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Tamayo bags 2nd place in Essay Writing Contest by Recelyn A. Cruz

Mrs. Recelyn A. Cruz and Ronadie O. Tamayo

IBON Foundation Inc. in partnership with Alliance for Concerned Teachers (ACT) and the Department of Education conducted an Essay Writing and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest held in Ramon Magsaysay High School last November 29 in commemoration of the 150th birth anniver-

sary of Gat Andres Bonifacio, one of the great Filipino heroes. Luckily, Ronadie O. Tamayo, a Grade V-1 pupil won 2nd place in the Filipino Essay Writing Contest. Her masterpiece is entitled, “Edukasyon: Sandata sa Makabagong Supremo.” She brought home Php 5,000.00 as cash prize, a silver medal, a certificate and a plaque for the school. The main objective of the contest is to promote nationalism and nationalist economics among participants. The contest is free and open to all Grades 4 to 10 from both public and private elementary schools in Metro Manila as well

as to college students. Prior to that, under Team Category, Tamayo copped the championship in the 2nd InterSchool English Language Communication Tournament initiated by Elite Institute in coordination with the of British Council, toast Master International and DepEd- NCR held at SM Skydome, North EDSA, Quezon City last November 12. She received a cash prize of Php. 1,500.00, trophy, gold medal, gift coupon, a brand new tablet and certificate. The overwhelmed teachertrainer, Mrs. Recelyn A. Cruz also received certificate on both contest.

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one of the top ballerinas in her level. Most of her time outside of school, ballet and Girl Scouts has dominated. Chelsea has been a Girl Scout since 1st grade. At a very young age, she has been involved in a wide variety of charitable activities and community service, such as book drives, food donations, and the Saint Vincent De Paul bake sale at St. Bartolomew Church. The most significant is her Girl Scout troop adopting a poor family of their choice from New Brunswick. They provided them with clothes, toiletries and food. Chelsea received her Bronze Award by participating in the “Birthday in a Box” Foundation. She filled a box

Former MES principal, teachers and pupils pose after sorting the books donated by Ms. Chelsea Anne P. Pe Benito.

with all the necessary birthday supplies for a young boy or girl who could not afford one. In 2012, she received her Silver Award. Chelsea has evolved her participation from her own community to the bigger communities as the world. As proven by her choice of the Girl Scout Gold Award activity, she noticed that

16th top performing... Writers received awards in the 2013 Quezon City- Young Men’s Christian Association Inc. (YMCA), Crash Training and Search for Outstanding Young Writers held at Quirino Elementary School last October 18 with

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the theme, “Maximizing Youth’s Potential through Technological and Social Involvement.” The potential Journalists are Paul Angelo S. Posadas, 6th placePagsulat ng Pangulong Tudling; Ileanna Danielle A. Manzano -8th

most of the charitable activities done by people in New Jersey only benefit their own communities. She decided that her efforts should help people who really needed, people who live beyond her community such as the needy children in the Philippines. She wants to make sure she’s helping people who truly need help.

place; Florenena Jean B. Obejero, 8th place- Photojournalism and Angela Joy D. Talavera, 9th place- Pagsulat ng Balita, Mrs. Victoria R Mayo, Corporate Secretary, Chief, NCR Elementary School Supervisor graced the said occasion.


MES teachers attend National Convention by Rizalyn A. Apostol

More than 200 teachers from different schools attended the 23rd Annual National Convention and 2nd Seminar-Workshop on Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (ESP) sponsored by Pambansang Samahan para sa Edukasyon sa P a g p a pa h a l a g a Inc.(PSEP) at Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City last November 29 to December 1. Five of them were from Masambong Elementary School headed by Rizalyn A. Apostol, the Values Coordinator and the Values Taechers namely Mercedit a S. Cantere, Maricel L. Torregosa, Jinky D. Barquilla and Rowena M. Deocampo. With the theme, “Ang Unang Dalawang Taon ng ESP sa K-12 Curriculum: Isang Pagtataya” the participants were able to learn and enhance teacher’s capability of teaching the subject. The convention and seminar aims to gather feedback on the first 2 years of implementation of the ESP program in the K to 12 or Enhanced Basic Education Curriculum, to explore ways or possible solutions which will address issues arising from the initial implementation of the ESP program and enhance the capabilities of the ESP teachers in teaching the subject. The delegates gave positive feedbacks and assurance that they will be able to deliver the subject’s contents based on what they had learned from three-day seminar workshop.





MES cheers Farillas, Salazar as Miss UN 2013 by Christy D. Eclarino

Mary Grace L. Farillas, School Paper Co-Adviser was crowned Miss UN 2013 among the seven candidates in the teachers category. She represented Spain and wooed the judges and audience with her charm especially when she delivered her speech in Spanish. Princess A. Salazar, Grade III5 representing Peru bagged the title in the pupils’ category. The other winners for teachers’ category were Rebecca M. Diano as Ms. Panama, 1st runner-up and Rowena M. Deocampo as Ms. USA, 2nd runner-up. For the pupils’ category, Trixie F. Bargaso representing Bahamas, Rachel Ann R. Repuesto representing Philippines and Atasha Mae C. Maximo representing Taiwan were chosen Ms. Love, Ms. Unity and Ms. Peace respectively.

