The Philippines was represented at the “2011 Listen, Learn and Live (LLL) Summer Camp” for teenagers held on August 7-12, 2011.

The LLL summer program is sponsored annually by the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ). The program was launched in 2007 during the Martin Luther King holiday celebration.

The goal of the summer camp is to build bridges of understanding among peoples of different cultures, faiths and traditions.
ICRJ believes that fear and ignorance of the different cultures can lead to prejudice, racism and even conflict, and that engaging people in learning and interacting with others can bring unity and foster peace.

Several teenagers from different ethnic communities, aside from the Filipino community, joined the summer camp.

These included youngsters from the Indian, Hispanic, European-American, Chaldean, African-American, Jewish, Native American and Muslim communities.

Basically, the first day of the camp focused on the Filipino community. There was a presentation by Phillip McRoberts of a slide show and lecture about the Philippines.

His lecture covered Philippine geography, history, people, music and children’s games.

The lunch for the participants was a taste of the Philippine cuisine. Served were “adobo,” “pansit,” rice and sweetened bananas for dessert.

This was the second year the Philippines was represented in the summer camp. Last year, the Philippine participation was coordinated by Fe San Agustin and this writer.

The Filipino-American teenagers who joined the summer camp were Christina Gaibraith of Washington, Michigan; Nicole Flake of Centerline, Michigan; and Antonette Joseph of Clinton Township, Michigan.

Filipino-Americans coordinating the Philippine participation this year included Carol Palasique and Phillip McRoberts.
Rev. Michael Curro is executive director of ICRJ, which is in charge of this summer camp for teenagers.