23 November 2022, Singapore – The Philippines was among the featured countries in “Little Globetrotters”, a Chinese-language kids’ infotainment series that gives children in Singapore the opportunity to learn more about the culture of other countries. It was aired on Saturday, 12 November 2022, at 10:00 AM on OKTO, a weekend Mandarin children’s program block on Mediacorp’s Channel 8.
Hosted by two Singaporean kids and a travel guide, the program aims to give Singaporean children the chance to experience foreign cultures without going abroad by discovering the food and traditions of different countries that are part of the Singaporean community.
In this twenty minute-long episode, the two kids went on a colorful trip of the Philippines by starting their journey at the Alkaff bridge, Singapore’s first art bridge, located in Robertson Quay. The bridge, painted in vibrant colors by the late Filipino artist Pacita Abad, symbolizes the enduring friendship between Singapore and the Philippines. The artwork was repainted in June 2019 as one of the yearlong commemorative events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore.
The hosts then proceeded to the HFSE International School, the first Filipino-run school in Singapore, for fun activities including a mask-creating workshop featuring the Masskara Festival of Bacolod, and a dance workshop featuring tinikling, a traditional Filipino dance using two long bamboo poles tapped against the ground with the dancers imitating the movement of tikling birds.
After their activity at the HFSE, the kids went to Clarke Quay to try a communal-style buffet of delicious Filipino food of mussels, chicken inasal, pork adobo, lumpiang shanghai, pancit canton, steamed vegetables and garlic rice served on fresh banana leaves The kamayan style dining or boodle fight is named after the Filipino “army style” of eating where bare hands are used for eating, since it would not have been convenient to carry utensils. Filipino food was greatly influenced by the Spanish, American, and Chinese origins.
Following their sumptuous meal, the kids went to a Filipino family’s home to make a parol, a star-shaped lantern that signals the start of Christmas in the Philippines. They were also treated to popular Filipino snacks such as sapin-sapin, puto bumbong, and the iconic halo-halo, an iced dessert similar to Singapore’s kacang.
To cap off the episode, the kids were treated to rondalla music and tried their hand in using different string instruments. The hosts stated that it was a treat to experience Philippine culture for the day.
The Philippine Embassy continues to work with media outfits and government institutions in Singapore as part of its cultural diplomacy program.
The episode (in Mandarin) can also be watched at meWATCH on this website: http://bit.ly/3E2vT3Q – END.