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ALL IS WELL. Two Senior High School students of La Verdad Christian School arranging the books in English for Academic and Professional Purposes, a subject in Grade 11. According to them, everything is going fine in the curriculum so far. PHOTO BY ARNEL A. TUMBALI.

‘SH studes’ first five months achieved triumphant’ --Soriano BY ARON MARK LACANILAO, 11-HUMSS-A

Despite the adjustments made by the students in terms of subjects and schedule, still, the administration provided a positive outlook in the first five months of Senior High School (SHS) in La Verdad Christian School. Mr. Albert Soriano, school registrar, admitted that he found the first five months difficult due to a huge increase of the school’s number of students but later said all went well as time passed by. “I find it hard kasi, before, hindi ganoon karami ‘yung mga students. Biruin mo halos last year natuturuan ko lahat ng section sa iba’t-ibang grade, even college. Ngayon hindi na dahil dumami sila,” said Soriano. “Gaya rin nila, nag-aadjust din ako. Pero masaya,” he added. In a survey conducted regarding the status of Senior High School in La Verdad, 8 out of 10 said that they are


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La Verdad hosts Division SPA seminar,

Cunanan: ‘Maximize every learning opportunities’ BY RYAN REAL CANEZO 11-ABM-A

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. A school paper adviser (SPA) from Cluster VI jotting down notes during the Division Training Workshop for SPAs at La Verdad Christian School College Library last September 2. Photo by Ronalyn de Leon

CITING THE Division of Pampanga’s performance in the previous Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), Mr. June Cunanan told the journalism teachers of the province to continue striving hard to lift the division’s ranking anew. During the Division Training Workshop for School Paper Advisers (SPAs) held last September 2 and 9 at La Verdad Christian School, the Division’s Education

Program Specialist I (EPS-I) in English urged the teachers to maximize every learning opportunity. “There are a lot of new things that we need to learn and understand for us to be able to cope up with the current trend. So I expect you to maximize every learning opportunity,” said Cunanan in the opening remarks of the program. Cunanan also advised the teachers to be on their job as SPA for a long-term contract so they can mature while their students do so. Cunanan pointed out that most of the SPAs today only spent one or two years in their job and then resigning while in the middle part of learning.

14 advance to RSPC, La Verdad hailed Best-Performing School in DSSPC BY AIRRA JOY YCO, 11-HUMSS-A FOURTEEN HIGH school campus journalists of La Verdad Christian School advanced to the next level of School Press Conference contests after winning in the Division level last October 2,3 at Holy Cross College. Four students from individual contests and 10 in group contest are set to represent the Division

of Pampanga in the annual Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) slated on November 18 in Bataan. The number of winnings also gave the school its first 10+ regional qualifers at the same time in a year. “Tumaas ang performance ng mga bata ngayon dahil sa puspusang en-

sayo nila. Tumaas din ang performance ng paaralan dahil last year isa lang ang pinalad,” (The performance of the school this year has improved because of the students’ hardwork.) said Ms. Arleen Carmona, school paper adviser. Included in the school’s list of Regional qualifiers are: Omarsam Batac, editorial cartoonist (Filipino);

Raymond Joseph Mandap, sports writer (Filipino); and Love Jezchem Colis, copyreader (English) who all won first place in their respective categories. Just like last year, Julian Rikki Reyes, a transferee student, finished second anew in Sports Writing English. The English Radio Broadcasting team com-

posed of Mark Eli Cervantes, Aimee Ruth Meneses, Maechille De Lima, Arch Requinto, Ashley Munoz, Rayza Dela Cruz and Cheska Celso also advanced after winning first in their respective category. The team also captured special awards like Best in Script, Best News Present-


LVCS builds ₱50-M auditorium, ₱7-M elevator BY BERNADETTE IDIN GAROTE, 11-ABM-A TO EXPAND learning facilities, La Verdad Christian School (LVCS) has been establishing a 50-million-peso fully air-conditioned auditorium and an elevator costing approximately PHP 7 million for educational purposes funded by president of the school. According to LVCS

Building Administer Mr. Ricardo Ramos, the said projects are for the benefit of all students of LVCS, primarily for institutional events, as well as for theatrical performances, and viewing documentaries and educational films. “… ang proyektong ‘to ay magsisilbi6ng tahanan nila upang mapalawak nila

ang kanilang kaalaman lalo na ‘yung auditorium. Panigurado, laking tulong nito ‘pag opisyal na itong binuksan tulad ng kapag may ipapanood na movie or documentaries si teacher, meeting purposes, and graduation ng mga bata,” Ramos explained in the interview. To promote safety, Ra-

mos also stressed that he does not allow anybody to go near the working area in order to prevent accident. “Wala akong ni isang estudyanteng pinapaakyat sa taas para maiwasan yung aksidente, syempre at gusto kong surpresahin lahat sila sa kalalabasan nito,” he added. Meanwhile, the reason

why the said auditorium costs PHP 50 million is because the financer is opting for high-quality and innovated equipment wherein the seats alone cost nearly PHP 4 million, carpeting for PHP 1.2 million, and an LED TV (Light Emitting Diode Television) worth


Meanwhile, six categories were discussed by the different SPAs in Pampanga during the two-day training. Journalism categories introduced during the first day were News Writing, Science and Health Writing, and the newly-constructed TV Broadcasting. Discussion about Collaborative Desktop Publishing, Copyreading and Headline Writing, and Sports Writing capped the Division Workshop for SPAs. During the said workshop, it was also announced that the Division Schools Press Conference will be held on October 11 and 12 at Holy Cross College in Sta. Ana, Pampanga.

La Verdad celebrates Midyear Thanksgiving BY LOVE JEZCHEM COLIS 11-STEM-A GRATITUDE TO GOD was highlighted in the midst of the faculty, students, and staff of La Verdad Christian School and College (LVCS) in the Mid-Year Thanksgiving held last October 16. They all sang praises to God, together with the Members Church of God International (MCGI), with their song “Pag-ibig Mo’y Wagas.” It has been a tradition of the school to give thanks at the end of every semester as a form of gratitude for the protection of the Lord. “Primarily, we offer thanksgiving to God for the guidance, good health and relationships of the whole La Verdad. After a year, we are able to continue in service due to His mercy for all of us,” said Mr Albert Soriano, head registrar of LVCS. This is the first thanksgiving of the school for the school year 2016-17, that will be followed by Year-End Thanksgiving to be held next year. One of the





JHS, SHS student government discuss plans for S.Y. 2016-17 BY JULIAN RIKKI REYES, 11-STEM-A

THE NEWLY-ELECTED student government officers of both Senior High School (SHS) and Junior High School (JHS) talked over about their plans for school year 2016-2017. SHS’ ‘MUNTING PANGARAP’ In an interview during the miting de avance of the student government candidates last July, John Lloyd Cortez, SHS Governor, said that enforcing ‘MuntingPangarap’ project will be one of their main targets to achieve this year. According to him, they are eager to accomplish this project to help other students of La Verdad who are having difficul-

ties in purchasing things they need at school. “Ang balak namin is matulungan ‘yung mga La Verdarian na walang-wala talaga para kahit sa maliit na paraan man lang ay makatugon kami sa pangangailangan nila,” said Cortez. Cortez further explained that they will give support that the student govenment can afford. “Ibibigay namin yung mga affordable lang na maaari nilang magamit sa pag-aaral like sapatos, school supplies and others,” stressed Cortez. Aside from this, the organization also aimed to provide each Senior High School classroom a wall clock, citing that the schedule varies and the bell may create con-


Pagadian City to host NSPC 2017 THE CITY of Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur will host this school year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC). The ‘Little Hong Kong of the South’’s hosting of the highest intellectual competition for journalism in the Philippines was announced during the closing ceremony of last school year’s NSPC. The event will be held from January 22 to January 25, 2017, as per the post of the NSPC 2017 Official Facebook Page. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Freedom of Information through Campus Journalism” as posted by Ms. Merriam Macalangcom, PAESPA President. Final memorandum regarding the event still haven’t been released.

Nutrition Month Highlights baby’s first 100 days THE THEME of this year’s Nutrition Month Celebration highlighted the importance of the first 1000 days of life starting from conception and before the second birthday of the child, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) told. Holding the theme “First 1000 days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan,” the annual celebration also aimed to create awareness on the importance of proper infant and young child feeding practices.

Duterte signs EO for FOI The Executive Order No. 2 implementing the Freedom of Information Bill was officially signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 23 at the Malacanang Palace, Manila. Pursuant to Article 28, Article II of the 1987 constitution, this adopts and implements a policy of full public disclosure of all transactions involving public interest. The EO will cover all government offices under executive branch and include free and exchange of information in a democracy. In accordance with the policies of EO, denial of information is restricted as there will be charges under the laws or regulations. The order will take effect upon publication of general circulation.

fusion for those who are unaware. JHS’ CONCERN FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS Meanwhile, Joezel John Lumba, JHS Governor, expressed their plan to put emphasis on having a transparent online suggestion board. This, according to him, is one way for students to express their opinions, suggestions and other recommendations. “Ipu-push po natin iyong Student Empowerment, Appreciation and Effort upang bigyan ng boses ang mga students na nahihiyang magsabi ng kanilang mga suggestions,” Lumba said. “Way rin po ito upang ma-increase ang com-

munication between the students and the Supreme Student Government (SGO). Gusto po kasi naming maging open sa kanila,” he added. Moreover, to help the canteen maintain a good and more organized system, the SGO of JHS also seek to create a new lane for teachers and a food price watchlist. “Gusto po naming ma-implement yung ‘New Teacher’s Lane’ sa canteen to prioritize yung pagpila ng mga teachers,” said Lumba. “Sa ganitong paraan din, mas magkakaroon ang mga teachers ng time para makapagpahinga sa faculty at upang maiwasan na tamaan sila ng mga students,” insisted Lumba.

SGO conducts fund-raising event BY BERNADETTE IDIN GAROTE, 11-ABM-A IN COLLABORATION with the Student Government (SGO) of Senior High School (SHS) of La Verdad Christian School (LVCS) launched a one-day-bazaar to raise fund for their future projects. The SGO’s first major project was held on November 18 at the LVCS grounds and was actively participated by Grade 9 to Grade 11 students who donated their own items for the bazaar. The project earned a total of PHP 52, 464, which will serve as fund for the school and their future projects. According to SHS Governor John Lloyd Cortez, 11-STEM-A, the bazaar was based on the Mid-term project of 11-ABM-A and 11-ABM-B and GAS which was held recently. The success of the three SHS strands led them to

conduct the same project. “Nakita naming na naging successful sila kaya sinubukan na rin namin”, Cortez said. The Governor also added that they having a plan on conducting another bazaar for the third quarter due to its success last November 18. In recognition for the participants of the bazaar, SGO Adviser Ms. Kesiah Cruz together with the SGO members awarded three large box of gifts and consolation prizes for the section who got the highest sales, best in decoration for booth and best entrepreneurs. The distribution of prizes took place at the Flag raising Ceremony of SHS on Monday. PHP 6,000 was deducted on the total amount of sales for the expenses of the prizes bought.

LVCS celebrates English Month BY MARY ROSE JARDINERO, 11-ABM-A

La Verdad Christian School recently held its second celebration of English Month led by the English teachers following the English Only Policy (EOP). The event starts from September 15 to October 11 where individual and group category competitions are conducted. According to the work plan released by English teachers, one of its objectives is to uplift the confidence of students in using the English in speaking and writing.

Jeronica Tesoro, one of the teachers, said it is a way of practicing the English language to be globally competitive and verbally excellent. Meanwhile, students from senior high school admitted having a hard time expressing themselves because of the EOP. “It’s hard for us to express ourselves. Our words are limited but at least we can enhance our English vocabulary,” said by students from grade 11 ABM-A.

