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SABONG BEAUTY. Chelsey Danielle Serva and Maria Chelsea Sandra Gonzales of the St. Bridget College Repertory Brigid presenting a dance that represents an old Philippine culture at the Singapore Challenge Cup 2021 that went live last September 25, 2021. Singapore Challenge Cup 2021 Live PAO-RB talents shine at Singapore Challenge Cup 2021 MASTER AT WORK. Miguel Tolentino Patrick John Ceazsa A. Caguete of STEM 6 - Sr. Mary Immaculate Conception Cahill getting ready for his participation in the Regional Math Wizard Quiz by the Ma. Chelsea Sandra Gonzales and Association of Science and Mathematics Educators of the Philippine Private Schools (ASMEPPS) during last November 13, 2021 Chelsey Danielle Serva of St. Bridget College Performing Arts Bridgetines dominate ASMEPPS Math Office Repertory Brigid wins 2nd place in the Singapore Challenge Cup Dance Competition (SCCDC) last September 25. There were 614 participants & Science Quiz Miguel Tolentino worldwide that submitted their performances, styles ranging from classical, jazz, hip-hop, Bridgetines swarm the ranks after the Category, Patrick John Ceazsar A. Caguete of On the other hand, for the Math Quiz lyrical, and contemporary. Regional Math & Science Wizards STEM 6 – Sr. Mary Immaculate Conception winners of Grade 12, Paolo Andrew L. Padilla, facilitated by the Association of Cahill emerged as the champion with other STEM 9 – Sr. Mary Virginia Gonzaga obtained Oversighted by the SBC Performing Science and Mathematics Educators of the national qualifiers, Marie Antonette M. Lorida 3rd place, Patrick John Ceazsar A. Caguete Arts Office, representatives from the Repertory Philippine Private Schools (ASMEPPS), held and Kenneth Virgil L. Borbon of STEM 9 – Sr. with the 4th place, Francis Errol F. Endozo both Brigid Gonzales and Serva won 2nd place in the virtually last November 13, 2021. Mary Virginia Gonzaga, Kenneth D. Maupay, from STEM 6 – Sr. Mary Immaculate Conception Modern Duo/Trio category. HUMSS 2 – Sr. Mary Elizabeth O’Dowd, Teresa Cahill, Manuel M. Babasa, STEM 9 – Sr. Mary The Top 10 medalists of the Science Quiz Claire C. Agtay, STEM 6 – Sr. Mary Immaculate Virginia Gonzaga, securing 9th and 10th place Judging the performances were for Grade 11 are Ma. Kathryn Grizelda P. Manalo Conception Cahill, and Shyrel Bernadette G. respectively. Alongside them qualified to the Kenneth Kwong Ba, ARAD, Wang Min, and Ko grabbing 3rd place and Rob Jared S. Viceral Perez, ABM 2 – Sr. Mary Dominica Long. Nationals are Ma. Kristine T. Dawal and Teresa Chun Kwai. at 8th place both from HUMSS 1 – Mother Claire Agtay of STEM 6 – Sr. Mary Immaculate Domitilla Larouse. Advancing with them to the For the Top 10 medalists of the Grade Conception Cahill, Paula Gabrielle D. Acosta, The goal of the Singapore Challenge national competition are Anthea P. Cometa, 11 Math Quiz, securing 9th and 10th place STEM 7 – Sr. Mary Consuelo Chuidian, and Cup is to promote dance culture and to provide ABM 1 – Mother Vitalis Winkler, Djela Carleen respectively, Nathaniel A. Magtibay and Breigh Genesis D. Hernandez, STEM 8 – Sr. Mary a platform for practice and experience sharing G. Parto, STEM 2 – Mo. Dorothy O’Connor, Meishel U. Domingo of STEM 1 – Mother Conception Conti. for young dancers and professionals. Inna Alesandra T. Javier, Eunice A. Panganiban, Constance Phelan accompanied by other Bismark John M. Marasigan and Godwin Myles national qualifiers Zaira G. Rendon, STEM 1 – The National Battle of Math and Science The performances were live streamed O. Jareño all from HUMSS 1 – Mother Domitilla Mother Constance Phelan, and Ma. Kathryn Champions will be held on the 19th of February, in the SCCDC website September 25, 2021. Larouse. Grizelda P. Manalo with Bismark John Marasigan 2022. from HUMSS 1 – Mother Domitilla Larouse. SJE’s Feast Day Meanwhile for the Grade 12 Science Quiz Celebration centers around prayers Parents attend Virtual Parenting Session Ma. Kristine Dawal To strengthen the bonds of families really relatable during these trying times. Alyzza Carylle Dimaano and help understand each family It made us remember that we should To commemorate the feast day of St. member, parents attended the always prioritize our mental health, and pandemic. Dr. Michele Alignay, the guest John Eudes, Bridgetines from the SHS annual Virtual Parenting Session with the it is very important to ask them if they’re speaker, gave us a lot of useful information level participated in a Triduum, three theme “Enriching Family’s Mental Health” okay. However, I also saw this as a way for and very practical ways on how we can days of prayer, from August 17-19 last September 25. the parents and their children to have a handle our children well and make them The webinar started at 10 AM via better communication with each other.”, open up more to us. To sum it up, it was Each class from Grade 11 to Grade 12 Zoom attended by the parents of SHS stated Ma. Chelsea Sandra Gonzales, a a very enlightening parenting session.”, made time during their homeroom periods students. The resource speaker, Michele student from Accountancy, Business, and Lorina Marasigan, a parent, said in an to lead the prayer for St. John Eudes with the S. Alignay, Ph.D., RP, RGC, talked about Management (ABM) strand. interview. theme that was set for the day. the do’s and don’ts that will improve the family members’ mental health, leading to “Parenting Session entitled Through this virtual session, the On the first day, the theme was a positive and healthy environment in the “Enriching Family’s Mental Health” that St. Bridget Senior High School level aims “Magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos sa tuwina.” household. was held last September 25 was a very big to improve the mental health of family “Magingmasigasigsagawangpang-kabanalan.” “The talk is very effective and is help to us, parents especially in this time of members and guide them on how to was the theme for the second day and on the understand and better help one another last day of the Triduum, the theme was “San through this tough time. Juan Eudes, huwaran ng pagkamahabagin at pagsunod sa Mahal na Puso ni Hesus.” The said themes were based on the core values and the life of SJE to commemorate his life experiences. The prayer was held using Tagalog as the medium to honor the National Language Month. 7-9 10 11-12 13-14 15-16 FEATURE LITERATURE OPINION SCI-TECH SPORTS

02 NEWS Webinar sharpens Alexandra Ulayao leadership skills among potentials Teresa Claire Agtay To hone their leadership skills and learn from the speaker’s experience, leaders and class officers from St. Bridget College Senior High School level attended a webinar organized by the Senior High Executive Envoy Panel (SHEEP) on September 11 via Zoom meeting. With the theme “Virtual Leadership: Challenges and Compromises,” Mr. Paul Marvin Gamboa, a former Bridgetine and current teacher in De la Salle Lipa, led the webinar, which focused on leadership in the face of a pandemic, as well as the challenges of leading in an online environment. “ Leadership is being for others. More REPRESENT TRADITIONS. than your individuality, it is the community that Senior High School Department’s students, teachers, and coordinators join Buwan ng Wika Celebration in their traditional you should take into consideration when you are a leader. It does not mean losing yourself in Filipinianas and Barong Tagalog. the process but to always make sure that you get to be a person for the people,” Adreinne SHS marks Buwan ng Wika Valerie Gato, SHEEP President, shared in a Celebration statement. To continuously promote and show “Sa Makabagong Edukasyon, Mag-aaral, Bismark John Marasigan nationalism amidst the pandemic, Kamusta ka?” was the theme of the Spoken Mr. Gamboa provided approaches the Senior High School Level of St. Poetry Contest. The Grade 11 student, Bismark Different Philippine heroes were given and effective strategies for handling a group Bridget College commemorated the annual John M. Marasigan of HUMSS 1- Mother recognition in the Tiktok: Museo De Filipino in an online setting and delved deeper into Buwan Ng Wika celebration through different Domitilla Larouse snatched the gold medal Contest. Cyruz D. Calderon of STEM 2- Mother leadership by reminding the leaders of the key contests and programs last August 25-27,31. and was chosen to represent the school for Dorothy O’Connor prevailed as he got the first attributes a leader should have, as this is the the Division Level. Following him is Francis place. Avril C. Marasigan of ABM 1 - Mother second year of learning online. With the theme, “Filipino at mga Errol F. Endozo, STEM 6 – Sr. Mary Immaculate Vitalis Winkler and Amdry Benjamin E. Catapang Katutubong Wika sa Dekolonisasyon ng Pag- Concepcion Cahill getting the second place. of ABM 2 – Sr. Mary Dominica Long tied in the Bismark John Marasigan, SHEEP Vice iisip ng mga Pilipino”, SBC-SHS headed by the While Kreesha Marie Antoinne R. Malaluan, second place while Eunice A. Panganiban of President, and Krysta Ilustre, Grade 11 Batch Filipino teachers namely Mrs. Isabel Orayan STEM 9 – Sr. Mary Virginia Gonzaga, alongside HUMSS 1 – Mother Domitilla Larouse finished Representative, hosted the webinar, which and Ms. Jessa Mae Vilela launched a variety of Carlos Antonio E. Delos Reyes - STEM 8 - Sr. third place. began with an introductory prayer led by SHEEP competitions that were done virtually. Mary Conception Conti tied for the third spot. Secretary Eunice Panganiban and an opening “With limited resources, our skills and remark from Ms. Gato, SHEEP President. The contests, such as Face Art Competition, In the poster vlog, all sections must form a talents are not only tested but also our wit in Spoken Poetry, Poster Vlog, and Tiktok: Museo group of 4 that will create a poster and present it being able to utilize what is available. Being After completing his