Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP)
Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP) is a non-profit Filipino cultural school that brings together families from the Greater Boston area who share a connection to the Philippines. Founded over 35 years ago by a group of parents and educators, IP offers families a welcoming community that embraces Filipino culture and provides Filipino American children with the opportunity to learn about their Filipino heritage in a nurturing environment. Our vibrant, actively engaged community is made up of parents, students, alumni, friends and supporters of IP from immigrant families, second and third generation Filipino American families, adoptive and multiracial families.
Taken from the: http://home.ipbahay.org/
Part of IP’s mission is the formation of the IP Rondalla ensemble to preserve and perpetuate this native form of Philippine music and performance. The ensemble, comprised of IP students ages 13-25 years old, IP alumni and parents, was formed in 1986 through the vision of Cristina Castro and the guidance of Michael Dadap. Elsa Janairo is the current IP Rondalla Music Director. Through the years, the IP Rondalla has flourished as a truly Filipino-American expression, capable of playing traditional and contemporary music from the Philippines and the United States. The ensemble has also incorporated aspects of dance and movement into its repertoire, a first for rondallas in general and a signature of the IP Rondalla to this day.
The group finished its third tour to the Philippines in 2013 (Click HERE to start from the beginning of the tour!). Their first two tours to the Philippines were in 1990 and 1998. The IP Rondalla also travelled to Europe in 1994 and 2004. The ensemble has performed at numerous colleges and folk festivals throughout the Eastern United States.
The Aeta Project - Community Service
The Aetas are an indigenous mountain tribe in the Philippines - one of the few remaining "hunter-gatherer" societies in the world today. Due to their physical features, nomadic way of life and traditional religious beliefs, the Aetas have long been marginalized, exploited and discriminated by the majority "low-land", Christianized communities. Majority of these Aetas are uneducated and do not have the skills needed to get employed and survive in modern societies. With their frail and malnourished bodies, Aeta children typically walk 14 kilometers from their mountain encampments to the nearest public school in the lowland communities just to get an education. Trekking along treacherous mountain terrains, slippery roads and empty stomach takes a toll on these children: 10 out of 50 school children who enter elementary school actually graduate and enter high school. Only a small handful has a chance of graduating from high school.
Our other partners of PinoyJeep: BKP New York and Massachusetts and Javier-Millare Foundation