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    • The Official Student Newsletter of the Philippine Institute of Quezon City www.piqc.edu.ph VOLUME VI NUMBER I JANUARY 2011 For many years weve been conquering Nature. Now were beating it to death. You can make a difference. Add your voice at expressionlane@yahoo.comMontage. December 17 marked the kindling season of amity and joy to the PIQC community. Here, the genial spark of Christmas spirit highlighted all the good activities.PIQC community beefs up spirit of Christmas; 5 seniors pass UPCAT FIVE SENIOR students ofFestivities, showcase of talents grace celebration Philippine Institute of Quezonby Jean Liao and Daniela Louise Ching City (PIQC) passed in the Uni- versity of the Philippines Col-Christ’s message of love on Christmas Day, we want it Various performances not only capped the celebra- lege Admission Test which wasin a permanent way. — Jessie Angelo Lee tion, but these also showcased talents that are truly administered on October, 2010. PIQC‘s. The nursery and kindergarten performed three The qualifiers were 360°THIS YEAR‘S Christmas program held Dec. 17, 2010 dance numbers that brought cheers to the whole crowd. staffers editor in chief, Sarahat the Big Auditorium and enthemed Share the Spirit of The Glee Club also gave their all as they sang in chorus Jessica Wong (who also quali-Christmas captured what Directress Lee Shu Hwei men- Feliz Navidad. The Wu Shu Club showed their moves fied for ADMU), associate edi-tioned in a speech that officially marked the celebration: as they perform to the music of I’ll Make A Man Out of tor Jean Liao (also passed―This is the time of the year when all of us could feel You. DLSU-CET), managing editorand experience the spirit of giving, charity, forgiveness, There were not only performances but also games Gillian Jeremie Pua (alsogenerosity and love above all else.‖ spearheaded by the energetic PIQC Scouts where lower ADMU passer), Michelin Ang And true to these words, the whole community has elementary and higher elementary students participated and Charles Aaron Tsoi whocome together in one spirit: to celebrate life and thank as the programs proceeds. both passed the DLSU-CET asGod for a bless-full and awesome year 2010. Spirit of Christmas … Page 2 well. Roughly 13,000 senior highSC shares donation for orphans; Proceeds from the Christmas Bazaar held a day school student passed the Uni- earlier were used to sponsor the expenses for the or- versity of the Philippines Col-proves selfless giving a true joy phanage visit. At around two o‘clock in the afternoon, lege Admission Test (UPCAT)by Jean Liao the crew arrived in the said orphanage. There was a for academic year 2011-2012, covered venue for the visitors to meet the children and based on results posted on theIT IS better to give than to receive. UP website. to get them to do different activities. When the children In line with this year‘s Christmas Program celebra- It is recognized as Philip- aged 2-5 saw their ‗achies‘ and ‗ahias‘, they were alltion, the Student Council (SC) together with some pine‘s number one tertiary level they were all very excited and sweet towards their visi-teachers and student volunteers visited Hospicio De San institution and number 63 tors. There were also nurses looking over them. A totalJose in Quiapo, Manila, December 17, 2010. among Asia‘s Top 200 Univer- of 30-32 kids were with the crew that day. Hospicio De San Jose is a Catholic institution with sities according to the Quacqua- It was impossible for the students to host games forwhich abandoned children are adopted and taken care of relli Symonds Ltd. (QS.com) for the children because they were all too ecstatic.by nuns. SC shares … Page 2 2009.Oh, Freshness! Have you killed myworld@ Sa may diNew Faces in PIQC your baby? facebook.com kalayuan...Behold! Meet and get to So commonplace in the Almost everyone caught its Hindi mo pansin ang akingknow PIQC’s new teachers news, inhumane but true sting, beneficial or not? damdamin, kelan ito ililihim?NEWS / Page 3 OPINION / Page 7 FEATURES / Page 11 PANITIKAN / Page 16
    • 2 NEWS MESSAGE Remember the Past, Live the Present, Look to the Future I DO not intend to share about wars or their heroes and villains, but such admon- ishing words above are still relevant for each one of us to think over, especially now that we bid good riddance to 2010 and welcome the New Year 2011. The passage of time is irredeemable and there is no way for us to backtrack orundo things that transpired in 2010 for these belong now in thehistory of our lives. But we often find ourselves wondering Ifonly I could turn back time apparently because there are badhappenings that we just do not want to happen or things wehave never intended to do that have either caused pain to our-selves or worse to other people we treasure most and love. Angels to the fatherless. SC officers, volunteers, and PIQC staff concerted their hearts to give love and joy to these kids. And yet, there are bittersweet memories and great thingsof the past we would love to keep and bring afresh to ourhearts. These are the joys of making new friends, performing inschool activities, winning recognition and awards from contestshere and abroad, getting high grades, or simply, realizing thatyou have overcome your fears and have achieved growth andpersonal value. This New Year marks a beginning for all of PIQC, and howwe start this year, fueled with the lessons of our life’s historyand encouraging faith from God, would determine what wouldbe ahead of us. Let us all remember the past for its invaluable contributionsto the betterment of our characters. May all our students con-tinue to strive for personal excellence and values that we havestarted since, and may all teachers together with all the schoolpersonnel and staff continue to work in solidarity and in har-mony in striving for PIQC’s greater heights now and in the fu-ture. Once again, Happy New Year 2011! Mrs. Lee Shu Hwei School Directress 360°’S YOU SHOULD BE WRITING LITERATURE It’s Showwwtime. Our well-loved Korean students staging their best performances before a lively and lusty PIQC crowd. CAMPAIGNTo our readers: Spirit of Christmas...from Page 1 SC shares … Page 2WE ARE so glad that we have successfully published this first Choral presentations from Grade 5, 2nd year and The students gave out donations in-issue after more than a year of 360°’s dormancy. Well, if we 3rd year students all of which won in the Choral stead. Most of these were toys andhave time and funds, we are hoping to have the second issue Contest organized by the Student Council per- clothes for the little people. Then therethat will feature our graduating seniors. formed as well. The winning batches were also were also goodie bags, with candies Publishing a student paper is an achievement to us. Seeing later on awarded with their prizes. and chips inside, given to the children.our teachers and fellow students read our works is such a great Korean students also took part in the program The students and teachers helpedfeeling. Creating this may sound easy but it’s not. It was a total the children finish up their food which giving out a hearty number that lifted up thebrain-draining task: sleeping late at night, working on holidays, crowd‘s spirit all the more. There was a dance consists of spaghetti, hotdog withand being reprimanded by the moderator to beat the dead-lines. performance from the Chinese Dance Club only marshmallow in sticks, sandwiches On our part, the most precious reward is to see our read- this time they did a Spanish number. Last but not and juice. The food was also prepareders appreciate the product of our hard labour though we may the least was a dance performance from the Sen- by the students. Everybody had a greatnot please everyone. iors Batch Lynx. All of which won as Best in time. The crew was ready to go by five Nonetheless, we are inviting YOU readers to share your Costume in last Sports Fest 2010. o‘clock. The children had smilingexpressions be it in a form of a short story that INSPIRES, a The program has come to an end and every- faces as their guests were leaving.poem that REVEALS your feelings, an opinion article that one had a blast. There was a special lunch feast Surely, this is one memorableVOICES OUT your arguments, or department activities that prepared for the teachers, staff and administrators holiday not only to the children butINFORM the campus. after the Christmas Program. This marks the start also to all the students and teachers May this WRITING task serve as a bridge between us. of the holiday season for all of PIQC. that were able to join. This only shows Daniel Ratilla and Sarah Wong graced the that Christmas truly is a time for giv- - The 360° Editorial Staff celebration as masters of ceremony. ■ ing and sharing. ■
    • NEWS 3 GTKY: Meet and greet new faces in PIQC 11 juniors to attendWHEN SCHOOL year 2010 to 2011 officially began in June of last year and as every student was excited to see their UP engineeringold friends and share with them summer stories, the PIQC community was in celebration welcoming to its big family confab 2011new faces who would soon become the teachers most students have learned to love and respect. Brace yourselves aswe present to you the new faces in our school. ELEVEN THIRD year stu- dents from PIQC are among LINBERGH CRISOSTOMO CHING was born on August 20, 1987. He graduated from New the hundreds of students from Era University and had his on the job training at the same university and New Era High School. all over Metro Manila who will He chose to be a teacher, he said, because he is fortunate enough to have very good teachers participate at the annual UP back in high school. At first, he wanted to take up computer engineering, but because he hated Engineering Society Sym- Physics, he tumbled to English, and have never regretted his choice since. For him, effective poisum, held January 24, 2011 teaching is manifested when students apply what they have learned and use these knowledge to at the UP Diliman College of contribute to the betterment of the society. Engineering Theatre. There are 8 participants from III-Sapphire and 3 from MAYBELLE BELTRAN DEGALA was born on July 17, 1987. She graduated from the Philip- III-Emerald. They are Leonard pine Normal University - Manila. After graduation, she was immediately hired in a BPO as an Fabico, Kristopher Lee, Ken agent, and had not taught school for some time. Yet, her heart longs for teaching, so after a year Lim, Jeffrey Lui, Steven Mar- of having been an agent, she finally got the lump of faith to step out to her destiny. For her, zan, Jimzon Uy, Bernadette effective teaching is closely similar to mentoring: You help, support, and encourage students so Ong, Shirley Shi, Chrysander until they, too, could spread their wings and fly to greater heights of life. Ching, Jan Placido, and Ryan Villanueva, respectively. The Engineering Society‘s Symposium will have different MAY CABALLERO FRANCISCO was born on May 4, 1989 and graduated from Arellano Uni- speakers, specifically profes- versity - Manila. This is her first time ever to teach and she is learning to love and enjoy the sors and instructors from the vocation she willingly chose. She‘s an agent of change by nature, and hopes that by her profes- UP College of Engineering, sion, she could help touch lives that would eventually bring holistic growth to students and who will tackle about 12 engi- impact society. neering courses. These courses include: chemical eng., civil eng., computer science, com- MARIA NYLA BUMANLAG MANLANGIT was born on July 25 (we tried hard to get the year puter eng., electrical eng., elec- of her birth but she refused to reveal it, so sorry you won‘t be able to calculate her young age). tronics and communications She graduated from University of Santo Tomas and taught at Arellano University - Jose Abad eng., geodetic eng., industrial Santos Campus. She did not intend to be a teacher, but the hands of God prodded her all the eng., materials eng., mechani- more to become a true-blooded teacher. Had she become a doctor, high school students would cal eng., metallurgical eng., not have a super ‗kwela‘ mentor. For her, it does not suffice that a teacher is eloquent and good and mining eng. at her subject contents. More than ever, she gives high premium when it comes to inspiring The UP Engineering Soci- students and encouraging them to see through their goals. ety is the first college-wide organization for engineering VENJIE NERA OCLARET was born on October 15, 1988. He graduated from the Philippine students. For thirteen years now, the organization has fos- Normal University - Manila and had his teacher training at Good Shepherd Cathedral School. tered camaraderie among the Teaching is inscribed in his heart and soul, and he believes that he was meant for it since the various departments and has beginning of time. He has also been a volunteer teacher and a ‗Kuya‘ to young people of his produced engineers who have a community and campus. For him, effective teaching is serving as an instrument to reflect God‘s broader perspective of engi- love to the heartbroken and impossible people, that they would know his Jesus and see their neering as a profession and a worth and value for being here. form of dignified service. LIEZYL STA. ROMANA TAMAYO was born on August 11 (she pleaded us not to include the year of her birth, so here you go readers). She graduated from the Philippine Normal University 3 of 12 DLSU-CET and previously taught at Hope Christian Academy before the hands of fate brought her to our passers, Korean awesome school. To become a teacher was never part of her dreams, but God knew what is best for her before she learns about them. Eventually, she turned out to be a teacher that in MINJI SUNG, Seung Ho Woo, itself proved a true vocation for her. For her, application is the best definition of effective and Seul Ki were among the teaching, that teaching is effective when there is an application of the knowledge learned. twelve seniors of PIQC who passed the DLSU-CET which was administered October of GHIA RESURRECCION RELUCIO was born on November 20, 1989. She graduated from last year. The other 9 who Arellano University in Manila and like Mr. Ching and Mr. Oclaret, she only graduated last year passed were Michelin Ang, and immediately applied and got hired by the school. Nobody forced her to take up education Jeane Ayangco, Janelle de as a course, but she was the one who willingly chose to become a teacher. For her, effective Guzman, Gillano Lambengco, teaching is a long-term process that involves participation between the teacher and the students. Jean Liao, Sean Austin Lim, To see her students become successful one day is her only desire. Edward Sia, Charles Tsoi, and Hannah Vergara.
