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La Estrella Verde

The Official Senior High School Student Publication of De La Salle University - Dasmariñas



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November 2017 - April 2018

Volume 2 Issue 2

Winning performance. ABM 26’s T’nalak Festival was hailed as the Regional Dance champions during the Student’s Week 2017 at Ugnayang La Salle. Photo by Miguel Martin Saligumba.

Track SCs address student concerns USC VP recommends central council for SHS Sean Patrick De La Cruz Due to recent stumbles concerning the performance of Track Student Council (SC) officers, with some students unrecognizing their presence on student body involvement, Track SC presidents faced concerns on their projects for the current academic year, in hopes of providing reasonable grounds on said issues.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Track President Ryan James Bawasanta has given his response to Lasallian

Festival (LSF) Celebration criticisms, saying that the planning phase was difficult for their part, as the first month of the year was hectic for

the SHS community. Moreover, Technical, Vocational, and Livelihood (TVL) Track SC, see page 15

DLSU-D SHS gears up for grad, ball for pioneer batch Arjielene Javier “We would make sure that the graduation ceremony would be special and memorable,” said Graduation Committee Chair Jemily Mamayson when asked on the details about the first DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Graduation Ceremony, which will be held on May 29 at Ugnayang La Salle.

Smile of winners. Del Rosario (left) and Guevarra (right) hold their awards from The Manila Times Campus Press Awards. Photo by Miguel Martin Saligumba

The Manila Times recognizes Lasallian journalists Leiddy Hazel Peñamora

La Estrella Verde (LEV) student journalists continued to prove their journalism skills in the national area, as Klensch Guevarra and Katherine Anne Del Rosario bagged the Best High School Photography English category and Best High School Literary Piece English category, respectively, in The Manila Times Campus Press Awards on March 14 at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

said tilt. “I was overwhelmed and happy kasi ‘di ko siya ine-expect since ‘di ko alam na sumali pala ‘yung LEV sa competition,” said Guevarra, adding that she was shocked when her fellow photojournalists started sending their congratulatory messages. Guevarra’s photo was the banner photo of LEV’s July-October 2017 issue, which shows the Senior High School (SHS) student leaders and administrators pressing the buzzer for the graduation countdown during the

#GT418 event last July. When asked about the story behind the award-winning shot, Guevarra replied that she was only doing her duties that time. “Nung nakita ko ‘yung kinalabasan nung pic, I was like, ‘Eto na ‘yung…pinakahinihintay ng mga Grade 12 students: (ang) grumaduate,’” she said. On the other hand, Del Rosario also shared a glimpse of her awardwinning piece. She described the story

Editorial Two years for

brighter tomorrows

Features The line between O and A




MNL Times, see page 2

Awards and Recognition In an exclusive meeting held on March 21, the Awards Committee disclosed integral matters on various set of recognitions to be given to students, who had shown exemplary performances in a certain discipline. These awards include academic excellence, leadership award, outstanding performance for


a specific discipline, recognition for work immersion, research, award for organization achievement, loyalty, and special awards for students who stood out in different off-campus competitions. There will also be an award for the most distinguished SHS student who epitomizes the ideal Lasallian graduate who excels in academics, a dedicated leader, and an advocate of the environment and social transformation. The name of the award is yet to be finalized, according to the Awards Committee. Graduation and Yearbook fee Moreover, the committee has also announced the official costs of fees to be spent by the pioneer batch. Students would have to pay a total of P3,800 for the graduation fee, which includes the alumni fee, graduation photo package, toga rental fee, and other graduation expenses. Additionally, Yearbook Facultyin-Charge Jose Apollo Mabini stated that those students who would opt to avail SHS Yearbook have to pay P2,000. When asked about the possible date of the graduation pictorial, Mabini said that it is set to materialize on the third week of April. Graduation, see page 2


