THE University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) sent six Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) students to an educational tour in Tan Trao University in Vietnam on September 24 to October 4, 2017.
As part of their SPE 109 subject or International Folk Dance, Raymond D. Aberia, Dona Clea M. Bastareche, Jasmine Jane G. Bongco, Noreen S. Duhaylungsod, Michael Andrei A. Sameon, and Yvonne Lape, together with Dr. Benjie Q. Badon as their head, represented the Philippines in a dance workshop showcasing the traditional dances of Asian countries such as the Philippines, Laos, Vietnam, China, and Korea.
Among the highlights of the trip include the Cultural Appreciation Night, where delegates from USeP performed folk dances depicting Filipino cultures to foreign audiences, who also proudly demonstrated their traditional dances. To fully immerse in the cultures of different countries, the delegates shared the relevance of the dance, including the values embodied by each choreography.
In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of Vietnam’s biggest festivals, delegates from USeP performed in the streets. Eventually, they were invited to perform for hospital-based children, whom the delegates enthralled with their Filipino folk dance.
The delegates from USeP also explored museums and historical sites around Tuyen Quang Province, in addition to learning foreign cultures and practices through folk dance. A visit to the temples of Ha and Kiep Bac and the Pagod Cave also enlightened the delegates on the religious practices of the Vietnamese, whom they regarded as very welcoming and friendly people.
Although challenging at first, the students eventually found excitement in learning how to speak the Vietnamese language, singing the Bôn Phuong Troi, and tasting flavorful cuisines.
To the students, the trip granted them not only the opportunity to travel, but also the chance to build international linkages and promote the talents, values, and cultures of the Filipinos through dance. It was an unforgettable journey, an experience that will make their college years truly worth remembering.
The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), as part of its internationalization program, has entered a Memorandum of Agreement with Tan Trao University. This initiative aims to strengthen USeP’s international ties for collaborations in the future. (USeP PR)