Young Fil-Ams learn about their culture at summer workshops

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 4, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Young Filipino-Americans got to learn about their Filipino roots in a summer camp organized by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of San Francisco in Daly City, California.

The two-week camp is now on its second year and provided young Fil-Ams with classes and workshops that aimed to connect them to Filipino culture and tradition.

Tagalog, Philippine history, and native folk dances were among the classes offered.

Subject matter experts, community leaders, and personalities also did their part to mentor the children.

“I’ve also been getting a lot of positive feedback from the parents,” said Letty Quizon, UPAA-SF president. “Children go home talking to them in Tagalog for instance, and calling their lolas and saying ‘maganda gabi po’, and so their lolas and their families are really thrilled.”

“There are a lot of people that try to teach the language and try to have a little bit of culture, and that’s great,” said one of the parents, Lorraine Jimmenez. “However, this program is structured. It’s like you’re in school.”

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