Myalgia hits LVCS BY AIMEE RUTH MENESES, 11-HUMSS-A As of August to the month of October, Myalgia cases exploded by 466 at La Verdad Christian School (LVCS). According to Michael Fajardo the Clinical nurse of LVCS, Myalgia is the body pain caused by fatigue and abnormal muscle contraction which usually affects females than males due to their menstruation which often cause Dysmenorrhea that is a symptom of severe body pain. In accordance to the records,

aside from girls, most of the students who suffer from this are those who perform physical activities specifically in sports. The nurse also confirmed that the treatment for this is cold and hot compress coordinated with comfortable rest and muscle massage. Based on the clinical records, along this three months, there are a total of 1043 cases where 466 is Myalgia, 245 for headache, 199 in fever, and 133 under wounds.

CHIEF. Julian Rikki C. Reyes, editor-in-chief of the Filipino publication ‘Ang Tanglaw’ discussing the plans for the school paper. PHOTO BY: IVY MANAG

LVCS kickbacks School Papers BY RYAN REAL CANEZO, 11-ABM-A IN ACCORDANCE with the Republic Act no. 7079 of 1991, La Verdad Christian School (LVCS) has launched two new school publications after four years. The newspapers, in English and in Filipino were named “The Torch” and “Ang Tanglaw,” respectively, in reference to the LVCS logo. Together with the School Paper Advisers (SPAs) Mr. Ruperto Orbon Jr. and Ms. Arleen Carmona, Editors-In-Chief (EICs) Airra Joy C. Yco and Julian Rikki C. Reyes angled a spot in the School Paper Competition this year with the help of the first-ever editorial board of the school. However, the last issue of the previous newspaper, The Chronicles, was published in

2012 under Mr. Ricky Gelido, followed by a four-year hiatus before being replaced by The Torch and Ang Tanglaw. “Sana pumasok sa NSPC (National Schools Press Conference) yung newspaper,” said Julian Rikki Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Ang Tanglaw. Meanwhile, Orbon expressed his delight regarding the launch of the said newspapers. “Maganda talaga (na naibalik ang school newspaper)… Iyon talaga dapat mangyari – ito kasi yung magiging practice ground ng mga writers,“ he said. Orbon added that the Campus Journalism project was initially a workshop for training writers in preparation for the school publication

Front Liners celebrates 1st year anniversary BY RYAN REAL CANEZO, 11-ABM-A THE FRONT LINERS of La Verdad Christian School is marking its first year in service on November 22 and will celebrate their anniversary on November 30 at the school’s Multi-Purpose Hall. The event led by acting adviser Justine Cabada will give awards to outstanding members and will also bid their farewell to graduating members. Aside from promotion of members which is also a part of the program, Adviser and coordinator of the front liner will conduct regularization of members for the new members of the group. The group invited high officials from the school including Student Government Organization of College as guests for their celebration.

The front liners will also have message from Albert Soriano and school Principal Dr. Luzviminda Cruz through a video message which was said to be a surprise for the regular members of the group. The front liner was a group of students from different levels who give service and assistance in the school during events. Founded by Albert Soriano, the group has received several recognitions due to their outstanding performances and appreciation for their service. Despite different problems, the front liners have manage to operate with the help of the other school officials and hard work of its own members.

SHS from page 1 satisfied. “Maraming nabago sa akin dahil sa Senior High. Ngayon ko lang ulit na-feel yung sobrang pressure, nag-improve at naging better student ako this time. I can say the school has brought out the best in me,” said Francia Amor Francisco, 11-HUMSS student. Nevertheless, Soriano also claimed in an interview that no one in the Senior High School has

failed as they gave consideration to those students who got poor grades, citing the belief that some of them might be adjusting themselves from school norms and regulations. Moreover, Soriano is confident that in the coming second semester, students may already have been completely adjusted to the rules and the challenges brought by the K to 12 curriculum.

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LVCS holds 1st School-level Presscon, First-ever LVCS ranking in higher level aimed to increase Talent Olympics opens

BY JAIME RELAO JR., 11-ABM-B LA VERDAD Christian School (LVCS) held its first-ever School-based Press Conference (SPC) to determine the students who will represent the school in the upcoming South Zone Schools Press Conference. The school decided to organize its first school-level contest last September 6 after reportedly having a jam on choosing among students who will represent the school in the zonal meet, as for Ms. Arleen Carmona, publication adviser. “Kukunin natin ang best from the best para mas mataas ang chance of winning sa higher level,” told Carmona. The said event also aimed to choose the best campus journalists of the school as it tries to improve its 2nd overall finish in last year’s Cluster X South Zone Press Conference. “Lumakas ang lineup natin this year. Maraming galing sa ibang schools na nakakalaban natin dati na estudyante ng La Verdad. Kailangan talagang mapili ang mga best para gumanda ang laban sa South Zone,”saidMr.AlbertSoriano, school’s head registrar.


AIM FOR THE BEST. Nuela Mawell Sapelino, a participant for the South Zone Press Conference, while doing research as part of her training in her category. PHOTO BY IVY MANAG

Various contests center La Verdad’s ‘Buwan ng Wika’ celebration BY RANDEL LUIS PANGAN, 11-STEM-A

REMINISCENCE. Mr. Rene Vee Sahagun (right) depicted the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, during the performance of the La Verdad Christian School teachers in the celebration of ‘Buwan ng Wika’ last August 31 at ADD Convention Center. PHOTO BY AIAN REIGN YAMBAO

DIFFER EN T SCHOOL -BASED contests highlighted this year’s celebration of the annual Buwan ng Wika in La Verdad Christian School (LVCS). Musika-Sining na Pagguhit, Pagsulat ng Sanaysay, Dagliang Talumpati, Pagbigkas ng Tula, Sabayang Pagbigkas, Short Film Making and the newest LikhA-Wit were among the contests within the month of August. The search for ‘Lakan’ and ‘Lakambini’ also gave color to the event that bannered the theme: “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan.” Winners of the said events were announced and recognized during the culminating activity at the ADD Convention

Center last August 31. Students who topped the different individual contests include: Jhon Jasper Malabogo (11-ICT) in Musika-Sining na Pagguhit, Mark Vincent Carreon (10-Paul) in Pagsulat ng Sanaysay, Lhean Jerome Manlapaz (11-GAS) in Dagliang Talumpati and Pollyana Lorenzo (11-STEM A) in Pagbigkas ng Tula. Also part of the winners was the class advisory of Mr. Roldan Villanueva, the Grade 10-Paul, that took the spotlight in Sabayang Pagbigkas. This was Villanueva’s seventh title as a coach. Grade 11-ABM A took the first place in LikhA-Wit while the Grade 11-STEM B bagged the crown in the Short Film Making.

LVCS wins CXSSPC Broadcasting Competition BY DENNIS A. AMOROSO, 11-ABM-A

THE LA VERDAD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (LVCS) bagged five awards all in first place during the Radio Broadcasting and Script writing competition of Cluster X Secondary Schools Press Conference (CXSSPC) on October 5.

LVCS, being the host of the event, said the winning of English Broadcasting Team was unexpected since St. Nicholas Academy was always the champion every year. “The victory was unexpected. We already

lost hope because of the late passing of script but we just left everything in the Lord’s decision, “said Best News Anchor, Aimee Ruth Meneses. Best in script, Best News Anchor, Best Technical Application, Best News Presenter, and

Best Broadcasting Team were among the several awards that LVCS gathered in the competition. In addition, LVCS’ Filipino Broadcasting Team earned various recognition gathering second place in Best Infomercial and Best Tech-

nical Application and third place for Best in Script and Best Broadcasting team. During the same day, LVCS was also awarded as the second overall champion for CXSSPC 2016, the same position they held last year.

DR. LUZVIMINDA E. Cruz, school’s principal, officially opened the school’s first-ever Talent Olympics. La Verdarians from elementary to senior high school were all set to take part in the four stages of the competition which aims to discover and develop each student’s hidden talents. The first level was held in each classroom, headed by the section’s adviser. Students competed against their classmates and the top seven highest-scorers will qualify for the next round. The seven qualified

students will compete against the Top Seven of the other classes in the second level. The first seven will then move up to the third level, where they will compete against their fellow elementary, junior high school and senior high school students. The Grand Finals of the Talent Olympics will be held on February, as part of the Foundation Week. The program is administered by Ms. Kesiah Cruz, High School Coordinator and Physical Education (PE) teacher.


PH wins Arbitration Tribunal case over China BY XERXES DEAN JOSHUA M. ROBLES, 11-ABM-A THE JUDGES at United Nation-backed Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands dismissed China’s claims to the economic rights of the South China Sea. The Tribunal concluded that China had violated its obligations to refrain from aggravating the dispute on the issues between the Philippines and China while the peace process was still going on. The Philippines welcomed the verdict, but China refused to acknowledge the Arbitration Tribunal’s judgment, calling the Tribunal’s decision, “Null and void.” “There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’”, the Permanent Court of Arbitration said, alluding to a demarcation line in China which was invalid. The Arbitral Tribunal also ruled that the features occupied by China in the Spratly Islands are not capable of generating maritime zones as the reefs have been heavily modified by reclamation and construction. “Tribunal found that it could - without delimiting a boundary - declare that certain sea areas are within the EEZ of the Philippines because those seas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China.” the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called the ruling a “milestone decision” which would serve as an important contribution to ongoing efforts in addressing disputes in the South China Sea. China published a Position Paper in December 2014, stating that the “Tribunal has no jurisdiction over the case as the subject matter of the Philippines’ claims is in essence one of territorial sovereignty over several maritime features in South China Sea. DFA Secretary Perfecto “Jun” Yasay mentioned that the Philippines would continue to pursue a peaceful resolution of the dispute.

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er and Best in Technical Application. Angelika Cerillano, Joshua Espinosa and Mary Anne Viloria completed the school’s RSSPC qualifiers after notching special awards in the newest group contest category, TV Scriptwriting and Broadcasting. Meanwhile, Reyes, the Editor-in-Chief of Filipino publication and last year’s National 5th winner, shared that discipline is one of the keys to become successful. “Discipline in many things are vital. From training to the actual contest, from ourselves until the day we got to interact with others, discipline is important,” Reyes said.

PHP 7 million. “Napakalaki ng magagastos dahil na sa kontrata na ang ilalagay na kurtina sa auditorium ay nagkakahalaga ng seven million at aabot naman ng isang milyon o kalahati ang para sa stage,” Ramos admitted. Based on his statistics, about 60 percent of the auditorium is finished and on November 20 the elevator was installed, explained Ramos. By next school year 2017-2018 they will formally announce opening of the projects in the first month of classes. Additionally, the administration is planning to convert the multi-purpose hall into a gymnasium similar to the Araneta Coliseum.

things they give thanks for is LVCS’ successful implementation of the K-12 program, particularly the newly enrolled Grade 11 Senior High consisting of 349 students. The Mid-year Thanksgiving also serves as the celebration of La Verdarians who participated in competitions wherein LVCS was declared as the overall champion. “Everything that happened – we give thanks, because we believe that everything happens for a reason... The students performed well, in the academics and sports, and that is only a part of the things why we give thanks to our Lord,” Soriano added






UNTUNE TORTURE PHYSICAL, verbal, sexual, psychological – different types of abuse that usually hits children and even minors yet whatever you call it, as long as it affects individuals negatively, it should be taken an action. Child abuse is a deceitful act of maltreatment that is commoAnly recruited by guardians and parents but then, whoever perform this unjustly action should be punished under the constitution disregarding age, gender, or political connection. As stated in Child Abuse Prevention Law Article 2, the law that prohibits abusive action especially to children and minors, any form of maltreatment is considered as a crime under Philippine democracy government so this proves that once a person abused a minor, he or she can be regarded as a criminal. Furthermore, based on Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) records, almost 40 to 50 minors are being maltreated and sometimes tortured everyday making it one of the top causes of criminality in the country that is why the government must take an action in decreasing and cracking down the number of victims of child abuse. In addition, in psychological study, maltreatment among children who has low capability of adapting manner causes brain disorder due to trauma and depression so, it means that this kind of crime should be prevented to let young minds be nurtured instead of being tortured. Moreover, Child Guidance Center reported that most of the causes of child abuse were poor parenting manner, being a victim also, unwanted pregnancy, poverty, and psychiatric aspects but whatever reasons they have they should be put behind bars as a punishment. After all, child abuse can be managed if there will be a coordination between the government and the citizen for it demands full force in solving such issue like this.



