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NewsletterTHE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY-BATANGAS HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT VOLUME IV, NO. II MARCH 2022 - JUNE 2022 PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 1 SHS pilots HyFlex Modality Dr. Vivian A. Perez, High School Principal in limited F2F classes THE PAST After two years of engaging in distance A high school community better shaped by the learning, the Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas (LPU-B) High School Department conducted limited face-to-face circumstances that never hindered us to go on, classes for senior high school students on carry on until we can finally say today that we Monday, May 2, 2022. have survived those difficulties. 2 LPU-B grasps 3 awards in Quiz THE PRESENT Bowl Competition 2022 Not many schools in the city have tried doing it Project COMUTE: Compete to Contribute this year because of the pains of the prepara- (SHS Category); Lyceum of the Philippines tions, but still, the HIGH SCHOOL DEPART- University - Batangas claimed three awards MENT NEVER HESITATED. In our mind, this is from the Quiz Bowl held virtually last March for our students. 26. 4 Flambeau scribes sweep THE FUTURE awards in DSPC, RSPC Here in LPU, we promise to give our students Lyceans’ exemplary skills in journalism only the best learning experience they truly are proven once again as the school’s deserve, thus, they LEARN DIFFERENT and representatives brought home several LIVE DIFFERENT. awards during the Division Schools Press’ Conference and the Regional Schools’ Press read more on page 17 Conference.

1 The Newsletter NEWS FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II SHS pilots HyFlex Modality in limited F2F classes Article by Glad Russett P. Lasheras WELCOME BACK. Batangas being under Alert Level one, the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas conducts the limited face-to-face classes for se- nior high school students. The students voluntarily participate to the HiFlex Modal- ity as they still adhere to the safety health protocols implemented by IATF. Caption by Allysa Gwen D. Laig / Photo credits to SHS Teachers After two years of engaging in distance learning, the Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas (LPU-B) High School Department conducted limited face-to-face class- es for senior high school students on Monday, May 2, 2022. Prior to the announcement classes ran smoothly and safely. Graphics by Alexandra E. Lim / Infographic by Allysa Gwen D. Laig of face-to-face classes, the LPU-B Meanwhile, as part of the Management, headed by Mr. Fred- early preparations for the delivery erick C. Badillo, Senior Vice Presi- of face-to-face classes, senior high dent; Dr. Conrado Dotong, Assistant school students were asked to Vice President for Academic and Re- accomplish various surveys starting search; and the High School Power in March. Team, welcomed the Department of Aside from that, students Education (DepEd) officials on April and their parents were also invited 22. to attend two parts of orientation. The visit was done to ensure The first part was held on March 16, the readiness of the high school de- where everyone was invited, while partment for the upcoming limited the second was held on April 25, face-to-face classes. where only those who were willing to After DepEd’s assessment, partake in the said physical classes the Local Government Units (LGUs) were asked to join. officials inspected the Riverside The orientations were done Campus. for parents and students to raise To get the safety seal to hold their questions regarding the imple- physical classes, teachers were in mentation of HyFlex modality in the full force to ensure that physical limited face-to-face classes.

NEWS The Newsletter 2 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II LPU-B grasps 2021 PIMSO: 3 awards in Quiz Bowl Nahial, Toledo Competition 2022 secure bronze medals Article by Krystal A. Umali Article by Eiren Nicole B. Martinez Photos courtesy by STEM Engineering students Alliah Denylle Toledo, Alliah Denylle Toledo and Jacob Ray Nahial from Lyceum of the Jacob Ray Nahial, Philippines University - Batangas and April Lyn Bilolo reaped laurels by winning bronze medals in the 2021 Philippine International Math and Science Olympics (PIMSO) Final Round on December 12, 2021. Project COMUTE: Compete to Contribute (SHS Cate- Toledo and Nahial were two gory); Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas among more than 15,000 partici- claimed three awards from the Quiz Bowl held virtually pants from 20 different countries last March 26. who took part in the PIMSO, which was held last December 12, 2021, Among 19 schools, the Se- Ms. Alliah Toledo had some and had its awarding night last Feb- nior High School STEM represen- technical difficulties with her device ruary 27, 2022. tatives, April Lyn B. Bilolo (Top 2), as she started taking the quiz about They both did not expect to Alliah Denylle A. Toledo (Top 3), 30 minutes later than the others. win the award, as they thought they and Jacob Ray S. Nahial (Top 8) As for Mr. Jacob Nahial, he stated lacked preparation and were not prepared themselves to focus on the that he was puzzled and had a tough able to study enough for the compe- topics and review various materials time with the questions since some tition. as they trained for the contest. of the topics were not covered in “With the type of person I The Online Quiz Bowl Com- what he reviewed. am, I have low self-esteem so never petition aimed to promote youth by Nonetheless, they managed had I imagined to be competing in- enabling knowledge, character, and to secure their places in the competi- ternationally and thus receive this competence as social contributors as tion. kind of recognition,” Toledo stated. per the Income Generating Project However, with the help of (IGP). Inspirations and Appreciations their coaches, Mrs. Alona Panaligan, The participants thanked Math and Science Area Chair, Various Happenings God for serving as their inspiration and Mr. Larryson Belo, General The representatives each throughout the competition, as they Chemistry teacher, they were able to had their own difficulties through- believed that they would not have guarantee a standing. out the competition, with some part- accomplished what they have now Nahial and Toledo competed ly owing to the tension that they felt. without His and their respective separately during the competition. Ms. April Bilolo said that she was families’ guidance. “We may have a different set nervous about the first question of Expressing their gratitude, of style, but we have a similar goal, the quiz since it was too difficult the representatives would like to which is to win an award and give for her to compute. Luckily though, thank their coach, Mr. Jayson Dela honor to the school,” Nahial said. she managed to answer the previous Cruz, and the LPU family for having questions, as they were the current their full support and for trusting topics in her general subjects. them throughout the Quiz Bowl.

