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NWU prepares for limited F2F classes, news targets 2nd Sem AY 2021-2022 I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca Higher Education (CHED) already Semester hopefully,” Dr. Gonzales •inclusion of transparent or COBEst garners two Innovative allowed to conduct limited F2F such added. clear partition between students and Agri-product awards Northwestern University as in Engineering and Technology, One of the requirements teachers. Hotel and Restaurant Management of the limited F2F classes is In addition to that, visible news prepares for the possibility (HRM), Tourism/Travel the retrofitting of the university signage for safety and health Management, Marine Engineering, facilities. The Physical Planning and protocols, markings on the floor to SSC receives PNVSCA Most of limited face-to-face (F2F) and Marine Transportation. Development Office (PPDO) is the indicate one-way foot traffic, and a Outstanding COVID-19 “Our advantage here now is office in charge of the redeveloping sanitation station located at every Volunteer Organization for the 2nd Semester of Academic because we already started preparing of the facilities in the university. classroom door. Aside from that, for the limited F2F for the Allied According to Mr. Nelson A. Alagao, isolation rooms for symptomatic EDITORIAL Year 2021-2022. Different university Health. Most of the documents are in PPDO Head, retrofitting classrooms students or instructors were created. place already, so, the only things that and essential facilities of the “It is quite a challenging Safe Return to School offices are now conducting necessary we are working at now are the unique university is on its final stage. task. The requirement of retrofitting features of the programs referring to The retrofitting includes: and ensuring that the minimum FEATURE preparations in compliance with the Maritime, Engineering, and HRM,” •additional ceiling and health protocols are observed…these said Dr. Chita A. Gonzales, Vice exhaust fans in each classroom for are things we need to comply with,” A glimpse of life in Germany various requirements for the limited President for Academic Affairs. adequate ventilation; said Prof. Karl Lenin C. Benigno, for 28 days “Altogether, our application •1.5m distance for tables Vice President for Administration. F2F. will reach CHED in time for the 2nd and chairs; and SPORTS TURN TO PAGE 6 NWU already applied for An inevitable altered void a limited F2F for the Allied Health Sciences courses. The institution is also currently applying for other programs that the Commission on NWU reminds students, uphold ‘honesty in financial transactions’ I Dyan Rae G. Rapacon pay through a banking app, take a detection applies to transactions sent According to the verified screenshot, and upload the screenshot via non-bank payment channels like data from the OSA, cases of receipt Northwestern University of the receipt to the student portal. G-Cash and PayMaya. Because of the forgery are being dealt with by a reminds students to The bank transfer method unique tracking numbers, the office disciplinary board. The students uphold honesty in financial started to be a convenient financial can easily detect if [the] uploaded who are found guilty of the act will transactions amidst cases of receipt transaction method until the Finance receipts are fake. The student’s receive a minimum of ten (10) to a forgery. Office discovered forged receipts and attention is called, and if resolved, the maximum of 45 days of suspension. As part of the transition to payment documents, which began in permit is released,” said the Finance In addition, repeat offenders will be distance learning, all the university the first semester of AY 2020-2021. Office. expelled. There are already students offices also shift transactions through The Office of the Student Affairs “There are also uploaded who have received disciplinary different online platforms. To (OSA) handles these cases wherein receipts whose validity can only be action for forging receipts. Aside reduce face-to-face transactions at several students were reported for determined after bank reconciliation. from the disciplinary action, the the university, the Finance Office is committing forgery of receipts, a This takes a little bit longer due to Guidance Center conducts a series shifting to other modes of payment. serious offense under the student the bulk of transactions the office is of counseling sessions to help One of the modes of payment is handbook. confronted with. Hence, [the] permit and guide them through different online transactions through the bank “There are scrupulous is released before the irregularity interventions. transfer method. The transaction transactions that are detected is discovered. Upon discovery, the is more convenient as students will outright, while there are those [that] student’s attention is called,” Finance are traced only at later dates. Early Office added. TURN TO PAGE 04

September 2021 - December 2021 2 HEADLINES NWU takes part in the NWU implements postponed 10% fee 3rd OSSEI NWC, grabs increase, reduced fees continue bronze in group category I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca ko, kami naman nag pro-provide,” I Ma. Rheane Audny S. Ylarde at De La Salle University and Ateneo emphasized that opinion pieces must Sarah, a 2nd year student, added. be grounded in facts. Further facts Author’s Note: The student- During the AY 2021- The Review, the official student de Manila University who tackled needed in writing opinion pieces were respondents in this article 2022, the university implemented a publication of Northwestern also discussed, including Google requested anonymity; the reduction in fees. The reduced fees are University, bagged 3rd place Multimedia Journalism. search operators and verification students’ names included in this Athletics Fee by 25%, Audio-Visual in the Multimedia Journalism-Group sites. article are not real. Any resemblance Fee by 50%, Cultural Development Category during the 3rd National Mr. Melvin Gascon, a writer Writing and multimedia to a real student’s name is purely Fee by 50%, Internet Access Fee by Webinars and Writing Competitions competitions were organized coincidental. 50%, All Laboratory Fees by 10%, on Campus Journalism conducted by from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, after each session to assess the The first-year students of and Energy Fee by 20%. For the AY the Organization of Student Services participants’ journalistic skills in Academic Year (AY) 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, the reduced fees remain Educators, Inc. (OSSEI) via Zoom talked about Fighting Back with different categories. AY 2021-2022 are affected by the as per the advisory of the Finance Videoconferencing App on October Winners for the opinion, 10% increase in tuition fees and other Office. As for the energy fees, they 16 and 23, 2021. Facts during the second conference news writing, and multimedia fees approved by the Commission on are not being collected because On the first day of the journalism events were posted on Higher Education. classes are being held online. webinar series, Prof. Ben G. on October 23, 2021. He shared 10 the organization’s Facebook page on On January 24, 2020, a “Since we all wanted Domingo, Jr., Chairperson of the October 30, 2021. The competitions few months before the pandemic, to see how our fees are going Technical Committee on Journalism Principles of Journalism, including include opinion writing, news Northwestern University conducted through, I suggest na they should of the Commission on Higher reporting, and multimedia a consultation meeting for the let us know by posting it sa portal. Education (CHED), discussed Labor journalistic truth, gatekeeping, news journalism, both in individual and proposed 10% increase in the said I’ve experienced not having such Migration Reporting. It was followed group categories. fees. The increase was supposed to subjects that somehow I asked if still by Prof. Jimmy Domingo, a lecturer selection, agenda-setting, news The event was attended be implemented in AY 2020-2021, as babayaran ko pa ba ‘yon, but they by not less than 20 universities and CHED approved it on June 3, 2021. replied no, but I am still confused on values, independence, accountability, colleges all over the Philippines. However, due to the pandemic, the with the other subjects, if how much implementation of the said increase fees should be on that certain subject. common flaws, fighting was postponed to AY 2021-2022. So, all in all, I value whatever The implementation was reduced fees that have gone through disinformation, and the multiple paths postponed, at the administration’s my account since looking for a single discretion, according to the Finance peso is indeed that difficult,” Olie, a to a news story. He also highlighted Office. first-year student, stated. Several students were Some students are also fighting disinformation through surprised by the implementation hoping to receive refund fees that of the said increase in fees. Some they did not use during the AY 2020- verification, wherein journalists expect that the increase will not be 2021. implemented amidst the pandemic. “Sana tanggalin na lang should investigate, assess, confirm, “Sana hindi po muna yong mga fees na hindi naman pinatupad yung pagtaas ng fees nagagamit ng mga students. Kahit and weigh evidence to search for the habang nasa pandemic pa kasi may may fee sana kung ma-aavail talaga mga laboratory fees na hindi namin namin iyon like x-ray, cbc, dental fee, truth. nagagamit pero nailalagay parin po etc. Okay lang namang may fee pero sa statement of accounts namin,” said sana may benepisyo ring maihahatid Ms. Joyce Babe P. Panares, Ana, a 2nd year student. o maibibigay sa mga estudyante,” What’s the point na nag fu- said Ethan, a 4th year student. News Editor of Manila Standard full payment ka pa kung kada may With the possibility of exam may bagong dagdag bayarin? limited face-to-face (F2F) classes, Today, shared the Fundamental [N]aranasan ko ‘to since I entered students are waiting for updates NWU and ang daming unnecessary regarding the fees for students who Principles of Editorial Writing. She na nababayaran tapos hindi naman will be included in the limited F2F namin nagagamit, and sa mga gamit classes. namin for other activities sa course Revitalize Episode 4: An inside look to E-sports and Digital Journalism I Aaron Paul C. Urmeneta The official student publication preferred,” he said while giving Agency-Ilocos Norte, tackled Digital content,” she said. The first goal, as original brand without copying of Northwestern University tips and emphasizing that everyone Journalism. she emphasized, is the use of visuals existing content. spearheaded its fourth needs to choose simple words in Social media ethics were in making digital news to capture “Remain committed to the episode of Revitalize: The Review constructing E-sports articles for highlighted in her discussion. “As viewers’ attention. truth when sharing important notes Webinar Series, catering to interested readers. digital journalists, we need to use She also encouraged in making video content about news participants from different schools The main goal of E-sports social media in the right form, in everyone, especially the aspiring articles,” she said. on November 12, 2021 via Zoom articles, as mentioned during his the right way, and with the right content creators, to create their own Videoconferencing App. discussion, is to always write to Mr.GioMiguelD.Venturina, express, not to impress, and these contributing writer of the Philippine articles should be able to be used as Daily Inquirer, was the first speaker telescopes for the game. of the event. He discussed E-sports, As for the beginners, including its history, and shared some he encouraged them to learn the terminologies regarding the field. foundations of the game first. “Try He made the discussion indulging to learn the basics of each game; you by comprehensively answering the can always write an E-sports article students during the open forum. as you write a sports article,” he “Always have the flavor of recommended. sport injected…Simplicity is most Ms. Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco, Information Officer II and Information Center Manager of the Philippine Information

September 2021 - December 2021 3 HEADLINES Sole Party wins SSC Election 2021, achieves 28.4% voter turnout I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca Internal-elect; Jessica Rose Aguto, “Voter turnout was not that predict their future is to create it.” was also elected as SSC President PIO External-elect; Mary Angelika remarkable because many students They are empowered, they can do it, during the Academic Year 2007- Achieving a voter turnout of Ganal, Athletic Manager-elect; Ryan were not able to vote, but I appreciate do it much better to lead and make 2008. 28.4% or 1,318 out of 4,630 Dave Barillos, Athletic Manager- the support of all the college deans their purpose happen. Though a leader “As saying “Fiat Lux”, students of Northwestern elect; Orlando Jara, Provost Marshall- wherein I talked to them a day is not about making themselves more there should be light, that light University (NWU), the candidates elect; and Genelene Acebedo, Provost before the election, another is the powerful. It is about making around will make them worthy and kind from the Liyab Party, this year’s Marshal-elect. perseverance of SSC ELECOM, them powerful. Be there to serve, because kindness begins on them, sole party for the Supreme Student “Unang-una sa lahat gusto BEI’s, and THE REVIEW that makes being different as Northwesternians kindness from the heart that is Council (SSC) Election 2021, were kong magpasalamat sa nag-aalab it different. I do not want to compare Student leader, walk confidently with eager to serve with honor and pride. proclaimed as winners on November nilang suporta sa akin [at] sa partido what the voters had turned out last a chastity, commitment, and dignity,” Congratulations to all of you, heads 5, 2021, via Facebook Live. namin. Nakaka overwhelm kasi hindi year and now because we encounter said Ms. Guzman as she expressed up and be the voice of studentry and The newly-proclaimed ko inexpect na sobrang warm yung phases which are a concerted her message to the newly-elected wishing you a productive year in student leaders are Ivy Karla Grande, support nila sa amin. For me it is a effort. I believe teamwork and officers. service. All the best to each one of President-elect; Crystal Faith Dela good start na kasi nandoon na yung communication are pros in meeting Ms. Guzman, this year’s you,” Ms. Guzman added. Cruz, Vice President-elect (Internal); active involvement ng mga students. a fair output and thank God, we Election Committee Chairperson, Sander Jim Damo, Vice President- Sana magtuloy tuloy,” said Ms. survived and all turned out just fine,” elect (External); Janine Sacramento, Grande as she expressed her gratitude said Ms. Myra Michelle Guzman. Secretary-elect; Blessed Aloha Mae to the students who supported their This year’s Election Cimatu, Sub Secretary-elect; Wincy candidacy. Committee comprises Ms. Therese Lord Mie Taguinod, Treasurer-elect: The voter turnout increased Zsa Raval-Torres, Mr. Christopher Jemarc Asuncion Sub Treasurer- this year compared to the 15.11% Ching Viloria, Ms. Shirley Albano- elect; Leomar Pedronan, Business (610 out of 4,038 students) last Bumanglag, Mr. Jon Oscar Lois Manager-elect; Lester Tombado, academic year (2020–21). Students Rodas, Mr. Nick Harold Gajonera, Auditor-elect; Jan Joshua Tomas, under Juris Doctor, BS Nursing, BS Ms. Pamela Tadeja, and Ms. Myra Public Information Officer (PIO) Medical Laboratory Science, and Michelle Guzman as the Chairperson. BS Criminology recorded high voter “My message for the new turnout. SSC officers is, “The best way to NWU hosts 2nd Virtual Freshmenia, introduces New Hashtags I Pamela V. Tadeja Saguday Chorale graced Ana Mae Manuel, both NWU alumni, Prof. Agustina A. Dancel-Matias for the event. the “new normal get-together” led the virtual tour starting from the the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). The virtual freshmenia was Continuing the annual with a doxology. Atty. Ferdinand steps on how to get in and out of the Dr. Chita A. Gonzales, hosted by Ms. Therese Zsa Raval- orientation program for S. Nicolas, University President, university through the COVID-19 Vice President for Academic Affairs, Torres, Executive Assistant to the new students, Northwestern expressed his deepest gratitude as he Automated Registration and Log- talked about the accomplishments University President, and Prof. University (NWU) in partnership greeted newbies of the NWU family. in for Students (Carl-S). Dr. Emma and the academic programs of the Ancher Anthony A. Cua IV, Acting with Guidance Center, Office of He also mentioned the hard work Joy Bareng took the lead in sharing university that are highly recognized. Marketing Officer of Northwestern Student Affairs, Saguday Performing and sacrifices of the employees to what the Medical Clinic has to offer She also highlighted the substantial University. Arts Group, and Supreme Student provide quality education to students for the students. It was followed by role of faculty in managing flexible Council, launched ‘#reboot #rewire in the new normal. Dr. Pedrico Chellie Calaycay, for learning approaches, especially in #reconquer’ metadata tag for A.Y. As he gave inspiration to the Dental Clinic; Ms. Cynthia C. this time of difficulty. 2021-2022 as it welcomed 1,455 the students in this pandemic, Atty. Medrano for the Registrar’s Office; Aside from the student new enrollees via Facebook Live on Nicolas said, “I encourage you to Prof. Josephine G. Bolusan for the services, different talents of the October 8, 2021. The event aimed to be self-motivated, to reach for your Finance Office; Mr. Christopher Saguday Chorale, Saguday Dancers, feature student services that can be dreams, to keep your vision for the Viloria for the Center for Information NWU After 5, and NWU Tamboreros availed from the different offices of future as your focus so that even if we and Communication Technology were also showcased. Mr. Jon Oscar the university. are encountering challenges, we can (CICT); Mrs. Nora V. Clemente for Lois Rodas, University PIO/PRO, overcome this because of our passion the Educational Resource Center and Ms. Almay Minka R. Gamayon, and commitment.” (ERC); Ms. Stephanie Marie P. clinical instructor, also performed an Rashed Daniel Reyes and Valiente for the Guidance Center; and astounding duet at the latter part of NWU records lower dropout, withdrawal rate amidst pandemic I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca 41 cases of withdrawal and dropout. 2020-2021 recorded lower rates (JHS) and the College of Law, not to enroll since walang pambili The reasons for these include health as compared to the pre-pandemic recorded the highest number of ng devices or load or walang access According to the Guidance reasons, financial problems, personal period. NWU logged 30 cases of dropouts and withdrawals during the sa internet connection,” said Ms. Center’s verified data, problems, language barriers, religious withdrawal and dropout during this said year. Stephanie Marie P. Valiente, Officer- Northwestern University has conflict, migration, and an unhealthy year. The reasons for these include Based on the available data, In-Charge, Guidance Center. a lower dropout and withdrawal rate learning environment. migration, work, health problems, distance learning contributed to the “Some other reason last academic year (AY) 2020-2021 Among these reasons, personal problems, financial dropout and withdrawal rate which of students was the difficulty to compared to AY 2019-2020. migration topped the list, followed by problems, lack of concentration, and resulted problems in financial, health, concentrate ‘pag remote learning During the AY 2019-2020, financial problems. In thatyear, the internet connection problems. and internet connectivity, among since hindi conducive to learning ang the year before the implementation Basic Education Department (BED), Financial problems headed others, for the students. bahay nila…walang area na hindi of distance learning due to the current particularly the Senior High School on the list for last AY’s declination, “Since maraming families maingay or walang disturbances,” global health crisis, NWU recorded (SHS), has the highest number of followed by internet connection ang nawalan ng trabaho due to she added. dropouts and withdrawals. problems, and migration. The BED, lockdown, maraming na-sacrifice na In contrast to this, AY particularly the Junior High School enrolment of students. Students opted

