When the car transporting me arrived at my assigned high school (Polangui General Comprehensive High School), it was surrounded by students welcoming me to their school. I jumped out of the car and people threw some leis around my neck. I wanted to say something in their language, but had forgotten it, so, to cover my embarrassment, I grabbed a placard and led the parade of students welcoming me to their school. That night, students regaled me with a program of Philippine singing and dancing. The 'tinikling' is a traditional local dance in which the dancers jump between bamboo poles that are clapped together to music. In my honor, the student performer rhythmically placed his head, not feet, between the clapping bamboo poles. In Peace Corps annals, I believe, I had the most impressive first day ever!