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About International Youth Conference on Technology for Peace

 On February 13, 27 international delegates from nations like India, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Vietnam, and the Philippines arrived in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Participants in the Technology for Peace project, which was funded by the ERASMUS+ initiative of the European Union, attended the International Conference on Peace and Technology. During the course of five days, each participant attended a variety of seminars held by the city’s three partner universities: Silliman University, Foundation University, and Negros Oriental University. During these seminars, we directly engage with students from the host universities to discuss the organisations’ efforts in each nation and how technology may promote peace and development.

The delegates are representatives of various volunteer organisations, including FSL India (India), the Institute for Global Exchange and Internship (Philippines), the Renaissance Youth Leadership Forum (Philippines), the Regional Volunteer Center (Poland), the Regionalne Centrum Wolontariatu (Poland), the Sempre a Frente Foundation (Poland), the TechSoup Foundation (Poland), the International Edu Center (Romania), and the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (Vietnam). The City of Gentle People is the nickname for Dumaguete City. It is also known as a university town or a hub of learning in the south of Philippines because it currently is home to four universities – Silliman, Foundation, Negros Oriental, St. Paul’s.

My Observations about the Filipino Culture

The Philippines has a diverse and vibrant culture shaped by its history and influences from variousethnic groups and colonizers.

Conclusion and Comparison with Indian Culture

India and the Philippines have distinct cultures with unique characteristics. Both Indian and Filipino cultures place a strong emphasis on family values, and the extended family is often an important part of daily life. Both countries have a diverse population with a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism, among others. Both cultures value hospitality and welcoming guests with warmth and generosity. This was evident from the kind of welcome we received from Institute for Global Exchange and Internship.

India has hundreds of languages, with Hindi being the most widely spoken, while the Philippines hastwo official languages, English and Filipino. While both India and the Philippines have a diversepopulation of religions, India is predominantly Hindu, while the Philippines is predominantlyCatholic. While Indian cuisine is known for its spicy and aromatic flavors, Filipino cuisine ischaracterized by its fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Spanish influences where spices don’t play a bigrole. Indian traditional clothing, such as sarees and kurta pajama, differ greatly from the traditionalclothing of the Philippines, which includes barong tagalog and terno. The arts and crafts of bothcountries are distinct, with Indian culture having a rich history of intricate hand-woven textiles, andthe Philippines having a history of pottery, weaving, and woodcarving.

By Adrij Sharma (Volunteer, FSL India)

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