September 2021 - December 2021 4 HEADLINES NPC Comm. Liboro to Northwesternians: ‘Data Privacy is a Human Right’ I Charisse Sophia A. Raquinio Human Rights and Internet it’s very important that our processes only had three things you could do. Students also took part of Things: Right to Privacy was are trusted enough so people will You can now learn more about the in the open forum and asked the In celebration of Human Rights discussed by Comm. Raymund provide the correct information,” DPA; you can complain, and you can resource speaker a few questions. The Consciousness Month 2021, the E. Liboro, Privacy Commissioner Comm. Liboro added. comply. They also came up with a Administrative Dean of CAS, Prof. Social Science and Humanities and Chairman of the National He advised the participants decision on a certain case that they Rose Bella T. Lacanilao, ended the Department and Computer Science Privacy Commission. He discussed that on the website of NPC, you were hearing about schools and such. program. Department of the College of Arts the principles of establishing a and Sciences (CAS) conducted privacy management program for a webinar titled “EQUALITY – Northwestern University. (1) Data Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Privacy and the Data Privacy Act Human Rights” on December 15, (DPA); (2) DPA Principles and The 2021 via Zoom Videoconferencing Information Life Cycle; (3) How Not App. to Get into Trouble with the DPA. In her welcome remarks, He also elaborated on the Dr. Florence D. Ganir, Dean of CAS, vision of the Philippine Development encouraged the students: “Today is Plan that by 2022 will lay the really an opportunity for us to come groundwork for inclusive growth, a together and celebrate that human high-trust and resilient society, and beings are born free with equal a globally-competitive knowledge dignity and rights. The topic we economy. will be listening to this webinar is “If you can’t protect it, just very timely and significant for us to don’t collect it,” said Comm. Liboro reflect, and so I encourage everyone as he reminds the golden rule in data that we should [be] interested.” privacy. “It’s not enough that we require them, that we mandate them; PNSA Week 2021 emphasizes ‘Building the Future of Healthcare’ | Daphney P. Tabigne major subjects. The quiz bee has your chosen field of specialization,” President. Kaeline D. Navarro won three rounds: easy, average, and she said. Ms. Kathrina Reyes, PNSA the Level I Quiz Bee, Vince Luz The Philippine Nursing difficult. A webinar in the afternoon “Nursing entails research- Adviser, presented the winners for won the Level II Quiz Bee, Katelyn Students Association was also conducted. The speaker based interventions and being the different contests via Facebook Guillermo won the Level III Quiz for this event was Dr. Michael equipped with all nursing theories. Live on December 10, 2021. Bee, and Nichole Dennice Dinfotan (PNSA) of the NWU John V. Flores, a Senior Executive Let not those difficulties dampen For the Nightingale Top won the Level IV Quiz Bee. and Quality Assurance Director your spirit, but instead keep the spirit Model, Erika Gaille G. Enriquez won For E-Games, Call of Duty, Department of Nursing celebrated at Top Rank Review Academy for research,” Prof. Najorda added. 1st place, 2nd place went to Clarisen Team Monarch won first place, and Managing Director of Quick Prof. Wiljohn Dela Cruz, Delos Reyes Bagay, and Jhamilla consisting of Aeron Joshua Palalay, its first virtual PNSA week via Zoom Processing Solutions, Inc. Clinical Coordinator,introduced Jhame P. Delima snatched 3rd place. Micah Kristen Maligsay, Camile A research colloquium for the participants to the research Winners for the Digital A. Paguyo, Cyrille A. Paguyo, and Videoconferencing App on December Levels III and IV of the department colloquium. The presentation of Poster Making are Helena Rose Charisse Kaylee Dumalag. Team was conducted on Day 2. Prof. research studies by Level IV was Agudong who took 1st place, BSN-2D for 2nd place consists 9–10, 2021, with the theme “Nurses: Charliemane A. Bullalayao, Head of divided into two sets of presenters, followed by Desiree Lyn T. Borja in of Mikaela Manding, Maria Belle the Nursing Department, presented wherein Prof. Shiela Navasca, Head 2nd place, and Althea D. Rosete in Pumaras, Gay Eunice Quepo, Patricia A voice to lead-A Vision for Future the welcome remarks and the of the Physical Therapy Department, 3rd place. Loarraine Ramos, Marife Sthefany rationale for the activity. was the observer for Set 1. Dr. Jonah For Tiktok, Charlene A. Salvador, and Justine Carl Maranan. Healthcare.” Prof. Gregoria S. Najorda, Badua, Director of the University Palomares won 1st place, 2nd place 3rd place for the team Barney, Dean of the College of Allied Health Center for Research and Development went to Katelyn G. Guillermo, and consisting of Dianor Acacio, Junie The two-day celebration Sciences (CAHS), also shared her (UCRD) and Dean of the College of Jerome D. Fuerte took 3rd place. Daino, Angel Estilong, Benedict words of wisdom and inspiration Criminal Justice Education (CCJE), For Nightingale Got Talent, Marcus, and Aaron Joshua. started with Thanksgiving. Rev. with the students. observed the set two presenters. Jenica Kristine R. Deus won 1st “The two-day celebration “Be a catalyst of change, be The General Nursing place, 2nd place went to Ivan Manuel of PNSA days aims to develop Richard T. Santiago, Associate and vigilant, be observant, and do not be Assembly for the students A. Santos, and Rona Joy Sumalin students not only intellectually but afraid to investigate to come up with was conducted via Zoom took 3rd place. also morally, spiritually, and socially. Youth Pastor of Jesus is Alive-The the truth, which can be a benchmark Videoconferencing App at 2:00 For Spoken Word Poetry, More so, to help youth develop in the future. I hope that this is not the PM. Maureen Joy Espiritu, PNSA Natalie G. France won first place, a positive self-concept,” Prof. Laoag Assembly of God, joined in end of your involvement in research. Secretary, read the constitution and Janessa Gaspar finished second, and Bullalayao concluded during the In the future, you will have more by-laws to the students and was Kristene Claire O. Lazo finished closing program. the encouragement. Afterwards, chances for research, especially in discussed by Jeronimo Sales, PNSA third. Jeronimo Sales, PNSA President, explained the rationale for the PNSA celebration and the introduction of activities. On the first day, a virtual quiz was held via the same online platform. Each level participant has designated questions based on the Continuation, Page 1 to PHP 5,000.00. Students can benefit open to help students with financial OSA and other offices, will always be regarded as cheap, right? After all, from this service during their initial, concerns. ready and willing to listen [to] and honesty is the foundation of TRUST. NWU reminds students, preliminary, and midterm payments. “In this time of pandemic, promptly address your concerns,” A dishonest person will pay an uphold honesty in The Safe Loan Program can be let us not merely survive this. Let said Prof. Agustina A. Dancel-Matias, enormous tax – that is, the loss of financial transactions availed online by sending a message us keep our values intact, maintain OSA Acting Dean. integrity and credibility. Be honest, to the official Facebook page of NWU compassion [for] others, and hold “To our dear students, be and you will never go wrong. There OSA and Finance Office OSA. Students need to complete the steadfast to [our] faith. Seek help honest, be responsible, be disciplined, is nothing compared to having a clear suggest that instead of forging receipts, Safe Loan Program form and attach when needed rather than doing it be firm with your values. Honesty is conscience and peace of mind to put students can avail themselves of the their identification cards and their in your own reckless way which a very expensive gift that you can’t you to sleep at the end of the day,” “Safe Loan Program,” which grants guardian’s identification cards. Also, you [will] regret in the end. Always expect from cheap individuals, so said Prof. Josephine G. Bolusan, VP loans without interest to students up the OSA and Finance Office are remember the university through the they say. And no one [wants] to be for Finance.

September 2021 - December 2021 5 HEADLINES ‘Unity for Prosperity’ highlights COBE Week 2021 I Kate Corine R. Buduan resistance and fear of change cause the Edutiktok, Spoken Poetry, and 9, 2021. For the Best Innovative garnered second place. anxiety. He also shared possible ways COBE Got Talent entries from the Product competition, “Alert Me” The finals for the Mobile On December 7-10, 2021, to help (1) be thankful for what we different organizations in the college. by Nuelina Sebastian, Reina Oania, Legends Tournament were held the College of Business have; (2) be positive; (3) be objective; In the Edutiktok category, Christian and Jayden Collin Tan Candova on the last day of the celebration, (4) be reminded of the goal; and (5) Bassig from the OBAS won first from the AHJTO won first place. At December 10, 2021. Team Dipende Education (COBE) be an inspiration to others. place, followed by Angelika Mae the same time, “Edible Cutlery” by won their battle against Team Squid In the second round of Cabulisan from the JPIA for second CJ Manuel Salvador, Alicia Grace Game. A presentation of some COBE celebrated COBE Week 2021 with the discussion, the speakers also place. In the Spoken Poetry Siggaoat, and Alexis Gonzalez from students’ small businesses, such as openly discussed mental health and category, Kate Corine Buduan from the JPIA garnered second place, Lazeez Cuisine, D’sabone, Ilocos the theme “Togetherness Towards how to address it. “You first need to the JPIA won first place, which was while “Biocups” of Jeinell Tunay, Garlic Longganisa, Kapeng Iloco, recognize that you are unwell for you followed by Irish April Tabag from Kevin Sor, and Thomas Noel from and Green Creation Enterprises, was Tomorrow.” It covered numerous to be well,” they concluded. the AJHTO and Julie Anne Felipe the OBAS garnered third place. also introduced and featured as part On the same day, NWU from the OBAS for second and third In the impromptu of their promotion. virtual competitions that are open College of Business Education places, respectively. For the COBES competition, Mark Dio Palcon from The COBE Week celebration Student Organization (COBESO) Got Talent, Gio Rhoel Cruz and Renz AHJTO won first place, followed is indeed a week of talent, of wit, and, to all COBE students, such as the posted the entries for the photography Tamayo from OBAS won first place; by Alexis Gonzales from JPIA for of course, unity among its students. competition on their Facebook page. followed by Adriana Rapisora; and second place, and Mheijhel Juaquino This COBE Week, with the theme Mobile Legends Tournament, COBE Jhian DenverAspili, fromAssociation Rhey Ann Molina, Hans Mae Fiesta, from OBAS for third place. “Together Towards Tomorrow,” of Junior Hospitality and Tourism and Micaela Garo, second and third In the case study signifies the importance of having a Got Talent, Innovative Product Operators (AJHTO), garnered the place respectively, and both from competition, the “Double Rulers” companion along the road to success. most reactions, whereas Ana Angelica AHJTO. by Alicia Grace Siggaoat, Alexis Thus, the road to excellence was Competition, Edutiktok, Case Racadio from the Organization of COBE also held a virtual Gonzalez, and Judy Anne Torrado amplified during the celebration,” Business Administration Students meeting for the Best Innovative from the JPIA gained first place, said Marl Eldrick Duabe, COBESO Study Competition, Impromptu (OBAS) snatched second place, and Product and Impromptu Speech while “Team Aces” by Geneva Anne President. Angel Mae Cabulisan from the Junior competitions via Google Meet Ubasa, Jenny Ann Fernandez, and Speech Competition, Photography Philippine Institute of Accountants Videoconferencing App on December Jan Miguel Silvestre from AHJTO (JPIA) bagged third place. Competition, Spoken Word Poetry, On December 8, 2021, COBE held a virtual meeting for the and the search for the next Mr. and coronation of the next Mr. and Ms. COBE 2021 via the Google Meet. Ms. COBE 2021. Reig Janncen Labaro and Auvielle Domingo, both from JPIA, were The one-week blast started crowned as Mr. and Ms. COBE 2021; the first runners up were Mark Dave with a roundtable discussion on the Miguel and Kimberly Remigio, both from AHJTO, whereas Chrystler topic, “Life after Lockdown: Anxiety Korte Asuncion from OBAS and Xyra Joy Landero from AHJTO were and Well-being,” which was held via hailed as the second runners up. NWU COBESO also posted Zoom Videoconferencing App on the video entries on the said day for December 7, 2021. During the first round of the discussion, the speakers shared their own experiences and how they coped with the ongoing pandemic. The first speaker, JM Moyaen, a financial consultant, advised the students that stress from home and work should be separated. He also reminded the students not to forget to reach out when needed. Afterward, the second speaker, Joseph Orinion, a motivational speaker, shared about Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act. In the last discussion, Nic Satur Jr., a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) advocate, stressed that SSC, CTE facilitate NWU’s World Teachers’ Day 2021 celebration I Erika Winslet S. Corpuz needs for higher wages and providing them with a stronger support system. Northwestern University Dr. Chita A. Gonzales, Vice President for Academic Affairs (NWU) through the Supreme delivered her welcome remarks while an inspirational message was Student Council (SSC) delivered by Atty. Ferdinand S. Nicolas, University President. and College of Teacher Education To give some refreshment to the viewers, an intermission (CTE), facilitated the celebration number was presented by Rozelle C. Gregorio, a fourth-year CTE student. of World Teachers’ Day on October After which, Dr. Elsie C. Pilar, the CTE Dean delivers her empowering 8, 2021, with the theme “Teaching message for the celebration. A special video was is the Profession that Teaches other presented as a tribute to the sacrifices of NWU’s mentors and educators, Professions.” the pillars of hope and progress in the academic journey of the whole NWU On a global scale, this community. Janine Lyka Tangonan, a third-year CTE student, also year’s World Teachers’ Day focuses presented an intermission number. There is no doubt that on the theme “Teachers at the heart NWU’s creativity is commendable for the latter part of the event which of education recovery,” which also is a guessing game from which the viewers need to guess who is commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, that teacher, a fun and exciting A. Dancel-Matias, Acting Dean of to give back our appreciation to our vibe dominates every minute of the Office of Student Affairs. mentors and educators does not need Scientific and Cultural Organization the event. To add up the enjoyment The two student-moderators to be extravagant, but a collective of the viewers most especially the of the event, John Rafael Liberato effort to remind them that we see their (UNESCO) recommendation teachers, an intermission number was and Kristine Mae Gumarad greatly selfless service, and we honor their presented by the NWU After 5 Band. contributed to the overall success of commitment in pursuit of honing concerning the status of teachers. It The program ended with a the program. the future of the nation is more than closing address from Prof. Agustina A simple commemoration enough. is indeed significant that we advocate towards a healthy, just, and efficient working environment for our teachers which includes amplifying their

September 2021 - December 2021 6 HEADLINES NAW 2021 celebration features I Lorie Jane R. Tambio ‘Future Forward’ The United Architects of the coming from the guest speaker for Uno, Dos, Tres. Champion, while Team Artemis was UAPSA UNP Chapter, and Aletha Philippines Student Auxiliary NAW, Ar. Lucky Meljay C. Mercado, E-sports such as Mobile victorious in Valorant. Janine D. Foronda from the NWU (UAPSA) District A1B, who bagged 8th place during the Legends (ML) Tournament and There were two winners Chapter. For “Bakit ka Nag-Arki?” which consists of Northwestern 2015 Architecture Licensure Exam, Valorant were held on day two. from the UAPSA NWU Chapter for Micah Erum and Kevin Gorgonio University (NWU), Divine Word also pertains to his goal-oriented Team ARCH’S, Phantom Power, the low-cost play activity: Rosalinda from the UAPSA NWU Chapter and College of Laoag (DWCL), Abra journey and his source of inspiration, Arkitoinks, Touch Five, Arnld Tan and Cameron Reyes. For “What Ian Pascua from the United Architects Valley Colleges (AVC), and the Ar. April Mercado. Esports, and 2D Strong Hold were Do You Meme,” three (3) winners of the Philippines Graduate Auxiliary University of Northern Philippines The program went well the five teams that competed in were recognized: Jenica Batacan (UAPGA) were recognized. (UNP), celebrated this year’s as the speaker spoke up about his the Mobile Legends Bang Bang and William Estoesta, both from the National Architecture Week (NAW) journey, enlightenment about being (MLBB). from December 10 - 13, 2021, via an architecture student and an UAPSA District A-1B also Zoom Videoconferencing App and architect, and motivation for aspiring released photo entries for “What Facebook Live. architecture students. Aside from Do You Meme” and “Bakit ka nag- An opening program was that, questions about the speakers Arki?” on the same day. Many held on the first day. Clark Kent D. were created and answered by the students participated in the said Eugenio, a 2nd year BS Architecture students. activity, which gained attention student at NWU, and CJ Tamayo, a A team-building activity by creating funny, inspiring, and 2nd year BS Architecture student was also conducted on the same memorable lines. at DWCL, were the masters of day on the same online platform. The UAPSA District ceremony. Seven (7) teams were challenged to A-1B posted the sets of winners “If you’re motivated, you’ll pass eight (8) stations with different for various activities for this year’s succeed. If you succeed, money games, namely: Em-o-jivahh, Alexa NAW on December 13, 2021. In will follow,” a motivational remark Play Me a Song, Twist It!, Remember e-sports, Touch Five was crowned Me, Buka-Bibig, Lucky Draw, and Mobile Legends Bangbang (MLBB) NWU data shows 20% Enrollment increase for AY 2021-2022 I Ma. Rheane Audny S. Ylarde students. There is a 20% increase in students, Bachelor of Science in number of 81 students; the College Meanwhile, the Bachelor of Science enrolled students this school year. Nursing (BSN) with 435 students, of Law (COL), with 129 students; in Biology (BSBIO) program Despite the struggle and Bachelor of Science in Marine and the College of Arts and Sciences recorded four enrolled students. with online learning, The top three colleges in Engineering (BSME) with 393 (CAS), with 154 enrollees. On the The top three least enrolled degree Northwestern University terms of enrollment last academic students are the top three degree other hand, this academic year’s programs in this academic year year were the College of Business programs from the previous academic top three least enrolled students per (2021–2022) are DCA (from COBE) (NWU) outperformed the number of Education (COBE), which had 824 year (2020–2021). In comparison, college are CTE, with a total of 100 with only one student, Bachelor of students, the College of Maritime this academic year’s top three degree enrollees; COL, with 132 students; Science in Office Administration enrollees during the first semester of Education (COME), which had 784 programs are BSCRIM, with a total and CAS, with 177 enrolled students. (BSOA) with three students, and BPA students, and the College of Allied number of 708 students. On the with three students. Academic Year 2021-2022. Different Health Sciences (CAHS), which had other hand, the BSN program has The top three least enrolled Overall, students still chose 694 students. In comparison, this 672 students while the Bachelor of degree programs last academic Northwestern University as their colleges and programs had their academic year’s top three colleges are Science in Maritime Transportation year (2020–2021) are Bachelor learning institution regardless of still the colleges stated with a much (BSMART) has 452. in Secondary Education-Physical the challenges of online learning. enrollee numbers skyrocket during higher number than last academic Education, Health, and Music (BSE- The university will still continue to year. COBE has a total of 996; CAHS However, the top three colleges PEHM) with one brave enrollee; upgrade its online learning platforms, this semester. has a total of 954; and COME has with the lowest number of enrolled Bachelor in Public Administration such as Canvas and the enrollment 822 students enrolled this year. students per college last academic (BPA) is a new program under the web page, to suit the needs of the According to the data year (2020–2021) are the College of College of Arts and Science and two students. Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education (CTE), with a total students piloted the said program. presented by the Registrar’s Office, Criminology (BSCRIM) with 566 there were 3,629 students who were enrolled in the university last academic year. This Academic Year 2021-2022, there are 4,564 enrolled Continuation, Page 1 university’s medical programs the Guidance Center offers both to provide students services. With the concerns amidst the pandemic and partnership between different limited F2F and online services for upcoming limited F2F, these offices through its online services, including NWU prepares for limited institutions are also prioritized. A the students, such as psychological will be more exposed to the students. the SAFE Loan program and F2F classes, targets memorandum of agreement (MOA) assessment and counseling. Their preparation includes wearing supervision of student organizations 2nd Sem AY 2021-2022 between the City Government of In the Educational Resource of Personal Protective Equipment and their activities. Laoag and NWU was signed to Center (ERC), a maximum of 50 (PPE) in every transaction; limited “I agree with the “Carefully, we are studying what transfer symptomatic students or students will be allowed inside the time for check-ups and other dental implementation of limited F2F we can do to at least address employees from the university library at a time. The students will or medical procedures; availability classes because students will have concerns whenever they [will] isolation room to the Laoag City only be given four (4) hours to stay of latest equipment and medicines; a more disciplined learning time. ;;;;;;;arise,” Prof. Benigno added. General Hospital (LCGH) and non- inside. The ERC is also open to all and providing online services for all As an HRM student, limited F2F Another preparation of symptomatic to another facility of NWU students; they need to set an students and employees. The online is beneficial, especially in our the university for limited F2F is the City Government. Also, OSA is appointment through COVID-19 services include Telemedicine, laboratory subjects, wherein it the vaccination of both students helping students to acquire health Automated Registration and Login wherein students or employees can will meet certain standards for our and employees. According to Prof. insurance through coordination and for Students (CARL-S). Also, ERC message the official Facebook pages course,” said Jhian Denver Aspili, a Agustina A. Dancel-Matias, Acting partnership with Philippine Health added a library book drop to the of Medical and Dental Offices for BS Hospitality Management Major Dean of the Office of Student Affairs Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). university gates for 72 hours of online check-ups and prescriptions. in Cruise Management student. (OSA), students will not be forced The Registrar and Finance isolation and disinfection. Aside Aside from helping students “I am a student in the to be vaccinated. Still, they are Office will continue providing and from that, the students can avail with their health insurance, OSA medical field, and I believe that encouraged to take their vaccine. upgrading services online to lessen the themselves of the library services will also assist students outside F2F learning will be more engaging The OSA coordinates with CHED F2F transactions inside the university. through the New Online Reference the province through coordination for us, especially in discussions, and Local Government Units (LGUs) The Center for Information and Assistant (NORA). Through NORA, with the different LGUs. Also, presentations, group work, film clips, for vaccination. According to data Communication Technology (CICT) the students can request e-books OSA will help in the accreditation demonstrations, and practices,” said provided by Prof. Benigno, 97% of incorporates essential upgrades in the or books for pick-up via the ERC’s of dormitories for students’ safety Roussel Bulanadi, a BS Medical the academic and non-academic staff student portal. The recent upgrades official Facebook page or email. and identify the needs of students Laboratory Science student. from NWU are already vaccinated as include the Document Request and The Dental and Medical for limited F2F. The OSA remains of November 25, 2021. Library Transaction features. Also, Offices, amidst the pandemic, continue committed to addressing the students’ The strengthening of the