Guevarra’s photo “Begin with an end in mind” and Del Rosario’s short story “Secrets in Suburbia” bested other entries from various student publications from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, receiving plaques of recognition, and full scholarship from The Manila Times College. In an interview, both of them expressed their astonishment, as neither of the two knew that their works were LEV’s entries for the

Mamayson revealed that the University has already made plans for the graduation rites, but she said that they can’t disclose definite details yet. “As for the details or preparation we are making, I don’t think it’s something we can reveal, because it has to be revealed on the graduation day, but rest assured that we will do our best to make it special,” she added. Meanwhile, Mamayson shared that the University will adhere to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) graduation theme, “Mag-aaral ng K to 12: Handa sa Hamon ng Buhay (K to 12 Learners: Ready to Face Life’s Challenges).” She also revealed that they are processing significant matters on the upcoming Baccalaureate Mass to be held on May 23. When asked for details about the possible commencement speakers, Mamayson said that they are yet to finalize the said matter.

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Never-ending construction

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SBI students shine in Luzon Research Congress Bawasanta hailed as Best Research Presenter Xander Lauren Cipriano DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) marked a notable performance in the research area as five students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) major in Biology (SBI) were invited for an oral presentation of their research in the first ever Luzon-Wide SHS Research Congress held on March 24 at the University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City.

The research entry, entitled The Growth Effects of Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam. (Kamote) Leaf Pellet to Oreochromis niloticus Linn. (Nile Tilapia), was authored by the following SBI23 students: Ryan James Bawasanta, Archie Dela Cruz, Freia Dela Cruz, Raymond Digma, and

Emelio Januto III. According to STEM Coordinator Jovele Baccay, she couldn’t contain her happiness and excitement when she got the good news about the status of said paper. When asked about the story behind the study, Baccay shared that it was a product from the students’

Practical Research 2 subject and was recommended by their professor Engr. Antonio Mercado. “Now, their research adviser is Ms. (Catherine) Umipig. We informed the group of Ryan to submit their abstract. Luckily, the organizer accepted their paper,” she added.

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Bawasanta as Best Research Presenter Meanwhile, Bawasanta outweighed other 12 Luzon delegates, as he was hailed as Luzon’s Best Research Presenter, under the Scientific and Experimental Research Category. He added that there were 200 research entries at first, until it was trimmed down into respective categories. When asked about his experience in the congress, Bawasanta said that he felt pressured as he was tapped to be the research presenter of the entire institution. Meanwhile, he added that it was also overwhelming, as their study was chosen to compete out of

all the existing researches in the SHS classes. On the other hand, Bawasanta expressed his gratitude to all the people behind their triumph in said congress. “Dine-dedicate ko ‘yung award ko kay Almighty God, to my co-researchers kasi ‘di namin mabubuo ‘yung research without their efforts, sa mga research teachers namin, kay Sir (Antonio) Mercado, Miss Cath (Umipig), and ‘dun sa mga kinuhanan namin ng insights regarding our research,” he stated. It could be noted that this was the first time DLSU-D SHS engaged in a research-affiliated competition.

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Graduation Ball On the other hand, the University is also set to hold a ball for the graduating batch, which will be held on May 21 at Ugnayang La Salle. According to Graduation Ball Committee Head Joseph Mirvin Dadap, interested students must pay P800 until April 30 at the Accounting

Office. As for the theme of the much anticipated gathering, it would require students to wear any black or champagne suit or tuxedo for males and ball gown or long gown for females. Dadap also mentioned that the Graduation Ball is not compulsory to graduating students.

MNL Times, from page 1

Photo by Miguel Martin Saligumba.

LEV wins big in The Journ Project Charliemagne Asuncion

La Estrella Verde (LEV) student journalists have once again sealed their competencies in the journalism field as they have bagged three plaques and four medals in The Journ Project (TJP) held on Feb. 17 at Tanghalang Julian Felipe.

