Monday, July 09, 2007

If Only the Imaginary Camp Filipino Located on a Fictional Site Quite Near My Home Was Not Imaginary

Some friends recently sent their kids to Japanese Camp for three weeks of, well, Japanese culture and stuff. I was seized with envy, immediately Googled "Filipino Camp," and fully expected to find one in Daly City. Alas, no. I did find something called Filipino Heritage Camp in Colorado, which appears to be for children who are adopted from the Philippines. That's all good and well, but I'm now making a formal request to...I don't know what they're called—camp inventors?...for a camp in which the American-born children of American-born Filipinos can be immersed in Filipino-ness with the express goal of, um, Filipinoization. Oh, and the camp should be located within extremely short walking distance of my home.

I kid! I would happily trek far and wide if such a thing existed. Especially after the following bedtime exchange with Lea:

Her: I like being Filipino.
Me: Really?
Her: Yes. I like the lumpia part of being Filipino.
Me (sighing): Same here.

I can already imagine the first day's curriculum! Language, legends, folksongs, art, dance! Groovy snacks! Piko (okay, I guess I could do this myself)! And some other stuff! Stuff that I don't know about! Which is why this imaginary camp would be so fantastically wonderful!

My Dad did his best in my backyard the other day, teaching the girls some simple words. But then, of course, they wanted to know how to say "butt," and then of course my Dad told them, and then of course they thought it was hilarious because, let's face it, the word for "butt" is very, very hilarious.

I bet you're saying it right now. Uh-huh. Try to keep from laughing.

9 comments:

cornshake said...

i said it. and i was giggling to myself.

kmargrett said...

same here. =P

weez said...

What a sorry filipina am I. I don't even remember the word...and mom and dad are in Morocco.

weez said...

I remembered! in the banyo. (of course)

ver said...

Geez, weez, you need Camp Filipino more than we do!

As for cornshake and km, I think I can hear them laughing from here...

thelastnoel said...

YOu know, I think, here in Los Angeles, there's Filipino school. On weekends, kids can go and hang out in Filipinotown and do...Filipino stuff, I guess.

B. said...

Filipino camp for Izzy this summer was... well, the Philippines! (But if "Filipinoization" without the humidity and the mosquitoes is your goal -- you ought to sell the idea to some Bay Area entrepreneur...)

ver said...

That's it, Noel! The camp will officially be called "Camp Filipino Stuff." Sunny and I will be partners in the venture, which will no doubt be a huge success and afford us the opportunity to fund a writer's colony for Pinoy and Pinoy-friendly boogers. I mean "bloggers."

So brrrrrrrilliant!

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