Online learning platform Suyomano, which aims at promoting Filipino culture, held its first-ever virtual press launch on Dec. 8 via Zoom.
Founded by Mary Lou Cunanan in August, the name is derived from suyo which means gentle affection and mano which is a gesture of respect to the elderly.
It has on its board Aames Aguas, Xerxes Itao, Jackielyn Junio, Catherine Sy Luib and Emmanuel Damian who all believe in the preservation of Philippine culture through digital education.
In celebration of Filipino Heritage Month in October, Suyomano partnered with PG&E Samahan in San Francisco, California and Galing Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia to conduct Filipino cultural classes. Enrollees for these classes were mostly Filipino-Americans eager to expand their knowledge and Filipino heritage.
Other partners and supporters of the platform include the Manila Heritage Foundation in San Francisco, San Diego’s Filipino Food Movement, Filipino Cinema and the Philippine Consulate in Hawaii.
One of the top finalists in the recent Reapra and Future Female Business Hackathon, which featured other finalists from Southeast Asia, it also launched a Bayanihan campaign to support Philippine tourism despite the pandemic, and signed an agreement with the Intramuros Administration to make Old Manila virtual tours possible.
Suyomano offers various cultural learning experiences touching from local language series and ancient scriptwriting to traditional martial arts and indigenous tribal cultures.
The launch featured Chef Trisha Ocampo, an alumna of the illustrious Le Cordon Bleu and other keynote speakers.
Visit www.suyomano.com for more information.