It’s been years since the last time MES celebrated UN Day. Mrs. Christy D. Eclarino, Dept. Head in HEKASI spearheaded the celebration. Her efforts were not in vain because the affair was considered the most colorful celebration of MES. Miss UN 2013 candidates ( Pupils’ category)

Miss UN 2013 candidates (teachers’ category) pose with the two principals, Mr. Pedro J. Nuestro and Mr. Juan Amormio D. Cabardo; District Supervisor, Mrs. Erlinda G. Bautista.

Ocampo retains post as SPTA Pres by John Allen V. Galdo SPTA officers for S.Y. 2013-2014

Roselle S. Ocampo captured the trust of the parents in her leadership as President of the School Parents-Teachers Association (SPTA) during the election last July 5. This is her second term as head of the association.

The other officers who were elected to work with her hand in hand are Annabelle B. Pacleb, Vice President; Clarita S. Frias, Secretary; Lisa Ann Rea V. Galdo, Treasurer; Laila E. Redillas, Auditor; Kaye I. Estacio, PRO; Lorna B. Cataluna, Busi-

ness Manager and Arnulfo B. Ogrimina, Sgt. At Arms. The members of the Board of Directors are Norabell Y. Lim, Lilia G. Bantillo and Jathelyn P. Leocadio from the parents’ sector while Divina P. Dela Rosa, Gloria A. Bilo and Julieta V. Monfero are

from the teachers’ sector. Ocampo and the other SPTA officers are active partners in the realization of its vision- mission to make MES a primer learning institution.





Din leads 400 graduates by Josefina L. Sanchez

by Angela Joy D. Talavera

When we were scared on our first day of school, their smiles reassured us that everything will be okay. They inspired us to write, to sing, to dance, to love learning. Their words, and sometimes even just their presence, soothed us whenever we had problems with friends, family, love or just about growing up. They were there to help us when were stuck with a Math problem or had trouble with our commas and tenses. They were the ones who recognized how special we are and encouraged us to fight for our dreams. They are or teachers. MES teachers celebrated World Teacher’s Day with a Thanksgiving Mass and a short program prepared by the pupils from different grade levels and the SPTA.

In the afternoon, the teachers conducted a pageant wherein they searched for the “Katangi- tanging Guro”. Luckily, Ms. Analyn R. Ramiro, a Grade III teacher, Mrs. Sally S. Cabangin of Grade IV and Mrs. Rowena D. Solomon, Kinder teacher grabbed the 1st place, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up respectively. The other teachers who participated in the said pageant were Mrs. Perla S. Gragasin of Grade I and Ms. Jinky D. Barquilla, a Grade VI teacher. Let’s honor the heroism, service and dedication of all teachers, not just on their special day but every day of the year. Because our teachersour heroes – deserve our respect, gratitude, kindness, prayers and support all year round.

Jeffrey Louis V. Din led the 400 graduates for the school year 2012-2013 in the graduation ceremonies held last March 19 at Masambong Elementary School ground. The graduation theme is “K to 12 Basic Education Program- Tungo sa Paghuhubog ng mga Makabagong Lider ng Bansa.” Din, a consistent honor pupil since kinder and Masambong Expose’ Managing Editor has also achieved various awards and titles like Academic Excellence Award given by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista; Public Service Excellence Award from the Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte; 1st place in Essay Writing Contest during Children’s Month Celebration;

2nd placer in the Gender and Development (GAD) Essay Writing Contest, Vocal Solo, MTAP DepEd Math Challenge (Individual Category),MTAP DepEd Challenge (Group Category); 3rd place in English Excellence Interschool’s Competition and 8th place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (YMCA). He also copped major awards like Best in English and Filipino; Mathematician, Scientist, Historian and Boy Scout of the Year. Din has the potential to be a Journalist particularly in Radio Broadcasting. He enjoyed being an anchor since he was in Grade IV. He has a well-modulated and powerful voice that made him grabbed the title as Best Anchor.

Grade VI ranks 16th in NAT by Maritess C. Cimanes

The Grade Six pupils brought honor to Masambong Elementary School when it made a big cap in the National Achievement Test (NAT) for the school year 2012- 2013. The school ranked 16th out of 98 schools. Dan Austin Verceles got the highest rating of 95.0%. The general average of the 399 Grade Six pupils who took the test was 75.56%. The outstanding achievement of the pupils is the fruit of the collaborative effort of the Grade Six teachers. Parallel questions to NAT in the learning areas were constructed. Likewise, rigid reviews in the afternoon, after regular classes and on Saturdays were conducted. Pupils’ attendance during review classes were also monitored by Mr. Pedro J. Nuestro, the school principal.





Re-discovering creativity in teaching by Mary Grace L. Farillas

Oh my...!

The Grade VI teachers show their creativity in performing pantomime.

