This is cute.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila today launched a new video mini-series on YouTube, called Kwentuhan Tayo, Pinoy-Style! This mini-series features six American diplomats speaking about their lives in the Philippines in Filipino. It is the first Filipino-language video series to be offered by the Embassy.
“Speaking the local language allows our diplomats to communicate with Filipinos at a much deeper level,” explained Public Affairs Officer Robin Diallo. “While most Filipinos do speak English, the U.S. Embassy understands the importance of making the effort to learn a Filipino language.”
U.S. diplomats often spend several months ahead of a new assignment in language training, learning the language and culture of the country where they will serve. Many U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Embassy – including Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. – continue to study the Filipino language even after they arrive in Manila.
The introductory episode of Kwentuhan Tayo, Pinoy-Style! released today offers a glimpse into some of the upcoming episodes in the mini-series, which will explore the lives of these American diplomats living in Manila:
– Dustin, who spends his weekends volunteering with local communities in Pasay
– Chris, whose grandfather was an American clergyman who came to the Philippines in the
– David, who loves to try new Filipino foods in his Malate neighborhood
– Kevin, a consular officer who was himself an immigrant to the United States
– Steve, who has traveled extensively in the Philippines
– Dina, a staff aide to the U.S. Ambassador who learned Filipino from her grandmother as a
The public can catch the introductory episode and future episodes of Kwentuhan Tayo, Pinoy-Style! on the U.S. Embassy Manila YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/