For Immediate Release
April, 8, 2009
Media Contact: Chera Amlag
Re-Claiming Culture for the Kids:
ANAK: A LITERACY AND ARTS PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION FILIPINO/A
Seattle – On Saturday, April 4, 2009 the Filipino Community of Seattle successfully hosted its first ever ANAK: Children’s Literary and Arts. Pre-school and elementary age children, along with their parents filled the Filipino Community Center Library for reading hour and arts and crafts. They listened to myths and tales from the “Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories” book, colored pictures of of Filipino heroes including Gabriela Silang, Andres Bonifacio and Jose Rizal while enjoying a light snack. The children also learned the meaning of the Filipino flag as they decorated their personal Filipino suns with glitter glue.
“What I like most about the program is how it blends literacy with [Filipino] history, a history that my children won’t learn at school,” said Chris Nuez, parent. The Philippines has a rich culture and history that all generations of Filipinos and Filipino Americans should have access to, as well as other children who are interested in learning about other cultures. ANAK was created to promote literacy to help ensure our children will have the skills to always read about their culture, history and traditions, while also promoting pride in their identity.
The program concluded with mentors from the FILSTAR Program and volunteers from The Sisterhood of Pi Nu Iota or “Ates” reading to the children one-on-one. Each child walked away with a stack of free books from the library they hand picked themselves.
The next ANAK session is on Saturday, May 2, 2009. ANAK is held every first Saturday of each month from 12:30-2:30pm at the Filipino Community Center 1670 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Seattle. The program is open to all children. Each month will highlight a book about the Philippines or written by a Filipino/a author followed by arts and crafts. The ANAK Program is seeking artists or crafty people to lead the arts and crafts hour. If you are interested in volunteering for ANAK, please contact Chera Amlag or Jeff Rice at fcschildren@gmail.com. ###