3 The Newsletter NEWS FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Amihan captures Volume IV No. II 2nd place in Luna bags Gold Genetics Camp in Taekwondo International Article by Aaron B. Panaligan Championship and Krystal A. Umali Article by Araisa Chello P. Nepomuceno Karla Lois Amihan, grabbed the 2nd place during the Genetics Grade 10 student-athlete, Alessandra Rihanna Janine Luna of Camp Digital Poster Making Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas (LPU-B) clutched Contest organized by the Uni- the gold medal out of 30 countries in the recently concluded versity of the Philippines Los SNU-DTM Taekwondo Virtual International Championship Banos Genetics Society last 2022-Speed Kick (VDO) Beginner U17 YRS. Female G2 Category. March 6. The Parent-Teacher Asso- of the 30 countries who competed The Genetics Camp 2022 ciation (PTA) awarded Luna and against one another. was held last March 5 and 6 with LPU-B as outstanding athlete and Nevertheless, the taekwondo the theme: “Behind the GENES: Un- school of the year, respectively. gold medalist did pray for a positive covering Hidden Patterns of Inheri- Moreover, the gold medalist outcome which led to her success tance Through Genetic Counseling.” expressed her state of mind during and successful achievement. “As an artist, winning a the contest proper and how she pre- After being hailed as the contest is a bonus—what matters pared for the event. outstanding athlete of the year, the most is knowing that my hard work “A little bit nervous but I’m student plans to continue strength- paid off and my art was recognized confident with my performance be- ening her skills to claim the black- amongst all the other beautiful piec- cause I practiced hard, I give all my belt. es out there. It was truly an unfor- 100%, I listen to my coach, and I Luna is set to partake in gettable moment,” Amihan said in pray,” according to Luna. another competition in the Seoul an interview with Flambeau. She also added that she did National University. She mentioned that she had not expect to take first place out to spend a whole day studying the topic and getting the gist of it, but it AMIHAN was worth the effort. KARLA LOIS Amihan was mentored by Ms. Nadia Divina B. Alviar and Ms. 2nd place, Genetics Camp Harlene M. Zaraspe, both Science Digital Poster Making teachers from the High School De- partment. 2nd place, PSA Digital The UPLB Genetics Society Poster Making organizes and hosts the annual Ge- netics Camp to bring genetics closer to the Filipino youth. GenCamp has become a platform for Filipino high school students to promote and ap- preciate genetic science and its im- portance in society. Aside from the Genetics Camp Digital Poster Making Contest, Amihan was also hailed as the second-placer in the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Digital Poster Making Contest held last February 28. Artwork by Karla Lois Amihan

NEWS The Newsletter 4 Fire Prevention FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Month 2022: Costales reaps 2nd Volume IV No. II place Keeping the fire burning Article by Eiren Nicole B. Martinez Flambeau scribes sweep Grade 12 STEM Medical stu- awards in DSPC, RSPC dent, Roey Costales, claimed the second-place award in the on- Article by Aaron B. Panaligan the-spot Digital Artwork contest during the 2022 Fire Prevention Lyceans’ exemplary skills in journalism are proven once again as Month held last March 7. the school’s representatives brought home several awards during the Division Schools Press’ Conference and the Regional Schools’ Costales was one of more or Press Conference. less 10 contestants from different schools who participated in the said Flambeau’s Editor-in-Chief, Cartoonist, Cartooning – English, event organized by the Bureau of John Paul Anyayahan, and Graphic/ and Keith Althea De Guzman, who Fire Protection Batangas City. Layout Artist & Feature Writer, achieved 9th place in Pagsulat ng She stated that it was her Andrea Clarisse Caringal, both Tanging Lathalain. first time partaking in a live digital hailed as Champions in Editorial During the RSPC 2022, art contest and that having it on a Writing – English and Copyreading Caringal was recognized as the virtual setup added new experiences and Headline Writing – English 3rd Best Copyreader and Headline from which she may learn. Categories, respectively. Anyayahan Writer, becoming an NSPC Qualifier, “Seeing that I had placed and Caringal were RSPC Qualifiers. while Anyayahan got the 9th place second in that competition was Other staffers who completed in Editorial Writing – English. honestly surprising. There were a lot the roster of winners were Krizzle The student journalists were of great entries from highly skilled Anne Villanueva, another RSPC mentored by Ms. Jasmin Casas and and talented artists before me,” she Qualifier and Managing Editor Ms. Hanna Razonable, advisers of said. of Flambeau, who bagged the 3rd Flambeau, and Ms. Jamie Mendoza, Mr. Philip Perculeza, place in Sports Writing – English, Assistant Principal of Lyceum of the SHS-Activities Coordinator, men- Mariest Bulanhagui, who won 5th Philippines University High School tored Costales. place in Pagguhit ng Kartung Pang Department. “I had prepared for the con- Edituryal, Roey Costales Chief test. However, it does not make up for the lack of experience brought by costales practice. There was the thought in roey the back of my mind that the other participants were better equipped 2nd place, 2022 Fire with finer techniques and efficien- Prevention Month cy... Fortunately, as the contest pro- On-the-spot Digital gressed, I was able to piece my entry at a respectable pace,” according to Artwork Costales. The on-the-spot Digital Art- work Contest was part of the cele- bration of Fire Prevention Month 2022, with another category, which is Photography Contest. Artwork by Roey Costales