LEV conquered all group competitions, as they were hailed as champions in the Public Service Announcement (PSA) Competition and On-the-Spot Radio Drama Contest. The PSA, which tackled the concept “Filipinos first,” also earned the People’s Choice Award after garnering more than 25,000 views and over 1,700 reactions in a span of one week. PSA Director Maeca Louisse Camus also secured the Best Director award, beating the other three directors. Moreover, LEV’s Radio Team also flaunted their creative styles in the said

tilt, as they gave their own version of “Bakit Delia” using different materials for their sound effects. LEV News-inCharge Lance Angelo Mejico was also hailed as the Best Voice, besting four other contenders. On the other hand, LEV also garnered runner-up places in the individual competitions, as Jennifer Santos and Klensch Gueverra placed second and third for the On-the-Spot Feature Writing and On-the-SpotPhotography contests, respectively. LEV Adviser Jesser Eullo expressed her delight and pride on the recent achievements that LEV received.

“We are already making a name, both for LEV and DLSU-D SHS. LEV’s achievements are, in a way, achievements of Senior High, because we provide opportunities for student journalists to hone their craft,” Eullo said. This marked the first recognition of LEV for 2018, following their notable wins in different national, regional, and division media conferences in the previous year. Pioneered by the Broadcast Journalism Program Council of the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, TJP was participated in by various student journalists from different senior high schools in Cavite.

VCFAS weighs in on SHS students’ enrollment complaints Leiddy Hazel Peñamora Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services (VCFAS) Deodoro Abiog II addressed various criticisms of DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) students regarding the enrollment process, stating that they could work hand-in-hand to tackle certain issues.

According to Abiog, the Accounting Office and SHS administration are in proper coordination regarding the enrollment procedures every semester. When asked about the reasons behind the long lines during the enrollment period on Jan. 8, Abiog said that the SHS and college students all came at the same time, which aggravated the situation. “The enrollment of senior high is supposed to be December... Had all senior high students enroll in December, the lines would not be that long,” he added. He also mentioned that most of the students and parents are completely disregarding the schedule set by the office and the administrators, as they

only pay their fees at their “own convenience.” “If people followed their schedule, then, probably, the line wouldn’t be that long,” Abiog added. Criticisms It could be remembered that the enrollment process for the second semester of A.Y. 2017-2018 has received numerous negative reactions from the SHS community. Some students complained about the heat and others cut the line in order to pay first. They also shared that there were not enough chairs, causing some to stand for about five hours. “We’re paying (almost) P50,000

each sem, sana naman maglagay sila ng upuan,” one student shared. The said student, who stood for two hours straight, also added that a simple monoblock would do, as long as they could take their seats while waiting for their names to be called. Meanwhile, some students also suggested that adding new counters could make the transactions faster. When asked about the said matter, Abiog clarified that they are not planning to increase the number of enrollment counters. “They can pay [their tuition fee] online. There are many channels [on] how to pay. So, you don’t really have to fall in line… because there are other payment centers,” he emphasized. Moroever, Abiog shared that he is yet to attend an evaluation meeting with the Accounting Office, and assured everyone that they would raise adjustments if necessary.

as a depiction of a usual Filipino household told from the perspective of a young girl, who realized that her neighbor was experiencing domestic violence and was enduring it secretly. When asked on the inspiration of the story, Del Rosario said that she knew someone who was experiencing the same thing. “I feel like I need to tell her story somehow,” she stated. Del Rosario added that she wanted to write about something that was already imbued in the society, especially in the Filipino community. LEV Adviser Jesser Eullo expressed her pride for the constant wins of LEV

in various journalism convergences recently. “I am, of course, very proud of the both of them and the whole LEV, not only because it’s a national competition, but the one who recognized their potential is an established national publication,” she said. Eullo also mentioned that other winners are renowned student publications in the country, and this is something that LEV can be proud of. The Campus Press Awards was organized by The Manila Times, the country’s oldest existing English language newspaper, and the Manila Times College.

