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VOLUME XVIII - ISSUE I JANUARY - OCTOBER 2018

THE OFFICIAL ENGLISH PUBLICATION OF MATAAS NA PAARALANG NEPTALI A. GONZALES DIVISION OF MANDALUYONG, NCR MPNAG TRIUMPHS OVER ERIS, 75-72

Lifesaving skills: defense vs. disasters


Drug awareness
a must
Sachi Daniella Tatoy

C lass officers from all grade levels attended a


seminar which aims to spread awareness on the
dangers of using illegal drugs which was held in our
Conference Room on August 24.

The event also aims to contribute the reduction of


drug abuse and cigarette smoking among students and
increase awareness regarding drug prevention, counseling
and rehabilitation services.
Police Inspector Arturo C. Tale and Police Officer 1
McGuyver S. Santillan of the Mandaluyong-EPD shared
HANDS-ONLY CPR SAVES LIVES.
not only informative insights but also an interesting talk
regarding possible effects of using illegal drugs in our
health and in our society. They also taught the students
Kristine Hope Perez, Juliane Mae Blasi
on how to identify person who is using prohibited drugs,

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atastrophes are indeed unpredictable so the best defense against it is preparedness, every year our so that they can avoid them.
school is always participating on nationwide earthquake and fire drill and recently the hands only CPR. They emphasized that using illegal drugs is not the
answer to solve our problems. They encouraged the
Mataas na Paaralang Neptali leaders.” Mark Leo B. Sales said, teachers, club advisers, club students to study hard and focused on their dreams in
A. Gonzales strictly adheres to BSP Senior Troop Leader. presidents, GSP and BSP, SSG life.
R.A. 10871, an act requiring Basic Mrs. Marites Nachor, HT III officers, Red Cross Youth officers, The seminar was a joint-collaboration of the NDEP
Education Students to Undergo science department, was the one the CAT officials and the class
Age-Appropriate Basic Life Support who coordinated at the office presidents. (National Drug Education Program), CIC (Campus
Training. SECTION 3. Basic Life of DOH and NCMH. She also Our school through the Integrity Crusaders), SKAD (Samahan ng mga Kabataang
Support for Basic Education facilitated the event together with leadership of Dr. Efren S. Ayaw sa Droga) and the SSG (Supreme Student
Students. - student leaders. Consemino and with the support Government) together with the Mandaluyong PNP-EPD
In fact, a group of students, Ms. Johanna T. Medalla, Nurse of the staff of the school Disaster (Philippine National Police – Eastern Police District).
teachers and administrators III/DRRM-H assistant manager, Risk Reduction Management, is also
experienced an actual Hands- demonstrated on how the “hands joining the nationwide earthquake
Only Cardio Pulmonary only CPR” will work perfectly. drill which is done every quarter.
Resuscitation (CPR) simulation and Everyone in the gym was so The DRRM staff is also
demonstration on July 6 which was
held at the school gymnasium.
interested while she’s doing the
demonstration. The officials of
conducting a school based fire drill
and they have put up a separate JHS stud crowned 2nd
Runner Up EcoFashionista
The event is in observance of DOH also discussed the 3 C’s and DRRM center for junior high
the National Disaster Resilience other fundamentals of the first aid. located at Gonzales I Bldg. and for
Month with the coordination of It is the objective of DOH that senior high located at Gonzales III,
the Department of Health (DOH), in every family, there must be one SHS Bldg. The safety equipment is
theme: “Hands-Only CPR saver member who is familiar with the provided by the administration and
lives” hashtag #MakePhCPRReady. Hands-Only CPR that’s why this is a others are sponsored by alumni and Deiv Archangel S. Daguio
“It was a very educational and nationwide activity. other stakeholders.

J
helpful seminar for the student The attendees include head essa P. Riosa, grade 9 Einstein won 2nd Runner
Up in Eco Fashionista 2018 held at the Atrium,
Executive Building, Mandaluyong City Hall on

16 DIVISIONS MANDALUYONG
3rd
October 27.
competed in the RSPC over-all top performing divisions PAGE 2

Copyreader inspires campus scribes


Marienne Chelzea Noriega

A fter four years of not having a winner in individual category on the prestigious Regional Schools
Press Conference, finally a grade 9 student of STE-Hooke won 5th Place in Copyreading and Headline
Writing competing to at most 160 contestants from both private and public schools from the National
Capital Region.

Janahritzel Calanog positively accepted the challenge be on the top 3 and she would be giving more time in the
when she was asked to join the Division Secondary training.
Schools Press Conference held last August since it was Her trainer the school paper adviser, Mrs. Maria
only a month of preparations but still she did her best Theresa Feudo, was so proud when Jana was presented
reviewing the copyreading symbols, preparing slugline, to the crowd during the Monday morning flag ceremony
printer’s direction, headline writing and unit counting. and to our principal Dr. Efren S. Consemino.
And among the copyreaders in our division she is The contest was conducted from September 26 to 29
the only one who made it to the regional level. This at Marikina High School while the awarding ceremony
indeed inspired fellow campus journalists’ that nothing is was held on October 6 at the same venue.
impossible if we have determination to win. SDO-Mandaluyong got 3rd place, Overall Top
“I am very grateful to my trainer for giving me the Performing Divisions, a combined points of the winners
opportunity to join in this competition, the worksheets, in individual and group category both from English and COURTESY CALL.
and insights helped a lot.” Jana shared about her success. Filipino medium. Janah Ritzel Calanog with the
Jana is planning to join the regional press conference The theme of this year’s conference is “Fostering 21st MPNAG Principal Dr. Efren Consemino
and trainer Mrs. Maria Theresa Feudo.
again next year, and this time she said she’s hoping to Century Skills Through Campus Journalism”.

03 Debater proves insights on PopEd Javis Makie Malazzab

S tephen Chill Berdin’s skills in reasoning and speaking ability convinced the jurors in a debate on “Family
Planning is A Human Right.” which put him a third placer on the Division Population Development
Debate held at the Conference Hall of SD0-Mandaluyong last August 10.
Berdin is a grade 10 student of competed in the extemporaneous Mr. Caesar A. Nachor initiated the
STE Hawking and he was trained by speech held at Ilaya Barangka contest in celebration of the Araling
Grade 10 stud Ms. Diovanica Ellaine Miranda, AP
teacher.
Integrated School on August 9 which
gave him the ticket to move on to the
Panlipunan month.
All winners received a certificate of
3rd outstanding BSP Prior to the debate Stephen won
as one of the top 5 students who
debate contest.
Education Program Supervisor
recognition and a medal.
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FROM PAGE ONE

JHS stud crowned...


EcoFashionista 2018, Children for the
Environment, is a citywide competition which
encouraged the youth to show their creativity to
come up with an evening gown made of recycled
materials.
Riosa is wearing Egyptian inspired gold gown,
made even more elegant because of the gold crown
and silver necklace, it is made of straw, compact disc,
etc.
“I never expect to win because my contenders are
also beautiful but maybe because of the confidence I
have I was able to win.” Riosa said.
Aside from the gown, all candidates will also walk
on the stage wearing their especially made gown.
Mr. Marion Albaladejo, science teacher, is the
trainer of Riosa.

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Campus Journalists.

Campus journalists shine


in division press confab CORONATION NIGHT.
EcoFashionista 2018

Mariene Chelsey V. Noriega


NEWS FEATURE
C
ampus journalists both from Filipino and English have placed Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales

Intensifying
3rd Place Top Performing School in the Division Schools Press Conference, Secondary Level, which
was held last August 24 and 31 at Eulogio Rodriquez Integrated School.

Work
In English medium, our school ranks 2nd out of 18 Bandal, Principal III, shared to the audience on his opening
participating schools. Out of 9 contestants 8 of them won in remark, quoting Jasper Provdeaux.
their respective category. All the winners were trained by Mrs. Maria Theresa A.
The winners are Crismae Reyes,11-Stem,1st place in Feudo, school paper adviser of The East Chronicle and also
editorial writing; Mariene Chelsey Noriega 10-Diamond,
2nd place in news writing; Stephan Cancino, 12-STEM,
2nd place in photojournalism; Janahritzel Calanog, 9-STE
Hooke, 4th place in copyreading and headline writing;
their journalism teacher.
“Think before you write,” was emphasized by Dr. Alyn
Mendoza, the Chief of Curriculum Implementation Division
in her in inspirational message to the campus scribes.
Immersion
Kristine Hope Perez
Maurinne Angeline Guloy, 10-STE Euclid, 4th place in The theme of this year’s conference is “Fostering 21st

To develop. To progress. To grow.


feature writing; Javis Makie Malazzab, 10-STE Pascal, 5th Century Skills and Character-Based Education Through
place in science writing; Camille Dimagiba, 10-Diamond, Campus Journalism.”
7th place in editorial column; and Richmond Bueno, 9-STE All public high schools and 6 private schools all over the
Hooke, 9th place in sports writing. division of Mandaluyong participated in the contest. These are the goals of the Department of
“Good journalism attracts readers,” Mr. Romeo E. Education (DepEd) in implementing Work
Immersion in Senior High School (SHS) all over the
Philippines.
MPNAG placed third
top performing school Entre cup stirs business ideas Under the K to 12 Curriculum, DepEd is doing its
best to give students a high quality of education they
need. And one of the projects of the department’s
improved plans is work immersion.
in the 2018 DSPC. Kristine Hope I. Perez Work immersion refers to the subject of the SHS
Curriculum which involves hands-on experience