prepared de Filipino - were done week-long and were through a vlog that will last from 5 to 8 minutes resourceful is the key trait that is enhanced presentation on leadership, Mr. Gamboa was held through Microsoft Teams. only. HUMSS 1- Mother Domitilla Larouse with our online distance learning contests. I asked in a Q & A session where the student comprised of Bismark John M. Marasigan, Ella am grateful that even through tough times leaders had the opportunity to ask him about Alongside with the Tiktok: Museo De Rose P. Cialbo, Eunice A. Panganiban and Avi there are still opportunities given to me and his past experiences and personal opinions Filipino competition, last August 31 was also the Breindelle T. Ibon dominated this category our students to showcase what we can offer. about various leadership experiences and announcement of winners in the competitions. winning the first place. On the other hand, No physical medals are given but the school challenges. Juliana Marie De Chavez, Dae Anne Margaret still continuously validates our achievements For the Face Art Competition, the students C. De Leon, Von Homersly M. Magbojos and in and outside of school,” expressed by Krysta With her closing remark, Mrs. showed creativity as they interpreted the said Ma. Beatrice Emelita R. Cruz of STEM7- Sr. M. Ilustre, third-place in the Poster Vlog Contest. Gemma Manalo, HUMMS Strand Coordinator, theme through face painting and make up. Consuelo Chuidian won second place while the commended the leaders for their bravery in Desiree Anne D. Cardona of HUMSS 2- Sr. Mary team from ABM1- Mother Vitalis Winkler with The culminating activity was hosted leading in the middle of the pandemic and Elizabeth O’Dowd bagged the first place while its members, Whayne Francis D. Catibog, Krysta by Bismark John M. Marasigan and Alexandra expressed her gratitude to everyone who Princess Eriel K. Coronel, STEM 7 – Sr. Mary D. Ilustre, Cyril Jade D. Aguado and Giulia M. Mikaella M. Ulayao. Certificates were given to contributed to the webinar’s success. Consuelo Chuidian and Eahrielle Andhrew B. Tengco won the third place. all the participants and winners in the different Plata, STEM 9 – Sr. Mary Virginia Gonzaga won competitions. The webinar ended with a closing second and third places respectively. prayer led by Marga Sophia Aguado, STEM- Med strand President. Marga Sophia Jose M. Aguado bags Marasigan 3rd Place in Spoken Poetry Contest Miguel Tolentino Bismark John Marasigan secured podium position in Board Member Claudette Ambida’s 4th Spoken Poetry Contest in partnership with JCI Batangas Caballero last August 10 in celebration of the Buwan ng Wika. BRIDGETINE PRIDE. SHEEP Vice President Bismark John With passion, determination, and optimism, Bismark John Marasigan represents St. Bridget College Batangas in Bokal Ambida’s Marasigan from HUMSS 1 – Mo. Domitilla Larouse bags 3rd place respresenting 4th Spoken Poetry Contest last August 10, 2021, and won the 3rd place. St. Bridget College in the Spoken Poetry Contest themed “Sa Makabagong Edukasyon, Mag-aaral, Kumusta ka?”. Board Member Claudette Ambida saw the event’s significance as to go forward even with the pandemic, “... gagawin ko pa ba ito o itutuloy ko pa ba, kasi kita ko yung urge ng mga bata, na may talento talaga yung mga bata… bakit pa natin ginagawa ito kasi po naniniwala tayo na kailangan po natin buhayin ang tradisyong Batangas, ang tradisyong Pilipino, ang kulturang Pilipino.” Mrs. Ambida expressed her gratitude towards DepEd Batangas and the Batangas City Private Schools Association (BCPRISA) as this year gathered the most amount of delegates compared to the previous competitions with a total of 18 public & private schools participating all around Batangas City. “I recognize the significance of competitions and activities like this spoken poetry contest, which allow us, as students, to showcase our talents and skills. These events serve as a symbol of hope and light for everybody, proving that by speaking up, we can bring change and, in fact, improve our society.”, Marasigan stated concerning the importance of these events during the pandemic. The winners were announced through the Balisong News Channel on the 3rd of September with the participants present via Zoom. The 3 winners received cash prizes and the rest received a consolation prize of Php 1,000, meanwhile all the 18 participants would be subject to the educational assistance Program of the Provincial Government of Batangas for one semester.

NEWS 03 Ishe Loui Maxence M. Candava GOAL PURSUIT. Skills, personal experiences and knowledge in making future career decisions is shared by Mr. Alan Ebora in virtual career talk with the theme “Sneak Peek to Future Career” conducted on the 13th of October 2021. Career Talk: A sneak peek to the Media Industry Teresa Claire Agtay To provide students an idea of what it is like to Mr. Ebora also gave a detailed explanation about speaker. Mrs. Manalo then reminded the students that, work in the media industry and to assist them in his career and his life as a travel program and television when deciding on their future careers and pursuing deciding on their future careers, The Senior High producer, as well as the steps involved in producing a their passions, they must also examine the purpose and School level of St. Bridget College conducted a career talk show. meaning of their chosen path in order to be of great last October 13 via Zoom service to others. Before ending his talk, the students had an The said webinar had Mr. Alan Ebora, TV writer opportunity to ask the guest speaker several questions The certificate of appreciation for Mr. Ebora was and producer, and SBC alumnus as the guest speaker, who where Mr. Ebora was able to recount some of his most presented by Mrs. Shirlie Ayalin, SHS Prefect of Discipline, shared his inspiration in choosing his career path, as well memorable moments as a producer, discuss his thoughts followed by the closing prayer led by Lara Nicole Coloma, as his experiences while working in the field of media. on press freedom, and tell stories about the media ABM strand President. personalities with whom he had the opportunity to work. “Stories make sense of the world around us… The said webinar was hosted by the Senior High let’s continue telling and sharing meaningful stories,” Mr. For her closing remarks, Mrs. Gemma Manalo, Executive Envoy Panel President, Adreinne Valerie Gato. Ebora said as he reminded the students to be critical and Humanities and Social Sciences coordinator, thanked passionate in choosing their future careers. Mr. Ebora for giving his time and insights as the guest SHS celebrates Sir Castillote’s Ishe Loui Maxene M. Candava 60th birthday Alyzza Carylle Dimaano St. Bridget College’s Senior High school family celebrated Sir Edwin Castillote’s 60th birthday with a surprise program right after the SHS Culminating activity for the month of the Holy Rosary , October 29. Creative greetings of the students per section and games conducted by the hosts, DIVING TOWARDS A GREENER PASTURE. as well as Bismark John M. Marasigan of HUMSS 1-Mother Domitilla Larouse, were also Mr. Ryan Bonifacio- an engineer, financial advisor, and businessman was the speaker of SHS Bridgetines included in the program. There were also surprise video greetings from colleagues, friends and family members of the celebrant. second career talk with the topic, “Careers in green energy: Contributing Solution to Global Energy Crisis The celebration ended with Sir Castillote’s message thanking the students and the which was held on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 9:00 am. teachers. Sir Edwin Castillote is currently SHS level’s teacher in Understanding Culture, Society, Potentials join second career and Politics (UCSP) and Religious and Values Education (RVED). This activity was done to talk recognize the hard work of Sir Castillote as he celebrates his seniority. Alyzza Carylle Dimaano The celebration was hosted by Dana Joseah Marie E. Alvarez of HUMSS 1-Mother With the theme “Careers in Green Energy: Contributing Solution to Global Domitila Larouse and Jelsey Franchesca N. Fuentes of ABM 2- Sr. Mary Dominica Long. Energy Crisis”, students from Senior High school level attended the annual career talk held last November 24, via Zoom. SANCTUS: A virtual walk The said webinar aims to help the students in assessing how each individual with the Saints Miguel Tolentino participates in aiding our earth to be better for future generations to come, with Engr. Ryan Bonifacio, who is also a Financial advisor and businessman, as its speaker. To make his point, Engr. Bonifacio showed videos and powerpoint presentations on how each strand helps in contributing to green energy. The students were also able to ask questions to the speaker about the growing significance of green energy in the Philippines. In celebration of the All-Saints’ Day last November 1, the annual walk of Saints was live streamed at the Facebook page of St. Bridget College, with students from Nursery to Grade 12 taking part in said event. The event started at 9 AM with Mrs. Maria Socorro Lalap as the host and Sr. Tess Figueroa, RGS, who welcomed the viewers and started the opening remarks. Students at home from all grade levels dressed up as their favorite saints and it was displayed in the presentation. Students were also chosen to give a brief insight to the life of their saints. Using ‘JOSEPH” as an acronym, Fr. Cyrus Gonzales from the Oblates of St. Joseph shared his knowledge about St. Joseph and gave a deeper introduction of the saint based on his character to further explain his life experiences. In the latter part of the event, a close-up look on the Religious of the Good Shepherd’s foundress, St. Mary Euphrasia’s history and life was presented to the viewers. The ceremony ends in a brief moment of remembering the departed souls, especially those who have been part of the SBC family.