    • 42nd parents honored: PIQC celebrates Teacher’s DayBy Gillian Jeremie PuaSEPTEMBER 28 is the birthday of Confucius; it is also cele-brated as the Teachers Day. In this special day for teachers, thestudent council organized and well prepared a program to thankour teachers for the effort and sacrifices they‘d done for us. Dur-ing the Teacher‘s Day celebration, both teachers and studentsspent a warm and pleasant day. The entire program was wonderful, with nearly 30 shows,one followed by the other, was the most perfect gift given to theteachers during the event. After the program, the Board of Trustees hosted a banquetfor all the staffs and personnel of the school, incentives werealso given to the teachers for their sacrifices and efforts given tothe school. Generous gift were given to teachers who served theschool for, 10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years, to indicate their hard TOP-LEVEL PERFORMANCE. Volunteer teachersclassroom and teaching. Later on we ing their other side when they are not in the from China are shown here showcas-work and to show the gratitude of the school towards them. found out that they are not only good Chinese teachers, but are also fitness gurus! Looking back at the struggles PIQC encountered for the past40 years, every step forward contains the hard work and effortsof the teachers. Particularly in recent years, wherein great suc-cesses have been achieved by the school and its students.PIQC bags top awards in most international Math tiltsBy Karen Grace ZhangPIQC STUDENT, Joshua Nathanael Balete, who represented thePhilippines at the Eleventh IMC in Seoul from July 25 to July29, won the championship in the group competition and abronze medal in the individual competition. His companion,Michelin Ang, also won a silver medal in the group competitionand a bronze medal in the individual competition. An article inthe Manila Bulletin and Inquirer was written for them for theglory they brought to the country. Karli Ang and Daniel Ratilla represented the Philippines inthe Sixth International Math Competition in Singapore, Aug. 6-10. They respectively won a bronze medal and an outstanding OVERJOYED. Mrs. Manlangit (center) is obviously reacting in fullest surprise in this fileaward out of the many contestants, bringing again good news to photo after the dice turned and instantly made her a thousand-peso richer than her group! The game was indeed fun and for a while gave our teachers pure joy.our school. And on August 12 to 15, our student, Joanna Yu , represent-ing the Philippines, won a bronze medal in the math competitionheld in Tianjin, China.PIQC reigns champion in English Debate confabBy Bernadette OngTHE DEBATE competition organized by Binondo Schools De-bate camp was held in De La Salle University in Manila. A totalof 11 Chinese schools, more than 30 teams and more than 100students joined the competition. Under the leadership of Mr.Harold Peñacerrada, two teams from our school joined the con-test, and our 4th year team won the championship. Our students, Charles Aaron Tsoi, Sarah Jessica Wong, andGillian Jeremie Pua, gave their best effort and fought all the waythrough the competition and won the championship round. The championship won this time is an evident result of thebest efforts of our teachers, administrative staff and the whole CREAM OF THE CROP. The administration and staff pay honour to (From left to right)school. This is the motivation that leads our school in achieving Joshua Balete, Joanna Yu, Michelin and Karli Ang, and Daniel Ratilla, are among the great number of students who brought home cheers and great pride to PIQC in 2010.greater progress today and in the future.
    • NEWS 5English week bolsters PIQC mind and talents TOP EDUCATION NEWS OF 2010By: Patricia Lee Osa BautistaFROM NOV. 22 to 26, PIQC held the English Week celebration. Basic plus twoDuring that week, a book fair took place, and so did tableau presen-tations. But the very highlight of this week was the English pro- PDI—ON WORLD Teacher‘s Day in October, DepEd announcedgram. The students practiced their buts off to be able to perform its plan to adopt the K+12 (Kindergarten plus 12) program for basicvery well for this program. They gathered all their strength, got education in the Philippines. The breakdown of the 12 years afterpulled out of class for practice (they most likely enjoyed that) and kindergarten is as follows: Six years elementary school (Grades 1 toprobably produced gallons of sweat in making their preparations to 6), four years junior high (Grades 7 to 10) and two years senior highgive everyone a fun time. Students also revealed their brain powers school (Grades 11 to 12).and steering confidence in the extemporaneous speaking, quiz bee, The program will include vocational courses in high school todeclamation and other contests that beef up the event. Here are the equip students with employable skills should they be unable to enterwinners in the different categories and events: university. BOOK PARADE 1 In effect, it is a program that aligns the present 10-year system with the universal 12-year basic education cycle. 3rd III-Emerald (The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare) DepEd said the program hoped to put education in the country t 2nd II-Jade (The Maguindanao Pearls by Isidro Reztizos) par with international standards, as well as graduate employable 18- st year-olds. 1 IV-Diamond (The Odyssey by Homer) DepEd officials are going to do it nice and slow, reportedly, and BOOK PARADE 2 will conduct consultations with all stakeholders. They plan to transi- 3rd Rapunzel (4-Olive) tion the system smoothly into the next administration in 2016 when 2nd Cinderella (4-Orange) the first batch of senior high school students is expected to be in the 1st Alice (2-Yellow) system. Critics of the program said the government should address EXTEMPORANEOUS school backlogs before embarking on such an ambitious plan. 3rd Alexis Vianca Tan (II-Jade) But Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the DepEd would 2nd Gillian Jeremie Pua (IV-Diamond) overhaul the curriculum and solve the shortages in teachers, class- 1st Daniel Ratilla (III-Sapphire) rooms and textbooks at the same time that it would be putting into ULTIMATE QUIZ BEE effect the K+12 program. 3rd Team 7 (Sharmaine Chanco, Cecille Dee, Alexis Tan, Joanna Yu) Those in favour of the 12-year system point to the public school 2nd Team 5 (Chester Chen, Marigold Sy, Karli Ang, Katrina Maniulit) students‘ dismal achievement test scores because the curriculum has 1st Team 3 (Sarah Wong, Bernadette Ong, Kiefer Tan, Joshua Balete) been too crammed. TABLEAU As a student, what is your opinion concerning this issue? 3rd III-Emerald (The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare) “Yay! Because if they were to do this, I believe that the system of 2nd IV-Opal (The First Beauty Pageant based on The Iliad by Homer) education in the schools would become messed up.” 1st IV-Diamond (The Judgment of Paris based on The Iliad) Colwin Tanhehco, III-Sapphire SPEECH CHOIR 3rd Grade 5 “I believe that having additional two years in school will not help 2nd Grade 4 much, but instead it would bring more problems to those studying 1st Grade 6 here in the Philippines. Let’s say for the public school, they are al- SPELLING 1 ready struggling with their financial crisis, and having to add two more years to their struggling status. Right now, even without the 3rd Elizabeth Ong (3-White) added two years, students are already having troubles. Even if hav- 2nd Althea Ty (2-Yellow) ing to do this would benefit us for more job opportunities or what- 1st Paolo Chua (3-Gold) ever it may be, those who are in charge of this issue should think SPELLING 2 about the effect and the affected people.” 3rd Mariah Yap (4-Orange) Elaine Caw, III-Emerald 2nd Nina Mendoza (6-Jupiter) 1st Paolo Tan (4-Olive) “You can learn more and have a better life in the future. It’s an in- DECLAMATION 1 vestment anyways, so why regret two years of excelling?” 3rd None Robert Lim, III-Emerald 2nd Elijah Jacinto (3-White) 1st Adrielle Kyla Peñacerrada (2-Yellow) “It is a complete waste of time.” Kiefer Tan, II-Jade DECLAMATION 2 3rd Jericka Tan (6-Saturn) “I think that adding two more years in college won’t hurt. This, in 2nd Mikkah Keh (5-Venus) fact, would be very beneficial to the students. Looking for jobs 1st Llamar Elijah Flores (4-Orange) would be easier not only here in the Philippines but in other coun- POSTERMAKING tries as well. This only shows that the country’s educational system 3rd Grade 3 White is in someway improving.” 2nd Grade 6 Jupiter Jean Liao, IV-Diamond 1st Grade 5 Mars
    • 6 Opinion Cheating: is it really bad?―THAT‘S WHAT friends are for—camaraderie. All for one, one for all.‖ Well, these seem to be the favorite lines of students who are ―intellectualparasites‖ in short, CHEATERS! Cheating has become the easiest way to score in any examination unlessyou copied the wrong answers. There are two categories of cheating: legal and illegal. Cheating is legal aslong as the cheatee (term we will coin to the one who is being cheated) givespermission to the cheater to cheat from him. Sometimes, the cheatee can also bea cheater, which also falls under the legal category. But it is more appropriate tocall it mutualism, wherein both students benefited from each other. The result:your score is my score. Illegal cheating, on the one hand, happens when the cheatee doesn‘t giveany consent to anybody to share his answers. But because the cheater has mas- POINT OF ORDERtered the art and science of cheating (e.g. ―dead-ma‖ effect glancing on the Sarah Jessica Wongpaper), no matter how the cheatee hides his paper, he can still be cheated by the sarah.zombiehunter@gmail.comcrafty cheater. Confusing? Well, you know what that means! Another form of illegal cheating is the use of ―code‖. You surely know Breeding immaturitywhat it is! You might have used it when there is no one (or no cheatee) to turnto. They say it is the most ridiculous way of deception, a sure ―desperado‖!!! LAST YEAR, one of my teachers made me read an essay entitled Although this is already considered as a student‘s common habit, there are The Myth of Adolescence by a nineteen-year-old college studentstill honest students who prefer to be scoreless than to cheat. Their grades may named Alex Harris. He began the composition (originally a postnot be flying with colors, but at least they do their very own best and most im- from his blog, The Rebelution) with a metaphor about trained ele-portantly, their conscience is clear. On the part of the cheatee, there are times phants of India. Elephants, tamed and bred for their immensethat the one whom he allowed to copy his answers, scores higher than him. strength, can haul the most humongous boulders, uproot the tallestCheatees, most frequently, are averse in giving answers. It is just because of trees, and carry the heaviest loads on their shoulders. But whenwhat we might call as ―defective camaraderie‖ that they are forced to do it al- darkness reigns and the this proud and mighty beast must be keptthough they are reluctant. from wandering around in the night, the elephants keeper simply Clearly, cheating is a dangerous habit. Don‘t indulge yourself in it. Why ties one of the elephants legs to a twig in the ground with a little bitdon‘t you make your best efforts to get deserving grades without it? Spend time of twine. Logic and common sense would suggest that the elephantwith books. Learn NOT the art and science of cheating but of listening instead. could easily snap the twine and go about its business, but it doesnt.Be attentive during class discussions and take down important points from les- It remains exactly where it is until his keeper unties the twine thesons taught. Never be a crammer. Try to develop a good study habit to over- next morning.come this bad habit. And always remember ―Honesty is the best policy!‖ As one might expect, my reaction upon reading the elephant metaphor was the same as when Harris himself first heard of it. IVOLUME VI, NUMBER I THE 360° JANUARY 2011 found the idea that such a ruthless beast capable of great feats of strength could be subdued by a mere piece of twine completely STRAIGHT NEWS, absurd. The fact that the owner was confident that the elephant FAIR VIEWS would behave and stay in its place, ……. Immaturity, p. 8 Aurora Zosimo Mrs. Lee Shu Hwei Lai Chen Li Cheng ENGLISH SUPERVISOR DIRECTRESS CHINESE SUPERVISOR LONELY PLANET Sharmaine Eunice So shar_seas@yahoo.com.ph Sarah Jessica Wong EDITOR IN CHIEF Jean Liao ASSOCIATE EDITOR Gillian Jeremie Pua MANAGING EDITOR Janelle de Guzman MAIN CORRESPONDENT Saving Gaea Patricia Bautista Matthew Lim Daniel Ratilla ALL MOTHERS give everything they could give to their children NEWS EDITOR OPINION EDITOR FEATURES EDITOR the best that they could, even if it meant sacrificing, and when the time comes that they grow old and weak their children takes care of Bernadette Ong Joshua Balete Charlton Dy Sharmaine So them. But, I know a certain mother... who gives everything she can. LITERARY EDITOR SCIENCE & HEALTH SPORTS EDITOR CARTOONIST but, her children has forgotten about her... they ignore her every cry for help... listen carefully... our mother... Mother Earth is dying. Dont you hear her cry? Jannusz Curt Tan Chamile Ang Daniela Louise Ching PHOTOJOURNALISTS SAVE MOTHER EARTH Look at our mother‘s hair... theyve gone bald. For we, the childrenKaren Zhang, Colwin Tanhehco, Elaine Caw, Sharmaine Ong, Mary Ellen Lee, Jessie An- have been cutting it down for our furniture and wood works. Lis- gelo Lee, Alexis Vianca Tan, David Christian Sy, David Dan Tan, Joanna Nicole Yu, ImYoon Ji, Kim Yun Bin, Andrae Alecxis Tan, Steven Marzan, Rovin Andecson Zhang, Rose- ten, she doesnt stop coughing... all the smoke has been poisoning belle Harlan, Kuan-in Liao, Tsung Han Lu, Kent Paulus Uy her. ASSOCIATE WRITERS AND CONTRIBUTORS SAVE MOTHER EARTH Chen Lijing, Lu Xiaona, Jiang Xiaojing, Lindbergh Ching, Maybelle Degala Oh my... look at our mother‘s skin, it has deep scars from mining... CHINESE AND ENGLISH CONSULTANTS even her skin color is altering from too much land pollution. she doesnt have any water to drink for the fresh waters have Venjie Oclaret been polluted. ……. Mother Earth, p. 9 MODERATOR