5 The Newsletter NEWS FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Credits toCreFdliatsmtobFelaamub-eSauik-SliaklbabPPaaggee Volume IV No. II Foreign Language Day: JHS honors Cultural Diversity Virtual Retreat Article by Glad Russett P. Lasheras elevates Lyceans’ The Lyceum of the Philippines University – holistic development Batangas celebrated Foreign Language Day on March 31 via Facebook live stream with Article by Aaron B. Panaligan the theme, “Learn Different and Live Differ- ent: Optimizing Lyceans’ Appreciation for The Lyceum of the Philippines University – Cultural Diversity.” Batangas High School Department (LPU-B HS) In celebration of Foreign Language Day, held its High School Retreat on April 12 via junior high school students exhibit talents in Ko- LPU Batangas High School’s Facebook live rean and Chinese language through activities like stream, with the theme “Who do you say I am? role play, dubbing, songs, dances, and modern Chi- Reconnecting Christ’s Sacrifice In Our Lives.” nese fashion exhibition. Dr. Vivian A. Perez, Principal of the High The event was led by the invited guest speaker, School Department, gave her opening remarks for Ms. Jherae Fabillan, a Victory Group Leader and a the celebration. mother of two. She claimed that what made the LPU-B Dr. Vivian Perez, Principal of the High School high school department unique is that the commu- Department, gave the introductory remarks, while Mr. nity cultivates students’ interest to learn various Niño Philip Perculeza, High School teacher, hosted and languages aside from Filipino and English. organized the program. “Learning another language can be consid- Mrs. Jamie Lee Mendoza, the Assistant Princi- ered one of the pathways for global competitive- pal of the High School Department, said in her closing ness. When one gets exposed to another language remarks her reflection regarding the whole event. or learns two or more languages, we can consider “And, may this Lenten season remind us that that person bilingual and with the kind of multi- amidst the trials and tribulations, the love of God is un- cultural society that we have, it is an advantage to conditional. God will be with us for all the days of our learn another language,” she remarked. lives,” according to Mrs. Mendoza. Through different activities and She also gave gratitude to Victory-Batangas and competitions, this year’s Foreign Language Day Every Nation Campus who have been their partners in commemoration highlighted students’ attitudes honing students holistically, and to the students who and enthusiasm for foreign languages. participated in the program. Credits to Flambeau-Siklab Page

OPINION The Newsletter 6 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II Cartoon by Roey I. Costales support for their choice of politicians. With the loss of one of the parties, EDITORIAL PROPER many citizens have expressed cries for justice and a general uncertainty Who Really Won for what will happen in the following six years has arisen. Due to the ex- Being in a nation that prac- ty - Batangas (LPU-B) High School ceptional nature of this year’s elec- tices the ideals of democracy, one’s Department for its Junior and Se- tion, a reaction of this magnitude is right to suffrage is a powerful tool nior High School students, is already to be expected. that determines the leaders of the near. Candidates are expected to file According to news outlet country and its communities. In the their candidacy and have it reviewed Newzsunit, polls during the election Philippines, the process of using this by officials, and once approved, the started to close at 7 pm with 1,800 right to elect competent leaders has campaign period will commence. broken machines in total. Given that never been an easy task—it has be- Only after this period is settled can there were only 1,100 backups na- come a vital obligation, a fundamen- Lyceans officially cast their votes to tionwide, many chose not to vote and tal responsibility that ultimately elect those who they deem worthy of waited instead for the machines to decides the future of the nation’s citi- the positions. While this election is a be fixed. Furthermore, an advocacy zens. To that end, people tend to vote yearly event, it can be noted that it group composed of lawyers reported for leaders who represent them and is not particularly different from the that there was allegedly an “irregu- their ideas, and it can only be hoped processes of the Philippine national larity” in the elections. As a response, that these leaders will continue to elections. the hashtag #ExtendVotingHoursPH respect and support the people’s in- In the recently concluded went on to become a viral cause on- terests even as they rise to a position May 2022 elections, the heated battle line, yet it is to be noted that the of power. Thus far, this very sense between two leading political parties Commission on Elections (Comelec) of hope is what continues to dwell practically controlled the national did not grant any extension. among those who have and will con- spotlight. Between candidates with As a response, for the aca- tinue to elect people in the future. differing approaches, ideals, and demic year 2022-2023, LPU-B is pre- On that note, the Lyceum Su- backgrounds, the nation has been paring as early as they can to avoid preme Student Government (LSSG) split into their respective supporters any similar disorders to ensure that elections, a yearly event held in the and these individuals have both been there will be no complaints from Lyceum of the Philippines Universi- equally vocal in their unwavering students or faculty members in the upcoming LSSG Elections. While the need for qualified leaders remains a relevant matter, the community is still obligated to acknowledge the fi- nal outcome and its irrevocability. Leadership is an action, not merely a position. Given the urgency and grave importance of politics and elections, voters should find it within themselves to possess a tough-mind- ed approach in the mission to elect capable and compassionate leaders. While it is the role and responsibil- ity of aspiring candidates to lead a community accordingly, the weight of deciding the future of that very community still lies in one’s privilege to vote. Sentimentality, therefore, becomes irrelevant in the objective approach that should be utilized for choosing who will go into power, be- cause if something as trivial as mere emotions were used as a guide for do- ing so, then who really won?