04 NEWS Lipa Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Association-LIDICSA, Inc. Facebook Page LEADING TOMORROW. Dr. Tonton Torralba, a professor in the University of Asia and the Pacific discussing leadership and its empowerment on youth in the LIDICSA Youth Festival with the theme “Charity in Faith Shared Through Mission; Gifted to give, Gifted to live.” November 29, 2021. Bridgetines LIDICSA Youth Festival Virtual Celebration commemorate Miguel Tolentino Month of the Holy Last November 29, 2021, Grade 12 students from St. Bridget College got together with other Catholic Schools in the Lipa Rosary Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Association Youth Festival via Zoom and Facebook live. Bismark John Marasigan This event’s theme was “Charity in Faith Shared Through Mission; Gifted to give, Gifted to live”. The program was formally The St. Bridget College Senior kicked off by the Holy Eucharist by His excellency Most Rev. Guilbert A. Garcera, D.D. Archbishop of Lipa followed by a health break High School level (SBC-SHS) marked October as the month and a brief audiovisual presentation, the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, and a presentation by students from St. Bridget of the Holy Rosary with its Culminating College, Batangas City. Thereafter, Dr. Tonton Torralba of the University of Asia and the Pacific began a talk about Leadership especially in empowering Activity held virtually through Microsoft our youth followed by the insights of Glesy Balmes from the Sto. Thomas Academy stating “...we should embrace change in God’s Teams last October 29. perfect time…” and “…to avoid comparing ourselves to others...”. For this year, the said annual After an intermission from La Consolacion College Tanauan, Mrs. Ivanna Dela Torre facilitated the Voter’s Forum to help tradition of celebrating the Month of the students in decision making this upcoming 2022 election with the insights coming from Cristel Catibog of St. Claire Academy, Lian Holy Rosary revolved around the theme, Batangas “Voting is not just a right but a responsibility”. “To Jesus Through Mother Mary: Prayer To conclude the highlight, the students from Immaculate Conception College provided the participants a dance performance for Renewal and Healing”. alongside raffle draws from each school, a game of Kahoot both having cash prizes. Throughout the month-long Finally, a prayer from the hosts Mr. Dennis Ramos and Ms. Clarise Valencia and a community singing of the 500 years of celebration, all the sections from SHS level Christianity theme song concluded the highlights of the celebration. were given the chance to lead each day. Additionally, members of the faculty and Ishe Loui Maxene M. Candava staff lead the rosary every weekend of the month. To formally end the month of the RISE, EMPOWER, AND SPEAK UP. Holy Rosary, a culminating activity was Sharing of best practices responding to Violence Against Women and Children and taking steps to end it with bravery and hopes done headed by ABM 1 – Mo. Vitalis Win- kler. Five students from different strands through a webinar is conducted on the 1st of December, 2021 hosted by Ms. Rem Festijo and Mr. Earl Pilar. and sections were chosen namely Teresa Claire Agtay from STEM 6 – Sr. Mary Im- SHS shows support as #ENDVAWC 18- Day maculate Concepcion Cahill followed by Campaign Kicks off Alexandra Mikaella Ulayao from HUMSS Bismark John Marasigan 2 – Sr. Mary Elizabeth O’Dowd, Bianca Drawing from its annual tradition and child must experience and have. Ysabelle Achico and Angela Rose Beatriz of reinforcing the nationwide Additionally, the video tackled the different conclusion on December 12. Barbosa, both from ABM 1 – Mo. Vitalis movement on Anti-Violence laws and legislations that safeguard all Winkler, and Godwin Myles Jareño HUMSS Against Women and Children (Anti- female and child victims and offers legal “As a Bridgetine and a boy, I am very 1 – Mo. Domitilia Larouse who shared VAWC), the St. Bridget College-Senior solutions to defend and protect their much happy to join and support this type their personal experiences inclined and High School level (SBC-SHS) showed its rights and interests. of campaign which promotes the welfare related to the sorrowful mystery assigned support as the 18-Day Campaign to end of women and children. I know different to them. VAWC marked its start last November 25. The said video was participated by countries such as ours, the Philippines are Sheryn Claire Ona, Sarah Nicole Cruzat, experiencing and facing such huge rate Furthermore, Mr. Isidro Pelingon, With the countrywide theme “Filipino Alexandra Mikaella Ulayao, Roshan Lalap, of violence against women and children a member of the faculty, offered a song Marespeto; Safe Spaces, Kasali Tayo”, the Djela Carleen Parto, Anne Bernadette but I believe that through these kinds as students offered flowers in the altar of school staffs, members of the faculty, Agtay, Andrea Lorraine Libio, Patrick of activities, programs, movements and their own homes. administrative team and all SHS students John Ceazsar Caguete, Adriel Manalo, Jon campaigns, we can walk towards a safe wore orange as it is the color that Wincel Masajo and Jayson De Austria each society wherein we don’t have to worry “In the middle of a crisis where all represents hope and the future free from one representing the 12 sections of the about women and children being abused seems to be shattered and lost, celebrat- any violence against women. SHS level. and their rights being violated. It is truly an ing religious activities like this brings hope honor and a great opportunity for me to and enlightenment for others, which is In line with the said commemoration, Furthermore, the Prayer for the 18-Day join this campaign because us, youth are part of the reason why I think celebrations an infomercial and public awareness Campaign to End Violence Against Women the future of the society and we should like this must be kept and are very im- video was released on the same day as (VAW) was introduced to Bridgetines use our voices and use it to amplify the portant even in the midst of a pandemic. the campaign began. The infomercial and became part of the morning prayers voices of others especially the women Being a sharer of that said activity was talked about the rights that every woman from November 25 up to the campaign’s and children,” Anton Ulric B. Sanhi, STEM-3 very uplifting for me, having to spread the Mother Cyra O’Kane expressed. message of our Holy Rosary and being an instrument for Catholic teachings, and thinking that I, myself is contributing my own part to help others especially those who are distressed and broken to spread love and reach the blessing of God through sharing my own thoughts and story about the holy rosary,” Jareño, one of sharers in the said activity stated.

NEWS 05 2022 Elections: National and Local Filipino youth Ariel Toby de Mesa lead the total On May 9, the Batangas province former senator Bongbong Marcos (PFP), registered voters local elections, as part of the incumbent senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson For local positions: For the post in the Philippines 2022 national election, will be (Partido Reporma), former secretary of Governor, Incumbent Hermilando held.  of National Defense Noberto Gonzales Mandanas (PDP-Laban) will be running for Ma. Kristine Dawal (Philippine Democratic Socialist Party), reelection, and his opponents are Praxedes Voters will select candidates for all incumbent senator Bong Go (PDP- Bustamante (Independent), former Padre Out of nearly 67 million total local positions—a town mayor, vice mayor, Laban),  incumbent senator, and former Garcia mayor Prudencio Gutierrez (NPC), registered voters in the and town councilors, as well as members presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella and former vice governor Richard Recto Philippines as of November 16, of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan—the (Indepentdent). (Independent).  more than half, nearing 32.7 million, are governor, vice governor, and for the six Filipino youth according to Commission districts of Batangas. For the national Familiar names running for the For the position of Vice Governor, on Elections (COMELEC) director James positions, voters will have to choose a position of vice president are; incumbent incumbent Mark Leviste (PDP-Laban) is Jimenez. president, vice president, and 24 senators. senate president Tito Sotto (NPC), running for re-election; opposing him incumbent mayor of Davao City Mayor will be former DSWD Undersecretary Jose The Filipino youth is comprised For the position of president, some Sara Duterte-Carpio (Lakas-CMD), Antonio Hernandez (PPP).  of voters aged 18 until 40 and among notable names are; incumbent vice incumbent senator Francis Pangilinan those, approximately 5 million are newly president Leni Robredo (Independent), (Liberal), media personality Dr. Willie Ong A person is eligible to vote if they are registered voters. incumbent senator Manny Pacquiao (Aksyon Demokratiko), and incumbent 18 years old on or before May 9, 2022. (PROMDI), incumbent mayor of Manila Representative for Buhay and House Recently, the voter’s registration was Among the 5 million are 171,033 Isko Moreno (Aksyon Demokratiko), Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza (PROMDI). extended, citing the months lost due to 18-year-olds and on the lead are 21-year- coronavirus-driven hard lockdowns. olds with a total of 750,578 males and 796,891 females. With these large numbers, Filipino youth are left with a great possibility of making a difference in the May 9, 2022 national elections. “If the youth vote votes as a bloc, then yeah, definitely. But the thing is, it really depends on who these people vote for. The youth vote has not been historically that solid,” Jimenez stated. Voter’s registration ended on Taal Volcano continues volcanic activities October30,2021. Ariel Toby de Mesa As of October 2021, Taal volcano erupted 35 times ranging from Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) 1 to VEI 9 and has continued to record volcanic earthquakes, and recently, volcanic sulfur dioxide gas emissions and steam-opulent plumes rose to 3,000 meters. It is currently at Alert Level 2 (Moderate Level of Volcanic Unrest) as it showed elevated volcanic earthquakes, steam/gas emission, ground deformation, hot spring temperature,  intermittent steam/ash explosion, above baseline Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emission rates and increased swelling of the volcanic edifice. Its behavior also exhibited an increase in the possibility that there could be signs of magma intrusion that could lead to a magmatic eruption. Sulfur dioxide gas emissions remain high, indicating that magma at the Taal Volcano is at a shallow level. The possibility of having pyroclastic density currents, clouds of high-temperature gas, ash, and volcanic debris is heightened. Exposure to volcanic smog can irritate the eyes, throat, and respiratory tract. People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women, and children are the most vulnerable to its effects.  The public is advised not to enter the Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). Batangas City struck Philippines carry on with forcefully by Typhoon Jolina mass vaccination Christela Adrienne Baguna After several landfalls in Eastern Christela Adrienne Baguna As part of the pandemic response, President Rodrigo Duterte participated in a Samar, Severe Tropical Storm government advertisement to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated against Jolina (Conson) made contact Typhoon Jolina. At least four main highways Covid-19, emphasizing the importance of doing so in order to combat the was closed as Bureau of Maintenance and growing health crisis. Department of Public Works and Highways over the coastal waters of San Juan, (DPWH) continue to clear passage on On the 28th of February 2021, the first batch of coronavirus vaccines, developed by Batangas, on September 8, Wednesday, available roads. Concerning the matter Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company arrived in the Philippines and at 9 am, leaving extensive destruction of lack of electric current, classes were since then, the efforts to carry through the mass inoculation campaign has started. and damage in its path. suspended in most schools as students and teachers experienced connection As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory As the tropical cyclone maintains difficulties to pursue online classes. Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, Philippines’ vaccination committees abide its speed and strength while moving by a prioritization framework. This systematic structure is classified into three brackets. northwest, weather forecaster Chris The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Counted in Group A are those frontline workers, health professionals, public servants, Perez of the Philippine Atmospheric, Batangas Chapter conducted immediate senior citizens, and individuals with comorbidities while Group B consists of social, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services assessments of communities affected by government, and other essential workers, OFWs, and the remaining workforce, and Administration (PAGASA) said, “During Typhoon Jolina to establish their needs lastly, Group C includes the rest of the Filipino population. heavy rains, we expect flooding, especially after a series of rescue operations to assist in low-lying areas. Landslides and flash residents stranded in a flooded subdivision. With the constant arrival of increasing shipments of government-procured and floods are also possible.” donated vaccination supplies, the state administration continues to build up the Covid-19 On the 13th of September, 40 families vaccine inventory. Administered shots are manufactured by several suppliers namely; Like anticipated, several areas in received relief packs from the evaluation Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, and Gamaleya. Batangas City were swamped with ankle- of Red Cross staff and volunteers. Every The country has received a total of 64.9M vax doses as of October 2021. Approximately leveled water. Residents were forced to disaster has seen the PRC at the forefront, 24.04% of the population secured their first jabs while 21.04% represents those who evacuate as the threat of flash floods came providing services and support to the most obtained both shots. along with the continuous pour of rainfall. vulnerable. The heavy rains and strong winds moving Expansion of the country’s vaccination drives presently occurs as more citizens rapidly caused detrimental effects to many The said typhoon has affected a become eligible in acquiring the shots. Officials hope to see a big boost in coverage houses and infrastructures. total of 87,036 families wherein 338, rates in the following three months as more people are cleared to get vaccinated. The 681 individuals were counted. It has Philippines’ target goal of fully vaccinating 70% of its population has now escalated to Amidst the storm, the majority of the also destroyed agricultural sectors by 90% in hopes of achieving herd immunity. With the condition of this crisis as of today, it’s areas in the district experienced power consequently leaving 62,052 farmers, conceivable that the country can obtain at least 40% vaccination coverage with just one outages due to knocked down power fishermen, and livestock raisers empty shot, as the World Health Organization has requested by the end of the year. lines, blowing objects into overhead lines, handed along with their production “Your participation in the “Resbakuna: Kasangga ng BIDA” campaign is therefore key and flooding power-related equipments. losses. Moreover, in Eastern Visayas, eleven if we are to reopen our economy and reclaim our normal lives,” Pres. Duterte stated in bodies were found in coastal waters when his advertisement. Residents continue to await power Typhoon Jolina unleashed its wrath. restoration following the onslaught of

Name: Ma. Chelsea Sandra Gonzales Section: ABM 1 - Mother Vitalis Winkler Fidel V. Ramos was, I think, one of the best administrations. During his term, he purged the national police force of corrupt officers, he encouraged family- planning practices, and heavily protected the economy in order for it to grow. Ramos’ governance has also reached peaceful agreements as he continued his efforts under major industries. He has credentials that all of the candidates for the upcoming elections should have. Name: Jack Danielle de Torres Section: STEM 8 - Sr. Mary Concepcion Conti I think Ramon Magsaysay was and still is the greatest president of our republic. He wasn’t called “Champion of the Masses and Defender of Democracy’’ for nothing. Many historians agree that the real “Golden Age’’ of our country really happened under Magsaysay’s presidency. Trade and commerce flourished, massive land reform programs were implemented, corruption was drastically curbed, our armed forces regained the people’s trust, and perhaps his most outstanding achievement is that under his administration, the rebel forces or the Huks were defeated without the declaration of Martial Law. Other than his monumental accomplishments that put the Philippines on the world map, he was a humble yet tough leader, had a strong sense of patriotism, put country over party, and I would like to add that he literally opened Malacañang to the people. Internationally, under his term, the Philippines was one of the cleanest governments in Asia, he led the establishment of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization or SEATO, which was the precursor of today’s ASEAN. There are still a lot of achievements that were attained under his term, though I would not add them here. Some say that the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos was the greatest, and some might contradict that statement by saying it was Corazon Aquino, but deep inside, there is a forgotten president that is truly one for the ages, his name was Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay. Name: Godwin Myles Jareño Section: HUMSS 1 - Mother Domitilla Larouse If I were to choose the greatest president we had here in the Philippines, it is President Manuel L. Quezon. For starters, he was largely known by Filipinos by being the “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa” as he was the one who lead on recognizing “Tagalog” (now known as Filipino) as Philippines’ national language. Pres. Quezon also pushed for Philippine Independence and was later elected as the first President to the newly formed Commonwealth of Philippines. Through his time he ordered agrarian, economic and education reforms to counter social problems. Quezon initiated women’s suffrage in the country, extending the right to vote to every Filipino woman. He was also known for harboring at least 1,300 European Jewish refugees who escaped the grip of Nazis during WW2. The likes of him should be set as a golden standard for people who will try to run as the next president of the Philippines in the upcoming 2022 Elections. Name: Mc David Madlangbayan Section: STEM 4 - Mother Margueritte O’Keilley First thing that came to mind was Ramon Magsaysay, our seventh president with his term starting from 1953 - 1957. Gaining a title of “Champion of the Masses” after leaving a legacy of people-centered governance and lived humbly. I remember hearing stories about him from my older relatives on how their parents can genuinely feel the concern of Magsaysay to the nation, with even wearing the Barong Tagalog during his oath which was commonly done in a suit and tie. Name: Claire Cantos Section: ABM 2 - Sr. Mary Dominica Long Ramon Magsaysay- Based on the details of his presidency, I really admire his passion and contributions to our country. The compassion and care he showed to uplift the poor and those in need makes me believe that he is one of the best presidents in our state. Name: Dana Joseah Marie Alvarez Section: STEM 1 - Mother Constance Phelan President Ramon Magsaysay, in my opinion, was the greatest president of the Philippines. His presidency is commonly referred to as the Philippines’ “Golden Years” because it was regarded as one of the cleanest and most corruption-free in contemporary Philippine history. He became the voice of the voiceless, and his impressive rural development projects further served to demonstrate his sincerity in helping the underprivileged. To demonstrate that his government was truly for the people, he opened the doors of the Malacañang Palace to all of the country’s citizens–and he meant it. Because he didn’t think highly of himself, President Magsaysay was adored by the people. Due to his humility and honesty in addressing the problems of regular folks, he acquired the trust of the public. He wanted to be a leader, someone who other government officials could look up to. Magsaysay was not a perfect president, and his administration was hampered by problems and conflicts, but his magnificence eclipsed his administration’s weaknesses, and if he hadn’t died in that plane crash, he would have accomplished far more than any of his colleagues could hope for. So in connection with this, when we appreciate the worth of a single vote, we can understand that all of our votes are cast for God and nation, not just for politics. Name: Donnel Chester Muñoz Section: HUMSS 2 - Sr. M. Elizabeth O’Dowd In terms of all Philippines presidents, Manuel L. Quezon is by far the best president the Philippines has ever had due to his efforts and accomplishments as a president towards a better Philippines right after the battles. Furthermore, as the first president of the Philippines, he made it a country of its own. With his regime, he did not let the Philippines be just a colony of the Americans. Instead, he made the Philippines into itself and was named “Perlas ng Silanganan.”

feature 07 As-true-logy? Avi Breindelle T. Ibon Francine Angeli Vergara Admit it or not, the thrill of knowing someone as each of their traits unravel is incomparable especially if it refers to oneself. It has benefits when it comes to identifying one’s flaws and reflecting on the improvements that were made so far. What more interesting way can we do this than talking about everything under the sun, moon, and the stars? Even though the Babylonians started astrology during the first half of the millennium BC, it became a trend once again during quarantine. Every individual has their Big 3. A sun sign describes one’s sense of self, the moon sign refers to one’s emotions, while the rising sign/ascendant represents the impression and perception of others to us. These can be identified through birth date and time or natal charts that can be calculated on various online platforms. Well, buckle up as we dive into the zodiac signs of fire, air, and everything in between! Signs who are associated with fire are generally known for their passion, fierce personality, and aggressiveness. Aries (March 21-April 19) are known for their enthusiastic nature. They tend to be impulsive, moody, and self-centered but their ambitiousness and competitive mindset will surely be their advantage. No other signs can love being in the spotlight than Leo does (July 23-August 22). What Leo wants; Leo gets. They are natural leaders with a strong sense of pride. A Leo can be bold, confident, and driven. Regina George from the film Mean Girls is the embodiment of the brutally honest side of a Sagittarius (November 22-December 21). Dominating conversations are their forte. They are frank and they focus more on logic rather than feelings when it comes to arguments. Despite this, they are outgoing and adventurous people who are into traveling. Sentimental, intuitive, deep, and emotional are the words that can sum up the personality of a water sign. People who belong to Pisces (February 19-March 20) are considered as the crybabies among the zodiac signs along with its co-water sign, Cancer. Their thoughts and actions are deeply anchored with their emotions and feelings. Though they are sensitive and clingy, they are imaginative which also makes them one of the most creative signs. A person who is a Cancer (June 21-July 22), just like its symbol, the Crab, is described as someone tough like its shell on the outside but not on the inside. Like the Pisces, they are also creative and sensitive which gives them the ability to read the room. Despite their moody nature, they are family-oriented, reliable, and are considered as the caretakers among the zodiac signs. The last water sign is the Scorpio (October 23-November 21). They are identified as mysterious and secretive but ardent and passionate. They value comfort and intimacy. A Scorpio has this unusual level of intensity which is why they’re sometimes assumed as a fire sign. What makes them a water sign is their demand for physical comfort, intuition, and profound thinking. Consistent, loyal, grounded, and good at accumulating wealth are some of the characteristics of an Earth sign. Since Aphrodite governs them, people under Taurus (April 20-May 20) have a distinct appreciation for romance, beauty, leisure, and luxury. Though they can be stubborn at times, they value rules, structure, and stability. Capricorns (December 21-January 20) are the busy bees of the zodiac. They are practical, persistent, hardworking, responsible, and organized. What makes them unique? It’s their strange sense of humor. Looking for the most analytical and precise sign? Then you’re looking for the Virgo (August 23-September 22). Virgos are perfectionists and logical individuals. Though they can be cold, reserved, and keep a straight face often, helping and serving others are what they love to do. Air signs are intellectual, idealistic, fun-loving people who are calming and elusive to be with at the same time. Have you ever met someone who has this innate charisma? Then, Libra (September 23-October 22) may be their zodiac sign! They are clever, have immense charm, and an impeccable connection with others. However, they can sometimes be lazy and use others to do the dirty work for them. Chanel #1 from the film Scream Queens personifies this personality. Seeing all the sides of an argument is Libra’s strength but sometimes can become their weakness because it makes them indecisive. Gemini (May 21-June 20), whose symbol is the twins, Castor and Pollux, are described to have two contrasting personalities. They can be either too aloof or too clingy. They have the capability to adapt, communicate effectively, and be flexible enough in social situations which makes them the social butterfly of the zodiac. Geminis are always eager to know and discover anything which makes them demand an outlet for everything they absorb. Lastly, Aquarius (January 21-February 18) are intriguing and fascinating individuals. However, Aquarians may be too complex that they can be unpredictable and fickle. They can be stuck in their own little world and be emotionally detached. Brainstorming