Prefect launches new guidelines for tardiness, absences Policies received mixed reactions Gayle Josrel Esquida With the aim of enhancing students’ punctuality, Prefect of Discipline Albert John Puchero reinforced the new policies for tardiness and absences after deliberations with the Senior High School (SHS) Student Handbook Drafting and Completion Committee.

Subsequent to the newest guideline, a student will be considered late if s/he arrives within the first 10 minutes for a 1-hour class, first 15 minutes for a 1.5-hour class, first 20 minutes for a 2-hour class, and first 30 minutes for a 3-hour class. Meanwhile, a student will be marked as absent if s/he arrives after the aforementioned time frames. When asked on the specific reasons behind the said policies, Puchero stated that it only prepares the students to be ready on the responsibilities that they have to deal with in college as these rules are similar to the rules in the tertiary level. Reactions of the SHS community The newest guidelines, however, earned positive and negative feedback from the SHS community. Some students considered the rules as a bit inconvenient, especially if they have some personal matters to accomplish. “Being late doesn’t mean you’re irresponsible, it’s just...that there (are) circumstances [and]...students have personal matters to deal with,”


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Jervic Alven Rico (ABM25) said. However, some students said that the recent policies help them in different ways, and make them more disciplined and more sensible individuals. “(These)...will train us for our future, to act professional... and to be more responsible [with regards to time],” Mikaela Asuncion (ENG24) stated. Moreover, the faculty members also commended the latest rules for tardiness and absences, emphasizing that it gives a deeper significance to the moral responsibility of the students. “Coming to school is a very important thing, not only by passing the class,” Christian Values professor Rey Garrido stated. Puchero clarified that the reinforced guidelines will be a preparation for the implementation of the Student Handbook, which will be fully effective next academic year. He also added that they had come up with the said rules as a response to the concerns and strict orders of the Department of Education.

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10 mins. 15 mins. 20 mins. 30 mins. Minutes Late. The new standard late minutes as formulated by the Prefect of Discipline.


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Gusali ng SHS, muling maaantala Gradual phase-out ng JHS para sa SHS, kumpirmado Andrea Oesmer Muling maaantala ang pagpapatayo ng gusali ng DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS), sapagkat patuloy pa ring nakabinbin ang pinakabagong edipisyo ng College of Engineering and Architecture (CEAT) na dapat sana ay nakatakdang simulan noong Enero ngayong taon.

Ginawaran ng parangal ang mga manlalaro ng SHS noong nakaraang Honors Assembly. Kuha ni Caryl Mae Soler

SHS orgs, apektado sa paglisan ng Grade 12 Beatrice Katherine Aguilar Aminado ang mga namumuno sa iba’t ibang organisasyon ng DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) na malaki ang magiging epekto ng pag-alis ng mga kasalukuyang mag-aaral ng Grade 12 sapagkat kaunti lamang ang mga kasapi nilang miyembro mula sa Grade 11.

Ilan sa mga organisasyong maaapektuhan ay ang Student Council (SC), La Estrella Verde (LEV), SHS Yearbook, at Sports Athletic teams. Student Council Ipinahayag ni Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Council Adviser Aron Dave Umali na posibleng mahirapan sa pamamalakad ang mga namumuno sa susunod na taon, sapagkat isang Grade 11 lamang ang kasalukuyang miyembro ng STEM SC. “Maaapektuhan in the sense na isa lang ang may ‘experience’ sa pagiging [parte ng] SC. Kasi ngayon, established na ‘yung working relationship ng isa’t isa, especially since majority sa officers ngayon ay officers din last year,” paglalahad niya. Gayunpaman, may tiwala naman si Umali na madami mula sa kasalukuyang estudyante ng Grade 11 ang may kakayahang gampanan ang mga mababakanteng tungkulin. “Tiwala naman ako na madami sa current Grade 11, and sa susunod na batch ng Grade 11 next school year, ang may potensyal na maging magaling na leader,” paglilinaw niya.

