A Filipino school has opened in San Diego, providing opportunities to retain the cultural roots among Filipino communities in the area.
According to NBC San Diego, the North County School becomes the first of its kind in the region to teach Filipino language, history and culture.
It is estimated that there are more than 150,000 Filipino-Americans across the San Diego County, but just like children of other immigrants, children often lose their parent’s language, history and culture.
“A lot of kids, yes they are Filipino but there’s something missing from them,” says teacher Jacquiline Lapid. “And they’re missing their identity and they want to learn more about their identity and what it means to be a Filipino.”
The school is equipped with communication system with high-definition screen that allows a team of teachers in the Philippines to communicate with students in San Diego.
“We’re going to see some of the skyscrapers,” says The Filipino School co-Founder Tony Olaes. “We’re going to see some of the most amazing beaches. We’re going to walk into the most hardest hit areas of the typhoon and we’re going to talk to the residents.”
The school abides by its guiding principle of ‘bayanihan’ which means coming together for a common purpose.
Among the first lessons students learned is the national anthem of the Philippines. The school also teaches Filipino martial arts, language, games, dance and food.
“I hope to learn tagalog and more of my history,” says student Faith Fernandez. “Because then I can really know who I am.”
The Filipino School opens its doors every Saturday, with week-day sessions coming this Summer. For more information, please visit www.thefilipinoschool.com.