For Ara ng Lahi 2017, the Bacolod homeschoolers trooped together for a morning of learning. We tackled local culture in our Negros Museum tour here in Bacolod City.
Araw ng Lahi 2017: Negros Museum Tour
As a group, the Bacolod Homeschoolers Network is continually finding activities that could enhance learning experiences. These should also foster camaraderie among the kids.
This August, in line with the country’s celebration of Buwan ng Wika, we had our little celebration. We held our very own Negros Museum tour for Araw ng Lahi 2017.
We gathered our kids for a simple Negros Museum tour. It included insights about the exhibit entitled Sugidanon: 10 Epics of Panay. We let our children wear traditional Filipino costumes for kids, like what students do during school programs.
The Sugidanon Exhibit of Ang Panublion Museum goes to The Negros Museum in Bacolod City.
The 10 epics of Panay is a celebration of Visayan literature. These include “Tikum Kadlum”, “Amburukay”, “Derikaryong Pada”, “Balanakon”, “Kalampay”, and “Pahagunong or Pawikan”. Plus, there’s “Pagbihag ni Labaw Donggon kay Sinagnayan”, “Humadapnon”, “Alayaw”, and “Buruhisan”. The exhibit will run until September 30 at the Negros Museum.
A Guided Tour
The tour started with the guide explaining the murals about Negros around the museum walls. Then we proceeded to the Sugidanon exhibition.
We also toured the JGM Gallery where a toy collection from 65 different countries is housed. There are more exhibits on the second floor but the kids were getting restless with the heat. Instead, we just went there for a photo op with a locomotive from Victorias Milling Company.
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Our tour ended with snacks at an air conditioned room called Tuklas. The kids had native delicacies like puto and cuchinta. There was also a storytelling session.
Since we are a community composed of kids ages 3 to 11, some of the young kids got bored for a while. The heat and humidity also got to them because the museum is not airconditioned. Thankfully, everything got better when they settled in the function room to rest.
We were also entertained by fellow homeschoolmate, Johann Tan. Johann is totally blind. He was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma when he was only 10 months old and he is being homeschooled for specialized training. He is blessed with a beautiful voice.
What is retinoblastoma?
Retinoblastoma is a cancer that starts in the retina, the very back part of the eye. It is a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye. It’s the most common malignant cancer of the eye in children, and is almost exclusively found in young children. While most patients survive this cancer, they may lose their vision in the affected eye(s). However, they may need to have the eye removed.
A Homeschooling Community
It is wonderful to see our young children grow up together as friends in this small community. Moreover, the parents help each other while the kids also help take care of each other.
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We are looking at doing more activities together to strengthen and cultivate the friendships. For more information about the Bacolod Homeschoolers Network, follow our page: BacolodHomeschoolersNetwork
About the Negros Museum Tour
For more information, visit the
Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City 6100
Negros Occidental, Philippines
- Kids: P150 entrance fee with snacks
- Adults: P80 without snacks