Mia Casino, a mother of three, posted her eldest daughter’s video, singing a ‘tagalog’ translated version of ‘America the Beautiful’; and as I asked her why (the song was translated), she said it was a way to show how Asia Martin Casino, a 10th Grader choir member at The Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, felt strongly about expressing her concern for the devastated Filipinos during the typhoon Haiyan super storm, better known to the Philippines as the ‘Yolanda’ typhoon.
Born and raised in the United States, a family like Asia’s, with parents that exert extra effort in instilling their original language to their children indeed have the wise intention of keeping their roots within reach, not only to allow knowledge of their beginning, but to be able to maintain the conservative culture that serves as the foundation of their ancestral heritage.
While it is true that as a US citizen, she is in the land of milk and honey, Asia felt strongly ‘duty-bound’ to do her part, the way the United States of America – without hesitation – sent aide to the Philippines, and so did the whole world; and in return, she thought of linking the two countries, by composing and translating the song to a Tagalog version to show appreciation to the US and dedicate the product to the Philippines.
"For the Filipino-Americans, born Americans but likewise proud to be Filipinos, YOU ARE “Pride of Pinoys !!!” Thank you for singing the translated version of the song "America the Beautiful", in your ancestral Language: the TAGALOG. This demonstrates an act definitely something to be proud about.
Asia Casino, fluently speaks Tagalog at home, and answers back in Tagalog to people, Filipino or not, speaking to her in the language. She also joined The Las Vegas Filipiniana Dance Company, a volunteer group that dances and promotes Philippine cultural dance recently; her way to bond and expose herself to Filipino customs and traditions. Her message encourages parents to do the same as she says: "Speak TAGALOG with PRIDE !”, allowing Fil/Am children to know, understand and maintain the traditions, because knowing the past will prove knowing better how to plan the future.
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