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Kanonization of Education

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43 years ago, my mother graduated from Central Philippine University (CPU), a school founded in 1905 by American Missionaries in Jaro, Iloilo.

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My mother in the picture was reminiscing her classroom days at Valentine Hall. Reverend William Valentine is the founding father of CPU

CPU is just one of the many institutions in the country founded by the Americans. The structures in the campus are just some of the many structures built or architecturally influenced by the Americans during their time.

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University of the Philippines, my alma mater, exists because of American colonization, which makes education as my favorite Americanization in the country.

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It was late afternoon when I accompanied my mother in her visit, hence the reason for the dusky look in all snapshots

Today, July 4, 2014, is a big day in USA, and the reason why I thought about CPU and the kanonization* of our education system.

*Kanonization is the term I used for Americanization in a local way. I do have that good book by Scott Garceau titled “Kano-nization: More Secrets from the X-Pat Files”. It’s about Filipino way of life that’s something of a bewilderment or humorous in the eyes of an American.

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Toy: Cassava Leaves

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Ifugao children walking home from school in Batad

These children and those before them that have passed me by on the paddy dike are holding cassava leaves by their stalks. They would discard the leaf blades and use the leaf stalks to make kwintas (necklace). I remember doing this when I was at their age.  

To these children, the mountain slopes, the rice paddies and the space underneath their houses are their playground.  Anything found within can be their toys like cassava leaves. They may not have those toys citified children have nowadays, but it’s not an unfavorable circumstance, for when it comes to objects that are used for play, it’s the imagination that counts. If a child can create something out of anything, then this sort of learned skill is even more favorable, and that makes manufactured and assembled toys not a big deal after all.

Banaue’s Folk Typography

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They serve purple rice (or black rice mixed with white) and their staple viand is pata with monggo

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Students made paper flags and stuck them in plant pots for the Philippine Independence Day last June 12

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I like their squash pandesal

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Had lunch in here after 3 hour hike from Batad, and to sustain another 3 hour trek back to Batad

Water Village: Primary School

A primary school on stilts in Kampong Ayer where students arrive and depart in motorboats. 

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In Brunei education is free

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The school is connected to the water village by this walkway. While walking here I saw a small crocodile swimming away from under where I stood

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Behind those walls students are being taught to embrace the Melayu Islam Beraja ideology

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It's not everyday one can see a school above the water

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Jetty nearest the school where students arrive and depart

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School entrance near the jetty

The Library Building

Five years ago, I took these monochrome pictures of the main library of University of the Philippines in Los Baños. This Locsin-designed structure is one of the beautiful reasons to walk around or run in the campus.

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Facade

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Corner view

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Beautiful

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