Culture Days and National Broadcast Partner CTV (Bell Media) invited Canadian journalism and media students to participate in a Student Reporter and Media Internship program during the Annual National Congress on Culture in Edmonton, Alberta on May 7 and 8, 2015. Five lucky students participated in this innovative program including a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the CTV Newsroom in Winnipeg and a once-in-lifetime mentoring session with Marci Ien, co-host of CTV's Canada AM.
See more of the results of the interns’ work at: http://culturedays.ca/blog/2014/05/31/national-congress-culture-day-one-student-perspective/#sthash.WUbCWlfY.dpuf
Culture Days' mission is to make all Canadians in every community say and declare "I love culture!" and make culture their daily habit.
I am Jane Legaspi. I was born and raised in the Philippines and am a newcomer in Canada. Before arriving, the only culture I knew was my own - the Philippine culture. We, Filipinos, treat everyone like family (even if we are not blood-related). Being religious and spiritual is in our blood. We are very versatile because of the countries that conquered the Philippines. Since versatility is part of us, Filipinos are all around the world. That is why I am here in Canada. I took the chance to share what I have. I took the chance to learn new things. Culture shock is what I am experiencing at the moment. I don't know how Canada is. I don't know how things are done here. I don't know how to talk and approach people because they are different. I am different. I feel like I don't fit in.
But my experience as a CTV/Culture Days Student Reporter at the 2015 Culture Days' National Congress opened a door for me: a door to Canadian culture. A door to help me understand Canada's culture. It made me understand that Canadians are approachable, helpful and very kind. I learned that Canadians are very diverse people and are open to everything. The experience made me realize that Canadians and Filipinos are very much alike. In fact, all people no matter where you are from or what culture you have, are similar. Culture is just "how people do things differently," but at the end of the day we are still the same. Culture Days is what brings all people from all over the world together. Culture is a synonym for unity.
I am not a Canadian, but I can declare and say that "I love culture." I will make culture a daily habit.
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