Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DepEd launches 'Puno ng Bayan'

“Blessed is the house upon whose walls the shade of an old tree gently fall”.

This quotation is from Ruskin Bond. In this adage the speaker shares the thoughts of his grandmother who was of the opinion that the house that has trees around is blessed. For this purpose he planted a tree which is six months old and is growing fast. He believes that in six years time the tree would grow and give shade so that his house will also be blessed.

What is the state of the world without the trees? Barren and brown, unblessed and uninhabited. Trees add color and breath to ecosystem. It is the earth’s source of life. Metaphorically, the trees are the songs of God and the flowers are His laughter. Trees in the modern world are sometimes forgotten and neglected. Humans overuse the demand for trees but do not plan to replace what they had consumed. What will our future become if all the trees of the present would soon vanish in the future because of human’s over consumption and wanton destruction of them.

This idea caught the attention of the Local Government of Carmona headed by Municipal Mayor Dahlia A. Loyola in support to the national program for a greener Philippines dubbed as “Puno ng Bayan” which aims to replant trees and tap the support on inter-agencies in the locality to do the same. And in response to this, the District of Carmona headed by the District Supervisor, Dr. Editha M. Atendido, initiated the kick-off program at Brgy. Lantic, Carmona,Cavite last July 29, 2011.
The more than 200 teachers were able to plant each a tree seedling on a vacant lot near the river bank of Prinsa, in the said barangay. This activity will be followed by another series of tree planting activities to be done by these teachers from the nine public elementary schools in the municipality. Each teacher must plant at least 10 tree seedlings before the month of November this year. They will be given a Puno ng Bayan Verification Card by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) headed by Mr. Rommel Peneyra. In this card, they will record the data on how many trees they have planted so far.

The world and its inhabitants are blessed to have trees and plants. Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet.

Still, trees are essential to life as we know it and we are the ground troops on an environmental frontline. Our existing forest and the trees we plant work in tandem to make a better world.

Based on research, below are the reasons why trees are important for us.

Trees Produce Oxygen

Let's face it; we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don't realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breathe.

Trees Clean the Soil

The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

Trees Control Noise Pollution

Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, can abate major noises from freeways and airports.

Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff

Flash flooding can be dramatically reduced by a forest or by planting trees. One Colorado blue spruce, either planted or growing wild, can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown. Underground water-holding aquifers are recharged with this slowing down of water runoff.

Trees Are Carbon Sinks

To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in the wood, roots and leaves. Carbon dioxide is a global warming suspect. A forest is a carbon storage area or a "sink" that can lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process "stores" carbon as wood and not as an available "greenhouse" gas.

Trees Clean the Air

Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Colorful And Enchanting Manila Ocean Park Experience Slideshow

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Manila Ocean Park, A Place to Behold

I am an Air. In the Chinese astrology of the four elements of the Earth, I belong to that group. And I believe it's true. Air according to their elaborations symbolizes mental processes, language, intellect, reason, human communication and social relationships. Air signs provide the ideas that make things happen.An air person has many ideas to share. He may lack grounding, however, and tries to do too many things at once.

And as an air element, I love water very much. Air literally can bend water and together they can build characters, events and phenomena. That's why I was totally ecstatic when I visited Manila Ocean Park yesterday.

The place is an arrangement of spectacular marine life sequenced from the shoreline scenery going to the deepest abyss of the ocean. These were done creatively to help both young and old visitors to understand fully the living things in the water world. It is a world class sight which will really fascinate everyone. The amenities are expensively created and furnished.

Hope you could visit the place too so you could say that we humans are very fortunate enough to see those wonders in the oceans which are magnificently created by God for us to take care of.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Maduya ES grabs three District ICT Contest awards

Maduya Elementary School (MADES) garnered three awards in the recently concluded District ICT Competition coinciding the ICT Month Celebration held at Mabuhay Elem. School in Carmona, Cavite, July 1.

With the theme: Digitally Empowered Philippines, three pupils of MADES got the following awards: first place in Powerpoint Presentation, second in Adobe Pagemaker and third in ICT Jingle Contest. Their coaches were Miss Emelyn Malabanan, Miss Katrina Bayson and Miss Areane Mamauag.
Present during the event were Dr. Elias A. Alicaya Jr., division supervisor in ICT and Dr. Editha M. Atendido, the district supervisor. Eight school administrators were also present during the said activity namely Mrs. Felicidad Aure of Bancal ES; Mrs. Wilhelmina L. Magboo of Milagrosa ES, Mrs. Florpina B. Galay of Milagrosa West ES, Mrs. Hermenigilda Lisano of P. Matanda ES, Mrs. Jean J. Tolentino of Mabuhay ES, Mrs. Eroliza E. Rogacion of C. Baybay ES, Mr. Noel S. Ortega of Maduya ES and Mrs Gina Minardo of Lantic ES.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