September 2021 - December 2021 7 HEADLINES SSC receives PNVSCA Most Outstanding COVID -19 Volunteer Organization award I Charisse Sophia A. Raquinio and community strengthening by future. The future is uncertain we to serve. It is not necessary to have a Lux! Northwesternians!” he added. implying student volunteerism and have to live in the present. TAKE college degree to volunteer. It is not Serve. Share. Care is also The Supreme Student Council possessing spirit leadership within the the most out of any circumstance necessary for the subject and verb to adopted by the current SSC officials (SSC) of Northwestern school as well as leadership towards that you are into. REWIRE: and do agree. You don’t have to know the and will continue to serve not just University (NWU) was the community. They also reach out something different yet significant. second theory of thermodynamics the students of NWU but also the awarded as Outstanding COVID-19 their hands to poor communities Reconquer your fears, Reconquer in physics to volunteer. All you need community. Volunteer Organization for Ilocos and employ selfless care of mother your adversaries. To end, everybody is a heart full of grace. A soul fueled Region during the Search for nature through tree planting. can be great. We all have the capacity by love. Serve, Share and Care. Fiat Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteers A message from the former (SOCV) organized by the Philippine SSC President, Meynard Castro, as National Volunteer Service he encouraged the present officers, Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). “We at Northwestern University will The event was held at Bulacan State continue to serve our students and the University and simultaneously done community despite the threats posed via Zoom Videoconferencing App by COVID-19 in our path because on December 17, 2021 as part of nothing can stop our strong desire the 2021 National Volunteer Month to continue to improve the health (NVM) Celebration. and service of our stakeholders and The SOCV is the core the community. I encourage the activity of the NVM which we current administration of SSC and celebrate every December. This is the Northwesternians to keep serving, PNVSCA’s approach to encourage sharing, and caring with all your the promotion of volunteerism as a hearts. Don’t just focus on the key to sustainable development. benefits you’re experiencing. You The “Serve. Share. Care.” need to serve, share, and care with a project is limited to COVID-19 purpose.” response during the pandemic “Let me reiterate our theme for this year; Reboot, Rewire, and Reconquer: Taking hold of our COBEst garners two Innovative Agri-product awards I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca their agri-products on December scrub that deeply cleanses the face Arestday Dagani, Alicia Siggaoat, keeping mosquitoes away. 14, 2021, at the Provincial Capitol and exfoliates dead skin and other and Eldridge John Villa was awarded The students were guided The College of Business Auditorium in front of a panel of unworthy particles that clogs the 2nd Runner Up. by Prof. Marc Edward Abadilla, Education (COBE) students judges. pores. It effectively prevents skin IN-SEC Lotion is a Officer-In-Charge of BSBA and bagged second and third Eco Waterlily Charcoal conditions such as acne and patches chemical-free, non-toxic repellent Accountancy Department, and Dr. runners up during the Adal ken Facial Scrub (Ecoalily), presented of dry skin in the face. The product lotion infused with saluyot, Eric C. Parilla, Vice President for SirMATTa Mentoring Program by Vera Shaina Acacio, Kevin James also helps remove acne and pimple eucalyptus, and cosmos oils, as well Research, Community Extension, and (ATOP). The awarding took place Agcaoili, Aira Summer Andres, scars for a clearer and healthier face. as other essential natural oils that are Integrated Agriculture Development on December 21, 2021, at Riverside, Irenne Emee Gaspar, and Josiah Joy Meanwhile, the IN-SEC gentler to the olfactory senses. It has (RCEIAD) and Dean of COBE. Juan Luna St., Laoag City, Ilocos Natividad, garnered 3rd Runner Up. (Infused Saluyot, Eucalyptus, and a strong scent and penetrates fast into “It feels amazing to know Norte, during the Micro, Small, The Ecoalily as a skin care product, Cosmos plant) lotion presented by the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed that, even though we are still college and Medium Enterprise (MSME) is a mild exfoliating and moisturizing Alexis Gonzales, Mark Dio Palcon, and smelling great for hours while students, our business proposals Christmas All Out Sale. can still compete with those of the The said event is organized province’s prominent entrepreneurs. by the Micro, Small and Medium We are even more confident and Enterprise Office (MSMEO) of proud that what we are doing in the the Provincial Government of College of Business Education is truly Ilocos Norte in partnership with the oriented [to] excellence and quality, Department of Trade and Industry. especially [since] two entries from A seminar and a competition the college have qualified for the final were conducted to formulate round. We believe that the knowledge comprehensive business plans using we got from our mentors, Dr. Eric high-value crops, one of the primary C. Parilla and Prof. Marc Edward ingredients in finished agri-products. Abadilla, enabled us to develop a “We are grateful that the comprehensive business plan to Ilocos Norte provincial government, support our business ideas on high- through the MSME office and the value agricultural crops,” Palcon said DTI, saw so much potential in the as he expressed his gratitude to their crops that we have here in the north college and mentors. to be used for the next products that “Our teams were composed will be available in the market soon. of senior students pursuing various Giving students, entrepreneurs, and programs, which we see as a even locals avenues like this gives competitive edge over other teams. us confidence that our government We managed to harness each of [will] help us in pursuing whatever our abilities to come up with a ideas we have in mind,” said Mark collective idea, despite the fact that Dio Palcon, one of the student we have different viewpoints. The participants from COBE. confidence and faith we have in each Two groups from the of our members binds us together as COBE were able to present their a team, which is one of the reasons comprehensive business plans for why we’re proclaimed as winners,” Palcon added.

September 2021 - December 2021 8 HEADLINES 134 NWU students qualify for CHED TDP, TES scholarships I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca college life. I could pay my tuition fee upang mapalapit sa pinapangarap by providing financial assistance to and Acting University Registrar. from my stipend without bothering niyong buhay,” said CHED Chairman pursue their academic dreams. “To our dear students, give Atotal of 134 students at my parents, especially now that we Prospero “Popoy” De Vera in his “These scholarships are your absolute best despite everything Northwestern University are doing distance learning due to the message to the TES grantees. very important, especially sa mga that has been going on. Be thankful, (NWU) qualify for the pandemic,” said Charisse Sophia A. TDP and TES are both less fortunate students. Maraming and do not waste this opportunity. Tulong Dunong Program (TDP) and Raquinio, one of the TDP grantees. under the Student Financial nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral sa tulong Study hard and always ask for the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) of The grantees of these Assistance Program (StudFAPs) of ng TES and TDP,” said Ms. Cynthia blessings of the Lord,” Ms. Cynthia the Commission on Higher Education scholarships were evaluated and CHED, which aims to help students C. Medrano, Scholarship Coordinator C. Medrano added. (CHED). chosen by CHED. The applicants There are 106 students who submitted an accomplished are part of the first batch of TDP application form and supporting grantees, while 22 students belong documents through online or courier to the second batch who will receive service to the CHED Regional Office PHP 7,500.00 each semester. Also, 1 (CHEDRO1). After the evaluation there are six (6) grantees under the of documents, CHED will release a TES program who will receive PHP list of qualified grantees. The eligible 30,000.00 each semester. grantees will be notified and receive “It was an honor to be chosen a Notice of Award (NOA) from the for the scholarship, and it inspired Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). me to concentrate on my studies with “Sana ay gamitin niyo ito confidence while still enjoying my nang wasto para makapagtapos kayo sa inyong pag-aaral. Huwag ninyong sasayangin ang oportunidad na ito Northwesternians bag awards in the LiNKS 2021 I Aaron Paul C. Urmeneta throughout their education despite LiNKS Debate Cup Honorary the Most Outstanding COVID-19 yourself; dream for your family, for the pandemic. Mention; The Review, SIRIB Awards Volunteer of Philippine National your community, and your country.” The Provincial Government A glimpse of video clips (National Group Awardee) ICON Volunteer Service Coordinating In conclusion, JC Finale of Ilocos Norte through featuring the Junior Officials Campus Press Awards 2020 3rd Agency Siazon, gave his closing remarks, the Ilocos Norte Youth 2021 was included followed by place; and Stanlee Jay D. Arquero and Mark Moneda, the winner “This is just the beginning of being Development Office (INYDO) and inspirational messages imparted by Jessie G. Felipe Jr., ICON Campus of the QCShort shorts competition a Sirib. Your recognitions could be the Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) Gov. Matthew J. Marcos Manotoc Press Awards (National Individual during the QCinema International your platform to open your eyes Federated of Ilocos Norte held a and Vice Gov. Cecillia Araneta- Awardees) Champions with the Film Festival 2020, delivered his especially to some issues that need to virtual awarding ceremony for the Marcos. Gov. Manotoc extended supervision of Prof. Joan Jesusa B. message, “Never stop doing what address. Because in every problem, Lingo ng Kabataang Sirib 2021 and his warm greetings to the SIRIB Velasco. Aside from these, JC Finale you love, big or small, work hard for there is a solution. Our society needs the Sirib Awards 2021 on October awardees, Junior officials, and Siazon, a Juris Doctor student from it. Never stop dreaming; chase that your help. Being excellent in some 18, 2021. Northwestern University young volunteers. “Please continue the NWU College of Law was also dream, and do not let anyone take that field could also mean that you can be won awards in a variety of the event’s to be active and helpful in your awarded a Sirib Award for being away from you. Do not just dream for great in serving our community.” contests. communities and we will continue to The program began with support you,” he assured. a prayer and was followed by Vice Gov. Araneta-Marcos welcome remarks from Hon. Rafael also expressed her gratitude to the Salvador Chua-Medina, President of young volunteers and the INYDO. the SK Federated of Ilocos Norte. “I was so proud to see that they were He emphasized the province’s able to mobilize a lot of the agtutubo agricultural importance and urged the in our province to help out our youth to work together to eradicate community,” she said. the COVID-19 virus and put an end After the inspirational to the pandemic. He also assured the messages, the most awaited awarding youth that the Ilocos Norte Provincial ceremony took place. Northwestern Government would assist them University bagged awards from different categories of contests in the event: Northwestern University, CTE revitalizes college pub through News Writing Training I Jonh Lloyd Aquino by the editorial board of the said adviser, introduced Mr. Jan Jan R. being passionate, competitive, WRITE! WRITE!” Mr. Decano said. publication and other interested Decano, Teacher III of San Nicolas responsible, honest, and fair. “As the EIC of The The NWU College of Teacher college students. Elementary School, Schools Division He also talked about news Moulders, this training is significant Education (CTE) initiates The program started with of Ilocos Norte, as the resource quality, types, and components; to the CTE students because it an Online News Writing an opening prayer led by Esterlyn speaker for the event. the five (5) W’s and one (1) H in helps them improve their writing Training to revive the CTE Moulders, Marie M. Agcaoili, CTE Moulders’ Mr. Decano started the news writing. He pointed out that skills, refresh their minds regarding the official college publication of Features Editor. The Editor-in-Chief, discussion with a quote, “Pen journalists need to be bold and brave journalism, and enhance their CTE, via Google Meet on December Adriann Dale S. Mariano, officially is mightier than the sword.” He in performing their journalistic confidence in writing articles,” EIC 13, 2021. The event was attended welcomed the event participants explained the definition of news, duties. After the discussion, a short Mariano stated. through a message. wherein he listed down the best activity was given to the participants. Marilette I. Abes, Associate Prof. Ma. Teresa Lourdes qualities that a news writer must “Now that you started your Editor, formally ended the event with L. Carbonell, the publication possess, such as having courage, journey to journalism right, then, her closing remarks.

September 2021 - December 2021 9 EDITORIAL NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY I Russel Joy L. Pascua Publisher Lead Cartoonist EDITORIAL BOARD AND STAFF Safe Return to Schools AY 2021-2022, 1ST SEMESTER It’s been two (2) years since and well-being of the students must ventilation and good air circulation improvement in online processes and Caunca, Jezreel Larry R. I Editor-In-Chief the education sector adopted be the priority of our institution in inside the classrooms. Also, alcohol guidelines for the different student several learning modalities making preparations for this. dispensers and additional wash areas services is needed. Tadeja, Pamela V. I Associate Editor to replace face-to-face (F2F) As the students’ voice, we must be available around the campus Since there are only specific classes and to cope with the challenge are here to amplify and stand for and inside the classrooms. priority programs for the limited Rapacon, Dyan Rae G. I Managing Editor of the current global health crisis. the students’ rights in ensuring the Different markings and F2F classes, the university must University administration, students, safe return of the students to the posters around the campus are also allow other students to fully access Agcaoili, Zenith Kin P. I Copyeditor and teachers experienced different university. needed to ensure that the health the different learning facilities. hardships with the shift in our mode A high percentage of protocols and guidelines will be These include computer laboratories Raquinio, Charisse Sophia A. I News Editor of learning. vaccinated students is needed to strictly followed. Aside from that, and the Educational Resources As we are getting used to ensure that every student on campus emergency drills and simulations for Center (ERC), which are beneficial Bonoan, Keishey Aiana H. I Literary Editor and, at some point, comfortable with is equipped with the necessary the faculty members, students, and to students regardless of learning our asynchronous and synchronous protection against the virus. non-academic staff are needed to modality. Lazo, Kristene Claire O. I Features Editor classes, we are here again, slowly The university requires a strong ensure the readiness of everyone for Finally, as most of the shifting to another mode of learning partnership with the government the different circumstances that might students will still be under distance Lorenzo, Ziantal Samantha B. I Sports Editor as educational institutions gradually health units to roll out vaccination happen in the conduct of limited F2F learning, a long-term plan to open their doors to the limited F2F drives for students. classes. implement #AcademicEase and Galiza, Clark Justine A. I Lead Layout & Graphic Artist classes. However, vaccination must Proper coordination with the include #AcademicBreaks in the The ongoing development not be a requirement for the limited local government units is also needed university calendar are beneficial to Pascua, Russel Joy L. I Lead Cartoonist in managing the COVID-19 F2F classes. The university must as other students from outside Ilocos everyone. pandemic in the country raises the not force students to be vaccinated Norte will enter the province. The We respectfully request Aquino, Jonh Lloyd I Lead Photojournalist possibility of limited F2F classes. As against their will. Instead, the university must extend assistance that Northwestern University ensure per the Higher Education Institutions university must organize a stronger to every student who enters the the safe return of the students to Staff Members: (HEIs), the Commission on Higher vaccination information campaign to province for the limited F2F classes. the university. Also, to improve the Education (CHED) said that limited encourage more students to take their Accreditation of dormitories is also guidelines for distance learning to Alcaraz, Jereanne Ashley F. F2F classes for all degree programs vaccine. Also, the university must needed to ensure that the students provide a conducive and healthy Aspili, Jhian Denver G. would be allowed soon. With help students acquire affordable yet will be safe living in the different environment for students and Baltazar, Leihzelie Jharlayne these developments, the education efficient health insurance. dormitories around the university. teachers. The Review, the official Bartolome, Alvin R. sector will once again face different The university must prepare Also, continuous updates student publication of Northwestern Bartolome, Kerizle Monique C. challenges to make limited F2F adequate retrofitted facilities, which and development in the university’s University, will always stand up for Buduan, Kate Corine R. classes possible. are essential to ensure that students student portal and other online students, uphold our rights, promote Bulanadi, Roussel I. As Northwestern University learn in a safe and conducive platforms are beneficial for students our welfare, and amplify our voice. Buted, Donald Cristopher B. prepares for this, it is only natural environment. Instead of air to minimize F2F transactions and Cabiliza, Jhon Keampher to assure the students’ safety as conditioning units, additional ceiling bring the student services closer Candia, Carl Dominic A. they return to campus. 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10 September 2021 - December 2021 COLUMN to a lack of motivation. We don’t want accomplishments, whatever how your knowledge; it is not wrong to how good you are and what you can big or small it is. Show love for prioritize yourself more. Make a do. to do the things we liked before. Also, yourself, get a decent amount of decision because you think it is right, Also, if self-doubt persists, sleep, and always drink water. Do and trust yourself more. Trusting you can always ask for professional Every day we face new it can cause lack of concentration. some workouts, get that body goal yourself is a key to fighting self- help. The Northwestern University challenges; despite knowing you want, or start a skincare routine doubt. Guidance Center and Peer this, we are often caught off We are losing our focus on the things to achieve the “glow-up” you dream. 4. Expect to be hurt; Facilitators Club are always open guard with these challenges that We can do all these things to empower hope for the best because you are to helping students like us. Even in make us doubt ourselves. Whether it that matter, and instead, we are ourselves. important. a distance learning setup, you can is about relationships, family, friends, 2. Empower others. Our lives are not perfect. reach them through their Facebook or work, we may feel uncertain. This being controlled by our insecurities. If other people don’t show Challenges will occur daily and pages, situation may occur when we think the appreciation you deserve, then sometimes simultaneously; all of NWUGuidance and https://www. that we are not good enough or our Because of this, we are slowly maybe you can show them; be the these are part of our lives. We will mistakes are more visible than our difference. It might be hard to do this, feel hurt. We will feel neglected If you ever feel self-doubt, good deeds. moving away from responsibilities but it is a good thing to do. It doesn’t and unappreciated, but it doesn’t always remember that there are Sometimes people think that mean that if they do not appreciate mean that it is the end. We will be people like me rooting for you, you are strong enough to handle all and relationships. Self-doubt makes you, you will also not appreciate challenged, and we will overcome hoping that every silent battle you these things, but that is not always anyone. challenges. We will fail, but we will have will make you victorious. You the case. Being always compared us avoid confrontations because we Always remember that also overcome. are more than what you think you are. to others to the point that we could you are not them; you can make a Always hope for the best Keep in mind that you are not alone. not remember our good abilities or always choose the easy way out. difference. Do not let their actions and remind yourself that people will You will feel appreciated, and you we constantly feel unappreciated, affect the way you interact with other eventually appreciate you. However, will overcome all your hardships. these situations make us uncertain. people. Say thank you with all your do not lower your guard that you We might ask ourselves, “Am I good How can we fight self- might or show any appreciation of will always expect to be appreciated. enough?” or “Do I deserve this?” any kind. Maybe when you all do When we know what to expect, we Self-doubt is like a doubt? these things, people around you will will be prepared for what we will dementor; it feeds on our self-worth learn and appreciate you more. feel. and self-esteem until our happiness, Empower yourself. If 3. Trust yourself, make You are important, always peace, and hope are gone. Self-doubt that decision. remember that. Even if you face trials makes us feel like cowards and you think that other people do not Sometimes, we feel self- and hardships, it will not lessen your losers because we don’t want to do doubt because we always base our importance. Others might not see it, something anymore as we think that appreciate you, then appreciate actions on what people might think. but if you can see it, that is better. You the result will be negative or failure. We are carrying the burden that will not feel lesser of a person if you It attacks our decisions and results yourself more. We should not wait our decision must be relative to know your worth and how important to overthinking even in a minor other people’s opinions. We tend to you are to the lives of others. situation. for other people to appreciate us; we overthink things because we want to 5. Seek help, reconnect Being uncertain may result satisfy the people around us. Let us with other people. should do it ourselves first. Remember start doing things for ourselves too. Sometimes our self-doubts Continue doing things are a result of a lack of connection all your achievements and why you because you want to do them, not with our friends and family. Start because you want others to notice or reconnecting with your loved ones are doing what you are doing right appreciate it. Always remember the and ask for help. Also, spend time reason why you started doing what with people who always support you now. Appreciate everything that you you want. Push through with the and are always there for you. When things that will make you feel better, you feel doubting yourself, people do. develop your skills, and advance like them will always remind you Be kind to yourself and continue doing things that you like. Treat yourself with your favorite comfort food, watch your favorite shows on Netflix, and stream your favorite music; you can do all these things. Also, if others won’t express their gratitude to you, you can express your gratitude to yourself. Thank yourself for thriving and pushing through every obstacle. Celebrate your The dares that the new normal facilities. are we paying for? not make its students endure but constantly throws at people First thing first, it seems like It is not enough that the assure that there will be no single can sometimes push them to the school fees need some vaccination possible justification is for the issue. Imagine being controlled to the brink of despair; what makes it too; it doesn’t matter which brand, instructors’ benefit. The excellent pass the semester. It feels like our worse is the lack of understanding but it needs some healing. Some quality of internet connection and breadwinners need to be tied on their of others. If there is something that fees should be neither removed nor rooms away from distractions were limbs for days so that our financial triggers students and, at the same time, lessened since everything is altered not given to them inside the school. obligations will be lessened. In their breadwinners, that would be online. It is very alarming how we Sometimes, they were being cut off addition, there are numerous working school fees. Some may have pondered are always given a single option, with from the discussion. In addition, students right now who are juggling it, while others may have posted it on no choices and no refunds. Everyone unnecessary noises from nearby their time in order to graduate. What their stories, but let quantity speak is aware that we are not sitting at the individuals who are also having their makes them suffer more, surely, is louder than quality this time. We, the four corners like we used to. We don’t lectures interrupt the class. Students this unaddressed matter. Each of us students of Northwestern University, have daily access to the school’s indeed suffer from poor internet has been losing more than a thousand demand major adjustments in fees wireless fidelity (WiFi), educational connectivity but with what we paid for nothing. to be paid because we have shifted, resource center, or audio-visual for, it is not questionable that we If the higher-ups are we are controlled, and lectures no rooms, and at the same time, we are deserve better. really concerned, they should have longer happen inside the university not benefiting from the enclosed, Second, not all enrolled discussed it themselves and somehow cool, and filtered room. Now, whom students could enter the province. make changes without the need for The administration should have the students’ voice. Audre Lorde is also noted that a large percentage entirely right when he quoted, “Your of enrollees have a low chance silence will not protect you.” He of entering the school. Countless made a statement that seeks fair play, students reside outside the province. not in particular, but in general. With that being said, many of them This subject opposes will not be able to take their medical CHAMPS, the university’s core laboratories or have access to the values. If no one speaks, will computer laboratories that were fairness soon be served? In this charged from them. After all, many time of pandemic, it is also a matter are not surprised since it was not the of understanding others. How are first time that the students were being we going to reboot, rewire, and controlled like this. reconquer if our main operator is not A school of quality will functioning well?

