Joan Mae and her family celebrate her daughter’s birthday in Tuburan. (Photo by Yoko Matsuda.)

Before we joined Tuburan, my daughter’s main sources of inspiration were television and videos. Now that she’s with Tuburan, she lost interest in them. She’s happy to stay in our backyard and explore. She puts flowers in the water and watches their seeds explode; she likes to pick weeds that when shaken produce a maraccas sound; she finds something red and imagines it’s blood. A stone becomes a pig and then a spaceship. A spiky seed turns into a durian and then fireworks. Her imagination improved when she lost interest in gadgets. We copied Tuburan and stopped giving her plastic formed toys and gave her sticks and wood to play with instead. At Tuburan I joined workshops and realized that because plastic toys are fixed, they can’t be transformed into other things. I learned many other things about protecting my daughter’s senses. That’s great about being part of Tuburan – the parents learn along.

About the author: This 2016, Joan Mae S. Bantayan responded to the call for Class 1 teacher when no one else passed the qualifications. Joan is a filmmaker and journalist. She lives with her husband who manages a construction firm, her mother-in-law, and her two young daughters. In “A Pig Becomes A Spaceship,” Joan shares her eldest daughter’s “unplugged” story. Joan Mae has been part of Tuburan’s Fundraising Committee.

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