Drug addiction: who is at fault?

Safety first for La Verdarians IT IS A worthwhile action for the La Verdad Christian School (LVCS) Physical Education teachers to motivate their students to be physically fit while still having fun. However, safety of the students always be the first priority of the school. With all the sedentary activities that the youth are engaging with, Ms.Kesiah Cruz, P.E teacher and High School Coordinator of LVCS, decided to hand out a practicum to every Senior High School (SHS) student as part of their Physical Education Subject. At first, Cruz instructed the SHS to have at least one and a half hours of exercise every week. Any recreational physical activity is allowed as long as it will only be within the school premises. Furthermore, she said the exercises must be recorded and saved on a flash drive to be passed every Friday of the week. Truly, this kind of practicum will encourage the students to participate, since their performance will be the basis of a


greater percentage of their final grade in Physical Education (P.E). In the beginning, the students seemed to enjoy the said activity. Some of the played basketball, softball, zumba, patintero, agawang base, and other recreational activities and laronglahi. Yet, in the later part of the project, one of the students, Reniel Roy Gaspar II, 16, from STEM-A got into an accident that caused the temporary suspension of the practicum. Gaspar, had his collarbone dislocated with this, the LVCS suspended the practicum to avoid more injury, having the student welfare in mind. Even though many students opposed to the cancellation of the practicum, School Administration made the right decision

another activity that can help the students become physically fit by coming up while simultaneously reducing the risk of injury and ensuring the safety of the students. In connection with this, a month after the suspension of the practicum, another fun exercise “Wellness Dance 2016” performed and taught step-by-step by the male group “Hashtags” has replaced the practicum as the P.E activity. Until now, the Wellness Dance an ongoing practicum for the students. They are being graded while dancing both individually and in groups. However, are still some students saying that the first practicum was a lot more fun. At this juncture, we can say that the “Wellness Dance 2016” is better alternative for the last practicum. Beside the fact put the students on the road to healthy wellness, it is also safer than other physical activities. It was an appropriate move for LVCS to substitute the practicum this kind of simple exercise. It is good that they considered the students’ safety first.

FOI-whose time as come FOR A long time, Filipinos have desired a more open and transparent government. It seems like this hope will soon become a reality. While the presidential candidates were in the heat of their campaign, all made a commitment to support the enactment of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law in the next Congress. It was only proper to support this since “…access to information and fundamental freedoms is everyone’s right.” as stated by the United Nations. The FOI is going to be a democratic tool to empower the people and encourage participation in governance, so it should be imposed. According to Article III, Section 7 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, “The right of people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Any access to official documents and records of citizens subject to such limitations may be provided by law.” But, why was the government hesitant to pass this bill? Transparency and openness are two of the weapons the citizenry need to protect themselves from the powerful and the corrupt. These are the very pith of the FOI Bill, as presented in the 1987 Philippine Constitution to be implemented.


Over 95 countries around the world have implemented FOI legislation. Those countries recognized that FOI is an essential factor in promoting peace and progress in the world. Therefore, it is recognized as a fundamental right. Also known as the “Anti-Corruption Act”, mandates the government to list monthly every contract and purchase made. Despite that, sadly, the enactment of the FOI remains an uphill battle in the Philippines. Its enactment was never strengthened and mentioned in the previous SONAs. Neither was it certified as a priority and grave measure. The constant refusals and excuses arouse of the arouse the suspicion of many. Are there any anomalies happening in the government prompting the representatives and senators to vehemently deny the passage of FOI? Obviously and sadly, yes, there are. But, that is in the past. President Duterte is bent on pushing FOI even if it takes an Executive

Order (EO) to do so. If the Congress is not ardent in passing the FOI Bill, he is will issue an EO and start it progressively. The final draft was already submitted to President Duterte for the implementation of FOI executive order. If FOI is not passed, then who knows what goes on within the government and its resources? Have the Filipinos not learned from the Pork Barrel Scam, Janet Napoles, and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)? It will only mean corruption and the downfall of the country. The implementation of FOI Bill is absolutely necessary. Transparency in the government is needed to inform the public who will serve as guards of the elected officials particularly regarding the disbursement of funds. It is the right of every Filipino to know and understand how the government system works and how funds are spent and implemented. The Filipinos will be able to trace any anomaly happening in the government. Everyone desires progress. Hopefully, this does not only apply to the executive department but the other departments as well. It might not end the immunity but it is a development in a basic right.

A GLARING truth is that at a very young age, lots of people today are victims of drug addiction. Drug addiction is a brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Do , those teens know that they are wasting their lives? They might or might not, or they might pretend they don’t know. Is drug addiction a result of their experimentation, relaxation, or rebellion? Yes, we might say that drug addiction would have been avoided if those youth prioritized their studies instead of trying to fit in into this world just to prove that they were grown up. At a glance, we can easily condemn these teens. But what right do we have to judge? Were we there to help when these teens were growing up? Were we there when their concept of relaxation grew into drug addiction and there was no one to correct this wrong concept? Were we there when they needed attention? The point is, we were not there and we did not know. What right do we have to judge? As a whole, the situation is dire for addicted teens. Left with no option and no one to turn to, most find their world revolving around drugs. Drug addiction often happens because they lack moral principles and willpower. There is fear that they would stop living if they choose to change their behavior. Questions will start to pop out: What would happen to my studies? How will I tell my parents? What then? With all these questions, who can help them? Friends may say, continue getting high. Their parents, the supposedly right persons to help, do not even know. Drug addiction may have been from lack of supervision from parents, though blaming is not helpful. Let’s emphasize that addicted teens need help, not shame from friends, not reprimands from parents, and not judgment from the society. The more they need understanding and acceptance. Would you lend a helping hand? Would you lend a hand and make an extra effort to provide acceptance with caring, non-judgmental attention and support?

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No-work, no-pay at the House IT HAS But they been an esare not tablished followPEN POINT tradition in ing their RYAN REAL CANEZO, 11-ABM-A the House of law. Is Representhat justatives that tice for they are not all? to ever experience getting It’s not that they don’t salary deduction--no mat- do work. They create more ter how many days they do and more laws which are not show up for work. They not efficiently implemented think they need not show for the peace and welfare. up for work since they are They should promote proalready in position. They fessionalism in their own get their pay for the day al- duties. though they did not show Consider a student. up displaying a complete Much money and sacrifices neglect of their obligations. support a student to attend Should House Bill 412 school to learn and prepare “No Work, No Pay” for for the future. It is not right Lower House becomes a for this student to be at the law, should it not include mall and not in his classes. the Senate too? A law for The same goes with these both Houses of the legis- legislators. lature?. The mere fact that In all aspects of justice, lawmakers don’t take their this Bill is surely a great meetings seriously means way to end the shameful they were not serious when absenteeism in Congress. they took their oath up on That has plagued Legislaassuming office. They are ture. For the sake of pronot worthy to be leaders. fessionalism, these people The new administration of should stop their wayward President Duterte certain- habits and focus more on ly won’t tolerate senators, the jobs entrusted to them congress-people, and gov- by the people of the Philipernment officials who do pines during elections. not do their duties. No matter how big or This is unfair for the small a job, the code of people who work in the low- ethics dictates that in orer strata of the Philippine der to earn your salary for economy. They get deduc- a particular job, you must tions in their salaries when be there to do the work. they were not there to do It is only right to pass this their jobs. They are obligat- House Bill 412 to adopt a ed to be at their jobs work- “No Work, No Pay” poliing seriously. These legisla- cy in Congress, Upper and tors are there to make laws. Lower.


EDITORS Dearest Editors, Good day guys! With all due respect to the administration, I just want to ask something about the comfort room (CR). Why is it always closed? Especially the girls’ comfort room in 3rd floor at college building. It became our problem when we feel the call of nature because we need to go to the elementary building just to pee which sometimes resulted for us to be late in our classes. So in some other times, I just hold back the call of nature and let the class get done before going to the CR. I am just concern that my fellow schoolmates are doing the same thing which may result to many risks to our health. Nonetheless, I slightly understand why it is closed. Please schoolmate, let us not be blind when we see very obvious trash in our CR/s. For girls, when you are combing or fixing your hair in CR try to collect your fallen hairs because it might block the drainage system and that will be a big trouble. Furthermore, learn how to flush the toilet. Yet, it is reasonable if there is no water but please when there is water, flush…with the capital F-L-U-S-H. Moreover, the footstep mark from your shoes making the floor so messy, sometimes the maintenance left a mop so use it and mop the floor. Furthermore, when you are in cubicle, do not step on the bowl. Remember that you are not just the one who is using the CR, so please! I hope that you will do some action regarding this issue. More power and God be with you.


drugS: Trending OPponent ILLEGAL drug use take rehabilitation before and abuse of the narcotic everything ends up to a substance called “drug” waste. In addition, drug has a is on trend nowadays which should be cracked lot of names such as Bardown to prevent depen- biturates, Cannabis, Ecdence and addiction from stasy, Marijuana, Party wide-spreading among Drugs, Shabu, but whatpeople. ever its name is, drug is Moreover, drug is a sub- still a drug that should be stance with chemical agent ditched from one’s vocabthat is intended for the use ulary. in diagnosis, mitigation Thus, kudos to the Presand treatment which when ident Rodrigo Duterte for abused, becomes a slayer making an action to rethat is why there should solve this issue on drugs, be a limthe imitation in plementaking it tation of on one’s ‘Opla nbody. VOICE OF AN ANGEL To k h a F u r toANGELIKA CERILLANO, 11-HUMMS-A ng’ thermore, gether Nat iona l w i t h Instit ute Philip on Drug pine NaAbuse (NIDA) explained tional Police (PNP) lead by that abusive use of drugs PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” has its own chronic effects Dela Rosa, to prevent the such as poor judgment, addiction with this narcotmental disorder, cancer, ic substance among people addiction and worse is de- from spreading. Truly, drug issues is one pendence. Users must be enlightened to understand of the community diseases that uncontrolled tak- of every country due to its ing of this substance will capability of affecting evmake them six feet under ery citizen that is why, this the ground. problem must be solved to Also, Department of have a drug- free nation. Health said that the adAfter all, problems on vantage of using drugs is illegal drug use will crack only bounded with medi- down easier if citizens will cal matters and the satiety cooperate with the governit gives to the body system ment so that there will be but on the other hand, it a full force in fighting this can cause the worst so it trending opponent of evis better for the users to eryone.

Hire BNPP BY AIMEE RUTH MENESES, 11-HUMSS-A IN 1973, an oil crisis occurred in the Philippines so they built up the worthy Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) to be the source of energy yet they never launched it which should be operated due to its great help for the mechanism of the country’s economy. During the regime of late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, BNPP was built in Morong, Bataan costing 2.3 Billion US Dollars which was never projected just because of an incident of Nuclear Power Plant explosion in Japan that is not even a string connected with the BNPP because Japan’s has a boiling water reactor while BNPP has pressurized water reactor that is safer so what they have done is like letting a thief get the gold on their bare hands. In addition, Marcos administration released the program of building the first ever Nuclear Power Plant on 1958 and constructed by Philippines Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on 1976 under Republic Act 2067 so it proves that it is really legit and inspected but everything ended up to nothing. Furthermore, even though it is located in an earthquake zone, Westinghouse Electric Company, its reactor supplier, together with PAEC, assured that it is protected from earthquakes and radioactive material due to its concrete casing structure so there should be no issue regarding this and allow it to help in rising Philippines’ economy.

