Last Glance at 2020

Twenty-twenty has been really tough on everyone — businesses, families, individuals, especially on old people and those living by themselves. Although, I have to admit that, as an introvert, I was a teeny tiny bit ecstatic in the very beginning, when confinement and social distancing were imposed by the government. I also had no problem about frequently washing my hands and applying hand sanitizers all the time, as I have always been a bit of a germaphobe who is even wary about touching door knobs and handrails in public areas. But then, as the days of confinement went on, and an actual second wave of confinement arrived, I was starting to get fed up, just like most of the rest of the world.

Christmas season has never been more challenging. This is a once-a-year event that people really look forward to. My whole family had to take the COVID test before meeting with the rest of the clan, just to be safe about not having to infect each other during the festivities. And like most families, we also had to avoid meeting personally with the more senior members of the family since they are the ones who are most at risk if they acquire the virus.

In this issue of the AFPMP newsletter, we tried to create some fun, light-hearted articles and videos that will hopefully ease the troubles brought about by the crise sanitaire, as we (almost fondly) call it here in France.

We have videos of some fun celebrations together. But most of the celebrations and events this year, were of course done virtually. Nevertheless, the festive and cheerful atmosphere were neither lost nor dampened in all the gatherings.

We also feature an indigenous script native to the Kapampangans in the Philippines. It is interesting to note that there are more than 300 languages and dialects in total all over the islands. And so it does not really come as a suprise that Baybayin was not the only script available to the natives long before colonialization. It is also fascinating that there are groups all over the internet keeping Kulitan, Baybayin and other indigenous scripts of the Philippines alive.

We feature a fun profile of one of the few “male” Filipinos living in Toulouse, a famous travel destination in the Philippines, and some news on upcoming events and activities.

Happy reading, and happy new year! 🙂

Rio Sebastian

Editor-in-chief

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