and unconventional thinking are their strengths. They are assertive, socially conscious, and are advocates for change. They have their unique brand of authority and don’t want to be told what to do. Signs and natal charts can be somewhat enigmatic yet comparing them with your friends and peers can be an engrossing and thrilling experience. Astrology can be some sort of validation for someone’s self-concept because it grants a sense of belongingness and acceptance. It can be a narrative that makes the unexplainable, explainable. Astrology can somehow be a coping mechanism for some because it serves as a certainty in a world full of uncertainties. Still, it’s all fun and games until astrology is taken seriously. Astrology is pseudoscientific, which means it is not scientifically proven yet. Keep in mind to take these as a grain of salt because they may or may not be applicable to everyone. The 2022 elections: The search for stable ground Miguel Hocbo The long-awaited campaigns have now begun with the 2022 elections edging closer day by day as more of us students reach the age of legality at the present year. We begin to enter the difficult stage of bearing the social responsibility of building a secure future for the country as a generation of Filipino youth. The crucial duty of paving the way for the development of democracy is now laid upon our shoulders and the upcoming elections is the very opportunity for us to participate in making this change. With more of our Filipino society yearning for the true change and good governance through the past months of adversity, we as the new generation of voters can now change the tide and move the country on to stable grounds through voting the right candidates who can lead us for good. Here are some essential points to help in your decisions in supporting a cand date in the 2022 elections. Always consider the weight of your choices. Examine our history and learn from mistakes of the past. Our very choice can and will dictate what the future of the country may be. It is important With the mishaps and failures in leadership evident from the previous administrations, we have our opening to help break off the loop of oppression and the cycle of history to hold yourself responsible for making this decision to support the candidate that you repeating itself. We should make the vote count as we discern what we should prevent from happening once again. choose to lead the nation towards authentic changes that we all yearn for. Assess the parties of the candidates. Take part in forming a collective effort with your peers. While every candidate has their own vision and intentions for the future of the nation, Keeping aware of the right candidates that can assure positive development in our studying their motives and agenda for change as part of a party is an important element country among our peers can help bring the authentic progression that the country in making the best choice. What they stand for as a political party serves as a large needs. We as students, youth, and the new generation of voters can seize this opportunity statement for them as candidates participating in the elections. to be united with our votes. Search for direct efforts and action, not bold statements and promises. Remember who you are supporting. Over several years, our communities have been stacking up certain expectations only to Always recognize the candidate you are giving your vote to as the individual you wish to be met with disappointment from the officials and candidates who have led us to false see leading the nation. It is best to make sure to make the vote count with the candidate promises. Although we shouldn’t be expecting everything from a candidate, we should you choose not for their influential name or big words, but for their ability to stand for always hold them accountable and keenly look forward to them honoring their word the people with transparency. with the genuine eagerness to take action. With the dates set and the following year closing in, we finally face the opportunity and responsibility of creating the right path for the country. We take up the mantle that was given to us by the previous generation and take initiative to build the future that our nation so deserves; one that finally has true change and stable ground that does not crumble under the ruling of an incompetent leader.

Taliban-R-e-t-r-a-c-i-n-g-the of the Crumbs - Julianna Marie De Chavez As the loud engines of the airplanes roared across the airport, the people ran as if death was chasing them. They pushed and shoved one another with desperation painted on their faces as they long to grab their last opportunity of escape. A person was even seen to plummet to his own death as he fell from climbing an airplane that had taken off. It was a sunny afternoon of the 16th of August 2021 when this event made headlines around the world. The long-protected Afghanistan government had fallen. The Talibans had entered the presidential palace in Kabul hours after the president had fled the country, leaving millions of locals scared and anxious of the uncertainty of the Taliban rule. People flocked to the airport with the hopes to flee the war-torn country. But what had caused this panic among the Afghans? What had fueled their desire to leave? History According to BBC, it was during the early 1990s, when the Talibans or ‘students’ in Pashto language started to emerge. Their aim was to restore peace and security, and also implement their own version of the ‘Sharia’ or Islamic law. By 1998, they had controlled almost 90% of Afghanistan, and people, being weary from driving the Soviets out, welcomed them with open arms. After all, the Talibans had contributed to developments like battling corruption, provisioning the law, and ensuring the safety of roads for commerce. But still, there were a lot of drawbacks; issues with regards to human and cultural rights had arisen. They had introduced the public execution of adulterers and the amputation of body parts for thieves. They also required women to wear the all-covering burka and men were required to grow their beards. In addition, they also banned cinemas, music, television and disproved girls 10 and above to receive education. Perhaps the Talibans are most remembered for ‘9/11’. They had provided sanctuary for the masterminds of the event – Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda movement. This led the U.S. to attack the country on October 7, 2001 and by early December, the Talibans’ regime came to an end. Despite being driven away by the U.S. troops, there still had been assaults of violence afterwards. How Afghanistan Fell The fall of the Afghan government felt like a blink of an eye to many, but if looked upon closely, the Talibans had assured their success by gradually taking over the country. According to The Guardian, it was a matter of days when the cities of Afghanistan fell to the assaulter’s hands. They seized control of city after city until they had reached the gates of Kabul – the country’s capital. There are, albeit, a lot of factors why Afghanistan fell. It is said that the U.S.’ decision to withdraw its forces combined by the ‘mistakes’ of the government itself gave the Talibans the opportunity to regroup. It was also the grit of the conquerors that made the whole situation possible; despite only having 60,000 fighters, the Talibans were able to defeat the Western-backed government. If you would compare the two in terms of the willingness to fight, it would be a score for the Talibans. What Lies in the Future The Talibans had been working on rebuilding a more reformed image but the lack of non-Pashtun members seems to be a barricade against this. The EastAsiaForum says that there are only three Tajiks and one Uzbek out of 24 cabinet members. The inclusion of non-Taliban members would indicate that inclusivity is not present, and that it would give some distinction from their rule back in the ‘90s. Amidst the takeover, a lot were at stake, especially women’s rights. Although women are allowed to have their education, the classes must be segregated by gender. Secular classes wouldn’t be banned but there would be some modifications that the Talibans believe to renounce their faiths. Furthermore, they had also acknowledged women to be part of the lower ministerial level although there aren’t any at present. Of course, just like any other country, there are a lot of challenges that Afghanistan faces; brain drain, a loose economy, and corruption are just some of these. Albeit the new changes, some countries like China and Pakistan had already shown interest. Iran is also said to have improved ties with the Talibans. The U.S. seems to worry more about the ISK (a terrorist organization) whereas the Russians find that intervening would give them little to no gains at all. Truly, it is time that can only tell whether this Taliban rule would last. Considering all the terrible things that they had done in the past, it is no wonder that residents were in a rush to get out of the country. That may be the case for people who were triumphant in their escape, but the ones left behind are of more cause for concern. They would be the first-hand subjects of the regime, giving them no choice but to submit. This situation clearly tells us how lucky we are to have our democracy; our voices are heard, and our opinions matter. We know our rights and we practice them in utmost urgency in our everyday life. Being born to this kind of setup is something to be grateful upon, and thus something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. ONE TEXBTOOK AT A TIME Divers Alyce Roselle G. Panganiban Teachers have the power to change lives and positively impact those of their students, but only some can maximize the true potential of this power. Do you remember a particular teacher who believed in you, inspired you, helped you, and made you confident that you could succeed? Everyone has at least one teacher who they consider to be the most memorable, as they can make a world of difference in a student’s life. So in light of Teacher’s Month, let us celebrate what makes our teachers our very own superheroes. An educator’s patience will always be tested no matter the grade level they are teaching. Every day, they deal with students who each have their own unique struggles. For instance, students learn at different paces. They learn best when they feel comfortable and supported along their educational journey, and it is up to the teachers to ensure this. Our teachers have exhibited their patience through many ways which include letting us know that they are available after class for help and reiterating that we have the means of support if needed. As previously said, each student has their own unique struggles, and a key for teachers to engage with them and improve their learning is to be empathetic and understanding to what may be happening in their lives. These can affect the students’ learning experiences and even help make a connection with them. Our teachers seem to always keep this in mind as they face every day in their chosen profession with us as their students by paying close attention to ensure each of us are on the track we need to be. The world, the classroom, and the rate of information exchange continuously shift. Now, with in- classroom instruction replaced by distance learning, teachers and students alike must hone their adaptability and make some adjustments to cater the changes introduced. These can range from buying equipment such as computers, and even a large whiteboard to make teaching math easier at home, to adopting new teaching methods and styles so as to give the same quality of education while also coping with the major changes Reali brought by the pandemic. Having willingness to engage in lifelong learning whether it be going back to school for a master’s degree or reading books and articles about their field, is what our teachers have demonstrated many times. They understand that the future of learning depends on educators who are willing to learn as well as teach. They can also be good listeners as there is often something you can learn from everyone you encounter, including students. The world of education is interactive, and this means that listening is half of the equation. The significance of celebrating Teachers’ Month lies in being one of the ways for us to show our gratitude to our teachers. Our life and future are greatly dictated by our educational experiences, so it is only right to give them the recognition they deserve, especially for all their hard work and of course, all the good memories we have collected with them over the years. Let us thank them for the lessons they left behind and those they have yet to share. To our teachers, may you further continue to cultivate a love of learning in us and in the generations to come. Lead us to the future, one textbook at a time. Sedrick Mar