Our world is now very much colonized with the different highend gadgets and we are living in a much technologically-oriented environment. It’s about time for the teachers to be adept with the latest teaching strategies and techniques to maintain the pupils’ interest to formally learn the

various lessons in all subject areas. The annual IN-Service Training of Masambong Elementary School Teachers was held last October 3 and 30. Mr. Henry Tenedero and Mr. Albert Saldajeno Jr. both international speakers from One

Nation Learning were invited to speak with the MES educators. Among the topics they discussed were the different ways on how teaching will be more creative which will surely prevent pupils’ boredom during the discussion. To give more emphasis on the creative way of teaching,

recorded. Watching the news on television, people in the areas that were hit the hardest by Yolanda, such as Leyte and Samar, were fighting for their

lives. We can only imagine how hard and painful it would be to lose everything especially a loved-one. The whole world mourned with us for the countless lives that were lost and came to our aid to help provide the immediate needs of our affected countrymen. Now is a time of prayer, faith, hope, and generosity. We must help those affected by typhoon Yolanda, to the best of our abilities, recover from the hardship they are suffering. Masambong Elementary School Community held a drive last November 18-22 for the victims of typhoon Yolanda. Teachers and students were encouraged to donate canned

by Angela Joy D. Talavera

Our country was hit hard by calamities and tragedies. And nobody is prepared to the typhoon like Yolanda- the strongest typhoon in the world ever

Saldajeno patiently demonstrated pantomime while teachers tried their best to learn the proper movements. Different learning styles were also given emphasis wherein teachers now better recognize the pupils’ different actions inside the classroom. On the other hand, “in order for the teachers to understand better the learners, to adapt with the pupils’ interest and to identify the best teaching strategies to be applied with the particular group learners, we, ourselves, should know whether we are analytic or global kind of person”, expressed Tenedero during his talk. We, as the second parents of these so-called “center of education” have different ideas, styles and innovations on how they can be surely have more satisfying learning experiences.

goods, rice, noodles, used clothing, bottled water as well as cash. The drive was successful and the accumulated donations were turned-over to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and Quezon City Public School Teachers Association, QCPSTA. To all students, teachers and parents, thank you so much for the generosity. No matter how big or small, hopefully our donations will help bring back the smiles in the faces of our countrymen. Their recovery will not be immediate and could possibly take years so we should continue helping them in any way we can.






POINT OF VIEW By John Allen V. Galdo



Lessons from pork barrel scam

MANAGING EDITOR Angela Joy D. Talavera NEWS EDITORS Shaira M. Nesle Ileana Danielle A. Manzano FEATURE EDITORS Rhea Mae B. Armenta Zophiea Beatrice V. Micua Rhea R. Salvoro SPORTS EDITOR Anna Kariz A. Derez CARTOONISTS Marianne C. Acierto Ron Emil E. Sigua

Filipinos rekindle bayanihan bpirit

PHOTO JOURNALISTS Florenena B. Obejero Angel Lynne A. Lopez CONTRIBUTORS David James B. Angeles Abigail G. Alarcon


If there is something good that can be alluded to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda with the destruction they brought to the country, it is the outpouring worldwide support and sympathy of people from all walks of life. The world saw how Filipinos help each other to rise and survive. Nowadays, we scarcely see Filipinos helping one another. We often hear on the radio, read on newspapers and see on TV about Pinoys taking advantage over each other. But a day after a powerful earthquake struck Bohol and Cebu provinces and superthyphoon Yolanda struck

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, The water tank located near MES gate supplies water to the whole school community. Since it was broken, the supply of water was limited. How we wish that it will be replaced as soon as possible. Thank you very much, Joana Allana and Joana Alleah V. Galdo

the eastern Philippine coast, Filipinos revived the spirit of “bayanihan”. Bayanihan is one of the unique virtues of Pinoys. It is helping a common cause without pay. The government officials, private groups and civilian volunteers have dug into their pockets to pool resources to help towns and cities devastated by these calamities. The devastation did not distinguish between the rich and poor. Usually in times like these, the rich ones help the poor ones. But not these tragedies. The poor and the rich are in the same boat. In the spirit of bayanihan, even those with nothing offer help.

Dear Allana and Alleah, Thank you for writing us. It’s truly brought discomfort to our school when the water tank that supply waters for our comfort rooms and lavatory was totally damaged. Our principal had made already a request from the office of the mayor of QC to assist us in finding solutions to this problem. Trully yours. The Editor

The Aquino administration’s battlecry, “Daang Matuwid” seems to have doomed since the scandal on pork barrel has come out. Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as authorized by Congress was believed to be used in projects that help alleviate poverty. Lately, it was found out that it was spent in all bogus projects that were funded by the senators’ pork barrel. The Disbursement Acceleration Fund (DAP) is worse than PDAF because it is not authorized by Congress. It has P72 billion savings in Department of Budget and Management (DBM). DAP, according to Budget secretary Florencio Abad, is meant to increase the government’s “absorptive capacity” (not spending the people’s money fast enough)to boost the economy. How then can it expand if it is distributed to lawmakers who are considered ‘big spenders’? It is saddening that the DAP money was not allotted to thousands of classrooms needed by students, hundreds of thousands of homes needed by the homeless and many kilometers of roads needed by people in the rural areas. We have learned that the government is very liberal in releasing funds and does not make sure where the money will go; that the DBM distributes millions of pesos as if it were centavos and that lawmakers treat people’s money as if it were their own to scatter here and there. It is a democratic country and we are free to do what we like, but the leaders need to serve as good role models through good governance. Philippine Daily Inquirer


