ALP: The United Kingdom
by Elijah Nicole B. Miller
Last November 2014, another Alternative Learning Program
(ALP) was held for the Povedans. A group of about 50
students journeyed over 10,000 miles with a destination
of United Kingdom. For many years, these girls have
been studying the
wonderful history of the English and to finally immerse
themselves to the real physical thing was priceless.
What was once only names from books or places in presentations
came to life with every stop they travelled to. These
able to further appreciate everything they have come
to know about the Brits and gain a global perspective
on history, culture and even the world today.
On the first day, they were immediately thrown into
English culture and history. One of the first stops
was the Parliament Square, the home of democracy. The
trip also offered the Povedans the opportunity to be
a tourist in England and Scotland. Visiting the famous
Big Ben, Glasgow, Hadrians Wall, Edinburgh Castle
and Stonehenge let the students truly experience the
rich history of the country.
Each story and brief introduction added to the appreciation
of each student for the human race. Every exhale came
with a sigh of awe as the students took in the wonderful
Another moment wherein pages from their textbook came
to life was visiting Shakespeares House at
Stratford upon Avon. He was only a writer of some of
the most influential literature of contemporary
works such as Romeo & Juliet, Othello and Merchant
of Venice. From the classroom, Shakespeare was merely
a voice telling his story. However, this learning
program was able to make the travelers experience Shakespeares
The next few days the girls were able to visit different
universities such as schools in Bath, Cambridge and
Oxford. The tour introduced the concept of the British
education system. This was meant to institute the different
opportunities of studying abroad and its advantages
and disadvantages. For some, it was enough to appreciate
not only their system but also the architecture and
history of some of the oldest schools of the world.
Oxford has even existed long before the Aztec civilization
was established. This showed their advanced technology
and rapid development.
Being a guest to the British people, they were able
to represent the school and meet the Philippine Ambassador
of England, his excellency, Mr. Enrique A. Manalo.
They learned about the role of the Philippine government
in assuring the comfort and ease of Filipino citizens
residing. They promote Philippine tourism and further
aid Overseas Filipino Workers. It was evident that the
embassy is pertinent and definitely endeavors to assist
everyone to the best of their capabilities. This
opened a window wherein students can see the living
status of Filipinos abroad. This also let them value
the work of the government and the Philippine Embassy.
All in all, the Alternative Learning Program was successful
in fully immersing the students to the history, culture
and realities of other countries. After all, according
to Saint Augustine, the world is a book and those
who do not travel only read a page.
These students were able to read a whole chapter and
added another to their own book of life.