METON THE STEPS OF THE Alyce Roselle G. Panganiban The day has come for grand entrances and over-the-top looks to grace the red carpet once again. Every year, the celebration for ‘The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit’ or more commonly known as the ‘Met Gala’ never goes unnoticed. With this year’s theme: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” 2021’s much-anticipated Met Gala doesn’t let postponement from its usual date in early May get in its way. As a center for extravagance, this one awaited day in fashion wowed audiences all over the world. With that said, art has always served as a vehicle for stories to come to life, so for those on the 2021 Met Gala red carpet, what could be the stories behind their looks? Rihanna The most hotly anticipated guest of the evening, Rihanna, made her entrance donning an all-black Balenciaga oversized coat and matching hat. When asked about the inspiration behind her look, she said, “I wanted a look that seemed very powerful, yet feminine, yet like a black hoodie, which is usually the thing that we are incriminated by as black people.” Billie Eilish An Old Hollywood glam-inspired Oscar de la Renta gown with a 15-foot train and tons of glittering Cartier jewelry completed the look of singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. She told Vogue Livestream host Keke Palmer on the steps that she finally felt comfortable enough in her skin to pull something like this off. Lil Nas X Rapper Lil Nas X took the outfit reveals to the next level with not one, but three looks altogether. His gold cape with intricate embroidery came off to reveal head-to-toe golden armor with Versace’s Medusa medallion on his chest, and finally, a black-and- gold crystal-encrusted bodysuit in Versace’s signature print. He told reporters that the transformational look was a metaphor for him coming out of his shell this year. Kendall Jenner Drawing inspiration from a frock that Audrey Hepburn wore in My Fair Lady, creative director Matt Williams put a supermodel- worthy spin on it from which Kendall Jenner’s translucent mesh Givenchy gown was born. Amanda Gorman With over 3,000 hand-sewn crystals, American poet Amanda Gorman’s royal blue Vera Wang dress looked as brilliant as the night sky. She told Palmer on the steps, “I really wanted to lean into the spirit of the Statue of Liberty.” Timothée Chalamet For actor Timothée Chalamet who wore a full white ensemble with a satin tuxedo top, Cartier broach, and the most casual footwear choice: Converse, it was inspired by “the wonderful clash of uptown and downtown cultures” in America, said Designer Haider Ackermann. Yara Shahidi For Yara Shahidi who went with a custom Christian Dior gown and elbow-length gloves with a hefty diamond choker, thin belt, and gauzy train for her Met Gala look, she was inspired by Josephine Baker, a boundary-breaking American-French entertainer in the 1920s and ’30s. Naomi Osaka Tennis pro Naomi Osaka graced the red carpet with a colorful Louis Vuitton number that she, her artist sister Mari, and LV creative director Nicolas Ghesquière collaborated on as a nod to her Japanese heritage. As shown by these celebrities and icons on the 2021 Met Gala red carpet, there is a variety of things which art can draw inspiration from. From personal reasons or realizations to topics that bring an impact to numerous people, these looks are worth the attention they receive no matter the inspiration. They knew that art could elicit different emotions from audiences all over the world and thus, used this to their advantage. So, on the steps of the Met, they showcased not just clothing, but wearable works of art. Colonial Root to Evangelical Pursuit Avi Breindelle T. Ibon “Yet despite all that pain and devastation, you continued to carry the cross and to keep walking. You suffered greatly, but also got up, time and time again. Keep working, rebuilding, and helping one another like good Cyreneans.” Pope Francis included this in his message for the Filipino-Christian community on the 14th of March 2021, to celebrate the quincentennial commemoration of Christianity in the Philippines. To mark the beginning of the said celebration, Jubilee doors were also opened across the country. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) who has been preparing for the event during the past nine years, chose the theme, “Gifted to Give”, a phrase from Matthew 10:8, and also the logo, which features the work of the national artist, Fernando Amorsolo: The First Baptism in the sified Philippines. The logo is composed of a cross, a ship, the Holy Rosary, and a fish also known as the Ichthus which signifies Jesus Christ and Christianity. The cross represents salvation whereas the ship stands for the expedition done by the Europeans. The blue beads below the ship represent the holy rosary and the Philippines’ devotion to the Virgin Mary. The yellow sun in the background symbolizes the new beginning and the Risen Christ, the hope for our salvation. Underneath, red symbolizes the blood of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the name of God. Overall, the color scheme of the logo mirrors the colors of the Philippine flag. The history of Christianity and Catholicism can be traced back to March 16, 1521, as Ferdinand Magellan and his crew arrived in Homonhon Island in Samar after their expedition. They spent a few days staying at the said island before heading to Limasawa Island in Leyte, wherein the first-ever Eucharistic celebration in the Philippines took place. In the same year, the first baptism occurred in Cebu and was led by the Rajah and his wife, the Hara. This was followed by the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, along with the Augustinians and other groups of friars, who were the first missionaries that arrived in different but consecutive years. The Spaniards took this opportunity to colonize the Philippines with their vision of spreading Christianity across the country. The following years marked more important events for Christianity as it flourished in the Philippines. In 1571, Legazpi was able to successfully conquer Manila. Archdioceses, cathedrals, and churches were built in the same year. Many Filipinos were baptized and were given names from the Bible. At this point, local communities were slowly adapting to the strict yet progressive regulations and happenings around them. Aside from the community, the education system of the Philippines was evolving and developing as well. Many notable universities and institutions of today were founded at that time. The Royal and Pontifical University of the Philippines, now commonly known as the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, was considered as the first Catholic university in Asia. It was followed by the founding of the other notable institutions such as Colegio de San Juan de Letrán, Colegio de Santa Isabel, and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), previously known as Escuela Municipal de Manila, which was founded by the Society of Jesuits. Meanwhile, some Filipinos were recognized for their prominence in holiness and martyrdom. St. Lorenzo Ruiz, hailing from Tondo, Manila became the first Filipino saint who was martyred in 1637 in Nagasaki, Japan, and was canonized in February 1981. St. ities Pedro Calungsod, on the other hand, is a catechist from Cebu who died at the young age of 17 during his missionary work in Guam. Because of this, he was canonized in October 2012, making him the second Filipino saint. In addition to these, Jorge Barlin, Gabriel Reyes, and Rufino Santos were the first Filipino priests to be officially declared as bishop, archbishop, and cardinal respectively. From merely adjusting and blending into standing out from the crowd, Filipinos, back then until now, showcased resiliency and perseverance for faith and evangelization in the age of slavery and discrimination during the Spanish colonial era. There is no doubt that Filipinos are blessed with unconditional gifts of hope and faith. Such faith that was discovered through European explorers from their voyage 500 years ago was able to amalgamate more than 85 million Filipinos across the globe right now. Even in times of adversity, the preparations for the said event were continuous not just here in the Philippines but also for the Filipino-Christian immigrants all over the world. This commemoration of the history of Christianity does not only transcend our colonial roots but it also reflects the progress done through the decades and how far we’ve become as bearers of the Word of God. Drawing back from 1521 up until 2021, Christianity greatly affected not just the history, but also the culture and identity of the Filipinos at present. As time passed by, the doctrine and teachings of the Catholic Church shaped our values, morals, and perspective in life which were tested, especially in this time of health crisis that we are in. Nevertheless, the Filipinos were able to continuously ru Gutierrez maintain and strengthen the faith that grew from our colonial roots and now, flourished by the spirit of evangelization.

10 LITERATURE SPRING The cold sea breeze, the deep blue sea, how I wish I could see and feel them again. The feeling of looking in the vast sea and feeling nothing but “Spring Day” calmness, peacefulness, and happiness. The white sand beach, the people’s Alizzandra Jane P. Ilagan laughs, giggles, and smiles, I want to see and hear them all again. How children play and throw water to each other, how me and my family will try to make Suffering the aftermath of yesterday’s change Crying and whining of people, it must be free sandcastles together by the shore, how we all scream while riding speed boats, The consequences we’re facing are indeed strange banana boats, and the like because we are enjoying the moment, I miss it all. Wake me up when it’s back on how it used to be Don’t you miss it? Hanging out with your friends, window shopping in The sun is waking me up as it shines brightly malls, going on road trips, attending birthday parties, and a lot more; I’m sure Another day with a smile plastered on my lips Bunch of Daffodils dancing as wind strikes smoothly you do, we all do. Most of us, if not all, used to be free. Free of doing things, the Its timeless beauty, the only thing I perceive good and memorable ones. We were all used to living the normal life, but then suddenly, the malls were closed, schools were closed, everything was shut down. Underneath the sun, the waving green leaves of trees Loud roaring of animals along the jungle It seems like our normal life was suddenly paused and everything changed, instantly. All of us were trapped inside, eager to see, wanting to break in but River flowing from rock bottom with cold air breeze Hanging on branch, climbing are group of winkle keeping the patience for better days to come. Fresh fragrance from bunch of roses when you pass by It’s been two years, almost three since we last experienced the things we Mesmerized by its undeniable vision normally do outside. Although some of us can already go outside and most of Tweeting sound of birds flying along the clear sky the places in our country can already accommodate a limited amount of people, Beginning of joy and bountiful creation some of us can’t because of age, and most of us are still scared to go out because we don’t know what can happen. In doing the things that we want, there is still this lingering fear and worry. Despite all of this, we should all think positively and pray that everything will be back to how it was, normal. We should all be hopeful that one day, we may have been trapped for years, but what’s important is that we made it safe. Sure, many lives have been taken because of this cruel phenomenon that befell upon us, but we should all walk and live forward for our loved ones who have passed and do our best to live for them. Now, let’s all look forward to experiencing the summer that we have lost, and enjoy every moment of it, just like we used to. “Missing Summer” Aizell Barbosa SUMMER There once was a young prince in a land of ice and snow. The young prince Fall is cheerful and loved by all, royalty, and commoners alike. The Kingdom has always been on ice but it is peaceful and prosperous. But then, an illness was brought upon \"Alab ng Pangarap\" the Queen. Every medicine known to man was brought to the queen, yet nothing can cure her, and time was running short. The king was going desperate, so he turned Anthea Mae Cometa to magic. The king ordered every philosopher and scholars in the kingdom to find a cure for the queen. After a long and tedious search, they soon learned about the ‘Sang yakap para sa katulad kong hikahos, Mother’s stone. A stone found in Mountain Grief and is said to be the only cure for Sa init ng dating senaryo, hikahos, the queen, but the journey is so dangerous that success is nigh achievable. Even so, Sa lamig ng inaasahang susunod the desperate king went out to find the stone but, after 3 long weeks, he did not return. The king’s absence and the queen’s illness turned the kingdom into disrepair. Dumating ang taglagas, aking panahon The young prince saw that without his parents, the kingdom would destroy itself, so he set it for him to continue the journey to Mountain Grief leaving the kingdom to his Sa patintero ako’y napagitnaan brother and sister. Nagdurugtong ng buhay at kamatayan Ngayong tumutulay sa lubid ng taning Seeking out the castle, the young prince set out to find the Mother’s stone. Parang dahong nanlalagas, tatangayin Thinking like his father and acting like his brother, the young prince throws away his child self and survives every danger that he encounters. Soon he found himself in the Nanlalanta na ang mga bulaklak ko foot of Mountain Grief, “No turning back now” he says to himself. As the young prince Mga bulaklak na puno ng pangarap trekked on the mountain, a mysterious fog enveloped his surroundings. A voice came upon him asking, “What do you so seek?”. “A cure for my ill mother” the prince said. Tumitiklop ang mga talulot nito “Come forth, and if you are worthy shall see what you seek”. With every strength and Pinagsarhan ako’t dumilim ang ulap courage, the young prince took a step forward, through the mist he saw the frozen body of his father. Then the voice once again spoke, “I am as strong as the strongest Ninais n’yong magsabi bago humayo lion, I am as weak as the weakest gazelle, with me you are you, without me you are Ngunit biglang naglaho’t bumitaw kayo them, what am I?” Thinking like his father, he says, “You are a king”, then a strong wind gushes over him and sweeps him off his feet. The young prince slams to the Kapalit ng biglaan ninyong paglisan ground, “Wrong”, the voice says. He stands up and thinks. “You’re a prince”, again the Ay pagtulo ng luhang kaliwa’t kanan young prince was swept off his feet and slams down on the ground. “Wrong again”, the voice repeated. Nanlaglag, mga sintang aking inibig Walang ni isang butas ang aking dibdib Almost defeated, the prince stood up and thought to himself. No matter what he says the prince could not find the answer. Sadness and despair washed Tila sa pag-abot ko’y ‘di mahagilap over the prince and then he thought of his mother. A fierce ruler, a mother and the Ihip ng takdang tadhana ang kaharap one that made him what he is today. So, the young prince answered, “The answer is mother” and suddenly the fog that once enveloped him dispersed and there in front Kung kaya ko’y pananatilihin kita of him stood the Mother’s Stone. The prince grabbed the stone and turned as his Kahit kolektahin pa mula sa lupa father thawed. They both hugged and went home together. Once the stone touched Ngunit isang araw ‘di na kita hanap the queen’s hand, she immediately sat up and was back to full health. The kingdom Tanggap ko nang wala na akong pangarap rejoiced for the king and queen had finally returned and they lived happily together. Tulad ng taglamig, puso ko’y nagyelo “Winter’s Prince” Dala ng iniwang bakanteng espasyo Ng mga pangarap na dati’y nagniningas WinterJoaquinDelaPena Naupos ang alab, bumitaw parehas