September 2021 - December 2021 11 COLUMN that that leader does not know what knows how to address concerns very voted for. A disservice is the worst to prioritize, how to inspire, and how well, and a leader who knows how to form of “thank you” that you could to focus on the goal. lead. ever give after someone puts their Poor leadership and You know, people want utmost trust in you. incompetence are things we should assurance that they are being led to If you can’t stop doubting address and take seriously. This a better road to success. Being lead how they run the ship and handle does not mean you feel like you are might just be something that is part failures and mistakes. Never forget performing well, which makes you a of our lives that indicates it was just that you should never doubt yourself. good leader. You’re not supposed to a temporary phase. While it is true You can see through them. You can please your people; you’re supposed that we are the true navigators of our make a difference and save others to serve them. If majority of your own future and lives, the way we are from drowning. You just have to go people or students, who deserve led has a significant impact on how against the current and set your own your service, for example, doubt and we grow. Poor leadership jeopardizes sails. question your leadership, that implies the future of the people under this In a vast sea, a ship sits on troubled presumptuous, and a tyrant. you are incompetent and have poor leadership. water that is ready to be sailed. It could’ve been a smooth sail. It leadership. Another red flag of However, is the captain prepared would have been an assurance for So, what are the symptoms poor leadership is when a leader to steer the wheel and take the lead those of us who are expecting a safe of poor leadership? The first red flag is so sensitive about suggestions to take the passengers safe from the journey this year. Guess what? The of poor leadership is when a leader or changes that are definitely not threat of the storm? boat is sinking, and you have no one does not know how to connect or welcomed. Some leaders tend to On a Saturday morning, I to rely on. empathize with others. A leader worry about changes that might found myself wondering what our The confidence you have must be able to recognize the needs threaten their reputations. That’s why future would hold if an incompetent won’t take us anywhere. Being and emerging struggles of others. they strongly shut down suggestions. and inexperienced captain were to competent is definitely different Neglecting simple requests or They are not open to new ideas be the one holding the helm. I was from being confident. Being able concerns, even if they are just trivial, or changes that would benefit the swamped with doubts and questions. to think that you can do things is is a sign that this certain leader lacks people who deserve better service Why would we entrust our lives completely different from being good empathy towards other people. You from them. Good leaders take risks to someone who is lousy, inept, at something. The empty words of are supposed to help them. If not, tell and know how to imply changes if and callow? As if we had any other yours and forged qualifications won’t them that you understand what they necessary; they also know how to options, though. miraculously make the sea apart and are going through and that you’d acknowledge beneficial changes and The captains that I am will prove nothing. try your best to figure out a way to growth for the people in their service. referring to – are student leaders Anyone can be a leader, address their needs or concerns. Part of empathy is being a good or leaders in general. I am sorry but not everyone is responsible, listener. Listening is different from if I may have strung a string and knowledgeable, and competent No one wants a leader who hearing. If one tries to listen to others’ broke your little heart, however, enough to take the authority and take is uncertain about how she/he deals struggles, concerns, or suggestions, this wasn’t addressed to a certain full control. with arising problems, addressing they try to render what they are individual; I was talking in general. What else, though, makes concerns, or referring an answer dealing with. If one hears from others Our right to have the best and most this journey seriously out of control? to a subordinate, even if it is just but doesn’t take action, that is another qualified navigator has been nabbed If one, or the leader, I must say, answerable by yes or no; or by simple red flag of poor leadership. right in front of our eyes. One more couldn’t envision plans or lacked reasoning. No one wants a leader As a student leader, you thing, the ship was actually hijacked vision, therein lies the problem. who is incompetent, insensible, and are responsible of providing the best by someone who’s egocentric, Failure to recognize the value of ignorant. Everyone wants a leader service that the students deserve and planning and being prepared implies who knows what she/he is doing, Being the first batch of the new this, but we cannot deny the fact that different challenges such as power my inner self shouting at me for not but because you need to be reminded curriculum, also known as we need skills. interruption, internet connectivity prioritizing my works, for letting my why you are doing that thing in the the “Experimental Babies,” I I can still recall when I was issues, and many more. It should be luxury and hobbies become my focus first place. stand by my claim that the knowledge still in my first year in college when easy, especially that online learning instead of my schoolwork. I keep on I know you are hurting; we and skills we have are not enough for our clinical instructor stressed the is flexible. To tell you honestly, it’s self-pitying, questioning my worth, are all hurting, so don’t be afraid to us to face society’s challenges. importance of Knowledge, Skills, and hard to juggle all things at the same and if everything is still in its place or speak up. Let that agony be exposed I am not yet ready to Attitude (KSA) during our lecture in time. not. before you explode when you can no graduate without the essential skills health education. Indeed, these three We all become physically, It is just so sad that before, longer contain all the pain. that my profession requires. Our things are essential in achieving your emotionally, and mentally exhausted I loved the idea of staying at home batch has suffered a lot. We were goals in life. As I kept these things in with sets of school activities having because it is my safe haven. As time the first batch of K to 12 Curriculum my mind, I began to assess myself if the same deadlines or daily quizzes passes by, it slowly became haunted – the first batch to graduate in the I was still on the right track. From and exams. Sometimes they tend to and unsound. It was like living new curriculum, and the first batch that, I realized that Knowledge and belittle our sufferings, saying that in a nightmare. It’s exhausting… who will graduate with limited Attitude can be learned both in online it should not be difficult. Most of overwhelming me and my sanity. practical skills due to this COVID-19 and face-to-face classes, but I beg to the time, they are right, but it’s just Most of the time, I didn’t pandemic. With this, I believe that we disagree when it comes to Skills. that students have different learning notice that I was already burning should have and deserve limited face- I have been so anxious about capabilities. Some are fast learners, out emotionally because of my to-face classes this coming semester. becoming an effective nurse in the and some are not. Though I also anxiousness for my future. My heart I know that our school, our future when I cannot perform basic believe that we will pass and graduate sank as I could not focus well on clinical instructors try to overcome skills with conviction. We will be on time when we double our efforts, my studies these previous months the challenges of this pandemic by handling lives, and this phrase keeps study smarter, and not be afraid to ask onward. The achiever side of me is delivering high-quality education. on wandering in my mind. How if we cannot understand a part of our slowly disappearing. I got low scores They have given us alternative can I become better when there are lessons. No pain, no gain, remember? in my quizzes and exams and even activities to sharpen our critical limitations in learning things online? On the other hand, we also passed my activities on the deadline. thinking skills as well as to retain Learning online has need to be heard that even if we I was feeling down and kept the theoretical foundation of every advantages and disadvantages at can do those activities, we also get it all inside me until I realized that I concept. Yes, we can learn a lot from the same time. I have encountered exhausted and overwhelmed by them. could not do it alone. I started to open We also need considerations, but we up with my trusted friends. Of course, should not be demanding and abusive they encouraged me not to feel bad about it. How can we learn if we keep about it. They all believed that I on complaining without even trying? could get through it because I have I am with you, don’t get me wrong, been through a lot for this lifetime. I just want us to become the better However, at that moment, I need a version of ourselves despite being the friend who also realizes that I could “Experimental Babies.” be weak because I am not strong all I understand that they the time. are pushing us to our limits for I have realized that we all our benefit and for our future; but need to step back and look at what sometimes I just want to sleep all we have been through. Analyze and night, watch my favorite series internalize the things that we cannot and read a pending novel I have. see when we are in that position. Step Priorities self, priorities. I can hear back not because you cannot do it,

12 September 2021 - December 2021 COLUMN/VIEWS While the sun is shining should do in life, more so as students. and disruptive of good momentum. drafting plates, doing research, and a from the east and your This pandemic has given us a little They mess with our energy, they bring lot more. You stare at those instruction alarm goes off to wake luxury of not rushing things upon discouragement, they are the deal materials on your screen or in print with you up, you feel the sudden urge not waking up because we can cut out breakers. But what we failed to see is the thought of just sleeping it off or to want to get out of bed. Your back bathing, eating, and commuting before that its purpose was to wake us up and throwing a fit. But then again, it won’t is glued to your mattress, and your attending a class. We are actually given make us move. be done unless you do it. You always blanket is tightly tucking you in. The a gift of convenience. The downside One of the many complaints have the power of your own action. alarm won’t go off unless you stand up of the pandemic has brought us a good of students is that instructors failed to When you stand up from and make it stop. side after all. We must make use of this meet them on the given class schedule. your bed to finally turn off the alarm, YOU. ONLY. HAVE. THE. good side effectively and efficiently. In life, you must have a positive remember that that is the time you POWER. TO. MAKE. IT. STOP. Just like the alarm, the perspective and always look at the start doing something for your future This is the same as what we struggles and hardships brought to us good side of things, even if it seems yourself. After all, you set the alarm by the ongoing crisis are annoying impossible. Rather than complaining, for yourself, you knew about it, and you can use the given timeframe to your mind and body weren’t just work on other things. Use your time to prepared for it. So, stand up and make complete other requirements for other something today. Instead of thinking subjects or extracurricular activities. and complaining about the things that At the very least, you did something don’t go our way, why not make use productive, and that is a good thing. of the current situation to be better and The bunch of requirements discover what more we could do? We is also one of the things that is making may feel the urge of discouragement a student’s life miserable, especially because of all the requirements that since some weren’t discussed properly we have to finish, but we must always or not at all. You spend sleepless nights think about why we are here, fighting answering activities, doing video for what we want to become. presentations, making countless essays, Kahit gaano pa kabigat ang Mahirap maisaulo ang mga leksyon, nila muling kakayanin pang i-angkop dahil dito mas nagkakaroon ng mga mga hamon na isinasaboy ng at gayon na din sa paraang mahirap ulit ang sarili nila dito. malalalim na talakayan at deliberasyon pandemya, marapat lamang matuto; ngunit sa pagdaan ng bawat Maraming mga dahilan kung ng mga aralin at lektura. na bawat mag-aaral ay mabigyan segundo, natatanggap at nauunawaan bakit mas gusto na nilang manatili sa 2. Dahil naikokonekta ang ng wastong edukasyon upang hindi ko na rin sa aking sarili ang proseso, at kasalukuyang modaliti tulad na lamang sarili sa iba na siya ring nagbibigay mapatid ang mga karunungan na dapat unti-unti ring nasanay at nahango ang ng mas nagiging madali ito dahil ng mas mabisa at makabuluhang pag- nilang matutuhan. Sa kasalukuyang aking sarili sa modaliting ito. may ‘google’ na nagsisilbing daan aaral. Dahil dito mas nauunawaan setup na meron tayo, bilang estudyante, Napakalaking epekto ang at kasangga sa lahat at maaari nilang ang isa at magkakaroon ng hindi ko maipagkakaila na ang modaliti nagawa ng pandemya sa ating buhay, gawin ang mga takdang-aralinsa kahit kapasidad na makapagbahagi ng mga ng ating edukasyon ay hindi sapat at lalong lalo na sa larangan ng edukasyon. na anong oras na gusto nila. Datapwa’t nalalaman na nakakapagpahubog lubhang napakahirap. Marami ang lubhang naapektuhan hindi naman din maipagkakaila na din sa kadalubhasaan sa larangan ng Mahigit kumulang na at patuloy pa rin sa pag-abot ng mga ang lahat ay hindi naman pribilehiyo pakikipagtalastasan sapagkat dito dalawang taon na ang nakalilipas pangarap, kaya kahit na anong hirap na magkaroon ng mga pangunahing naipapakita ang ating kakayahan sa nang simulan natin ang makabagong ay patuloy pa ring humaharap at kagamitan sa ganitong modaliti ng pakikipag-usap at brainstorming. modaliti ng pag-aaral -ang online nakikibaka sa buhay. pag-aaral kaya sila ay naiiwan at 3. Dahil tiyak ring mas classes. Hindi ko maipagkakaila na Maraming mga kapwa hindi makaugnay kaya ang iba ay mas makatututok nang mabuti sa pag- napakalaking pagbabago ang naganap ko estudyante ang sumisigaw para gustong maibalik na lang sa dati ang aaral kapag nasa lagay na face-to-face sa aking pag-aaral simula noong maibalik ang face-to-face na klase lahat, kahit na limitado lamang. sapagkat dito ay makakaiwas tayo nagkaroon ng online class. Ang sapagkat mas magiging makabuluhan sa mga sagabal tulad na lamang ng daming mga pagsasaayos ang nagawa at maraming matutunan kapag Kaya naman, limitadong face-to- maiingay na huni ng mga kapitbahay, para lamang maiangkop ko ang aking nakaaktuwal ang klase. Sa kabilang face bilang sigaw ko at ng karamihan, mga hayop, at mga sasakyan. sarili sa estadong ito. banda, marami rin ang tumututol dito sapagkat; dito magkakaroon ng mas Marami man ang tutol sa Aking masasabi na sa una sa kadahilanang nasanay na sila sa higit pang access sa mga matitingkad pagbabalik ng face-to-face na klase pa lang, alam kong mahirap na ito. lagay na ito at tingin nila ay hindi na na impormasyon at higit na pag-unawa, sa kadahilanang ang kalaban ay hindi may pagkakataon na maiugnay at nakikita, kaya bilang paghahanda, maikonekta ang sarili sa iba, at higit naghain ang mga guro ng survey kung sa lahat makakatutok ng mas mabuti sa saan inaalam dito kung nabakunahan pag-aaral. na ba ang lahat para masigurado na mas Narito ang ilang mga dahilan mababa ang pagkakataon ng panganib kung bakit nais ko at ng mga iba pang sa pagkakaroon at pagkalat ng virus mag-aaral ang panunumbalik ng face- na COVID-19 sa loob ng paaralan. to-face na pag-aaral: Bagaman ang pagpapabakuna ay hindi 1. Dahil sa mga impormasyon nakasisiguradong mawawakasan ang at masidhing pag-unawa na nagsisilbing pandemyang ito, ngunit ito ay tiyak na daan sa pagkakaroon ng mahusay makatutulong upang mabawasan ang na mga kaalaman na tunay ngang malubhang epekto nito. nakukuha lamang sa aktuwal na klase class is never easy. Countless silent worthy person. about. A stranger can help you in your battles in the four corners of our room; The famous quote, “blood most difficult time. A home does not shredding tears on your pillow while is thicker than water,” is incorrect; it only revolve within the family that covering your mouth just to make sure should be, “The blood of the covenant lives under a single roof. Moreover, a no one could hear you crying. is thicker than the water of the womb.” home is where you can find your inner So-called homes are not The people who are within your circle peace and tranquility. worth relaxing in anymore. They of family are less important than the Sometimes we feel detached even though we did nothing. We were brought us deep wounds that no one individuals with whom you are bonded from our loved ones, exhausted from worrying and hoping can ever tell when they’re going to be at heart. Those strangers can help you especially our parents, due to that everything would be fine. healed. The ones we consider family when you are alone or feeling lonely. misunderstandings of what we feel How do you feel secure are the ones who make us suffer from We can end the stigma that or what bothers us. They always tell when a home doesn’t feel like a home different traumas, anxiety, and even our not all family members can be proud us “nag-iinarte ka lang.” Little did anymore and everything gets darker coping mechanisms. We are scared that of you no matter what achievements they know that they were the ones and blurry? their opinions and actions might affect you’ve garnered or how far you’ve causing our exhaustion. We felt tired Living in an impoverished us. reached your dreams. If your family household while dealing with an online They do not consider you a tree is not helping you grow as an part of a family if you do not have a individual, maybe you should start to degree, a stable job, or worse, if you get rid of what you are used to. Come don’t give them what they want. They out in your shell. treat you as if you are their biggest Nevertheless, a stranger mistake, and you make yourself a less can make you feel what home is truly

September 2021 - December 2021 13 SECTION TWO Peek - a - boo: A snapshot of life in Germany for 28 days I Kristene Claire O. Lazo area. I saw that there were a lot of Maybe I am just here to speculate when they were asked to express their good feeling. German nationalities who welcomed and observe, especially I am still a opinions, their thoughts regarding a I watched them being Breathe in, breathe out. You’ve us. When they were introduced to us, student. particular discussion. I can feel that trained while exchanging their got this! Germany, see you in I was shocked as I learned that they They were trained together they were nervous, but they still did thoughts and views. Also, they were a bit. are German dignitaries. Note that with the University of Chihuahua a great job presenting in front of presenting their own curriculums As I peer out the windows they were not a representative; they in Mexico and Baliuag University everyone. and learning from the others as well. of this plane, I’m filled with dread. are the higher-ups of Bonn, Germany. in Bulacan. Automatically, I know As Prof. Calili said, she I feel that I am getting bored with It’s my first time riding a plane. Isn’t it a wonderful gesture? At that that language will be their barrier became more confident because this setup because I am just sitting in Amazingly, I’ll be going to Europe! moment, I betrayed my country from communicating with each of this Train the Trainer Exchange the corner every time they have the Looking over at my clinical because I always thought Filipinos other during this exchange program, Program. training, doing nothing. instructors, I’m beaming from ear were best known for their gesture especially between the Filipinos and During our 4th day stay As Prof. Bullalayao stated, to ear with joy and contentment. I of hospitality, but this one beats Mexicans. here in Germany, we were warmly this is a combination of educational can tell they’re just as excited as them with this grandeur gesture of welcomed by German dignitaries and exchange and seeing Germany’s I am about this once-in-a-lifetime welcome. The struggle is real! The aristocrats when we arrived at the kick- beauty. Everyone needs to unwind, opportunity. Despite my exhaustion from training that they have undergone was off and welcome program. Attendees right? With that, during their day- It is still vivid to me how the flight, my eyes were wide open extensive. I can see in their faces that at the event included the Mayor of offs, we roam around this beautiful they were chosen to be part of because I wanted to take in the beauty even if they are already instructors, Bonn, Universitätsklinikum Bonn country. this “Train the Trainer Exchange of Germany. The ride from Frankfurt they are learning something new. (UKB) Hospital Chief Executive The river is clean and the Program.” I heard that it is because Airport to Bonn seemed like a breeze Learning is a never-ending process Officer (CEO) and Deutsche grasses are green with beautiful of their concept expertise. Nursing to me, so I assumed it would be too. indeed. Gesellschaft für Internationale flowers around. Riding a boat as we Leadership and Management are Prof. To my dismay, it took us around two During their training, Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) or German crossover the Rhine River. It is such Charliemane A. Bullalayo’s areas of hours to get to the hotel that was they were regrouped. They have Corporation for International a spectacular experience that I can’t expertise. Dr. Roseli T. Aurelio, on arranged for us. experienced being paired with Cooperation personalities, as well wait to share it with my classmates the other hand, is well-known for During our first meal, I instructors from Baliuag University as the Philippine Consulate General back in the Philippines. her expertise in Nursing Research. couldn’t understand why I was and the University of Chihuahua. in Frankfurt, Consul Rogelio E. We also had a tour around Prof. Wiljohn Dela Cruz specializes feeling this way because they didn’t When they are being paired with the Villanueva Jr. To sum it up, we feel the City of Bonn and were able to in Medical-Surgical Nursing, while serve rice at all! Rice is a staple food Mexicans, they used google translate like we are VIPs because of their go to the birthplace of Ludwig Van Prof. Romelee Calili specializes in for Filipinos. I believe this will be one for them to understand each other. gestures. They also talked about the Beethoven during our 10th day. I Maternal and Child Nursing. Isn’t it of our biggest challenges in Germany When given two hours to complete partnership and many more topics cannot fathom the joy in my heart just really fascinating? I want to be because rice is such an integral part of a task, they will need to spend at that I couldn’t comprehend, so I as I spread my gaze to this beautiful like them, too. our daily diet. Nonetheless, I just told least an hour brainstorming and just wandered around outside the scenery. I keep asking myself if I Going back, I grabbed my myself that this is a new experience communicating since they are unable conference hall. Wishing and hoping will be lucky enough to live here and luggage while glancing at the airport that I can treasure throughout my to express their thoughts and feelings that my classmates from Deutsch practice my profession. once more as I was amazed at how lifetime. Anyway, I’m not really a openly. class are with me right now. wide and beautiful their airport was. rice person, so I guess Germany is for On the other hand, I can’t Feeling homesick, I went I really can’t imagine that I am now me! help but compare myself to them as to Prof. Calili’s room and had a TURN TO PAGE 16 here in Germany! I joined my clinical I’m watching them here in a chair in simple conversation with her. She I mindlessly let myself be instructors throughout their training. the corner of the room. They looked said that the German partners are swayed with my instructors while I am pretty confused why they didn’t like students who were eager to learn very accommodating; they did not they are walking towards the arrival include me in the headcount, but I more for them to do better, especially show any aloofness. They let us feel just shrugged it away because this is a in their chosen field. that we are a member of their family, Train the Trainer Exchange Program. I unconsciously smiled a warm welcome which gives us a

