Friday, March 31, 2017

Amazing Race Philippines

My childhood memories of Nayong Pilipino has been wonderful, the theme was the country’s landmark.  A mini Philippines, where you could go up the the perfect cone of Mayon Volcano,Albay,  see the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, and have a nice afternoon boat ride.

The new Nayong Pilipino has changed it’s theme to a historic landmark. For a 5 year old child, all the buildings might be uninteresting ,  however the interactive activities prepared by Early Achievers Learning Center made the learning experience different. Let us now start our journey.

   Location:  Clark Expo, Centennial Road, Clark Field Pampanga, Philippines
   Activity: Team is grouped per family and activities are done per color group. Starting point at the ampitheater, where we run and start with our first clue.

1st Stop : Find the first Filipinos Alamat ni Malakas at si Maganda
Legend of first Man and first Woman:  Bathala (God) created the world, He  sent a bird and pecked into a bamboo. It split into two there came out Malakas, (meaning strong) , the first man and Maganda, (meaning beautiful), the first woman.

2nd  Stop:  find the famous house where the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was declared, answer 10 questions correctly

   10 facts about the Philippine Independence  
1.       Proclamed at: Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
2.       Where: window (not balcony as many depictions show)                  of Emilio Aguinaldo’s ancestral home
3.       Date: June 12, 1898
4.       Time: 4-5pm
5.       The proclamation was made in Spanish
6.       1st time to unfurl the Flag of the Philippines
7.       The flag was made in HongKong
8.       The flag is sewn by Marcella Agoncillo, Lorenza                       Agoncillo, and Delfina Herboza
9.       1st performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo as the                  national anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang
10.   National anthem composer: Julian Felipe

3rd  Stop: Head to Barasoin Church and choose two options
Option 1: present a Philippine currency with the Barasoin Church
It is found in a 10 peso bill which is already out of circulation, chances of having this is very slim

   1.Barasoin is a national shrine.
   2. Major events in Philippine history happened here: the         convening of the First Philippine Congress, drafting of the Malolos Constitution,  and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic
That would be us spoofing a weeding photoshoot
Option 2: eat 4 pieces Polvoron without drinking water
                Definition: from the Spanish word polvo means powder, made of toasted flour, sugar, large amount if powdered milk, butter , sometimes with pinipig (crisp rice)

                Without water, it is very hard to eat and swallow one, let alone four, imagine swallowing heaps of powdered milk in a hurry. I am the one who did this challenge!!!

4th Stop: learn to dance the Tinikling 
1.       Tinikling is the National Folk Dance of the Philippines, it originated during the Spanish Era.
2.       The dance involves two people beating, tapping and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance.
Tinikling has a rhythm and sound that is both exciting and fun. Careful not to let your feet get caught in the closing of bamboos!
My daughter made a short performance after learning the basics

DETOUR : A choice between Carvers or Dancers, in the Ifugao Village.
Option 1 Carvers: learn the art of Ifugao by doing it hands on, task is to achieve a wood carving sculpture per approval of a native Ifugao (local of northern province of Cordillera Region, Luzon)

Option 2 learn the Ifugao dance, memorize the steps, rehearse and perform
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    1.       Banaue Rice Terraces, commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”  a famous tourist attraction were hand-carved by the Ifugaos into the mountains 2000 years ago to plant rice.
    2.       Terraces was fed by ancient irrigation system
    3.       Gradual erosion of the step needs constant reconstruction, 2010 drought also posed problem

EXTRA CHALLENGE for other groups:
We cannot resist but have a stop and try this one.
A native Ifugao (means earth people, from northern Luzon of Philippines) is there to demonstrate, teach and assist.
 Try and get a bulls eye with this native bow and arrow. I had a great laugh missing the target way off, my husband had a great luck (chamba) on the bull’s eye on his second try.

5th Stop: Go to far north, find the “House of Estrella” also known as “House of Dakay”, and locate the famous work of world-renowned artist who is from this province.
Ah, my daughter chose the best looking one from the set and it so happens to be the right answer!

