For some Filipinos, it’s almost inconceivable to dip their toes in the country’s famously murky public school system. So it’s doubly puzzling when Filipino-Americans leave their “States-side” comforts to dive head-first into it and become public school teachers in the Philippines.
College graduates who want to join the 2015 batch are encouraged to submit applications before Dec. 17. Summer Institute invitations are extended as soon as TFP finds qualified candidates.
By Cecilia Ejercito
I’m sure I won’t remember their faces, nor will they remember mine. Never more than an hour together, never any face time, never much conversation. My hands were only on the wheel, eyes only on the road. Our interaction was limited to me opening my car, popping the trunk, and getting them to their destination. A few directions given here and there, and some small talk about the distance I was driving—nothing more.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
I am preparing to go on my first mission abroad for 2013. Since 2008, I have been regularly visiting the United States, deliberately seeking out Filipino-Americans and trying to imbibe their experience of leaving a motherland to adopt another country. I cannot anymore count the number of families who opened their homes to me, much less the greater number of people they gathered so I could expand my network of sources of information. I have organizations and associations to thank as well; they have been many and our interactions have been quite enlightening. While not a Filipino-American, I believe I have met more Filipino-Americans than most of them in the last five years than they since they migrated to America.
At the heart of the massive six-day search-and-rescue operation for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his companions was the active participation of private citizens. It was a vital detail Robredo himself, the Magsaysay awardee and pioneer of people empowerment in local governance, would have heartily approved.