Sunday, July 29, 2018

Dreaming Big with Paaralang Pinoy

When we started in 2007, our goal was to teach our Filipino-American youth everything Pinoy--a little bit of our language, a little bit of our culture, and a whole lot of being Filipino in another culture.  Through classes, workshops, and various celebrations, we raised a generation of first- to fifth-graders into high school- and college-aged kids, who appreciate and value their parents' heritage and traditions.

But we don't want to stop there.  Paaralang Pinoy is dreaming big, and moving forward with a new set of programs to serve the Filipino-American youth.

  • PP Music Program teaches and exposes our youth to Filipino church hymns, traditional folk songs, and Original Pinoy Music (OPM).  Included in this program is a Family Choir that assists in the monthly Filipino Mass and the annual Simbang Gabi with the Bishop.
  • PP Cultural & Arts Program focuses on instruction in the different folk and ethnic dances, and in the modern interpretation of traditional dances.  This program allows our youth to represent the Filipino culture in dance performances.
  • Paaralang Co-op Program consists of parents working together with teacher-volunteers in sharing the Filipino culture to their children, and includes storytelling sessions, demonstrations and workshops, and conversation practices. Though geared to rising 1st to 5th graders, older children are given tasks, and earn community service hours for their assistance.
  • PP Youth Group prepares our Filipino-American youth to lead the larger Filipino community in American society, and includes leadership formation seminars, mentoring sessions, and educational field trips to Fil-Am events.

We will be launching these programs on September 15, 2018, the celebration of the Feast of Filipino martyr, San Lorenzo.  Join us for 7:00 p.m. Mass and the reception that follows at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, and find out more about what's new with Paaralang Pinoy.

Sige na! Sali na kayo!