Here in the Philippines, the month of August is designated as “Buwan ng Wika” (Filipino Language Month), which is also the time for many schools to prepare different culminating activities to their students that will introduce the rich culture, heritage, and identity through our languages.
The theme for this year’s Buwan ng Wika is “Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino.” This aims to help raise awareness about indigenous languages’ role in promoting Philippine development and forming the country’s identity.
Last month, our Newsfeeds were filled with photos and videos of students wearing their chosen Filipino traditional costumes as part of the scheduled activities, which is often during the culmination program at the end of the month-long celebration.
But the traditional costume of this student from Cebu really stood up among the rest for his very unique idea of literally adding life to his Sarimanok-inspired costume.
Recently on Facebook, the video of this student named Janelle Sandoval from University of the Visayas in Dalaguete, Cebu, has gone viral. It shows the male student modeling his “Maranao legendary bird” costume that comes with a live chicken as a headdress.
The viral video was shared by Janelle’s friend Marlou Sanoy II last August 29, which now has more than 399kviews, on Facebook.
It can also be seen in the video that while he’s walking to flaunt his traditional costume, the live chicken on his head tried to keep its balance and sometimes wave its wings, which added more life to his Sarimanok-inspired outfit and amazed their entire school.
According to a report, Janelle decided to borrow his father’s bantam chicken and used it as headdress since he only had an hour left before the said event starts.
Janelle also wrote a post on his account to thank all those who praised his unique costume, as well as the Facebook pages who shared his photos and viral video.