Module 2: How Can I Remember Home?

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Filipino culture has a rich mythology and folklore, which has been the inspiration of Filipinx Canadian playwrights, artists, gamers, and storytellers. Students will learn about the meaning of oral tradition and its importance within a culture by thinking and responding to questions of how storytelling functions to preserve culture. They will examine how voice is used to communicate ideas to a specific audience and will apply that knowledge to the production of a monologue using artefacts that are attributed to the Filipino culture. Students will be familiarized with the myths and folklore from various regions of the Philippines. They will have the opportunity to hone their creative thinking and writing skills as they create stories that compliment the myths and folklore they learn about. The question of “how can I remember home” will continue to be explored through a media analysis of how corporations exploit the memory of home by appealing to emotional attachments of home.

Key terms: Filipino mythology, Filipino folklore, Through the Bamboo, home, diaspora, voice, Islands and Aswangs, oral tradition, backstory, Filipino commercials, media literacy

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Download an except from Islands and Aswangs, Edited by Dot Manuel, here.

(Kapisanan Philippine Centre, Toronto 2017)

Except Credits:

  • “Diwata”, writing by Jillian Hernandez, artwork by Jashley Tapecaria
  • “Mambabarang”, artwork and writing by Beatriz Leuterio
  • “Tikbalang” artwork by Keet Geniza, writing by Rachel Evangeline Chiong
  • “Aswang”, artwork by Beatriz Leuterio (Night Form), writing by Mary Joy Pascua (Night Form), artwork by Marie Sotto (Day Form), writing by John Smith (Day Form)
  • “Tiyanak”, artwork by Krista Barleta, writing by Sarah Quinto
  • “Bungisngis”, artwork by Krista Barleta, writing by Sarah Quinto

Visit Islands and Aswangs to learn more about this amazing publication!