17 February 2023, Singapore – The Philippine Embassy Cultural Section visited the National University of Singapore Stephen Riady Center, UTown on 17 February 2023 for the mOSAic@NUS Fest which included a Philippine booth courtesy of Barangay NUS.
Established in 2021, Barangay NUS – NUS Filipino Cultural Club, a diverse and inclusive club welcoming both Filipinos and non-Filipinos, strives to foster the immersion of Filipino culture at a wider reach within the NUS community. Barangay in English means village or community and that’s what the club wants to embody.
The booth featured a sari-sari store, a neighborhood sundry store that became an integral part of every Filipino’s life selling a variety of items ranging from basic commodities missing from every Filipino household’s pantry, wherein sachets of nuts, flavorings, shampoo and local sweets and chips were displayed. Barangay NUS also sampled some Filipino snacks like kakanin, taho and lumpia to the booth visitors.
On regular days, some of the club’s activities also include Welcome Tea, Harana, and Balikbayan picnic, among others.
During the visit, the Cultural Section extended its support to Barangay NUS club by inviting them to the Sentro Rizal and the Embassy’s future activities on culture, language and heritage. The Embassy also mentioned that it has cultural materials that can be loaned outside its premises for the purpose of showcasing Filipino culture and heritage in Singapore.
The club is composed of NUS undergraduate students, mostly third-generation Filipinos, exchange students from the Philippines, as well as non-Filipinos who take great interest in Filipino culture. The club adviser is a fellow kababayan Dr. Eugene Macalinga, Lecturer, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
mOSAic@NUS is a month-long activity celebrating the diversity at NUS by providing a platform for the students to share their cultural and religious practices. The mOSAic Fest, on the other hand, showcases different cultures and religions such as Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Malay, Myanmar cultures, among others. (END)