Also, Dennis Gana of National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) explained that aside from windmills in Ilocos, Nuclear Power Plant is also a great helper with numerous benefits to humanity and environment like: reliability of power production; easier and faster source; no combustion of Fossil Fuels; decrease in radioactivity of waste; and increase in efficiency. Moreover, in America, their 21% sources of energy comes from Nuclear which is declared as the safest use of energy especially when combined with renewable sources because it results no negative impact on environment. Additionally, BNPP has its twin plant in Korea which was operated decades ago unlike BNPP and that plant is serving its nation until now. They also have the same program and structure yet Philippines didn’t gave chance for BNPP to serve its country and this is a great mistake. Just like what they say, “You cannot solve a problem by doing another mistake,” so since we cannot go back the time in 1986, the government should operate the BNPP as soon as possible after doing enough safety and review measures because it is a huge help in soaring high when it comes to economy mechanism. After all, safety comes first so inspections and improvements must take place before BNPP helps the Filipino community as well as the country itself.



FOR MANY, capital punishment or death penalty is a solution of the administration to completely erase crime in the Philippines. They also believe that it is a way to stop such criminality like illegal drug use. However, this so called solution goes against the Bible and the rights of the people. It made me curious if it will really help or just destroy Philippines. According to a survey, 95 percent of the Filipino population disagree with this idea maybe because of what they’ve experienced during Martial Law wherein death penalty was implemented. Is this what we really want? We are a democratic country. A country of freedom. We can’t agree to this things. We must stand and fight crime in a Biblical and logical manner. “God is the only one who can kill and even give life.” BY MARY ANN VILORIA, 11-HUMSS-A

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT may prove to be a last recourse as a deterrent to crime. The drug-killing spate throughout the country is the violent reaction of criminals to the anti-illegal drug campaign. Many people say that this is the best way to make this country improve. Get drug free in just six months. But why do some government officials disagree with the punishment when in fact this is an effective program to stop drug addicts and dealers? What’s with those objectors? Have they not learned anything from what they have been through, what they suffered in the past—crimes, thievery, kidnapping. They are worrying about injustice to criminals and the criminals’ human rights. But what about the injustice to innocent victims and the human rights of innocent victims? Think again. In this current war against illegal drugs, there are so many people who are killed and arrested. The media brings news everyday on the drug issues about addicts and dealers who kill each other to shout their mouths which is a proof that our country has many criminal citizens yet there are also thousands who surrender for rehabilitation and safety purposes. Others felt safe because somehow criminals were being arrested yet some innocents worry due to the severe killings. They feel feared for their lives because there might be a mistaken identity which will make their lives near to death. The drug issue need attention and can no longer be ignored and neglected as what happened in the past. Let us consider the right thing to do. Let us consider the effect of this death penalty penance, and the future of our people.

Is this a solution? BY DONAEISHA VERENICE TEJUCO, RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE, as the newly elected President of the Philippines, has announced his plans of implementing capital punishment, the death penalty. , to lessen the number of criminals. Spiritually speaking, it is not ethical for anyone, no matter how powerful he is, to kill his fellow man. Why? For God is the only one that has the right to kill or punish anyone. A verse in the Bible that states: “See now that I, even I, am he, and therre is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”—Deuteronomy 32:39. If we go world-physical, it is also not acceptable, for what about human rights? How can the implementation of the death penalty protect the human rights of every man? Killing is not a solution to the problem. In fact, it brings another problem. But the decision still depends on the authorities of our country.

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Proud to be a Writer

Photo courtesy of the official Guinness Book of World Record website.

BY EMMANUEL LOPEZ, 11-STEM-A My journey started with small steps. Writing assignments helps me a lot. Assignments develop my skill in grammar. I now know what is wrong. Before I become who I am today, hindrances were my greatest enemy. I started writing when I was in grade 8, with no idea how to write an article. But it improved with the help of my coach. Let me tell you about it. It happened during the preparation of my first school press conference. I was assigned to write a story. When I finished, my coach checked it. As my coach checked my article, it became bloody





It was an amazing, moved-to-tears performance as Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir sang overwhelming and fascinating songs of praises—18 gospel songs including a medley in different languages. MCGI’s 8,688 member-singers from all over the Philippines and church members from many other countries sent their singers to the occasion at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila. God showed his appreciation by providing this honor. “Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride…. Like what we always say, if we are able to do something, and if there is any glory attained, it is always for God. To God Be the glory!”--Bro. Eliseo “Eli Soriano, the Overall Servant of MCGI who was there with the immense Araneta crowd. Guinness World Record adjudicator Fortuna Burke Melhem, who traveled from Britain to judge and verify the MCGI Chorale record, was herself overflowing with emotions as she announced the choir’s Guinness World Record victory to the 8,688 singers— the largest gospel choir to be recorded by Guinness. In reply, Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, Dr. Daniel S. Razon who received the Guinness Plaque on

behalf of the Choral, replied: “This is something we did not intend to do—to get the Guinness Book World Record. Our hearts intended to give thanks to God, and we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight.” Iloilo District Representative Neil Tupas served as government official witness of the event. Thanksgiving to God on the 35th anniversary of Ang Dating Daan, ADD, the Old Path, the longest running Bible-based religious program on radio and television. Thanksgiving for broadcast milestone and global reach and more importantly, the commitment of the program toward charity causes. Dr. Razon, better known to MCGI members as Kuya Daniel, the second overall-church servant, expressed his gratefulness to God as he came up the stage to receive the recognition. The MCGI Choral and its dedicated singers: Trained in synchrony; synchronized in perfect harmony—8,688 trained voices singing songs of praise to God. Constant unending practice... daily

with her red ballpen. On that day I was disheartened and said, “I’m always wrong.” And my coach told me “Don’t lose hope. I know that someday you will become a good feature writer.” Until today, that phrase lingers on my mind. “Life will be boring without challenges.” A life without challenges will be easy. But challenges will be our guide to become a successful person. As they say, “It’s better to learn from our experiences.” And always remember that refusing to face problems is a fault, a sign you are not strong enough.

determination on the singers’ parts, intent to give gratitude to God. They sacrifice their rare leisure time to not be absent; to practice, to perfect their performance with practice... practice... practice.... Rehearsals of strict discipline, even with food (no sweets, no cold drinks). No sacrifice too small so that melody and harmony quality are not risked; properly rehearsed for concert performance to the Glory of God. At that occasion, MCGI members sang like angels with heavenly hymns, their God-given voices giving praise to God. The melody of that occasion will always be engraved in the hearts of those who were blessed to be there.

“YOU NEED to be brave. You can not live with one foot in the past; you need to step fully into the present to live properly.”—Leon Brown. I came up writing this article late at night, tired from school. Craving for something. I’ve realized what I want to be. Or should I say what career I want. It’s a typical Friday night as I lay my head on my favorite pillow. Several questions came into mind. Like, boom! “What if I can’t?” “Am I worthy to take it?” The achievement time is ticking. What will I do? What do I want? I have been a huge fan of Taylor Swift ever since I first heard/saw her. I know a bunch of her songs. I’d like to claim to know all of her songs but from time to time, I still encounter some which I do not know. Actually, my day is incomplete without playing any of her songs in the mornings. I am super-duper obsessed in finding out about the history of her compositions. Believe me, when the time comes that I am not financially dependent on my foster parents anymore, I’m going to get all those Taylor

Swift stuff. I promise you, my Taylor. And being that fan, it is the most exciting and inspiring experience ever in my entire life. According to the article in the internet, she writes only about her experiences, the things that are left unsaid and undone during the very moment that those experiences happened. And it is just so frustrating, when you can’t pull yourself together, make up your mind say what you want to say, do what you want to do, to have your peace of mind. To the end, all you get are regrets. Regrets…. Now, why I am telling you this? Because I want you to know that you must think wisely in choosing the path you want for your future. Make decision from your heart. Use your head to work it out. Remember, this is your future! If you fail, stand up and smile. The ones who give up are losers. You’re not a loser, right? Just be contented of what you have. Motivate yourself with positive thoughts. Always forgive people in order to have a meaningful life.

Art of the Next Generation BY CLARISSA MAE M. VIZCARRA, 11-HUMSS-A

DO YOU remember the kiddie show Chalk Zone, where the two characters used what they called ‘Magic Chalk’—a specialized Chalk from the chalk world—as their way of escape from bullies? They just drew circles on any surface… jump inside the circle… and into the Chalk World! Whatever they drew using that Chalk became real. I used to wish I could just have that Chalk to create my world just by

drawing. Kids who watched that show also wished to have a Chalk like that. It would be amazing to have one. But Magic Chalk was way too magical. And it was a kind of wish we thought could never be possible. But thanks to our technology and our brilliant inventors, they had created a pen where we can just draw anything we desire, and it will be as three dimensional as we wish. They called it 3 Doodler. A pen that lets you draw 3D printed creations in midair. 3 Doodler is based on a standard

3D printer transformed into a pen—3 Doodler works like a sophisticated hotglue gun, but in a more user-friendly pen. If they only applied how a glue gun works, it would not work—especially for kids—to get the melted plastic out of a tip of a pen. It will not work because the plastic will clump on the nozzle. Inventors Bogue and Dilworth designed the pen with a motor to propel the plastic filament. 3 Doodler runs on about 355*F to melt the most common plastic filament (known as PLA & ABS) effectively. The

inventors added a cooling fan which drops the temperature down from 280 to 300*F. As soon as the plastic filament leaves the pen, it hardens in a matter of seconds! “We want to create a next generation toy that kids will enjoy,” the inventors Bogue and Dilworth said. 3 Doodler comes with 16 different colors, with a rechargeable battery. We can bring it anywhere and pretend we have a magic chalk in our pocket. So try this latest invention. A creative way to learn.

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THE BEST WOMAN WON! Getting to know VP Robredo


MARIA LEONORA ROBREDO, born April 23, 1964 in Santo Tomas, Gerona, lawyer, living in Naga City, is now the Vice President of the Philippines. Running under the Liberal Party, Robredo won the vice-presidency with more than 14.4 million votes (35.11% of total votes) defeating Senator Bongbong Marcos by 264,753 votes. Among the vice-presidential candidates, she is the only woman. At a debate with the other candidates, she said in her speech, “May the best woman win.” She had no plans to be in politics. Humble and helpful to the needy and poor, her husband Jesse Robredo wanted her to continue to serve the countrymen by helping the poor. But later, God opened her heart

to politics because He knows what kind of person she is. She accepted the suggestion of her supporters to run for the second highest position in the country. After the 2016 election last May, she got the highest number of votes. She was ready to serve her country, despite the trials and hindrances she encountered. People are very happy because they all know that she can do her job very well. She

is the second female to serve as vice president in the history of the Philipppines. Robredo first came to public attention as a widow in 2012 after the airplane crash off the coast of Masbate carrying her husband Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo to his death. Prior to the accident, her involvement in public life was as a social activist. As vice president, she has

been assigned by President Duterte as Secretary of Housing, putting her in as a member of President Duterte’s cabinet. We hope and pray that God would bless her and her family. May she continue doing good for the benefit of the Filipino people. Many are happy at her selection because they feel that she can do her job very well. She had promised to help and serve Filipinos the best she can.