    • OPINION 7 REALITY CHECK every college student and upcoming college student. RITE OF PASSAGE Charlton Paul Dy We must realize that as we choose our college by Anne Michelle Paderon charlton.paul.dy@yahoo.com course, we must make sure that we have the passion to go through it and that there will be a career ahead On growing up Education brouhaha of us. Choosing a college course is a very important thing. It is a part of you building your future and this YOUNG PEOPLE in the past yearsLAST SEPTEMBER 30, 2010, CHEd (Commission will serve as a very strong foundation our lives. were different from the young peopleon Higher Education) released CHEd Memorandum Decline in the number of students passing licen- now. The youth of today for instance,Order (CMO)No. 32 which concerns the moratorium sure exams may mean that: (1) The college educa- is more advanced in technology thanof five of the most popular courses at present today tion given to them was not enough that to be able to the youth of many years ago. Studentsnamely: Business Administration, Nursing, Teacher support them through the exam; (2) They never did before used to go to the library to do aEducation, Hotel and Restaurant Management and understand what they studied for they didn‘t have research. But now, students just openInformation Technology in schools planning to ac- passion for it at first. their computers, copy-paste from thequire such courses. Schools already having these I would like to emphasize on the second point. I internet and sometimes ending up notcourses may still continue teaching the course but believe that this is true to most of the students who understanding what they googled.will be again put into a thorough check-up from the failed. Obviously if we don‘t have a passion for Today, there are more gadgets thatCHEd. something we will never fight for it; we‘ll not take can be used for fun, for relaxation, Some of the grounds CHEd used were: (1) things seriously. We don‘t put all the blame on the learning and communication. Tech-There is already a rapid growth of schools acquiring poor system of the said department. We must also be nology may make our lives easier andthese courses and they believe that this growth able to see to it that all students we are seeing are all does our work faster, but there arewould also mean a decline in the quality of these passionate ones. But I guess we will never be able to still disadvantages. Because of com-courses.; (2) There is a huge decline in the passing see this at this time, as most students nowadays don‘t puters and other techful gadgets, werate of graduates from these courses in licensure see a college course as something that will build our always enjoy playing these that weexams; (3) There are few job openings for graduates future. Most decide and choose a course just for the only stay indoors. We forget how funof these courses. plain reason that it is a passable course and that it it is to play sports outside. Because of Reading the memorandum, I agreed upon will be a sure diploma for them. We must change gadgets, the youth of today are torpid.CHEd‘s decision to put a stop to the growing num- this system of choosing that we always use. It is This is not just the only thing that isber of schools acquiring such courses. Though it about time that we open our eyes to reality that there different in the past youth. Youngmay seem wrong at first, when understood deeply, will always be a part of our lives that will serve as a people before were more conservativeyou will gradually see the good of this memoran- very big roadblock and though we may be able to and were not wild like what mostdum. I believe that this memorandum serves as a escape the burden that others are receiving from their young people of today are.reality check not only to students going through courses, there is no assurance that life will also be Being a youth, there are a lot ofthese courses and those planning to do so but for- this easy. experiences but with no heavy prob-estttt lems. But some teenagers take theseA WOMAN is busy living her day when suddenly POINT-BLANK things for granted. The ―heavy‖ prob-her head spins and she throws up (hopefully in a Daniel Chen Ratilla lems some youth have are freedomdecent sink). Well, congratulations, in most cases I dcratilla@gmail.com and no limitations. That‘s why theredub thee with child. Most women would be tickled are teenagers who rebel or hurt them-pink and gleaming with joy when they see Have you killed your baby? selves for not getting what they want.―positive‖ on the pregnancy test, so let‘s leave those This is just an example of a juvenilewomen to their personal happiness. But what about nancy. But won‘t that lump one day turn into a liv- delinquency. All of us make mistakesthose who are devastated? What horrors play ing system with complex systems we know simply but at some points, it is also the faultthrough her mind? toady as a child? True, that mound is not a life, well, of the parents because it‘s their re- Spelled in all-caps on that haggard woman‘s not yet, but isn‘t that the point of pregnancy? To sponsibility. They tend to feel ne-head is ABORTION. The damned word for which nurture something that will one day live and breathe glected so they rebel. They disrespectspells the end to the life of a fetus in gestation pe- in this world? Abortion is not only killing a child, their parents and do things that areriod. Unfortunately, these murders occur almost 42 but probably the future. My best example – Presi- inappropriate like drinking and smok-million times a year, so much for mother dear‘s dent Obama; a little-known fact about the iconic man ing. But our parents limit us to teachtender loving-care. is that his mom almost had him aborted. Imagine us and it is for our sake so we could Abortion has had a long history, with methods what the United States of America would be without grow more independent and knowand beliefs varying from culture to culture. Up to her first black president. that living in this world is not just allthe present date, abortion is basically accidental or In the wise words of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, about enjoying that we are born ininduced; there are, of course, the poor innocent ―If we accept that a mother can kill even her own this world for a reason. Since we aremothers who had miscarriages, and your average, child, how can we tell other people to not kill each young, we experience, make mistakesordinary, drunkard wench who just wants to get rid other? Any country that accepts abortion is not and learn lessons. In life, it is normalof her prospective kid. teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get that we get delinquent but not always. Well my dear readers, before you step into a what they want.‖ True to her words, a society The youth, they say is our hopewhole lot of trouble, at least think of this: That lump should be pro-life, the life of the unborn child. If for a greater future. That‘s why adultsin the womb is a child. And with every child that is you can see the world, why can‘t that child? But should teach the youth because notmurdered while in the womb, you kill your own contrary to that, it is shocking to believe that so only adults but the youth too, can helpflesh and blood. Someone who would have proba- many countries we adore as first-world and paradise in making the world a better place.bly held your hand while crossing the street, some- declare abortion as legal. The Philippines is a coun- Young people should learn and haveone who would wake you up on lazy weekends with try that accepts it as ―Illegal with exception for ma- youth leadership. Even how juvenilea cheerful tone, someone who would make cards for ternal life, health, and/or mental health‖, but who we are, we can still learn. We shouldyou on Mothers‘ Day, and someone who would knows when that will change? be a good example for everyone. Westand by you and take care of you when you are old You can call it what you want, but no matter can influence people by the way weand tired. how you look at it, the cards only spell out one thing. do things. We should not be a bad Okay, sure, let‘s say that that lump is only a Abortion is wrong, and we need to take a stand influence for others, else we will onlymound of tissue during the early period of preg- against abortion, before it takes a stand on us. misled others become nuisance.
    • 8 OPINIONImmaturity...from p. 6 STUDENT’S DESKI found equally unbelievable. Before I could rack my brains on the Why do students cheat?relation of all this nonsense to the blogposts title, Harris went right by Ellen Marie Leeahead of me and elaborated: the elephant represents todays youth;the twine is the modern concept of adolescence; and the small twig I AM sure that the word, cheating is very familiar to all and it happens mostly atsymbolizes societys expectations of teenagers. Harris claims that the school. Honestly, in our school, so many people are cheaters, and I admitthe bothersome twine and twig are ideas of the present, seeing as that I also once cheated when I was in grade 1. I bet that everybody cheats, eventhe youth of the past were free to grasp responsibility early in life. the most intelligent ones in class but most students who cheat are those not good When Isabella I of Castile was around 16, her brother, Enrique in academics. Cheating is an act of dishonesty which one does to take advantage.IV of Castile, a weak king in his forties, made plans for her be- I think the reasons why students cheat are (1) they don‘t want to be scolded bytrothal to several politically influential men: the vile 43-year-old their parents for getting low grades orDon Pedro Giron, Maestre de Calatrava; lewd and greedy Afonso (2) they just want to get high grades in Whatever the gravity,V of Portugal, the brother of Enriques wife, Juana; and the heavily- the blink of an eye, and (3) they want other people to acknowledge them as cheating is and will alwayspowdered, heavily-rouged Charles de Valois, Duc de Berry andbrother of Louis XI of France. When Isabella found out about her intelligent students. be a sin.brothers schemes, she vowed she would have none of it. She nego- Cheating is not only a blunder but atiated with Juan II of Aragon in secret a wedding to Juans son, form of crime. When you are cheating, you are just fooling yourself and you areFerdinand, whom she felt was the best match for her. She escaped being dishonest to God. Whatever the gravity, cheating is and will always be athe all-seeing eyes of Enriques court with the excuse of visiting her sin.younger brother Alfonsos tomb in Ávila. Because their plans to I heard a story about a student who always cheated but had never beenmarry against Enriques decrees would be considered treason if caught by teachers, and so s/he has never failed to be in the honor roll, then hethey were caught, the young Ferdinand secretly embarked on a long became the class valedictorian. But when s/he stepped to college, all he hadand arduous journey from Aragon to Castile disguised as a mer- were failing grades. When you cheat, you will not learn anything.chant and finally married Isabella in Valladolid. From then on, Since I became member of the student council, I want to do something toFerdinand, 18, and Isabella, 17, now known to history as los Reyes eradicate this problem. Cheating has become the main obstacle in our school forCatólicos (or the Catholic Monarchs), ruled the joint kingdoms of many years. I think the school policy is very lenient in resolving this issue. I canCastile and Aragon, one of the most powerful empires in Christen- understand why students cheat but once they do, they will be determined to do dom. They risked that like a habit. If you want to get a higher grade, why don‘t you study hard ...we are teenagers, “unfortunate life and limb to rather than cheat? [creatures] who [have] all the yearnings fight for the future and capabilities of an adult, but none of they envisioned Speaking good English together. by Joshua Nathaniel Balete the freedoms or responsibilities”... We read about the lives and early ENGLISH IS the third most-spoken language in the world but as the globalachievements of these outstanding figures in history with raised language, many know it. It is one reliable language, with an easy grammar struc-eyebrows because we have one additional stage, the ture and wide vocabulary. Its roots are from Latin, the language that was used―adolescent‖ (coined by G. Stanley Hall), in life, a stage that during the Renaissance, expressing advancement and civilization in the 1700s.would have been nonexistent centuries ago. Were not ―kids‖ at age Most of the people in the world are taught English as a primary language, but15, nor are we ―adults‖–we are teenagers, ―unfortunate [creatures] one could wonder, ―Why do many speak English without fluency?‖ Why is thiswho [have] all the yearnings and capabilities of an adult, but none happening, having less and less facile speakers?of the freedoms or responsibilities‖, as Harris puts it. Harris blames There are many reasons. One, not every ones mother tongue is English.society for preventing the budding Ferdinands and Isabellas from That is, English is a primary tongue, but not the first acquired. In the case of themaking their marks while in their youth, and that we are permitted Filipinos, Baybayin and Spanish were already known long ago. Filipino, our(and sometimes, even encouraged) to remain as we are, mere mother tongue, was derived from these languages. The Filipino language haspseudo-children in the worlds eyes. different pronunciation and syntax rules, and Filipinos speak English as to how But is society entirely at fault for this modern crisis? No, I they speak Filipino; usually leading to wrong articulation and accent. For exam-think not. We place the fault in society as a scapegoat for our own ple, ―ceremony‖. Filipinos pronounce it as /sěr-ə-mō‘nē/ but it is properly pro-failings. Before we go around pointing fingers all will-nilly, we nounced as /sěr‘ə-mō-nē/.must ask ourselves first: Do low expectations breed immaturity? Or Another reason is wrong guidance. Some parents or teachers might not beis it the other way around? While Harris argument may be valid, I able to speak straightforward, fluent English in conversations and this will affectdont entirely agree with it. No one can deny that there are adoles- the child‘s fluency, especially if at a young age, where rapid brain developmentcents who are genuinely indolent. Neither can anyone deny that is underway and and morethere are parents who would kill to have their children take a little English is a global language. No and more synapses are beingresponsibility more often. But what started this mess? Were we refined. This will be veryneer-do-wells from square one, causing societys rock-solid opin- English? No future. Acquiring hard to correct in the future.ion of us? Or did societys expectations condition us to uncon- good English will be an advantage Right grammatical usagesciously fall in with their description? Therein lies the rub. For this must be exercised by stu-scenario, the whole ―What came first? The chicken or the egg?‖ in all aspects of life. dents always. Mind youridea applies. tittles and capitalize ―I‖. Regardless of who is at fault, teenagers today must see the Words must be used with its proper definition and usage.absolute necessity of taking responsibility. I am not asking every As said earlier, English is a global language. No English? No future. Acquir-young adult (as it is implied in Harris essay) to get married or rule ing good English will be an advantage in all aspects of life.an empire. The only responsibility I ask of all the members of my All things have pros and cons. The English is no exception. Many foreigngeneration to fulfill is to do what you can to ease the already hectic dialects keep on disappearing because native speakers don‘t use it anymore butlives of your parents, be it by studying diligently, calling or texting use English instead. One such language is the Ter Sami dialect in Russia, nowthem when you have to stay at school for a late practice, or helping with only two native speakers.out at your familys sari-sari store from time to time. Itll make all Let us all practice speaking good English for the benefit of our success inthe difference. life, all for the glory of God.