OPINION 11 Warriors fight, not with, fire Tolentinknows Piggybacking most of the public safety sector, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) had been steadfast in its duty to MIGUEL TOLENTINO ensure the safety of Filipino citizens from the dangers of fires, arsonists, accidents, medical related emergencies, up to the various calamities the country experiences so very often. Its strong foundation is inlaid upon saving lives before, during, and after national and local emergencies with great efficiency, professionalism, and most importantly, with huge regard to human lives. Similar to other law enforcement agencies, the fire service severely lacks the necessary equipment to augment their capabilities to ensure the safety of a nation from fires - only being outweighed by the courage, strength, and bravery of its personnel. Firefighters don’t just fight fires. What many people are unaware of are most firefighters are trained EMT’s – with medical emergencies nowadays accounting to the majority of all calls they respond to, like helping people get out of questionable (possibly stupid), life decisions, to saving someone’s life before and after excessive bodily harm. It is due to that fact that fires now are somewhat of a rare occurrence all because of the strong implementation and enforcement of the Fire Code of the Philippines and other related laws on commercial, residential, and government properties. A perfect display of the fire service’s commitment in preserving life. A commitment to be shook by someone who knows so little about them. September 10, 2021, according to the Presidential Communications Office (PCOO), President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the modernization BFP beginning a 10- year long modernization period alongside the procurement of more modern equipment that will help the agency to enhance their skills and capabilities in fire prevention and suppression, emergency and medical response, and disaster preparedness. With the BFP suffering from using 60-year-old firetrucks, lack of Personal Protective Equipment, fire- stations, and firefighters, this will be the first step in achieving a modern and efficient fire agency we can depend on that can ensure the safety of our nation – not until you read the fine prints. This law also permits active firefighters to use guns. Although as of now, you won’t see your common firefighter bearing arms in the line of duty, the fact itself of giving our live-saving agency a lethal option to do its ‘duties’ displays the administration’s obsession of using violence and force as its only two options when facing a situation where it demands the complete opposite. By putting retired generals to spearhead our COVID-19 response and now permitting firefighters to carry weapons, it is safe to say that President Duterte did not understand the assignment. According to Krissy Aguilar of The Inquirer, the president stated in a ceremony in Malacañang that these weapons are to “protect themselves to the many dangers they put themselves into” and “to only ward of threats and destruction of government properties.” I understand his justification, as a volunteer myself that worked closely with firefighters, I am aware of the various dangers that firefighters face when responding to a call. When the fire in Sta. Clara started, the risk involved is not just of fighting fires in proximity, but also the panicking crowd verbally and physically attacking them and trying to steal their hoses and equipment begging to prioritize their homes over the other. It is better when your house gets robbed 7 times than it to catch fire once which beseech us to understand when civilians often interfere with firefighting operations. This poses a great challenge to the firefighters involved and endangers the lives of countless civilians. Nevertheless, rowdy civilians which are moved by emotions trying to save their life’s works should not be subjected to the use of lethal force. When you allow people to carry guns, it won’t be there for display, at some point in time that weapon would be used, and it won’t be to “ward off threats” but to eliminate them which is the exact opposite of what our fire service is trying to do. What the president describes as warding off threats and protecting government properties must be reserved to armed law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP) or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). There is also a concern that firefighters would be at risk from lethal interactions with different crime syndicates or terrorist organizations when responding to incidents knowing well that firemen can and would fight back. In short, the agency striving to ensure the safety of Filipinos against fires, emergencies, and calamities should not in any shape or form perform acts that will endanger the very citizens it is trying to protect. A fire station had been alerted of a burning house a few kilometers away, the drive took longer than expected because motorists won’t give way for the firetruck. When they arrive at the scene, the whole house was engulfed in smoke due to the fire while the owners watch in dread as the firefighter sprays water at everything besides the already burned house; the damage done to the house is irreversible, the important thing is containing the fire, don’t let it spread. An unknown man approaches, punches and injures 1 of them while attempting to steal the hose. Meanwhile an unknown woman was live streaming, verbally assaulting the first responders. The best way to control a crowd is to educate them. The government must invest in educating the public about fire safety to avoid fires or the loss of life during a fire. Educate them about the basic things about firefighting for people to understand the things they do to be able to do their job as fast, safe, and as efficient as possible. Education will help the public do their part so that the fire service can do theirs. The BFP doesn’t need to lose public trust and neither does the people need to lose their life. Passing a law that will improve the life-saving capabilities of the BFP but at the same time allowing them to take said lives is ironic and unnecessary. The branch is not perfect but has maintained a reputation for integrity and selflessness. The public looks up at and trust firefighters because of the nature of their work. This trust was gained through countless sacrifices made in the process of dying to save people and property. People feel safe and respect firefighters but put a gun in the mix then you have every other armed law enforcement agency in the modern world, unpredictable and doubted by the public. Psyches Papilio 1972 : Teresa Claire Agtay Long story short It was 1972, and the Philippines fell from the pedestal, right down the rabbit hole--long story short, it was a bad time. It was how books, data, researches, news reports and records described the country when it fell under the Martial Law, enforced by the late President Ferdinand Marcos. It was a time of violence, torture, and human rights violation. But for some reason, it seems like the records and books dedicated to that part of our history are being ignored and opposed by many in today’s society as they insist that the 20-year long dictatorship of Marcos was actually a golden era. To them, the thousands of names documented as tortured and executed were nothing more than an exaggeration and another political party’s scheme .That screams danger-- and nobody seems to notice. The danger of history revisionism, whitewashing, gaslighting and attempt to justify wrongdoings and killing under Martial Law is yet to throw another daggers to unhealed wounds. This is no time to pick battles and to pick your own version of truth, and wait for it to pick you. An interview with Bongbong Marcos, the son of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who was deposed by EDSA people’s revolution in 1986, generated debate in September 2021 as he discussed martial law. The Martial Law Museum afterwards criticised the interview for “whitewashing” the crimes that occurred during this time period. Despite the fact that his claims about the Marcos having a military advantage during the 1986 people power revolution, accusations about the Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth being lies, and his father bringing the Philippines into the modern world were all contradicted by records and reports, the interview appears to have sparked support and following for the younger Marcos. Social media quickly exploded with accounts defending Bongbong Marcos’ claims and candidacy. Supporting someone is fine; however, denying the facts and dismissing the past is a smack in the face of the dictatorship’s victims. While historian Carl L. Becker stated that “every generation makes its own history,” we are not in the position to rewrite history in order to promote a candidate, or to believe a person’s version of truth without verifying whether it is true. According to Amnesty International’s record, from 1972 to 1981, around 3,240 people were killed, 70,000 were imprisoned, and 34,000 people were tortured. And while some debate that Marcos’ dictatorship is the golden era of the Philippines, it is important to note that in 1977, the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and GDP per capita both began to decline. The country’s GDP growth rate plummeted from a high of 8.9% in 1973 to a low of -7.3 percent in the last two years of the Marcos administration. According to economists, the Philippines has lost two decades of development as a result of this drop. These aren’t just statements or opinions; they’re facts backed up by proof, and it’s one of the country’s key moments that no one should overlook or forget. Unfortunately, books and compositions from reputable sources like news reports, scholarly, peer-reviewed papers, and researches were deemed “not credible” by Bongbong Marcos’ supporters since they allege they favor another political party. When asked why they support Marcos and provide evidence for their claims, they instead showed videos from an app. It is disappointing to read posts and comments saying that they don’t believe the contents of books and researches since it can be easily manipulated, when in fact it all undergoes series of verifications before publication.It’s aggravating to see the irony in their thinking, and it’s also disheartening to realize that some individuals don’t understand the need of accurate information and trustworthy sources. Misinformation, which stems from trusting the wrong source, is the source of gaslighting and white washing the history. The reason why the events of Martial Law have always been the talk of the town is that those who were responsible for the deaths and corruption at the time were denying what had happened rather than making amends for what had been lost. To add, if people continue to make the same mistake of accepting what was simply said by a person rather than investigating what actually happened and seeking enough evidence from credible sources, the problems of the past will not be truly resolved. At this time, where the media can be easily manipulated, it is important to have a strong awareness of our responsibility to know and spread the facts, so that we won’t be swayed by other people’s deception. What happened in the past was indeed a long story, however, isn’t it better if we recognize that the pen is now in our hands, and we’re writing the story of this moment? That at the end of the day, we have the power to determine whether the future will regard our story as a bad time or not.