La Estrella Verde Sang-ayon rin si LEV Editor in Chief Micah Juliana Montano sa malawakang epekto ng pagtatapos sa SHS ng mga Grade 12 sa naturang pahayagan. Aniya, mahihirapan ang mga kasalukuyang Grade 11 sa pangangalap ng bagong manunulat at patnugot na bubuo sa LEV. Kaugnay nito, nagbigay naman siya ng payo para sa mga kasalukuyang miyembro at mga nagnanais lumahok sa naturang organisasyon. “Bukod sa kanilang galing at husay sa kanilang mga larangan, importante din ang kanilang commitment at passion sa pagsali. Hindi sapat na may kakahayan lang kung hindi naman sila handa na gawing prayoridad ang kanilang mga responsibilidad sa organisasyon,” pagsasaad ni Montano. SHS Yearbook Samantala, aminado rin si Yearbook Faculty-in-Charge Jose Apollo Mabini na lubos na mahihirapan ang kanilang organisasyon sa susunod na taon, sapagkat 13 sa loob ng 14 na kasapi sa Yearbook ang magtatapos na sa Mayo.

Nang tanungin kung ano ang mga gagawin nilang hakbang upang masolusyonan ang problema, pinaliwanag ni Mabini na kinakailangan nilang mangalap ng mga bagong miyembro na maaasahan, responsable, may kakayahang magplano, at handang tanggapin ang positibo at negatibong nagaganap sa kanilang mga proyekto. Athletic teams Sa kabilang banda, isiniwalat rin ni Sports Moderator Alex Balbio na apektado ang iba’t ibang sports athletic teams sa pag-alis ng mga manlalaro mula sa Grade 12. Ayon sa kanya, dominado ng mga Grade 12 ang mga kasalukkuyang miyembro ng iba’t ibang koponan. Nang tanungin kung ano ang hakbang na kaniyang gagawin sa susunod na pang-akademikong taon, ipinahayag niya na bukod sa pangangalap ng bagong miyembro, maari rin silang magbigay ng scholarship, kung kakayanin ng ilalaang pondo. “If the fund will allow siguro recruitment of players, [magbibigay ng] scholarship athletics if possible…We cannot recruit outside without any scholarship…kung meron sanang scholarship, we can recruit bigger players coming from the outside school,” pagsasaad ni Balbio.

Cajandab, hinarap ang batikos ng mga estudyante sa clearance signing Lexi France Angeles Bumuwelta si Assistant Registrar Cecilia Cajandab laban sa pambabatikos ng mga estudyante ukol sa sistema ng pagpirma ng mga student clearances nitong nakaraang semestre, na sinabing nagbigay na sila ng sapat na konsiderasyon sa naturang isyu.

Ayon kay Cajandab, matagal na niyang inanunsyo ang mga detalye tungkol sa mga dokumentong kinakailangang ayusin, na tila binalewala lang ng mga estudyante. “September o October palang ay sinabi na namin sa mga estudyante at advisers na papirmahan na nila ‘yung clearance nila,” pagsasaad niya. Kaugnay nito, ipinahayag rin ni Cajandab na hindi lang sila ang may kasalanan sa nangyaring proseso, sapagkat mayroon ding ilang mga guro ang mabagal sa pagpipirma ng mga naturang clearances. Sang-ayon naman dito si STEM faculty Maurice Olivier Baylan, na sinabing ang kagustuhan ng ibang

guro na by section ang pagpasa ng clearance ang isa sa mga kadahilanan ng matagal na pagpirma. Samantala, kinuwestyon naman ng ilang estudyante ang pahayag ni Cajandab na kinakailangang matapos ang clearance bago makapag-enroll para sa ikalawang semestre. Pinabulaanan ito ng ilang mag-aaral na sinabing hindi naisakatuparan ang naturang panukala, sapagkat walang hiningi ang Accounting Office na clearance noong sila ay nagbayad ng matrikula. Sinagot naman ito ni Cajandab na sinabing binigyan na lamang nila ng konsiderasyon ang mga estudyanteng makapag-enroll ng maaga, kahit wala pa silang clearance na naiprepresenta.