ROHM Semiconductors holds Poster Making Tilt to MADES Kids

Artistically talented pupils of Maduya Elementary School in Carmona, Cavite received cash prizes when they were adjudged winners in Poster Making Contest held by ROHM Semiconductor Philippines which is located in Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite, June 30, 2011.
With an environmental theme winners were judged by personnel from the said company who visited the school during the said awarding day prepared by the school.
Three top winner received each P1,500 for the top winner and P1000 for the two runners up. Gifts were also awarded to non winners.
The occasion was also graced by the barangay captain of Barangay Maduya.
ROHM Semiconductors further promised to donate another set of materials like television sets, dvd player and other educational materials by next month.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Division Executive Meeting hosted at San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park by Carmona

Carmona, Cavite - All roads led to this town as all district supervisors, secondary school principals, division subject area supervisors, assistant schools division superintendent, schools division superintendent and other division personnel convened at San lazaro Leisure and Business Park, June 29, 2011 for the monthly Division Executive Meeting.
Congressman Roy M. Loyola of the 5th district of Cavite and Mayor Dahlia A. Loyola graced the opening program to welcome all the participants of the event. They were well-applauded as the delegates were pampered in that said place through the initiative and finance of the two elected executives from Carmona.

Carmona Workforce: (from left) Mrs. Herminigilda Lizano, principal of Paligawan Matanda ES;
Mrs. Wilhelmina Magboo, Milagrosa ES; Dr. Manuela Tolentino, division preschool and SPED
supervisor and mother supervisor of Carmona; Dr. Editha Atendido, Carmona district supervisor;
Miss Amelita Buenavente, Carmona ES; Mrs. Jean Tolentino, Mabuhay ES; Mrs. Gina Minardo, Lantic ES
and Mr. Noel Ortega, Maduya ES.

Dr. Yolanda V. Carpina showed her elation for the warm welcome and accommodation showed by Cong. Loyola and Mayor Loyola. On the other hand, the division superintendent also expressed her gratitude to Dr, Editha M. Atendido, Carmona District Supervisor and Mr. Jovito S. Mercado, Principal of Carmona National High School for leg working during the said event.

All the school administrators of the nine elementary schools in Carmona were also present to show their support, cooperation and services being the host district.

Important agenda were tackled by each subject area supervisor and relevant issues were discussed especially during the part of Dr. Linda G. Bayas, the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent and of Dr. Carpina.

The attentive and eager participants from the 27 districts of Cavite.

The meeting was successfully done and all the participants were happy and contented with the convenience they have experience at the cozy place of San Lazaro.

After a day's painstaking work. The Carmona administrators posed at the center podium of San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park Second Balcony Level.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Introduction and Observation...

We attended a Monday Flag Raising Ceremony today at the Carmona Hon. Marciano Mapanoo Park. This is my very first attendance in this flag ceremony as a principal. The emcees introduced me to the public twice but I felt ashamed because she never mentioned the name of my district supervisor-being the head of the DepEd in the Municipality of Carmona. I just thought the lady emcee forgot to mention my district supervisor's name since she is already known by many people since she is always attending the flag raising activity every morning.
I just shared this observation for the record....
Coinciding the flag raising ceremonies is the intermission number done by the select pupils from Bancal Elem. School who did a musical presentation imitated from the classical movie "The Sound of Music". They did the "Do Re Mi" song by Julie Andrews.

Friday, June 17, 2011

My South Korean Invasion: Arirang,Graduation Day and Endless Memories

Days have passed so quickly, we didn’t notice that the ten-days of feast and travel we were experiencing would soon be over. Despite this, we were still busy and excited like children who are anticipating a graduation day and we were also very eager to present to the Koreans our cultural dance, Cariñosa.

I photographed this toilet bowl set for the purpose of documentation and reminiscing. Me and my room mate Rod Pelina actually explored this stuff the very first night of our arrival because we really do not know it's operation since the characters in the buttons are also in Korean. We just experimentally pushed each button to find out the purpose of all of them.

Just like the other days, breakfast was served at 7:30 A.M. at the second floor of the hotel. As a proof of Korean health consciousness, non-fat and non-oily foods were always served with tea or coffee.

The breakfast was also shared with the other guests of the Hunsan Gunji House who became our new acquaintances. To mention some, we have met, Ema and Kelyn, two middle high school students from Idaho, USA. Ruchelle Baysan of Congressional NHS, who met them over breakfast yesterday, introduced them to us. They were with Dr. Stan Steiner, their mentor, also an American..