12 OPINION Ad Astra corruption was drastically diminished under his watch, though some would disagree. Under his watch, numerous government scandals MA. Kristine Dawal exploded like the PHP 15B PhilHealth fraud, and now, under the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, came the Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation scandal. PHARMALI The scandal started to unravel itself when the Commission on Audit flagged the Department of Health’s mismanagement of In the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the PHP 67 Billion allocated under Bayanihan 1 and 2 last August 2021. The public was enraged because of this outright corruption even his State of the Nation Address to Congress last though we are in a state of public health emergency. Due to the Filipino people’s uproar, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee spearheaded July 2018, he reiterated his stance on his war against by Senator Richard Gordon, started a Senate Investigation to extract answers from the different parties that were accused. corruption: “Time and again, I have stressed that Corruption is a very delicate thing to tackle. It taunts the image of every person who is working in the government, especially those corruption must stop. Corruption is like a leech that it who work with dignity and modesty. The Filipinos are sick and have grown weary of the endless corruption in our country. We don’t have bleeds the government of funds programmed for its a desire to live with corruption and the sorrow that comes with it; millions of downtrodden individuals are willing and able to work but infrastructure and other social development projects. It unable to find an employer in the job market. We have an ideal solution, which would be by electing competent and honest officials in our saps the morale or the morale of dedicated and honest country. To quote the 40th US President Ronald Reagan’s words, “Government is not the solution to our problem, the government is the government workers.” problem.” Let us work together in forging a new path towards a brighter and better country by choosing the right leader in the upcoming election this 2022. This statement made by the Chief Executive is not unfamiliar to the Filipino people. He has always stated One example of this said corruption is the issue of the Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation in 2019 that was allegedly had no that he will not tolerate dishonesty and if there was even a sales of their medical products and was buried with a net loss of PHP 25,550. But their sales skyrocketed in 2020 as the pandemic started. whiff of corruption among his friends, he shall expel them It was said that Pharmally is overpricing their products, unlike the other brands, making it to PHP 7.5 billion pesos. Due to no “track record” immediately without hesitation. He even flaunted that of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), “Several lawmakers said the goods sold by Pharmally to DBM were overpriced,” said ABS-CBN news’ article. This issue can be a big problem since we are already suffering in this pandemic and doing these unfair transactions will soon lead to the country’s own destruction if not prevented immediately. Given the statement above, the scandal about the missing PHP 67 Billion or the mismanagement of the Department of Health sure did gave a big impact on the citizens of our country, making them lose trust in the government. I did too because where did all that money go after a few donations? This scandal gave not only our country trust issues but including the other countries from the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFWs) thinking where did the nation’s money go. As a student who ought to become a better citizen, I want the best for my own country and therefore I will choose wisely in choosing both credible and responsible candidates for the election this coming 2022 to hopefully, lessen the cases of corruption and overpriced goods. Not only in the medical field but including the other field of goods and services as well. Marietes STAYING '5 FEET APART' Julianna Marie De Chavez “One foot, I don’t mind stealing that back,” said a teary-eyed Stella from the movie ‘5 Feet apart.’ Stella, a 17-year-old girl, lives with cystic fibrosis. As a precaution, she must always distance herself from other people with a minimum of six feet. Simple things such as going to school, socializing and most of all, experiencing the daily encounters of life would always remain a fantasy for her. If given some thought, one would realize that her situation speaks for every one of us at the present; the virus had forced us to isolate ourselves in order to mitigate the so-called virus. The only difference between us and her is that we have an option to eliminate the distance the pandemic had created – and that would be through the vaccines. More than a year and a half to the pandemic, Covid-19 proves to us that it is here to stay. Cases still surge, hospitalizations still occur, and lives are still claimed. Eradication of the virus would be a total delusion considering its highly transmissible nature. But as said earlier, we do have the weapon to fight back, however, despite its availability and accessibility to the public, many still choose to overlook the opportunity of vaccination. According to PNA, the turnout was lower than expected – meaning that the projections the government had expected weren't met. As you may have guessed already, the prime factor behind this would be vaccine hesitancy. As defined by World Health Organization (WHO), it is the delay in the acceptance of the vaccines despite having the means to get it. Failure to administer the vaccine in the shortest time possible could lead to the worst-case scenario, and that would be the emergence of deadlier, more aggressive variants. The world had already seen multiple surges of cases throughout the year driven by the new genetic variances of the disease, and it would surely see more as long as herd immunity isn’t reached. Vaccine hesitancy stems from reasons such as the fear of side effects and also from the recent dengue vaccine controversy back in 2016. But to tell you, the vaccine had gone through a lot of trials before being released to the public. It has gone through different phases wherein data is carefully collected and studied. Locally, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also confirmed that the benefits of getting inoculated outweighs the risk. In addition, it is also important to first consult your doctor, especially if you have an underlying condition. Determining your eligibility would contribute a lot in decision-making with regards to this matter. To Face the Sail Some people tend to argue the phrase, ‘my body, my choice.’ The right to make decisions for ourselves is intangible but also to a certain extent. It doesn’t mean that when you aren’t disobeying the law or harming anyone, you don’t hold responsibility anymore. Bear in mind They say learning is like setting across an open ocean, we can't see our goal point when sailing, that getting vaccinated goes a long way; you aren’t only protecting yourself, but also the however we have to have faith that there will be an end point eventually if we stay on track. What person you are close to. According to a study of Center for Infectious Disease Research and makes sailing better is actually knowing that you are not alone, and is journeying with other people Policy (CIDRAP), the vaccines’ effectiveness against transmission is 71%. This would be a huge as you learn and interact with them. However, two years within the pandemic has forced us to benefit for people with compromised immune systems such as the ill and also the older end sail alone in an unsteady raft and sail our way through online learning where the destination has of the populace as they are at more risk than an average person. become increasingly blurry with the uncertainties and anxieties brought by the pandemic. With the Philippines being the last country in the world to reopen schools for face to face classes since the In drawing to a close, we now all know why getting yourself vaccinated is of the utmost World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic in March 2020, and with too many children necessity. Hospitalizations, mortality rate and new surges would cease and the gradual return falling behind in their education, implementation of face to face classes must be carried out in the to the pre-pandemic scene would be achieved. Not only that, the vaccination program would following year. But as much as the country wants it to be implemented as soon as possible in early also help our economy to bounce back; meaning that more oportunities could open or people 2022, the best measures must be put in place to ensure the health of both learners and educators with regards to jobs. But as for now, the focus would be on reaching the threshold needed. before face to face classes can be enforced, so it is actually more ideal to implement it in late 2022 We must bear in mind to get the jab when we have the chance. Get vaccinated, be one of the or at the start of another school year instead. proponents for the return to normalcy and also in getting rid of being ‘5 feet apart’. Starting last November 2021, the Department of Education had created a pilot program of face to face classes that was intended to finish on January 31, 2022, so that health officials could assess whether the agency could begin the expansion phase right away. Having Filipino students fall behind in terms of education owing to on-going face to face sessions, which generated several difficulties and challenges for the learners, will have an immediate impact on our country's progress. Face-to-face classes, if not evident to each student, is the best option for learning as it gives a student the proper mindset and the proper environment to learn from. By attending school, wearing uniforms, and interacting with other students, learners would feel more studious. Though it is more psychological, it is still the most proper option for learning. Even though there is competition, learning in a face to face class is more healthier and motivating than learning online, where all you have is yourself, and it can be stressful to perform things alone and feel helpless at times. In addition, for levels that are in their formative years, online or blended learning necessitates more parental involvement in their children's education which is a concern for low-income families with parents who have minimal education or who must work outside the home. The country has now vaccinated at least 40% of its population, and the number of people who have received vaccinations is expected to rise in the coming months. Boosters are also being distributed at this time.People should learn to live with the virus, as over two years have passed, and this includes overcoming hurdles in delivering quality education for everybody, particularly those entering higher levels of education such as college. As they prepare for their future employment, students will need to retrain their minds for real-world settings. As of now, it is visible that educational institutions need more time to prepare and be ready to cater students while also ensuring the safety and the welfare of each student and their family at home. Besides, only those who are 12 years old are allowed to take the vaccines so students below this age will be put to a much higher risk, if ever face to face classes will be held in early 2022. Although the Food and Drug Administration has stated that minors under the age of 12 may not have to wait until 2022 for their COVID-19 shots, allocating the first half of the year to ensuring the safety and adequate preparation for the children and school in general, will be better so that we can confidently open schools for the following school year in the second half of 2022. It is truly understandable that face to face classes should be implemented as soon as possible because there are real advantages of it that cannot be replicated by an online approach of learning. A face to face learning would also bring favor in terms of learning that cannot occur in an online/modular learning. But with other occurring factors and challenges, a sudden implementation of a face to face learning would be a major risk, especially with the emergence of a new variant of concern. Education and learning may be a priority but health and welfare should be the utmost priority amidst the pandemic that we are still into as of this moment. We can't compromise our anchors to get a whole set of paddles while sailing with the pandemic going on. We can't afford to be complacent, so studying and assisting other learners while we wait for the proper moment to sail with others is the very least we can do.




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