PERSPECTIVE by Angela Joy D. Talavera





STRAIGHT FORWARD by Ileana Danielle A. Manzano

by David James B. Angeles

Change of school calendar

Global warming is a phenomenon wherein the ozone layer located high above the Earth’s atmosphere started to have an opening and is becoming bigger. The ozone layer protects the earth from absorbing too much heat from the sun. The sun’s heat is so intense such that, without the ozone layer, the earth will be subjected to be directly heated up by the sun, thereby raising the temperature levels everywhere. The protective ozone layer was destroyed and the hole is getting bigger because of mans destruction of nature like the burning of fossil fuel, wood, chemicals; the heavily polluted smoke coming from manufacturing plants and the destruction of forest. Warm ocean weather would also induce rains and storms in some regions of the earth and will cause draught into other regions. Abnormal weather condition disrupts normal human routine and destroys valuable human source of food. The aftermath would result in hunger and famine. The disasters brought by typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, the Habagat and the 7.2 magnitude quake that devastated Bohol and some areas of Cebu City; the typhoon- ravaged Yolanda in Leyte. These are all signs that man has not been a good steward of God’s creation. What have we done? Are these punishments? Global warming is now a global concern. We are part of the problem and also part of the solution. In our small ways, let us protect the ozone layer, our nature, the forest, our rivers and our surroundings. Let us take care of Mother Earth. Let us reduce and destroy pollutants. The small share that every individual would give will lessen the causes of global warming.

The passage of a bill moving the start of the school year from June to September earned varied reactions from the different sectors of society. Senator Franklin Drilon’s reason is the numerous suspensions of classes during harsh weather. Education authorities headed by Bro. Armin Luistro, Secretary of Education and climate experts led by Hilario Flaviano, Deputy Administrator for Research at the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) cited several factors such as cultural traditions, climate patterns and farm activities before the measure are passed. Stakeholders also view this move as impractical. Starting classes in September will cover the summer months. The Philippines is located in the Torrid Zone and during these months climate is very warm. Students most likely will have sore eyes, measles, boils

and chicken pox which may result to absenteeism. Suspension of classes and absences for a long time are just the same. The pupils miss their lessons. The Philippines has 2 types of climate. Areas in the western side experience rainy days from May to September while those in the eastern side experience rainy season from October to January. Therefore, schools on the eastern side would start classes on a rainy season. The success of our educational system does not lie on when classes should start but on the curriculum and how it is implemented. First and foremost, the curriculum should cater the needs of the students. The lessons they learned should a lifelong experience. It is not enough that they leave the school equipped with knowledge and skills but the most important is they have internalized the values as well.

Speak Up Your Mind by Anna Kariz A. Derez

A survey showing the effect on the advancement in technology to people • Due to the technological advancement, people are able to learn about new things every day. It is technology that has made our lives easier and much more efficient. • Technology should be restricted to certain limits, especially for growing children. Nowadays every child is addicted to either a tablet or smartphone. It is actually making people lazy. • Technology and invention make people more knowledgeable.

We can find so much information regarding so many topics on the internet. • Due to technology, people are now unable to spell or write words properly. Earlier, people needed to visit a library and read books to learn more and find more interesting facts. • Technology is meant to help and reduce the time we spend looking for something or make things convenient. It helps us to be smarter and does not dictate terms or rule over us.

Be responsible! We Filipinos are accustomed to typhoons that hit our country. We had tropical storm “Ondoy”, “Pepeng” and “Habagat” but nobody is prepared to a super typhoon like “Yolanda”. The destruction caused by Yolanda claimed thousands of people lives and destroyed billions of personal, commercial and agricultural properties. These calamities are already signs that climate change is here. How could we face it now when this nature’s wrath was compounded by man’s activities and failures? From the appliances and gadgets we use every day, the use of non-biodegradable materials, the smoke-belching vehicles and factories that release and contribute more of the greenhouse gases that make the atmosphere very warm. The improper disposal of garbage and the massive cutting down of trees. All of these practices contribute to the ailing Mother Nature. What we need is discipline. Avoid doing unfriendly practices to our environment. A candy wrapper or a piece of paper dropped anywhere when accumulated could trap the drainage and cause floods. Let us be responsible! Avoid littering. Think of alternative ways of preserving our nature’s resources and help avoid its destruction to make our country a better place to live on. Let us not wait for another “Yolanda” in our lives. Do not abuse nature as it needs to be preserved not just for today but for the next generation.





Meet another set of n up to the fast gr community. Here is who will serve as light and minds of t

ANALYN S. DE JESUS One of the Master Teachers I of MES possesses the commitment, dedication and love in teaching Grade I pupils. She graduated in Metro Manila College, Quezon City, with the Masteral Degree of Administration and Supervision in 2006.

