Friday, March 7, 2014

Ryzza Mae Dizon Picture!

Long time no see!

Here's a picture I'm sure all of you will love! Recognize this little girl? Well it's Ryzza Mae from Eat Bulaga! When we were at GMA waiting to be featured on Eat Bulaga during the IP Rondalla Tour, we waited in Ryzza Mae's changing room! Here's a picture taken by Tita Beth. Thanks for sending me the picture, Marisa!

Sierra Jamir

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2O13 Palaro Olympics!

Aaron plays sipa (cred: Tita Patty)
Pa Pa Pa Palaroooo 
Wooohoooo ! \(^_^)/

Hi, I'm Avi, and I am a senior student at IP.

This year, we had an early Palaro games for the Sochi Olympics that just began a few days ago. So, two weeks ago, many of us dressed up in different colors to represent the five different teams: pula (red), puti (white), bughaw (blue), verde (green) and dilaw (yellow). Nolen headed the games. 

I was captain of the Pula team, so I was in charge of volunteering my teammates to participate in the events. There was this one 8 year-old little girl who was experiencing her second day at IP. She was shy and nervous, but I persuaded her to try one of the jumping games. Although reluctant, she followed me up to play the game. She had to jump over hands. I told her to pretend she was a jumping bean. A smile began to form as she began jumping. I cheered her on until her turn was up. Just like many of the kids who finished their game, she was smiling as she walked back to our corner.

Luksong Tinik (credit: Tita Patty)
I enjoy seeing everyone smile during the games, especially the little kids. As the competition brewed everyone becomes hungry to win, which is a little nerve racking. It was this little girls second day at IP and she was definitely nervous. But after that jumping game, she euphorically volunteered herself to participate in the relay race and other events. We had a few cheater (ehem...), but of course, it was all about the fun fun fun!  I can tell the girl had fun and so did we. 

Unfortunately, my team ended up tying with yellow for third place. Puti ended up winning the event with Bughaw trailing a few points behind. Verde came in last. 

At the end all teams got candy. I love how the little kids eager faces lit up when they happily grab candy from the box I was holding. 

Thanks IP, for a great start to Sochi!

2O13 IP Caroling! Thank You!

Hey PinoyJeep Bloggers,

This is Avi, an IP student and an IP caroler!
Sleigh bells ringing, carolers singing
its that time of year.

During Christmas time, Carolers and rondalla performers are requested at several households to sing. The IP Christmas Carolers, who consist of IP parents, alumni, and students, are more than happy to sing upon the requests. Practices begin in September and continue each month until the days of presenting begins. We also perform with the IP Rondalla!
IP Carolers getting ready to sing!

The carolers raise money to help fund IP programs, but last year funds were also raised for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.  Every year we raise money for our organization, but this year meant more because we were able to raise money for the victims in the Philippines. Some of us have loved ones affected by the disaster. Christmas is a time of year to recognize and appreciation our loved ones. Christmas is the time of year when generosity is most noticeably warm-hearted, with love so proud and loud. The IP Carolers sing loudly and proudly not to just solely raise money, but also to spread warmth and joy to the Greater Boston community. This was definitely a wonderful year to celebrate family and spread the Filipino love.

IP Rondalla performing Kalesa (cred: Tita Dolly)
As the dancing snowflakes listen to the sweet sound of song, the carolers remind everyone how love is a simple joy that is spread even during the coldest times of the year.

Sorry for this extremely late post...
Thanks for an awesome caroling season!


Friday, January 17, 2014

College Apps, College Apps, College Apps...

Hi y'all,

So just two days ago, I submitted my last college app. Woot! Woot! Honestly though, I thought I would feel a pang of relief once I clicked the last "submit" button and got a note that says, "Congratulations, your application has been submitted!" but frankly, I don't feel any less stressed and exhausted than I did when I first started this long, grueling process. Gosh, I can't believe I'm graduating...Anyway, speaking of colleges, today, I decided to unearth some college apps I wrote over break and came across this one short answer.

Please tell us what you found meaningful about one event that you attended within the last year.

I won't tell you which college(s) asked this question (I even reworded the question) but I thought you might enjoy my response. So here it is: 

Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) a.k.a. the cheapest university in Asia.