BY LOVE JEZCHEM COLIS, 11-STEM-A CANNABIS, ECSTASY, PARTY DRUGS, SHABU, MARIJUANA – different names yet points to the substances originally intended for the use in diagnosis, mitigation and treatment of various illnesses which when abused, becomes a killer. A substance none other than ‘drug’. A drug is a narcotic substance or chemical agent that is exclusively for medical purposes such as to cure and prevent disease among animals and humans but when absorbed negatively, it evolves into addictive slayer. Moreover, drug matters like abuse is on trend nowadays which is a chronic often-relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite its harmful consequences, likewise with drug use that is often considered to be an indicator of general social dysfunction with these conditions, little did they know, drug s are making their life “waste away”! In addition, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has the citizen on drug use and its chronic effects on humans to make users and drug-dependents understand how essential it is to avoid their addictive pull. Furthermore, NIDA explained that drug use and abuse results in poor judgment, addiction, cancer and mental disorder which in

time binds with suicides, depression and involvement in crimes. On its counterclaim, the advantage of taking drugs is limited to medical matters and the satiety it gives to the body system yet you should shake your head and say no for uncontrolled and unlimited usage of this substance or else you’ll be on hazardous and risk zone. In order to solve this issue, especially in Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte implemented the program that somehow solves the issue on drugs together with Philippine National Police (PNP) with Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as the chief officer, of the Oplan Tokhang. “Excessiveness wouldn’t bring goodness.” All of us should learn how to be limitative and know how to distinguish right from wrong so that your deeds would be beneficial to yourself instead of causing your own death. As Pres. Duterte said, “Drugs will make your life a living hell, so stop and change.” Still and all, drugs are chemicals that could be the companion of everyone in daily living as these treats disease, yet, for it not to become illegal, everybody should practice the 3Cs in solving this trending issue: Cease. Control. Change.




YEARS of the roaring sound of city buses. Years of dashing between cars in highways. Years of plunging yourself in the hot polluted Metro air. Years of waiting for a holiday so that you can pass spacious roads. Years of being stuck everyday in a long, boundless traffic. “Traffic really sucks!” This statement definitely describes what a commuter like me feels. Ready… Set… Go! I’m on a marathon again. It’s already past seven. There are only a few minutes left on me. I’ll be running around the campus again as my punishment for my nth time being late—two hours behind time. So, I run as fast as I can, but then I felt helpless. Dis-

gusted people filling up a line up to the next station. I don’t have enough time! Three more minutes to go! All of a sudden… I’m the luckiest person when a bus stopped in front of me. This is a blessing sent from heaven! My few minutes are now gone. I am already two hours stuck in this so-called moving vehicle. While on board, I did everything just to resist boredom! All I want is to get out of this bus. Traffic jams everywhere in the whole city. I’m annoyed with the noisy horns of the vehicles. Makes me totally upset. Finally, after three long hours, the sight of our university. I jumped out of the bus joyfully. I felt relieved because

I got beyond that situation. I succeeded! I know I’m really late. I rushed to our building, ran through numerous stairs, opened the door. With that haggard look, I faced my teacher. And as she saw me, she uttered those horrible words that made my knees weak. I’ll be running around the campus again as part of my punishment for my being late—three hours behind time. I admit it’s a kind of difficult, but then I must be patient if I want to achieve my goals in life. Even though hindrances kept me, blocking my way, nothing can keep me from chasing my dreams. Not even the traffic that challenges my patience a hundred times. Not until my next ride.

THIS IS all about how precious each and every person is. Think of a stunning ball gown at a mall boutique, with a very expensive price tag. All women who pass by dream of owning it. Think of yourself as that dress, as you read on: Imagine that you are that very expensive gown. You have all the good quality features. You are displayed at the main front window of the boutique as their most perfect

and finest creation. Every day, women walk by this show window, and wish they could have you. They do not see what you’ve been through… design failure, and everything before you were perfect enough to put out there. For every eye you catch, for every person who invested in you; and for every woman you made elegant. Before becoming that beautiful gown, you were just a plain

piece of clot.Then, cut, designed, sewn, shaped, decorated, and now, every part of you had been through much to be so perfect. Maybe the time will come when you will be replaced and discarded. But you will always remember to have been that unique gown at the mall’s elegant boutique that got the eyes of those people who walk by. No matter what happens, all will remember how stunning you were once.



Country on a Mission President with a Vision


planTokhang. Shoot on sight. Wanted: Dead or Alive. Death by Hanging These are only few of the daunting methods President Rodrigo Duterte has implemented in the Republic of the Philippines. According to surveys, the country’s illegal drug trade can compete with the notorious drug cartel of Mexico: a President dedicated on serving his countrymen would not sit idly with thousands and thousands of illegal actions done in his country. The President’s war against drugs has caught the attention of the world’s media and even the United Nations, to whom Duterte threaten to break alliance. His goal to wipe out the illegal drug trade in the whole country under a three-to-six months deadline led to an ultimatum for the law enforcers to seek, arrest and if resisted, kill these drug personalities scattered in the archipelago. As of today, less than a thousand drug personalities have been killed; almost half of these numbers were extrajudicial killings. These vigilante operations were somewhat questionable, because they may be silenced for information leakage or they are innocents that slayed just to ride with the flow of the government’s conquest. Forget about Human Rights or everything that questions these operations, and one can really see the full effect of these actions. Most crime incidents in the Philippines nowadays has its roots to illegal drugs: who in the right sanity would gruesomely rape and kill someone and chop them into pieces? The great decline of drug industry results to minimize these crimes and even accidents related to drugs. Thus, the country will be safer, in addition to the laws and platforms the government will include. People who can only see the ill effects of the government’s war against drugs are as good as blind: a sacrifice may be worth the freedom of many. But then again, the government is like giving everyone a gun to point on anyone suspected. Is it really freedom they sought, or is it fear? All we need is to believed, for whatever the future may hold under his term, foe he is a man with a vision of peace… in a different perspective.



“And I’m on a moment to be real, wanna touch things I don’t feel, wanna hold on, and feel I belong.”


inging to my mind is a track from the depths of my memories, as I gaze at the large white building in front of me. Playing like a film in my eyes were the times I went here as a participant from another school. I can remember those times as if it was yesterday’s memory. Now I have returned not as a participant, without my former school cheering me up, without those same faces and blank smiles. I now carry the name of the school I was gazing at, with those different atmosphere. Heavy breathing as I enter the hallway and stares at the big lettering that runs across the wall. La Verdad Christian School. In every step forward, I reminisce those times that I and my parents passed my requirements to the school registrar. I remember perfectly that waiver presented in front of me, filled with rules and laws. The daunting one-strike policies are frightful, such as public display of affection to the simpler ban of bubblegum in the premises. Entering my room were the new faces, of different personalities, of different auras. In my early surveys of the four corners of this filled box, I can already say who is who, yet I believe that I should not judge someone for their own appearance. Something I learned as a journeyman traveling at least seven schools due to residence. As I was asked to introduce myself in front of the class, another song played through my mind. And it sang, “I take the lead, turn my mike, say my piece, do I look at camera one, do I look at camera three?” It is hard for me to express my words, for the pressure is with me to turn the odds, and to say the acceptable words to be loved by the most. The heavy atmosphere runs through the white box for hours of changing teachers of different origin. Students in this age already have adopted to this situations, laughing without any flinching, but not me. Being the new kid is tough, but I know I am not the only one, for there are dozens like me who came from different provinces. There are even others who came all the way from the Bicol region. Despite where we came from, or what is our past, or our differences, I know that we are like each other. I learned to laugh with my classmates after a few days, breaking the ice that frozen everyone from speaking and conversing with each other. It turned out that the La Verdarian personality is somehow recessive, the culture from different schools have been adopted in our room. At these days I received a new song to my widening playlist, a piano piece that pierced through my emotions, and it goes like this: “My mama told me, go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely.” Weeks has passed, and the atmosphere became as light as a feather. I can feel the same breeze like what I felt at my previous school. Everything was nice, until we have reached the end of the first semester. The semester break has finally came to a close. As I walk away from the white building I spent my life for around four months, I held up my head up high as I whispered to myself: “This is one of the parts of the sonata that I can say, made an impact to my audience.” I laughed it off, and put my earphones on and played a song that I is recently got. “It’s not about reciprocation, it’s all about me; a sycophantic, prophetic, Socratic junkie wannabe.” W

ho does not love freebies? Now, who does not love it even more if you can earn with those freebies? Almost everyone in the world already have the access to the virtual internet world, whether it is by their mobile phones or by a personal computer. Nearly a whole of these people also have their own accounts in social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And these social media websites are the worldwide link to every “netizens” present online. Everyone can interact with their distant friends and family and can read latest happenings here and abroad. Also, it may be used for something that makes anyone earn money-business. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg-creator of Facebook, became the youngest billionaire in the world because of his website. A project only made as a pole comparing two students in his university-the Harvard University, if who was better than the other, known as the Face Book. Making an account in social media websites is absolutely free, that advertising

your own business on the world stage is easier. Having your company or small business known to many helps in gaining people interest for your product or service. Making advertisements beyond social media websites costs much that may lead your business in jeopardy. Having these pages for your flourishing business helps for gaining feedbacks and exchange to netizens who uses your products and services. Learning from recommendations of different perspectives around the world changes your own and make or experiment for a better outcome and version. However, these advertisements costs more on time, and for money-oriented people, time is truly gold. Sometimes the “To earn money on social media, deactivate your account and go to work meme” is applicable to those waste on theirs more. In business, risks are always inevitable, no matter on how you do it. Every businessman must know that no success may happen without sacrifice.






A Man of Service

A Servant of GOD


My older brother has yet to return from his mission a few days ago. I have never thought that he, after the tragic fate of our dear father would return to the battlefield and command the farmer’s comrades under his wing. I remember perfectly that I had pleaded upon my brother to take me too, yet he recognizes me not his younger sister but a nuisance, someone who will slow him down. Is it really freedom you sought, or is it a never- ending cycle of revenge? Diary, you knew how I told you frequently that he and I were two sides of a coin. He never attended school and followed the footsteps of our father; I was known as one of the smartest in our class as my mother wanted me to be. Now that father left the three of us, it breaks my heart to conceal the truth at school about what really happened. I told them my father had an opportunity to work abroad. Yes, work abroad-forever, I kept to myself. It was a lie all along: in my documents my father was a fisherman, but he is not. He is one of those whose paper faces flood the streets with a bounty on their head. I will talk straight to you, Diary that my father and my brother are terrorists. They fight for what they think is right, but all I can see is hatred, violence and fear. … I swore to you that I will never write the stuff that happened last Christmas Eve? Now is the time that I will break my oath to you. You know that the family never celebrated this holiday, and the camp was busy with the three captives imprisoned. I was there when father shot a hostage dead, and the poor man’s voice haunted my dreams for almost a month. It was I who freed the hostages that evening, without anyone blaming me out of suspicion. I even gave them fried noodles to gain strength for their silent escape. I had this sigh of relief to see that the government’s soldiers were able rescue them in no time. … I wrote these because I had made up my mind. Without my brother, the camp’s defenses were disoriented and also, the guards today were already drunk. After a few arguments with my mom, we finally made a decision to leave the place together, leaving dear brother, leaving the life we never wanted, and leaving the past that made me a stronger person. I will see to it that this page will never be my last. I will assure it to you, my dear friend. Syrille Rhea T. Gallarde



e is a missionary of faith, spreading the word of God to the people by any means possible. At this moment of time, public service has been but a myth that is without any favor returned. Countless politicians used it to earn appealing votes for the national elections, while artists used it to maintain their image of goodwill. But one man has dedicated himself to help the poor and needy without expecting a reward. He is Brother Eliseo Soriano, a humble servant of God working at Members Church of God International (MCGI). Even being the leader of the religious organization, Brother Eli’s dedication never wavered and instead, made small steps for him to help people who are in need to spread the word of God among the citizens not only of the country but also worldwide. With God’s help, the Members Church of God International had their own television station UNTV37, which airs programs of public service and Bro. Eli’s “Itanong mo Kay Soriano”, which is a segment that answers Biblical questions aroused. One of the major projects is La Verdad Christian College- a non- sectarian institution that implements the scholar system. Aside from the campus in Apalit, Pampanga, there is also one in Caloocan, Metro Manila and Africa. All of these were for the sake of giving everyone service needed. No monetary means may change his mission to serve God, nor influence, nor different faith.