T he 4th Annual Student Entrepreneurship was held at SM Megamall


Activity Center last July 6 and 7, the participants are high school
or work stimulation for approximately 80 hours.
In here, learners can apply their competencies and
Congratulations students from different public schools in Mandaluyong. acquired knowledge relevant to their track. Tracks
include GAS, STEM, HUMMS, ABM, ADT and
Gonzalesians! The objective of the event is to
inspire the students in putting up their
There was also a Got Talent where
the students showcase their talents.
others.
The objectives of DepEd in conducting work
own business in the future. It also The representative of MPNAG was the immersion is to help learners develop their career
taught them how to spend their daily SPA-Voice. skills, to prepare them in making decisions on post-
allowance wisely and also how to save. A student forum was also
Library offers new
secondary education or employment and to help
“We were very busy because there held where each school has its them apply the principles and theories learned
were many buyers yet it was exciting,” representatives. The representatives in school. Also, they aim to enhance the students’
face lift one of the student entrepreneurs,
Christine Dior Galera, said.
of MPNAG was John Michael S.
Buenaobra and Mark Leo B. Sales,
technical knowledge, skills in communications and
human relations. More importantly, work immersion
Micro Small Medium Enterprise both from Grade 10-Diamond. aids students how to work and handle situations in
Development Council organized the They were asked about their an actual work place.
Mariene Chelsey V. Noriega
event with the local government. experience while selling their In our school work immersion will start this
Mayor Menchie Abalos and her products and what was their greatest second semester. Of course, this launching would
A month after the opening of
classes this school year our
library in junior high school
daughter Charisse Abalos-Vargas also
supported the event.
achievements.
“It was a wonderful experience
not be possible without the aid of our school’s work
immersion focal person, Mr. Jaypee G. Casipit, Dr.
The local government gave but of course there were times Efren S. Consemino, Principal IV and Mr. Pompio B.
located at Gonzales I Bldg. went Php10,000 for each participating that we were ignored and our Floro, Assistant Principal II in SHS.
through renovation. school which was used to buy greatest achievement was having To help implement the aforesaid activity,
materials that were sold to the the opportunity of being part of the MPNAG is doing its best to comply. In fact, the
It becomes more conducive to do event. Students were selling own Entrepreneur’s Cup,” Mark Leo B. school has already signed an agreement with Golden
researching, reading books, writing, homemade products such as cupcakes, Sales said. Arches Development Corporation (Mcdonalds)
and doing assignment because of its personalized items, pastries, sweets Andres Bonifacio Integrated and Shakey’s last October 10 which was held in our
ambiance; the ceiling and walls are and delicacies. School got the Best Booth, the conference room.
repainted and the floor was tiled. Every school has a booth where Best Selling Product was from Related to this, MPNAG has also sealed its
And the library has new high they sell their own made products. Mandaluyong Science HS and the memorandum of agreement among industry partners
quality reference books, workbooks, Our school, MPNAG made cupcakes winner in Student Got Talent was such as Pag-Ibig Fund, Radio wealth Finance
colorful and hardbound books of with different flavors such as orange, from Eulogio Rodriguez IS. Corporation, Max’s Restaurant, Shakey’s, Classic
prose and poetry donated by the caramel, matcha and black forest. The schools who participated are Savory, Hoshinoya, and Mandaluyong City Hall.
Children International Philippines. They also sold personalized items like MPNAG, ABIs, AHIS, ERIS, INHS,
“I am really delighted because a keychains. MandSci, RTU, IBIS and HHIS.
lot of students are visiting the library,”
Mrs. San Jose said.
“Every time I looked at them
reading books I feel happy because I
am doing my part to encourage to love
Tiger city education fair a success Alyza Xandrie T. Solis

The
reading.” Mrs. San Jose further said.
Mandaluyong City Education Fair 2018 alongside with Edukasyon. Ph was held at the gymnasium of our school last
Mrs. San Jose our teacher
August… participated by the students of grades 10, 11, and 12 from different integrated and high schools in our division.
librarian also said that she is looking
forward to the installment of air
condition inside the library. She said The gymnasium was filled with booths awareness which aims to help the students The officers of Supreme Student
that the local government will be representing different tracks which are choose their tracks for senior high or to Government headed by Stephan Cancino
funding the air condition units of the being offered by different schools with choose their degree in college. served as facilitators during the seminar.
library. senior high school. There were also students The private schools which joined the Likewise, Councilor Charisse Abalos-
The latest renovations were and teacher in each booth which would fair are Mary Chilles College, Informatics Vargas, graced the occasion in spite of her
under the project of Congresswoman answer some queries regarding K to 12 College, Our Lady of Guadalupe College, busy schedule. Her presence in the event
Queenie Gonzales and SDO senior high school program. Don Bosco Technical College, Far Eastern has made the crowd more inspired and
Mandaluyong headed by SDS, Dr. Among the topics which were discussed University, Samson College of Science and motivated.
Nerissa L. Losaria. on the fair are online platform and career Technology, and Emilio Aguinaldo College.
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Essayist triumphs
regional writing tilt
Bianca Abad

M
aurinne Angeline Guloy, 10 STE - Euclid won second place on the regional essay
writing contest sponsored by the Bureau of Fire Protection, this is in line with the
celebration of fire prevention month.

“Being prepared in everything can prevent fire broke out.” Angeline further said.
something from happening. Until then we can The title of her entry is “A Plea of a Burning
save more lives. Until then we can build more Spirit” inspired by the theme: “Ligtas na Pilipinas
dreams. Until then we can tell kids to never ang Ating Hangad, Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa
be scared again.” Angeline said during her Sarili Ipatupad.”
interview. Angeline won first place on the division level
She said that the essay was based from her essay writing contest held last March 2 and that’s
own experience when a fire broke out when she why she became the representative of SDO-
was a kid, she said she was very scared at that Mandaluyong to the regional level.
time. She received Php5,000 cash prize together ESSAYIST.
“I put the importance of preparedness and with a certificate and she was trained by Mrs. Maurinne Angeline Guloy with
added some personal tips on what to do when a Esperanza Starks, MT II in English. trainer Mrs. Esperanza Starks

Grade 10 stud 3rd outstanding BSP


Camille Dimagiba

M ark Leo Sales, grade 10-Diamond, received his plaque of recognition


for winning 2nd place in NCR Search for Most Outstanding Boy
Scout of the Philippines held at Nemesio Yabut Elementary School in
Makati last September 9.
Sales is an active boys scout in Leo.
our school. He is always ready to help “It’s not that easy to qualify for
the administration every time there the search, Leo has undergone the
is a program. Actually, he could be screening of the NCR committee
seen teaching his colleagues to be a for the search, he started with the
good scout, he is also performing well assessment of pertinent papers, then
in his academic; and from his actions he was interviewed.” Mr. Cañete
as a scout it is evident that he loves added.
scouting. Among the criteria for
“Winning as third runner up was outstanding BSP are 15 percent for
already a big accomplishment but academic performance, community
I am still challenged to become the service and leadership; 45 percent
best scout, so I will try to achieve that for interview; and 40 percent for
INTERVIEW.
NCR Outstanding Boy Scout.
goal.” Sales said. community based leadership,
Mr. John Jacob Cañete, English international, regional, division
teacher, is the Outfit Advisor of school based scouting activities.

Math HT, SHS Scouts collaborate


Teacher gained toward Peer
outstanding award Empowerment
Sachi Daniella Tatoy
Daisy Florendo

C elebrating World Teachers’


month would not be complete
G irl Scouts of the Philippines
and Boy Scouts of the
Philippines worked together
without recognizing teachers and to equip themselves with right
administrators who have shown strategies and approaches to
exemplary performance in doing their TURN-OVER CEREMONY. reach out students who are
Children International Philippines experiencing depression and
duties and responsibilities. anxiety.
After screening the papers and Through actively participating in
answering to interviews, along with
equally competent contenders for the
outstanding recognition. Our school was
International organization a three-day seminar sponsored by the
BSP and GSP Mandaluyong Chapter
at the GSP Council Division Office
so proud because there are two awardees
who received an outstanding recognition
from the SDO-Mandaluyong.
donates over 20,000 books empowered them to help their peers
conquer depression.
The scouts were trained and taught
how to help peers with depression.
Mrs. Liberty Nobleza, HT III in Mariene Chelsey V. Noriega The first day of the seminar was held
Mathematics, was awarded Outstanding on June 20, where the scouts were
Head Teacher and Mr. Ryan Verbo as
Most Outstanding Senior High Teacher T he turnover of more than 20,000 high quality books from Children
International Philippines was held at Barangay Mauway Gymnasium on
June 19.
taught about the correct approaches to
a peer or a friend who is depressed and
held last October at the Legend Villas. experiencing anxiety attack.
Both of them received a cash prize The gymnasium was filled with hard to the city mayor since her office cannot
Professor Lucila O. Bance, PhD,
and a plaque of recognition. gave an interesting talk about “The
bound reference books, workbooks and provide the total amount of the money Superheroes of the Millennium.” She
magazines, colorful story books and classic needed. pointed out our worth and purpose in
books on prose and poetry which was “My youngest daughter loves reading life. After discussing the four modules
distributed to the five recipients of the books over e-books because she can feel the about depression and how to overcome
books. life of the books through turning its pages.” and deal with it, the scouts had an
“It is my desire to help our students to Mayor Abalos added. outdoor activity where they needed to
develop the interest in reading and one way “We should retain the habit of reading.” leave their groups and socialize with
to do that is to provide them books that Mayor Abalos stated as she focused on the other scouts from different schools in
they can use in their studies.” Mrs. Jocelyn importance of books. Mandaluyong.
Martir said while she was interviewed. Mayor Abalos also reminded the On the second day of the seminar,
Mrs. Martir initiated the project and students to find time to visit the library and the speakers from the RGC, RPm, and
making it possible through the help of not to waste the gift of these books from RPsy presented and discussed tips/
our Mayor Menchie Abalos and Councilor Children International Philippines. advices on how to help peers who are
Charisse Abalos-Vargas,city. They gave Php The recipients of the books are the suffering from depression. The scouts
20,000 financial support to the project. The libraries of our school, including Eulogio then had a team building.
money was used as payment to transport Rodriguez Integrated School, Bonifacio The open forum was conducted on
the books from Manila Port to Brgy. Javier National High School, Pedro P. Cruz the last day of the training where the
Mauway, Mandaluyong. Elementary School, and Mauway Day Care scouts shared their problems and real
Councilor Charisse-Abalos Vargas Center. life experiences.
shared how she found out about Children On behalf of the school recipients of The Girl Scouts of the Philippines
International Philippines through her the books, Dr. Efren Consemino gave her Coordinators, together with the
husband. The organization is really helping words of gratitude to Children International teachers from Far Eastern University
THE AWARDEES AT THE out places which are in need of books. And Philippines. And assured them that these and guidance counselors facilitated
LEGEND VILLAS. So when she read the letter of request from books will be used not only with the the seminar which was held at the GSP
Mrs. Martir; she immediately told this students but also with the teacher. Council Division Office.
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Punctuality,
a Priority
A s the school administrators continue to provide boosters that can
increase the number of punctual learners, some of the students are still
like crawling snails that are strongly adhered to their tardiness reasons and
disobedient manners. Thus, a combination of strict implementations and
improved compliance is needed to effectively promote punctuality.
It is indeed a herculean task to solve the problem of tardiness. But then nothing is
impossible if we will try. To strictly monitor the number ‘late comers’ and eventually,
reduce them, the administrators built up some changes in the school’s rules and
regulations. These include the setting of uniform school hours for all grade levels and
giving of the grace period.
Setting of uniform school hours implies that all students will have their first class
started at 7 am and dismissal at 3 pm, except for students under STE program who
still have their classes until 4 pm. This action also aims to eliminate the varying time
discrepancies of each year level. Related to that is the grace period that has been
implemented since January 3 where in students are still permitted to enter the school
grounds 30 minutes after the official time. After the grace period, no students will be
allowed to enter the school grounds, unless they have their valid reasons and a parent
with them.
Aside from those implementations, new solution regarding this matter started to
arise, namely the project TARDI, which specifically targets senior high school students. The world is tough, so the saying goes. However, the aforementioned factors, as
As of month of August, there is an estimated 330 late students which is comparably much as possible, should not influence the students’ timeliness. Otherwise, being
lower than July’s record of 350. Though the improvement is not that high, the school’s constantly late might cast negative impact on their academic performance, especially in
administration still has the whole school year to implement what must be implemented their first subject. For sure, no responsible learner would want this to happen.
when it comes to improving students’ attendance. The implementations and new policies are there, administrators just need to
There are numerous factors that contribute to the tardiness of a student. Based strengthen those up to get rid of the school’s number one problem- tardiness. However,
on the study done by Carnegie Mellon University, most of these factors are personal, this goal would not be completely done without the acquiescence of the students. They
including lack of discipline and responsibility, emotional or psychological problems and too must strengthen themselves to fight the cold breeze of the morning and, instead of
family dilemmas. Other factors contain traffic jams, financial problems and lack of sleep crawling, start running with time.
due to technology usage. Remember, it is never too late to put punctuality in our priorities.

bay
VIEWPOINTS Nicole Biggayan
10 - STE Hawking
House Bill 1022
seeks to promote, protect, and preserve the Philippine
Give a chance for
bigyang pagkakataon
Indigenous or Traditional Writing Systems.