On the second day of our three-week Philippine tour, we were scheduled to perform with PUP’s musical groups at their main campus in Manila. Mind you, we had just performed for the President of the Philippines and had our largest show at the prestigious Resorts World. So, driving past PUP’s dilapidated gate was kind of a shocker to all of us.

Group picture with all of the PUP performers
The university’s interior didn’t impress us either. The ceiling was moldy. There were no toilet seats, soap, or toilet paper. I guess we were pre-judging the pending performance of our PUP partners, partly due to our high-browed American standards…and because we were “stars.” What we didn’t realize was that we were in for a big surprise.

As the upbeat opening music blared, wave after wave of young PUP performers entered the stage dressed in colorful costumes. Jumping, singing, dancing and smiling joyously throughout their performance, their infectious energy lit up the stage and electrified the ecstatic audience. We were all in awe! I had never seen any performance as beautiful and engaging as theirs. The choral group was dynamite while the folk dancers got everybody stomping in their feet. And the “Banda Kawayan’s” performance was - Wow, out of this world!
While our performance that day supported the PUP robotics team’s competition in Singapore as well as the performer’s new costumes, in reality they really didn’t need us. They made this performance a success all by themselves. Truly, one should not judge a book by its cover. And as this experience showed us, great talent can be found everywhere - in elite universities, in posh financial districts, in a poor man’s hovel deep in the slums of Manila…or even in the cheapest university in Asia.  

Sierra Jamir

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rondalla Rocks - Rocking Eve 2014

Where is everyone? Oh right...they're behind me dancing. 
Posing after dancing and playing games for several hours

Hey PinoyJeep Bloggers,

Every year, Iskwelahang Pilipino hosts a Christmas party including performances by all grade levels and the rondalla, a yankee swap, and of course, lots-n-lotsa food. Unfortunately, due to the storm the night before, it was cancelled...Nonetheless, due to a little love'n care from Tita Janeth, we got our party.

IP parents and students posing for a picture with the Castro family

On Sunday, December 29th, Tita Janeth (mother of Janrey) and her family hosted a party to celebrate the IP Rondalla Tour, since we didn't have the opportunity to hold the event earlier. While the party started off with only a few people trickling in (we're supposed to start at 6:00 p.m., but hint, hint...Filipino time), by around 7 o'clock, the dance floor was crowded with kids and parents dancing to Shakira, Nikki Minaj, Katy Perry and a whole bunch of new and old artists. Even the Lantin's, our friends from Virginia who brought their daughter for graduate school in Boston, took some time off to join our party.

Tita Janeth (center) with other IP parents enjoying the party
The future of IP Rondalla rests in these brave men...who are apparently pointing at something in the ceiling.

If you've ever heard of "Just Dance," a game for the Wii that lets you copy the dancer's moves on the screen so you too can dance like Psy. If you haven't, I highly recommend renting it. Oh my! We all got a good workout from this game. Even the parents had fun gettin' jiggy with it. Of course, there's also the traditional Filipino line dance routine mixed with Zumba. We were all sweating.

Happy Birthday from the IP Rondalla members!

Besides all of the dancing, did I mention the food? There was a flotilla of food ranging from boxes and boxes of pizza, macaroni and pasta together with your traditional menudo, Christmas ham, pancit, lumpia, "Filipino spaghetti" and arroz caldo. The desserts were divine. There were French macaroons, dark and white chocolate fondue, cassava, ubi cake, and puto. Of course, as tradition dictates, we took a few left-over dishes home afterwards. We also celebrated Bo and Emma's birthday with two delicious ice cream cakes! Happy Birthday, girls!

Getting ready for the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters game. 
Nathan adds a twist to the "Pepsi and Coke" game

After several rounds of dancing, we took intermittent breaks to check our raffle tickets and to play a few parlor games. The raffle items were pretty typical and atypical, meaning we had prizes like chocolate, perfume, a Pepsi water jug and make-up kit, but also cooking mittens, pancit noodles, packs of Mama Sita and Banana ketchup, and even a laser hair remover! We all know who wanted that hair remover...and who staked the Pepsi water jug.

Group picture with the parents! Say "Cheese"!
Then, we played a few games like "Pepsi and Coke" in which pairs have to run to one side of the room and one has to sit on the other partner's lap before everyone else. We also played musical chairs (I got kicked out on the third to last round) and the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters game, which involves moving your hips around depending on which coin the leader calls.