14 September 2021 - December 2021 LITERARY River of Loneliness Mensaheng Asul I swam in the river of loneliness I HAD YOU FIRST anachronism And I am drowned in the ocean of sadness love Alice in Neverland Looking for a boat of happiness Kristene Claire O. Lazo But nobody cares because I’m worthless At first, I couldn’t understand why it has to be her when I look at you in the eye I am isolated Did I meet you first? You look at me with a smile. And feeling wasted I try to speak for us to click I am tired to be in this state I practically grew up with you, But you disappear in just a blink. Please remove this feeling that I can’t take Even went to the same school as you, I am furious what should I do I found a man but I lose him too. I’m drowning in this ocean And always walk me home; Should I just stay where I am and wait for him? But somebody rescued me Get soaked in the rain, Or should I make a move and make him brim? We both sail over this ocean of sadness Things will slip out of your hand Because we both looking for the land of happiness Enjoyed the scorching summer heat, You try to grasp but it will surely land Fight over an ice cream It will land to the flourished floor You filled my loneliness Oh no, it’s my poor heart that somebody else adore. You killed my sadness sold in our neighborhood store. I found a love and found a man You revive my happiness I’m sad to say it doesn’t go with the plan. You paint my colorless world Did I make your heart flutter right? I found them together in a different soul When our fingertips unintentionally What should I do? Is this a foul? But then you became cold as the breeze You made me feel that I’m not worthy to be saved brushed each other, IRONIC LOVE the kiss on your cheeks just You made me feel useless again because of a silly game called Alice in Neverland You shoot me with the bullets of pain truth or dare. As the rain You left without a word finally stopped pouring, You only left was a sword Yet…why does it have to be her? A sword that stabbed my heart Someone whom you’ve I started hoping to And made my world torn apart just met? finally, see you once again. You rescued me but you also drowned me You always told me I’m the I miss the hint of Here I am again swimming in the river of loneliness most beautiful girl next to your mom. the annoyance I see in your eyes every time I tease you. I am questioning my worth again But why still search for someone Where’s the care I want to gain? else when you have me I miss the playful punches you throw at me Estrella wrapped around your fingers? when I piss you off. Keishey Aiana H. Bonoan Though, I realized I must have deluded myself Although, I know, into an illusion—just because you hate me when I’m you always call me pretty— way too much to handle— I’ve transcribed it as a form but I love it because you somehow look at me, of liking me. and give me the attention The way you protected me that I want. and take care of me—interpreted into expressing what you feel for me. The more you hate me, The more I love you. After all, though I had you first, does it matter? When what you decide for yourself comes first, more than anything else. You shine bright unto the dark and cold night soulmate? You make light beautiful to everyone’s sight You’re so precious that I can’t help but adore Alice in Neverland But sometimes, I don’t know what to feel Soulmates? Nope. Our souls were just destined anymore to meet but weren’t intertwined by fate. I mean, Truth is, I’m not precious or important to you people come, and people go. We were taking You’re far from me, I will never reach you crossroads, not the same path. We were ne’er You seem close to me, it seemed as if you are meant for each other. near But when I try to reach you, it became crystal clear That we are never meant to be with each other We will always keep this distance from one another I keep trying to search for ways to make me reach you But no matter what I do, I will always be looking up to you

September 2021 - December 2021 15 FEATURE Is it a celebration? Or another burden I Aira G. Corpuz to carry? There is this mixed emotion my efforts again. I am still looking frustrated that this pandemic impedes perform in our chosen career? blended learning; I gained nothing since I waited for this precious back at my favorite bag pack, so the progress of individuals. We are Way back in my freshman but questions floating in my mind. moment for so long. It took dusty, I can reminisce about every deprived of our usual routine: it’s not year, I was eager to finish my studies Uncertainties are everywhere. I me six years to finish elementary, memory I had in school. It carried the same that we can go out without and find a suitable job. Plans were have realized that for our last year in another six years in secondary, and half of my college journey. using a face mask and adhering to a definitely concrete and clear at that college, we should all be reminded of four years for tertiary. Sadly, the last certain age requirement. Also, we time. I was sitting there, waiting our purpose. two years of tertiary education were As the alarm beeps, there are no more are deprived of possible growth and for the perfect moment to arrive. May we find the spark again spent on an online platform because rush movements in the morning, no development. Unfortunately, things did not go as in ourselves. We are all battling in this of this pandemic. more skipped breakfast or a 5AM Way back then, we always planned. cycle called life, but we need to fight, The shift was very strange bath. I can even recall the days I spent wanted to stay at home; we kept Here comes the pandemic continue, and strive harder to achieve and challenging for both the students reviewing in the jeepney, having this ranting about having so many things that truly devastated the whole world; all those desires in our hearts. We are and the instructors. We are studying idea that I could ace the exam. Also, to do and could not even get some it brought not only a political and all unique, but we have this one thing but not learning, aren’t we? We I remember how students believed rest. We can’t even deny that we economic crisis, but most especially, in common: we all deserve the best in enrolled but didn’t feel like students that wearing a complete uniform plus didn’t want to have classes, but look it caused a threat to the lives of life. anymore, didn’t we? I.D. was draconian but still managed at our current situation: we’re almost people. You are tired and exhausted I almost forgot what I was to adhere. Those different activities trapped in our homes. FEAR. Am I worthy in this with this new normal thing, but chasing after. I am staring at my were made compulsory for the As a graduating student, career? Way back to face-to-face little do you know that we struggle notebook, lingering over every page students. I bet all of us missed those, excitement is no longer a thing. It classes, I feel more at ease learning the same way. We are all weeping, of it, hoping I can find the essence of but it’s sad to say we didn’t value was replaced by the words “doubt” and acquiring the skills that I need. whether physically, mentally, them before. and “fear.” Now that we are in a different financially, or emotionally, but we Tik, Tok, Tik, Tok. Time DOUBT. Did we acquire the situation, I don’t feel the same way cannot lose ourselves. Hold on tight can no longer be paused nor stopped, needed knowledge and wisdom? Did anymore. to our dreams and aspirations. We and here comes our situation, which we gain the necessary information? It’s almost been two years of can all get back on track. seems to be stagnant. I am really Are we equipped with ample skills to online classes, and coping with this ANATOMY OF TOXICITY I Zenith Kin P. Agcaoili Do you know the cruelest What’s worse? These toxic their selfishness as the antagonists. taking care of you so they can slam notice you’re being enticed by their way to hurt someone? Win people to whom I am referring could They turn these innocent souls into it in your face that you owe them spell. Until you feel like you’re being their trust, get them deeply be someone whom you trust or could monsters or villains in their stories. something. They give you things and burned alive with the lies, stories, and attached to you, make them a follower be a family member as well. Anyone In the stories they tell other people, make you feel overwhelmed by such pain they have caused you. of yours, and then slowly throw them could be a carrier of this incurable they try to portray themselves as actions so they can take advantage These people are aware of away when they already have no use disease, toxicity. Sure, it could be pitiful and oppressed. of you in the future. These kinds of who they can enslave to satisfy their for them. That’s how toxic people their way of coping with the struggles They make you take the fall people are sometimes the people we evil desires. They prey on people prey on pure and fine souls. They they go through. The question is, is it instead. As cunning as they may be, least expect to treat us badly like this. who are soft-hearted, forgiving, and tend to take away all things that could necessary to do so? To lunge at a tiny their words have the potential to hold It feels suffocating to deal people who believe that there will make them feel humane and leave animal like a hungry vulture or just you accountable for something you with such people. Sometimes, you always be good in evil. They love them with guilt, scars, and trauma. push someone from the cliff? did not even do. They could make don’t even understand why they are to suck on people who always give They take you high, then Lie after lie. They would you the person responsible for their treating you that way. Sometimes, others a chance to redeem themselves. bring you down with the misery never admit that they were at fault. mistakes, and you’d be their favorite you wonder if you deserve to be Imagine how painful it they’ve caused themselves. You They cover their mistakes with lies, scapegoat. What’s worse? You’ve treated badly. would be to have toxic people around could be the savior or the scapegoat and those lies are patched up with suffered from the consequences of The more you get yourself you whom you could not detach from for the mistakes they refuse to admit. another lie. What’s really scary? something they did, and they are out attached to them, the more you give since they were someone embedded They patch you up like a bandage To see them lie through one’s teeth there smiling like nothing happened. them access and the right to be in in your heart. It takes a toll on you on an unfortunate situation they’ve without batting an eyelid, knowing It stinks to have to deal with someone control of your life. They actually when caring for these kinds of created, and you are left with no you were well aware of what they who is always blaming others for wanted you to be their submissive. people—causing pain, scars, and choice but to take the consequences had done. It’s really spine-chilling their own misery. They want to be feared and treated trauma. instead of them. to see them sew stories pathetically A clown show. The kindness with respect while trying to make However, you should not Sometimes, these people try just to get their way out of the trouble and care they show are just for the your life a hoax, well, in some cases. let anyone overthrow the peace of to act as if they care about you. They they caused. Also, it’s entertaining to show. They act as if they wanted the Once you’re trapped by their mind you have. If you have foreseen try to put you under the impression see them highly-strung while telling best for you, but in reality, they are black magic, it could be a dead end the signals of toxicity, it’s not bad to that they are concerned about you. countless hand-me-down lies. for you. Being stuck in a void would confront or detach or do whichever Behind those sweet and caring Stories are flipped 180 be really tiring. There’s no way that would ease your mind and keep you gestures lies a wicked agenda you’d degrees. The fabricated stories of you could escape it, it would just tire away from pain. never be able to escape. these people will always have them you out. I remember someone once as the protagonists and the victims of At first, you won’t really said to me, “Do not let them treat you the way they like. You should teach them how they should treat you.”

16 September 2021 - December 2021 SECTION TWO Continuation, Page 13 possible that this is real? Who cares you got it from? It automatically She also told me her appreciation it, they just have the same perspective Peek -a- boo: A snapshot of life if you think I’m a prankster because stops, and when it does, you can leave for their technology and the Nurse- regarding this matter. They are indeed in Germany for 28 days of this? It had never happened to me it in that place. Isn’t it incredible? Patient Ratio. certain that the first batch would be before! Due to the stigma that Prof. Calili, on the other able to fly to Germany on the target Words cannot express how I I was taken back to reality Ilocano’s were known to, which hand, gave her personal growth, such date because who wouldn’t be the salute my instructors for absorbing all when these Filipino nurses in UKB is “kuripot,” we have experienced as gaining confidence from what she proudest if not them? the new learnings from their trainers. invited us for dinner. My heart is eating bananas, bread, and foods that had learned and experienced during Though they added that There is a big difference between full as I realize how welcoming we could buy from the convenience their training. Also, she was feeling the first batch should dedicate and the practice of Filipino nurses and they are to us that even if we have store. I guess it is because we are still happy and lucky that she became a commit themselves to this project, the ways and practices of Germans just met, they invited us for dinner. trying to figure things out. part of this exchange program. they should not be discouraged. They providing care to their patients. Surely, if you are in another country, Do you know the videos Discussing more into the should work really work hard for They also had first- you’ll find comfort when you have a from TikTok wherein people in technical part was Prof. Bullalayao. this because, during their stay there hand experience with Nurse Anne “kababayan” to talk to. Germany can exchange their bottles As he was known to be the head of the for just 28 days, they have seen that (simulator). They were given a Mouthwatering foods on the for cash or be used as a discount? It’s department, he patiently explained to they will have a bright future ahead situation and were able to simulate table, Filipino dishes that I long for. real! I can see how Prof. Dela Cruz me what happened during their stay of them. the task of novice and advanced Without further ado, I grabbed a plate and Dr. Aurelio enjoy placing the in Germany. He shared their struggles “To succeed, you should beginners. During their clinical at and started getting food. They are bottle into the machine and waiting in Germany in terms of language and, have a strong determination, courage, UKB wherein, they were assigned to busy exchanging conversations while for the receipt to come out. of course, not to forget the food, it commitment, faith, and vision in different areas, they were under the I am at the corner, sitting and eating My phone was ringing, and must have been a culture shock to fulfilling your goals and aspirations care of Filipino nurses. These Filipino to my heart’s content. this took me back to reality. Oh no! I them. in life. Once you start something, you nurses shared their experiences and The morning after our dinner was not with them in Germany. I was Prof. Dela Cruz was just must finish them,” Prof. Dela Cruz explained the context of nursing with the Filipino nurses, we went to never part of the Train the Trainer like a podcast that I can listen to all stated. practice here in Germany. the City of Cologne and visited the Exchange Program, but as I listened day as he shared their experiences Indeed, there is a great Have I already told you Cologne Cathedral. I looked up to the to their stories during our interview, I in Germany from the time that they future ahead of you, future nurses. that the technology here is superb? I sky and started tracing its structure. felt like I was with them. were in the airport going to Germany So don’t be discouraged, Banndorf am so amazed as I pick up my scrub It occurred to me that because this It was encouraging how until the day they came back. Class, you’ve got this! Viel Glück! suit size from the machine. They’ve cathedral is so tall, my prayers and they were able to express themselves Feeling accomplished, I explained to us that you can just get wishes might be heard first. I just and their experiences during the then asked them the final question I your scrub suit size and will just put laughed at myself knowing that no interview. The enthusiasm of Dr. had in mind, which was, “Are you it in the laundry after using it! I was matter where I am, I believe he is Aurelio when I interviewed her made certain that the first batch produced like, really? I was stunned. Is it even listening. me want to go to Germany instantly. by this partnership will be able to fly I watched my instructors as Though it was not her first time to Germany by 2023?” they strolled around using a scooter. going to Europe, she had a different They all have the same Would you believe me if I said that experience this time, because this answer, which makes me feel that you don’t need to return it to where tour was for an educational exchange. they rehearsed this, but as I think of

September 2021 - December 2021 17 FEATURE A little bit of sunshine at the end of this dark road I Michelle Faye A. Curammeng wake up from it. I can no longer see been one of the highlights of that I reminisced about the wait for that day when I’ll be able to the light as darkness is eating me special day. Underneath my name, it past where schooling was always wear a white hard hat above my head Can I get through this dilemma? alive. should have “With Honors.” Those performed on the four corners of the as a token of all the perseverance and Can there really be sunshine I was always late when it two words were like a bubble that classroom. I missed the times when patience I have shown. at the end of this dark road? came to submitting my work. At flew and popped away. I had fun beating the deadlines with I’ll never be able to thank With the pandemic that we some point, I never tended to perform I had nothing to do but cry my classmates. Our greatest bond everyone who kept reminding me are currently facing, we have lost my given task. Cramming suited my in the agony of my pain as a sign of was singing Original Pilipino Music that they were always on my side. hope in everything. As a student, vocabulary, as I always practiced this my regrets. Despite my situation, I (OPM), pop music, and Korean Because of them, I was able to get having my classes in an online behavior until the end of my senior asked my teachers to give me time songs. As we hum and change its through this dilemma and have a medium is a major challenge for me. high school year. just to finish my school work for me lyrics for our convenience because little bit of sunshine. Also, I fought It’s been two years since we started Battling with anxiety was to still graduate. I stayed up all night we have difficulty pronouncing its hard and did not let the darkness eat utilizing online medium, yet I am my foremost problem. There are so and sometimes tears escaped from original lyrics, the room will be filled me completely. It is still vivid in my still trying to cope and still long for a many judgments around me that I no my eyes as I recalled how terrible my with laughter. memory how my teacher in senior face-to-face class. longer know who I should listen to. mistake was. Surely, this mistake will At some point, being at high school reminded me not to play I still remember when I I was surrounded by dark shadows be embroidered in my mind until the school was my escape from the with my studies, especially since I started to lose interest in my studies that ignited my whole body to be very end of my journey. cruelty of the outside world. When I was about to enter college at that in the twelfth grade. It is so sad that frightened. Being judged was one of However, there is a little am at school, I manage to deal with time. It is my reminder to be better I was an achiever before and always my greatest fears; I felt like a walking bit of sunshine at the end of the dark my sadness. At school, all I have to and push myself to my limits. aimed to be part of the rankings in our disappointment, not having a glimpse road. The announcement of limited focus on is my studies, how I will This pandemic has taught us school. But slowly, I can no longer of appreciation from the people I face-to-face classes gave me hope pass, and how I will make my plates many life lessons. I hope someday, recognize myself. I felt like I was in expected. and happiness. I firmly believe that more beautiful to garner a high rating every one of us will see a little bit of a nightmare, and I could no longer As I carried on with all my there is no better place to learn and from my professor. Someday, I will sunshine despite the problems we are online learning struggles, regret filled perform tasks than in school. I long walk down the aisle wearing my going through. my heart on our graduation day. I felt to be taught and corrected by my academic dress as a sign of passing sad because my name should have professors if I make a mistake. my degree in college. I also cannot Can love really outshine imperfection? I Maria Irish C. Lucas continue her journey. expectations she visioned. Due to the holiday and having company to they have to lie. Natalie went to a bar and her eagerness to find her true love, feel the breeze of Christmas. It is a Many people, in reality, In this world full of uncertainty, a let herself get drunk because of the she failed to see the consequences must-watch movie for me because might not look the same as their soul dreams passionately about unfortunate moment she had. A few of her own desires and decisions there are lots of lessons to be learned. profile photos. They just want to finding the perfect match for her moments after, she saw the guy that that made her wreck someone’s I find so romantic how the be liked and adored, but they don’t heart will quest her way. Love may Josh used in his dating app. She went heart. She has been dishonest just to love story of Natalie and Josh went enjoy it all because they are not sometimes need to take a risk to be out of her way to impress him, but it fulfill her preferences of love which through. It is a refreshing twist on themselves. able to know what’s really meant turned out to be a terrible mistake. is the feature of a good-looking guy what would have been a standard After watching the movie, for a heart and soul that fights for She had an allergic reaction to a drink and someone who has a genuine of feel-good romantic comedy I realized that love has to be honest throughout the hard times. she had consumed earlier in the day. heart. In her aspiration of having a surrounding the holidays. The and not perfect. Love will surely Natalie, a single writer based perfect love story to be told, she was movie sums up the reality of today’s outshine imperfections. If you truly in Los Angeles, has been searching For the sake of gaining deceived and made her change the generation and the so-called dating love someone regardless of their and swiping on a dating app for a Tag’s attention, Josh offered real definition of love. apps, in short, the internet love. appearance, it won’t matter because, long time in an attempt to find the Natalie the chance to pretend to be At last, Natalie chose the I liked the touch of Christmas as they’ve said, love conquers all. love she craves. Kerry, her friend, his girlfriend in exchange for his one who made herself real enough in in it; it makes me remember someone Moreover, I realized that expanded her dating app search help. She pretended to enjoy Tag’s discovering the fineness of her life, who is no longer with us, just like if you want your happy ending, you range across the country to widen her favorite pastimes and leisures in the one who didn’t force her to love the moments when they remembered have to be honest with yourself. horizons and somehow avoid a series order to be called a perfect match the way she wanted to be loved, and Josh’s grandfather. I understand that Accept all your flaws and mistakes, of painful disappointments. and impress him while keeping the the one who made her realize that in many people don’t feel well-accepted promise yourself to work on them, In the end, Natalie found a fake relationship she has with Josh a order to find the true love, she needs in our world regarding catfishing, so and lastly, LOVE HARD. perfect match in the form of someone secret. to be honest about who she really is. who is amusing and charismatic to Josh’s goal was to show Love Hard is a romantic talk to. He suddenly wishes if she that he has a partner who accepts and comedy movie with a modern tale of could join him for Christmas after loves him despite his flaws. Natalie a dating app match. As the season of a long conversation, which she has was shocked when Josh proposed, Christmas is about to come, the movie with him almost every day. Because she was unable to do anything is perfect to watch with family, of this, she decided to take a leap of about it because of the potential for friends, or someone special faith and fly to Lake Placid in New embarrassment, so she said yes. because it portrays the beauty York, to meet the man of her dreams Natalie had been dating Tag of having loved ones celebrating in person. for few weeks when Josh’s family Then, upon arriving at her planned a surprise engagement destination, Natalie discovered that party. They didn’t expect everyone, she had been catfished. She was including Tag, to attend. She expecting to meet Josh, but he didn’t summoned everyone’s attention and look anything like the photo he decided to eventually tell the truth, sent her. Disappointed and stranded even though she knows that she will in Lake Placid, she was unable to inflict pain and embarrassment on someone and herself. In that decision, Natalie lost people whom she learned to love and see the beauty in their imperfections, but it made her set free from the