POINT BLANK Stephen Chill Berdin

baybayin
10 - STE Hawking

ang baybayin Shepherd of the


B aybayin is an ancient pre-colonial script that dates back to the 13th century.
Spanish friars in the 1600s documented its use among the Tagalogs for legal
youth
proceedings, petitions and land deeds. However, baybayin did not survive into
modern times because the colonizers imposed the use of the Western alphabet.
Should we bring back our ancestors script or just let it be one of our histories?
T he youth of today could be described as adventurous
and daring, more than how previous generations
have been. Because of this, their elders and seniors from
previous generations, like their parents and teachers,
These were probably the deliberations of idea, mostly because baybayin has been dead for continue to guide them to do the right actions and follow
the House Committee on Basic Education and hundreds of years. While it has been regaining the right path, like shepherds of the past leading their
Culture which recently approved a bill declar- popularity in recent times, it is used mostly for sheep.
ing baybayin as the country’s national writing trendy tattoos and cultural and artistic projects.
system. What’s hindering its wider acceptance is that few This proves to be an effective way of age. A common argument would be how most
House Bill 1022, the proposed “National Filipinos know how to write and read it. maintaining societal order in most cases. young adults still cannot afford to buy their own
Writing System Act,” promotes greater aware- It is believed that Filipino culture has an However, this new generation of sheep tends homes in their age, while the previous generation
ness and appreciation of baybayin. It is filed by important role in the development of our society. to stray further from the right path already would already be taking care of their own
Representative Leopoldo Bataoil (Pangasinan). With my fellow students, we are interested in established by earlier generations. They create families in that same age.
The bill has also the support of the Department baybayin and we would like to learn more about paths of their own, some leading to failure, and Meanwhile, parents, teachers, and other
of Education (DepEd), the National Commission it. However, it would be hard to imagine for others moving us forward. So does the youth adults surround the youth and comprise most of
still need these “shepherds,” or are they already the youth’s social interactions. They continue to
for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the advoca- baybayin to be reintroduced to the educational outdated and obsolete? teach valuable life lessons to the young and are,
cy group Baybayin, Buhayin. system, or even be taught parallel to the estab- The younger generation is, obviously, without a doubt, more experienced to the current
If this bill passes into the law, many lished Filipino writing style since doing such smarter. They obtain information quicker, with generation. Parents give their children tidbits of
expensive changes will need to be made. Bay- would require various adjustments. the click of a button, which is advantageous helpful information constantly. Teachers help
bayin must be on the labels of locally produced Hence, bringing baybayin back is the ulti- in the current Information Age. Some of them students cope with their lessons. They are truly
processed foods; street signs and signs for public mate throwback. But it will require a great outlay changed the world in ways we didn’t expect. They the guides that we have until this day.
facilities such as hospitals and police stations; of effort and money. innovated, improving the quality of our lives, But the previous generation also has
and the names of newspapers and magazines, Certainly, baybayin is a part of our olden and leading us into advancement and progress. imperfections. The older generation tends to
among other materials. times and a culture that is worth revisiting. Thus, Researchers, scientists, and inventors are quickly stick to the rules they created and have lived
becoming younger and younger, showing us that with. This seems beneficial in most cases, but this
Attempts to revive the use of baybayin no Filipino should ever just engrave its impor- the youth of today are able to contribute more also means that the previous generation could be
are commendable. Lest baybayin be consigned tance on history books. However, the wide and ideas to the world. considered refusing for a change.
forever as a museum piece, some government formal use of baybayin on this generation seems But the new generation has its cons. In her With these flaws in mind, one starts to
agencies like the NCCA, the National Museum to have no practical purpose. Maybe, yes but only book, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids ponder: Do they, the youth, still need the
and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for the minorities. Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, guidance of their elders? There is one major
have incorporated baybayin versions of their We would be prouder of a country that Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for point that anyone knows.
names or symbols into their official logos. The does not have its own script but that hews to Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest The previous generation can guide their
New Generation Currency banknotes issued by the rule of law and protects human rights while of Us, psychologist Jean Twenge states that the offspring up to a point where they can finally be
the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) contain developing economically in a way that benefits youth are more prone to mental health problems, independent, but before that arrives; the answer
remain immature for longer periods of time, and is a resounding yes. These shepherds must guide
the words “Pilipino” in baybayin. the many, not the few. lack empathy, or care for others. They also lack the sheep of today, showing them their path,
Many netizens don’t think this is a good the competencies an adult should have in their before the next generation can do the same.

TheEastChronicle EDITORIAL STAFF LETTER TO THE EDITOR


Crismae Reyes, Editor-in-chief; Marienne Chelzey Noriega, Associate Editor;
Maurinne Angeline Guloy, Managing Editor; Kristine Hope Perez, News Editor; Dear Ms. Editor in Chief,
Rocio Camille Helena Dimagiba, Feature Editor; Daisy Florendo, Sports Editor; It is evident that more and more teenagers are suffering from stress caused by school works,
Javis Makie Malazzab, Science and Health Editor; family problems, and even from peers. And the worst effect of stress is that sometimes it leads them to
Janine Grace Balase, Photojournalist depression. We don’t want it to happen to us.
Sachi Daniella Tatoy, Deiv Archangel S. Daguio, Alyza Xandrie T. Solis, Bianca So, you are also teens like us and we want to get viewpoints on how we can avoid stress? Is there
Abad Nicole Biggayan, Stephen Chill Berdin, Janahritzel M. Calanog, Royz Chariz some advice that you can share to us?
Malicdem, Raven Erin Santiago, Angelika Dela Riarte, Jhoanna Ignacio, Alexandrian
Sincerely yours,
San Jose, Deiv Archangel S. Daguio, James Bermas, Jerome Russel Mayhay,
Miss JHS
Contributors Dear Miss JHS,
Mrs. Maria Theresa A. Feudo Though I am not an expert to give advice on how to overcome stress, I will try my best to answer
School Paper Adviser your queries. First, I think you have to find out the cause of your stress and then try to manage it using a
variety of strategies. Accept that we cannot control everything, so we just have to stay positive.
Dr. Efren S. Consemino Always open your communication to God. He is always there to listen; prayer is indeed a suitable
Principal IV medicine to conquer stress.
Mrs. Ruth F. Lacanilao Mr. Anthony Augusto M. Garcia Mr. Ramon Belardo, Jr. So hopefully I was able to help you, should you have any question feel free to send it to our school
Head Teacher III, Eng. Dept. PSDS, in-charge of Journalism EPS, English publication office.
Godspeed,
Dr. Nerissa L. Losaria Editor in Chief
OIC - Schools Division Superintendent
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JUST THINKING Crismae C. Reyes


11 - STEM BOTTLED UP Rocio Camille Helena Dimagiba
10 - Diamond

Think about Stay vigilant


Juvenile Delinquency against
“The youth is the hope of our nation.” fake news

J
umping over trucks, barraging the road to steal items such as boxes of milk, canned goods,
cheese and appliances is just usual for John (not his real name), 17 years old, who was used
to the crimes of the modus operandi he was in. F ake news has caused many Filipinos to doubt whether news is real
or unreal. Since fake news dominates social media, we have to be
vigilan before giving our comments. Fake news is real.
While being rehabilitated in a said that Senate Bill 2026 “is instead of protecting children’s
center for over a year, John faced consistent with President Rodrigo security, the proposed change in Last August, speculations about Duterte’s health flew wild following a claim
charges of robbery together with Duterte’s goal to curb criminality in the law would just demean it. on Facebook by Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria
his two older brothers. His brothers the country.” As early as the 2016 The government might view
aged 21 and 24 are detained at campaign, Duterte had sought the the provision as a solution to the Sison that the President fell ill and slipped into a coma. Duterte, however, was
the Bureau of Jail Management amendment of Republic Act 9344 exposure of children in criminal quick to rebut Sison’s claim through a Facebook Live video of him dining with a
and Penology. If the boy weren’t or the Juvenile Justice Act of 2006 acts. But that is exactly the case. woman.
a minor, he might face reclusion to lower the minimum age. If children are given proper care Duterte is already a septuagenarian and he isn’t the healthiest man in the
temporal or imprisonment for 12 In filing SB 2026, Sotto cited and moral support, they would world. Since there has been no official announcement about his health, the
years and 1 day to 20 years. viral videos of minors committing have a lesser probability of leading Palace only denies the rumors that are being spread.
Similar to this is the case of crimes. He also cited a study by themselves to wrong doings. The true state of his health is such a sensitive topic as it can determine the
a 16-year old boy who confessed the Child Rights International Hence, strong implementation of future of the Filipino government. Also, one should keep in mind that it is stated
raping his 7-year-old cousin and Network, which states that other the present law is needed rather in our Constitution that the public should be informed of the Chief Executive’s
adoptive sister three times. At his countries have lower minimum than the alteration of it.
young tender age, he was accused age of criminal liability while some As the cliché goes, ‘the youth well-being, may it be in the best or in the worst possible state.
of statutory rape. If he weren’t a federal states in the United States is the hope of our nation’, but then Another notable case of fake news could be Malacañang’s most colorful
child, the crime would have been have set none, which “theoretically every child’s hope for a better personality: Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant
punishable by reclusion perpetua [allows] a child to be sentenced to future is in the hands of his/her Secretary Mocha Uson.
or imprisonment from 20 years and criminal penalties at any age.” guardian. Therefore, appropriate Let us take for example the blunder about Mayon’s true location. Earlier this
1 day to 40 years, depending on the To pursue the amendment, guidance is just necessary to year during Mt. Mayon’s eruption, Asec Uson mistakenly said that the famous
severity of the issue. he also reasoned the exploitation prevent the misleading of the volcano was found in Naga, 25 miles away from its real location. Although she
Now that, according to studies, of juvenile justice law of criminal youth. As for the government, did correct her statement, it shows that Asec Uson’s news lacks research.
the average age of children syndicates who are using minors in enhancement of the juvenile justice Aside from politics, fake news has also wronged many people in other
committing crimes are getting committing their misdemeanors. law is needed. Thus, it would just
younger, Senate President Vicente On the contrary, over the be requisite for them to make aspects, such as education. Last July, local officials called school off one rainy
Sotto III filed a bill seeking to lower years, syndicates have been using substantial efforts to heed the call Sunday night after ‘news’ about a super typhoon became viral on social media.
the age of criminal liability from minors to shadow their crimes, of teenagers whose voices were In an attempt to promote awareness against bogus news and the responsible
the current 15 to 13 years old. even when the juvenile liability has mimicked by depravity. use of social media, Senator Grace Poe filed Senate Bill No. 1680 which seeks to
In his explanatory note, Sotto been lowered before. Consequently, prohibit government employees and officials from peddling fake news.

