Prutas Pilipinas… a good way to teach your kids about local fruits, our language and to love what we have in the Philippines!
We had a meeting with Zeeka’s Filipino teacher; the school has this occasional meeting of parents and teachers. Zeeka’s doing well in her class but the suggestion was really to have her practice more in the house.
A good way to practice with your kids is through singing. The remember things better when taught in a fun way. I remember that the first song that she sang in Filipino was “Bahay Kubo”. Recently, came across a new Filipino Folk song about our local fruits called “Prutas Pilipinas”. The music was created by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, lyrics by Noel Ferrer and performed by The Company (I love The Company!!!). The song was created in collaboration with local juice brand, Locally, and aims to educate and celebrate one of the best things we as Filipinos can be proud of – our fruits.
Locally’s mission is to honor our Filipino farmers and their crops. This is very admirable as we need to support the agriculture industry in the Philippines. Also, our kids need to be aware of the different fruits that we have in our own country.
“Nature, music, and science come together in our song “Prutas Pilipinas”. What better way to celebrate life than to sing a song about our fruits that give us life!” says Ryan Cayabyab.
A way to spread more knowledge about something we all eat every day, “Prutas Pilipinas” not only names popular fruits, like mangoes, melons, and grapes but also more unique ones like chico, mangosteen, and dragonfruit. The song also mentions how nutritious and good these local fruits are, Locally’s way of championing what is proudly our own.
“I thought that it would be a good opportunity to start from basic fruits and expand it to a collective push for a healthy nation – para sa masigla, magaling at masayang Pilipinas. The genius of our National Artist Mr. Cayabyab, as shown in the excellent music, and the exceptional vocal quality and harmony of The Company made the song truly fun, dynamic, and meaningful,” shares Noel Ferrer.
“Prutas Pilipinas is that rare moment in OPM where we get to tick all of the right boxes. This contemporary folk song is entertaining, educational and edifying. Transcending merely sensory enjoyment, this song becomes a pro-active participant in nation-building,” says The Company founding member, Moy Ortiz.
The song has three versions – the first is the main song which has already been released and is quickly growing in popularity on Spotify. Set to be released soon, the second version integrates a little bit of “bugtungan” at the song’s beginning, while the third version is short and easy to memorize, made to be shared in schools nationwide through DepEd.
I love that Locally is helping out in this initiative. I used to pass by the stall near Mind Museum to buy Locally juices for Zeeka. You can buy Locally juices from all leading convenience stores and supermarkets. For more
information, you may visit @Locally_PH on Instagram and Facebook.
With this initiative, I hope our children will appreciate our language and the resources that we have in the Philippines more!