    • OPINION 9MY GOD-SHAPED HEART ON EXPERIENTAL LEARNING AND DEFINITIONSby David Dan Tan Thank God, I’m wrong! Sharing a serious joke by Alexis Vianca TanWHEN I was still a very young Christian, I thought EMBARASSMENT. A term used when you are humiliated in front of people. When we arethat Christianity is only about being saved by con- embarrassed, we often wish that somehow, we could rewind time to correct the mistake wevefessing and accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Yet, made. When people are humiliated, some would cry or get teary eyed; while some would justI can still do ―some sins‖ for I always have the ex- laugh about it. When people bring up embarrassing moments of you, its better to just go withcuse ―tao lang naman ako ah‖ (I‘m only human). the flow and laugh with them instead of being angry of annoyed.Then every night I would pray for forgiveness, so I joined a study camp in Xiamen, China last summer. One of the many funny and embar-that I will still go to heaven. Thats my perspective rassing moments was during the time I tripped in front of the bus stop because I was hurryingbefore. to catch the bus. Ann helped me pick up my stuff which was scattered all over the floor, and But thank God I am wrong. For when I started to my slipper that flew to a faraway place. People stared and laughed at me. I wanted to cry be-grow maturely as a Christian, and have started read- cause I has a bruise on my knee and people were laughing at me, but instead I just laugheding the word deeply, I realized the truest meaning of about it. The moment we got into the bus, Ann started laughing. My roommates asked why,confessing Jesus as my Lord and Savior: He is not and when she told them about what happened to me, they all started laughing at me.only my savior, but most importantly he is my Lord. Another moment I couldnt forget was during our graduation practice. We were practicingAnd Lord means master or someone who controls at the auditorium and was practicing on how to properly get the diploma. When I was goingyour life and actions, so you have to follow every- down the stage, my foot slipped and I fell off the steps. People who witnessed that momentthing he says. And He told us to live a holy and started laughing loudly. Mrs. So had a very shocked and worried look on her face as sheblameless life. helped me stand up. Very embarrassing, really. Then I also realized that the reason why he All of us have embarrassing moments. Its normal. Its normal. It may also serve as a goodwants us to live an obedient life to Him, the Master, story to share to our family or to our future children. Theres nothing wrong with that, trust me.is not because he is a ―KJ God‖ or a ―korney God‖but because he has a perfect plan in our life. Yes!going to heaven is the greatest gift we could ever Anger and forgiveness by David Christian Syhope for, but while we live, he also wants us to be ANGER IS a bad emotion. It is a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence. The commonblessed, be source of blessings and to experience an cause of anger is jealousy. Jealousy happens when a person is resentful and envious of some-abundant life. Thats why he called us to be holy, so one‘s success. When you get jealous about someone, you get angry with him/her. Other causesthat sin wont hinder us from his promises. So dear of anger are misunderstandings, blaming, when someone does a bad thing to you, when youbrothers and sisters let us continue to read his words get scolded by your parents, when you are irritated about something. Some effects of anger areand heartily do what it says, so that we could live a hatred, saying of bad words, seeking for revenge and fighting.holy life, and so that we could fully receive and fully When I was in grade 5, I had a fight with my friend. It was because of some misunder-cherish his perfect plans and promises in this life standings. He was teasing me and I was really short-tempered back then. Our fight lasted for 1and the next. month. But I realized that I needed to apologize to him because I was so short-tempered. When I apologized to him, he accepted my apology and he also apologized to me. After that day, we The Greatest Musician became friends again. Forgiveness is really needed when we have anger in our hearts.GOD REVEALED a story to me about a musician As I said, we need forgiveness when we have anger in our hearts. What is forgivenesswho is in a search for a new instrument. anyway? For me, forgiveness is when you forgive someone who has done something bad toThere is a man who is known to be the greatest mu- you and forgetting it. But according to my dictionary, it is to grant pardon; to cease to feelsician ever, and indeed he was. He wants to buy a resentment against. Importance of forgiveness is if you forgive someone you hated, you willguitar, then he went to a guitar store. Passing by, he feel better after you have done it. Forgiveness will remove the anger in your heart.saw latest guitar models made with high qualitystrings and expensive materials. When one of them Mother Earth...from p. 6notice the musician looking at him, he bragged atonce and said ―I‘m pretty sure that he would pick SAVE MOTHER EARTH. Let us save our mother, its not too late... show her that her childrenme.‘ But the musician has another thing in mind, so cares. We dont need tragedies to wake up. Our mother is crying with the pain and its floodinghe just passed by it. ―You are already good enough us, why cant her children see how much she sacrifices and suffers... She cant even sleep withon your own. I dont need to use you, hence‖ said all the garbage surrounding her bed. listen to her cries... listen to your mother.the musician. Soon the musician passed by the storeroom, and SAVE MOTHER EARTH, Save Me. By saving mother earth you save the future children,behold he saw a dirty old guitar with broken strings would you be able to accept the day that the children in the future your grand children wouldntas the door was left ajar. At once, he went there and have any nature to see or enjoy? Save the earth save your mother. weve been abusing her.picked it up and said that he like this one. The bro- Little hands can help.ken guitar spoke ―Please, dont choose me. I am notworthy to be used by you, I am worthless. Can‘t yousee I‘m so broken?‖ ―I know, thats why I‘m here tofix you, and I‘m going to use you that you mighthave a value and relive your purpose‖ the musicianreplied. When the salesman saw that he was goingto buy the disgusting old guitar, he asked him ―Aresure about that? He will not surely qualify for you.‖ The musician still bought it. He didn‘t mind,anyways. He fixed it and played it right then andthere. All the people were awe-astounded becausethe guitar produced a beautiful harmony that isunlike any other, not because he is good, but be-cause the one who used him is Great!
