Ten (10) students from Naresuan University International College (NUIC) successfully joined the 14-day cultural exchange on July 14 – 27, 2019 in San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila, Philippines along with two (2) lecturers and a staff, Ajarn Saranporn Kirdkoh, Ajarn Chayanee Suechaicharoen and Ms. Saovanee Sittisomboon accompanied the students. The ten students of NUIC included: 1) Ms. Salinthip Thongpha, 2) Ms. Nonlapan Kannika, 3) Ms. Vissuta Niyomtham, 4) Ms. Papitchaya Deesin, 5) Ms. Khanitta Jenjob, 6) Mr. Patiporn Klay-hirum, 7) Ms. Arunee Praising, 8) Ms. Supitcha Ketjaem, 9) Ms. Viphawanee Boon-Bun, and 10)Ms. Phougeune Sounthala. The President of the College, Rev. Father Nemesio Tolention and the SSC-R community warmly welcomed the group like a family.
The cultural exchange was life changing in a sense that the delegates learned the culture in the Philippines through several activities in and out of classroom. The activities consisted of cooking class, martial arts and games, and Philippine music and dance. There were also tours in different historical places in the Philippines such as the SSC-R Basilica tour, Luneta and Intramuros, National Museum and Vigan tour, a place where Spanish colonial architecture is kept up to this date. The participants also watched the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where the “SSC-R Stags” competed with another college in Manila.
Some of the highlights of the cultural exchange included the Vigan tour, the culminating activity and the “buddies.” The NUIC delegates enjoyed the historic Vigan depicting Spanish colonial architecture. On the culminating activity, participants together with their buddies from Baste performed what they learnt from the two weeks cultural exchange. Most importantly, learning from peers by having “study buddy” was one of the most interesting part of the program as the participants experienced and comprehend culture through the help of the buddy.
In conclusion, the cultural exchange is completed successfully. NUIC and SSC-R are tremendously grateful to all the people who made the program a success.