Missionaries of Selflessness


hy in this world this creature became my teacher?” These are the sarcastic complaints by self-centered students upon their teachers. Why, in the variety of vocations available in the country and abroad, teachers painstakingly took the job of teaching for the sake of very ample salary? It is because of their passion in mentoring young minds, their dedication to impart the wisdom in their experiences, and their vision that education must be attained by every individual regardless of differences. Have you forgotten that these teachers you feel hatred were also humans similar as you? Yes, you and they share the same kind of thinking, the same kind of emotion, even the same kind of fatigue you feel after listening to their lectures. All may be seem similar, giving you a chance to judge them, take note that these things were a much heavier burden upon their shoulders. Have you noticed that these teachers adapt your classroom behavior to their teaching styles? It is because they have their will blended by the law that discipline must be implemented in any way possible. If you feel angered isolating you as a failure by the teacher, remember that they feel useless every time their students fall under their wing. Have you ever remembered how many times you teacher comes to your class late, disoriented, sick or complaining? These were the instances that they throw out their pride, their emotions and their health problems out of the window just for the sake that they can teach you the lessons you neglected to learn out of your ego. Now, have you found yourself guilty of your actions? What do you say if you can mend the scars you dealt upon your teachers with simple steps breaking your selfishness? That is why in the ample time given for the Teacher’s Month, give yourself time to prove to your teacher that all their sufferings, all their hardships, and all their sweat and tears for the sake of teaching... ... Is all worth it.








Numbers paired with letters. An equation amounts to something. Even lines have their family. So why we can’t be?

When it’s too cold to go outside, The courage you have fades and hides, You choose to stay to and sit aside, The dreams you have though it’s too wide.

If x can go with y, why can’t I? There is the value of pi, So how come my significance is none? You search for the unknown While I’ve been here alone. I beg you not to treat me like inequalities ‘Coz I may be complex... but I have my limits too. Though the solution’s unclear Please give me another chance To be the right answer Of the problems you bear. By deriving this formula, I’m giving up the long method we’ve been using before. Now, we’re going back to zero Just for a chance to be your hero. My only wish is that You’d stop thinking we’re parallel ‘Coz I know that someday We’ll intersect anyway. Add me to your life Subtract the reasons of not. Divide it by what I show Multiply it by what we have. Allow me To be a part of the things You are always graphing. Simplify with greatness Fill me to the missing variable So one day, we’ll never go out of the equation again.



Your love was like the calm in a storm It ended as soon as it came Your love was like the chaos in my mind Confusing my already faltering heart Your love was disastrous Horrendously breaking my soul with each day that pass Your love was cataclysmic Fatally tearing my heart into thousands of pieces Your heart was destructive Causing immense pain in my chest Your love was painful Prompting heartaches and affliction Yet despite the misery you’ve brought Despite the anguish and torment My love dwells in my heart In hopes that you will someday perceive That I have become a slave Of your ruinous love.


Too shy to show, too low to fly, Your eyes below and sky’s so high, But try to listen, don’t ask why, Your heart and mind, just blend them right. BY STEPHEN ROY T. GALANG, 11-HUMSS-A

I’ll never know what had hit me Campus Journalism…. Really? How? Is it just mere destiny? But, let me tell you my story. It started when I was a kid. Parents taught me…they did. Mom, instructed the A-B-Cs While dad tutored the 1-2-3’s. I studied at Preparatory and Kinder Became fascinated by changing weather From my mind, there came a fire to be kindled From more words, I studied, learned, and mingled. Grade Nine, I was given the chance For my talent to soar, enhance That preparation changed my faith And every phase has changed of late. But here I am, still trying hard Allow talents; plus sing like a bard Let maturing emotions dictate my poem Combined with knowledge learned from home. Grade Ten, with pen re-ignited Emotions, tasks, notions united And hundreds of works were bested By the masterpieces made, awarded. It may be green, it may be red It may be black but can be read I will narrate wholly what happen With the use of a five peso ball-pen.


Armored with braveness face the world, Mindless of rumors try to hold, No time to step back and be fold, No one said it’s an easy world. For you don’t always have to win, So wear your courage to begin, Regardless of how hard life seems, Believe and try and chase your dreams.


I vowed to write about love To create magic with these hands And let the people read something w orth reading I vowed to write about love Even if I don’t know what it is Even if I don’t know how it feels I vowed to share love Even if there’s nothing to give Because lately, love causes a lot of heartaches Love made an ocean of tears and bitter feelings I vowed to write about love to give someone hope That love wants nothing but happiness It’s just that, sometimes, we’re forcing love to be inside our hearts when it shouldn’t be there Not yet.



A dreamer is who I am A believer who cherish life with glam A simple and optimistic person Is the man standing here on

Think of a wallflower, think of me Think of a simple girl that’s not worth to see You might think her life’s so plain and gray Then know you’re wrong, it’s full of gay

I am a descendant who appreciates simplicity An individual who loves humility A God servant who truly serves And a son who faithfully loves

She often keeps her mouth shut Shy to know what she got Though it is dull to go with her song When it gets rough she’ll be strong

I am in this life for a purpose A life that I will treasure – forever as my journey goes A wonderful journey that will shape my personality A humble personality that will boost my talents and capability

Some may find it queer But it is how she conquers fear This is what people may see A wallflower is what she used to be.

Above all, I want to thank our Creator For without him this would not be all possible He’s the reason why I’m here And for that, I am forever grateful.

Today I will leave, and you will be left behind To the friends who will await my return To you that will constantly be in my mind I’m sorry and goodbye

Today I will leave with a smile on my face The you whom I’ve known for years The you whom I’ve loved ever since I hope that you will remain joyful

Not mournful, until my return For now I will bid you farewell Until I can finally say my undying love Goodbye, to our mutual unrequited love.

sci-tech 11


THIS is the most deadly weapon we have today. Actually it’s no weapon, but the feature itself makes it feel invisible to attack and wipe away humanity. It has no sharp thing but it has the capability to get your blood and sip it like a vampire... They are commonly known as... MOSQUITOES. Those tiny, itchy, terribly flying insect that killed almost a billion of people and doesn’t care about anyone but themselves... Selfish little creatures. They could even transmit deadly viruses and diseases such

as Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika, and Yellow fever viruses. Especially the one called “Aedes aegypti mosquito” that makes their entire species a criminal by taking too much lives. We must keep a distance at them. And by doing this, we should take this advice that would help us getting more secured than nothing. Always keep every corner of your house dry as possible especially the wet shower floors and toilet tanks, because mosquitoes prefer to breed in stagnant water. And leaving those


“THOUSANDS HAVE lived without love; not one without water.”—W.H. Auden I groan at the thought of finishing two more laps, before break. My wristwatch reads 12:30. It’s the day of the week again, and it’s the time of the day again. The sun brightly up there is toasting me. The irritating blow of the whistle. Okay! Break! Sent me flying to the canteen to find I only have P10, while a bottle of water cost P12.

Physically desperate, dehydrated, that I don’t care if I walk like a Zombie. Suddenly, a ray of hope caught my eye many feet away. There, inside the building, but within eyesight. Drinking Fountain! No queue, and it’s free. It was not there yesterday! No one was anywhere near this fountain. I was alone with it. There was a foot pedal, water gushed up. The cold water entered my mouth, my inviting tongue, it then slid to my dry throat where a rhythmic movement of my Adam’s apple is visible. The water entered my mouth, saturating a tongue now used to its dried-up condition. Sweet pure chilled water slid down. They say water doesn’t have taste, but I tasted as life-saver. It is like falling on Cloud 9, while trumpets are playing, the birds started singing. Thank God for this need—spare students the cash and danger to health of costly bottled overly-sweetened carbonated (calcium-depleting) drinks. So bad for the health. And thanks also to the leaders and committees at LVCS who saw the need and implemented the installation. Chilled water fountains are everywhere at my LVCS now.

as they like to stay in shady places full of moist as dry places. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the citizens to use mosquito repellents and mosquito netting over the bed if the room is not screened or air conditioned for self- protection. And if possible, use the best method for mosquito control by doing pesticide spraying or “fogging” because the mosquito will not be killed by the repellent itself even though others are as classified as the pesticides according to

the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the professionals, DEET is the best kind of mosquito repellent for the reason that it can protect you for more than an hour depending on the concentrations you put on your skin and clothing. But Picaridin can also be a substitute since it has the same effects compared to the first one. The only difference is Picaridin is nearly odourless, so it can be the alternative for those who are sensitive to the smell of insect repellents.

Repellents that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be the substitute if you cannot find for the products that is recently stated. Do not apply these products on the hands of children and infants below the age of two months. Children younger than three years must not receive any amount of the said oil. Yes, it is true that prevention is better than cure. So let’s keep ourselves up, maintain the cleanliness until those annoying mosquitoes disappear.

Prepare because you care BY EMMANUEL JOHN LOPEZ, 11-STEM-A EARTHQUAKE, as defined by the website ‘’, is perceptible shaking of the surface of the earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the earth’s crust creating seismic waves. Earthquakes can be violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. That’s why local emergency experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Earthquake may not kill you, but its effects can. 1) Drop to the ground before earthquake drops

you. 2) Protect yourself under a table or desk or use books to cover your head (if there’s no strong table). 3) Wait until the shaking stops. Check yourself if you have injury or wound and before leaving the place remember “Don’t panic.” During those environmental phenomena,

life-protecting skills and knowledge are important because action must have taken immediately. No need to be told. That’s why everyone must be ready to recognize the situation. Knowledge and preparation will help us to act calmly when disaster strike. And it is important to understand the initial

Cursed Miracle

dangers of earthquake. It is important to have a first aid kit in our houses that contains food and prescription medicines (enough for one week), water (enough for one week), flashlight with extra batteries, portable radio with extra batteries, extra clothes and money and lastly bring your important document that can be used at government agencies. “Preparation is better than cure.” This is the only way we can lessen the effects and can avoid the danger of earthquakes. Because this phenomenon can happen anytime and anywhere. And the scariest of all is, it is unpredictable.



“PREPARE TO ATTACK! Don’t let them escape! Secure all exits!” You’ve probably heard of this things like that from the movies. Ah but surely it does happen in reality too. Most likely during an ambush of a drug syndicate, especially of the one most prohibited drugs in the country. Marijuana. With the scientific name Cannabis sativa, this very well-known plant can be used in cigarettes or pipes. It can also be chewed, sniffed, or added to food and beverages. It has been called by many as a “threat in our health”

and a “cursed plant”, with the use of it causing evident redness of the eyes, rapid beating of the heart, dryness of the lips, and tremendous damage to the brain. Cannabis sure is scary isn’t it people? And steadily growing population of its users, being not less than 200 million around the world and still counting. Surely this plant will be dominating the world soon! Although many countries ban this drug, researchers recently found that this deathly drug can actually cure grave diseases!!! Marijuana can cure glaucoma, epilepsy, Acquired

Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and cancer. A medicine in disguise! The South-American continent was the first to legalize the use of Marijuana. Countries of the west also approved the plantation and the use of the said plant, like The State of Colorado in North America. The drug being deemed useful and not just some ritual incense. Just like how the Aryan and Assyrians used to consume it, will really be of use to mankind in the near future with the help of advanced technology.



