Philippine Chargé d’ Affaire Pete Raymond V. Delfin (leftmost) together with the 16th FLCEP participants, volunteer teachers and Embassy officials, pose for a photo after the flag raising ceremony

The Chancery of the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam was bustling with energy and activity when Filipino children aged five to seventeen years old gathered to start the 2018 Filipino Language and Cultural Enrichment Program (FLCEP) which will be held from 08 to 15 September 2018. Around 80 Filipino children and 25 volunteer teachers, mostly female, registered for this year’s FLCEP.

This year’s FLCEP commenced with a Seminar Workshop on Philippine Indigenous Culture held on 08 September 2018, in collaboration with Katutubo Exchange Philippines (KXPH), a volunteer organization comprising of volunteer youths and cultural workers, which aims to promote indigenous culture and traditional arts. Filipino children, 5 to 17 years old, who registered in this year’s FLCEP, as well as their parents and the volunteer teachers, participated in the Seminar Workshop. During said workshop, KXPH taught them indigenous games, dances, clothing, and how to write “baybayin”. The students actively participated in the activities during the workshop.

On 10 September 2018, a Flag Raising ceremony participated by all the children and volunteer teachers, together with Embassy officers and staff, was held before formal classes began for the children. In his Welcome Remarks, Philippine Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin emphasized the importance of the program in enabling the children to identify and be proud of their Filipino heritage.

The FLCEP is designed to provide young Filipino children, 5 to 17 years old, with the opportunity to further enhance their knowledge of Filipino culture and language, and boost their sense of nationalism. During the six-day program, the children are expected to participate actively in their Filipino history and language lessons, and in cultural enrichment activities such as Filipino traditional games and performances. A Graduation Ceremony will be held for the students who will be able to complete the whole program on Saturday, 15 September 2018.

Prior to the start of the 2018 FLCEP classes, the volunteer teachers attended a seminar and workshop on the Filipino language conducted by Professor Frieda Marie Bonus-Adeva at the Embassy. The FLCEP module uses instruction lessons and methods consistent with the Philippines’ K-12 basic education curriculum. This year marks the 11th year of the FLCEP, which was introduced in 2008. Since then, parents have been looking forward to the conduct of the program as it has significantly benefited many Filipino children in Brunei, particularly in their reintegration into the Philippines. END

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