Another kind of delectable and spicy Kimchi

With Cielo, Eden and Coney.

With Melay, Ed and Cielo.

With Allan

With Michael

With lobby attendant, a very serious student OJT of CNU.

With Allan, Michael, Dr. Stan Steiner (center) and Rutchelle

At 8:30 A.M. we started to leave for the Information and Computing Center at Chonbuk National University. Another 25 minute-walk would always be making us fit everyday.

With Samol Nori Performers

Ms. Kim Eun-yeong (center) with other facilitators introducing to us our activities inside the auditorium.

The morning session was another one of a kind experience for us for we were filled with awe because of the high level performances of young Korean group waiting for us in the auditorium of the Computing Center. The group of performers was led by Ms. Kim Eun-yeong, the university’s music instructress. At first, Kim Hi Yen, a student from Woosuk University played a Korean Traditional Music through a traditional music instrument called Haegeum.
Kim Hi Yen while playing the Korean stringed instrument, haegeum which sounds like a violin.

The spectators

It was followed by Lee Chul Hong, a student from the same unive rsity who taught us Arirang, Jen do Arirang and Ganggangsullae, all Korean folk songs. Ruchelle was brave enough to show her singing prowess and sang Jendo Arirang with Chul Hong and in turn was given a couple of figurines by Ms. Kim, while me, the darling of the crowd had a chance to play Chul Hong’s Janggu.

Lee Chul Hong is playing the Janggu

I tried to play the janggu too.

I am playing haegeum.

With Kim Hi Yen

I am a star!

With Lee Chul Hong


What am I doing?

Everybody had a hard time pronouncing the Korean words but we really liked the folk songs for we were humming the tune involuntarily the whole day and the day after. The great and incomparable performance of the Samul Nori was played by the group of students led by Yu Seong Je. They underwent training under Ms. Kim Eun-yong. The world seemed to stop as the drums beat faster and faster while all of us seem breathless in deep admiration to each of the student playing in front of us.

With their leader Yu Seong Je.

Before their performances, Rutchelle and I talk to them because we did not know what they were going to do. They asked for some Philippine coins to their delight when we gave them.

Buk drum

Jing percussion

Janggu drum

Samul nori is a genre of traditional percussion music originating in Korea. The word samul means "four objects" and nori means "play". Samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments:Kkwaenggwari (a small gong), Jing (a larger gong), Janggu (an hourglass-shaped drum) and Buk (a barrel drum similar to the bass drum). The traditional Korean instruments are called pungmul.

kkwaenggwari percussion

Samul nori has its roots in nong-ak (literally "farmers' music"), a Korean folk genre comprising music, acrobatics, folk dance, and rituals, which was traditionally performed in rice farming villages in order to ensure and to celebrate good harvests. Specifically, samul nori music derives from utdari pungmul (the gut, or shaman ceremony rhythm of the Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong provinces of South Korea), as well as the genres of Yeongnam folk music and Honam udo gut, combined with more contemporary improvisations, elaborations, and compositions. Such nong-ak is steeped in traditional animism and shamanism, but also shows influences from Korean Buddhism. While nong-ak often features the use of wind instruments, samul nori only features the aforementioned four percussion instruments.

Head banging is a part of their performance while beating the instrument.

"Take bow, the show is over," Madonna sings.

Each of the four instruments represents a different weather condition: the janggu represents rain, the kkwaenggwari thunder, the jing the sounds of the wind, and the buk clouds. The idea of yin and yang is also reflected in these instruments: the buk and janggu (leather) represent the sounds of the earth, while the jing and kkwaenggwari (metal) represent sounds of the heavens. Although generally performed indoors, as a staged genre, samul nori depicts the traditional Korean culture, an agricultural society rooted in the natural environment.[citation needed] Samul nori is characterized by strong, accented rhythms, vibrant body movements, and an energetic spirit.

They bow as a sign of gratitude.

After the performances, we had the opportunity to play the instruments with the guidance of the students. Each of us was eager to try the instruments and took photos with each student. We tried and played to our heart’s content. A group picture with the students followed. Time was running fast but the moments seemed to stop as we were having fun when we were taught how to interpret Ganggangsullae. The steps were not hard and we were able to do them with merriment. Some of us in return taught some Philippine folk dance steps to the Koreans. Everyone had real fun until it was time for our lunch which means another 30-minute walk.

He whispers, "You are a fashionista".

This boy beside me can play different instruments.

Beating the Jing.

This girl is teaching me the correct hold of the left janggu drum beater.

Playing the Janggu.

They also taught us some simple Ganggangsulae steps.

One of the trainees, Eden Diones teaches Lee Chul Hong the sway balance folk dance step.