Chilled Drinking Fountains at LVCS

places unclean would allow the mosquitoes to breed not only in your home but also the residence. Don’t forget to close all the doors and windows during early morning and night when you’re at home, because they mostly feed at dusk and dawn. But just in case that you need to go outside, wear a light-coloured long- sleeved clothing that will cover your body, such as long trousers tucked in your socks. Why? Because mosquitoes are not only attracted to your skin but also the dark colours. As same





Catch ‘em all BY AIRRA JOY YCO, 11-HUMSS-A

CHARMANDER, BALBASAUR, SQUIRTLE -- gotcha!, got my first Pokemons for this day and thanks to my electrifying Pikachu for helping a master-wanna-be like me, its trainor, Ash. As per my master, this location-based augmented reality game, commonly known as ‘Pokemon Go’ was developed by Niantic Company while the concept came from Satoru Iwata and Tsunekazu Ishihara, amazing right? Oh...really amazing! I got Snorlax, Gyarados and Eevee just outside our house right now! As a trainor and a Poke-master, obviously we aim to capture and train virtual creatures with different super powers called Pocket Monsters” or simply “Pokemons”, my dear Pikachu is a great example of this specie and definitely these creatures on my screen this time namely Rattata, Zubat and Pidgey are also samples of Pokemons. Nonetheless, I want to express my gratitude towards my partner, Pikachu, for helping me travel the game’s map and visit Poke stops ang Poke gyms which we are doing right now to catch legendary Pokemonsor the high-powered creatures like Charizard, Venausaur and Blastoise. However, my favorite part of playing this addicting game is wherever it gives me excitement when I see pokemons and the Pokeball is needed to be thrown to capture it by tapping and flicking it up towards the creature likewise with what

I will do now with this Voltrob.... ‘Ding!’ I got it! Alright. Since we have catched lot of pokemons, I and Pikachu will take a rest first to prevent illness due to over playing like fatigue, injuries and other accidents or even acts of criminality like snatching and bumping to a car leading to hit and run like what the National Security Committee Parlamentarian said, “To avoid mevitable accidents, know the right ‘when and where’ of playing.” But I think Pokemon Go has its health benefits as per what I experience personally in my journey of being a Pokemon trainor such as walking for miles could serve as exercise and its behavioral effect on us, players, that we are being courageous to catch them all even if it takes miles to walk, but for now, let me take a rest first, I still have the rest of the day to play. Still and all, players have the responsibility to control themselves and be limitative because safety of oneself depends on personal decisions and regulation. Just a piece of advice from PokemonMaster-wanna-be, Learn to control Pokemons before Pokemons take control of you.” Okay! Let’s get back to the game ... Ash and Pikachu, at your service!

HOMEWORKS, Projects, Presentations, Documentary, Reports, Deadline... DEADline... DEADbrain... Wait what? Having multiple headaches throughout the day, inability to concentrate and memorize stuff? You must be stressed. And the only way for you not to feel stressed is not to think that you are stressed. As simple as that actually. But most of us cannot release tension just by thinking about it... Because fact is, there is a stressor!

Stress will always be there, so one must know how to be friends with it by letting it work out with you too! What am I talking about? Simply... EXERCISE. Get out of that old lazy couch and start some warm ups! Since you haven’t started a daily exercise plan yet it’s better to start with basics like stretching, walking of course, bicycling, jogging, and zumba. It doesn’t need to be more than an hour, because about five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin


1. THE AVERAGE human body carries ten times more bacterial cells than human cells. 2. THE AVERAGE person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in a lifetime. 3. THERE ARE eight times as many atoms in a teaspoonful of water as there are teaspoonfuls of water in the Atlantic ocean. 4. AN INDIVIDUAL blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body. 5. CHINESE LEADER Mao Zedong never brushed his teeth. Once, he said, “Does a tiger brush its teeth?”



to stimulate anti-anxiety affects. But, is there any benefit from it? Surely there is. First of all, physical activity helps bump up the production of your endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers which improves the ability to sleep that in turn reduces stress. Also, exercise acts as a meditation in motion. After a several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements.

THE UNDERSIDE MAGNIFICENT! Delicioso! Bravo! Brava! Do you recognize these words? Why of course you should! These are the common terms people use to say when they encounter something that has caught their attention to great extent. Surely you’ve come across something like that too, most especially with foods. Choosing among the variety of foods would mostly likely be very difficult. But among them, there would be this certain food that keeps you coming back for more!

But of course with every good stuff comes the bad, hence... Foodborne Diseases. It was reported in America that in every six person there would be one that gets food poisoned per year. In those people, forty-eight people recovers without getting any lasting effects! That sure is nice... Although a hundred and twenty-eight thousands of them got hospitalized, and three thousand died. Three thousand people experienced diarrhea, vomiting, and fever caused by foodborne diseases. Eight

And lastly, it improves your mood. All of this exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life. It is very important to maintain your stress levels to avoid diseases caused by stress like Ulcer, Heart disease, Asthma, Obesity, Diabetes, Headaches, Depression and Anxiety, Gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s Disease, Accelerated aging, and even Premature death.


hundred and fifty-five of them developed a more severe illness, which is quite saddening. Causes of this disease would be the water used in farms, the way they process and transport the food till it reached the public market, the way vendors handle it till it’s sold, and finally the way we prepare it could be a reason too. There was disease called Escherichia Coli (E. coli) that affected Germany once. This is an enterobacterium that may produce a toxin causing intestinal illness... Germans were ad-

vised to avoid taking in lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber in the 25th of May. But after further investigation, 6 days later, it was found to be that a sprout has been the actual cause of it. This disease took away fifty-three people’s lives and had over thirty-eight hundred cases, affecting fifteen countries. All in all, these examples prove us that not all food are very much safe to take. We should be intelligently aware and cautious about things and definitely be wary of how we prepare foods and consume it.

sci-tech 13




AMMONIA, CARBON MONOXIDE, Formaldehyde, Tar, Nicotine -- some of the chemicals that build my venomous system, its me, your stickman, cigarette. I know that you know me by name because I have a lot of nicknames such as Mighty, Malboro, Hope, and Fortune but do you really know what’s inside me? I am the ever-famous stick called cigarette that smokers take in their bodies. My cells consist of about 4,000 poisonous chemicals that gives you satiety whenever you smoke my butt, do you want me to name some? ... Alright! There is Ammonia inside me which is a chemical recommended for cleaning the comfort room (CR), Cadmium that could also be found in the batteries of car, Carbon Monoxide which can be found in most refrigerators, Cyanide that Adolf Hitler used in doing Holocaust, DDT chemical that is commonly used to kill

pests such as cockroaches and Nicotine that makes me very addictive. Oooppss, wait. There’s more. I also have Vinylchloride which is used in making plastics, Benzopyrene that causes cancer cells to be active, Tar that is found in what they call “aspalto” and of course the Formaldehyde or the chemical used for funeral services and cleaning dead body. I think that’s enough for you to know me better. But there is still a blindspot of me that I want you to know. Ready? Lung cancer; Tuberculosis; Pneumonia; Goiter; Sore throat -- some of the inner diseases I can cause to your health. Yes, you heard it right, they are just ‘some’ because I also have physical effects. Here are they: Yellowish fingertips, teeth toxification, dry skin and nails, broken lips, yellowish eyes, and a lot of rushes all over your body, that will even-

tually affect your appearance and hygiene. That is why, the World Health Organozation (WHO), announced that I am the second cause of death among people worldwide. In fact, my fatality reached 10 people per hour, or 240 persons per day or it can also be 84,000 individuals per year. I am that powerful. Now that you know who am I, and what’s within me, I would like to ask you something: “Would you still love me the same?” But then if you’ll give up on me, if you’ll stop and untie our connection, I will understand because I know that you need to give back the strength of your resistance and immune system through absolutely erasing me on your vocabulary. Just like what health enthusiasts say, “If you want to live longer, then, you should no longer smoke even just a stick.”


Memory loss, disorientation, loss of judgment, loss of social and intellectual skills -these are the factors that make me suffer at the age of 25 now, which are diagnosed as symptoms of a human brain disease called ... Oh wait, I forgot the name. I’ll just inform you when I got my memory back. For now, let us talk about it first. As per my doctor, based on their diagnosis, my condition is a degenerative disease at the Central Nervous System

(CNS) characterized by premature senile mental deterioration that commonly occurs onset as early as 20 years old. Also, she asked me about my medical history, so, I confessed that I usually take meds for anxiety and sleeplessness, just then she explained that long term use of a drug commonly prescribed for these conditions is one of the causes of mu disease aside from age because drugs, like sleeping pills, increase the possibility of forming gene namely

ApoE-4 that rises risk of brain illness. Without any hesitation, I asked her if there is any available treatment or cure for this condition. “American National Institute for Health confirmed that Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (BDTMS) is a possible therapy for brain diseases which is an invasive treatment which stimulates the brain region to give sufficient improvement to patients but the certain

treatment is still an enigma for us,” she answered. Moreover, to serve as a tip, she recommended me to eat brain foods like nuts to somehow help in nurturing brain cells. After all, since there is no certain cure, it is better to do some prevention measures to be immune enough in avoiding a disease discovered by Alois Alzheimer, oh yes, Alzheimer ... I remember it. It’s called Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).



Here I am, alone with loud silence in an empty room with darkness surrounding me and all I can say is that BOREDOM KICKS OFF! I am in the state of being tedious, when everything seems to be uninteresting, when you can do nothing and lust stay still and the only choice left is to claim that I am really

BORED. And I ended up holding onto socialization before boredom eats me and thanks be to technology that I can open my Twitter account and successfully post: “Boredom Strikes!” Dead battery gadgets, slow internet connection, unavailability of earphones, inacces-

sible music playlist-- practically saying, it is what defines boredom for millennial because of modernization and tech because without this, social media would be unavailable, killing socialization. Then I realized boredom is stressing me out leaving the homeostasis or the state of equilibrium or simply bal-

ance in my body fall out of place and suddenly, my sister asked me to go out or else, like what she said, this boredom will lead to depression which is a psychological effect of this condition. Still, little did we know, being bored all alone gives you the perks of thinking things and the permit to sleep and

sleep and sleep to give you an ample time to rest and for a busy student like me, this would be a great time. After all, boredom should be handled well to get the positivity of it and make time for productivity rather than letting it hit your head up high and absorb its advantages. If boredom hits you then do

something, as stated in Newton’s Third Law of Motion, or the Action-Reaction, that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, but the only question stucked in my mind is that: “What do you really do when you have nothing to do?”

Be a Limitative Social-Minded User FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, Twitter, Blog, E-mail–some easy to access accounts in sharing information, photos, personal messages and other content like videos in the world of socialism, accounts that are recognized under ‘social media’. Social media are computer-based and computer-mediated tools that allow people, companies and other organizations to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and more in vir-

tual communities and networks. Is there any advantage in using social media? As a matter of fact, there are. According to Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, the authors of the book “Networked - The New Social Operating System,” social media are used to document memories, learn about and explore things, advertise oneself and form friendships. Furthermore, Rainie and Wellman discuss that every-

body has the chance to beWhat are the disadvancome a content creator which tages? provides networked-individThere are several negative uals oppotunities to reach effects to social media which wider receive critiaudicism like priences. vacy issues, It can information TECHNIQUE-CIAN posioverload AIRRA JOY YCO, 11-HUMMS-A tively and internet affect fraud. The their person’s social self-esteem standing and gain political and self-worth are also afsupport which can lead to fected. Some reasons include influence on issues that are bashing, negative commenessential for someone. taries and criticism which

can lead to discrimination. According to Gina Chen, a social media researcher and analyst, when people are not accepted or are criticized online, they feel emotional pain. This may lead to some form of online retaliation such as online or cyberbullying. As observed, the benefits of participating in social media today have gone beyond simply social sharing to building reputation and bringing in career opportunities as for Tong, Gu and

Whinston (2012). After all, we hold our future. We are the one who will shape it so we must watch out ourselves. We should know the perspective of controlling our wants and needs as a rational being. Indeed, social media are called social with a purpose of giving us easy access of communication. But in every advantage, there is the disadvantage which can be settled with an advice of avoiding them– BE LIMITATIVE.

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Diaz and her journey to the gold-like Olympic silver medal Struggles may hobbled her before. She lost, won, lost and won. Outcomes weren’t consisent but still, she remains a warrior willing to don the blue, red and yellow colors of the country. Sacrifices meant nothing to her as long as the Philippines keeps on winning and rising in the world of sports.

