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Maria Clara in Action

April 8, 2008, marked the EIU Asian Heritage celebration where students wore their native dresses. While the ‘baro’t saya’ I sewed for my niece fitted her, it was also small enough to be worn by a young girl. At some point, the organizers thought the color would be more suitable for a child, and the Maria Clara dress would be more appropriate for someone a little older. So, here’s Maria Clara in action; it would not be complete without the ‘Barong Tagalog’ for the male counterpart.

         

      Maria Clara dress for women                         Barong Tagalog for men

 

Students were encouraged to wear their native costumes, but it was also possible for just anyone to participate in however way necessary. Looking at the little girl, I couldn’t agree more that the exchange with my niece wearing the Maria Clara was a good call.

The Eastern Illinois University participants in their Asian Heritage celebration.

 

Here’s a closer look at the intricate designs and the very fine weaving of either  ‘jusi’ (jute) or ‘pinya’ (pineapple) cloth, both from plant material.

My niece (R) — presenting Maria Clara in action at EIU — and her friends.

Originally Posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com

“Little Manila: Filipinos in CA’s Heartland”

I must have missed this in my email yeterday…which means I’ve missed watching it last night as scheduled in LA Channel 58. Maybe I’ll find it another time. Thanks M– anyway!

Please check out the documentary, “Little Manila : Filipinos in California
‘s Heartland,” which is going to be aired nationally on select PBS Stations.
We’d love it if you could watch the program on your local station and spread
the news, too.

About the Program:
Narrated by Dean Devlin, famed Filipino-American movie producer
(Independence Day, The Patriot), the program is about the infamous
neighborhood in Stockton, CA, once called, “The City of Gold” by Filipinos.
Filled with chop-suey houses, gambling dens, and dance halls, Little Manila
was once home to the largest number of Filipino immigrants outside of the
Philippines .

The show is part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on PBS. Below
are a few broadcast dates and times, but if your station isn’t listed here,
please download the PDF schedule for broadcast times all over the US .

San Francisco Bay Area:
on KQED Channel 9 and KTEH 54 on Sunday May 4, at 1:30 PM

New York :
on WNET Channel 13 on Sunday May 4, at 7:00 PM
Monday May 5, at 4:00 AM
Friday May 9, at 11:00 PM

Los Angeles :
on KLCS Channel 58 on May 1st, at 11 PM

Boston :
on WGBH Channel 2 on Friday May 30, at 7:00 PM
Saturday May 31 at 12:00 AM
Saturday May 31 at 8:00 AM, 2:00 PM

We’re also working on another documentary about the Filipino farm workers in
Delano , CA called “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW.”
For more information on it and our other programs please go to:
http://www.mediafactory. tv.

And feel free to email us with any questions!

Sincerely,

Sheila Flores

MediaFactory
http://www.mediafactory. tv
Saul Zaentz Media Center
2600 Tenth St. Ste. 600
Berkeley CA 94710
office: 510-295-4305
screening@mediafact ory.tv

Thanks to the above original source of this email, too.

*Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com

Serendipity vs Stupidity

The year 2008 ushers me a new life that hovers between serendipity and stupidity. Looking at these 2 words makes me wonder: Where is the serenity that I thought comes with growing wiser?  Let’s have some play of words here. In serenity, just a little dip [mirror, please] of stupidity–then one has to rely on ser-en-dip-ity.

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely…that’s according to Wiki. Mr. Google seems to think hightly of Wiki as ‘he’ would always take you there first. Go and find the Prince of origin yourself.

Everytime I search for something, stupidity stares me in the face–today, pluginsfeedfooter–making me feel I am reading words I thought were English but they sound “Greek” or some sort of mathematical transcription to me. If I’m inside the classroom being graded, I’d probably get an F in flying colors. The serendipity part of it though, I came across a blog: http://www.joostdevalk.nl/make-the-scrapers-work-for-you/#comment-33414 where they actually discuss the reality of blog scraping [this far, I think I understand]. At least I can justify to myself sometimes feeling on the verge of insanity. In some crazy ways, I am coming to terms I could make the scraper work for me !

There was also an interview with WP Matt Cutts by S. Spencer, which would have been interesting and informative if only I could understand half of what they’re talking about. Again, I used to trust my knowledge of the English language, and I seldom doubted my level of comprehension; however, I couldn’t seem to go beyond the word “link“. Should you be interested, you’re better off reading this yourself: http://www.stephanspencer.com/search-engines/matt-cutts-interview 

Serenity may not come yet until I learn the FeedFooter plugin or something to that effect. Second in the wish list is using some link within my site, but I’m not sure what link in that interview [should not be more than a hundred at least] is good for google PR. I don’t even care about page rank, I only want to declutter this blog. This may have to wait until I get to the Philippines…what year???

EIU Celebrated Asian Heritage: Philippine Native Dress

Let me take you on a trip back to ancient Philippines. But for now, our travel won’t go beyond my memory as a child exposed to the different costumes worn during dance festivities showcasing folk dances from different provinces.

