New Series: Senior Secrets

A few nights ago, it hit me: I’m living my senior year of college and things are different. Doors are opening, others are closing. I’m asked big life questions on the daily.  The reality that it’s my senior year is hitting my friends and me harder everyday. So I’ve decided to write about it.  Read More.

The Language Complex of Tagalog

Baybayin Script: Tagalog in its ancient form.

Lately, there has been one thing that never seems to fail to get me excited: meeting people here in the States that speak Tagalog.

Since I returned, I’ve been encouraging my parents to speak to me in only Tagalog. And I push myself to speak as much Tagalog as I can when I’m home with them. It’s my way of returning to the Philippines while I continue my life here in Seattle.

But Tagalog is a confusing language to learn. Read More.

Back in Seattle: Culture Shocked?

I’ve been back on American soil for a little over a week now. It was really difficult for me to leave the Philippines because it meant saying farewell to my family in the Philippines, for who knows how long. I spent the last two weeks of my stay bonding with my cousins and shopping for gifts to bring home to friends and clothes. I even managed to snag a pair of good quality jeans for $5. That rarely exists in the States. Read More.

The Kaya Co. -nclusion

Last Friday marked the last day of the first Kaya Co. fellowship! I can’t believe it! Ten weeks flew by so quickly.

I haven’t written much about the fellowship aside from an initial introduction when I was first accepted into the program. Now, that the program is over and my internship is coming to an end, I have a little more time to reflect and share my fellowship experience. Read More.

The History I Never Learned

As I grow more self-aware of my identity as a Filipino American, I grow more aware of this big part of me that wants to learn the history of my ancestors: the Filipinos. Growing up, my dad told me bits and pieces about Magellan, the Spanish and American rule in the Philippines, Marcos and more. Whenever I could choose my topic for a research paper or project, my chosen topic usually revolved around some aspect of the Philippines. In high school, I wrote about America’s annexation of the Philippines and in college, I wrote about how Filipino Americans are perceived in today’s media.

The sad reality of my American education is that the history of the Philippines is not being included in the curriculum. In my high school U.S. textbook, the Philippine-American relations during pre/during/post WWII all got crammed into a tiny paragraph. Books and resources available in the U.S. in general fail to tell of America’s past relationship with the Philippines. It’s a story that isn’t being told, which was frustrating especially when I had to write a 5-6 page paper on a it. Read More.

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