Group picture with all of the Koreans.

Afternoon walk going to the restaurant using the "parasol". Gelay and a Korean volunteer.

Melay and me.

Every meal was like the Last Supper in serving. We were served with a big hamburger patty with some sweet and sour sauce and rice inside an egg omelet. After lunch, we were given ample time to buy extra bags and still some more pasalubong for our loved ones back home. Going to and fro of the restaurant was nothing at all since this was the last day of the long walk, we got used to it and we had so much to talk about.

Inside the restaurant while waiting for the food to be served.

The afternoon session was devoted to the continuation of the Namo Web Editor lesson under Ms. Kim Yeonseon who was truly very patient and approachable. She kept on checking if we were following on and patiently went back to the first step of the procedure every time some teachers couldn’t follow. Everyone could have had followed the whole procedure had the computers been friendly and programs ran well. Just like Cielito de Borja’s computer who was unfriendly that day so she was not able to follow the whole instruction well. A ten-minute break followed and we answered the evaluation questionnaires about the training.

Enjoying the lesson and posing with the camera.

I peeked at the adjacent computer room and saw this classroom scenario of the university. The teacher with modulated microphone sound is lecturing in front while the 40 plus students listen attentively and follow what the teacher is saying. Students are very discipline because you could never see anyone doing his own thing in the internet. Notably internet connections in many parts in Korea especially in the cities are very fast.

Another pose in my 'barong' suit with a Korean friend. He seems curious with my attire and asked me if he could have my rattan necklace. But another Korean already have asked it to have. I gave it to the latter. I gave him another necklace which I have bought in Davao before. Koreans are fond of me because they said I looked like the famous Korean actor which name I forgot to recall.

Then, Mr. Han Cheon Soo initiated the graduation ceremony under the interpretation of the instructor of the day. It was indeed a very simple graduation ceremony yet everyone was honored and in high spirits to receive his Certificate of Recognition and gifts from the Jeollabukdo’s Office of Education. It was also the time when the Governor through his representative handed the Memorandum of Agreement of another five-year extension of the ICT training program to the representative of Gov. Ayong Maliksi. As a sign of gratitude, we the teachers in leadership of Dr. Ely Alicaya, ES I, ICT and Mr. Ray Salazar, the provincial assessor, presented to them our gifts, Café Amadeo, dried mangoes and Philippine Souvenir shirts to the Officers of the Office of Education. The Mayor of Silang, Hon. Areng Poblete also sent a Plaque of Appreciation to the Governor of Jeollabukdo for his support in ICT to the Philippine Teachers. As a final number, we performed Cariñosa, the Philippine National Folk Dance. The Koreans were very pleased for it was the first time that the Cavite teachers performed a dance number.

Mr. Han Cheon Soo reading the Certificate of Completion.

Folk Dancing Carinosa with my partner Ms. Lorna Mendoza.

Our last group photo inside the Computing Center
We then boarded in the bus and headed to a castle-like Chinese restaurant for the closing ceremony. It was another feast with different courses of side dishes and the main menu, rice and egg omelet. We were also given a silk fan with the colors of the Korean Flag by Mr. Ho. Many officers from the Office of Education were present that night to witness the closing program. Mr. Ray Salazar, spoke in behalf of the group.

Pretty women and gorgeous men in barong walking down the street..

Going to the waiting bus..

High tech... everything is push-button and with monitor to see clearly the rear view of the bus...

Shiningly polished!

A castle-like restaurant, a special place for the queens and kings who will soon go back to their own poor country... (just kidding)

For everlasting friendship between the two countries and as a sign of enduring happiness Ms. Josephine Monzaga represented the group for the ceremonial toast of wine... She was blushing after it because the Korean soju is really warm inside and intoxicating.

The view of the castle at night.

It was already dark when the ceremony was over. The group boarded the bus again and went back to the Hunsan Gunji House. We took some photos at the lobby of the Gunji House once again.

With my room mate Rod Pelina.

With Allan Villa

With a Korean friend.

All star cast.

After changing Barongs to ordinary clothes, we met at the cafeteria on the second floor and had an open forum about our impression on each other and of the training. Unsurprisingly, everyone had the same impression, gratefulness to each other most especially to the Team Leader and Vice Team Leader who called the group, “The Perfect Group”. The title implied good camaraderie, intelligence, wholehearted participation and cooperation in everything that has been done before, during and would surely go on after the training. It was a perfect time for bonding! But the bonding didn’t stop there. Women went to Room 201, Ms. Vicky Manlugon and Emy Santiaguel’s room. They had girl chat and endless laughter until they shed tears of joy until 2:00 in the morning. And all were really, really happy and contented.