    • 10 FeaturesThe Wisdom of Feng Shui SNAKE. The focus of 2011 for the Snake MONKEY. For Monkeys involved in creative work such as writing or art, this will be a par- ticularly inspirational year and their work will will be to make sure he is doing be highly regarded. The Chinese Rabbit Yearon Rabbit Year something he likes, something that allows him to express his creativity and talents and something that he excels at. Finan- will offer some brilliant promotion opportunities and by being proactive and alert, the Monkey will reap cially, things are looking much brighter the benefits.RAT. An important aspect of 2011 for the for the Snake and with planningRat is time for personal growth, and saving, this will be an ROOSTER. The Roosterhobbies and developing skills will have to curb histhat bring happiness. For any natural exuberance andRats that like to write, this enthusiasm just a bityear will see their creativity in 2011 and practiceheightened and whether for some patience andpleasure or profit, writing is common sense. Thehighlighted in a most posi- Rooster should also con-tive way. sider any opportunities he may have to study orOX. Friendship for training. Thiswill be impor- would gotant during 2011. extremel yWhether the Ox is well for himlooking for new friends or and againdrawing on friendships he benefit himalready has, it‘s important greatly later on inthat he stays socially active. the year. A word ofRest and relaxation will warning though – thebe vital for all Oxen Rooster must takeduring the Year of care to temperthe Rabbit. his words with friends and notTIGER. Finan- be too harsh.cially, the Tiger willmost likely see an DOG. Increasedincrease in income, either confidence anddue to a pay rise or an un- self-respect willexpected windfall. Hobbies garner the respect ofand outdoor pursuits will also work colleagues. Ininterest the Tiger this year and the Year of the Rabbit,will provide relaxation and a so- the Dogs must guard against lost, de-cial setting, both of which will suit him excellent year. layed or incorrect documentation. Make doublyjust fine. sure that everything is as it should be on all pa- HORSE. He should watch events care- perwork this year. If he can leave the past cou-RABBIT. This will be a stunning and fully, for when an opening occurs he will ple of challenging years behind him, 2011 willmost favourable year for him, especially in need to act fast and be alert. Health and be a most gratifying and happy year.regard to work and career. His ability to well-being will be on the minds of manyinteract with others will put him in the Horses in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit PIG. The Pig parties hard and works hard and inlead for any promotions at work. Finances and it‘s a perfect time to re-think fitness the Year of the Rabbit he will be bringing in theduring the Rabbit‘s own year are buzzing, routines and diet. The Horse is an adven- rewards for all his hard work. The Pig will bewith his luck running high! He must also turous soul by nature and may do some feeling good in 2011 and would like all mannerremember to call on friends and loved travelling to far-flung places in the Year of of wonderful things to happen – all at once! Heones for support and advice during any Rabbit. must learn to pace himself and go along with thechallenging times. more leisurely speed of the Rabbit year. Other- GOAT. The past couple of years have wise, he may burn himself out.DRAGON. This will be a positive and been challenging for the Goat and 2011happy year for Dragons. The monetary will be much more upbeat, positive and One Solid Thought for 2011situation will improve and their eye for a happy. There will be many chances overbargain will be particularly keen. Travel is "These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is the year to make new friends and attend not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, thatalso highlighted during the year and time social outings – just what the Goat needs. great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind arespent with friends and loved ones will be The support and friendship of others will formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenesespecially valued. Hobbies and talents be very important to him this year and that engage the heart, then those qualities which would other-should be pursued as they will provide give him the encouragement and confi- wise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of thegreat pleasure and relaxation. dence he needs. hero and the statesman." — Abigail Adams
    • Trends &Hazards 11 my_world@facebook.com Caught by facebook mania by Joanna Nicole Yu ON MAY 2009, one of my friends started convincing me to try Facebook. At first, I thought it was as boring as Friendster because by that time the users were not that many, so I didn‘t have a lot of friends that time on Facebook, but now I got more than 700 friends on Facebook. So every night when I‘m done with my home works, it was it was my hobby to read anecdotal posts made by my friends. The things that fascinate me about Facebook is that you can have an update what people are doing and some even made this as their diary. But sometimes cutting-edge situations come, when someone whom I didn‘t know add me and I just ignore their request. Facebook is the cynosure to people today. Using it can have some advan- tages and disadvantages. Some of these advantages are: being connected to relatives living in distant places, being able to express yourself and many more. But these advantages may bring some disadvantages too. Some of these are: it may be use by criminals when they want to know more about their victims, some use Facebook to badly influence young peo- ple and many more. We all know that Facebook is now being use by billions of people around the world. As its number users increase, lets keep in mind to check ourprivacy settings. Because whenever stalkers or unknown people open our account, our life might be at risk.‘cos Facebook’s just soooooo good!!! by Jannusz Curt TanFACEBOOK IS somewhat a combination of Tumblr, Photobucket and Yahoo Messenger. Inshort, it‘s like an all-in-one package. Since Facebook is very popular nowadays, you can com-municate with whoever you want in just a click of a button. That is, unless the person you wantto talk to doesn‘t have a Facebook account. Facebook also allows users to connect with other users through networks and groups oflike-minded individuals. Users can communicate by posting a comment on another users―wall‖, sending a private message or using an instant messenger feature. Not only that, but youcan also post pictures, which is a good thing for keeping memories active. When it comes to entertainment, Facebook will always be the most trendy. How, you ask?Well, many of the newer ―applications‖ feature games and quizzes that are entertaining andprovide a fun way to keep in touch with friends. Writing Facebook ―Notes‖ and posting linksenables users to express their thoughts and ideas that is somewhat similar to blogging. But take caution, please by Sharmaine Eunice So YES INDEED, Facebook can be very useful and fun at the same time. But what most people fail to see is that, there are also dangers in the use of it. Most use Facebook almost everyday to check for new notifications, play games, comment on people‘s pictures, add news friends and many more. Little by little it eats our time, bringing us into addiction, and addiction is never good. Students nowadays often open their Facebook first before caring for their homeworks and other important things they have to do. And sometime soon they are to realize how much time they have wasted in being addicted, than doing meaningful things. After all they can‘t turn back time. All networking sites has their dangers, especially if you communicate with strangers. Many of us fail to see how dangerous one can be, they could check out your pictures and all your personal stuff if you add them without fixing your privacy setting, which most users often ignore. Strangers can be friendly sometimes but we have to be careful because not all of them appear the same in person. I heard a news about a person killed and har- assed for meeting up with a Facebook friend. If you dont want to end up like her, you better have to be careful. People you know in real life could also be dangerous if you dont know them that well. They might use your personal information for kidnapping purposes, or they could use it for blackmailing, or even robbing your house. The dangers of this networking site could lead to your death. But there are always privacy settings that you could use to protect yourself. Just dont be too much addicted and youll be fine.
    • 12 Korean Diaries My Mister Littleman Ten years from now by Kim Yun Bin by Im Yoon Ji IT WAS my first day at Philippine Institute of Quezon City, my new I HAVE always dreamed of be- school. I felt tremendously nervous, obviously because I am a transferee coming a famous model when I and I am Korean. The bell finally rang, suggesting that it was already was young. Ten years from now,time for class. Trigonometry is my first subject, followed by another one, and then English. I believe that I can achieve this. How? By planning I want to call him Mr. Littleman, and I would assign him that name throughout this entry. my life ahead carefully.He is unkind and unfriendly; He is aloof, unapproachable and gets mad easily; He is perfec- Currently, I am fifteen years old, enrolled at thetionist and shouts at everyone when he lectures or when students don‘t pay attention to him or Philippine Institute of Quezon City as a third yearto the assignments he gave them. Also, he gives very low grades even to studious students high school student. I will study really hard so thatand gives many difficult homework but does not give the students enough time to prepare when I graduate at the age of sixteen, I can go toand study for previous lessons. And for him, deadline really stands for the word itself—a sure good universities like Ateneo, De la Salle, or Univer-dead line. On top of that, he is very unjust and unfair. ^_^ Well, I am just overreacting here... sity of Asia and the Pacific. I still have not decidedFor this Mr. Littleman is the total opposite ~_~ what course to take, but my parents want me to con- Mr. Littleman is very kind and speaks to students in a gentle manner and a friendly voice. tinue studying and get a college diploma. I love myHe lets students speak their mind and gives them fruitful ideas. He is also very intelligent and parents so much, that is why I will obey them. Afterthis is very evident in his most unique ways in teaching us lessons. He shares his knowledge all, they know what is best for me.to his students unselfishly and makes sure that everyone gets his lessons through presenta- At the age of twenty, I would have already gradu-tions, visual aides, and personalized examples. He is unlike other teachers who terrorize their ated from college, earned my college diploma afterstudents so they would learn. For him, diplomacy is always the key even when dealing with which I will then pursue my ultimate dream of be-difficult students—and I think I am one of them! He incorporates funny stories and cracks coming a famous top model.jokes during his class. In that way, it is easy for me to understand his lessons although I am There is a good school and modelling agency innot really fluent in the language he uses. New York, and I plan to go there. That is one big step Honestly, I really wonder why he is this kind although I know there are others who really to achieve my dream!!! ^_^don‘t appreciate his love and effort. Being a teacher who handles many students with differ- Then after one year of learning the art of being aent attitudes is a serious challenge. It is only now that I learned the answer to my question. I model, I will go to Korea to work as a real model andlearned from his online site that there is only one person whom he entrusts his life to, and He be famous at the age of twenty-one! I will meet lotsis Jesus. Mr. Littleman is God-fearing and puts Him above everything. Maybe this is the rea- of beautiful and talented people. And maybe, justson why he endures in his being a teacher and a mentor to us despite ourselves. He also reads maybe, I will meet my future husband who must be athe Holy Bible and loves inspirational books written by Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho. He model, too! I want my husband to be tall, handsome,sings songs of praise and plays the guitar well; I think it‘s his own special way of praying to kind and smart. It would be nice if he is also a model,God. Nothing can ever describe Mr. Littleman‘s kindness. so we can understand each other better. But as long as Being a student is very tiring too. I always have to make adjustments with my surround- he treats me right, it is okay with me even if he is notings and with the new people I meet. And to have a teacher like Mr. Littleman makes a stu- Korean. Then if we fall in love, I guess I am ready todent‘s life easy. In the next few years, I really hope that I would have teachers and college get married at the age of twenty-five.professors like him. And now, although he‘s gone and not my teacher anymore T_T I can So ten years from now, I see myself achieving myreally say that he is one of my inspirations. So I say, ―Thank you, my Mr. Littleman.‖ dream of becoming a famous model and more… ^^PROJECT TRANSFORMATION DIVIDE. Divide your time wisely. If you can‘tby Lady Manila manage your time, your life turns to shambles. You should consider that there are tons of work to do. So Coping with mathematical life you must prioritize from the most to least important tasks. Stick to your schedule to avoid cramming. Also, don‘t forget that ―Time is gold‖.MATH?!!! Oh, come on… But wait! It’s not what you think of… don’t react violently… youwill not solve any mathematical problem but rather help you perform the four fundamentaloperations—i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—in life!ADDITION. Add some discipline. Practicing self-discipline is the key to success. It willstart here. Being a disciplined one is not far from being a better one. Without discipline, onewould be far from attaining great heights in life. Following rules and laws that benefit life isan example of being disciplined. Add faith, too, and welcome love to life more and !!!SUBTRACTION. Subtract all bitterness in your heart and replace it with love andpeace. Erase all your bad habits particularly your vices such as cigarette smoking, drinkingtoo much alcohol, gambling, you know your list! You are only wasting your time and moneyon these filths. You‘re only destroying your body and mind. It can‘t help you to have betterliving. Instead, engage your self in more productive and worthwhile activities.MULTIPLICATION. ―Go and multiply…‖ is not what I‘m trying to say...but, multiplyyour being industrious, patient and positive a person. Work hard on every task given you and —complain less. Just bear in your mind that no great things in life come from just sitting aroundand not exerting your best efforts...Remember the saying, ―God helps those who help them-selves.‖ ROVIN ANDECSON ZHANG
    • FEATURES 13 NINE WAYS TO SPEED UP AND Loneliness is bad IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S for the heart LANGUAGE SKILLS PARENTS PLAY a critical role in child’s language development. Studies have shownLONELINESS IS bad for the heart in more ways than one that children who are read toaccording to new research that shows the physiological and spoken with a great deal during early childhood will havetoll of psychological isolation, the Chicago Tribune re- a larger vocabulary and betterported recently. grammar than those who aren’t. But the research conducted by a team from the Uni- Here are some simple ways to nur-versity of Chicago and Ohio State University, suggests a ture your baby’s language develop-remedy: just a hearty hello greetings or being nice to oth- ment.ers in small ways can help prevent heart attacks. The Tribune said that the findings show that being 1. Talk, talk, talk. Narrate the day as it evolves. Tell your child, for instance, “Nowlonely is a major risk factor of heart disease as bad as high we’re going to take a bath. Can you feel the warm water on your belly? When we dry off, we’ll get dressed and take a walk.”-fat diet, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking or physicalinactivity. 2. Read, read, read. It’s never too early to read to your baby. One good predictor of According to psychologist John Cacioppo of the Uni- future reading success is the amount of time parents spend reading with their child.versity of Chicago, loneliness tends to raise blood pressure Parents can start with simple board books and graduate to picture books and longerand disrupt sleep, both of which put people at greater risk stories as their child gets older. Story times at the local library or bookstore can alsoof heart trouble. help a preschool develop a love for reading books. Population experts long have known that lonely peo-ple tend to be sickly and die younger, but they did not 3. Enjoy music together. Young children love music and movement. When they listen to lively songs, like “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” they learn about the world aroundknow why. Women with few social contacts and who feel them and the rhythm of language.isolated, for instance, have higher risks of accumulatingand dying of cancer. 4. Tell stories. Make up elaborate stories “It was assumed that the people who are lonely don’t with characters, conflict, adventure and acare of themselves,” Cacioppo quoted. “We didn’t find happy ending. Be sure that the stories fitthat to be an important factor. Instead, we found two your child’s interests and aren’t too scarydifferent mechanisms by which loneliness gets under the for his or her liking.skin.” 5. Follow your child’s lead. If But loneliness is not just being alone. It involves feeling your little one seems interestedof isolation, of disconnectedness, and of unbelonging- n a particular picture in a book,ness, each of which can occur when a person is in a keep talking about it. If he orcrowd or alone. she seems intrigue by a boat, Lonely people perceive their world as less reinforcing show him or her more boats and talk about them, too. Repeat her babbles back toand more threatening. They may not have a romantic her, ask questions and interact with her. You can even try recording it and playing itpartner or close friends, and they may not identify with or back.be accepted by valued social groups. 6. Never criticize your child’s articulation on speech patterns. Instead repeat his or “The absence of social relationships affects our minds her statements back to him or her with the correct pronunciation or word usage. Giveand biology as few other events can,” Cacioppo added. your child lots of praise for all his or her efforts. 7. Use television and computers sparingly. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 do not watch TV at all, and that children 2 and older view not more than 2 hours of quality programming a day. While some educational programs can be beneficial to kids, TV shows don’t interact with or re- spond to children, which are the two catalysts kids need to learn language. 8. Treat ear infections thoroughly. If your paediatrician prescribes an antibiotic to treat an infection, make sure your child takes the correct dosage each day and uses it for the full prescribed time. When your child finishes the prescription, schedule a follow up visit with the doctor to make sure the infection is cleared. 9. Go on field trips. A trip to the zoo or a children’s mu- seum will open up a whole world for your child. As an added bonus, he or she will want to learn the names of all those fascinating creatures and fun activities are experienced.
