Saturday, December 14, 2013


There Was No Room for Them in the Inn by Eugene Higgins

Marami pang tao/  Na dito’y darating…
Humanap na ng iba/  Nang hindi dilimin…

Many Filipino-American children are familiar with the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas.  At Paaralang Pinoy, we tell them of the Filipino variation of this tradition that we call Panunuluyan or seeking for lodging.  Our young students also learn a Panunuluyan script in rhyming verse created for us by Filipino novelist (and lola of Paaralang Pinoy students!)

The 2013 Panunuluyan Workshop is a focused activity in the Philippine Christmas Traditions lesson that we teach every year.  

Panunuluyan Workshop
Sunday, December 15
3:30-5:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Center

Our Lady of Good Counsel
8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, VA

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Continuing our Parents' Traditions

Glitter and stickers double the fun of decorating.

We call it a success when our Fil-Am kids feel comfortable dressing up a parol and humming along Pasko na Naman at one of our Christmas workshops.  As we state in our objectives, we work at helping them develop respect for their parents' traditions.

Making a parol isn't complete without Pasko na Naman in the background!

But when they look forward to these traditions and find them enjoyable, we see that as a big bonus.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mabuhay, PP Kids!

One of our students with Ambassador Cuisia at the 2012 Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Awards ceremony

When current and former Paaralang Pinoy students earn accolades, we also bask in their glory and celebrate with them.  We may have little to do with their accomplishments but we do believe that there's something in their Pinoy heritage and our PP classes that contributed to the successful Fil-Am kids that they become.

Happily, their parents share these moments with us.  Congratulations and Mabuhay!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Workshops with PP: Mamasko Tayo!

Paaralang Pinoy is not only planning to teach your kids to make parol from scratch.  This year, we also have a Panunuluyan Workshop where they will get to play pretend and at the same time, learn of a particular Filipino Christmas tradition.

PP kids acing out a Panunuluyan

Join Paaralang Pinoy on the following days and introduce your kids to Christmas with a Filipino flavor. Both workshops will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, VA.

Sunday, November 24
Parol-Making Workshop
2:00-4:00 p.m.
De Sales Hall, OLGC

Bring your own stickers and embellishments, and make your own unique parol (star lantern). Learn to sing Jingle Bells in Tagalog and listen to traditional Filipino Christmas carols as you make your parol.

Sunday, December 15
Panunuluyan Workshop
3:30-5:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Center, OLGC

Learn about Panunuluyan, a reenactment of the nativity story often held on Christmas eve during the Advent Novena of Masses or Simbang Gabi.  There will be a We may also have the opportunity to watch members of the Filipino Ministry rehearse for a Panunuluyan that will be part of a Simbang Gabi at OLGC on December 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. This event will begin with the Panunuluyan before the Mass and end with a salu-salo (reception) at De Sales Hall after Mass.

ETA: The rehearsal for the Panunuluyan is scheduled on another day.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

We are Seeing Stars!

Start off your Advent Season with a handmade parol!  Paaralang Pinoy, together with Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (OLGC) and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington's Office of Multicultural Ministries is hosting a Parol-Making Workshop. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013 
De Sales Hall of OLGC 
8601 Wolftrap Rd. Vienna, VA 
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Your first parol kit will cost $15; additional kits will cost $12 each.  We will teach the children how to put together their parol; they may bring their own stickers and other embellishments to create a parol that's uniquely theirs.  In between pasting and cutting, we will listen to Filipino Christmas carols and even teach them how to sing "Jingle Bells" in Tagalog.

Reserve your kit now and mail your checks payable to--

Filipino Ministry of NoVA
1106 Desale St. SW
Vienna VA 22180

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Feast Day Feasting

San Lorenzo Ruiz statue at this year's Mass on his feast day.

Our Fil-Am students learn about Pinoy heroes and famous persons in one of our cultural lessons, one that is different every year that we teach it.  Thanks to the Internet, we are able to show them these Pinoy performers, athletes, and other accomplished personalities in action.

The Paaralang Pinoy table at San Lorenzo Ruiz's feast day reception after the Mass.

The Philippines' two canonized saints are part of that roster.  But celebrating their feast days make the lesson richer and fuller, what with the Mass, salu-salo, and showcase of talents that accompany such celebrations.  We are always happy to display our picture books, sungka boards, and sipa at these events and have more Fil-Am kids interested in their parents' culture.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A New Home for PP

Here is the news that we've all been waiting for: Paaralang Pinoy has found a new home at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church located in Vienna, VA.  We will be meeting in the Red Room at their St. Joseph Center. 

As in previous years, classes and workshops will be generally two-hour long on Sundays, following the Fairfax County Public School calendar.  We will post our new schedule as it becomes available.  

In the meantime, we continue to invite parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles to share their talents as teachers, helpers, dance instructors or gitarista  with our Filipino-American children.  If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact us at paaralang.pinoy at yahoo dot com.