7 The Newsletter OPINION FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II The Greatest Problem “ of the Century Today, While many Filipinos lack the the world. The contestants’ responses to the country must intellectual curiosity to understand history-related questions were truly dis- be spared from a Philippine history despite being taught appointing, as it can be seen that they an Araling Panlipunan subject in grade have inadequate knowledge of Philip- new type of school, the Department of Education is pine history. One even referred to GOM- illiteracy. [...] being blamed as they failed to impart BURZA as “MaJoHa,” This opened up a People should the skills needed to understand the val- serious discussion about the Philippines’ not allow lies to ue of this subject. The escalating issue educational system and its effects. It become facts— is being polarized by different views and draws the attention on who is to blame. disinformation is approaches; some say that it is the ed- YouTube videos, Facebook, and a strong weapon ucation sector that needs to be account- TikTok act as alternative sources of in- able, while some say it is the people who formation, due to their popularity and against failed to think critically and give extra the easy-access nature of the internet morality. effort in understanding the information as opposed to traditional media and given to them. It is worrisome know- textbooks. The biggest challenge of the VOCIS LIBERTAS ing how it could potentially impact the century − continuous disinformation minds of the Filipino to be deceived by − became increasingly rampant. News ital literacy abilities at a time when so- false narratives in the media. websites battle lies with truth by de- cial media is filled with misinformation. A study conducted by the Cen- bunking fake information in the media, People should not allow lies to become ter for Public Policy at Far Eastern Uni- thus #FactsFirstsPH was established to facts—disinformation is a strong weap- versity (FEU) finds that ‘Araling Panli- study and fight fake news and internet on against morality. punan’ failed to impart critical thinking, propaganda. At this point, it’s the battle an essential skill for navigating cyber- of media vs media, as one imparts fact- space increasingly polluted with misin- checks while the opponent continues to formation. Sadly, this can be the very spread lies. basis as to why many people struggle to Today, the country must be distinguish the truth versus fakes. This spared from a new type of illiteracy. Var- threatens the Filipinos as widespread ious sectors have made several appeals disinformation can sway the ethics and for educational reforms, as social media opinions resulting in chaos in the media. platforms continue to facilitate the dis- A series of videos broadcast by semination of lies and misinformation. Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition on April Bringing back history lessons for high 9, 2022, just before the holiday holy school students in the country would week break, shocked Filipinos around equip students’ critical thinking and dig- John Paul M. Anyayahan Editor in Chief Gigette M. Dimaculangan Krizzle Anne Villanueva Associate Editor Managing Editor Allysa Gwen D. Laig Social Media Manager EDITORIAL Eiren Nicole B. Martinez News Editor, John Alfred M. Bautista Opinion Editor, Malchiellah A. BOARD Abania Feature Editor, Karla Lois D. Amihan Chief Graphic Artist, Bea D. Gadiana Chief Layout Artist, Roey I. Costales Chief Cartoonist, Chantela Jessette Lapatha Chief Photojournalist Glad Russette P. Lasheras, Araisa Chello P. Nepomuceno, Krystal Aire B. Umali Aaron B. Panaligan News Writers, Julianna Kamilla B. Hernandezl, Erin Ysabelle R. Dimaano Opinion Writers, Keith Althea A. De Guzman, Chloe Daphine Plata Feature Writers, Kirsten Angeline H. Catapang, Andrea Clarisse G. Caringal Layout Artists, Deryll Denielle G. Escarez, Alexandra E. Lim, Jowy Angela G. Caraet, Kim Gabriel B. Maningat, Mathew Reilly M. Agpalasin Graphic Artists, Ms. Hanna Katrine Razonable, Mrs. Jasmin Casas Advisers, Mrs. Jamie Lee Mendoza Adviser/ Assistant Principal, Dr. Vivian A. Perez Principal

OPINION The Newsletter 8 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II “ A Trite Narrative As such, Ever since Facebook gations manifested themselves groups and more than 100 civil red-tagging and (now Meta) announced its part- in the form of public hate and society organizations. Not only nership with VERA files and distrust on the news website, that, but Facebook itself has a accussations Rappler in 2018 to launch a and this skepticism was subse- policy wherein it only engages against those third-party, fact-checking pro- quently transferred to Facebook’s with organizations that are legit- who provide gram that will aid in the struggle fact-checking programs due to imate International Fact-check- those very means against online misinformation, their affiliation. This explains ing Network (IFCN) signatories. only destroy pub- countless cases of malicious alle- the usual reaction of Filipinos to It is crucial to note that both lic trust towards gations and blatant red-tagging brand fact-checkers as agents of VERA Files and Rappler are ver- fact-checkers against the aforementioned or- communism, which seems to be a ified signatories of the code of and cultivates an ganizations have accumulated. common experience for those who principles of the IFCN. Becoming environment that Then, just weeks before the May are deemed liberal and progres- a verified signatory requires a persecutes them 2022 elections, a network of more sive in the Philippines. proven track record for producing than 400 accounts, pages, and The Facebook fact- fact-checks with sound methodol- all. groups were suspended as per a checking program allows ogies. Philippine News Agency (PNA) independent fact-checkers to flag In short, PH fact-check- ILLUMINATED report, which bolstered the trite posts that contain misleading ers are qualified enough accord- narrative of “communist insur- or harmful election-related ing to the presented standards. John Paul M. Anyayahan gency” and leftist conspiracy information, which reduces With the relevance of Facebook against fact-checkers. In light of their reach and exposure on and social media in the elections, “Climate change these issues, the question practi- the platform and notifies users providing a means for voters to cally begs to be answered: what who interact with them. Due assess their candidates’ qualifica- is now absolutely lies behind the PH fact-checking to the grave importance of the tions and platforms is a prereq- inevitable. controversy? elections and the role of social uisite. As such, red-tagging and As notably apparent media in sharing information accusations against those who ANNESTOPABLE in the Duterte administration, about political candidates, even provide those very means only online news website Rappler has the Commission on Elections destroys public trust towards Krizzle Anne Villanueva received flak on more than one (Comelec) itself acknowledged fact-checkers and cultivates an occasion with claims that they the importance of “quashing” environment that persecutes were attempting to undermine misleading information and them. All this unchecked skepti- his government, even going as recognized Rappler and their cism can only bring a nation so far as to suggest that they do network as qualified enough to far. so with the help of U.S. spies. aid them in that front. The consequences of such alle- That network pertains Our Future is Now It’s not the year 2012 ferocious typhoons, deluging ny-weeny time but are also too anymore, but the end of the world floods, and other extreme climate little and feeble, especially after is really coming. disasters to be informed about years of irresponsibility, neglect, Soon after the release climate change. It is explicitly ev- and stubbornness. of the Intergovernmental Panel ident with the recent changes in It is too late—far too on Climate Change’s new report, the Philippines alone. late—for an action to reverse over a thousand scientists from Several scientists have climate change. But there’s still 25 different countries joined been warning us for these past time to avoid some of its worst forces with the Scientists Rebel- decades of the harrowing fate consequences. Individuals, orga- lion to stage a protest last April, of the planet after a parade of nizations, and even the govern- urging individuals to give the climate catastrophes lurked in ment must come together and Earth a break. The report indi- various parts of the world. We join forces to protect what is left cates that immediate action to see—we feel that the Earth is of our planet. We must take re- reduce greenhouse gas emissions steering towards its deathbed. sponsibility for the horrid impact is imperative by 2025 in hopes of However, we mostly retaliated we brought to our home, and part avoiding harsher catastrophic cli- with silence and passivity, opting of that responsibility is taking mate effects. for ignorance to block the terrible action. There are various simple Climate change is now news. We may have changed our ways to help our Mother Earth— absolutely inevitable. We don’t behavior, yet only in cumulative simple things that may appear need photos or videos of raging ways—taking actions that might trivial but can actually leave an wildfires, melting polar ice caps, have made a difference for a tee- enormous difference.