GELINE L. LARE Master Teacher II of MES, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education at MATEC, now CAPSU or Capiz State University. She was then a Secondary School teacher in

RONEL H. DOLLANO Graduated at Veritas College of Irosim with the degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education. He worked as a field coordinator in leading supermarkets of Metro manila. He also worked in Taiwan as a writer bond operator. He came back to Manila and hired at National Statistic Office (NSO) under Legal Services Division for a year.

ANALYN S. R A graduate o the Philippine Science in In Computer Edu stitute teacher Elemntary Sch

SARAH H. ENANO Earned her college degree at Bicol University, College of Education. Her first assignment was in a far plunged area where she handled combination classes. She received her permanent status in Bulacan then she transferred to MES.

ROWENA D Formerly sta nicipality. S ementary E City.

RAYDA C. CABUS Graduated at the Philippine Normal University (Manila) with the Degree Bachelor of Elementary Education. She taught at the Miraculous Lady of Peace Academy and at Hope Christian Academy . She also rendered service at Pag-asa and San Antonio Elementary Schools as a substitute teacher.

MARY GRACE L. FARILLAS She graduated at Southern Luzon Polytechnic College in the Province of Quezon with the degree Bachelor of Elementary Education. She’s been in the field of teaching for 8 years wherein 3 years of these were spent teaching high school students in Thailand.

MA. TERESA She finished B cation at Philip handled Kind she’s one of t MES.

SHARLENE CENTENO She finished Bachelor of Elementary Education at the National Teachers’ College. She worked at Mustard Montessori School as a classroom teacher. She also worked at Campalingo Elementary School and transferred at MES.

RONALDO M. GACUSAN A Math teacher, hails from Candon, Ilocos Sur. He finished the degree of Bachelor in Elementary at the University of Northern Philippines.

MARICEL L. T She is a gradu of Technology teaching job. gree of Bache

Capiz Region and was fortunately hired and assigned as an Elementary School teacher here in Manila.

ROWENA DEOCAMPO She finished the degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education at Pangasinan State University College of Education in Bayambang, Pangasinan. She taught for 16 years as a preschool and Grade 1 teacher at Sto. Rosario Montessori School, Valenzuela City.

JANET C. MILANA She first finished Computer Secretarial before she took up Bachelor Elementary Education at the Philippine Normal University, Manila. She primarily taught computer subjects and T.L.E in a private school.



new, fresh-looking faces to add rowing population of MES s the “latest” batch of mentors ts and inspirations to the hearts the entire student body.


ARNOLD S. GOMEZ “We all have winning qualities but we also have weaknesses. If we claim it, own it and work on it, we can definitely make things work to our advantage and be the best version of ourselves”,Gomez quoted. He was a graduate Bachelor of Elementary Education and currently taking up Social Work.

ROSEANNE L. ALVAREZ She already had her teaching experiences at the Holy Rood Academy in Pangasinan and at Mines Elementary School before she became a permanent Kinder Teacher of MES. She graduated with the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education course at Pangasinan State University Bayambang Campus.

GRACE CHELLE O. PALANGGOY She graduated with the course Bachelor of Elementary Education at Cagayan State University, Sanchez Mira. To enhance her teaching competencies, she rendered her time as a volunteer Kinder teacher and served sa substitute teacher.

JAMAICA KRISTEL A. BARBOSA Alternative Learning System teacher, Graduated at the National Teachers College with the degree Bachelor in Elementary Education and currently taking up her MA degree Major in Filipino in the same school.

CLARIBEL M. RAGAS A proud graduate of MES. She finished the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education at the Philippine Normal University and at present handles Grade V Filipino classes.

D. SOLOMON aff of DSWD in Camiling Muhe finished Bachelor of Elducation at Camiling, Tarlac

JINKY D. BARQUILLA A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Lyceum of the Philippines, Intramuros, Manila. Her passion in teaching and love for children led her to be an educator. She taught at NAPICO Elementary School, Pasig City.

ANALYN R. RAMIRO She graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education at The National Teachers College. She spared her 6 years and 5 months in one of the Korean Institutions and is currently one of the newest members of the Grade III family.

A O. STA. TERESA Bachelor of Elementary Eduppine Normal University. She er pupils for 2 years and now the Grade 1 teachers here at

FELIPA KATHERINE A. BAYNOSA Presently supervising one of the Grade 1 classes. A graduate of Lyceum Northwestern University, Dagupan, Pangasinan with the degree Bachelor of Elementary Education.

ROSALES f Technological University of es with a Bachelor Degree of ndustrial Education major in ucation. She started as a subr in her alma mater, Balingasa hool.

TORREGOSA uate of Saint Joseph Institute y wherein she had her first She graduated with the Deelor in Elementary Education.

LAURENE I. DELA CRUZ A Cagayan State University of Sanchez Mira alumna who finished the Bachelor of Elementary Education degree found her luck to become part of MES family.

REBECCA M. DIANO Another Bachelor of Elementary Education holder and Pangasinan State University, Bayambang Campus alumna. Diano had already rendered her teaching expertise at Bethel Faith Christian Academy, Inc. and at St. Therese Private School.

