Twenty men, women and children from the Badjao Community at Purok 4, Tambacan, Iligan City were guests during the culminating activity of Education 101N Social Dimension of Education classes under Dr. Rizalina Gomez titled “The Badjaos: A Glimpse of their Culture” last October 15 at the College of Education Amphitheater. They performed song and dance numbers and their leader, Ronnie Asani answered questions from students in the forum mostly about their origin, means of living, cultural activities, religious affiliation and education.
Charina Haynes, a CPRT (Certificate for Professional Teaching) student and chair of the steering committee said, “they are an interesting people and we don’t know much about them though they are scattered in our city.” The CPRT students personally visit their community at Tambacan and danced with the women and children. Dr. Gomez said it is the first-of-its-kind activity at the CED and hopes that the link with the Badjaos in Iligan will be furthered as a part of the CED’s social service function. The Badjaos have no access to stable education but they dream to be schooled. Asani was grateful for the invitation and it’s their first time to visit the Institute where they were warmly welcomed.