Paaralang PilipinoPaaralang Pilipino will mark the celebration of Filipino-American History Month (October) in Michigan with the showing of an award-winning documentary film entitled “The Gift of Barong: A Journey From Within” at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2012 at the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM) in Southfield.

Paaralang Pilipino is a flagship program of PACCM, which is currently headed by Chairperson Rebecca Tungol.

The celebration of October as FilipinoAmerican History Month was decreed by the Michigan state legislature through a proclamation issued two years ago.[box type=”default” size=”large”] To be on display at PACCM are artistically embroidered barongs [/box]Tess Tchou, Paaralang Pilipino teacher, said the celebration will also feature an exhibit that will showcase various artistically embroidered designs of the barong Tagalog, a traditional man’s formal wear.

The documentary film on the barong was written, directed and co-produced by Benito Bautista. Well produced, the film won the award for “Best Cinematography in a Documentary” in the 2006 New York Film Festival.

The film showing is being made possible by the Filipino-American National Historical Society of Michigan (FANHSMI), which is also supporting the holding of the intergenerational class, Filipino Youth Initiative (FYI), being offered at Paaralang Pilipino for children 13 years old and older.

The barong exhibit will be set up by Paaralang Pilipino students’ parents, among them Riza Antonio, Richard Talaban and Tina Mina.

To be displayed are beautiful barongs borrowed from members of the community.

According to Dr. Julieta TablanteBlanco of Grand Rapids, the barong “become an iconic symbol of fine Philippine craftsmanship.” She said, “it (barong) speaks volume of a heritage that spanned decades of multicultural influences and raw patriotism, and that’s why it is worn with pride and dignity.”

Teacher Tchou requested members of the community to lend their barongs for the display. These are to be delivered on Oct. 7 to PACCM and to be picked up at the end of the event on Oct. 14.

The event is free to the public. For further information, interested individuals or parties are asked to call PACCM at (248) 443-7037 or Tess Tchou at (313) 533-3085.