9 The Newsletter OPINION FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB “ Volume IV No. II We see—we feel that the Little things like max- don’t be ignorant. It is preposter- survive, but its natural resources imizing your social media influ- ous to be cynical about it when it are our lifeline. Earth is ence to spread awareness and ed- happens between our very own This is your last warn- steering ucate, volunteering to clean the eyes. Climate change is real, and ing. We have been beaten by the towards its streets and plant trees, turning it is occurring right now—at this green signal for so long. Don’t sit deathbed. off the lights when leaving the very moment. It is already upon idly, do something. What lies in room, or taking shorter showers, us. our future is what you’ve done could be considered great contrib- Come on! It’s 2022, today. utors to saving the planet. time to wake up and face reality. But most importantly, Earth doesn’t need humans to Reference: World Resource Institute Infographic by Deryll Denielle G. Escarez ANNESTOPABLE Krizzle Anne Villanueva Too Much yet Too Little “ As the nation struggles demic and the ensuing lockdowns all-time high. The time to with the adverse impact of the served as a catalyst that wors- The time to acknowl- acknowledge Covid-19 pandemic, farmers un- ened the already alarming state edge and address the glaring and address the fortunately remain as one of the of national hunger to an outra- problem of food security is al- glaring problem most affected and disadvantaged geous degree. What else could ready upon us. The majority of of food secutiry is citizens in the Philippines as of these numbers mean if not to farmers and small-scale food already upon us. late. With unprecedented eco- serve as a grim reminder for our producers are on the very brink nomic setbacks, increasing hun- poor farmers whose cries still find of collapse due to the present cir- ILLUMINATED ger incidence rates, and swelling themselves landing on deaf ears? cumstances: inadequacy of farm- prices of food and other commodi- Prior to the start of to-market roads and transport John Paul M. Anyayahan ties, the country is now facing the the pandemic, the nation’s ag- facilities for efficient supply and aftermath of years of neglect in ricultural sector was already distribution, an unstable econo- the agricultural sector exacerbat- grappling with food security my, and the decline of farming as ed by recent matters and inaction problems. Over 59 million Fili- a profession because of negative from authorities. The food secu- pinos suffered from a moderate social views. These issues only rity of our nation is undeniably to severe lack of consistent ac- serve to further entrench our food at stake—farmers and sustain- cess to food from 2017 to 2019, providers in dire straits. able food production are inter- as per 2020 United Nations Food Without a helping dependent components, and as and Agriculture Organization hand, the farming sector of our it stands, the former proves to be report. It is unmistakably clear nation is essentially doomed. unjustly threatened by political that government supervision Accountability from the govern- and socio-economic circumstanc- and assistance on the welfare of ment, therefore, is a must. A com- es. our agricultural sector has been mon ground in agricultural de- From a recent Social downright lacking for years. With velopment and food governance Weather Stations (SWS) survey the shadow of COVID-19 still lin- must be achieved for the sake of report, hunger incidence during gering in the nation, this condem- many. Figuratively, our farmers the fourth quarter of 2020 dou- nable inaction has only served to already have too much on their bled to 21.1 percent. For refer- endanger the state of food securi- plate—the question is, do author- ence, hunger incidence rates only ty nationwide, most especially at ities have it within themselves amounted to 9.3 percent in the a time when poverty, unemploy- to strive for achieving the same year 2019. The onset of the pan- ment, and price hikes are at an phrase but in the literal sense?

OPINION The Newsletter 10 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II “ A Model of Resilience amid Pandemic The measures The Philippine gov- impact on family relationships in lish and create new habits, par- taken to prevent ernment has recognized Over- various ways, including loss of in- ticularly those that protect them seas Filipino Workers (OFWs) come and availability of resourc- from the threat of coronavirus and the spread of as “Modern Heroes.” OFWs are es, disruptions in planned events allow them to continue interact- coronavirus have among the world’s largest trans- or celebrations, and worse, men- ing and fostering relationships in a negative impact national labor migrant commu- tal health. the face of adversity. Profession- nities. Today, over 2.3 million Mental health is a sig- als can assist family members in on family OFWs are working all over the nificant asset that OFWs must seeking ways to make the best of relationships in world, and the Philippines has maintain to withstand the vast their current situation, reflect on various ways... one of the largest migrant com- challenges posed by the pandem- their past, realign their positive munities. For reference, an es- ic. However, due to the worries outlook, and recognize the chang- VOX NOSTRA timated 10 million Filipinos are and uncertainties on the stabili- es and growth they have attained working abroad for greater profit ty of their jobs and their future, throughout this time. Erin Ysabelle R. Dimaano and more significant opportu- the pandemic has only weakened As a result, we must nities, both for themselves and that very asset. The longing for also support a comprehensive their families back home. the presence their faraway loved assessment of the country’s is- The Covid-19 pandemic ones has only added to this con- sues and potential alternatives. creates massive hurdles for com- cern. In essence, understanding Furthermore, resilience in and of munities and families in securing the mental health reaction of itself is not a bad thing; as pre- their health, safety, and well-be- OFWs to Covid-19 is critical, es- viously stated, the need for it is ing. During this outbreak, fam- pecially given their general lack what we must address. And we ilies focus on providing for their of sufficient access to proper won’t be able to do so unless we members and protecting them- health care and mental support. uphold another value that our selves despite the strict health In the face of anxious- country holds dear: togetherness. protocols imposed and the per- ness over the changes brought by We can only flourish as a country sistent threat of Covid-19 to one’s Covid-19 pandemic over the last if we decide to unite to achieve health and livelihood. The mea- two years, as well as the distance our goals. sures taken to prevent the spread it puts between members, OFW of coronavirus have a negative families are encouraged to estab- “ Trick or Threats! The education How do you teach stu- presence education, attending eration? There is no one to blame, system right now dents discipline and honesty classes face to face with every- but cheating and dishonesty is a when they barely feel your pres- one and taking quizzes, cheating choice. It can’t be a coincidence is, lowkey, ence? was prohibited. You can’t escape since people are in control of their incomparable and It’s been two years it. However, now that instead of lives. Students, however, are the since the pandemic struck a bul- classmates and teachers, stu- mind of their own game. You dismissive. let of disappointment and cries dents are now surrounded by 4 can’t beat them, unless they are and crisis, not just economically, pink walls. Gritting from their caught. It will only direct them to AUDACIOUS but also academically. It system- keyboards instead of drastically a path wherein they will either atically drove the students insane noting in papers, shedding blue learn from their mistakes or turn Gigette M. Dimaculangan in their own ways, and blank just lights from their screens, and blind eye. like a vase that was intended for virtually raising their hands. But The rate of cheating fake flowers. However, life must that’s not the entrée just yet. during class is hurting even the go on. So does education. Indecent actions and spinal cord of those who can see. Dishonesty has been dishonesty are at high stakes So, how do you really teach hon- the center of every factor, espe- and rigorous fidelity with the stu- esty and discipline through a cially in education. A study by dents’ unbalanced profiles. There computer screen? That’s a sim- Patrica McGee at The University are a lot of strategies and misde- ple question; you can’t. You could of Texas at San Antonio examines meanor students could do. But mess with the students and give the nature of online academ- how hard are they to do, exactly? them the treat of threats but ic dishonesty and strategies to The balance of credibility and nevertheless, everything has a lessen incidences based on prov- efficiency lies on the teachers, way of their own. The strand of en practices. When we were still but how could it be put into the truthfulness is from the seed of grasping the freedom of physical spotlight when there is no coop- honesty. Because let’s be true to