Volleyball coach remains optimistic despite loss BY ARVHIE RAFAEL MACAPAYAG, 8-JAMES LA VERDAD Christian School volleyball team head coach was still pleased despite the team’s failure to finish in medal podium of the recently-concluded South Zone Athletic Meet. In an interview with Bro. Alex Talento, trainer of the volleyball team, he insisted that the team should keep their head up since the 4th and 5th place finish for the Girls’ and Boys’ team respectively were not bad. “Wala tayong dapat ikalungkot sa results. Fourth and fifth place are better kaysa sa nasa dulo tayo, sa baba ng standings,” said Tolentino. Talento also pointed out that the team’s ranking had shown a huge improvement compared to last year. LA VERDAD Christian School volleyball team head coach was still pleased despite the team’s failure to finish in medal podium of the recently-concluded South Zone Athletic Meet. In an interview with Bro. Alex Talento, trainer of the volleyball team, he insisted that the team should keep their head up since the 4th and 5th place finish for the Girls’ and Boys’ team respectively were not bad. “Wala tayong dapat ikalungkot sa results. Fourth and fifth place are better kaysa sa nasa dulo tayo, sa baba ng standings,” said Tolentino. Talento also pointed out that the team’s ranking had shown a huge improvement compared to last year. From the bottom of the standing last year, the Girls team finished fourth place this year while the Boys team fell short of reaching the semis after yielding to St. Vincent’s Academy twice. BRIGHT FUTURE Instead of bowing their heads, Tolentino also said that the players should look this year’s defeat as a motivation for the coming years of competition. “Lumalaban tayo. Hindi rito natatapos ang kumpetisyon,” told Tolentino. “Magkakaroon tayo ng continuous training this October siguro. Magkakaroon rin sila ng volleyball league ngayong January,” added Tolentino. As part of the process of improving the school’s only team sports event being participated aside from softball, the team also eye a twice-a-week training which ranges for 10 months.

Previously, she yielded twice, felt a hard downfall but never gave up. She stood and remained playing and improving on her own sports. She tried her best, did it, until emerging victorious. “I really felt God’s presence when I was on stage to make the lifts and in that room, as I knelt to thank Him for the bronze, the competition announcer declared that the Chinese (Li Yajun) had scratched,” told Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz on an inter-

view with Philippine Daily Inquirer after winning and ending the country’s Olympic medal drought with a silver in Rio de Janeiro. Indeed, it is a luck for the Zamboanga City native that the Chinese got zero in the final round, but still it won’t happen if not of her determination to rise on top -- from being a small town girl into a now-superstardom in the country. Believe it or not, Diaz started to lift weights when she was only 9 -- not the one she usually lifts in international stage, but rather firewoods she carry at their backyard in Zamboanga City. Her passion in the sports she would assert mastery in theA future progressed more. Watching her cousins, who are also weight-

lifters, she fell inlove to the sports and started to lift more than 15 kilograms of her weight, little by little. Emelita Diaz, Hidilyn’s mother, reminisced her daughters first win in weightlifting as a student. “It was in Palawan, in a competition called ‘Batang Pinoy’ that Hidilyn first won. That was the start,” Emelita stressed out. Perhaps, this just boosted Hidilyn’s morale and confidence as she would join and win for the Philippines multiple times in SEA Games, Asian Championships, World Championships and now in the prestigious Summer Olympics. Hidilyn’s story was an inspiring story of hope, perseverance and triumph. Unknown to many, she al-

most quitted weightlifting before Rio 2016 but it was in a prayer where she realized that her journey won’t stop here. Now she is an ultimate winner and an inspiration to many aspiring student athletes. “Dati kapag sinasabi kong ‘pangarap kong maging Oylmpic Gold Medalist’ ang tingin ko imposible. Pero noong naka-medal na siya, and maraming Olympic qualifiers parang it gives us hope. Pinapatunayan sa’min nito na hindi imposible kaya ginaganahan kaming mag-training and dream higher,” told Mary Jane Pineda, La Verdad’s Palarong Pambansa 2016 qualifier in Taekwondo on Hidilyn’s historic win.

THE SQUAD. La Verdad Christian School’s taekwondo team posed for a picture after emerging as the best-performing school in Taekwondo in the recently-held South Zone Athletic Meet last September.

La Verdad jins dominate in South Zone Meet BY JULIAN RIKKI REYES, 11-STEM-A AT THIS point in the South Zone Athletic Meet, is there anyone who can stop La Verdad Christian School’s dominance in Taekwondo? Same old question, same answer, though. La Verdad firmed its hold as the top Taekwondo school in the zone after displaying a

With 21 Gold, 3 Silver medals,

solid, powerful performance in this year’s meet en route to 21 gold and 3 silver medals finish. Just like in the previous years, it was a runaway victory for the La Verdarians jins anew as they dominated everyone and everything in front their way to get glory in

South Zone. Leading the team in copping 20+ gold medals are the Lescano siblings who claimed the crown in their respective divisions emphatically. Last year’s Palarong Pambansa qualifier Mary Jane Pineda also shone, but this time as an automatic winner

after no one challenged her in her Light Middleweight Division. Unfortunately of the 24, three jins failed to make it in the next level after Khyle Nario, Arjay Capulong and Lorenzo Bonifacio succumbed in their respective finals game.

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ACCORDING TO author Jorge Afable, Filipino high jumper Simeon Toribio could have won the gold medal in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympiad if not only for the ‘call of nature’. It was a grueling four-hour competition to jump over the bar raised 6-foot-6 high. Toribio, who once made the jump, failed to overcome it the second time because he was distressed by call of nature.

SIMEON TORIBIO, a swimmer from Piddig, Ilocos Norte, is the only Filipino to win two Olympic medals. He won bronze in the 200-meter backstroke event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. HIDILYN DIAZ’ silver medal finish in the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first-ever Filipina to win a medal in the quadrennial game. She was also the first woman who appeared in three successive Olympics. Aside from Olympics, he was the first Philippine weightlifter to win in the World Weightlifting Championship, doing it in Houston last year.

SWEET 16. La Verdad Christian School solidified its status as the South Zone’s Table Tennis king after going perfect 16 of 16 in this year’s South Zone Athletic Meet (SZAM) at its own turf, September 22 and 23. Not only did La Verdad sent its 16 paddlers in the Inter-Zonal Meet, it was also able to keep its undefeated record in the said game for six years in a row now. The Blue Torch’s paddlers methodically whipped their op-

ponents, taking each match in barely 10 minutes without giving up any sets. Stephen Soliman Co, Sean Daniel Briones, Abiel Bulanadi and Frankel Sorno stamped their class as they swept the High School’s Boys category. Pauline Muñoz, Pamela Soriano, Maytrix Tinio and Chloe Miclat also delivered big as they shone in the High School’s Girls event. Young but never unmatched paddlers Reyan Yvess Reg, Lord

Gerard Montellano, Harvy Sunga and Franiel Sorno also went all the way into the gold medal finish so as Racquel Aurellano, Lorin Yambao, Raven Manto and Mikaella Valiao for the elementary girls division. ON TARGET. La Verdad Christian School’s Stephen Soliman Co patiently waiting the ball tao return on his side during the preliminary round of the Boys’ Singles Table Tennis in the 2016 South Zone Athletic Meet last September 22. PHOTO BY IVY MANAG

SZAM 2016: BY RAYMOND JOSEPH MANDAP, 11-STEM-B IT’S TOO early to conclude that La Verdad Christian School’s heavy-favored athletes would reach the level they reached last year anew. But with how they performed in the South Zone Athletic Meet, certainly, they’re going that way. Palarong Pambansa

qualifiers Samuel Delos Santos and Mary Jane Pineda, the High School Table Tennis team and other Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) athletes of last year lived up to their billings as the favorites to win their respective competitions as they came sizzling and went home

triumphant in the recently-concluded SZAM 2016. Dominant as he was last year, Delos Santos practically made mincemeat of his challengers as he defended his titles in the Zone Meet with ease to reach the next level. High School jin Pineda, on the other hand,

only needed to meet her catch weight to formally advance to the Inter-Zone meet. She did so. The High School Table Tennis team, meanwhile, were just simply themselves, crushing everyone they met in the table to remain perfect come the Private Schools Meet.

BY RAYMOND JOSEPH MANDAP, 11-STEM-B LA VERDAD Christian School topped the High School Boys and Girls competition of chess in the 2016 South Zone Athletic Meet at La Verdad’s H.E. Room, September 22 and 23. The Blue Torch’s boys team posted a perfect record of 5-0 slate in both Board 1 and Board 2 to finish ahead of Holy Child of Mary College while the girls team broke a tie with Assumpta Technical High School to snare the

first place. Nammia Bulanadi’s loss to a former La Verdarian now St. Augustine Institute of Pampanga’s student Viona Nepascua in the Round Four almost proved costly for La Verdad as it tied Assumpta after the event. Thanks to her win over Ivory Tuazon of ATHS, however, La Verdad escaped to win the title. St. Vincent’s Academy bagged the third place in the Boys’ competi-

tion while Assumpta finished fourth. Pampanga Colleges completed the top three spots of the Girls’ event, thanks to SAIP’s non-participation in the Board 2.

CHECKPOINT.Nammia Bulanadi, a former Palarong Pambansa qualifier of La Verdad Christian School (LVCS) in Chess, analyzing her moves during one of her match in the 2016 South Zone Athletic Meet (SZAM) at LVCS’ HE Room. PHOTO BY IVY MANAG


La Verdad Christian School’s Grade 7 chesser, Elisa Suing, during one of her game at Board 2 in the 2016 South Zone Athletic Meet Chess Tournament last September 22. PHOTO TAKEN BY IVY MANAG



“The truth always prevails.” SOAR HIGH. La Verdad Christian School’s Samuel delos Santos, who was also a Palarong Pambansa qualifier last year, leaped for his best jump in this year’s South Zone Athletic Meet. He won the gold medal. Photo courtesy of LVCS’ Photojournalism Team.


Lifting the Whole Filipino Pride

This was proven to be true by La Verdad Christian School (LVCS) athletes after bagging a total of 156 medals in the recently-concluded South Zone Athletic Meet (SZAM), September 20 to 23 in different venues around the province.

Throughout the 4-day event, La Verdad claimed 111 gold, 31 silver and 14 bronze medals in five sports disipline, firming its hold as the best school in the zone in terms of sports. The athletics team

recorded most of the school’s medal collection, notching 64 gold, 22 silver and 12 bronze medals Table Tennis followed with 16 total gold, Taekwondo with 21 gold and three silver while 6 gold and 4 silver for

Badminton. The Chess team added 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Getting the overall title anew, Mr. Roldan Villanueva, sports coordinator, expressed his gratitude to the Lord above us and to the

people who trained the students for this competition. Gold medalists of each event represented South Zone in the Pampanga Private Schools Athletic Association (PamPriSAA) Meet last October 17 to 21.


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BY RAYMOND JOSEPH MANDAP, 11-STEM-B FIVE OF La Verdad Christian School’s athletes took active participation during the opening ceremony of the 2016 South Zone Athlet-

ic Meet at Mother Mary Euginie Center of Studies and Schools, Inc. in Minalin, Pampanga. Palarong Pambansa jin Mary Jane Pineda led all the student-athletes in pledging the ‘Oath of Sportsmanship’.

Later on, she was joined by fellow Palarong Pambansa qualifier Samuel de los Santos, CLRAA silver-medalists Abiel Bulanadi, Maytrix Tinio and Glaze Noreen Lescano for the lighting of the torch.

The Torch (First Issue)  

Volume I, Issue No. 1 of The Torch -- The Official Student Publication of La Verdad Christian School

The Torch (First Issue)  

Volume I, Issue No. 1 of The Torch -- The Official Student Publication of La Verdad Christian School