Learning about Filipino folklore was so much fun! The children sang a silly children’s song called “Tong, Tong, Tong, Tong, Pakitong-kitong,” in which all vowels of the words are changed to /a/ all throughout, then /e/, /i/, /o/ and /u/. The song talked about how a big and yummy crab is hard to catch in the sea.
The children learned to dance Tinikling, which imitates the movement of the bird called tikling. Two are assigned to open and close the poles while dancers cross without having their feet caught.
They also acted out “The Monkey and the Turtle” folktale after listening to it. In the story, Monkey tried to outsmart Turtle by getting the part of the banana tree with fruits and giving the other half with roots to Monkey. In the end, Turtle out-smarted Monkey by telling the latter that he would drown in the water if the latter threw him there, and Monkey did! (More photos in the Gallery)