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    • FUNPAGE 15 Laughter still the Live by Example best medicine A young boy had just gotten his driving per- mit. He asked his father, who was a minister if I have always wondered they could discuss the use of the car. His father why people laugh or smile. Is it because took him to his study and said to him, “I will there is something funny? Or is it because make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, there‘s something happy? Or is it some- study your Bible a little , and get thing more than both? Why? your hair cut and we’ll talk Humor … humor is such a about it.‖ mysterious word. It‘s so human After about a yet it‘s like a gift from the month the boy came heavens. Because imagine, back and asked his if there‘s no humor, peo- father if they could ple might not have sur- discuss the use of the c a r . vived the painful whips They again went to the father‘s study where his of life. I believe that father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. there‘s humor in each You have brought your grades up, you’ve stud- person‘s heart. I think it‘s ied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your a symbol of human life and hair cut.” The young man waited for a minute spirit, for me, it‘s a root of hope, being able to smile even in the darkest hours of and replied, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking our lives. Others go insane because they can‘t even force themselves to smile. about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Anyway, a humor is not something to be taken too seriously. It‘s just a matter of Moses had long hair, why even Jesus had long being happy when you go out with your friends and sometimes by yourself. It‘s hair…” not necessarily being silly or funny; sometimes it‘s just thanking God that you are alive and kicking. To which his father replied…”Yes, and they WALKED every where they went!” DEAD DOG dog’s body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, poking and sniffing the dog’s body The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes. TheA MAN runs into the vet’s office carrying his and finally looks at the vet and meows. The vet vet answers, “$650.”dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the “$650 to tell me my dog isback to an examination room and has him put cat thinks that you’re dog is dead, too.” dead?” exclaims the man.his dog down on the examination table. The vet The man is still unwilling to accept that his “Well,” the vet replies,examines the still, limp body and after a few dog is dead. So the vet brings in a black Labra- “I would only havemoments, tells the man that his dog, regretta- dor retriever. The lab sniffs the body, walks charged you $50 for mybly, is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not from head to tail, and finally looks at the vet initial diagnosis. Thewilling to accept this, demands a second opin- and barks. The vet looks at the man and says, additional $600 wasion. The vet goes into the back room and comes “I’m sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead for the cat scan andout with a cat and puts the cat down next to the too.” lab tests.
    • 16 Panitikan Haaay......love! ni AnonymousMAGHAHATING-GABI NA nang pauwi ako ng bahay. Sa Banawe ay mapapansinmong mamasa-masa ang kalsada dahil na rin sa patuloy na pagambun-ambon sa buongmaghapon. Madilim noon, talagang napakadilim ng paligid. At parang akin lamangang mundo nang mga oras na „yon. Habang ako‟y naglalakad ay para bang may sumusunod sa akin. Bigla akongnakaramdam ng takot kaya binilisan ko ang aking lakad at mas nilakihan koang aking maliliit na hakbang. Patuloy pa rin ang pagsunod niya sa akin kaya‟thumarurot na ako ng takbo. Sa sobrang kapaguran ay huminto rin ako. Napatingala sa kalangitan, damaang sinag ng buwan at ang makakapal na ulap. Muling sumilip ang mga bituin.Napakasarap nilang pagmasdan. Namangha ako sa lakas ng sinag na ibinibigayng mga bituin sa kadiliman ng gabi. Ngunit lalong napakakinang ng isang bituinsa Orion’s Belt na siyang umagaw ng atensyon ko. Nakatingala akong naglalakad nang bigla akong natalisod; dito‟y napuno ngputik ang aking uniporme. Wala akong magawa kundi mapapikit at matawa saaking katangahan. Sa muli kong pagdilat ay narinig ko ang tahulan ng mga aso na para bangnag-aanyaya sa isa‟t isa na ako‟y lapain at pagpira-pirasuhin. Ganunpaman aydahan-dahan akong tumindig at nagpatuloy sa aking paglalakad. Patay na ang lahat ng ilaw nang makarating ako sa bahay. Marahan akongpumasok at agad ay dumiretso sa CR para maligo at ibabad ang uniporme kongnaputikan. Pinilit kong matulog nang nasa kama na ako, pero hindi ako di-nadalaw ng antok. Biglang nagbalik sa akin ang nangyari kanina sa iskul. Naalala ko nang ako‟y tinalikuran mo habang may sinasabi ako sa‟yo.Maya-maya ay may pumatak na luha mula sa aking mga mata. Sabi ko, ayawko nang balikan ang mga nangyari dahil ako lang naman din ang masasaktan. Pero bakit ganon? Kapag nagmamahal ka ng tunay, yung taong mahal mo ayiba naman ang mahal. Hay! Ang sakit. Nakakatuwang isipin na sa tuwing ma-saya ka ay sumasaya na rin ako, kaunting sulyap lang at ngiti mo ay tila ba kum-pleto na ang araw ko. Ngunit pag kasama mo na siya, magkahawak-kamay at nag-tatawanan—para nitong dinudurog ang puso ko...dahan-dahan...unti-unti. Nagising ako dahil sa ingay ng mga tao sa labas at sa sigaw ni Mum, “Siobe, gisingna! Mali-late ka na for school.” Agad kong inisip kung ano nga ba ang mga nangyari. „Diko alam kung ang lahat ba ay panaginip lang...pero sana panaginip nga lang ang lahat.At sana...hindi niya ako balewalain at talikuran lang...Halika, giliw, halika Nakaraang nilisan Sa ‘di kalayuan ni Tigger Tan ni Kaye Z ni Fireflies Halika, giliw, halika Isang gabi, sa lalim ng pagkakaidlip Hindi mo pansin ang aking mga tingin Narito ako upang iyong makita: Ikaw ay nasilayan sa aking panaginip Hindi mo nalalaman ang aking damdamin Lumbay, dilim, tagtuyot at pagdurusa— Tila payapa ka’t tahimik Dahil ikinukubli ko ito— Iyang lahat ay angkin kapag wala ka. Mukhang masaya ngunit di umiimik. ‘di maiparamdam Kaya’t pinagmamasdan ka na lamang Sa ‘di kalayuan… Ang takipsilim ay hudyat Ngunit bakit tila ayaw mo akong makita? ng malaking kawalan— Na para bang ako’y hindi nakikilala? Sa t’wing nariyan ka ay di alam ang gagawin Ng liwanag, ng pag-ibig at kamalayan. Ni ang ‘yong mga mata’y iwas sa akin Kapag kausap nama’y di alam ang sasambitin Ngunit ikaw ang mga bituin Pagtumbas sa ngiti ko Kahit pilit ko man na ikaw ay iwasan na sa langit ay laganap Na dati nama’y angkin mo rin. Pinagmamasdan ka pa rin At kahit ang kadiliman Imahinasyon, ikaw nga ba? Sa ‘di kalayuan… ay ‘yong nayayakap. Tuluyang nawala na nga. Sasabihin ko ba ang aking nararamdaman? Kung oo, ay paano ko kaya sisimulan? Ikaw ang batis, ang ilog, maging ang sapa Nais malaglag ng mga luha sa lupa Masdan mo, puso, ito’y hindi ganun kadali Mistulang salamin Mula sa mga matang lungkot Sa tingin mo pa lang, damdamin ay di ko mawari… na sa kalangita’y nakatingala Kailan man ay di ninasa. Sa pisngi ng langit iyong ipinipinta Gustuhin man ay di ako makapagsalita Ang pungay ng mga mata, sana naman Na sa likod ng dilim Di ka nais lumisan, Ay iyong makita ay may liwanag na makikita. Ba’t ngayon ako’y iiwanan? Narito sa ‘yong tabi At naghihintay na sayo’y masabi…Ako ang daigdig na walang batis, ilog o sapa Salamat na nga lang sa lahat ng alaala Umaasa na balang araw ay mabatid mo rin Ikaw ang kalangitan ng araw, Alaalang maiiwan saking nag-iisa Ang matagal ng damdaming sayo’y inililihim bituin, gabi at umaga. Kahit na ako’y mangungulila Ngunit ngayon, habang ‘di mo pa nalalaman Nawa’y pag-ibig ang magsilbing ulan, Sa piling mo aking sinta. Patuloy na muna kitang pagmamasdan mga lubak ko’y malam’nan Ngunit may tanong sa aking kalamnan, Mula sa ‘di kalayuan. Upang ika’y maging akin — Nawa ay masagot mo pa, na aking kabuuan. Kapalaran bang ako’y limutin?
