The Philippine Project

It’s true, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel with my current place of business; and not just here domestically, either, but actually to the other end of the world where, culturally, its apples and oranges and you really get that true sense of being a fish out of water.  I have attempted to chronicle these experiences in another blog I keep from time to time (click HERE to view ‘Part 1’, or HERE to view ‘Part 2’).

Now, despite the trials and tribulations that one will inevitably experience while traveling abroad, the whole adventure has also provided me the opportunity not only to experience new a new culture, to actually make many new friends with whom I still in touch with to this day.  Needless to say, I speak of my trips to the Philippines with great reverence.

You can imagine my excitement then when HRH decided that she wanted to do her Social Studies project on the Philippines.  In my mind, I immediately turned into my mother with ideas on how I would mastermind and orchestrate the entire project to get a real bonified A+ grade.  I would provide actual pictures detailing life as it truly exists for the average Filipino child, send her with strange and exotic foods to sample, and even teach her basic Tagalog to share with her friends.  It would be magnificent.  For years to come, her teachers would regale each other in the teacher’s lounge with folk tales of HRH’s amazing Social Studies project.

Of course, I was dreaming and none of this actually came to fruition, but we did have fun researching the many Philippine monsters and urban myths, looking at my often graphic market photographs, researching popular food items and dishes, and studying the multiple islands and volcanos together.  It was an opportunity to relive my past travels for her benefit.  It was fun.  Most of the real work, well, all of the real work was actually done at school though so I never had the opportunity to review the finished project until recently when she brought it home.

So for the benefit of my Philippine friends, here is what little HRH (eight years old) gleaned from our study sessions here at home as well as in the school library on her own.


The finished masterpiece in all its glory!  Jose Rizal himself would be proud.


Describing a child’s life in the Philippines as: “have huts, crowded classrooms, no school bus, hot all the time (ain’t that the truth!), floods, volcanoes, goes to church, likes to sing, have phones, have tv, flies kites.”

Pretty accurate me thinks.  All in all, it turns out that children from Canada and the Philippines aren’t so different, well, except for the whole floods and volcanoes thing.  Oh, and we get school buses of course.  And I apologize for her thinking that Filipino’s live in ‘huts’.  Clearly, we have watched too many ‘Gilligan’s Island’ reruns together and the whole island thing has gone to her head.


Describing specific places in the Philippines to visit (Baguio particularly), the language (Tagalog), the national flag, and the temperature (bloody hot!).


This is my particular favorite:  “Some foods in my country are: chicken isaw –  chicken intestines, sisig – pigs head and liver, balut – fetal chicken, and lots more food”.

I guess my market photographs really left an impression, huh?  Time I break out my ‘Healthy Foods for Filippino’s’  cookbook one weekend as a little surprise kitchen experiment.  What a coup de tat that’d be if I somehow managed to get her to eat a chicken liver.  Not bloody likely, I know.  Me neither for that matter.

So HRH  is turning out to be quite the little Margaret Mead and I couldn’t be prouder.  Of course, any pictures or projects that don’t also depict me in either a dress or tiara are always welcome additions to my growing art collection.

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  1. that looks fantastic! HRH is very creative!


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