18 September 2021 - December 2021 FEATURE I DEV COMM Pressing the right button: With Action, Law of Attraction I Kristene Claire O. Lazo power to please society. I just hope bread and butter in our daily lives. course, we cannot avoid the obstacles just post it or share it on your social that they’ll realize that not everything It somehow becomes a defense in life, but at least there’s progress, media accounts? Or will you also Social media has become the posted on social media is real or true when someone is not acting on what right? Nevertheless, I can say that review your notes and listen to the voice of many people for the to life. they have been saying. The law of there should be an equivalent action discussions? past few years. Since social On the other hand, there attraction sprang to me as I tried to in every law of attraction. You’ve come this far even was discovered, it has become a is this thing called the “Law of comprehend this concept. It does not sound right to say without the law of attraction and part of everyone’s lives inch by Attraction.” I was quite amazed at Do you believe in the law that you’ve achieved all the things in different trends such as manifest inch. Here, it enables the freedom of how social media influences other of attraction? I continuously ask life without doing anything. The best and 1.0 cutie. Do not belittle your speech of many people. Some people people’s lives. Maybe that’s why myself if this thing is real. I just can things in life won’t come to you in sacrifices and efforts for what or who share their stories of pain, suffering, there are influencers, right? not exactly point out why we are so just the snap of a finger. Success is you are right now. If following trends and even achievements in life. Before, televisions, radios, addicted to the thought of this. not something you work on overnight makes you happy or enhances your Looking at the stories and and even newspapers were where The law of attraction is or just for a couple of days. The well-being, there’s nothing wrong glimpses into the lives of individuals people were informed of the new somehow powerful. It has a powerful accomplishments you’ve attained are with it, but if it’s already interfering you follow or are friends with will trends, but now with just this tiny effect on restructuring your mind so the result of your hard work. with your views on life, take a step make you reflect on your own. You’ll thing called a smartphone, you can that the thing you’ve been praying for Wouldn’t you be able back and think about it. start to wonder why they live this be updated. I suppose this is why will come to you. Isn’t that thought to succeed if you put effort into I believe that everyone can kind of life and will feel different as we are continuously reminded that uplifting? This somehow comforts us everything you did and had faith that be the best version of themselves. a result. With just one photo, you’ll we should think not just twice, but when things are slipping out of our you’d get through? You are capable of accomplishing overthink everything to the point that a thousand times before we post hands, and that’s okay. It’s really a Attraction is good, but all of the goals you’ve set out to you’ll try to doubt your life. something on social media platforms. wonderful thought that can help us attraction plus action is better. Come attain. Everyone can succeed, but I am not saying that everyone In the past few months, I’ve seen a feel better. to think of it, if you are attracted to it is up to each individual to decide is feeling that way, but there might be slew of “law of attraction” related The comfort you’ve found someone, will you just be attracted whether or not they will let society’s a lot, especially among teenagers. patterns on my social media accounts. should not be a reason to stop. You to that person? Won’t you go and expectations limit their abilities. You Due to curiosity or maybe envy, Initially, I was enthralled, but as time need to pause for a bit, but it’s not take some actions, just like making must never lose your faith in yourself they’ll try to do everything in their went on, it dawned on me. okay to quit taking action. I am a firm conversations with them? because, at the end of the day, you are Actions speak louder than believer that if you work hard for How about aiming for the author of your own tale. words. This phrase has become something, success will follow. Of good grades and scores? Will you 2020: DEJA VU I Charisse Sophia A. Raquinio variant has many distressing Delta turned out to be much more mutations, with more than 30 in the transmissible than prior variants, and Is this another nightmare or critical spike of protein and the virus some data suggests it can cause more another year of enduring a uses them to get into the cells they critical illness in the unvaccinated, tremendous threat of suffering? attack. WHO stressed that “there is there is insufficient evidence it is Would it be an extra year of living still a lot that is unknown, including more lethal or capable of outsmarting like a prison? Why could not we put if it is more contagious, causes more vaccines. the reign of COVID-19 to an end? severe diseases, or could evade the Aren’t we finished using facemasks vaccines.” “The vaccines we have are and dreading what is around us? remarkably effective against a Specific Omicron mutations range of other variants, but we need Within the past months, may impair the ability of the virus more lab and real-world data to new variants of the virus are being to cleave, changing the behavior of determine the degree of protection discovered. Deja Vu, isn’t it? In the spike protein; typically, when in those vaccinated,” said Prof. the year 2020, in the corresponding viruses accumulate many mutations, Peter Openshaw of Imperial College months, Corona Virus was identified they lose some fitness, said Dr. John London. in Wuhan, China─ an epidemic turns Wherry, director of Penn Institute for As a result of Omicron, out to be the deadliest creature, an Immunology in Philadelphia. many nations already enduring unexplained villain. Now, a variant soaring COVID-19 cases caused was discovered in South Africa. Shreds of evidence indicate by the Delta variant have enforced As for the moment, it has also been that Omicron has an advantage new lockdown measures and travel distinguished in Botswana, Belgium, over other variants in bypassing restrictions. Canada, Australia, Netherlands, the immune system. It tends to be Think twice; our health is at risk, and Denmark, United Kingdom, better able to reinfection people who let us give our medical front liners Germany, Israel, Italy, Czech have been previously contaminated a break─ they are exhausted from Republic, Hong Kong, and many and received some security against approximately two years of fighting more countries. COVID-19. the virus. The B.1.1.529 variant, also Should we panic? Experts have The Office of the Student Affairs known as Omicron, is the latest recommended caution, stressing that encourages Northwesternians to be virus found in South Africa. Why there is no hard proof that Omicron vaccinated through coordination with is this becoming the variant of is more harmful than prior varieties the local government units. Let us concern? According to World Health such as Delta, which soon surpassed guard ourselves and get our vaccines Organization (WHO), the Omicron their predecessors in the United now. States and other nations. Although

September 2021 - December 2021 19 FEATURE Experiments can lead to greatness: First Batch of K-12 Curriculum are you now ready to conquer? I Kristene Claire O. Lazo hopes that he’ll achieve greatness in of K-12 students, the “experimental being a happy-go-lucky guy and that and scared at the same time because, his career one day. Also, he believes babies,” as they are known. he wanted to go back to those days just a few steps away, the first batch Just a few more months, and that if they can do it, he can do it too. If Ms. Rabaja could travel when he was content and wasn’t too of K-12 students will be out in the If they can’t, he will learn from it back in time, I knew she would go hard on himself. real world. They’ll get to build then we’ll finally face this thing until he can. back when they still had face-to-face Like Ms. Rabaja, Mr. Sales themselves and explore as they try called reality. Pain and anguish lurk I was about to talk when classes. She would definitely study also expects himself to pass his to differentiate between life in school in the shadows of every triumph again I was brought to a different and grasp all the concepts taught to licensure examination in one take. and in the workplace. He is teary- we’ve had. We all suffer in our own place, a familiar place this time. them in preparation for the Nursing After that, he envisions himself eyed while imagining the prospect peculiar way. My pain may differ I asked Genie what I should do, Licensure Exam and provide the best landing a job related to his course, of everyone in the real world from yours, but I know we were all but she just rolled her eyes and quality patient care. becoming independent, and having serving their purpose and showing in pain. pointed to Marc Nicole Villanueva, With her perseverance and bigger responsibilities. their greatness as professionals and The school has been our a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality hard work, she expects herself to pass Mr. Sales should surround individuals. home for almost 18 years, except Management student. the Philippine Nursing Licensure himself with great people who he can “Pain is temporary. during the times of the pandemic we I am honestly confused Exam (PNLE) in one attempt as well learn from. People who have a lot of Greatness will live on” is how Mr. are all facing. I inhaled deeply as I about why I am being brought to these as the National Council Licensure experience in the real world. Those Galiza describes his college journey, tried to think of a feasible approach people. Like seriously? I still have Examination (NCLEX) to become a people who have been through a lot together with the infamous “You only to attract your attention. Sadly, I am countless things to do, and what I USRN. She always prays and asks and can impart knowledge to him, live once.” out of creative juices, so I’ll simply am doing right now is eavesdropping for God’s guidance in everything not just clinically but also in their I am now in my room, shrug it away. on someone’s conversation. Again, she does. She is a strong believer in personal lives. thinking about what I should feel. A genie in a bottle suddenly regardless of my rants, I continued to the healing power of prayer. With “Difficult roads often lead Indeed, we are all hurting and fighting appeared as I tried to fix my things. listen to Mr. Villanueva. that, she’s always been holding onto to beautiful destinations,” is Mr. our own battles in life. This should be She told me that if I did her a favor, He is having mixed emotions the bible verse, “I can do all things Sales’ motto in life. As the first easy if we just let everything fall into I could have two wishes. It seemed as he is fixing his tie. Indeed, he is through Christ who strengthens me” batch of K-12 students, they’ve its perfect place without deviating like I was being conned by her as she about to finish his studies, but he is (Philippians 4:13). experienced and suffered a lot. From from what has been planned out. grabbed my hand and took me to a quite anxious because he’d need to Indeed, if I am given being the pioneers of SHS, a new Everything should be easy if we give weird location. stand on his own feet and provide a chance to go back to a certain college curriculum, and what they our best effort, but we are content I’m taken aback by the new for his needs and wants. No more moment in my life, it would be to are currently experiencing now, a with what life offers. surroundings. I’m afraid to death allowances from his parents because grab all the opportunities I have to pandemic. He reminds me that there I nearly forgot that Genie since I have no idea who or what he is already a grown-up. learn and become a better version of is no easy way to succeed, and those was still with me. When I looked is around me. When I encountered Mr. Villanueva once thought myself. What I’m listening to right challenges should never hinder him at my side, a mirror was beside a former classmate, I felt more at of shifting a course because he finally now is wearing me out. Despite the from achieving all those dreams. me. Therefore, I realized that there ease. Jerico Antonio is a Bachelor of found something that inspired him fact that we all have varying degrees In his dreams, Mr. Sales was never a Genie. The one who Science in Mechanical Engineering but didn’t. He chooses to continue of agony, regret, and desire in our ended his closing remarks by saying, challenges me is myself, because I am student. this course because he is already lives, we all aspire to achieve success “I may encounter many hardships in getting overwhelmed with everything I am a bit confused about a step closer to giving back to his in our endeavors in the long run. my college journey, but I know that at that is happening in my life. why I was brought to his place. Is parents’ sacrifices. My sentiments faded as I the end of the day, I’m going to see a The heavy workloads I have it to eavesdrop? Geez, this Genie During the pandemic, Mr. was brought back to a different place victory.” right now have made me lose my seems like a gossip master, and I am Villanueva tried working while again. I asked Genie if I was dead I asked Genie once again, niche. I am still looking for it, so I her apprentice. I don’t know what studying. This made him realize and was just fulfilling a mission and now he smiled and told me that tried to find reasons to go on. I know to do, for I am not instructed by that studying is much easier than in my life, but she laughed loudly, the last person we’ll be going to is that I am not the only human on earth this Genie at my side. Nonetheless, working. He felt the struggles of the making this guy below me move someone close to my heart. I started that is hurting, so allow me to tell you I had no choice but to listen to the people in the workplace, which led a bit. Don’t worry, I was not seen; to think of countless people traveling that it’s okay not to be okay. conversations between Mr. Antonio him to believe that hard work is the he’s just soundly sleeping. I am now in a snap, but I was overjoyed when I Being the Genie of this story, and his friend. key to overcoming life’s obstacles. at the study table of Mr. Jeronimo saw him. I wish everyone, especially the batch As I was trying to listen to I couldn’t help but smile as I Sales, a BSN student who is currently The last person I am looking of 2022, peace of mind and heart and Mr. Antonio, he talked about another realized I wasn’t the only one worried sleeping at his desk. at right now is a great friend of success as we are now about to face milestone in his life. I can tell that he about the future. I’m not certain if it I can see that he is currently mine. Mr. Renz Benson Galiza is the real world. I know that life has is overjoyed because he’s just a few was because I was so consumed with in a deep sleep and dreaming about a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory been tough for all of us, but this has more steps away from his dream. the problems that I learned to not his future. He is feeling both excited Science student. He feels bittersweet made us stronger. The obstacles that Proving that his parents are worth it care. It seems clear that this Genie is and in doubt. He is excited in a sense emotion as he foresees himself as a we’ve been through are our stepping and that this is the time for him to trying to teach me something, but I that, finally, after so many years of graduating student. It shows how stones to success. give back to them. can’t figure out what it is. hardships and sacrifices, he’ll be much he’ll miss everything about No matter what life throws Oh, my goodness! I pinched I was no longer surprised able to finish his university life. He college, whether it be hardships or at us, I have no doubt that we will not myself three times as I surprisingly when I was brought to a different is thrilled with what the future holds difficulties. He admits that counting give up because we are the warriors heard the thoughts of Mr. Antonio. I place again. I am no longer afraid, for him and is excited about finally the days before their graduation gives of life. Being anxious about the future guess Genie gave me a special power even if it’s unfamiliar, because I making his dreams into reality. On him a feeling of melancholy and hope is okay, but keep in mind that you are to listen to his words and thoughts. know that they cannot see me at all. I the other hand, he is also in doubt for his future. not alone. All of us are anxious about Going back, Mr. Antonio am just here to listen and to read their because he is not sure if the things Mr. Galiza is a quiet kid. the uncertainty of the future, but we then begins to reminisce about the minds, but the task is not yet clear on he has been preparing will prosper. He’s not that sociable, but he has can work smarter and be better. days when he used to be so chill my part. Regardless of his doubt, he’ll trust gained friends throughout his college You’ll surely make and carefree from his studies, which I am now in Ms. Ericka the will of God. years. He just wishes that he had mistakes, but don’t let those define resulted in failure. He regrets how he Rabaja’s room, a Bachelor of Romanticizing the idea of become braver and more confident. who you are. Allow yourself to fall was not serious with his studies and Science in Nursing (BSN) student. academic excellence is one of Mr. He has a lot of potential that could down for a bit, but learn to get up and wasted tuition fees just to take them Excitement is the best word to Sales’ qualities. He is a visionary have made a difference to himself as fight for your life because, after all, again to graduate on time. describe her feelings as she imagined type of student who always envisions well as to his fellow students, but was the only person you can entrust your As Mr. Antonio is a go- receiving her diploma, which what he wants to achieve at the end not courageous enough to speak up. life with is yourself. with-the-flow type of person, he signifies her hard work as a nursing of every semester. There were times “Some people are just born Now let me ask you one last doesn’t have any expectations after student. She wishes they could have when he disappointed himself when to be great with ease, I guess, and question. The long wait is over; are his graduation. Just to show everyone a graduation ceremony in person his idea of excellence was not met. it’s okay to be one of them,” said Mr. you now ready to conquer? that he’s worth the sacrifices, he because she believes that they During the pandemic, he reflected Galiza. deserve it. They are the first batch and realized that he was used to Mr. Galiza is feeling excited

20 September 2021 - December 2021 KOMIKWAGO KomiKwago by: Pascua, Russel Joy L. Bartolome, Alvin R. Gabriel, Hanna May C. Lagoc, Justine Von B.

September 2021 - December 2021 21 HEADLINES Marina Licensure Examination 2. Engr. John Christian B. Sales 9. Angel Domingo, RN 4. Lov-wja Gatbunton, RN 23. Jan Angelo Chua, RN 1. 2E Padaoil, Edmund B. 10. Bernardo Gervacio Jr., RN 5. Almira Guevara, RN 24. Leah Reynon, RN 2. C/M Bitun, Cleydee B. Nurse Licensure Examination 11. Lea Joyce Nacapuy, RN 6. Michelle Macaculop, RN 25. Oliver Gamayon, RN 3. C/M Ramos, Nestor Jr. J. A. July 2021 12. Yna Quitoriano, RN 7. Aprl Apple Magarro, RN 26. Erine Ross Taloza, RN 4. Abad, Ralph Jerome C., OIC-EW 1. Ranella Achacoso, RN 13. Crisel Ramos, RN 8. Carlo Marquez, RN 27. Noel Espejo, RN 5. Ramos Mark Steven V., OIC-EW 2. Hannah Acob, RN 14. Hannalyn Rosal, RN 9. Meladee Paulino, RN 6. Pacuna, Winston C., OIC-EW 3. Kevin Aquino, RN 15. Danica Santos, RN 10. John Jonathan Ramiro, RN September 2021 Registered Electrical 7. 2/Engr. Harel Cohen S. Rosaci 4. Rose Anne Arcayna, RN 16. Krishelle Tuliao, RN 11. Heherson Ricardo, RN Engineering (REE) and Registered Master 5. Ace Capili Ballungay, RN 17. Marifleur Kristianne Utleg, RN 12. Shiela Salvador, RN Electrician Licensure Examinations November 2021 Civil Engineering 6. Jemarisol Coloma Bravo, RN 18. Gerald Osial Juan, RN 13. Khar Lo Valdez, RN 1. Engr. Adrian Reed Balaan Agarpao Licensure Examination 7. Jazztine Ciel Contreras, RN 19. Xilka Badua, RN 14. Maria Angelica Baptista, RN 2. Engr. Louise John Medrano 1. Engr. Louie James A. Marquez 8. Glenard De Jesus, RN 20. Ralph Padron, RN 15. Kathrina Bareng, RN 3. Engr. Nelia Bulil-Lit Dumlao 21. Hanah Cuadro, RN 16. Dianne Bungcag, RN 4. Engr. Bryan Jay Butin Benito, RME 22. Mae Christine Jane Soria, RN 17. Jennalyn Jose, RN 5. Engr. Ronald Jimenez Domingo, RME 18. Raezel Pascua, RN 6. Engr. Adonis Pascual Matias, RME B. November 2021 19. Liezel Vidad, RN 7. Engr. Kyle Brainarht Ancheta Retamal, RME 1. Regina Bella Alferez, RN 20. Evangelyn Batangan, RN 8. Engr. Meager Ann Porio Ubay, RME 2. Jose Luigi Barriga, RN 21. Jett Magarro, RN 3. Kelsey Cu, RN 22. Ericka Isidro, RN 55 Northwesternians sworn in as The Review Staff I Frances Kyle T. Lapitan goals and fulfilling their mission as having three sides: his, hers, and the Continue to remain true to studentry and the community even students of Northwestern University truth. “If you want to be a world- the mission of reporting the news to observe ethical standards… The Review, the official or as part of their families. changer, if you want to go out of truthfully with integrity, but also be Our values, our discipline, and our student publication of Former Editor-in-Chief the University and be exactly that, mindful in uplifting the souls of your principles as journalists should Northwestern University, and the current Vice President for set yourself apart and hold on to readers especially now that we are remain intact. This is the only way conducted its Oath Taking Ceremony Administration of NWU, Prof. Karl the truth,” she added inspirational competing with the attention of our we can maintain our credibility. on November 12, 2021, via Zoom Lenin C. Benigno, also expressed message. studentry as they look to other media This is the only way we can separate Videoconferencing App with the his gratitude to student publication. “Be fearless. You are outlets online,” he added. ourselves from other creators such as theme “Reboot, Rewire, Reconquer.” He highlighted that he learned so very much aware that the media The Oath Taking was led by bloggers and vloggers. This is what 55 members sworn to office with many things not just in the field of is supposed to be the tool that Mr. Al Gerald S. Barde, Education makes us purveyors of truth,” he said. brand new broadcasting and video journalism but also in management informs the public, that enables, that Supervisor II, Commission on Higher Jezreel Larry R. Caunca, the editing positions for the Academic and leadership. empowers the public in a democratic Education-Region I (CHEDRO1). Editor-in-Chief, formally closed the Year 2021-2022. “Membership to the board society to choose the best direction He also talked about the values of ceremony with his words stressing Prof. Joan Jesusa B. Velasco, will surely prepare you to become for society. And therefore, be fearless journalism and the principles that the goal to continuously amplify the The Review adviser expressed her better, responsible, and accountable in giving us a true reflection of what must uphold. voice of the students and promote gratitude and appreciation to those individuals…There are going to be is happening on your ends as the “Anyone can be a journalist campus journalism. He said that who took interest in joining the a lot of challenges ahead. However, students see it,” these were the words as long as the person has the he is looking forward to continue publication. She believes, that with with the right mindset and with the of Atty. Ferdinand S. Nicolas as he motivation, proper training, and the flagship of the onset projects an increased number of student right attitude, things will work out,” challenged the student journalists on ethics. Ethics is very important. last academic year that would journalists, they are ready to achieve he added. his motivational speech. We have to educate our students, be beneficial both to the student more. Dr. Chita A. Gonzales, The Acting Dean of the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office of the Student Affairs, Prof. also talked about leadership and the Agustina Dancel- Matias also shared different lenses that need to be used her sentiments upon witnessing the by leaders. She emphasized that it is significant growth of the publication extremely important as a leader to from scratch. She urged the student know when to use the right lens and journalists to spread and make a to be self-aware when we are over- commitment viral to encourage dependent using only one type of fellow students to be as passionate not lens. only in writing but also in achieving Prof. Maria Liza S. Nicolas also gave emphasis about stories Sound Mind: A Combat with Election Confusion I Aira G. Corpuz done virtually may inevitably both in national and local government and concerns in the community stress and anxiety. She also bring widespread uncertainty and through election. This is to remind us through political participation and informed the participants of the “Life doesn’t make any sense confusion,” Dr. Ganir said. of our roles to be concerned about the representation is to cast our vote. Eustress (positive) and the Distress without interdependence. We Prof. Michelle P. Domingo, things happening in our government. After the discussion, it (negative) kind of stress. She clearly need each other, and the sooner CAS Administrative Dean and Head There is a need to focus on the youth was followed by an open forum gave enough knowledge about the ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘we learn that the better for us of SSHD said that suffrage is an since the majority of the registered facilitated by Jezreel Larry Caunca. symptoms of stress, the positive and ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘all.” – Erik Erikson. instrument of the sovereign to elect voters are 18- 30 years old. Voters’ Students actively raised questions negative coping mechanism, and October 27, 2021 – College the representatives to realize their education is indeed important. to the speaker as they were eager to some tips to get through election of Arts and Sciences (CAS) through aspirations. He discussed the know more and expand their ideas in stress. the Social Science and Humanities “The exercise of suffrage qualifications of the running officials, terms of election matters. Knowing more about these Department (SSHD) facilitated a is one of the pillars of democracy premature campaigning, vote buying, In answering questions, topics is truly valuable especially in webinar titled, “Sound Mind Amidst we enjoy, and every vote is a brick and the power of social media on Atty. Balbas reiterated not to this time of pandemic as people are Election Confusion” via Zoom for the building for our brighter how to differentiate quality news tolerate vote buying, encouraging in the vast world of technology and Videoconferencing App, which tomorrow.” She formally introduced from ‘fake news’ and the need to the participants not to accept any flooded with social media platforms. intends to address the changing the first resource speaker, who is undergo fact check. As there is a amount of money, and reminding The program ended with election cycle that is far different the incumbent Election Officer IV significant increase in social media everyone to use their conscience. a closing remark delivered by Ms. compared to the past ones and the of the Commission on Election consumption, he has also mentioned He also underlines that the cause of Jessica C. Guillermo, CAS Instructor. need for us to be alert and reflect is (COMELEC) of the City Government the need to unfollow some toxic and confusion is the fact that there is an “Let this event be a reminder really important. of Laoag City, Atty. Julius Harvey unreliable sources. overflowing of information. that it is completely normal to get Dr. Florence D. Ganir, Balbas who discussed about voters’ As a Filipino youth, there Ms. Romelia V. Tagama, affected physically, emotionally, and CAS Dean, encourages everyone to education. is a great challenge bestowed since CAS Instructor, introduced the second mentally by these challenging and listen and reflect during her welcome Atty. Balbas quoted what the majority of the voters’ population speaker, Ms. Desiree Regine R. difficult situations and events. Let address because it is timely for all of Martin Luther King said, “Our lives relies on their choices. It signifies Darca, a registered Psychometrician, us therefore not forget to prioritize us, especially that the 2022 Election begin to end the day we become that they need attention and guidance who tackled about managing election our mental health through positive is around the corner. silent about things that matter.” From considering that the future depends stress for a sound mind. coping strategies,” Ms. Guillermo “If there is one thing we that statement, he started to instill the on their hands. Atty. Balbas said that Ms. Darca shared how said. can agree on is that the social media importance of actively participating one thing we can do to address issues elections can impact or can cause companies and political campaigns

