Ikaw-Ako Training Center- A center with a cause. It is indeed a fruitful experience having been involved in a
foundation that has a purpose. I am one of the teachers of the center that facilitates Japanese students in
learning English and also learning some of the common ways of living of Silaynons in the beautiful city of Silay.
The students or should I say the trainees of the center are really friendly and enthusiastic making it easy for
me to converse in a natural yet enjoying chats. We do have huge age gaps but it didn’t hinder the enjoyment
during the course of their stay in Negros. We had a lot of educational talkings, sharing of experiences and lives.
Moreover, the showcase of smiles and laughter that lightens the morning mood of gloominess into a blossoming
new adventure of day to day experiences of their stay.
Indeed the days spent were really memorable that it went vivid into the minds of the students and of course with
the teachers. The eagerness of each and every individual of the center brought a helping hand in making the stay
I wasn’t able to witness the group classes held outside the center; nevertheless, their stories during class hours
about those experiences made me feel proud of the memorable and the unforgettable events and activities they had.
Every day was an efficient and effective sharing of knowledge-may it be English or cultural sharings between Japan
and Philippines. It was an educational stay for both parties.
It is just the fun way of learning. English indeed is a global language that make communication possible but the
oneness of the heart makes it achievable to reach those other impossibilities that language communication can’t
achieve. In addition to that, Japanese who is learning the dialect of Silaynon is really overwhelming because it
shows how interested they are to the culture and the reason behind the smiles of the natives of Silay amidst trials
and predicaments. These are the natural gifts that is innate to each of us! Truly, I am treasuring these events of
my life together with the center.
Diana del Rosario