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When it comes to the news, we should all check if the source of the articles

COMPILED NOTIONS Marienne


MaurinneChelzea Noriega
Angeline Guloy we read is indeed reliable and credible. Being mindful of what we do and in what
10
10--Diamond
Hawking we read prevents us from falling into the traps of fake news.
Looking at the Journalist’s Creed, a reporter has sworn that ‘the supreme
test of good journalism is the measure of its public service; so, what kind of

How far will it go?


journalism does the Philippines portray if we wouldn’t base it on the public
service it gives to its people?
As journalists of the new age, informing the readers about societal realities
in the most appropriate way possible is a goal we strive to accomplish in every
article. Thus, allowing fake news to be just another bitter pill to swallow would
“Racism has started then and has been ongoing until now.” be a nonobservance of the creed we solemnly accepted.

D iscrimination is here for a long time. Discrimination is the


practice of treating one person or group of people less fairly
STANDPOINT Janahritzel M. Calanog
9 - STE Hooke
or less well than other people or groups.

Speak out:
It comes in many different forms, such as for racism. For example, whites think all blacks are
discrimination of one’s age, religion, race, and sex, savage and violent, making them cut off blacks’ rights.
which might explain why it could possibly be a part of We think they’re all alike, which is probably why we

Stop
our lives. A lot of people have already expressed that feel the same way for them as we do for their race.
they experienced discrimination, and most of them Witnessing someone discriminate another and
said it is disheartening. staying silent is like helping the person who did so
Back in 2000, the late senator Miriam Defensor-
Santiago passed the Sexual Orientation and Gender
Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill. But
to get away with it. You shouldn’t stay quiet for the
benefit of a wrongdoer. Instead, tell somebody as
soon as you can. Make sure to tell somebody that
Bullying!
up to this day, it still hasn’t been taken notice. could help.
If this bill will be passed, it could help the LGBT If all of us already know that discrimination is an
community. Since some of them are also experiencing unjust action, why hasn’t it still been stopped? We
discrimination. have been trying to resolve it for years but it never

W
Other than sexual discrimination, racism is also really disappeared. Just as we should handle most
common in our society. In the early ages, racism was other issues, impeding discrimination in general hile walking through the hallway, the girl felt an unwanted
a big issue that seemed to be normal in Western. The starts with us. As a victim or witness, speak freely of feeling as she saw a group of students talking around
whites were given all the rights, while blacks and what you think about the subject. State how you feel the corner. She was still far from them but she can hear their
other races in weren’t able to receive education, to and fight for what you think is right. chatters. She tried walking fast and avoided their sharp eyes.
vote, to acquire land, and to immigrate. If we wouldn’t do any extra measures to halt the
Racism has started then and has been ongoing issue, we might as well just question ourselves, how Bullying truly has a lot of out. They become more isolated,
until now. Stereotyping races is a general reason far will discrimination go? factors and negative impacts. It is experience depression and can
defined as ‘unwanted, aggressive harm themselves or the worst is to
behavior among school aged attempt suicide.
RANDOM THOUGHTS Maurinne Angeline Guloy
10 - STE Euclid children that involve a real or
perceived power imbalance. The
Usually, bullies themselves
are also suffering from low self-
behavior has the potential to esteem. They may suffer violence

Don’t be a teenage smoker!


be repeated over time. Bullying at home. In other cases, they’re
includes actions such as making reacting to painful changes in
threats, spreading rumors, their life. They want to seek
attacking someone physically or attention. It is important to
verbally and excluding someone recognize bullies and help them
“Smoking is dangerous to our health.” from a group in purpose’. deal with their issue or problems.
Bullying maybe is the biggest There are different signs

T obacco use is one of the major preventable causes of threat that our society is facing. It that someone is being bullied.
premature death and disease in the world. The most usually happens in school where The signs include fear of going
numbers of tobacco users are the adults and is said to have a bullies have more resources to to school, reluctance to go
percentage of 28.3 as stated by the World Health Organization. torment their victims. It can out, torn clothes and repeated
occur in variety of harmful forms; signs or bruising and injuries.
physical, verbal or social. If we observed these factors to
However, what is very because it’s a trend among their One of the great factors is Physical bullying includes someone, we must talk to them.
surprising is that another 16 peers. They become curios to try coping with stress from studies
percent represents the number smoking because most of their and pressure. Cigarettes releases hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching We should take actions to
of teenagers that are currently friends are using it. nicotine which is said to lessen the and pushing or damaging prevent bullying in our school.
patronizing the tobacco products. Having this mindset is not stress that one is going through property. It causes short term and Bullying must be challenged or
This is prevalent. healthy because it leads them to an but according to research nicotine long term damages that affect the it will get worst. If you think that
Teenage smoking is very unhealthy decision. To enlighten addiction causes more stress. health and lifestyle of the victim. someone is being bullied, you
alarming and should be given their minds most schools are Cravings for nicotine feel stressful Verbal bullying consists of should provide time to talk to him
more attention now since the giving seminars and campaign because your body begins to go name calling insults, teasing, or her. It will take time but if you
record is rapidly increasing projects to say no smoking. through withdrawal. intimidation, homophobic or send a clear message that bullying
because of lack of knowledge Teenagers should remember You could do something else racist remarks or verbal abuse. is unacceptable and does not have
about it. The teenagers themselves that smoking is dirty and smelly. that’s more effective—like take
should have the knowledge of its It can give you bad breath and a short walk or try a relaxation It can start off harmless but can to continue, the person may trust
harmful on their health. wrinkles as well. Smoking makes exercise and we shouldn’t forget to also escalate to levels which start you enough to tell and open up.
A teen’s body isn’t fully your clothes, breath and hair have someone to talk to for it really affecting the target. No one is spared from
functional yet, some systems and smell, and it turns your teeth helps. Social bullying sometimes bullying. Some are more
parts are still weak therefore, yellow. Smoking can leave you Nevertheless, smoking can’t be referred as covert bullying, is vulnerable from being bullied due
it is a big no for minors to use with a chronic cough and less stopped by the people around you. often harder to recognize and can to their physical appearance or
cigarettes. According to a survey, energy for sports and other fun They can guide you, yes but the be carried out behind a person’s economic status. We must always
peer influences, coping with activities. main decision and willingness to back. Many children who are keep in mind that bullying is not
stress, media, adult smoking, Guardians and adults must set quit or avoid it will be coming from being bullied are afraid to speak a joke. It can affect and damage a
and advertising are the common a good example for them as well, you. In the end, it is you yourself
factors why the youth are swayed the earlier you stop smoking, the that will decide whether you would out. They are scared of reprisals person’s life.
to use tobacco. less likely your teen is to become a be one of the 16 percent or be one if they tell someone. Reports Let’s be brave enough to stand
These minors are getting smoker. of the teens that are smoke-free. have shown that as people grow against bullying.
hooked up in smoking maybe older, they are less likely to speak
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Spring in Korea
Real
Royz Chariz Malicdem

M
y trip to Korea was amazing as I thought it would be. In fact, I was still
shivering under the countless number of clothes I’m wearing so I could feel
warm, in spite of the layers of ice and freezing wind blew onto my already

Tra
frozen face.
Every side walk was covered with fluffy white snow one can spend an enjoyable
because of the tiny snowflakes that fell from cloud evening with friends or family

Exper
covered skies. People can be seen with big fluffy jackets while gazing at the beautiful
accompanied with hot drinks in their hands. Looking nightscape over a cup of coffee
around, I smiled, breathed and told myself, “I am finally in in this tower.
my dream place”. On my last day, I decided
On my first day in Korea, I went to the Gyeongbokgung to wander at the busy place of
palace, which was arguably the most beautiful and grandest Myeong-dong to taste their unique
of all five palaces. Children and adults alike awed the street food.
uniquely styled buildings in this tourist spot. Arriving at the area of Myeong-
Carrying a meaning of “a place where the new king can dong, I immediately saw stores filled with
enjoy prosperity of great blessings”, Gyeongbokgung Palace latest fashion trends. Young Koreans and
was the first major legal residence of royal families during international tourists are frequently spotted with
the Joseon Dynasty. handbags of different well-known brands in this place. And
The next day, I went to the N Seoul Tower located at the despite the cold weather, young Koreans can still be seen
Namson Mountain. Here, visitors are given a beautiful view wearing a shirt or just a simple tee.
of the cityscape at night. Many hallyu fans visit the tower I am truly looking forward to the day when I will be
because it has been featured in dramas like ‘My Love from going back to Korea and relived the joyous moments of my
the Star (2013)’ and Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)’. Surely, first visit.

Halle Lumad: Inflation in the lives


of the Filipinos
More than an eye opener Kristine Hope I. Perez

O ur Grandparents might have told us that


during their time a 1peso coin could use
buy a complete meal or even a nice pair of
shoes, but it is quite difficult to imagine since
today a 1peso coin could only buy us a piece of
candy. Today food, rent, utilities and basically
everything else have gone up.

