KAPAMPANGAN CENTER ON WHEELS

While the Center is being visited daily by busloads of students from schools in Pampanga, Manila and other provinces, there is still a need to bring the advocacy to those who do not have access to us. Thus, our traveling exhibit, in which we bring to the visited school panels showing various aspects of Kapampangan history and culture, judges and cash prizes for a Kapampangan singing contest (which we require the visited school to hold), and a donation of Kapampangan-themed books, magazines and CDs for the library (which we require to set up a Kapampangan section). We also convince the visited school to enrich their library’s Kapampangan section by requiring their faculty and students to collect/donate/loan the following to their library: (1) old photographs, documents, books, newspapers and other materials that have significance to the history of their barrio or town; (2) music sheets or cassette recording of old Kapampangan songs; (3) manuscripts of Kapampangan poems, stories, zarzuelas, kuriru, crissotan, diaries and autobiographies; (4) cultural artifacts like old farming/fishing implements, household items, personal effects, paintings, etc. In addition, we convince the visited school to require students to interview their grandparents about their personal experiences and recollections, draw their family tree, and collect Kapampangan words and their meanings. Lastly, we encourage the teachers and administrators of the visited school to stop penalizing students who speak kapampangan, and to incorporate Kapampangan elements in their syllabus/curriculum, cultural programs, games and other school activities.