Filipino Legacies in the Gulf: The Tajanlangits & Remedios Estrada Chu
Many musically-inclined Filipinos in Dubai back in the late 1980s through to the early 2000s would have been touched by the musical genius of the Tajanlangits. Once referred to as the Filipino Von Trapp family (from the Von Trapps of The Sound of Music), the Tajanlangits, composed of Victorino Tajanlangit, his concert pianist wife Dr. Norma Tajanlangit and their eight children, trained many aspiring musicians, as well as entertained audiences around the country. Beyond their music, the Tajanlangits who participated actively in charitable endeavors, also represented family togetherness and exemplary Filipino values, for which they were honored with the 1984 Angkan Award – a symbol of the model Filipino family by the World Family Institute.
Remedios Estrada Chu
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
A key member of the founding team that established the first Filipino school in Dubai, educator Remedios Estrada Chu founded the first Filipino-owned Montessori school and creche in the UAE – DLSM Montessori International, in 1999. Providing education and daycare facilities for early learners, DLSM has given a bright start to close to 5,000 children of different nationalities through the years, as well as scholarships to numerous deserving kids. Remedios was also a passionate philanthropist who has set up a charity primary school in Bulacan, Philippines, called “Bahay Aralan sa La Terrazzo,” providing free education to the underprivileged.