MARK ROLAND N. RODRIGUEZ He acquired and finished his Bachelor in Elementary Education degree at the University of Caloocan City. He once proved his teaching efficiency at Maranatha Children`s Development Center and in East Manila Integrated School, as Mathematics teacher in Grade V.

ANTHONY TABUZO Another new Kinder teacher of MES who finished the Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Preschool at Our lady of Fatima University (Lagro). He formerly worked as a Math and Filipino teacher in Montessori School.

RHASMIE T. TOLENTINO One of the newest members of Grade 2 family and graduated at Cagayan State University, Sanchez Mira Campus. She was also once a volunteer Kinder teacher at Bidduang Elementary School.






Cabardo is MES new principal

by Elaine P. Flores

Sir Cabardo speaks before MES teachers during the IN-Service Training

Masambong Elementary School welcomed Mr. Juan Amormio D. Cabardo, the new principal last July 5. He was promoted as Principal III vice Mr. Pedro J. Nuestro, Principal IV, who was transferred to Diosdado P. Macapagal Elementary School.

Hailed from the city of Iloilo and born on January 24, 1971, he is happily married to Ms. Zenaida Ofelando who is also a mentor. They are blessed with three children namely: Hannah Hazel, 16; Princess Daffodelle, 13 and Eunice Lois, 12. Cabardo took up Bachelor in Elementary Education Degree at West Visayas State University. Inspired by Jose Rizal’s nationalism, his first masteral degree was Philippine History at the Philippine Normal University. Then, he took up his Master of Arts at Metro Manila College. He is working now on his doctoral degree at Philippine Women’s University. A dedicated and committed educator, he rose to the rank of principal at the age of 36.

Being one of the youngest principals, his education advocacies are: “Every child is genius” and “A school should be a center of life-long learning”. He believes that a successful life is all about service to God, duty to country and harmonious relationship with fellowmen. He lives a simple life and everything he does is in accordance with the words of God. Under his leadership, MES has undergone noteworthy improvements on the school physical facilities. He also introduced innovations to improve the academic performance of pupils as well as the teaching competencies of teachers. In his six months as MES head, the school won major awards in Sports, Journalism,

English, Filipino, Science and other competitions. With his dedication, the whole MES community is looking forward for the realization of the school’s vision.

Positive Discipline on call 2. PD builds on students' strengths. - This approach recognizes that every child has strengths, competencies and talents.

Classroom chaos happens left and right, and we are often tangled with ways on how to deal with it. Over and over, we end up with a discipline that is no more than scolding and hitting. So with today’s behavioral issues among our students, it is important to understand that effective teaching entails effective discipline. And the big question is, how do we do that? We, as duty bearers (in this sense, as teachers), have a lot to take and learn to be successful in helping out our students overcom-

ing challenges that comes along their way, for them to get motivated instead embracing moments of helplessness and frustration. One is what we call “Positive Discipline”. 1. PD is not just about children's behaviour. It applies to all aspects of their learning and all interactions among teachers, students and families. - This holistic approach to education recognizes that all aspects of children’s learning and development are interrelated.

3. PD builds students' selfesteem and confidence. - When children’s strengths are recognized, their motivation increases and thy view themselves as increasingly competent. 4. PD respects the diversity of students. - It is respectful of children’s individual differences and equal rights. 5. PD understands and addresses the roots of learning and behavioral difficulties. - Teachers are much more effective when they plan to help children succeed over the long

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term when they react to short term difficulties. 6. PD engages students in the learning process. - Students are motivated to learn when they feel engaged in the learning process. Positive discipline involves student participation in decision-making and respect for students’ viewpoints. Therefore I say, positive discipline, whether at home or in school, should be applied at all times. We, as parents, teachers or simply being adults must be respectful of children's dignity. It says that people have the right not to be hit....and children are people too. Let us not take them for granted or ignore the impact of what violence (in any form) could do them. There is more than scolding and hitting. There is positive discipline.





Plant healing powers

SELFIE surges social networking sites

by Shaira M. Nesle

Skin itchiness and allergies can lead to serious skin damage. If you itch and scratch, your skin will end up swollen and wounded. And this will cause infection and other skin diseases, so be careful not to scratch too much. If you feel itchiness on your skin due to insect bites or other causes, you may apply some of the herbal cures such as: a. kakawate leaves – Crush or chop leaves and get the juice. Apply the juice on the skin until the itchiness is gone.

by Rhea R. Salvoro and Zophia Beatrice V. Micua

How updated are you in the innovative world of internet? What do we consider viral nowadays as we access on our netbook, ipad, iphone, and android phone, laptop, desktop and log-in on our facebook, twitter, Myspace, instagram accounts and the like? Aren’t we surprised with the different eye-catching poses, funny and wacky facial expressions, lovely smiles and even sometimes seductive poses with unusual dresses and attires being shown in the pic-

tures? These pictures intentionally taken by the person himself is called SELFIE! It is technically defined as atype of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone and are often associated with social networking. In the Korean entertainment industry the word selca (short for “self camera”) means photos taken of oneself. They are often casual, with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, include either only the

photographer or as many people as can be in focus. Initially popular with young people, selfies have become popular among adults as well. Even some of the known country leaders of today such as Barrack Obama and Pres. Noynoy Aquino to mention are tempted to have their own selfies. Typically, for some it is considered as one of the good pastimes. So why not try? Let’s have selfie, selfie if we have time!

b. kalatsusi sap –from leaves and trunk- get the sap or juice from the leaves and trunk and mix it with coconut oil. Rub the mixture on the skin where the itchiness is, two times a day.

