Friday, December 1, 2017

Preparing for Christmas: the Pinoy Way

It's that time of the year again when Pinoys all over the world clean up multi-colored, star-shaped lanterns to decorate their homes.  Yes, there may be trees and garlands, elaborate creche scenes called belen, and even fake snow.  But nothing says "Filipino" more than the parol.

Here in the Northern Virginia area, we will have a Simbang Gabi kick off event on Saturday, December 9 at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, which includes the annual Parol-Making Workshop.

Date:     Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time:     3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where:  Queen of Apostles Catholic Church at Hannan Hall
              4329 Sano Street, Alexandria, VA 22312

Prepare for Christmas this year by making your own Christmas Star Lantern (parol). Bring your own decorations or embellishments (e.g. Nativity or family photos, stickers, ribbons, etc.) or use the construction paper provided to create your own ideas. You might want to bring a mug to use as a stand for your parol while you’re working at it.

Contribution for Cost of Materials:  $15.00 / complete kit for Christmas Star Lantern (parol)

Sige na, sali na kayo!  Space is limited, so sign up today!

For additional information, to RSVP or to reserve your kits, please email: prayer.gardens at gmail dot com.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Fil-Am Community Ministry at OLGC, Paaralang Pinoy, and the Filipino Ministry of Northern Virginia in collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Multicultural Ministries.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Building Traditions: Making Your Own Parol

Nothing says "Filipino Christmas" better than a parol. The ubiquitous Christmas Star Lantern marks many household windows, store fronts, and street lamps as early as September. Share this Filipino tradition with your children, and join us at our annual parol-making workshop.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
2:00pm to 4:00pm
De Sales Hall
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Vienna, VA

Bring your own decorations or embellishments or use the construction paper provided to create your own designs.  A donation of $15.00 will give you a complete kit.

Reserve your kits now and mail your checks payable to:

Filipino Ministry of NoVA
1106 DeSale Street, SW
Vienna, VA 22180-6733

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring Workshops Moved to Fall 2016

We have moved our Spring Workshops and integrated them with our upcoming Fall Classes, tentatively scheduled for October and November 2016.  Watch this space for updates!

Palm Sunday Mass at St. Bernadette Church sponsored by Paaralang Pinoy

Thursday, March 10, 2016

April Workshops

Are your kids ready to use their hands and move their bodies?

Paaralang Pinoy is once more offering our Slice of Pinoy: Spring Workshop series next month to introduce your kids to a bit of dancing, some martial arts, and a lot of playtime, Pinoy-style.  On a special cooking demonstration day, they will make and taste pichi-pichi, and we will have homemade bibingka available for you to buy and take home.

Our workshops are geared to rising 1st to 5th graders.  Though we can accommodate your little ones, be prepared to assist them as all our sessions will immerse them in the activity.  Fees: $10/child/class or $32/child for all Spring workshops if paid in full by the first day of class.

We welcome our parents and friends, mga lolo at lolamga tito at titato join us in introducing our children to our culture.  Watch your kids learn to love their Filipino heritage, and stay to teach them more from your own experiences and skills.  Teacher volunteers are the lifeblood of Paaralang Pinoy, and we'd like you to be part of this joyful sharing of talents.

Registration to our workshops will be open soon.  Just click on the signup genius button on the right.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Immersing Ourselves in All Things Pinoy

Paaralang Pinoy welcomed autumn in Virginia with a series of Fall Classes for our local Filipino-American youth.  There was a little bit of everything each Sunday: some Filipino words and phrases, some video clips, books and music, and of course, a taste of Filipino and Asian snacks after all that work.

We always sing the Lupang Hinirang at the start of class, and even without knowing all the words, the children are now familiar with the melody.  They even learned of Julian Felipe's influences in composing the anthem, comparing portions of it to the national anthems of Spain and France, and to Verdi's famous opera, Aida.

Show-and-Tell allowed the children to bring souvenirs from their parents' and grandparents' stash, introducing the rest of the class to games, outfits, and decor made of capiz, wood, and other materials.


We got to move our bodies even in our short class, with some pretend- and role-play.  One day, we were farmers planting and pounding rice.  Another time, the boys were Maglalatik dancers.

Peek-a-boo obtained a new definition as we danced part of the Carinosa.  And our little saling-pusa kids quacked their way through the Itik-Itik.


One of our more creative classes made us into Filipino architects.  Using the book, What Kids Should Know About Philippine Architecture, we learned about homes, malls, even cemeteries, and created our version of a Gabaldon schoolhouse.

Kasaysayan, or history, that huge topic that we couldn't have covered in a year, much less in one lesson, was a quick view of Philippine independence.  After learning of the influences to our flag's design and looking at the coat of arms that King Phillip II granted to the city of Manila, we created our own coat of arms.

Christmas traditions will be our last lesson for the Fall Classes.  It promises to be another fun class with a little something to do, a little something to eat, and whole lot of immersing ourselves in Pinoy culture.

If you're interested in making your own traditional parol, join us on Sunday, November 29 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  You will be provided with a complete kit of tools for making your own Christmas Star.  A donation of $15 is requested.

Watch this space for registration information for Paaralang Pinoy's Spring Workshops in April 2016.  Sali na kayo!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Game ka na ba?

Paaralang Pinoy Classes and Workshops for Kids are back! 

The Fall Classes will have eight sessions from October 4 to November 22, 2015.  Each session will include an introduction to the Filipino language and a culture lesson.  The students will either work in class or take home worksheets that reinforce the lessons.  Next year, we will bring you our Slice of Pinoy Spring Workshops for Kids which will feature a short review of the relevant culture lessons learned in the fall followed by an activity such as cooking or dancing or creating crafts.

Our Ate and Kuya helpers will continue to lead our littlest students at our Saling-Pusa Station using the same topics but geared to our preschoolers.  If you register a preschooler, a parent or guardian is welcome to stay for the duration of the session.

All our classes and workshops will be held on Sundays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Center of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA.

Registration for our Fall Classes is now OPEN for your rising 1st to 5th graders.  Tuition for Fall Classes is $10 per student per class or if you choose to enroll for the entire series of Fall Classes, we offer a discounted tuition of $64 per student if paid in full on the first day of class.  Registration and other forms will be emailed after you sign up.

O, game ka na ba?  Click on our Sign Up Genius button on the right to register your children and to be counted for our OPEN HOUSE on October 4.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Teaching the Pinoy Beat

We at Paaralang Pinoy love to end the year with a party, and what better way to pass on the Pinoy way of celebrating than to hold a Fiesta Workshop! 

Some of our students have been with us since they were barely able to write their own names.  Attending year after year had given them an appreciation of their heritage, a repertoire of Filipino folk songs, and dance skills!  Those flapping arms imitate ducks quite well that the rest of the class easily pick up the steps.

For the Saling-Pusa kids, banging out the song and dance rhythms--from the beat of the northern mountain regions to the danza of the harana, and the fast and furious bamboo claps of the southern regions--is half the fun of celebrating.  And for the Paaralang Pinoy teachers, feeling the Pinoy rhythm is already half the lesson about being Pinoy.

We end another year of Paaralang Pinoy workshops, and of passing on bits of Pinoy stories and songs to our Filipino-American children. If you are interested in joining us for the school year 2015-2016, watch for announcements in this blog, or email us directly at paaaralang.pinoy at yahoo dot com.  We look forward to meeting you soon.