Being a Filipino is one thing that I am most proud of

Being a Filipino is one thing that I am most proud of. In Philippines or not, my being a Filipino is something that I shall never hide. When I did my clinical duty at the Health Care Center here, many of the residents asked me if I am Japanese or Thai, or even a Hmong. They’ve never guessed I am a Filipino. I think because of the few numbers of Pinoys here in our place. I answered them “No” every time and added “I am a Filipino. I came from Philippines.” A few of them know where Philippines is, many wanted to hear stories about the country. Despite the ups and downs, still, I am one proud Filipino. This week’s theme of Mommy Moments is so interesting: share stories or photos of our kids embracing being a Filipino. Tough luck for me, because I only have a couple photos to share. Take a look: The daughter proudly raising the Philippine flag her own version. She made this during one of Manny Pacquiao’s fight when she saw the Philippine flag proudly waving at the ring when the National Anthem was sang. She got curious about the flag and when we showed her a clear photo of it, she then drew it herself without any help from us. Thus, the star is in the center and there isn’t a sun. Lol. Nevertheless, it was one proud moment I’ve had for having a kiddo who is one proud Pinoy like I am. It actually is her version of the Philippine’s National animal: the Carabao. Ha ha ha. Please forgive her because I think she has never seen one in reality yet. There are buffaloes here but they look different from our Carabaos in Philippines and this is the best that she can imagine. What made her drew this? Well, the Dad always tells her stories of his younger years, when he would ride on a Carabao or Cow and would go to their farm and help tend the farm and the animals. And so, that guy on-board the Carabao is the daughter’s dad per se! Lol. I always find it amazing of her to be able to draw the things that we only describe to her. Indeed, I got a child with a gifted hands and mind! Anyway, those are the only photos I can show of her embracing being a Filipino. I hope soon, we can be able to attend any Formal Pinoy gatherings here, if there is any. Raising a child in a foreign land the Pinoy way is tough, but we can do it. We are pure BISDAK (Bisayang Daku) here at home, so this girl will grow to know what being a Filipino is all about! Schooling has begun in our home! Well, literally, it already has, ever since the daughter was born. I mean, parents are the children’s first teachers, right? Therefore, since we became parents, then non-formal teaching has been happening around us. Now though, the daughter is already 5 years old. She is ready to be a Kindergarten now, and so, more teaching shall take place even more. I wish to send her to Kindergarten school, but since I am still a stay-at-home mom, I’d rather do the full teaching to her by homeschooling her. That’s what we’re actually doing right now. We are still in an informal classroom instruction because it is still summer break. When the Dad starts his Fall semester at the university, that’s when I’ll formally and officially start my instruction to our daughter. She is enrolled now in one of the leading homeschooling institution in the country and a week after we enrolled her, we got in the mail all the materials and resources that I will be using for the Advanced Kindergarten curriculum where the daughter is categorized. That means our home becomes her academic school now. So, classroom decorations are what I am starting to put up each day. Our other bedroom becomes the classroom so all our homeschool resources are there. The walls have the teachers guides, the visual aids, and more and it is starting to look like a real classroom now. So who says I can’t homeschool? Actually, I am more than up for the challenges, all for my daughter’s sake!

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