22 September 2021 - December 2021 HEADLINES #ConqueringCOVID19: Celebrating World Health Day and Mental Health Week I Maria Irish C. Lucas Health and Psychosocial Support. Psychological First Aid provides stress is one of the biggest threats participants regarding mental health “Learn to face your a vital role in people’s lives that to overall health, which makes her which enlightened the comprehension October 29, 2021 – problems confidently… Train your create changes in a positive way considered self-care beneficial, of the students. Northwestern University mind to see good in every situation,” most especially to those who are ranging from improving well-being, Self-care is essential to held a Mental Health webinar said Ms. Calubaquib. vulnerable inside and outside of their exercising, getting enough sleep, and one’s well-being and it is a way of for the celebration of the 2021 World Mr. Sherward Frez Cabrales, being, therefore taking care of mental relaxation. taking care of one’s mental health Health Day and National Mental a Chapter Service Representative of health matters. Before she ended her in dealing with silent and personal Health Week titled “Reconquer the Red Cross and Cresent Societies, was Ms. Stephanie Marie discussion, she left a quote to the battles facing in everyday life. It is a Pandemic through Mental Well- the second speaker and introduced Valiente, Officer-In-Charge of participants saying, “It’s not selfish choice that everyone can make that being” via Zoom Videoconferencing the Psychological First Aid (PFA) in Guidance Center, introduced the third to love yourself; take care of yourself requires commitment and intention App. the COVID-19 outbreak response. speaker, Prof. Gemma Marie Alhama, and make your happiness a priority. It to invest on one’s well-being. Dr. Chita A. Gonzales, In the first part of his discussion, he a registered Psychometrician, is necessary.” The program ended with Vice President for Academic Affairs asked opinions answerable by true or Psychologist, and owner of The An open forum was closing remarks delivered by Ms. (VPAA), gave her warm welcome to false from the participants regarding Mindsight Psychological Testing facilitated after the discussion to Stephanie Marie Valiente, Officer-In- the participants of the webinar. After the precise definition of PFA which Center, who tackled about Self-care answer some questions from the Charge of Guidance Center. which is the introduction of the first turned out active participation. in the Pandemic. speaker. “Psychological First Aid Prof. Alhama gave a few The webinar was divided is a set of skills and knowledge that definitions of the word self-care into three segments: Overview of can be used to help people who are which clarifies the understanding of Mental Health and Psychosocial in distress as well as a way of helping the participants. She even informed Support, Psychological First Aid, and people to feel calm and able to cope them that the number of self-care Self-care in the Pandemic. in a difficult situation,” said Mr. searches according to google trends Ms. Emelyn Grace Cabrales as he furtherly explained it. doubled since 2015 which truly it Calubaquib, a registered social The Action Principle of does have an epidemic of anxiety and worker was the first speaker who PFA that Mr. Cabrales tackled, depression and everyone feels it. discussed the Overview of Mental gave an additional understanding, “Self-care is important to recommendations, and ways on mitigate the worsening level of the how to properly lend help, assess, community,” Prof. Alhama added. and assist those who need PFA. She also mentioned that chronic 421 graduates highlight NWU’s 89th Commencement Exercises I Jezreel Larry R. Caunca Northwestern University added. from one point to another as long as of Engineering, Architecture, and “Let us all thank Mr. Rommel T. Guerrero, you keep moving forward,” said Dir. Technology; 35 students from the Northwestern University for keeping conducts the 89th Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Lee-Calixto. College of Allied Health Sciences; up with the needs amid this pandemic Registrar led the awarding of “We have to work hard for 19 students from the College of Arts and overcoming the effects thereof,” Commencement Exercises honor graduates composed of what we want and who we want and Sciences; 19 students from the Ms. Patigdas added. two (2) academic achievers and to become. We may not be able to College of Business and Education; The Batch 2021 ponder on September 30, 2021, via the three (3) loyalty awardees. The predict the future but we make our 11 students from the College of upon their memories in their journey academic achievers are Felyrose L. own choices and make things happen Teacher Education; 28 students as they sing their graduation song, official Facebook page of the Patigdas, Bachelor in Elementary with these choices,” added Dir. Lee- from the College of Criminal Justice “Today My Life Begins.” Reece Clyde Education, Cum Laude, and Stanlee Calixto. Education; and 244 students from the A. Retamal, Bachelor of Science university. It is the second time that Jay D. Arquero, 3-year Academic Dr. Chita A. Gonzales College of Maritime Education. in Computer Science graduate and Requirements in Marine Engineering led the petition for conferment of Felyrose L. Patigdas, Loyalty Awardee led the students in the Commencement Exercises were leading to the degree of BS in Marine degrees and titles to the graduates Bachelor in Elementary Education, their pledge of loyalty. Dr. Roseli T. Engineering, Cum Distinction. The while Atty. Ferdinand S. Nicolas Cum Laude, delivers her words of Aurelio, NWU Alumni Association conducted through online means due loyalty awardees are Mark Phillip conferred and awarded the degrees gratitude. University Chapter Vice President A. Guarino, Bachelor of Science and titles to the students. There are “After the arduous journey led the induction of the graduates to to the restrictions of the COVID-19 in Civil Engineering; Reece Clyde a total of 421 graduates this year. of our education and the New Normal the NWU Alumni Association. Atty. A. Retamal, Bachelor of Science The graduates are composed of 19 challenges, we are now graduates of Ferdinand S. Nicolas declares the global health crisis. The program is in Computer Science; and Rommel students from the Vedasto J. Samonte our chosen degrees and we may now closing of the Academic Year 2020- S. De Vera, 3-year Academic School of Graduate Studies; 25 Juris begin our professional career as we 2021. The program ended with the for the 421 graduates of Academic Requirements in Marine Engineering Doctor students from the College of make a mark and become global singing of the NWU Hymn. leading to the degree of BS in Marine Law; 25 students from the College citizens,” said Ms. Patigdas. Year 2020-2021. Engineering. Atty. Ferdinand S. Nicolas, Saguday Performing Arts University President, introduced the commencement speaker. The 89th Group led the Doxology, singing Commencement Exercises guest speaker is Dir. Vanesa Lee-Calixto, of the Philippine National Anthem, Director for Fund Generation and Business Development of the and ASEAN Hymn. Dr. Chita Philippine Red Cross. “Life doesn’t go as planned A. Gonzales, Vice President for but it’s okay. One door closes, another one opens, but you have to keep Academic Affairs formally delivers moving forward to open these new doors. You can’t just wait and saw her welcome address. if something doesn’t go as planned. Life always has a way to connect you “We made it, you made it!” said Dr. Gonzales as she recognizes the efforts of the students, parents, and the university in order to make the 89th Commencement Exercises possible. “We will have every reason to remember the incredible pride we all feel today at the perseverance, creativity, and sheer determination that will forever define the NWU Class of 2020-2021. You are all CHAMPionS in so many ways, none of us can predict the future but there is one thing I am sure of, Northwestern University will thrive.” Dr. Gonzales

September 2021 - December 2021 23 HEADLINES MDA: On leaders’ perspective,what to foresee I Frances Kyle T. Lapitan Jemarc Asuncion (COME) for the ability to serve again. [And] my answer is I am still at the process “When you heard about CHAMPS, Sub-Treasurer; Leomar Pedronan I’ve taken a break on school so, of doing my thesis, and as a working there is the last letter there, letter “S” In order to know the aspiring (COME) for Business Manager; everything is new to me right now… student, I know that it is very hard for which is selfless service. If you were SSC candidates, Northwestern Lester Tombado (CEAT) for Auditor; Time-management lang naman ang me to divide my time. That is why voted as the President of the Supreme University held a Miting de Jan Joshua Tomas (COME) for kailangan… My priority, of course, I told Ivy that with or without my Student Council of the Northwestern, Avance for the A.Y. 2021-2022 Public Information Officer (PIO) my studies [which is my course but position, I am willing to serve and how will you apply the word selfless- Supreme Student Council (SSC) Internal; Jessica Rose Aguto (CCJE) of course] I will use my time wisely conquer Northwesternians. But they service as the President?” Election via ZoomVideoconferencing for PIO (External); Mary Angelika in providing my service for the insisted that “you can do it” that’s why Grande answered that they App on November 3, 2021. The event Ganal (CTE) and Ryan Dave Barillos students at Northwestern University. I divided my time. I offered my time will deliver their platform without was hosted by Mr. Jon Oscar Lois (COME) for Athletic Managers; and We will be doing these platforms to Northwesternians. I am willing to expecting anything in return. They Rodas and co-hosted by Ms. Pamela Orlando Jara (CCJE) and Genelene that we have, in the full capacity and do the obligations and duties as being will strive and be transparent V. Tadeja. Acebedo (CAHS) for Provost ability that we have and to use the the next Vice President External, and regarding SSC budgets or linkages. “If you want to become Marshals. past experiences to be better as of I am ready to conquer, and I have the “We, the Liyab group, are a great leader, you must serve first As a part of getting to know today.” burning passion again to share and to dedicated and committed to serve, the people, and it will come back the candidates and their platforms, “You are a Political Science care.” share and care for student[s]. We will to you. So, as a Northwesternian Ivy Karla Grande mentioned the student and incumbent SSC officer, Crystal Faith Dela Cruz also provide knowledge on the importance and the upcoming Supreme Student summary of their platforms. SSC and you are studying governance and answered, “Actually, potential naman of their vote, and we will come up Council officers, I hope that being Scholarship, Virtual Calming Room administration. Why did you decide kaming tatlo na maging President with the programs that are best in a leader is you know how to serve for students, E-load allowance, to run for Vice President instead of [be]cause we are serving the council, their interest, and we will assure with dignity, you are the voice of “Concern mo, Sagot ko,” Online President, knowing that you have this we are serving the school for almost you, we will 100% assure that these all the Northwesternian studentry, Talipapa or online market, and background that can help you achieve three consecutive years. So, with or programs are entertaining and fun and you know where to go,” said the Serve, Share, Care of SSC are the position?” was the question without the position of President, I to take a break from their academic Ms. Myra Michelle Guzman, the included in the said platforms. thrown to the aspiring candidates can carry the position like a President. stress,” Grande said. Election Committee Chairperson, in Powered by The Review, for Vice President for External and With or without the position, gagawin Cast your vote. Let your her welcome remarks. a set of questions were prepared Internal. parin namin ang aming makakaya voice be heard. Be more involved. The aspiring President, Ivy to ask the aspiring student leaders Sander Jim Damo answered, para mapaglingkuran ang [aming] Your vote matters. Karla Grande started her introduction about their standpoints, platforms, “A lot of you questioned me that why kapwa ko estudyante ng maayos.” by sharing their party’s mantra, and their future plans for the I was not in the highest position, but Ms. Guzman asked Grande, “Madilim man ang kalangitan ngunit Northwesternians. Jezreel Larry mananatili pa rin ang nag-aalab at Caunca, the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of naglalagablab na paglilingkod. Mula The Review, asked Tombado about sa nagliliyab naming liderato, kami the possible challenges that the SSC ay handa nang makinig, tumindig at may face this academic year and how kumilos.” they would address them. Tombado As introduced by their answered, “As the running Auditor aspiring Vice President (Internal), of the SSC, involving the money Crystal Faith Dela Cruz (CAS) their matters, I see problems in the SSC lineup consist Ivy Karla Grande funds … I want to give transparency (CAS) for President; Sander Jim for the liquidation and the audits.” Damo (CAS) for Vice President Janine Sacramento was (External); Janine Sacramento asked about how she will manage (CAHS) for Secretary; Blessed her time of becoming a student Aloha Mae Cimatu (COBE) for leader and a full-time student at the Sub-Secretary; Wincy Lord Mie same time. She was also asked about Taguinod (COBE) for Treasurer; her priorities, and she answered, “I am a former student council officer before the pandemic have strike us, and I think I have the capacity and STRAIGHT FROM THE BEAT Do you agree with the implementation of Limited F2F classes? “Essentially, as a student who has been Do you agree with the upcoming Limited Iagree with the re-opening of classes or deprived of almost 2 years of facing the battles F2F classes? What do you feel about this? the limited face to face for the upcoming of online classes, I definitely do agree with the - Personally speaking, I agree with the semester, due to the fact that I am in the forthcoming of face to face classes. Much like a upcoming limited F2F classes as long it is already medical field, online classes does not fit to us hungered soul lurking for a knowledgeable prowess safe to be at school. However, I am still hesitant as aspiring nurses. We need physical learning to finally devour. To return to the usual norm that of now for I am a student from outside the province not the distance learning, and by that we satisfies my entity as a student. That breathe of and I am not ready to shift from online classes to f2f will appreciate more the lectures, return fresh air, watching students and teachers alike walk classes yet. During the first utilization of online class demonstrations, and any other practicums. through the premises of the school, morning flag as a modality in learning, It took me a lot of time ceremonies that echoes through the halls, friends to and adjustments to adapt the new normal setting Karen Joy Villa, linger with, food to enjoy, stressful exams to uphold, of learning. Now that we/I am used to this kind of and just living that student life is one that I long modality, I think the limited f2f will make me adjust BS Nursing Student for. To be able to grasp knowledge willingly without once again in adapting this kind of setting. facing the whirlpool of signal strength, mental Yes, I agree with this opportunity. Why? state instability, and procrastination. Aspects that Aaron Paul Urmeneta, Because, with regards to my course I am solely hinder one too many activities to uphold and hoping that I will be able to learn more display. As a student, I believe nothing transcends BS Civil Engineering student and even more efficient. As with my perspective, the essence of acquiring knowledge on a face to face I am more efficient when it comes to learning basis. Therefore, I am very excited to witness this if a teacher is indeed explaining the lesson change that we, students, await. Let there be light personally. And upon announcing that there will despite the darkness!” be a limited face to face classes, I felt very glad since, finally I can be able to understand more. Leyn S. Jornacion, Michelle Faye Curammeng, BS Nursing student BS Civil Engineering student

24 September 2021 - December 2021 E-SPORTS CODM: Complete the mission I Zenith Kin P. Agcaoili couple of well-known PC games have similar to those of other battle royale to take out a specific map and add Frontline, was Team Death Match switched to mobile online games games developed and published first, a new one to change the tempo of (TDM). Just like how FL works, “There’s no honorable way to kill, like Call of Duty Mobile (CODM), like Rules of Survival (ROS) and the gameplay every time the season TDM requires you to reach a certain no gentle way to destroy. There PlayersUnknown’s Battleground PUBGM, a lot of gamers could still resets. Also, they switch maps every number of kills to win the game. is nothing good in war. Except Mobile (PUBGM), Mobile Legends have themselves entertained with this season to fix bugs and glitches that However, unlike FL, you don’t get ``````its ending.” — Abraham Lincoln (ML), and League of Legends: Wild game through its FPS game, which ruin the game environment partially. to respawn at your base, instead you The rise of online games Rift (LoL: WR) to keep their fanatic is Multiplayer, italicized as MP. This These glitches or bugs are actually respawn randomly on the map. has been popular ever since the selves alive. mode, multiplayer, is actually a lot used by players who are aware of pandemic captured us as hostages Call of Duty Mobile, known like famous FPS games like CSGO, any of these, then abuse them to their As for the modes of MP in our homes. These online games, as CODM, has climbed to the top Valorant, etc. advantage every game. that are regarded as the best for categorized as First-Person Shooter as the most downloaded and played In multiplayer, it allows A season reset actually spawning, then capturing and games (FPS), Real-Time Strategy online games like PUBG Mobile you to play with your friends up to happens every two (2) months. holding, Domination is the first games (RTS), Massively Multiplayer and Mobile Legends. CODM was a five-man or five (5) player limit in Therefore, the players are graced one. Domination’s goal to win is to Online games (MMO), Multiplayer first available on PC, PlayStation 3 its lobby. For neophytes, multiplayer with two (2) months to climb up capture objectives (A, B, and C) and Online Battle Arena games (MOBA), (PS3), and Xbox 360 (X360), and it is the default game used to have a the leaderboards or rank up. A new earn points as gained per captured, Battle Royale games, and other was released in 2003. Over the years, newly created and registered account tier was actually recently added, cleaned, and held objective. It doesn’t notable games, have significantly the developers have created other level up and unlock its other features. sliding between the Master tier and have a time limit; hence, the game is replaced the physical games we used versions that fervent fans of COD can Its matchmaking requires a 5v5 the Legendary tier, making it more divided into two (2) rounds, and the to enjoy, like patintero, tumbang enjoy. Several versions of COD were setup, either in its unranked or ranked difficult for the players to rank up. goal is to earn 100 points to secure preso, basketball, and many more. called Call of Duty Warzone, which modes in short game modes. Players start off in the rookie tier victory. That is why diverse roles They have dramatically overthrown is actually still popular nowadays, (1-1,000 points). By playing ranked were popularized, as it’s part of the these enjoyable childhood games as as well as Call of Duty Black Ops, A lot of people actually think games either in MP or Battle Royale, strategizing part to outwit enemies we shifted to the digital era and have which was really adored by the fans. that Battle Royale was the key feature they could advance into any of these and win the game. They coined the been following these strict protocols of CODM. Multiplayer is actually the tiers: Veteran (1,001-2,000 points), term “slayer” for players who take the to keep us safe from the unseen foe. Call of Duty enthusiasts was main mode of the game, and it allows Elite (2,001-3,000 points), Pro role of slaying enemies to avoid them These online games were really hyped and exultant about you to battle against other players (3,001-4,500 points), Master (4,501- from capturing objectives to earn actually lavishly patronized by avid the transition of this game, which through its multiple modes, which 6,000 points), Grand Master (6,001- score, and they are assisted by players gamers even before the pandemic was originally enjoyed on PCs or you can actually choose from. This 8,000 points), and then Legendary who are called support. Players who came. However, since we are all PlayStations (PS), to mobile. The mode requires teamwork, flexibility, (8001+ points) respectively. ensure that the enemies respawn far caged by ennui, we have intimately launch of its mobile version was and a strategic way of accomplishing First on the selection and from the objectives or places where engaged ourselves with these games. actually the talk of the town and the tasks depending on the mode chosen. the default mode before any new their teammates can easily spot and Most gamers actually shifted from most looked forward to when the No doubt that MP has player could access the other modes, slay them are called anchors. Being consoles or personal computers developer of the game announced garnered the hearts of the players with Frontline (FL). In FL, the objective an anchor necessitates the ability to (PCs) to mobile phones as their its birth on mobile. The downloads its exceptional way of stirring them was to reach a certain number of kills determine the spawn area of enemies, medium since a lot of computer shops reached millions in just a year when to take on the challenge of this mode. to win the mode. Its objective was to including team members, as well as have closed due to the COVID-19 it was released. It was developed by These so-called multiple modes are kill a guerilla squad (the term used knowledge of how to use the map. situation. These patrons of Defense TiMi Studio Group and published by actually stunning, exhilarating, and for one of the teams in cooperative An anchor should be the one who of the Ancients (DOTA) 2, Counter Activision, Tencent Games (China sometimes heart-stomping. Other modes, which was actually an knows the map the best. And the Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO), and Korea), Garena (Southeast Asian players actually loathed MP because opposing squad of Special Forces, last role that a player could have is Cross Fire, League of Legends (LoL), countries including Taiwan), and it was kind of complicated to play as and the guerilla squad was marked as objective, or OBJ. Their sole focus is PlayersUnknown’s Battleground VNG Games (Vietnam). CODM its game-play badly needed extreme red and blue for the special forces). to score for their team by capturing (PUBG), Fortnite, Overwatch, and a is known for its genres: FPS, battle focus, quick wit, and strategic style This mode is actually referred to by objectives, clearing objectives royale, and action-horror; and is to accomplish the tasks. some players as one of the spawn captured by the enemy, and holding recognized for its modes: multiplayer, games of MP. In FL, every time objectives. They don’t have to kill as battle royale, and zombies that can be There are five (5) game mode you are slain by any player from the they are sometimes accompanied by accessed on your Android and IOS selections, also known as the core, opposing team, you’ll get to spawn a slayer who ought to protect them as devices. that are the only options when you on your team’s base. The next mode the OBJ secures a score for the team. Although Call of Duty play ranked games in MP. These on the selection, which is similar to Mobile was patronized for its features selections come with a random map, and sometimes the developers decide TURN TO PAGE 25