Nowadays people find some strategies on how


to save money like instead of riding the jeepney
people choose to just walk. Instead of eating from
a restaurant they choose to eat on cheaper stores.
They only buy new clothes/shoes only during special
occasion or as needed. Some don’t even have budget
for recreation.
It is now harder to live every day because of the
bills that we have to pay like electricity and water,
telephone, internet connection plus the high prices of
the commodities that we need in our daily life. How
does inflation affect typical family and the daily lives
of the students?
According to Philippine Statistics Authority, the
inflation rate in the Philippines rose to 6.7 percent in
September of 2018 from 6.4 percent in the previous
month, and compared to market expectations of
6.8 percent. It is the highest reading since February
2009, due to a surge in prices of food and a faster rise
Crismae Reyes cost of transport. Philippine inflation is also much
higher than Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

W
ith unified music and dance numbers, Sundang Sining Production presents ‘Halle Lumad’ which Studies show that one out of three persons does
banged the viewers’ hearts regarding the unjustifiable situations of indigenous people in the not eat breakfast. This is one of the major reasons
Southern Philippines. why students don’t have the energy to be active in
class. Because of the sudden change in the prices of
The musical play was the first grand production of The story evolved among the group of activists at the food many are suffering from malnutrition mostly
Sundang Sining. It was written by Malbert Almenzo, Grade University of the Philippines who fight for the privileges of kids from poor families. According to United Nations
12- Arts and Design; and directed by Ms. Joanna R. Ayo, indigenous people to live on their own lands. Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in its 2015
Special Program in the Arts (SPA) coordinator. Among the “Ako ang Antonio Luna hindi ng bansang Pilipinas. Ang Unite for Children report, 95 child deaths in our
main casts are Jhon Rheymel Lunes, Rica Mae Salas, Abby Andres Bonifacio hindi ng Perlas ng Silanganan. Ang Jose
country every day are due to under nutrition.
Sanchez, Chan Aranda, and Patz Blances. Rizal hindi ng Lupang Hinirang.”
The event officially commenced with the opening Those words were mentioned by Badong, portrayed A student can also be affected by Inflation in
remarks of Mrs. Liberty A. Nobleza, Assistant to the by Jhon Reymer, a symbolic of strong and unprejudiced many different ways. It can affect their living, their
principal for Junior high school and Head Teacher III in Filipino who leads the group. He was doing this not just to study and their spirit. Their living has now become
Mathematics. It was followed by an inspirational message ensure what is right but also to avenge his late father from more difficult because of the sudden increase in the
from Mr. Rex Ado. the oppressive militants. prices of our basic needs. Their study is affected
“Arts and Design Track is here and is being When Badong was told that there are natives that are because many families cannot support their children.
implemented to help the students not just to develop their being killed and abused, he bravely went to the low lands The school fee, books or even the supplies we need
talents but also provide activities that will enhance their and unfortunately, got killed because of the principle he has increased. Because of this some students choose
potentials”, said Mr. Ado. wanted to establish. to do part time job so that they can help their parents
The production doesn’t just aim to unfold the story Though the play is more or like of a tragic one, it
in terms of paying for their needs.
behind the natives, but also to influence others about the didn’t focus only on serious scenarios. Other dialogues are
importance of passion, as well as love for one’s own culture composed comically and have humors in it. It also showed We are also emotionally affected because we also
and traditions. romantic excitement between Badong and his supposedly worry on our family’s unpaid bills. And the worst
Ms. Ayo ended the proceeding with a reminder that future wife, Anna. situation is that some even drop out because they do
everyone should not forget about the true essence of The play ended with Anna telling herself that she would not have the money to sustain their education.
nationalism and arts. She also thanked the parents who never forget a man who once battled for her love and fought To lessen the difficulties of our living because of
were there to watch the play for without them, everything for his people’s rights. Inflation, we must maintain a tight budget wherein
that they put up will be completely impossible. Indeed, the play didn’t fail to deliver its message to we prioritize the things that we need like food and
New Perceptions, Same Issue its viewers, and that is to always take care of our country other basic needs. We must eliminate unnecessary
Basically, ‘Halle Lumad’ is a Bisayan statement meaning including the people, culture, traditions, and beliefs. Also, things that we don’t need. We must know if the
‘Bring the Lumads Home’. The term ‘Lumad’ is adopted by it pleaded us to heed the call of the Lumads regarding their
things that we are about to buy are really important
a group of 15 from more than 18 Mindanao ethnic groups rights.
in their Cotabato Congress in June 1986 to distinguish Halle Lumad undeniably entertained everyone, but with or not so that the hard earned money from our
them from the other Moro or Christian. Most commonly, its contemporary message, the production has gone beyond parents would not be wasted. We must also track our
they are those who were deprived of rights regarding land entertaining – they have opened the viewers’ eyes unto expenses. Lastly, we must save money.
ownership. what is unseen and pierced their hearts unto what is unfelt.
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Taiwandering Raven Erin Santiago

T
aiwan, famed as the Beautiful Isle, a country known for its modern cities, night

Life
markets and traditional Chinese temples. Not only that, it is also filled with
picturesque views, landscapes and mountainous terrains. Surely, Taiwan offers
a variety of enjoyable activities that one will enjoy.
The sense of unfamiliarity Sen Memorial Hall. As we learned more about the history of

avel
was there when I saw the Taiwan, enormous halls and palaces surprised us. Luckily,
descending trails of the land’s we were able to take many photos and marvel at the
beauty. Alas! We are in Taipei. sceneries.
Straight from board flight Z2 Time flies so fast as we reached our last day of stay.
128, My family and I went to There’s no holding us back, we amused ourselves by flying a

rience
a hotel to rest for a while and Kongming Lantern. In tradition, we wrote our wishes in the
unpack our luggage. lantern we bought and then we released it in the air. It was
Our first destination was the totally fascinating and mesmerizing to watch it float away.
infamous Sun Moon Lake – the Afterwards, we decided to experience baking at
largest fresh water lake in Taiwan the Pineapple Cake Factory, as we let our creative side
and one of the island’s most natural unleashed. While waiting for our work to be finished, we
places. The refreshing and admiring decided to buy some of their products as souvenirs.
view is perfect for boating, biking or any After that, we went to Taipei 101 – the world’s tallest
other recreational activities. green building standing at 508 meters. Towering above the
We enjoyed eating different kinds of street sky, it offers tourists a lift to observe at the topmost level
foods, drinking milk teas and window shopping at and wonder the beauty of Taipei.
Fujian Night Market Leaving Taiwan was indeed bittersweet. Definitely, this
It was amazing to see the National Revolutionary would not be the last time that I would visit this country; it
Martyrs’ Shrine, located in Zhong–san and Datong. This will absolutely see me again in the future. Nevertheless, I
shrine marks the memory of almost 400,000 soldiers who had a great time exploring and wandering the remarkable
died in the revolution. spots of Taiwan with my family.
Next stop is Chiang Kai Shek and National Dr. Sun-Yat

ALUMNI CORNER RIDELIA VILLAMOR-RIO is a campus our school in division and regional level
Ridelia Villamor-Rio journalist, an honor student, a quiet but a oratorical competition.
responsible student way back her high school She graduated B.S.in Business

Happy
days. Administration, Major in Marketing at
She graduated B.S. Biotechnology at Polytechnic University of the Philippines in
Rizal Technological University in 2003. She Sta.Mesa, Manila.
was a former employee of Sitel Philippines After her graduation, she started as

Momshies
V-Customer Convergys, a pioneer of contact Customer Service Representative (Financial
centers (BPO). But she decided to stop working Accounting) for Washington Mutual Card
when she gave birth to her first born and Services, Eperformax Contact Centers and BPO
started to put up an on-line business (PHAB in 2006.
BATCH 1999, 1st Commencement Collection). Years later she was promoted as Team
Exercises She is an active member of BCBP Lead/Workforce Specialist for the same
(Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and company
Professionals) in Silay City, Negros Occidental. JP Morgan Chase (Formerly Washington
Angelika Dela Riarte She is happily married to Glenn Paul with two Mutual Card Services). But she left the
wonderful children. company in 2009 due to US recession, the

O ur featured alumni
choose to stay as full
time housewife and mommy
“Being successful is a matter of choice but
I chose to be happy, no regrets, worth all the
love and sacrifices seeing your kids’ milestones,
company decided to close.
Then she transferred to another company
as Senior Officer – Contact Center at Resorts
that for me is a great achievement in my life.” World Manila. Yet she decided to stop working
although they have finished Ridelia said. due to delicate stage of pregnancy.
college education and even Currently, she is a fulltime wife and
experience working while they Shirley Devibar-Cueto
SHIRLY DEVIBAR-CUETO is the school’s mommy to a loving son.
orator and declaimer. She used to represent

Have a heart, lend a hand and make a difference...


Jermaine Ann Jasa

“Good afternoon teacher!”


Hearing this greeting every afternoon The project enabled visibility of Girl
coming from the children, with a smile and Scouts in the community actually, the
enthusiasm, gave us so much excitement as barangay officers expressed appreciation
well as great feeling to teach more and be because of the concern of the scouts to the
always present in attending the community children who need support in their studies.
outreach program. However, despite the fact that the girls
Last summer vacation the girl scouts are also busy with their studies and life
Enthusiastic Troop no. 434 headed by too, now more than ever, did they realize
the troop leaders Ms. Kimberly M. Tomas that girl scouting is beyond camping and
and Ms. Jo Ann Bernafe Frias conducted yells. The parents of the students under the
a Literacy Project in Barangay Barangka program appreciated the said advocacy.
Ibaba Mandaluyong City which is an entry Girl scouting is one of our guides in
to Pilar Hidalgo Lim Troop Achievement making us more purposeful. In Girl Scout,
Award. we value ‘equality’ that means, all people
The Literacy Project aims to help can do the same thing and can do anything.
beneficiaries to solve the following needs: We, the girl scouts and those beneficiaries
identify the least mastered skills in reading started to treat one another as sisters as
that need to be improved and figure out the time passed by. Though, we had different
factors that affect their low performance in mothers still, the way we communicate and
reading. The project was designed to ensure act was just like more than being sisters.
that learners move progressively from We learned so much from the project
GSP ENTHUSIASTIC TROOP NO. 434
illiteracy to become literate by developing aside from sharing, we also realized
the acquired necessary skills to function how hard it is to be a teacher, that being
proficiently and effectively. a teacher was not a joke. A teacher is
To achieve the objectives of the project, passionate, someone who is not selfish
after class hours the girls and troop leaders in sharing knowledge. A teacher is
are gathered together collecting and making hardworking and tireless in doing visual
different innovative instructional materials aids, lesson plans etc. it’s indeed hard to be
to be used in teaching the day’s lessons. one.
“The outreach provided much learning We are glad for we are chosen as one
to the girl scouts in our troop”, Ms. Tomas of the qualifiers in NCR Pilar Hidalgo Lim
said. Troop Achievement Award. But beyond
“It also enhance the scout’s skills in being a qualifier is a great award for we
handling and teaching students, which learn the true meaning of love and sharing.
enable them to be more responsible and Have a heart, lend a hand and make a
more adaptive in time management and to difference.
encourage them to be good role models not Our gratitude to Brgy, Captain Faustino
only for the children they were handling Cruz; MPNAG Principal Dr. Efren S.
but to the people around them.” Ms. Tomas Consemino; School GSP Coordinator, Mrs.
further said. Liezel Valdez; GSP Council Commissioner
“They became more purposeful as to Mrs. Teresa Carranza; for making this
what they want to be when they become project possible. The outcome is indeed
mature,” she added. beyond our expectations.
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Being a
Child of an
OFW
Javis Makie D. Malazzab

F amily is the smallest group of


our society. A family is typically
composed of father, mother and
children. But as time goes by the
concept of a family changes. Some
children are living only with either
a father or a mother, others do not
have parents but they are take cared
by their grandparents. Some are only
living with their relatives.

