Dr. Rosita G. Galang, professor emeritus (International & Multicultural Education)
Dr. Rosita G. Galang (USF Professor Emeritus, International & Multicultural Education) was the keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Filipino Education Center (FEC) Galing Bata/Quality Children Filipino Bilingual Program at the Bessie Carmichael School (San Francisco Unified School District). The celebration was held on November 10, 2011 at the St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
Since 2001, this linguistically and culturally relevant and responsive after school and summer program for the children and families of Bessie Carmichael School/FEC has promoted the development of a healthy Filipino-American identity, as well as an appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism.
The celebration commemorated a decade of Filipino core values of Gabay (Quality Guidance), Lingap (Quality Care), and Bantay (Quality Protection). Speaking before the students, graduates, parents, teachers, and administrators of the program, Dr. Galang highlighted the role of the program in the celebration of the Filipino language and culture and underscored the advantages of maintaining the heritage language and using it as a medium of instruction.