Suyomano to host “Buwan ng Wika: A Celebration of Filipino languages”

by Zia Kalong

NEW YORK – Suyomano, in partnership with Sentro Rizal and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., will host a special month-long celebration of Buwan Ng Wika: A Celebration of Filipino languages.

Every weekend in August, starting August 7, Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, and Ilonggo languages will be presented by Suyomano’s instructors and facilitators. Premiering on Saturday, the celebration will be launched by Mary Lou Cunanan of Suyomano. The Philippine Embassy Charge D’Affaires Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr. will remark on the Importance of Celebrating Buwan ng Wika.

Suyomano invites everyone to journey through the rich cultural diversity of the Philippines as you brush up on your knowledge of the major languages of the islands. To participate, registration is required.

Suyomano is a Filipino virtual platform focused on cultural learning experiences ranging from local languages, ancient scriptwriting, indigenous tribal cultures and medicine, Philippine mythology, traditional martial arts, and beyond. They believe that bringing forth the best Filipino cultural heritage will spark a global movement that will connect people worldwide through cultural understanding.

Program Information

August 7 – 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
August 8 – 6:00 AM Manila Time
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6:00 – 6:10 PM – Introduction by Mary Lou Cunanan of Suyomano
6:10 – 6:20 – Philippine Embassy Speaker on the Importance of Celebrating Buwan ng Wika – Charge D’Affaires Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr.

6:20 – 6:30 – Filipino Cultural Speaker Discussing Background About Major Languages in the Philippines – Traveling Salakot

6:30 – 7:15 – Introduction to the Filipino Language by Rona Co

Rona Co is a Philippine-based screenwriter by profession. She co-wrote some of the most talked-about ABS-CBN teleseryes you may have seen on iWant-TFC such as The Legal Wife, Forevermore, A Love To Last, and Ngayon at Kailanman. With her experience in writing for Philippine television, she was also able to crossover to the big screen. She co-wrote I Love You, Hater, First Love, and the massive hit Hello, Love, Goodbye, the Philippines’ current top-grossing film of all time.

Rona finished her Bachelor’s Degree major in Advertising Management at the De La Salle University, where she also took Master of Arts units in Applied Media Studies. Before becoming a screenwriter, she worked as a journalist, writing and curating stories that appeal to Filipinos living abroad. She was an Editor-in-Chief of One Philippines, a news magazine with distribution in several areas in North America. Also, She worked as an Editor for Silangan Shimbun, a newspaper for Pinoys in Japan.

Ilocano Language
August 14 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
August 15 – 6:00 AM Manila Time
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6:00 – 6:45 – Ilocano 101 with Jason Oloroso

Jason hails from Ilocos Sur and fluently speaks Ilocano, Filipino, and English. He earned his degree in Business Administration at De La Salle University – Dasmariñas. He is TESOL and TOEIC certified, enabling him to teach language to schools, universities, and professional students. Jason is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as an English as Second Language (ESL) for more than 5 years. He is affiliated with Christian Language Study Center (CLSC), the Philippines ’ premier language institution in Filipino language study.

Cebuano Language

August 21 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
August 22 – 6:00 AM Manila Time
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6:00 – 6:45 – Cebuano 101 with Jhaela Manahan

Jhaela’s roots can be traced to Cebu and Lanao Del Norte, where Cebuano is used vernacular. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of the Philippines Cebu College. She is TESOL and CTEYL certified. She also has a post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is currently residing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam teaching as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher for preschoolers, primary, secondary, and university students. She has been teaching for 18 years. Her life principles drive her to create an engaging, productive, and memorable class experience for her students.

Ilonggo Language

August 28, 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
August 29, 6:00 AM Manila Time
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6:00 – 6:45 Ilonggo 101 with Cristy Ealdama

Cristy hails from Iloilo City and fluently speaks Hiligaynon, Filipino and English. She is a graduate of BS Secondary Education major in English and History. With more than 15 years of teaching experience, she has been teaching English as Second Language (ESL) around Asia, Korea, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, and Vietnam for more than a decade.

7:00 – 7:45 PM – Chavacano or Waray (TBD)

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