    • LITERARY 17 Ain’t I a Cinderella Girl? By Steven Marzan by Jonah Liao I‘m standing on the stairs in a magnificent hallEVERY YEAR we all have our own way of celebrating Christmas. And of course, Wearing the dress that I bought for the ballit wouldn’t be the same without the typical Santa Claus decorations and bright It‘s long and flowing, sparkling whitecolorful lights. But for me, it’s not just about the Christmas decorations that My tiara of diamonds shines in the lightbring out our Christmas spirit. We all feel some kind of happiness when the“ber” months come along knowing that the yuletide season is here. Thensooner or later, Christmas songs are now being played all over the country At the bottom of the stairs you‘re waiting for mebringing out the excitement and Christmas spirit in all of us. And I gracefully float down for all to see All over the country there’ll be decorations, lights, Christmas trees and no- You take my hand and touch my faceche buenas once Christmas has arrived. And then kids would line up in a queue You‘re the only one I notice in the expansive spacefor their gifts. But in my home, we celebrate differently. Yes, there are foods onthe table. Yes, there are games but not for us kids, but for our maids. Everyyear m mom plans a party for our maids to give them a little fun after all of We‘re now dancing in shadows of flickering lighttheir hard work and patience. Then their prizes would be home appliances so Holding each other close, holding each other tightthat it would be very useful for them. You kiss my neck and then touch my face After all the partying, there comes the time when I think to myself, “What is Then kiss my lips in a loving embraceChristmas all about?” My answer would always be “gifts!” But my answerchanged after attending last year’s Christmas party at CBCP Student Center. Irealized that it’s not about the gifts, and partying. It’s about our savior, Jesus Time stands still whilst we are togetherChrist. And after seeing the way people nowadays celebrate Christmas, it only Feels so good, it seems like forevershows that Santa is now even more renowned than Jesus Christ during Christ- I look at the clock, that cannot be rightmas. And I would definitely want for that to change. But the bells start to chime, confirming midnight But there‘s no need to leave From the ball tonight I‘ll be with you my prince For the rest of our life. By Daniela Louise Ching Memory. I served her— I watched her— Wonderfully dazzling; Flawless! And more— I desire her. Hamog Sa pagliwanag ng madaling araw, at bilis ng pagpanaw ng maagang hamog, tanto mo ang ikli ng kabataan, at sansaglit na buhay sa mundo. —Dewpad
    • 18 正月十五日,是中國的傳統節日元宵節。正月為元月,古人稱夜為―宵‖,而十五日又是一年中第一個月圓之夜, 所以稱正月十五為―元宵節‖,又稱為―上元節‖。按中國民間的傳統,在一元複始、大地回春的節日夜晚,天上明月 高懸,地上彩燈萬盞,人們觀花燈、猜燈謎、吃元宵,闔家團圓,其樂融融。 民俗習俗: 1、賞花燈 花燈起源于漢代,盛于唐代,到了宋代遍及民間。中國人元宵節迎花燈的習俗至今已 有兩千多年的歷史,歷代花燈的製作十分講究,品種繁多。花燈的種類有形象燈和活動 燈:形象燈包括關刀燈、兔燈、水果燈、半燈等;活動燈是根據民間故事編制,現在多是 電動花燈,如狀元遊街、八以賀壽、桃園結義等表現忠孝節義的民族傳統。 2、猜燈謎 ―猜燈謎‖又叫―打燈謎‖,是元宵節的一項活動,出現在宋朝。南宋時,首都臨安每逢元宵節時制謎,猜謎的人眾 多。開始時,是好事者把謎語寫在紙條上,貼在五光十色的彩燈上供人猜。因為謎語能啟迪智慧又饒有興趣,所以 流傳過程中深受社會各階層的歡迎。 元宵燈謎猜猜猜 小小一姑娘,坐在水中央,身穿粉紅襖,陣陣放清香。(謎底:蓮花) 泥裏一條龍,頭頂一個蓬,身體一節節,滿肚小窟窿。(謎底:蓮藕) 3、吃元宵 我國民間有元宵節吃元宵的習俗。元宵由糯米製成,或實心,或帶餡。餡有豆沙、白糖、 山楂、各類果料等。食用時煮、煎、蒸、炸皆可。起初,人們把這種食物叫―浮圓子‖,後來 又叫―湯糰‖或―湯圓‖,這些名稱與―團圓‖字音相近,取團圓之意,象徵全家人團圓,和 睦幸福。 4、放焰火 5、踩高蹺 6、舞獅
    • 19 路:擁有什麼樣的人生,完 我們 的手 全取決於個人前進的腳步邁 也能成為 一個 向什麼樣的方向。 可以進行 簡單 才:能不能成為有用之才, 計算的計 算 器。這裏有一個小竅門:計算9 的倍數 這要看你是不是肯邁出走向 時,如圖1 所示,從左到右給你的手指編號。現在選 成功的艱難的第一步。 擇你想計算的9的倍數,假設這個乘式是7×9。只要像 森:獨木不成林,只有我們 圖2所示那樣,彎曲標有數字7的手指。然後數彎曲的 團結起來,再大的風沙我們 那根手指左邊剩下的手指數是6,它右邊剩下的手指根 也能抵禦,再大的困難我們 數是3,將它們放在一起,得出7×9的答案是63。 也能戰勝。 回:在別人的庇護下生活,永遠走不出別人為你設計好的人生之路。國:只有在一個和帄安定的國家裏,百 圖1姓的生命才會珍貴得如金似玉。否則,百姓的生命就如草芥如螻蟻,朝不保夕。安:屋簷下,能有一個孚家愛家、為家人操勞的女人,這才是一個溫馨與安寧的家。 圖2迷:傴傴為衣食之類的物質四處奔走的人,早晚會迷失人生的方向。芳:就算你的生命像小草一樣卑微,但只要你找准生活的方向並且為之努力奮鬥,你一樣會吐露生命的芬芳。大:一個人做事,只要抱定一顆恒心, 1、一顆心值多少錢?不懈努力,最終一定會取得驕人的成 2、布和紙怕什麼?績。 3、什麼花不能摸夫:無論你的本事有多大,如果你做一 4、歷史上哪個人跑的最快?切都是為了你一個人,那麼你永遠都是 5、用什麼可以解開所有的謎?一個凡夫俗子。 6、為什麼飛機飛這麼高都不會撞到星星呢? 7、什麼樣的官不能發號施令,還得老向別人陪笑?蓓:儘管我只是一棵小草,但我願意付 8、從1到9哪個數位最勤勞,哪個數位最懶惰?出加倍的努力,我一定會像花兒一樣綻 9、9月28是孔子誕辰,那麼10月28日是什麼日子?放。 10、上課鈴聲東響了,卻沒有一個同學在教室裏,怎 麼回事? (答案在本刊内找)
    • 20 我們從小就習慣了在提醒中過日子。天氣剛有一絲風吹草動,媽媽就說,別忘了多穿衣服。才相識了一個朋友,爸爸就說,小心他是個騙子。你取得了一點成功,還沒容得樂出聲來,所有關切著你的人一起說,別驕傲!你沉浸在歡快中的時候,自己不停地對自己說:“千萬不可太高興,苦難也許馬 上就要降臨„„”我們已經習慣了在提醒中過日子。看得見的恐懼和看不見的恐懼始終像烏鴉盤旋在頭頂。人生總是有災難。其實大多數人早已練就了對災難的從容,我們 只是還沒有學會災難間隙的快活。我們太多注重了自己警覺苦難,我們太忽視提醒幸福。請從此注意幸 福!幸福也需要提醒嗎? 提醒注意跌倒„„提醒注意路滑„„提醒受騙上當„„提醒榮辱 不驚„„先哲們提醒了我們一萬零一次,卻不提醒我們幸福。 也許他們認為幸福不提醒也跑不了的。也許他們以為好的東西你 自會珍惜,犯不上諄諄告誡。也許他們太崇尚血與火,覺得幸福無足掛齒。他們總是站在危崖上,指點 我們逃離未來的苦難。但避去苦難之後的時間是什麼? 所以,豐收的季節,先不要去想可能的災年,我們還有漫長的冬 季來得及考慮這件事。所以,當我們從天涯海角相聚在一起的時候,請不要躊躇片刻後的別離。所 以,當我們孚候在年邁的父母膝下 時,哪怕他們鬢髮蒼蒼,哪怕他們 垂垂老矣,你都要有勇氣對自己說:我 很幸福。因為天地無常,總有一 天你會失去他們,會無限追悔此刻的時 光。 所以,當我們一無所有的時候, 我們也能夠說:我很幸福。因為我們還有健 康的身體。當我們不再享有健康的時候,那些最勇敢的人可以依然微笑著說:我很幸 福。因為我還有一顆健康的心。甚至當我們連心也不再存在的時候,那些人類最優秀的 分子仍舊可以對孙宙大聲說:我很幸福。因為我曾經生活過。 常常提醒自己注意幸福,就像在寒冷的日子裏經常看看太陽,心就不知不覺暖洋洋 亮光光。(作者 毕淑敏) (有部分删节) 什麼是幸福,每一個人對 幸福對不同的人來說有不同的意義。對 幸福有自己的看法,每一個人都有那些視金錢為生命的人來說,有錢就是幸 不一樣的幸福。就學生來說,能夠上學校讀福。而對那些每天都過得很充實的人來說, 書,有好老師的教導,也有同學們的幫助,幸福就是奉獻,奉獻得越多,越幸福。 那就是幸福。老師們也一 樣有自己的幸 對我來說,幸福就是一家人圍坐在飯桌 福,比如說他傳授給我們知識,能幫忙我們前吃飯、說說笑笑,跟家人分享每一天的快 解決學校的問題或困難,還有讓她們知道我樂、煩惱,感覺到他們對我的愛護和關心, 們以後會很成功,這對他們来说就是幸福。這對我來說就是幸福。這種幸福好似很簡 所以每一個人对幸福的要求都不一樣,也有單,但對有些人來說,這種幸福卻是奢侈 些人是以为得到自己的利益才算是幸福。的。這世上,有多少人失去了原本幸福的家 我對幸福有自己的看法。在家裡,只要庭,又有多少人為了得到這種幸福而不不惜做了傷害別人也傷 每一個人都安全,能跟他們在一起就是幸福了。在學害自己的事。這些人都失去了原本該屬於他們的幸福。所以對 校,我的幸福不一樣,就是能讓大家看到我很勤奋地我來說,有一個家,在受傷、勞累的時候有可以安慰我的家 學習,得到不错的成绩,能夠交到几个好朋友,過快人,有一個自己可以依靠的避風港灣,就是幸福。想要這種幸 樂的日子就是我的幸福。長大後,能為社會做有益的福要怎麼做呢?其實很簡單,只要珍惜人生的每一分、每一 事情,能感到我對別人有用,更算是我自己的幸福。秒,珍惜身旁的所有事物,用心去體會人生的意義,就可以得到幸福。我們永遠不知道真正的幸福什麼時候可以降臨,但或 再如,如果在某一个时候,能找到一個理想,對我百許,通過自己的努力、勤奮就可以得到幸福。 依百順永遠陪伴著我的真爱,那将是我一生最大的幸 (學生 張佳欣) 福。 (學生 許金盈)