About the Artist Pacita Abad (1946-2004):
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        1.       born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northern most part of the Philippines
        2.       Her painting is characterized by vibrantly colorful mixed media,  painted textile, collages, abstract assemblages and trapunto paintings, a number of small works that include hand stitched textiles, tin , mirror and many other found objects.

About the House of Estrella (House of Dakay)
1.       Made of limestone, Oldest stone house of the Ivatans (local people of Batanes island)
2.       Built during the Spanish Colonial Era 1877, regarded as cultural treasure of the province
3.       Survived some of the strongest calamities such as typhoons and even a magnitude 8.30 earthquake back in 1918

6th Stop: Travel to the City of Marawi and roam around the Torogan House, find the next clue amongst the pillars, wall, doors

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          1.       to the Maranaw family, it is a symbol of high social status, it was home to sultan or Datu (equivalent to a chieftain)
          2.       it is more than a hundred years old 
          3.       Designed to resist flood by being elevated 2.21 meters above ground using tree stumps, Raised flooring braces the structure against termite attacks, rats and wood decay
          4.       Elevated piles rest on rounded boulders to act as roller supports during earthquakes
          5.       Walls are covered with plywood sticks and roof thatched with dried coconut leaves, no interior partition, the wealthier, the more intricately engraved design of the flowing geometries of Maranaw design system called Okir (geometric and flowing design)
          6.       A Torogan is never complete without the display of the legendary bird Sarimanok (sari means cloth generally of many colors; manok means chicken)  displayed inside

ROADBLOCK:  Memorize a poem written by our National Hero, Jose Rizal
The Song of Maria Clara
Entering the repica of Jose Rizal's House

7th Stop: go to the Chinese Bridge and find 20 Filipino words / food that are inspired by Chinese heritage
     1.       Chinese merchants came to the Philippines , and Chinatown was established in 1594 by the Spaniards
     2.       Chinatown is in Binondo Manila near Intramuros but across the Pasig River 
     3.       Binondo is a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spaniards came
     4.       Some words coined from Chinese:

   Bakya (Native Wood Sandal)
   Bihon (Rice noodle)
   Betsin (Monosodium Glutamate)
   Tsaa (Tea)
   Ditse (second sister)
   Ingkong (grandfather)
   Lauriat (a wide variety of food)
   Lumpia (wrapped meat or vegetable)
   Mami (Meat & Noodle Soup)
   Pansit (Noodle)
   Petsay (Chinese Cabbage)
   Siyansi (ladle)
   Siopao (steam meat in bun)
   Sotanghon (glass noodle)
   Suahe (Shrimp)
   Suki (regular customer)
   Susi (Key)
   Tikoy (Chinese New Year Cake)
   Tokwa (Tofu)
   Wansoy (Cilantro)

8th Stop Challenge: Palarong Pambata, choose three games play it
Going to the Bandstand area and you will find games commonly played by children using native materials or instruments. Due to limited resources of toys, Filipino children invented games without much items but the players themselves, most are outdoor games.
1.       Jack ‘n’ Poy / Bato bato Pik (Rock Paper Scissors)
2.       Piko (hopscotch)
3.       Tumbang Preso (Hit the Can)
4.       Sungka

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5.       Sipa (similar to Sepang Takraw, but this using metal base and straw)

9th Stop:  youngest member to complete the puzzle at the house of a famous hero with a moniker Dakilang Lumpo “Sublime Paralytic”

Facts on Apolinario Mabini:
1.       Known as the Brains of the Revolution
2.       Considered as the 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines
3.       Helped shape the First Philippine Constitution under Emilio Aguinaldo
4.       Was struck by polio and lost the use both of his legs (at 30 years old)

10th Stop: run towards the Teatro
Celebrate Filipino artistry by this final stop.
We are second placers for Blue Team!

Make learning fun!

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