Buwan Ng Wika sa Manila Waldorf School

Paglalahad ni: Clarissa Jose

Isang masayang pagdiriwang ang naganap nitong nagdaang Ika-5 ng Agosto,bilang pagsisimula at/o pagbubukas sa Buwan ng Wika.    Ang mga mag-aaral sa una at ikalawang baitang ay nagsuot ng mga kasuotang Filipino gaya ng baro at saya para sa mga babae, sa mga lalaki ang karaniwang puting damit pang-itaas at pulang pang-ibaba at ang ilan ay nagsuot ng damit na kumakatawan sa bawat rehiyon sa Pilipinas.  Madarama ang kasiyahan sa mga bata na maisuot ang mga damit na nagpapakita ng pagka-Filipino.

Nagsimula ang araw ng  Unang Baitang sa pagkakaroon ng “recall story” at pag-arte ng kwentong  Munting Gamu-gamo.  Ipinaguhit ng guro ang pinakagustong bahagi sa kwento sa mga mag-aaral.  Pagkatapos nagkaroon ng palaro sa loob ng silid ng sipa at aso’t pusa.  Ang ikalawang baitang naman, sa kanilang umagang bilog ay bumigkas ng mga berso, nagbugtungan, umawit ng awiting tong tong pakitong-kitong, penpen de sarapen, bahay kubo at tumugtog ng kanilang “recorder” sa saliw ng awiting leron-leron sinta.

Ang mga guro sa Palaruan, Una at Ikalawang Baitang naghandog ng maikling kwento para sa mga mag-aaral tungkol sa magkaibigang Pagong at Matsing na isinulat ng bayaning Dr. Jose Rizal na isinalaysay ni Gng. Joei, guro sa Ikalawang baitang.

Pagkatapos nito, nagkaroon ng  palaro ang bawat klase.  Sa Palaruan, naglaro ng “pukpok palayok” ang mga bata.  Masasaya ang mga batang nakapila habang naghihintay sa pagkakataon na makapalo  at paghahangad na sila ang makabasag sa palayok kung saan naglalaman ng sari-sari at munting mga pagkain at laruan.  Gayundin ang paghahanap ng mga laruan na itinago sa buong hardin ng Palaruan.

Ang Una at ikalawang baitang ay naglaro rin ng pukpok palayok, hipan ng goma at daga at pusa.

Matapos ang mga palaro, nagkaroon ng masayang salu-salo ang bawat pangkat sa kani-kanilang silid –aralan.  Sari-saring pagkaing Pinoy ang nakahain gaya ng mga kakaning puto, kutsinta, suman, biko, pansit, tinapay at mga prutas.

Isang simple at makabuluhan pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika ang naranasan ng mga bata sa Palaruan at Paaralan.  Kung saan, ang lahat ay naging kalahok sa mga gawain ng araw na iyon.

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Celebrating Rizal during Buwan ng Wika Festival

By Bianca Gacad

Blue was the overriding color, with red being secondary. The sinamay softened the sharpness of red on blue, as the symbolic sun and three stars stood out on white cloth. We need not add shiny letter cut-outs, for the color alone claims that this is a celebration of our heritage.

This year we are not only celebrating Buwan ng Wika, but we are also commemorating the 150th year of Dr. Jose Rizal. For this festival, held last August 5, classes 3-12 prepared showcases about the life and works of Pepe. Also as a fundraising activity, Classes 8 and 12 sold adobo and sago’t-gulaman at the end of the program.

Replacing the usual hosting routine, Mr. Emile Lioanag (Class 8 sponsor), and Ms. Camille Valdez (Filipino teacher for grades 7-12), led the program with the use of the casual and comic conversation, “Sabi ng lolo ko” (My Grandfather said) – A dialogue of bragging about each other’s grandfathers that gave a glimpse of a Filipino culture where the elders were regarded as prominent figures in society.

Sabi ng lolo ko, may kwento daw tungkol sa Gamu-gamo!” This was the cue to Class 3’s interpretation of “Ang Gamu-gamo”. The third graders, being their first time to face a large audience for a school presentation, seemed shy but nevertheless maintained their confidence through the help of their sponsor and Filipino teacher.

Classes 4 and 5 presented “Si Matsing at si Pagong”, and “Sa Aking mga Kabata.” The kids looked adorable in their baro’t saya, red trousers, and white cotton shirts. When they begin to speak in unison they become much more adorable. Their youthful faces were in both excitement and if they were nervous, it was because of the crowd watching and waiting for their presentations.

Then there came young men in tuxedos and ladies in pink ternos. The confidence of the young lads in their stride and the conviction in their speech caught the audiences’ attention. Then here are the ladies epitomizing the dalagang Pilipina, hair neatly tied in a bun, refined movement as they take the stage. Their short skit on Dr. Jose Rizal’s family life was mixed with a beautiful dance number.

After the introduction of Pepe’s family, came the topic on songs and dedications. Ms. Camille began by saying that her grandfather loved to write songs. And to this Mr. Emile retorted that his grandfather was so loved that a song was even composed for him. After which the good-looking lads and ladies of Class 7 took the stage, moved the audience with their acapella rendition of “Bayan Ko.”

Class 8 presented a debate or Balagtasan. It was amazing to see the students deliver their lines, as if it suddenly became a conversational tone. Overall it was a marvel, not to mention their dialogues were their own craft and not from any book.  On the other hand, Classes 9 and 10 showed the various facets of Dr. Jose Rizal. Class 9 played their part as the youth of curiosity, and Class 10 answered their concerns. Their pieces were also their own.

The last presentation was an interpretative dance of “Sino Ka Ba, Jose Rizal?” sung by Noel Cabangon. Classes 11 and 12 showed the significance of the song through fluid and graceful movement. It showed how Filipinos take pride in the fact that Jose Rizal is a Filipino who raised the bar for democracy and social responsibility, and who inspire and motivate the youth to become better children of their motherland.

After the presentations and lunch, it was time to loosen up. Everyone gathered at the gym for the most awaited part: Filipino games! There were four relay games in all. Each team leader made sure that all members get to participate. The first game was the balloon-popping relay, wherein the children should pop the balloon by sitting on it. It seemed like a simple task, until one learns that it takes much effort to keep the balloon in place as you try to sit on it. Next game was a combination of luksong tinik and sipa. Each member has to run to the end of the gym, jumping first over a small obstacle of other students’ hands and feet, and then getting the ball and make it bounce using three different parts of the body. Next was the polvoron eating relay, wherein students have to whistle “Leron leron sinta” after eating the polvoron. The last game was the balut eating contest wherein they have to finish everything (of course, even the chick), and flush it down with sago’t gulaman, and as a remark of victory he or she will say, “Dr. Jose Rizal!”

Overall, it was one festival where there are no winners and losers. The best thing about Waldorf students is that they are lovers of socialization – it didn’t really matter if they won or lost the games. And since almost everyone knows each other, the festival seemed like one big family day.

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