11 The Newsletter 0 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB OPINION Volume IV No. II ourselves: the perfect ingredient for this commodity is fear, and ArAtrwtworokrkbybyRoReoyeyI. IC. oCsotsatlaelses fear does not work for today’s set- ting. There is nothing to su- garcoat in this mess because as far as we accompany the resis- tance, the crippled truth can be bent. The education system right now is, lowkey, incomparable and dismissive. There may be ways to ensure the ways of teaching and making the students’ stay in the vicinity of discipline, but not everyone can stick to promises. Discipline and honesty is earned, believe it or not. It does not sim- ply run down as something to “do,” because however the laws and rules were applied, there is the urge for people to reciprocate the right. So, no; as much as it provides negativity, in the real world, there are still scapegoats. The Words in Tandem “ Kung magkaroon man pula pa. Laktawan ko man, halos Hindi lang ito uso, Sa kabila ng ng isang malaking paligsahan ng lahat sila ay pare-parehas ng sin- nagkaroon lang talaga ako ng lahat ng iyon, pinakatanyag na salitang Pilipi- abi: “Sana all!” matunog na paraan upang mapa- kasiyahan ang no sa kasalukuyan, walang duda Bigla naman akong kinggan ang aking pangangail- pumupusta sa kong ihahanay ang dalawang sal- napa-isip at napa-tanong kung angan. Ito ang “Sana all!” na ka- ekspresiyong itang “Sana all!” anong ekspresiyon nga ba ito kikitaan ng aking paghiling. ito. Pagdamay at Noong isang araw la- para sa akin. Ito ba ay ekspresiy- Hindi ito paghahamb- pagpapahalaga mang ay may nabasa akong ga- on ng inggit, katunog na sana ay ing sa aking sarili at sa iba. Ito sa karanasan ng noong komento sa isang post mailagay ko ang aking sarili sa ay ang aking pagkatuwa para ng dalawang magkatuwang na sitwasyong katulad ng sa kanya? sa kanila. Sapagkat, habang ito ibang tao. nagdiwang ng kanilang unang Subalit ang katanun- ay nagdudugtong sa kahabaan anibersaryo. May mga talulot, gang lubos na pumukaw sa aking ng aking mga kagustuhan, wala ALLEGIANCE masasarap na pagkain, at magar- emosyonal na pagninilay: Ito ba akong inaasahan. Ito lamang bong kwintas. May kasama ring ang pinaka-madaling paraan ay umuusbong sa kagustuhang Allysa Gwen D. Laig pagyakap at paghalik. Natukla- upang iparating ang aking pan- makita ako at ang aking pangan- san ko sa paraang iyon, sa aking gangailangan? gailangan. pananaw, ang kasiyahan at pag- Sa napakaraming dahi- Simple lang naman ang mamahal na inaalay nila para sa lan, siguro, oo nga. nais ipahiwatig ng dalawang sal- isa’t-isa. Na pangangailangan itang ito, “Sana all!” diba? Nakatutuwa naman ang katumbas ng pariralang ito. Sa kabila ng lahat ng talagang makakita ng dalawang Hindi lamang naka-dugtong ang iyon, kasiyahan ang pumupusta taong bukas na naglalahad ng ideya sa koneksyon ko sa ibang sa ekspresiyong ito. Pagdamay at kanilang pagmamahalan kasa- tao kung hindi tungkol din sa pagpapahalaga sa karanasan ng bay ng binibigay na pagpapahal- pagtukoy sa mga bagay na maha- ibang tao. aga ng mga taong nakapaligid halaga para sa akin, subalit wala Mabanggit ko, may sa kanila. Buong loob at walang ako. isang komento akong nabasa na pangamba. Naisip kong hindi lang kung babasahin ay naiiba subalit Kaya naman, karami- ito inggit at hindi talaga nagmu- hindi nakahiwalay. han sa mga nakakita ay nag- mula sa inggit ang paraan na ito. bigay ng kani-kanilang bersyon Ito ang “Sana all!” na may pagtu- “Masaya ako para sa iyo, kai- ng “Sana all!” bilang komento. koy sa aking kahinaan na nag- bigan!” Naka-basa ako ng “Sana all!” na mumula sa mga bagay na kulang may ngiti at pagtawa, karamihan ako o hindi ko mapunan sa aking ay may kasamang puso, kulay kapanatagan.

