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The international School network was invited to an online festival event, “Fiesta Filipinas Season 2” by the Philippine embassy to Japan on April 2nd, 2022. An Online Celebration of Philippine Festivals”, the Department of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and National Commission for Culture and the Arts. 
It was held through a Zoom meeting. The Philippine Embassy sent us a kit* for this event beforehand. Over 280 people including 94 Philippine Embassies and Consulates General from around the world are joined and connected. 

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 The event was carried out by the two cheerful MCs, Chal Lontoc-Del Rosario and JC Tevez. The participants are called “bisitas” which means “guests” in Tagalog. MCs sometimes chose some bisitas to talk and ask questions. We could see faces from all over the world and could share global connections. 

It introduced the Pahiyas Festival, the most colorful Philippine festival to bless their harvests at Lucban City, Quezon Province, celebrated every May 15th. 
The event consisted of three parts. First, the video of the colorful food, beautiful beach, introducing exciting kite surfing was introduced. Second, we cooked Pancit Habnab using the kit following the direction of Chal and the cooks. All the audience started cooking and sharing cooking videos. This physical experience made the event lively and entertained. Last listening to audio quietly and imagine we traveled the province with the room spray of the kit by using the sense of smelling and listening. 

*The kit included Pancit Habnab noodles, chicken broth cubes, a banana leaf (not a real one), a cooking recipe, Pahiyas Arangra decoration DIY kit, Pahiya Festival cute magnet, Coconut sweetener, and Pahiya scented room spray in a box.

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Youno Sudo

Fiesta Philipinas was a very enjoyable event. We enjoyed a video which was filled with charms of the Philippines, cooking Habhab, Philippine traditional food, relaxing music, and so on. When I was eating Habhab with a plate and chopsticks, the hosts spoke to us, and told me to put the cuisine onto a banana leaf and to eat directly. I had never eaten food on that way, but I tried. I think it was a good experience for me because to do as people in other country do is one of the best ways to understand their culture. I had a good time and I want to participate in this event again.

Nao Kiwaki

 We had an online event called ‘Fiesta Filipinas.’
It was a project in which people from all over the world could experience the Festival in the Philippines.
What impressed me most was making PANCIT HABHAB. I enjoyed making it with all the people who joined the event via the Zoom platform.
It was so delicious!!
I was very surprised that Filipinos serve ‘PANCIT HABHAB’ on a leef and eat it without chopsticks.
I could find the difference between Japanese culture and Filipino culture.
Through the movie,I felt like I’m traveling in the Fiesta Filipinas.The decoration was very gorgeous!
Everyone looked like they were having fun and the mood was wonderful.
Thank you very much for inviting us to this event.

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Mito Kimura

Before attending this event , I didn't  know much about Philippine. Thanks for participating this festival,I could know more thing about Philippine.
I like eating food, especially Southeast Asian food, but I have never eaten Philippines food and I didn't know much about them.I am very happy
to know a little about food such as Habhab and Egg biscuits.
I wanted to really visit Lukuban someday and participate in this festival,Pahiyas.

Kanna Nagano

Thank you for teaching about the "Pahiyas Festival"!
I had a good time  to join this event. Especially,I enjoyed cooking HABHAB. It was fresh for me to eat 
without chopsticks. Someday I want to go and to eat it in the Philippines. And I want to talk with people in the Philippines about each cultures.

Aria Miki

Fiesta was a colorful festival and looked like a picture book.  I want to participate  it someday.  
I was very surprised and worried. Because I didn't hear that I would cook. Actually,  the dish was so simple that We were able to cook easily.However, I didn't understand the story well so I add all the cubes . That's why the finished dish was a little salty.However,It was delicious to me.
I was given several quizzes. However, I couldn't raise my hand because I understand only a part of story. There for I want to improve my listening English skills.

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"On September 21st, 2017, the International School Network visited the Embassy of the Philippines to interview the Ambassador, His Excellency Jose Castillo Laurel V. 
The Ambassador first talked about the origin of the country as it first consisted of tribal families who lived in the respect of nature. However, this certain lifestyle is becoming less common as many people have adjusted to the modern times in hopes for an easier life. "


H.E. Mr. Laurel V mentioned that the Philippines have similar cultural values with that of Japan as the people respect their families and the elderly. The people are taught to honor their parents and grandparents while the elderly take care of the young as they are the ones that hold the future of the Philippines. One quality he would like to bring awareness to the people of Japan is to display more love to one another. He has noticed that Japanese people, especially women, are very shy whereas the the people in the Philippines show their affection more visibly. Moreover, H.E. Mr. Laurel V hopes for Japanese people to have show more character and think for themselves.            
 Although this could have both positive and negative aspects to, it brings out the creativity from within the person. He had expressed his strong feelings towards this value by stating that we must “love [ourselves] first and then love one another.”   Finally, the Ambassador commented on how he believes that literacy is a strong tool that must be emphasized more. Those who have the ability to read and write must teach those who do not, especially about communication and understanding, which is a life skill that we all need.     By Kokoro

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