    • 21 時間過得真快,兩個月的假期已經過去 像以往一樣,我們學校每年都慶祝教師節來表 了。現在是開學了。我們都很期待開學的第一 示對老師們的敬意。教師節就在九月廿八日,也是 天。 我國第一位偉大老師——至聖先師——孔子的生 開學的第一天是六月十五日。那天早上路上 日。 車子特別擁擠,很多學生都準備要上學,他們都很 教師節是一個很重要的節日,因為老師日日夜 緊張怕會遲到。 夜辛苦地教導我們什麼是對什麼是不對,和要怎樣 我走進學校門口時,看到我們學校新的面貌, 做人的道理。他们像父母一样给我们無微不至的照 看到教室裏有冷氣設備,很乾淨,我就問自己說: 顧。如果 我們對老 「我們一定要保持教室的整潔」學校有很多來自韓國的 師沒有禮 貌,也就 新学生,他們來这讀英文。第一天,我認識了很多新朋 好像對自 己的父母友和新老師。 沒有禮貌。 所謂「一日 我希望在這一學年,我會加倍努力用功,使我的學業 為師,終身為父」。但是,我們有時做錯,老師都能更進步,不會辜負父母和老師對我的期望。 會幫助我們改正錯誤,讓我們不會一錯再錯,才能 (學生 楊美玲) 成為有用的人。老師處處都為我們辛苦,為我們的 前途著想。 從以前到現在,有無數的人曾經幫助過我。特別是我的父 我要送給每位老師的一句話就是:「老師,您母,要不是他們也不會有現在的我。他們對我的用心,我這一 是我們最特別的朋友,也是我們的領航者;您像一生都難以忘懷,所以在我的心裏,我一直懷有一顆感謝心。 支蜡烛,照亮我們走向光明的路途。」 人的心是用肉做的,所以別人對我們的好,我們都感受得 老師,您太辛苦了!为了让我們能學到很多的到,千萬不要把他們的好當成是理所當然的。但是有些人根本 知识,孜孜不倦地地教導我們。您是讓我們尊敬的就不懂得感謝,他們只會受別人的幫忙不會付出的。俗話說: 無名英雄,為了我們的將來天天默默地耕耘。我們「我們不 要身在福中不知福」。受到別人的幫助就要跟對 一定會為校爭光,來回報您的辛勞。方說 聲溫馨的謝謝或是受到別人的恩惠就要永 ( 學生 楊傳璽)記在 心。 如果要認真的說起來,我要感謝 的人實在是太多了。在這 我相信 愛的本質一如裡,我想 要 慎重的感謝偉大的 生命的單純與溫柔老師們,要不是有 他們,我們不可能會成為一個知書達理 的人。同時也 我相信 所有的要感謝那些救過無數生命的醫 生,要是沒有 光與影的反射和相投他們,我們可能都已經病死了。最 後,我想要感 我相信 滿樹的花朵謝最神聖的上帝,因為祂給我們創造了 一個這麼美麗的大自然,一個五彩繽紛的世界,有鮮艷的花朵,有重重的山 只源於冰雪中的一粒種子林,有各種各樣的動物,還賜給了我一個幸福美滿的家庭。我 我相信 三百篇詩已覺得可以生存在這個世界上是一件很棒的事。我們要懂得感 ·謝身邊的每一個人,珍惜跟他們在一起的機會。有時候跟他們 反復述說著的 也就只是說聲謝謝,會是對我們的一種心理安慰,別人也會覺得很快 年少時沒能說出的 席樂。擁有一顆感恩的心,我們才懂得去關心、體站、珍惜和包 慕 那一個字 容容別人的過錯。 在我們這個年紀,應該要好好的讀書,勤奮學習,去嘗試 我相信 上蒼一切的安排新的東西,將來成為一個能幫助社會和國家的棟樑,為我國建 我也相信 如果你願與我設一個更美好的地方。感恩不僅是美德,感恩更是一個人之所以為人的基本條件。我相信如果大家都常懷着一顆感謝的心, 一起去追溯知恩報恩,不僅我們國家會變得更和睦,這也是對社會最大的 在那遙遠而謙卑的源頭之上貢獻。 (学生 李楊雲) 我們終於會互相明白
    • 22 時間悄悄地在身邊滑過,翻開日曆,驀然發現到菲 一起買菜,一 起煮飯,一起逛街,一起分 律賓已經五個月了。五個月的磨礪,讓我在不知不覺中 享歡笑,一起面對困難,雖 熟悉菲律賓的華文教育,不知不覺中愛上計順菲華 然每個人都會有失落的 中學,不知不覺中熟記每一個學生,不 時候,偶爾難免也會 知不覺中慢慢成長,不知不 耍耍小脾氣,但是大 覺中漸漸成熟…… 家的寬容和理解讓我 然而,初 們鑄造了最真摯的友誼、最牢固的 到時新鮮和好 姐妹情。小小的宿舍裏洋溢著滿滿愛的味道, 奇的感覺至今 仍然在頭腦 雖然我們背井離鄉身處異國,雖然安靜的夜晚讓我們倍 中回蕩,第一次用蹩腳的英語和當 地人比 加思念祖國的家人和朋友,但我們並不孤獨,因為我們 手畫腳的交 始終在一起,有了一個新的家,這裡有家的溫暖和親 流,仍聊得不 切,我們愛我們的新家——計順菲華。 亦樂乎;第一 或許是有幾分的幸運,我能被安排到計順菲華,在 次忐忑不安地 這裏,校長對待我們像對孫女般疼愛和關心,華文老 參加全校的教 師們像對待兒女般照顧和幫助,讓我們心中無時無刻 師會議,夾雜 不充滿著感動和謝意。菲律賓是個颱風頻發的國家, 漢語、英語、 剛到菲律賓不久,颱風便襲擊了菲律賓,巨大的暴風 他加祿語以及 雨擊垮了馬尼拉的供電系統,而電力系統的損壞使我 閩南話的會議 計順菲華志願者合照 們陷入了斷水斷電的困倦。這個時候,校長第一時間 內容又讓我抓不到頭腦;第一次站到講臺面對求知的眼 打來電話安慰我們,甚至不顧雷電交加,已年近花甲 睛,心裡激動不已,卻被學生的偶爾乖巧、偶爾調皮弄 的她親自為我們送來了午飯。本以為要靠餅乾和冷水 得無可奈何;第一次去市場買菜、煮飯,一個人精心準 度日的我們,吃著美味可口的飯菜,眼睛裏卻噙滿了 備出八個人飯菜的成就感……這一切,都在時間的流淌 淚水,難以 中成為我每天生活不可分割的一部分。我慢慢熟悉著一 下嚥,那是 切,所有的所有讓我漸漸留戀,讓我越來越捨不得離開 我們在菲律 這種生活,越來越捨不得離開計順菲華這個可親可愛的 賓吃的最難 大家庭。對我而言,志願者的生活好像一幅絢麗的圖 忘的一餐。 畫,五彩繽紛的顏色描繪出我生活最美麗的畫面;志願 華文老師也 者生活像一首動聽的歌,高低起伏的旋律譜寫我人生最 經常為我們 動人的歌曲。 帶來各種特 圖畫一:小宿舍大家庭,和氣一家親。 色食品,雖 帄日煮的飯菜 配樂:因為我們是一家人 然有很多我 來到菲律賓後,我們一共有八位志願者被分配到計 們叫不出名字,甚至是第一次品嘗到,但是卻讓我們 順菲華,雖然我 吃在口裏,感動在心裏,學校老師對我們點點滴滴的 們來自祖國的不 關愛,我們都將銘記,我們會認真上好每一節華文 同區域,不同學 課,以此來報答作為對關心和幫助我們的每一個人, 校,甚至年紀也 用他們對我們同樣的愛澆灌菲律賓華人子弟的下一 上下相差4歲, 代。 但這並不妨礙我 圖片二:小小三尺台,濃濃華語情,滿滿師生愛 們成為好朋友、 配樂:小手拉大手 好姐妹,彼此成 計順菲華中學以“多元發展,英漢並重”為辦學理 校長請客吃大餐 為在菲律賓最親 念,在其他華文學校已經取消中文數學的前提下,校長 最愛的人。我們 依舊堅持中文數學其獨特的地位,因為受到校長的特殊
    • 23 氣氛,讓我真正接觸 有時候一個字音要糾正幾十上百遍,學生有時候也會 了一個個個性迥異、 感覺到厭煩,但是我絲毫不敢表現出懈怠,我收起了 差異頗大的青春期的 帄時友善的面孔,突然嚴厲起來,他們也似乎意識到 孩子們。本以為處於 團體榮譽感的重要,更加努力。功夫不負有心人,我 青春叛逆期的他們會 們終於獲得團體第一名的成績,這讓我頗感到欣慰和 是調皮搗蛋的高手, 自豪。 但是一路走來,他們 在慶祝教師節的聯歡會上,我們志願者教師分別帶 降旗典禮 的可愛、純真、熱情 來了《剪紙姑娘》和《跳起來》兩支舞蹈,把現場的氣 像火一樣慢慢融化著 氛幾度推向高潮,台下叫好聲、歡呼聲一片。表演結束我,讓我感受到他們的活力與激情,我是他們的老師, 後,我們獲得了學校領導和老師的一致肯定,連英文老但我們更像是朋友一樣友好的相處。 師也向我們豎起了大拇指,:“Well dancing ,China 還記得第一節數學課,為了調動他們學習數學的 girl.“這讓我們兩個月的辛苦排練終於有了甜蜜的回興趣,我可是用盡了渾身解數,用手指計算乘法九的 報,原來一切付出都是值得的。乘法,用黃金比例計算自己的身材,用偷換概念的方 除此之外,我還積極帶領學生參加校外活動,在馬式讓他們迷失方向……他們時而安靜不語,時而小聲 尼拉“中華文字之議論,時而眉頭緊皺,時而會心一笑,時而驚喜萬分 美”大賽中獲得了的公佈自己的結果,讓我體會到作為老師的快樂,更 第二名的成績,是體會到作為一名華語數學老師即將面對的困難和挑 學校的信任給予了戰。雖然他們有時候很調皮,讓我生氣,有時候不理 我參加比賽的機解問題,讓我很無奈著急,有的時候會狀況百出,讓 會,這些也使得我我無從下手,但我卻依舊珍惜每一節數學課,珍惜每 的志願者生活更加一次與他們在一起的時間。教師節的禮物讓我難忘, 的豐富多彩,快樂甜美的巧克力,嬌豔的玫瑰花,溫馨的祝福卡,刻著 而充實,這是幸福 颁奖典礼我名字的筆,可愛的學生們讓我感受到身為老師的光 的味道,簡單而美榮與責任,我願意用我的大手拉住他們的小手一起走 好。向學習華語的路程,為菲律賓華文教育事業貢獻自己 結尾曲——奔跑的一份綿薄之力。 時間依舊馬不停蹄,滾滾向前,接下來的日子我依舊圖片三:豐富的活動,多彩的生活,快樂而充實 要繼續向前奔跑。或許剩下的五個月仍然有許多困難和 配樂:幸福的節拍 挑戰等待著我,但我相信有大家的支持和鼓勵,我就會 志願者的生活是豐富多彩的,我們感到快樂而充 有面對一切的勇氣和信心,我要繼續努力,圓滿完成自實。學校裏組織了 己的支教任務,不留遺憾,給人生寫下難忘的一筆,給各種各樣的學生活 人生增添珍貴的一頁! (志願者老師 盧曉娜)動,雖然是學生參加,但是身為老師的我們也鼓足了勁 動動腦筋的谜底兒,希望自己的學 1、1億.因為一心一意嘛!生能夠取得優異的 2、布怕一萬,紙怕萬一。名次,唱歌比賽、 原因:不(布)怕一萬,只(紙)怕萬一。畫畫比賽、團體朗 《韻律操》表演 3、火花 4、曹操 原因:說曹操曹操到 5、答案誦比賽、寫字比賽 6、因為星星會“閃” 7、新郎官等等。最讓我難忘的是團體朗誦比賽,面對實力強大 8、1懶惰;2勤勞 原因:一(1)不做二(2)不休。的對手,經驗豐富的指導老師,我感覺有些害怕,但 9、孔子滿月 10、因为上的是體育課我依舊以百分之百的激情和耐心投入到指導工作中,
    • 計順菲華中學訊:2010年12月17日早上8點10分,令人期待的計順菲華中學“Share 視The Spirit Of Christmas”主題聖誕遊藝會,在全體師生的精心籌備下終於拉開了帷幕。在裝扮一新的大禮堂裏,在絢麗的燈光映照下,演員們盡情的展示自己的才藝,精彩的表演令這次遊藝會異彩紛呈,不愧為一場盛大的視聽盛宴。 各年級的學生紛紛展現出自己的招牌節目:有可愛的小小聖誕樹、活力四射的歌“武”組合、沁人心脾的合唱團獻唱、紅紅火火的好運來、歌聲動人的韓文歌曲,散發古典氣息的國樂表演、熱辣的街舞……現場遊戲環節更是將全場的氣氛推向了高 界潮。我校英文講故事比賽的冠軍們也來到了臺上,為遊藝會增添了別樣的樂趣。 遊藝會結束後,我校董事會設宴款待全校教職員工,並為各位老師頒發聖誕節紅 一包與聖誕禮物,以表示對老師們辛勤耕耘的謝忱,感謝他們對計順菲華中學的奉獻。 此次遊藝會是繼教師節之後又一盛大的遊藝會。小至帅稚園小小班,大至中學四年級,演員們在臺上的儀態大方,得體,動作收放自如;台下的觀眾們秩序井然。這些展現了計順菲華中學學生的良好的精神面貌。遊藝會圓滿成功。近半個多月的付出得到了意想不到的收獲,全體師生共同歡度一個溫馨難忘的聖誕遊藝會。 週 時光從指間流走,雪花隨鈴聲飄落。聖誕聯歡會是我們帅稚園一年一度的傳統 節目,每一年老師們和小朋友們都要為這一天的聯歡會特別佈置還要準備好多的節 目,這一天也是小朋友們最高興的。節日不傴是我們生活體驗之一,也是文化習俗 的表現。“聖誕老公公”可以說是帅兒幻想世界的人物,聖誕老公公讓孩子可以得 到“許願”的快樂,不管願望有沒有實現,永遠讓人存在著希望和幻想。每年“聖 誕節”總會喚起孩子們對聖誕老公公的好奇和期待。我們將透過“快樂聖誕節”, 為孩子們提供一次充滿“愛、希望和想像”的聖誕之旅。 教師們精心地為孩子們佈置充滿聖誕氣息的小樂園,感受聖誕節歡樂的氣氛。 在濃濃的聖誕氣息中,我們的聖誕狂歡開始了。首先是一群活潑可愛的小精靈穿上 炫麗的服裝給老師和家長們帶來了精彩地演出, 贏得了熱烈的掌聲和歡呼聲。接 著是精彩的魔術表演,勾起了孩子們的好奇心,他們踴躍參與、沉浸在神秘的世界中。遊戲 是孩子們最喜愛的活動,與神秘的魔術師互動,他們感到無比的開心和快樂。最後,我們可 愛的聖誕老人登場了,場面頓時沸騰起來,還為孩子們帶來了許多小禮物。聖誕老人的到 來,讓孩子們感受到了濃濃的聖誕氛圍,孩子們歡呼:“聖誕老人、聖誕老人……”將整個 聖誕狂歡切入高潮,到處充滿著孩子們的歡聲笑語,家長們臉上也洋溢著幸福的微笑。 本次活動的舉行不傴讓孩子感受聖誕節日的氣氛,分享同伴一起過節日的快樂,也增進 家長與孩子之間不可替代的親子之情。本次活動深受大家的喜歡,同時期待,新的一年,計 順市菲華中學帅稚園不斷地成長,取得更輝煌的成就。最後,祝福孩子、家長和老師們聖誕 快樂、新年快樂!在一片發自內心的祝福聲中,結束了本年度的聖誕狂歡。