But whatever type of family we have


in this modern-day generation what is
important is the presence of love, support
and respect. You should be thankful
because you have those people who love
you whoever you are and whatever you
would become.
One of the struggles of the modern
Filipino family is that when one of the
parent has to leave the family because
either the mother or the father has to work
abroad. In this kind of family relationship
one of the parent has never experience to PROJECT HONESTO AWARDEES
be with their children as often as possible.
A close friend of mine grew up with a

The ‘Honestos’ Among Us


father working abroad. When she was a
toddler, her dad started to work abroad and
there are only few instances that he is on
a vacation here in the Philippines. When
she was still young, she always asks herself
why other children have a mother and a Jhoanna Ignacio
father, but eventually she learns to live and

D
to understand their family relationship. o you remember the 2013 television series ‘Honesto’ that is about a young boy who was trained to be honest all the
She is an only child to her parents time for his nose gets big whenever he lies? Honestly, honest people don’t only exist in movies and ‘teleserye’; there
and most of the time is left alone because are also ‘Honestos’, or good people in our society.
her mother is also working as a teacher.
She was thankful of her mother because
although she is also busy she’s doing her Honesty has already been a part of the core values and Not only students, but also other people, are showing honesty
best to fill in the missing piece in their principles of a person. Honesty means choosing not to lie, steal, through returning valuable things. Just like the father of Kirby
family. cheat or deceive in any way. It enables us to develop consistency Abonite of grade 10 STE-Pascal. Her father, Melvin Abonite,
Living with a parent who is working on how we present facts and how we conquer our daily struggles. searched everywhere just to return the phone of Sheena Oliveros
abroad is really hard and yet she still More than that, being honest can lead us to a happy, successful and after she left it on his tricycle last September 12.
managed to receive good grades and guiltless life. There are also TV programs, like ‘Good News’ that showcases
participate in school programs and In our school, Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales the honesty of many Filipinos. In one of their episodes, they put up
activities. She’s thanking her friends ‘honestos’ are very evident. That’s why the Supreme Student an ‘Honesty Store’ where they would set-up a stock with no vendor,
because she never grows introvert. For Government, led by Stephan Cancino, president and Ms. Marietta the buyers will be the one who will get the item which they want to
fifteen years growing up in this family Castillo, adviser together with the Guidnace office have thought of buy, and the payment will just be dropped in a box. The outcome is:
relationship she become responsible to her a way to recognize them by giving an Honesty Certificate Award for all the people who bought in the store are all honest in paying and
actions and decisions in life. every lost item returned. getting their change.
She did understand why her father Recognition is the perfect way to promote good character and These are many occurrences where we have seen the honesty
left her but she can’t deny that she really motivate the students to be honest. For this, other students will also of Filipinos. In a generation that is full of greed, it is joyful to think
misses his father. She said that, “Yes, he is change their mindset that not everyone is bad and not trustworthy that honest people are getting more in numbers than what we
supporting my needs but during the times after all. expected.
that I need a father he is not there on my One perfect example is a grade 12STEM student named, Felice Our noses don’t have to grow big in order to be honest, because
side.” Delos Santos, who returned the cell phone of a student who lost it honesty is not just supposed to be displayed in the classroom,
She also said that, “When my father during the research festival held in our gymnasium last September instead the policy should be taught and lived by in every corner of
is angry with me, I’d like to tell him that 13. the world.

BEWARE: Monsters Inside


he didn’t watch me as I grew up – that
he didn’t know me to treat me like that.”
At that point she was disappointed to her
father.
Sometimes she’s thinking that parents
are too focus on their job to gain money to Maurinne Angeline Guloy
be able to support their children’s needs
but they should also realize that we also
need their time and presence over material A startled expression replaced the happy smile on the boy’s face as his computer transformed into a monster. The cruel
pranks complete the form of its hands, clutching the body tightly. Its mouth covered with offensive words roared
making the boy cry in fear. Once again, the monster found another innocent victim.
wealth.
But at the end of the day we still
love our parents just like my friend she This monster continuously lurks behind stress or worst- destroy lives. are unaware of its effect.
still wants to give her best in her studies every device connected to the internet since Millennials are described as ‘Filipino But in every nightmare, a hero comes
because this is what will make her parents 2012, where hundreds of children in the tech addicts’ because of using too much and saves the day. Republic Act No. 10175
proud and happy. And this is the best Philippines are fond of using. Unaware that time using Facebook, where cybercrimes or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012
way to repay our parents for all their they may become a victim of cyber-bullying are frequently reported. aims to address legal issues concerning
hardworking and sacrifices. by being subjected in cruel pranks and Through the means of teasing, making online interactions. This law serves as the
She was thankful that this year she verbal abuse. fun of a person, posting private videos shield or protection against cyber-bullying.
is With Honors. “I am happy when I see
my parents happy because of my awards, According to a survey from 2012 cyber- or photos and spilling out personal Finally, a superpower mixed with
especially my dad.” bullying issues pop up, 80% of young teens information in any websites in the Internet, awareness of the people, appeared. Enough
My friend is just one typical teenager became a victim of its monstrous deeds. one may become a victim of cyber-bullying. to destroy the wicked monster and save the
who has tried to live normally even though An innocent desire of a child to have Sadly, teenagers who experience these innocent teenagers.
she is a child of an Overseas Filipino fun while playing online games and getting humiliating situations sometimes commit Time will come when we can be
Worker (OFW). So if you are also in this connected with friends can turn to his or suicide. reassured that every time we face this
kind of family relationship always think of her own nightmare. Like the boy who cried in fear, device connected to the internet, no
the positive side of life, always remember This monster finds most of its victims in unknowing what’s going to happen next monster will appear, no scary antics, just
that if you are missing your parents, they Facebook- a commonly used app in chatting and what to do, children tend to keep this pure gaiety and merry laughters.
are also thinking about you and they are with friends. With just one click, people can treatment to themselves. Same as the
also missing you a hundred times.
hurt someone’s feeling, cause psychological people behind these merciless attacks who

Quipper, A mong the schools here in SDO-Mandaluyong, Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales was one of the best
implementer of using Quipper in Senior High School. With the coordination of Mr. Feliciano Bueno,Jr., SHS
teacher in Mathematics. And of course, with the support of Dr. Efren S. Consemino, principal and Mr. Pom Floro,

paperless
assistant principal in SHS, and local city government headed by Mayor Menchie Abalos.
Mr. Bueno tries to make sure that there will be instances to As of end 2015, more than 1 million Filipino students were
use Quipper in his lessons in Mathematics. He observed that registered on the platform. Of these, almost 70 percent come from

education
his students are interested to study Math every time he is using the National Capital Region (NCR), where close to 75 percent are
Quipper. in high school.
“Quipper is not only friendly to the teachers but also to the According to newsinfo.inquirer.net with just a few clicks, you
students because materials are available while students are giving can access various online learning sites. A teacher can get hold of
Daisy Florendo
more time to solve the answer on a specific problem.” Mr. Buebo students’ performances and evaluations without marking a paper
said. or lifting a pen.
Quipper is an education technology company that provides Free Wi-Fi zones, tablets and android phones, instead of
e-Learning, coaching, tutoring, and assessment services for Kto12 personal computers, laptops and netbooks, and the cheapest
in Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, and Philippines. The company’s Internet access, the Pisonet. Teacher can give students a short
primary service is an online Learning Management System (LMS), tutorial on how to create an account with Quipper.
which is used in different ways in each country where it operates.
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HIV/AIDS: Everyone Can Be A Victim


Deiv Archangel S. Daguio

W ith almost 10,000 new HIV/AIDS cases recorded as of 2017 alone, Philippines have become the country with the
fastest HIV infection rate in Asia-Pacific, and 2nd to South Africa worldwide. This major problem had killed more
than 400 individuals, and yet many are still unmindful of the danger HIV might bring to them. People living in the city have
been taught precautionary measures and practices regarding safe sex, but most of the cases are still coming from the National
Capital Region. As a youth, we worry about this problem, and we might not know that one of our family member or a friend is
already or can be a victim of this disease?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, also known credible statistics from officials regarding HIV/ to last year. Just imagine those young ones, who
as HIV is a virus that infects and destroys the AIDS are still increasing, where in fact certain instead of enjoying, studying and finishing their
vital organs and cells of the human immune programs and seminars concerning HIV/AIDS studies, are suffering from HIV.
system transmitted through body fluids of an are being held from different part of our country. Majority of the HIV transmissions are due to
infected person, such as blood, semen, vaginal The number of people infected with HIV is not men having sex with men. Forced sex, also known
fluid and breast milk. A contagious virus that decreasing, but instead increasing and increasing as rape is also a way for HIV to be transmitted,
could destroy humanity if not taken into action. rapidly as if no education is being taught to them. as well as those sex workers or those who work in
Despite the development of potent drugs to On February of last year, the Department of sex prostitutions, by having sex to those people
temporarily treat and prolong lives of those Health proposed of distributing free condoms infected with HIV being forced or unwanted sex,
infected individuals, there is still no guaranteed to different schools and health centers around or for money. Some also by the use of drugs.
cure for HIV, and this is very alarming. Everyone the country to promote safe sex and possibly There is no known cure, but early diagnosis and
can be a victim of HIV/AIDS, no one is an lessen the fast-growing amount of sexually treatment can prolong lives. HIV can kill anyone
exception. It could be me, you or anyone else, transmitted diseases and unwanted sex or early it infects. In fact, just last year, AIDS already
whatever is your age, state in life, who and what pregnancy which is also prevalent in the country. claimed 428 lives in our country.
you are. This is reality. But suddenly got rejected by the Department of With the data being showed by the officials
There is an act (Republic Act No. 8504 or Education, saying that they want to be sensitive from time to time, and those people being killed
the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act about what the parents feel and don’t agree with by HIV, the Department of Health records show
of 1998) approved on February 13, 1998, that the idea, and giving students condoms was only a an alarming, consistent increase in HIV infections
publicize policies and prescribe measures for waste of fund. in recent years, and we must take notice of
the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in the According to Department of Health, those this. While there has been much progress in
Philippines, instituting a nationwide HIV/AIDS infected with HIV are getting younger and treating the virus, AIDS continues to kill, and
program, establishing a comprehensive HIV/ younger in terms of age. The proportion of HIV we shouldn’t wait for it to reach into our lives,
AIDS monitoring system, and strengthening cases in the age of 15 to 24 increased from 25 because everyone could be a victim. No one is an
the Philippine National AIDS Council. But still, percent in 2006 to 2010 to 29 percent in 2011 up exception.

Smells Fishy...
Rocio Camille Helena Dimagiba

O ne superpower of the Filipino people is being able to stomach bizarre kinds of


food. In every corner, we can find street food vendors with a variety of sumptuous
delicacies flavored partially by different cultures of bacteria. In the rural areas where
income is expectedly low, provincial folk feast on peculiar fare, such as insects,
worms, rodents, frogs and so on. Because we are accustomed to surviving by the skin
of our teeth, the presence of questionable food around us has become ubiquitous.