Camote: The Musical Fruit by Mark John B. Buenaventura

When it comes to root crops, there’s plenty of reason to season. Starches go well with butter, salt, honey, sugar, coconut flakes, and even sweet chili sauce! How about its musical qualities? That is based on facts. The sweet potato (camote) contains carbohydrates that can only be fully digested in the large intestine. These carbohydrates- soluble fibers and resistant starch- are digested with the help of microorganisms that create methane as they digest. The result may put you in awkward situation if emitted during classes or in a meeting.

c. kanya pistula – Crush young leaves and rub them. Until you are relieved from itchiness.





Benin wears most creative recycled materials

by Shaira M. Nesle

Mrs. May Lorna S. Angelada, Science teacher, guides the Grade VI pupils in making a recycled costume.

Rica Len Benin, a Grade V2 pupil won 1st place during the School-Based Science Fair held last September 30 at Masambong Elementary School covered court with the theme, “Environmental Protection, Conservation of the Ecosystem.” There was a pageant of “Mutya ng Kalikasan” wherein the participants paraded their costumes made of

recycled materials. Among the participants, Benin was chosen having the most creative and unique costume which is made of sack of rice, straw and sando bags. The other winners were Angelica Mae F. Gonzales, Grade II, who got 2nd place for wearing a costume made of assorted papers and old magazines. Darylene B. Abuan and

Participants of "Mutya ng Kalikasan" wear their costumes made of recycled materials.

Stephen Lake Madraso both Kinder pupils were 3rd placer. Abuan wore a costume made of plastic trash bags, straw and papers while Madraso’s costume was made of sack of rice. The main objective of this

activity is to make everyone aware on how to take care of Mother Earth by practicing proper disposal through reduce, re-use and recycle of waste materials.

thing the entire family should take part in as well. Children should know its importance. That way, they will be making continuous effort to be eco friendly over the course of their lives.

Taking time to recycle is one of the most powerful ways in which we can save energy and be more eco friendly. So do our part to make this world better for our self and everyone else in it.

MES an eco friendly school

by Angela Joy D. Talavera

Are you eco friendly? You may not be doing your part to make the world a cleaner place for all of us to enjoy. Even if you like your modern conveniences, you have a responsibility to do your part. Being an eco friendly doesn’t mean you have to give your favorite products. It simply means you make better choices so that you aren’t contributing to the ongoing problem. Help our community to be-

come more eco friendly. More people will take part in it if it is easy. Having convenient drop off locations for glass, cardboard, plastics and other types of recyclable materials means people can conveniently participate. Using both side of the paper and even using old papers as notepads can significantly improve our ability to be eco friendly. Being eco friendly is some-





MES Core Group conducts 1st Summer Reading and Science Camp by Ileana Danielle A. Manzano

Cyber –Ethics , soon part of BEC by David James B. Angeles

Five MES teachers namely Debbie M. Jacinto, Recelyn A. Laguna conducted the First Summer Reading and Science Camp with theme, “It’s Cool to be in School this Summer” Last April 22 – May 02. The program is designed to provide hands-on and cool experiences in Reading and Science. It builds the pupil’s skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing. It also provides avenue for them to gain trust and confidence in them.

Children are encouraged to be inventive and imaginative in their artworks. It is open to Grades 4 – 6 with reading difficulty. It aims to improve their reading level, to increase one’s vocabulary and to enjoy and gain trust and confidence. The 80 campers enjoyed most the Sago’t Gulaman and Maruya Making and the Tree Planting of Mahogany Seedlings donated by DENR.

Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Ridon filed house Resolution 634 to propose the inclusion of cyber – ethics and good interes practices as part of the basic education curriculum in the country. This could help reduce incidents of cyber bullying and prevent children from being victims of cybercrimes. HR 634 would integrate

topics on the use of social media and other internet knowhow as part of elementary school subjects “Educationg users on cyber-ethics is a long-term and preferred solution against cyber-bullying than passing laws that can potentially infringe the freedom of expression and speech”, Ridon said.

YES-O Club conducts clean- up drive by Angel Lynne A. Lopez

The YES-O Club organized by Ms. Sarah H. Enano, Science Dept. Head, conducted a clean-up drive at Masambong Elementary School environment. Every Fridays at 2:00 P.M., all members are required to gather in their assembly area at MES covered court, wearing green t-shirts with their stick brooms, dustpans and trash bags. There are 125 members from Grades V and VI. Ms. Enano divided them into groups and instructed them to clean properly

their designated area. YES-O aims to strengthen members’ camaraderie help maintain the schools’ clean and safe environment. The 2013-2014 YES-O Club Officers are: Dearwin F. Babasa, President; Rhea Mae B. Armenta, Vice-President; Rhea R. Salvora, Secretary; Madeline B. Salvo, Treasurer; Zophia Beatrice V. Micua, P.I.O; Angel Lynne A. Lopez, Auditor and Kobe Garay, Peace officer.