Yesterday [Sunday], Eastern Illinois University joined in the celebration of the Asian Heritage, and students were encouraged to dress in their native dresses. My niece, of course, had an array of choices, considering that this fragmented archipelago has rich cultural differences reflected in the day-to-day lives of its people in more ways than one, especially in their manner of dressing. Having said that, which one should she represent–the Christians, the Muslims, or the other ‘religio-ethno-linguistic’ groups? This was yesterday’s question, today it is answered below.

The Maria Clara’s popularity made me wish we’re not separated by distance to facilitate the fittings. She wouldn’t have known how to make any alterations, and without her measurement, that would be a tricky proposition. I decided to rely on whatever material was available and the least complex cut I could recreate. I believe this native dress was simply worn by the ladies in most Christian areas before the Spaniards had influenced everything that was Filipino [maybe, not really]. But then I’m only relying on my fuzzy memory more than 3 decades away from my historical facts to say the least. [This is something I plan to revisit in my future website.] 

 

Skirt with adjustable waistline and blouse could cover the elastic.

 

Blouse could be tucked in and elastic in skirt hidden with the sash.

 

Another possibility of adding color to show your own creativity.

 

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My niece just emailed [pictures later when I learn to use Feed Footer plugin] me that during the celebration yesterday, they let her wore the Maria Clara instead, and a kid wore this ‘baro’t saya’ as the color suits the youger one better. Isn’t it wonderful, I didn’t try to sweat it out with the Maria Clara? [The fitting was alright; she has the kid’s size.] I think that’s what it is–‘baro‘ technically means dress and ‘saya‘ is long skirt. This was the ancient Filipina’s day to day attire. Its simplicity may have suited the tropical climate and the poor Filipina’s lifestyle [or status] under the Spanish regime.

 

*Originally Posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com

 

Craig’s List – a flcker of hope!

Time is of the essence…is it? And, therefore, must not be wasted. Yesterday I was trying to assemble pictures to send to a prospective renter, and I thought I might as well check out Craig’s List…posting it there might have some exposure I so needed. Having prepared the draft, I thought this page could just be as good as any parking space. Better than my PC hard drive. Who knows when I’ll make it to Craig’s List? Will I even make it to Flcker? Maybe I should work harder and earn my keep!

hallwayinside hallwayBR built-in closetFrn BR

           dining arealiving roomfurnished kitchen

From the kitchen, you will see the bathroom door next to it, then another door to the cooking and laundry area.

     orange toiletcooking arealaundry area

Here’s my draft:

Fully Furnished 1-bedroom unit apartment in Fairview, Quezon City. Weekly, monthly or yearly lease rental terms available now. One block to subdivision main gate and right across from the club house. Near supermarket, schools and easy access to transportation going anywhere in Metro Manila, a mere 5-15 min. from SM Fairview, FEU Hospital/School of Nursing & Medicine, NCBA, also close by UP & Ateneo.

Weekly Rates: (Air-con Rm.) PhP 10,000 inclusive of utilities. One week stay minimum. Security deposit of Php 5,000 required but refundable upon check out ( P2,000 / day in excess of one week). Full payment upon occupancy.

*Fan rm. only available for half the price, same security deposit/terms.

Monthly Rates: (Air-con Rm.) PhP 35,000 inclusive of utilities with PhP2,000 / day in excess of one month. Security deposit of Php 15,000 required. (2-5 mos. stay, security deposit of 1 mo.required but refundable / 1 mo. advance) Required payment in full upon occupancy.

*Fan rm. only available for PhP 20,000 inclusive of utilities with P1,000 / day in excess of one month. Security deposit of Php 10,000 required. (2-5 mos. stay, same terms as above)

Long Term: 6 months minimum. (Air-con Rm.) PhP 25,000 exclusive of utilities with two months security deposit plus one month advance payment required. Refund of deposit according to terms and conditions of lease agreement.

*Fan rm. only available for PhP 20,000 exclusive of utilities with PhP1,000 / day in excess of one month. Security deposit /advance – same terms as above.

 

For long term stay, option to stay on the 3rd flr is available for PhP 5,000 less on both Fan and Air-con rooms. Contact us for unfurnished and semi-furnished units.

Rates and Terms negotiable according to preferred options. Rates may depend on furnishings and the availabilities of utilities (tel, cable, dsl).

*note: Partial deposit required to secure reservation of the unit, and balance payable upon
check-in. Serious inquiries only. Deal direct with owner.

Furnishings:

Built-in closet in bedroom
One Full/Queen size bed  (2 single beds must be requested)

Two portable mattresses may be provided upon approval
4-seater dining set with dinner wares, basic cookwares
Refrigerator & 2-burner stove

Living room set plus coffee table
TV with remote control, Cable TV

Computer/Internet connection possible, arrange for time and availability
*Air Con (in bedroom)// 2 ceiling fans (standard in every bedroom & living room)

Hot/Cold shower

 

For more information, specifications and reservations pls. do not hesitate to contact us:
e-mail: zylla3@gmail.com

Tel. #: U.S.- (714) 284-0877 [Cecilia] // Philippines- (02) 461-6917 [Elena]