The scarcity of produce in our country Formalin is a mixture of formaldehyde


is prevalent. Hence, many food vendors and gas and water. It is commonly used in
grocers would usually go the extra mile just embalming and preservation. In every 100
to sell their inventory despite the products milliliter of formalin, there would be about
being close to their best before date. Notably 37% of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is
so, our government has begun accepting naturally produced by the human body but
more edible resources from foreign land. is also quickly expelled as carbon dioxide.
One example would be the poorly managed It also happens to be present in many
imported rice grains with extra protein household products such as shampoos, nail
contributed by the crawling weevils (bukbok) polishes, and even in the wood of the shelves
found in each handful. that hold these goods. That being said, are
Another would be galunggong (round formaldehyde and formalin really dangerous
scad), that have been making headlines to humans? The answer is a flat yes.
after the Department of Agriculture allowed Gulping down 1 oz. of formalin, a third of
the importation of these fish from China. which is formaldehyde, will cause respiratory
Rumors about these imports being tainted problems, and will most likely render an
with formalin have surfaced, causing public adult in a comatose state if not instantly
distress. Since galunggong is such a common kill him. Ingesting it in very small doses
viand being cooked in many households, can give some human convulsions, vertigo,
news about poison in this Filipino favorite is severe stomach conditions, and even cancer,
disturbing and stressful. undeniably leaving his days numbered.
Many Filipinos have refrained from Filipinos aren’t picky eaters. It doesn’t
purchasing the poor man’s fish. Despite the matter if it’s ants or whale sharks, if needed,
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ we will chew our way through it all to get by.
denial of the formalin claims, speculations Yet, despite this trait, the higher-ups should
about the presence of this chemical in probably halt from taking advantage of our
galunggong have persisted. Even to Filipinos eating habits. Downplaying the existence of
who do not understand basic chemistry, this health hazard only risks our well-being
formalin is known as a solution that further. Yes, it’s easy to fall for fishy news
preserves corpses. Because it is something hook, line, and sinker but what’s hard to
useful for the dead, it most certainly does not believe is that if the government has this
sound suitable for the living. situation under control.

Freezing and Flaming


Paradise Javis Makie Malazzab

Changes in global temperature has been a major problem which concerns the seven billion people
neither taking care nor destroying our planet, Earth.
The State of the Climate in 2013 shows the rise of to the dropping of the Earth’s average temperature.
Earth’s temperature exceeding beyond the historic norms In 2013, cooling effect of cyclical “La Nina” over the
for hundred or even thousands of years, and even the Pacific Ocean was observed. El Nino, on the other hand,
abnormal dropping of the Earth’s temperature. This intensifies the rate of global temperature.
phenomenon is better known as climate change. In line with this, a record-breaking 36 days with
Climate change is defined as the abnormal temperatures ranging at 80oF or higher was obtained
fluctuations of temperature over a long period of time. by Fairbanks, Alaska. Some permafrost monitoring
It may have rooted from the excessive amounts of stations in Alaska’s North Slope and Brooks Range
greenhouse gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere obtained the highest temperature recorded. Permafrost
that trap the direct hit of sun rays towards the surface of is a permanently frozen layer at variable depth below the
the Earth which increases the temperature of the whole surface in frigid regions of the Earth.
world. The levels of carbon dioxide hit 400 parts per Recently, a super typhoon flooded the Northern
million (ppm) on May 9, 2013 which was observed by parts of the Philippines which killed hundreds of lives,
Mauna Loa Observatory. injured thousands of people and destroyed billion-worth
These changes in the climate causes different infrastructures. Also, super typhoon Haiyan which made
phenomenon namely: global warming, global cooling, its landfall to the Philippines last November 8, 2013,
El Nino, and La Nina. Global warming is the rise in the mercilessly killed 6,300 lives and 1,000 people missing.
average temperature of Earth while global cooling refers
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Science fair delegates bring ‘Over-all First Runner Up’ trophy

DIVISION SCIENCE FAIR 2018 DELEGATES AND TRAINERS

Deiv Archangel S. Daguio

O n its second year Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales won “Over-all First Runner Up” in Division Science Fair Contest held at Andres Bonifacio Integrated
School on October 12.
The winners in Science Quiz Bee are: Byrl Shella Marie Archangel S. Daguio, Dorathy Peliño and Riza Marie R. and Jennavie Guivencan. And the 3rd place Team Category-
T. Campos,9-Einstein, 1st place in Individual Category Aspilla from 10-Diamond, they won 2nd place, Team Physical Science are Christian Paul Pineda, Rodel Tabayay
Grade 9 Level; Paul Vincent Bueno, Ariston Daganio Jr. and Category. and Allysson Fritz Macaspac.
Crismae Reyes, Grade 11 & 12, 2nd place, Team category In Life Science Category, Rizza Joy Surio, Ailyn Grana Isabela Mae Borling won 2nd place while Aliah
Senior High School Level. and Brix Gabriel Julianda from 10 – Amber won 2nd place Mohammaddaud got the 3rd place for Individual Category–
In Science Investigatory Project, Physical Science, Team Category. And Moises Immanuel Breiva, Francis Physical Science.
Byrl Shella Marie T. Campos,9 - Einstein won 1st place in Plaza and Bradgee Penad got the 1st place also for Team Vincent Paul Bueno won 3rd place in Individual
Individual Category. Category Grade 11. Category– Life Science.
There are two winners in Physical Science Team The winners in Robotics are Stephanie Joy Susada, In Grade 12 level, Retha Bernice Pansalin won 3rd
Category they are Paula N. Montesines, Mark Jhon M. Kylle Yusi and Melody Ordiz, 2nd place Team Category. place Individual Category–Life Science, together with Rose
Simbahon and Camille D. Cerujano all from 9 – Einstein And Jeffrey Dellosa, John Martin Aranzado and Ailalyn Joy Callos who also won 3rd place for Individual Category
won 3rd place and Aron R. Espinas, Jasril Paulyn M. Pacis Cordero,3rd place Team Category. – Physical Science. And Ike A. Sumampong, Marianne
and Syreign Joy B. Mascariñas also from 9 – Newton won Angelo Tan and Rei Vincent Centro also won 2nd place Garcia, and Khen Costales got 3rd place for Team Category
3rd place. for Team-Physical Science category. The 2nd place in Life – Physical Science.
Another winner in Physical Science category are Deiv Science category are Crismae Reyes, Ariston Daganio Jr.

Techy Damaged Eyes A Comparative Study of


Moss Rose (Portulaca
Javis Makie Malazzab grandiflora) and Cogon
Eyeglasses, contact lenses, lasers, oh my eyes! How can I appreciate the beautiful sight? Grass (Imperata cylindrica)
Throughout the years, man is able to create new
inventions that made billions of lives easy. These
to blink rarely to maintain its focus, making our eyes dry.
Not only will blinking will be affected when looking at
as Bioethanol
revolutionary creation is better known as technology. a high-contrast screen but eyes may also converge slightly.
Researchers: Ariston J. Daganio Jr.,
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, technology is When pupils get smaller, muscle in the eye adjusts the size Jennavie Klein D. Guivencan, and Crismae C. Reyes
defined as invention of useful things or a solution to solve of the lens, and the two eyes have to converge which causes
a problem. Common technologies include computers, eyes to strain, Shugarman stated. When this happen, it may
laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, telephones and also cause tension headaches. 2nd Place, Division Science Fair 2018, Life Science
cellular phones. These gadgets release radiation and To prevent these complications, aim for a “healthy eye” Team Category
exposes our eyes to high contrast. lifestyle. Generally, our eyes should rest which happens
Too much exposure to these gadgets may lead to eye when we take naps or sleep. When using gadgets, since it Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose) is a moist
damage. As of today, there is no known research that too is unavoidable, the preferred distance between the screen flowering plant which is often cultivated in private
much use of technology resulted to permanent vision and the eye must be 20 to 26 inches away. Also, you should grounds. Because of its ability to adapt to its
damage but it can start to minor leading to major pains. look at a far distance from time to time to relax the eyes. environment and grow faster compared to other
One of the harmful effects is having tension headaches. Instead of blue lights, glare filters are advised because blue
Reading dark-colored font on an extremely bright rays have shorter wavelengths and has more energy while garden plants, the researchers suggested that it may
background can lead to spasms of the muscles at the white light has a large component, which can expose the eye have a higher glucose content which is essential
temples, said Dr. Richard Shugarman, a volunteer professor to a higher amount of wavelength from the blue end of the in making bioethanol. Bioethanol is considered as
of ophthalmology at the Bascon Palmer Eye Institue at the spectrum, according to preventblindness.org. one of the best alternatives for crude oil and fossil
University of Miami. That is why book applications such as Seeing is one of our senses that is essential in our daily fuels, for the amount of carbon dioxide it releases
Wattpad have options to make the font complement with lives. We have been given the ability to see how colorful our
the background color, preventing the eyes to strain. life is but what lies behind the eyes is the soul of one’s life. is basically just the same as what plants get during
Normally, our eyes blink often in order to water the We are chosen to have this ability, so we should justify it by photosynthesis. On the other hand, Imperata
eyes, make it clean and prevent infections. However, protecting and taking care of our eyes. Love your eyes! cylindrica (cogon grass) has been considered as one of
looking at a screen for several consecutive hours, eyes tend the best biomass candidates for bioethanol. To ensure
the validity of making a better ethyl alcohol out of
moss rose, both variables (moss rose and cogon grass)
are subjected to same treatments.
The pre-treated conditions are 7 grams and 25
grams of NaOH at 80 and 100 0C. Mutually also,
the two products are conditioned to 10 grams and
25 grams of yeast for trialling. The researchers also
made a solution that has no catalyst for both products.
After the distillation and filtration processes, both
bioethanol was subjected to flammability test under
different volume and trials.
Then, the data were computed using F-test (Two-
way ANOVA). According to the results, there is no
significant difference between moss rose and cogon
grass as bioethanol. However, based on the average
time of the conducted flammability test, moss rose
bioethanol’s results have higher mean compared to
that of cogon grass. In addition, the products’ energy
was tested using calorimeter. The average energy of
moss rose bioethanol is 7.09 kJ, on the other hand,
cogon grass has 5.06 kJ.
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Sepak Takraw
Alexandrian San Jose
MPNAG dance team
champs Lavandero
Festival
Kick. Spike. Serve. Deiv Archangel S. Daguio