The night ended close to 11pm, yet all of us were still in the mood for more dancing, eating, raffles and games. We all had the experience of our lives. Honestly, what I think this was the best Filipino party all year, and we were definitely sad that it would be our last meeting as an IP family before the start of the new year.

On our three-hour drive home to Connecticut where I currently live, all my family talked about was how great the night's party went. We arrived home close to 2:30 in the morning sleepy and exhausted but in good spirits.

Next time, let's go camping!
Thank you Tita Janeth. This was AWESOME!

Smile, everyone! Didn't you just have the time of your life? I sure did! 

Sierra Jamir

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Good Bye 2O13 and Welcome 2O14!

Hey PinoyJeep Followers!

A very quick slideshow done by Google...I wish it would go slower. Anyway, it's suppose to sum up
the whole year. Better than nothing!

2013 will forever be known for government shutdown, Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball, Nelson Mandela, Pork Barrel Scam, earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and unfortunately typhoon Haiyan. But 2013 will never be forgotten for its new Pope, iPad Air, Martians (now we know they existed!), Selfie....and who can forget, the IP Rondalla tour to the Philippines!

My finger painting of a girl playing the Banduria

It's been a heck-of-a-year, but nonetheless we made it!

Goodbye to 2013 and Welcome 2014! 

Happy New Year, everyone!

From your PinoyJeep Bloggers

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko!

Hello PinoyJeep Followers,

As you know, we got the idea to start PinoyJeep for the IP Rondalla Tour to the Philippines that happened a few months ago. While the tour is long over, we're still holding strong and posting along! And so on Christmas day, we'd especially like to thank you for the support you've given us throughout these few months to even make it this far. I know I've repeated myself several times this year, but honestly, we wouldn't be here without you!

So to share our love for all of you on Christmas day, here are a few photos I've been meaning to post for a while now (but of course due to college apps, school work, and just the mere volume of work I have at the moment, I've been a little always). I would have also loved to share with you pictures of me pigging out on Christmas paella, caldereta, and glazed ham, and singing (quite badly) to a few OPM songs, but I think it's best none of you see anything too embarrassing at the moment, especially while our stomachs are still trying to digest everything we've seen today. Instead, here are pictures I know you'll enjoy of a familiar school we all know halfway around the world... Merry Christmas and Maligayang Pasko!

Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School (BBES)

Many donations have been made to make the Drum & Lyre band a successful activity for the Aeta students of BBES. Pictures is one girl who received a lyre from a generous donor.

Sheryl Garcia (center) holding her lyre and
standing next to Teacher Raffy and her mother, Shirley Garcia
 Sheryl Garcia, the unat aeta kid who was the recipient of the lyre 
donated by the Fadrigalan family

The tree planting was suppose to be part of the activities of the IP Rondalla during our visit on July 12, 2013, which was cancelled due to lack of time and rain. Fortunately, a few of us returned to the school on July 20, 2013 to complete the tree planting activity in behalf of the IP Rondalla. As of December 19th (when these pictures were taken), they look pretty healthy. Shirley Garcia, the mother of Sheryl (recipient of the lyre given by the Fadrigalan family) cleans the area of weeds. Unfortunately the soil is dry due to lack of rain. Teacher Raffy has asked his students to help clean the area regularly.

Thank you to BKP-NY's kind donation of books which the BBES received sometime during the last week of November. Two balikbayan boxes arrived filled to the brim with children's books!

Christmas Party December 19, 2013

Pictured are the Aeta children and parents of MMQ Aeta Primary School in Mt. Terranus receiving gifts. There are 16 primary students but not all of them came down from the mountain.

These photos are some of the BBES students housed at Bahay Kalinga managed by VEST Foundation (Comm. Evelyn). This is the Aeta children's half-way home from Mt. Terranus. These pictures were taken while the kids were having breakfast (egg and tuyo) before attending the Christmas Program.

Let the party begin! 

The teachers and friends of BBES setting up for the Christmas party

The 1st grade students holding up their pointer fingers

The grade four students holding up four fingers

The children in the feeding program

Take a look at the jar to the left! I think I see some familiar rondalla faces on that picture, if you know what I mean!

Sierra Jamir