FPVI fellows played along as big brothers/big sisters to the kids in the community, each assigned to lead a group for the games and competitions. The children arrived in costumes, some with painted faces, many of them assisted by volunteers to make the occasion festive. 

The photos eloquently show the fun each one had at their first ever Halloween party. While the games and program numbers had particular winners, with corresponding prizes, everyone went home with a bag of goodies after the merienda cena as, in essence, they were all winners for having actively and enthusiastically participated in the activities.

Halloween Party Performance
Halloween Party Performance

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