Three important terms in playing Sepak


Takraw.
rattan ball made this game differ from the
sport “footvolley”. M ataas na Paaralang Neptali
A. Gonzales Dance Team
championed the city wide dance
The word “Sepak” is a Malaysian word This game is played in competition
meaning to kick and the word “Takraw” is worldwide hosted by the ISTAF or the competition dubbed as Lavandero
Festival in line with the celebration of
from Thailand meaning a woven ball thus, International Sepak Takraw Federation. the Mandaluyong Liberation Day.
Sepak Takraw literally means to kick the There are major competitions for the sport
ball. The objective of the game is to hit the such as the ISTAF Super series, the ISTAF The contest is a part of the week-long
ball over the net and onto the floor in the World Cup and the King’s Cup World Mandaluyong Day celebration, the unique
festival focused on the city’s ancient
opponent’s court to score a point. Championship which is held every year. It tradition of washing clothes in the once
Malaysia and Thailand, the two is a regular sport event in Asian games and clean and clear waters of the Pasig River.
powerhouse this sport and this is indeed a Southeast Asian games. Reversely, focal point of the festival is the
native sport in South East Asia. The rules of the game are similar to the men participants washing clothes instead of
There are lots of kicks in Sepak Takraw rules of the volleyball. The only difference women.
The following are the members of the
like inside kick, outside kick, knee kick, is you’ll be using feet not hands and the ball MPNAG Dance Team: Lea Maria Sampol,
header, roll spike, horse kick, serve, and the used is a rattan ball or the synthetic ones. Bethie Dialogo, Christy Calipas, Lyn Dela
sun back spike. These are only few of the Speed, flexibility and power are the skills Cruz, Maria Elaisa Mendoza, Mary Joy
techniques use in Sepak Takraw. Its use of that you need to dominate in this game. Mendoza and Windy Pesao.
The male dancers are Felbert Puriran,
Mark Angel Dublin, Chris Dino Otadoy,

Gonzalesians reap awards in


Andrew Delacruz, Andy Angelo Ventura,
Bernard Balbada, Daniel Valma, Earl Jude
Oguing, Jimmy Tanaleon, John Rey Ileno,

city-wide contests
Josh Gadiana, Luis Fernandez, Raymark
Laride, Ronin Taala, Ryan Aquino, and
Kristian Acosta.
The SPA Visual Arts also helped them
Crismae Reyes with the props that added points in their
winning, while the choreographers are the
G ONZALESIANS BRING home awards in different contests initiated by Hon.
Menchie Abalos, Mandaluyong City Mayor, held at the Mandaluyong City
Hall grounds and selected rooms simultaneously on February 7.
MAPEH teachers with Mr. Rayne Dacallos
from English Department.
They received a certificate of
Inclined with the celebration of the Oration recognition and a cash prize worth
city anniversary, Mayor Abalos sponsored A grade 9 student champed in the Php20,000.
numerous contests intended for the Oratorical Contest, after defeating the best The contest was attended by selected
students for she believes that they are not orators from different high schools in the students which is also a collaboration of
only talented but also intelligent, likewise division which was held at Mandaluyong SPA Dance and male dancers from different
there were contests in choral singing, quiz Session Hall. grade levels.
bee, oratorion and declamation. Stephen Chill Berdin, grade 9 -
PHOTO COURTESY OF RTU Bernoulli, trained by Mr. Michael Sergio,
SEPAK TAKRAW TEAM
Talinong Mandaluyong won the competition with his piece entitled
Three students from the Senior High “A Change Within”
School topped the 5th Talinong Mandaleño
Quiz Bee which was held at Mandaluyong Mandaluyong Koro ng Bayan
Sepak Takraw Session Hall.
Manuel Sales Jr., and Tara Christina
SPA Voice placed second against six
teams in the Mandaluyong Koro ng Bayan.
has been a Rogge both from grade 12-STEM; and
Crismae Reyes, Grade 10 STEM-Euclid
The students who competed were
trained by Ms. Lara Mae Camacho, voice
competitive sport represented the school in the said contest.
From the name itself, it is a contest
specialist. They were: Dino Bangcoyo Jr.,
Ma. Jasmine Consular, Lyza Reformina,
where chosen students from different and Janna Marealle Ybañez, all from grade
schools competed by answering questions 8 SPA-Amorsolo; Ma. Ezekiel Bernal and
orally about math, science, and technology, Jasmine Gardon, both from grade 8 SPA
Filipino and English literature, Philippine - Juan Luna; Randel Ibarra, Percy Joy

since 1945.
culture and history, geography and general Escalante, Janna Victoria Santos, Rizza Mae SPECIAL PROGRAM
information or current events. The students Tarroquin and Joan Tinaan, all from grade IN THE ARTS.
The Voice
were trained by Mrs. Esperanza Starks, 10 SPA - Balagtas.
source: takrawcanada.com Master Teacher II in English.

Bringing back Pinoy Games


James Bermas

Itechno
n this generation of millennials, we could see almost everyone holding his
phones or tablets, engaging in games installed in gadgets. Millennials are
savvy, they live in a world of computer, internet, facebook, tweeter, and
may other things that make them busy. Yet, they forget to socialize for real or
even play outdoor games.
While playing computer games is fun Luksong Tinik. The difference of the
and entertaining, let’s not forget Pinoy games is just on luksong baka you need to
outdoor games which are often played by jump over the back, while in luksong tinik
our parents. I am sure some of us also had you need to jump over the limbs of your
a chance to play any of these Pinoy games. playmate.
There are different Filipino games like Langit-lupa or Heaven and Earth is
Jolen, Chinese Garter, Luksong Baka and another Pinoy game where in most kids
Luksong Tinik, Tumbang preso, Langit like because it has no limit on the number
Lupa, Agawan base, and,Piko. of players. As long as everyone can be
Tumbang preso is a game which not accommodated in the playing area and can
only make us happy but it also makes move from the langit and lupa post.
us healthy since it uses our cardio while This game is a tagging game and the it
getting our pamato without even tagged it or the “taya” can only chase others whose
or the taya by the guard of the empty can. stepping on level ground or “lupa” but they
Another Filipino popular game is cannot tag them when they are stepping
Agawan base or simply capturing the base. on any objects, as long as it is higher
The usual base that Filipinos use are trees, than the level ground it is considered as
wall or post lamp. This is a strategical “langit”(heaven).
game because the main target is to capture
the base of the opposing team without
being a prisoner. Or we can capture all the The song for this game is Langit, lupa
members of the opposing team as prisoners impyerno, im - im - impyerno, Sak-sak puso
so that we conquer its base. Sounds familiar tulo ang dugo, Patay, buhay, Umalis ka na
to Clash of Clans, right? sa pwesto mo.
Playing jolens, a smooth, round, The Philippine variation of hopscotch is
and colorful stones where most of the boys called Piko. All the players will throw their
play is also a strategic game. The objective cue ball or pato on the assign line and the
of the player is to break a cluster of jolens player who has the nearest cue ball to the
because he will own the jolens which are far line will start to play. To win in the game
from him. players need to conquer each box, and once
If we want to strengthen our agility and conquered it will be the players bahay. The
flexibilty, here is Chinese Garter, that is players get excitement because the bahay
mostly played by girls with the use of garter. can be steal.
The player who can jump on the highest As 21st century kids almost all of us
level of the garter wins the game. are exposed to technologies but still we
Other games which will test our couldnt deny the essence and beauty of our
jumping ability are Luksong Baka and culture in Filipino traditional games.
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THE OFFICIAL ENGLISH PUBLICATION OF MATAAS NA PAARALANG NEPTALI A. GONZALES DIVISION OF MANDALUYONG, NCR VOLUME XVIII - ISSUE I // JANUARY - OCTOBER 2018

CLUTCH WIN
MPNAG triumphs over ERIS, 75-72

2018 BASKETBALL DISTRICT MEET.

Crismae Reyes

For every
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n their third game in the 2018’s Basketball District’s Meet, Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A.
Gonzales (MPNAG) nipped Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School (ERIS) with a score of 75-
session of Zumba, 72, October 5, thus, leading them to devour victory.
Yells and applauses filled the Highway Hills Integrated Our Lady of Guadalupe College (OLGC) play match
School (HHIS) gymnasium after the game series as the ended with 76-23 making MPNAG’s first remarkable
triumphant team celebrated inside. conquest. Second match against Arellano University (AU)

you can “We defeated the teams. First of all, the height
difference in our team and our opponent are of total
was a close call with 65-60. Fortuitously, MPNAG managed
to swipe all its opponents and dribble all its way down to

burn up to
opposite, and the number of members on the other teams the division meet.
are ranging from 15 to 17 but our team only has 12,” said All the wins except the first game was not that
MPNAG’s Coach Harry Gellado. whopping, but in the end, nothing beat the raging spirit of
Coach Gellado further said that it took only two months the school’s varsity.

650 calories. for MPNAG team to prepare. The team even admitted
that they are not that confident at first for they’ve done
only some basic preparations, and also because they are
Among the players are Panes, Remigio, Magaan,
Arnuza, Tay, Ricamara, Capungcol, Caples, Pinonggan,
Ramos, Abuela and their team captain, Warren Magtangob.
outnumbered by the other teams. For Coach Gellado’s final advice: “It’s not easy to be a
source: fitnessblender.com Despite the anomalies, Coach Gellado’s debut year in student and at the same time a member of the varsity team.
handling a basketball team became a successful one. I always say that to them, ‘do the practice in the right way’.
“I built the team. I didn’t expect us to win. I did not If in the practice, they are not serious they are going to

Grade 10 stude wins in


actually feel any pressure, for me the biggest highlight is us bring it on the actual game. They should learn take practices
winning consecutively,” he added. seriously.”

badminton Single B
Jerome Russel Mayhay Zumba helps faculty lose weight
B ecause of his hard work and determination
to win, Rynon Gabia of 10 - STE Pascal won
Second Place in Single B Badminton District Meet
James Bermas

held at Highway Hills Integrated School (HHIS) last


October 9 and 10. Every week teachers are attending Zumba at the school gymnasium which is organized by the MPNAG Faculty
Club headed by Ms. Miriam Villa Ignacio, president, with the support of the officers and administrator.

During the elimination round Gabia’s error made the Teachers are enjoying the camaraderie of dancing “It is also our advocacy to make the teachers become
opponent took the lead in the first set with a score of 12 – 8 and exercising together. They are doing this after class aware of the importance of a healthy body.” Ms. Villa
hours to make sure that many will benefit from the Ignacio added.
and he made a comeback after and he won the next set, a project. Aside from the Zumba the MPNAG Faculty Club is
tough match happened but still managed to win the game “We want to help our teachers to be physically fit also conducting the annual Trick or Treat, Christmas
with a score of 21-17,21-12 that’s why we organized this project.” Ms. Villa Ignacio Party, Outreach Program, World Teachers’ Month
His game in the second set was way better than the first said. Program, Fun Run, and many others.
set, and defeated his opponent with an ease and scored of
21 - 12 and that made him advance to the semi finals of the
match.
The semi final match was a tough match for him and for
his opponent but he won in a 3 set matches: 21-18, 19-21,
and 21-17.
Every set in the match was difficult, in the first set both
opponents are adjusting in their play but he was able to
defeat his opponent, but in the second set the game started
to turn but his momentum went back in the last set and
making him advanced to the final match.
In his final match, he played a shot against Arellano
University (AU), although he was doing his best his
opponent overpowered him, and defeated him 21-14, 21-6
in the final score.
One of the coaches, Ms. Laiza Bayron, said, “Badminton
is known as speed game while playing inside the
rectangular court.”
Bayron further said, “I am still proud of Gabia because
he performed a good fight.” ZUMBA DANCE EXERCISE.
Gabia is now preparing for the division level of the MPNAG Faculty

competition.