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UNIT III

Module 1
Motivation:

 1. Do you think that you will live or work outside
the Philippines someday? Why or why not?
 2. Why do so many Filipinos leave the Philippines?
What do you think are their strongest reasons for
leaving?
 3. Would you call migration a problem or a
solution? Explain your answer.
Pre-Reading:

 1. Interview one of your relatives who worked or
lived abroad.
 2. Create a scrapbook showing their experiences and
add either illustrations or photos that show what
they went through, the good things they experience,
and problems they encountered.
 3. Write your conclusion about your insights and
comments on their experiences.
Background Knowledge:

 1. Millions of Filipinos have left the Philippines in order to look
for greener pastures abroad.
 2. It is startling to discover that biggest segment of Asian-
Americans in the US is composed of Filipino-Americans.
 3. There are also Filipinos going as far as the Middle East and
Australia as health workers, teachers, entertainers, accountants,
engineers, mechanics, chefs, and domestic helpers.
 4. This trend will continue on into the future, unless there are
better jobs opportunities here in the country.
 5. This reality has been called the Philippine diaspora(the
movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an
established or ancestral homeland) , and comes with societal
consequences.
1. Unlocking of difficult terms

 1. Bustling- full of lively activity
 2. Convoying- to travel with and protect someone or
something
 3. Squeaky- to make a short, high-pitched cry or noise
 4. Queues- lines of people who are waiting for something
 5. Bottlenecking- something that slows down a process
 6. Navigates- to find the way to get to a place
 7. Gargantuan- very large in size or amount
 8. Crypt-like- small space, like a chamber
 9. Homebound- going home
 10. Hypothermia- the temperature of the body is very low
Guide Questions:

 1. Why do Filipinos love balikbayan boxes?
 2. What do you think the boxes symbolize? Why do they seem to be more important
than their contents?
 3. When the narrator notes the Filipino-ness of the balikbayan boxes, what does he
feel toward his fellow Filipino?
 4. What does the airport symbolize?
 5. What do you think is the real message behind the anecdote or the “Turban
legend”?
 6. Do you think that Filipinos who live or work abroad suffer from homesickness?
Explain your answer.
 7. The author’s luggage is Louis Vuitton. How does that help characterize the
narrator?
 8. Do you think that when Filipinos are abroad, they are proud of being a Filipino?
Why or why not?
 9. The title “Turban Legend” is a play on words on the phrase “Urban Legend”.
What does “Urban Legend” mean? Why was it changed to “Turban Legend”?
 10. What is the significance of the story?
Guide Questions

 Why do Filipinos
love balikbayan
boxes?
Guide Questions

 What do you think the
boxes symbolize?
Why do they seem to
be more important
than their contents?
Guide Questions

When the narrator notes
the Filipino-ness of the
balikbayan boxes, what
does he feel toward his
fellow Filipino?
Guide Questions

. What does the
airport symbolize?
Guide Questions

. What do you think is
the real message
behind the anecdote or
the “Turban legend”?
Guide Questions

. Do you think that
Filipinos who live or work
abroad suffer from
homesickness? Explain
your answer.
Guide Questions

. The author’s luggage is
Louis Vuitton. How does
that help characterize the
narrator?
Guide Questions

. Do you think that when
Filipinos are abroad, they
are proud of being a
Filipino? Why or why
not?
Guide Questions

. The title “Turban Legend” is
a play on words on the phrase
“Urban Legend”. What does
“Urban Legend” mean? Why
was it changed to “Turban
Legend”?
Guide Questions

. What is the significance
of the story?