Support gov’t anti-rabies campaign by Rhea Mae B. Armenta

We think of a dog as man’s best friend. Yet sometimes even the friendliest dog can bring death with its bite! Not because it has changed its character, but because it has become infected with a terrible disease. This disease is called “rabies”. It infects the dog’s brain and spiral cord. It is almost always fatal. Prompt treatment is necessary. The infection is caused by a virus. Virus is a very tiny organism. It can only be seen through a powerful microscope, like the electron microscope. Now we usually think of rabies in connection with dogs. This is because man most often get the disease from a dog

Immunization, a necessity for children

that is infected with the virus. But rabies virus can infect all warm blooded animals including cats, cows and even bats. A dog may become infected with rabies. Its owner may know it for some time. This is because the disease may take four to six weeks to show up. The first signs are when the dog becomes excited. Saliva froths from the mouth. It growls and barks, and is likely to bite. After such symptoms appear, a dog likely to die within three to five days. Since the virus is in the saliva, the disease is passed on by biting. Domestic animals should be immunized against rabies. Vaccines are injected by a veteri-

narian. When this disease appears in man or animals, death is almost certain. That is why it is important to prevent dogs from infecting man.

Get ready for a killer quake

by Josephine G. Milan

Immunization is an essential health intervention for children. It promotes health and protects children from vaccineprevention diseases. These include diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and measles. The Department of Health (DOH) reported a measles outbreak in our community. Measles is an endemic disease. It is continually present in a certain place and many people develop resistance. If measles enters an area where the people have never been exposed the result can be devastating. As a response to interrupt the transmission of the measles virus and prevent a potential outbreak from occurring, there is a need to conduct a supple-

by Abigail G. Alarcon

mental activity. Quezon City Health Office implemented a mass measles immunization campaign dubbed as “Iligtas sa Tigdas and Pinas”. This is a strict doorto-door campaign by giving of measles and rubella (MR) vaccine to children.

On July 16, 1991, during a 6.8- magnitude quake, a school building collapsed in Cabanatuan City killing many students, a first class hotel toppled over in Baguio City that buried many guests and downtown Dagupan City sank several feet deep below the surface. The killer earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces was unexpected as these places are seldom visited by strong tremors. People in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon should be

prepared for a big earthquake since a fault underneath the earth cuts through Marikina surrounding areas of the city. The Bohol and Cebu earthquake, described as one with the energy of 32 Hiroshima bombs, toppled old churches and buildings and destroyed bridges and highways. If that 7.2- magnitude tremor shook Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, it would have wrought more damage and killed more people than the BoholCebu quake.






Reach out students through sports clinic Conducting a sports clinic in every school or barangay is a necessity. A sports clinic is a wherein different sports like volleyball, basketball, badminton and tennis are being by group of volunteers. Like St. Theresa’s College of Quezon City, an exclusive school for girls, reached out to public schools like Masambong Elementary School to share their talents and advocacy. One of the skills that they provided was playing volleyball. During the sports clinic, volunteers will talk about the great value of sports to the participants. They also talked about how they make take the many psychological benefits of playful physical activities. They said that sports relieve the stresses of every academic

Arnis Team champs in the Division by Anna Kariz A. Derez

Masambong Elementary School Arnis Team namely John Anthony Claret M. Bedana VI-I and Angel A. Cabo, VI-3 won gold medals during the Division Athletic at Don Alejandro Roces, Sr. Technology High School last November 15 and 16. Bedana and Cabo scored 2-0 against their opponent at round 3.

and social life, help student identify with a group, and replace their loneliness with a sense of belonging in the community. The young learners, in turn, realized that sports are very useful for their character building. They discovered that it help them nurture virtues such as discipline, perseverance and courage. It also provided them excellent opportunities for learning the lessons in winning and losing. They said that if they can easily accept their loss, analyze their cause and go on working, then they would have better chances of becoming winners. In the end, it enriched both lives of the volunteers as teachers and those of their students.

After months of rigid trainings and hard work with their coach Mr. Mario L. Tomas, finally, thay reached their goal to bring home the bacon. “I am happy the way they performed. Our efforts were not wasted. We will do our best to top again to the next level”, said coach Tomas. Bedana and Cabo will represent Quezon City in the National Capital Region Athletic Meet to be held in San Juan City on January 21-25, 2014. Meanwhile, Manuel Franz Paderan, VI-9, got a silver medal. “He failed for gold but I know he gave his best”, added coach Tomas.

by Elaine P. Flores

Manny Pacquiao celebrated his victory over Brandon Rios of US during their World Boxing Organization (WBO) International 12- round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel last November 24. Pacquiao registered a decisive, unanimous decision win against Rios to clinch the vacant WBO International welterweight title.

In a battle between a seasoned bull fighter and a young bull, Paquiao showed everyone that he remains a top attraction and an elite puncher as he scored a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision. Pacman is back in his heroic ways, giving the Filipino something to smile about after being devastated by super typhoon Yolanda a few days before the fight.

Manny Pa Rios of US

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