TMA homeschool held an Araw Ng Wika last Friday. Kids performed, coops set-up booths, families brought food, and Edru Abraham, founder of KONTRA-GAPI, brought the ethnic music and dance ensemble of UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters to perform and conduct a workshop for the kids.
KONTRA-GAPI stands for Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino. They use ideophones such as kulintang, gangsa, tongatong and kalutang; chordophones like the hegalong, kulibet, gitgit, and kuritang; aerophones such as the diwdiw-as, esmi, tonggali, and suling; and membranophones like the dabakan, sulibao and Cordillera drums of varying sizes and shapes. They also use the human body as a percussion instrument through applause, stomping, chest pounding, clicking and other means.
Our family enjoyed the festivities of the Araw Ng Wika and being with other homeschool families. It was great to see homeschoolers come together to celebrate all things Filipino with pride!