September 2021 - December 2021 25 E-SPORTS Continuation, Page 24 challenging mode that anyone would detonated bomb. A S&D match is a themselves to the predators. better venue to do so. It might be CODM: Complete the mission play. I do remember the first time I best-of-five-rounds, and the first one As someone who enjoys true that it would trigger the negative played in this mode. And really, for to reach the score limit claims the S&D, I really love the adrenaline feelings I harbor that I am trying to The other mode that is similar someone who has no experience with victory. rush every time I become the last get rid of by playing. I actually like to Domination is Hardpoint, any FPS games, they would be really A round per match may last man standing. It’s scary, indeed. But the idea of beating myself up in the also regarded by players as at a loss. This mode is different from up to three (3) minutes. The attackers what choice do I have? I have to use game, as I could express my anger or HP. This mode requires a “capture the other four (4) introduced modes. were given 120 seconds (2 minutes) it to urge myself to at least try my frustration by focusing on winning and hold” play style. The players’ Personally, this is my favorite mode. to either eliminate the defenders best to ace the remaining enemies to the game. And the feeling of being objective is to capture the HP, and or detonate the bomb successfully, win a round. able to get out of a 1v4 situation is by holding it, the team earns points. For someone who gains and it takes five (5) seconds to plant What’s really sometimes a really overwhelming. The happiness If both teams were holding or on the pleasure over pressure, this mode the bomb. The defenders were only heart-stopping situation is when it’s you attain after clutching a round is HP, the scores would stop counting would be the perfect game to play. given a 45-second time limit to 4-4, and you just really have to arm something I look forward to every as it was contested. The HP switches If you want an experience that defuse the bomb once it was planted yourself with your best weapon and time I play the game. It’s not because I rotational around the map during the could make you cry for the burden by the attackers, and it takes five (5) win the remaining point. Sometimes, wanted to impress my teammates with match. Securing the HP earns points being carried, being the last man seconds to defuse the bomb. What really, the feeling of nervousness my skills, but it makes me realize— if for the team, and the players need to standing, or the jittery feeling since makes it hard is that you don’t get to will make your brain stop working. I was the last man standing and could reach the score limit, which is 150, in in this mode, you’d only rely on your have an unlimited respawn per round. Being pressured by teammates or clutch the remaining two (2) to three order to win the match. hearing sense and reflexes for enemy Each team will take a turn being the feeling bad about being the bot frag (3) enemies, I might be able to clutch And finally, the king of attack—this torturing yet indulging attacker or defender every fourth ruins the tempo, resulting in a poor the frustrations, stress, and anguish I multiplayer modes, Search and mode might be really meant for you. round, or halftime, or overtime of the performance during the match. There was feeling that actually pushed me Destroy (SnD or S&D), which is match. are moments wherein you feel like to play the game in the first place. just my opinion. I highly regard this S&D is a one-sided mode in It’s a matter of outwitting you could’ve done better, but you S&D requires patience, self- game mode as the most intense and which the objective for the attacking the opposing team and deploying were just too nervous that you were control, and quick reflexes in order side is to eliminate the defending side, flawless teamwork with the squad to crouching like an idiot while the to defeat your enemies and win the and it works the other way around. win the game. It might be really hard, enemy was attacking you. match. And most importantly, you Also, the goal of the game is for the especially if players have diverse I used to like HP, honestly, can be competitive, but don’t forget attackers to detonate the planting sites game styles. Some may use their rather than S&D. However, lately, as to enjoy the game. (A and B) by planting the bombs and expertise in a specific weapon to their I was trying to find an avenue to vent You’re the last one, prevent the defenders from defusing advantage, while others may simply my anger, frustrations, and stress— complete the mission. the bombs to win the round. Or it sit and wait for the prey to serve I’ve realized that S&D is a much could be that the defenders would eliminate the attackers and defuse the

26 September 2021 - December 2021 SPORTS FELICITY OF TOXIC NUISANCE each other no matter the distance. The being able to encompass another’s Individuals further avow gamers must be taught sufficient glory. They have attained this that being a toxic soul only flows gaming ethics to help lessen the I Leyn S. Jornacion ability to challenge and fight against mindset that further degrades other naturally within them. The ability to void. Although, no matter the lessons I Ziantal Samantha B. Lorenzo people. They become dissatisfied feel superiority and fame is renowned instilled upon them, it must be the opposing teams and team up to unite with their thoughts, which turn into by the dominance they portray. A player’s choice and decision to digest With the unexpected useless mouth utterances. Crab deep contentment in being labeled as and display such etiquette. outbreak of such a them to the best of their abilities is mentality, a solemn trait void of such the triumphant king of the game. As With toxic gamers crawling dreadful pandemic, it is hostile nonsense, causes anxiety and a result, those who dare to step foot through every inch of every known indeed a flabbergasting event how a feature that solely awakens the possibly depression in the affected under the reign of these toxic players gaming space, we simply cannot it drastically affects the lifestyles individual. are filled with fear and dread. avoid these inhumane individuals. of individuals. From the usual inner gaming geek of an individual. However, whatever these Yet, as rational beings, it is only right norms that our bodies have grown Afraid of factuality? Superiority gamers’ reasons maybe, being toxic and just to avoid them and continue accustomed to, only to be shackled Especially now that we are in the complex? Hatred against the weak? in the digital realm shall not pave the to flourish as equalized souls of the in just a blink. Cornered against the A natural innate persona? No one way for such negativity and hatred gaming era who promote nothing but walls of our home. Just like a trapped clench of this pandemic. knows the actual reason why this to overflow. For they only ruin the fair gameplay intertwined with raw bird that hopes to be glorified with society contains toxic nuisances. true essence of playing games. The capabilities. freedom. Unfortunately, humans Digital games or Esports Some articulate that these key to enjoyment, happiness, and Without a doubt, gamers took this change as an opportunity players act the way they do because contentment simply cannot be met are competitive and rivalrous. To that somehow diverted their attention disregard the need for any physical this aids in the enlightenment of due to the toxicity portrayed. How ease into the burning adrenaline away from this forsaken disaster. their satisfaction. It’s mostly based else would those innocent beings rush in tense situations. To lure contact with players, unlike on the depth of their mental state be able to play if lethal words enemies into a trap. To demonstrate Altered by such changes, capabilities, whether healthy or judged their gameplay? It is truly an abilities that astound other people. digital games or Esports (Electronic basketball, volleyball, football, unhealthy. As to which, some also upsetting scene to behold. To be victorious through the known Sports) have blossomed to be a say that they relieve their pent-up Cheaters are imprinted hardships of a game. One that prominent factor in our society. baseball, etc. A positive attribute that emotions through the use of toxic everywhere. It is an injustice that you contributes to the acquired skills Mobile Legends, PlayerUnknown’s verbalism due to the personal and are able to hack and easily acquire by the player. Ultimately, no matter Battlegrounds (PUBG), Valorant, and stands as protection and barrier from heavy obstacles that these players levels and resources in games. Being the forces of toxic players, it must League of Legends (LOL) are just a face on a daily basis. While others boastful about attaining aspects that be innate within us to stop that flow few of the popular online games that being in contact with other people. claim that they grew up in a toxic they did not even work hard for of nuisance and flourish forward. everyone is playing these days. An household, heavily influenced by foul will only drive their egoistic selves Flee from a whirlpool of infective interactive community where players Danger, vulgarism, manners that they deem “normal” into becoming feeble-minded. Yes, loathing. Away from the prying eyes. from across the globe get to play with within the premises of their home. negativity, and affliction are all cripplingly associated with gaming. We simply cannot escape the fact that toxic players lurk in the depths of every persona, no matter what platform we use in this digital world. To pounce upon the innocent and degrade such a performance would only bring forth mental incapability for the said player. Toxic players often vent their rage on those who succeed above them. The hatred they display towards those they believe is a threat to their prosperity. The denial of not Valorant: The Uprising Esport I Donald Cristopher B. Buted and is published by Riot Games, amount depends on the performance to protect the plant sites by killing the Each half consists 12 rounds before l Kleirisha M. Flor the famous developer of League of the player. attackers and having the spike planted switch, and the first team to win 13 of Legends (LoL) and League of These creds or known as go off by defusing to win a point/ rounds claims the victory. In any case It has been a terrible year for Legends: Wild Rift or known as credits are the in-game currency of round. It takes 7 seconds to have the that the scores tied at 12-12, they’ll everyone, also affecting the LoL:WR. Valorant that were used to purchase spike defused, uninterrupted. get to an opportunity to play two mentality of the youth that it has The software-developed weapons, shields, and even abilities What if there are still more rounds — an equal footing for become a struggle to overcome. And game is described as child-friendly. It during the Buy Phase each beginning remaining defenders and the spike fair chance to win the match. amid the pandemic, online games and is suitable even at the age of 13 because of the round. It can be used also to exploded? It doesn’t matter, the Just as other games, it has platforms took their way to the top. it teaches them sportsmanship and purchase weapons for teammates attackers still win the game as the its ranked matches which motivate Students use it as an the most important lesson: even in a who have low creds. Also, creds objective of the defenders is to either players to be competitive just to escapade from reality, for which they higher position, you are all still the would reset after the first half of the eliminate all attackers or defuse the attain the highest rank they could as claim it as one form of stress reliever. same players who want victory. game (12 rounds after), which is spike to win a round. possible before season reset. Every It binds them with their peers, and it What does Valorant mean? switching from defense to attack or There are four (4) maps player who just joined the game brings joy to one and all through it. The game was called Valorant in vice versa. introduced that players could choose starts from Iron, and as playing Striving for a spot in the which has a meaning embedded in Teams are composed of five from during matchmaking: Ascent competitively with other players, teenage world, Valorant has become it. ‘Valor’ means courage and being (5) players each with the agent they (has two plant sites), Bind (has two gradually they’d attain points to rank a top-grossing online game for youth brave, while the ‘-ant’ suffix means have chosen before the matching plant sites, this one has teleporters), up: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum to gamers all around the world. having the ability to. Therefore, by started, and divided into two sides: Haven (has three plant sites), and Immortal, whereas the highest rank Dominating your foes with combining it, Valorant means having the attackers and the defenders. The Split (has two plant sites). in this game is Radiant. valor is what gives a competitive the courage and braveness in one’s attackers’ main objective is to plant The match between the The game design is mostly atmosphere between players. within. the bomb (called spike) and defend defenders and attackers is truly sci-fi in genre. Although the guns Headshots or riddling them with Valorant is a 5v5-shooter it at the same time on the selected a challenge as it highly requires are realistic, some items, characters bullets somehow gives off a which can be played via personal planting site. If the attackers have teamwork and strategies that could and their skills, and the display and phenomenal feeling for players in the computer (PC), Its game style is successfully planted the spike, and bring them victory. If for example, graphics are all hard-core science- virtual world. similar with the famous first-person killed all defender or could have the attackers were not able to plant fiction wizardry. Valorant provides you fun shooter (FPS) game, CS:GO’s search remaining players on the other side the spike within the given time With Valorant’s unique and competitive gameplay. It was and destroy. The objective of this but they have run out of time to frame, it will be an automatic win for gameplay and an active community, officially released on June 2, 2020, game is to win each round by either defuse the spike, they’ll win the the defenders. it has obtained the award “Game defending or attacking successfully. round. Planting a spike would take Valorant consists of two of the Year 2021” at the Esports And then each start of the round up to 4 seconds. halves, which both teams get to play 2021 despite the fact that it was just they would be rewarded credits, the The defenders’ objective is as attackers and defenders fairly. officially released a year ago.

September 2021 - December 2021 27 SPORTS From Breaking Barriers to Setting the Bars to Gold I Ziantal Samantha B. Lorenzo “King of the Floor Exercises”— Japan Olympic Association in the gold in his floor exercise. Who would in this event. Despite him not being the master, as everyone says when year 2016, too. have thought that this would become able to win on the floor exercise, he For the young champ in the field referring to him. Diversions of him Yulo and his Japanese the most tremendous history of all in accepted it and said that a result is a of gymnastics, his success is doing tumbling as a child have now coach, Munehiro “Mune” Kugimiya, Yulo’s career? result. No one can control it, and this built on a foundation of hard become a mark imprinted in the field flew off to Japan to train harder in the Yulo was not expecting did not become a hindrance to him work and patience. He said during of artistic gymnastics. year 2017. While honing this young that he would win the gold since continuing to fight in the two other an interview with ABS-CBN that His gymnastics career athlete to be one of the best, he his opponents were unquestionably events. not everyone wins and not everyone started at the age of seven. He was encountered a language barrier that proficient and had such a high score Climbing his way back loses all the time. One must keep brought to the gym for the first time proved to be a problem, enabling him that he didn’t think it would be to the top, Yulo then made history going, and thank God, for he’s the by his grandfather, and he described it to effectively interact with everyone. possible for him to outshine them. by becoming world champion on real provider of blessings. as a prepossessing jungle and forest, He also felt homesick, which made But, with him doing the best of the the vault and winning silver on The 21-year-old, Carlos with which he was impressed upon the situation somehow worse for him. best that he could, showing the world the parallel bars, which he had not “Caloy” Edriel Yulo, is not just an seeing it, and it triggered something He came to a certain point his smashing and pulchritudinous expected to happen, making him the ordinary Filipino athlete like the way inside him that he wanted to pursue in his career when he wanted to give skills, he did what he unexpectedly first Filipino to win multiple medals many people think he is. He is a one gymnastics. up, and even told his mom that he thought he could. at the World Championships. in a million athlete that serves as an He was able to showcase was already exhausted. His mom, In this current year, during The gymnastics career embodiment of a phenomenal artistic his astonishing tumbling skills, wanting the best for her son, is ready his training, two months before the of Carlos Yulo was not only built gymnast that never fails to bring and he was recognized for having to support whatever decision he may World Championships, Yulo had an on him having to bag a medal at pride and inspire us. potential in the field of gymnastics. come up with. Hence, as a turning accident on the high bar that injured every competition he entered but He rose to fame after winning With the motivation brought by the point, she told him that all of his hard his elbows, and he couldn’t straighten also on those times he failed to get the Philippines’ first-ever gold medal people who knew he had a future work would be put to waste if he them for three weeks. Because of it, one and wanted to give up. He was at the World Championships, and he in gymnastics, he started training. chose to give up. he was forced to compete only in shaped to be this gymnast who is left an indelible mark on the history A man with so much potential, he He competed for the second three events; floor exercises, vault, the quintessence of an athlete and a of his country. managed to get support from the time at the World Championships, and parallel bars. person who knows how to always He is known to be the Gymnastics Association of the where he astoundingly fought for the Recently, in the month of stand up and fight with power and Philippines to attend his secondary October, Yulo failed to defend his determination, despite having those education at Adamson University in world title in the floor exercise, his times he failed, lost, and fell. Ermita. Also, with his undeniable pet event, because of how he was finesse and passion for gymnastics, deducted 0.300 penalty for landing it did not end there. He was able to out of bounds during the routine that get a Japanese scholarship from the caused him to miss a podium finish

28 September 2021 - December 2021 SPORTS An inevitable altered void ILeynS.Jornacion I Ziantal Samantha B. Lorenzo Piercing cheers of excitement the underdog of this pandemic. declining due to the prohibition of year Cruiseship Management student has made him realize that it was a are heard, the momentum of Mitchie Aliang, a first- physical contact. That is why she and a softball player, said that she great opportunity for him to conduct adrenaline rush paving its year Nursing student who is also a engages herself in workouts at home has played this sport ever since she self-reflection, growth, improvement, way through the whimsical play-offs volleyball player, said that she’s been and training that will still help to was in grade four. She participated and endless learning opportunities, of athletes. Fearsome, unyielding, into playing volleyball ever since she increase her self-esteem and involve in tournaments and even competed especially in the field of soccer. and driven. Athletes are accustomed was a kid. However, as a result of herself in this sport she is passionate in the Palarong Pambansa. However, This has also made him appreciate to the euphoria that sports bring. The the COVID-19’s unexpected attack, about. with her determination and affection the effects of playing soccer on his sparkle that glimmers through their her enthusiasm for it is fading. She Irish Tabag, a second-year for this sport, even with a pandemic, mental health. He even added that eyes mirrors the willingness and knows that it is not easy, but she did Cruiseship Management student she trains herself by watching videos whatever challenges that life throws sacrifice to attain achievement. her best to fight for her passion. She and a table tennis player, said that on the internet to still maintain and at him that affect his engagement in Nonetheless, as the world trains herself by going for jogs and she started competing when she enhance her skills as a softball player. soccer, he can always learn, unlearn, took its toll upon the wonders of this playing with the walls alone so that was in fourth grade. However, with And, Marne Carbonell, and relearn. universe, the continuous flow of bliss, her skills at it gradually improve and the threat of this pandemic, she was a fourth-year Architecture student The COVID-19 pandemic alas, came to a screeching halt. It was she will be ready for competitions at devastated and has never played who is also a soccer player, said that has brought an enormous change in as if time ended of its own accord. any time. since then. She knows that her heart he had already engaged himself in the world of sports, especially in the The virus overpowered Justin Julian, a first-year belongs to this sport, which is why, soccer when he was in fourth grade. lives of student-athletes. However, humanity, leaving them to perish Criminology student who is also for her to cope with this situation, And as young as he is, he began to with their deep-rooted aptitude and suffer. Dragged away from a sepak takraw (tekong) player, she watches table tennis games and immerse himself in the idea that and engagement in their sports, their typical routine, it is without a said that as time passed by, he techniques and does drills at home so he would become a soccer player. nothing can stop them, and they will doubt that athletes gained unstable learned to accept it and tried to find that her skills will not vanish. He was inspired and thrilled about eventually continue to push on with psychological factors that triggered ways to continue to maintain and Michael Esmeria, a third- playing this sport with his brother, what they are used to. mental instability. strengthen the skills in the sport that year Marine Engineering student who plays this sport as well, and Change is inevitable. A Unsure of what the future he is passionate about. He also knew who is also a basketball player, with Lionel Messi. But, the attack series of unexpected events can holds for athletes, they are envisaged that it was not easy, but with his said that he started playing this of the pandemic has indeed brought lead to either enthralled bliss or through the fight or flight mechanism. determination and love for this sport, sport when he was in grade five. massive impacts on several aspects the chamber of an abyss. Vigorous Fight the toils of such terrible nothing could stop him, for he is a Everything was going smoothly with of his life, and he, as an athlete, training and competitions to uphold. changes, or take flight and become sepak takraw player and will forever him playing basketball and with all of brought challenges and opportunities Events and tournaments to look up be no matter what kind of situation he the competitions he was participating at the same time. In the midst of the to. faces. in. Not until this pandemic came pandemic, his mind was preoccupied The body that grew Jenniefer Pablo, also a first- and, for him, his life was shattered. with the sudden change that this accustomed to daily routines of year Medical Laboratory Science He gained weight, making it difficult pandemic brought and the fact that he going to the gym or going on walks, student and an arnis player, even said for him to run, making it difficult for was not able to practice as much as he jogging, and runs has long been that with the outbreak of COVID-19, him to play the way he was used to. did on the campus. With it, he plays disrupted. Athletes may have been her fascination for her sports is slowly However, because of his affection soccer near their house with the help scarred by the usual adaptation of for this sport, he is doing exercises of his brother to assess which aspects their bodies, but the innate choice and self-training like dribbling and he should improve more so that when of accommodating this transition shooting alone to bring back and competition comes, he will still be opened a pathway of hope for athletes improve the skills that he had. able to apply his skills in this sport. to ponder. Mykelle Geralde, a fourth- For Marne, this pandemic

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