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    Global Insights Presents the 'Text Capital of the World!'

    Erica Jeanne Mascardo ’23, and Ysobelle Reyes ‘23
    September 29, 2021

    Considering the vast list of countries with enormous populations and significant household access to high-tech devices, one may be surprised to learn that the Southeastern Asia archipelago, the Philippines, has earned the reputation for being the “text capital of the world.”  

    Erica Jeanne Mascardo ’23, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major, and Ysobelle Reyes ’23, biology major and English minor, will present the next Global Insights event on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 11:30 a.m., in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, rm. 509. Cultural cuisine will be offered at the luncheon event. This is free and open to University community members. Registration is required. Click here to register.

    Mascardo said family culture is centered around respect for each other, especially elders.

    Mascardo said family culture is centered around respect for each other, especially elders. When visiting family, you must greet everyone individually and then you are blessed in Catholic homes. 

    Reyes added that respect and hospitality are abundant for visitors to the Philippines in the forms of greetings, food and blessings. She said when visiting the country, be sure to go to the churches.  Some date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. San Agustin, the oldest stone church in the country, was completed in 1607, during the Spanish colonial period.  It has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Mascardo noted that it is customary to make a wish the first time you step into any of the churches.

    Mascardo and Reyes are planning an interactive event where the audience will learn some of the customs and communicating in “Taglish.”

    Students, faculty and staff are invited to experience the food and traditions at this Global Insights event. Please click here to register.

    This program is being offered by the Office of Global Education, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. For more information, please contact international@scranton.edu or 570-941-4841.

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