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13 The Newsletter FEATURE FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II shocked shaken shookt Article by Keith Althea A. De Guzman Out of 15,000 participants their abilities and capabilities. The teen from more than 20 countries around the prodigies wanted to extend their utmost world, Teen Prodigies, Jacob Ray Nahial gratitude for the support of Dr. Vivian, and Alliah Denylle Toledo, bagged bronze Ms. Alona, Sir Larry, friends, classmates, awards in Philippine International Math and most importantly, their family. and Science Olympics (PIMSO). Shookt. Last July 11, the Shocked. Around February results of the competition came out, 2021, Mr. Larryson Belo and Ms. Alona unexpectedly and gratefully, both Panaligan, Science and Mathematics received Silver Medals/Awards and teachers, respectively, encouraged the qualified for the Final (International) teen prodigies, Jacob and Alliah, to Round. The final round happened participate in PIMSO. Soon after, online last December 12 with the same trainings and Olympiad preparation guidelines and flow as the National were executed for five days with two hours Round. February 27, 2022, Jacob per session as prep for the international Ray Nahial and Alliah Denylle competition. On June 5, 2021, the online Toledo, bagged the bronze Final Assessment was commenced and awards. The competition left only Jacob and Alliah dominated the the teen prodigies “shookt” Distinction Award and qualified for the with the awards and National Round. The National Round pride that they brought was held last June 27, 2021, requiring to the university. It two devices (one with a webcam for the was very unexpected as exam, and one for ZOOM). The exam was it was an international executed through eklavvya.com with full competition with a lot of monitoring and guidance from the host countries participating. (PIMSO) itself. Failure to abide with the Lastly, Jacob and rules, including switching tabs/windows, Alliah expressed their during the exam proper will get the gratitude in LPU participant/s kicked from the exam and Batangas for choosing, will be automatically disqualified. The believing, supporting, participants were given 75 minutes and allowing them to to finish the 30-item test covering five compete internationally. subject domains (Biology, Chemistry, Up to this day, Physics, Earth and Environmental Lyceans never fail to Sciences, and Space Sciences). prove their competitiveness Shaken. The teen geniuses, and excellence. Despite the Jacob and Alliah were both shaken with tough situation–given the online the confidence and trust that Lyceum setup and the pandemic itself–the of the Philippines University-Batangas will to overcome the circumstances provided them. They were equally stands out, leaving a legacy that grateful and thankful for the opportunity will always be remembered through that the university has given, and for generations–a footprint that will the chance to prove themselves through remain over the waves of time. A

FEATURE The Newsletter 14 Artwork by Alexandra E. Lim FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II PEP TALK Parents’ Prospects and Perspectives Article by Chloe Daphine A. Plata “A parent’s #BetterToGather.” Furthermore, she love is whole, firmly considers that LPU has always no matter been a part in showcasing the excellence how many times of her child with the aid of insightful divided,” a quotation activities that develop the academic from Robert Brault area and guidance from the principal that deeply symbolizes and faculty members on being socially the Perspectives aware. and Experiences of PEP Talk has opened the Parents (PEP Talk) in viewpoints of every working-parent, LPU-Batangas. PEP and it proves that even if they are busy Talk is an activity which handling matters, they simply desire to amplifies the voices of provide the best for their children. One working parents on how they exact example is choosing LPU as the handle life as a mother, father, school that mentors and enhances their and a professional. Moreover, it children’s abilities as well as knowledge. illuminates measures and assistance Thus, it is evident that through LPU, of the school as the guiding element not just students, but also their parents towards dreams and satisfactions of their beloved children. “learn and live differently. On April 25, the first episode of Thus, it is PEP Talk was released to the public. It evident that vividly showcased how volunteerism through LPU, not shapes parenting along how LPU empowers in these aspects through just students, having Mrs. Lorna P. Avila, a proud but also Lycean parent and a full-time church volunteer since March 2021 their parents in Every Nation Campus Ministry. learn and live By being a volunteer, she learned how to develop time management, differently. a good communication approach to children, and how to genuinely comprehend the stand of the younger people. Although sometimes, by conducting her work, problems occur specifically schedule conflicts. But that doesn’t stop the persevering trait of Mrs. Avila, as she continues to strive forward as a working parent and a disciple of the Lord by including the family in her practice since she believes in their saying, “#BetterTogether and

Article by Malchiellah A. Abania FEATURE Eyes opened into the realm of HolyWeek darkness. Nothing can be both seen and heard–not until the Lord Jesus Remembering God’s Christ came to earth. Reminiscing Unconditional Love the time when Jesus Christ had been crucified on the cross of Calvary, “ He went through so much agony and thirst merely to save unworthy It displays sinners. He had a tough task ahead of how Lyceans Him, but His love was unconditional. were taught A wondrous love for a world full of condemnation against Him and a to be world full of people who frequently grateful for disobey His Words. What makes Him God’s love, love each of us so much, even when that even the none of us are worthy of receiving even pandemic a single drop of His precious blood? is never a The Holy Week is celebrated hindrance during the beginning of Palm Sunday. to reflect on It is a part of Filipino culture, and themselves. the time Christians are to recall the events leading up to Christ’s Artwork by Mariest Bulanhagui suffering, death, and resurrection. The Lyceum of the Philippines University- Batangas is one of the institutions that commemorates what Christ has done for us. It displays how Lyceans were taught to be grateful for God’s love, that even the pandemic is never a hindrance to reflect on themselves. A virtual retreat held in LPU-Batangas for high school students was led by Ms. Jherae Fabillan, a Victory group leader. She discussed what our Savior Lord Jesus Christ had done on Mount Calvary, the importance of reflecting on His sufferings, and introduced words of encouragement which became a wake-up call to many Lyceans. The celebration of Holy Week allows us to reflect and appreciate more of God’s unconditional love. According to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Christ’s suffering should not only be remembered during Holy Week as recalling the sacrifices that God made should be commemorated too. He is the Prince of Peace, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. He had a perfect life, and as He lived, He fulfilled the will of the Father: to save us all. He was crucified on the cross and shed His precious blood to cleanse all our sins. He died, but then rose up from the grave after three days–a perfect and beautiful example of how we could enjoy His gift if we trust Him with all of our hearts and accept Him as our own Savior.

