I had this whole other blog draft about TEDxKatips and Kape’t Guro, but it felt stuffy and boring, so I’m scrapping that and making a new one because my brain’s on a roll and I can’t stop thinking. Unfortunately, I’m on my mobile phone, which makes my typing so much slower than my regular superfast touch-typing skills. Yes, I’m arrogant about the small things. Shush now.
And that’s precisely the kind of attitude that the aforementioned events try to dispense with. The world does not need arrogance. The world needs compassion. The Philippines needs compassion. We need compassion. We need a revolution. We need inspiration. Both those events reminded me of that.
The organizers of TEDxKatips did an excellent job of planning everything and selecting the perfect speakers to inspire regular folk like myself that they, ahem, WE could start modern-day revolutions for our country, too. After all, if there’s one thing aside from singing that we Filipinos are good at, it’s starting revolutions.
In my previous post, I said my revolution will be for Philippine literature. However, I think my original application essay to get into the TEDx event had something to do more with education than literature. I was worried about the change because it betrayed the fickle side of personality, which is not very encouraging for me and my desire to start a revolution. Thankfully, with the announcement today at work, I think I can safely say now that my two passions–literature and teaching–can both be central in my revolution.
My goal is to get more people to read Philippine literature. I must admit that even I don’t read much Philippine lit. The last Philippine novel I read was “Smaller and Smaller Circles,” if I’m not mistaken… and that was years ago! I’m ashamed of myself for neglecting my beloved country’s beautiful literature, so I plan on rectifying the situation. How? Hm. I shall type as my brain thinks.
I started a Jane Austen book club with my friends who all loved her work. We’ve only had two meetings so far, but both have been very stimulating. Since Austen wrote only 6 novels, I shall propose to my group that we discuss a piece of Philippine literature like a short story, novel, or collection of poems by a local author at least twice a year. I just hope they will welcome the idea.
Another thing I can do is to write about the local things I read. I’ve written about books on this blog, but I’ve never written about local literature. Again, shameful, I know, so I’m working on it. If you want to give me ideas on what local book I can read, then I beg you. Don’t be shy. Leave a comment here. I need all the ideas I can get.
As for education, thanks to a recent announcement, I don’t have to wait 2-3 years to get back into teaching. I’ll use the class time to also share some books I’ve read and liked such as “Smaller and Smaller Circles” or “Adventures in a Time of War” which we took up in class last school year.
Kape’t Guro, the other event I mentioned, got me back in touch with the teacher in me. I like my current job, but I’m thankful it’s only temporary. I thought I had accepted this new assignment that I actually volunteered for, but the reality is that this new job has me on edge constantly, and it was my first Kape’t Guro session (incidentally their 5th already) that helped me be at peace with it.
The Kape’t Guro series of modules was the brainchild of my friend Raquel Cabrieto of Teachables, Inc. She and Teachables teamed up with My Masterpiece Movement who prepared and facilitated the different modules. The one I attended was called “Play Fully,” and it was, well, moving. We played this Helium Hoop game, which, even though all we needed to do was get that darned hula hoop down on the ground (more difficult than it sounds), got us all sweaty from the effort.
The module reminded me that we can treat life as a game, and it was up to me to decide whether I was going to lose because I focus on the negative or win because of a positive attitude. In my current situation, I’ve been letting the work get me down, but then I realized I had all these beautiful and wonderful people around me who were constantly lending a hand or cheering me on, and I was ignoring all their support because I was dwelling in my own sea of misery. Well, okay, that was a tad bit melodramatic. Point is: Kape’t Guro reminded me and got me to switch perspectives. That session, and all those beautiful people there, helped ease this burden I couldn’t and wouldn’t share with others. To them I am grateful eternally.
I’ve made it a point now to attend the remaining sessions. I’ve been humbled, yes. I’ve been recharged, renewed, and refreshed, and since I’m going back to teaching next year, I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get. 🙂
There will be a second TEDxDiliman this September. For more details, click here.
The next Kape’t Guro session will be on July 21.
//and this is the last time i’ll start a post on my mobile. this post started out on my phone and was finished/edited on a decent computer.