The Newsletter 16 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. II Foreign LanguageLyceans as Epitome of Respect Article by Malchiellah A. Abania languages: Korean and it will allow us to appreciate and Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Mandarin. This opportunity allowed respect other cultures, languages, Annyeonghaseyo! Ni Hao! Ciao! them to broaden and enhance and beliefs. We live in different Namaste! Hello! Mabuhay! their skills and knowledge, as the countries, yet we should not Different languages, same meaning. understanding they gained will be discriminate others because of their A world full of individuals across beneficial in the future. language. With that being said, may the globe, greeting one another The event had three we continue to pursue a higher level in various dialects. Everyone primary competitions: voice re- of knowledge as we respect every values language as it is used to enactment, singing and dancing in individual that we encounter in our communicate feelings and thoughts two categories: Chinese and Korean, daily lives. between people. Individuals would and finally, a modern Chinese be unable to connect with one fashion exhibit. These competitions Artwork by Mathew Agpalasin another and relationships would showcased how competitive Lyceans be impossible to form without are, particularly junior high school language. It is primarily utilized for students who were the prime focus of communication and is exceedingly the event. For the voice re-enactment beneficial to society. Korean category, Grade 8 - Socrates On the 31st of March 2022, bagged the first place, while, for the Lyceum of the Philippines the Chinese category, Grade 10 University-Batangas celebrated - Isaac Newton had been given the Foreign Language Day with the same recognition. For K-pop the theme, “Learn Different Song and Dance, G r a d e and Live Different: Optimizing 8 - Alexander Lyceans’ Appreciation for Cultural Bain was hailed Diversity.” Cultural diversity is champion. about appreciating that society is Meanwhile, composed of many different groups in the Modern with different interests, skills, Chinese Fashion talents, and needs. Mrs. Faye Exhibit, Kim Shen Michelle H. Austria, the keynote M. Abaya received speaker of the event, explained the first place. that the goal of celebrating foreign Despite having language day is to boost Lyceans’ divergent languages, global competitiveness while people are still able to enriching cultural diversity. She build relationships with also shared the Lyceans’ journey, one another. Always strive in which, students were given the to learn more because opportunity to master two foreign

17 The Newsletter OPEN LETTER FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. I Principal ’s “Seeing the Message smile upon the by Dr. Vivian A. Perez, High School Principal students’ faces is more than DEAR LPU HIGH COMMUNITY, satisfying. For us in the Warmest greetings to all! I would like to take this page and HS department, use this a way for me to communicate my thoughts, feelings and that smile plans. I hope that many eyes will capture the important content of represents hope, my open letter. joy and bright perspectives. As an English teacher, my message to the entire community will be not about tenses, but alike in the sense that it will speak the THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND FUTURE. THE PAST For two consecutive academic years, we have rolled online classes that ensued from the constraints brought by the pandemic. The situation has brought us tremendous changes and urged all of us to embrace the shifts. We have not seen each other in-person, doing the usual classroom activities, assemblies at the gym, group meetings, peer dynamics, minglings and socializations. Everything has been transformed virtually. We had a hard time accepting it at the beginning, feeling that it would all be impossible that way. But the resilience, grit and growth mindset among all of us, from the top management, to the teachers and learners including the parents’ involvement and understanding have brought us where we are now. A high school community better shaped by the circumstances that never hindered us to go on, carry on until we can finally say today that we have survived those difficulties. THE PRESENT We can say that we have survived those difficulties, because as the situations get to be better and favorable, the Department of Education in its recent pronouncement has magnified the call to mobilize the f2f classes next academic year. With the badge and authority given to us by the Office of the City Mayor and DEPED Batangas City to implement limited

OPEN LETTER The Newsletter 18 FLAMBEAU-SIKLAB Volume IV No. I f2f classes that we that we are currently implementing this last quarter of AY 2021-2022, we know that we got the right tempo. The application process to be approved was not that easy because of the requirements that have to be submitted and complied by the school. Not many schools in the city have tried doing it this year because of the pains of the preparations, but still, the HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT NEVER HESITATED. In our mind, this is for our students. The Senior High students have been given that privilege to pilot such mode and we earned favorable response and feedback. From their words during the first day f2f classes was rolled, many of them affirmed that it was such a wonderful feeling to be back in the Riverside campus, meet some of their classmates in-flesh, interact again with their teachers, get an exhale from the virtual box – Zoom and MS Teams, enjoy the cozy-conditioned classrooms, see the breathtaking view that surrounds the library, be transported to the higher floor by the escalator. More than just academic purpose, that mere returning to the campus is priceless. Seeing the smiles upon the students’ faces is more than satisfying. THE FUTURE “Seeing the smile upon the students’ faces is more than satisfying”. For us in the HS department, that smile represents hope, joy and bright perspectives. That is why, in the perspectives of the school, the management and the teachers, we have to complement that smile with concretized plans. In a nutshell, there are improvements that will take place next AY 2022-2023. Since the government supports the comeback of students in the physical space next year, for a more exciting school year, expect these: We will conduct classes in hybrid. Hybrid learning is an educational model in which students spend at least half of their time learning online and the rest of their time learning in physical classrooms, thus, face to face. We have also allotted rooms for possible HYFLEX classes. In the Hyflex mode - students can attend classes online, thus, can synchronously join the students attending the face to face classes. Asynchronous classes will also take place using our learning management system. Consultation hours, will be utilized not only for academic purposes, but also for holistic well-being, because in LPU, we believe that “Nobody should be left behind”. Another happy news is that, for the next AY, our schedule will be made more student-friendly. We will follow a long-weekend schedule. It means students will be free during Fridays, no assignments to be given and they will do things self-paced. Also, this day will be devoted for activities to give way for our promised vibrant student life. Here in LPU, we promise to give our students only the best learning experience they truly deserve, thus, they LEARN DIFFERENT and LIVE DIFFERENT. These being said, the THE PAST, THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE, all these were made possible and will be made possible through the joined efforts of everyone in LPU, most importantly our main frontliners, the TEACHERS. Many times we have been swept by different currents, by strong winds, by huge tides and they came to us unexpectedly in many forms. We were not fully trained for those emergencies, but because of God’s steady guidance, we kept ourselves afloat. Kudos to the young men and women of High School. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


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