Sa isang panayam, ibinahagi rin ni Cajandab na mayroon pang mga estudyanteng hindi pa tapos sa pagpapapirma ng kani-kanilang clearance. “Hanggang ngayon nga, mayroon pa ring mga estudyanteng naghahabol ng requirements nila,” paglalahad ni Cajandab. Kaugnay nito, ipinahayag rin niya na mas magiging mahigpit na ang kanilang opisina ngayong semestre, sapagkat katapusan na ito ng akademikong taon. Dagdag pa dito, muli namang pinaalalahanan ni Cajandab ang lahat ng estudyante na magpapirma ng maaga, upang maiwasan ang pagkaantala ng kanilang mga dokumento.

Ayon kay Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services (VCFAS) Deodoro Abiog II, nakatakda silang magsagawa ng konkretong plano ukol sa gusali ng SHS pagkatapos ng konstruksiyon ng gusali ng CEAT, na maaaring matapos sa susunod na taon. Ibinahagi rin ni Abiog na sisimulan pa lamang ang pagtatayo ng bagong edipisyo ng CEAT sa Abril, taliwas sa kanyang pahayag sa nakaraang isyu ng La Estrella Verde (LEV Vol. 2 Issue 1), kung saan kanyang ibinahagi ang pagpapatatag ng gusali sa unang buwan ng 2018. Gayunpaman, siniguro naman ni Abiog ang pagkakaroon ng sariling gusali ng naturang departamento. “Having their (SHS) own building, yes, that is part of the master plan. But the year, the design, how many floors, etc., all the details might not yet be available now, because we will still go into the planning, the designing, etc.,” paglalahad niya. Gradual phase-out ng JHS para sa SHS Sa kabilang banda, kinumpirma

naman ni Abiog at Junior High School (JHS) Director Cristina Padilla ang lumalaganap na usap-usapan ukol sa unti-unting paghihinto ng operasyon ng JHS upang magbigay daan sa mga estudyante ng SHS. Dagdag pa dito, ipinahayag ni Padilla na para sa ikabubuti ng sistema ng Unibersidad ang nasabing desisyon. “The university is a tertiary university, and it wants to focus on programs which are very similar to the tertiary programs. And the senior high school programs are the ones which are very similar with the tertiary program, so the school decided to focus on the senior high school,” pagsasaad niya. Kaugnay nito, nakatakdang matapos ang operasyon ng JHS sa pangakademikong taong 2020-2021, kung kailan magtatapos na ng Grade 10 ang mga kasalukuyang Grade 7 na magaaral. Samantala, muli namang sinubukan ng LEV na hingan ng pahayag si Buildings and Facilities Maintenance Director Architect Dennis Pontanilla, ngunit tumanggi siyang magbigay ng detalye sa naturang isyu.

Web Editor ng LEV, bagong miyembro ng isang nat’l youth org Leiddy Hazel Peñamora Pasok si La Estrella Verde (LEV) Web Editor Maeca Louisse Camus sa 11 bagong miyembro ng Junior Council-National Executive Board (JC-NEB) 2018 ng Children’s Museum and Library, Inc. (CMLI).

Ayon kay Camus, matagal na niyang hinahangaan ang naturang organisasyon, sapagkat naglalayon itong magtaguyod ng kapakanan at pag-unlad ng kabataang Pilipino, sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang patimpalak, eksibisyon, at pantasaral. Dagdag pa niya, hinubog siya ng CMLI na makisama at makisalamuha sa mga kabataan, sa pamamagitan ng mga kompetisyon at mga pantas-aral. Nang tanungin ang kanyang reaksyon noong nalaman niya ang anunsyo, ibinahagi ni Camus na magkahalong tuwa at kaba ang kanyang naramdaman, sapagkat kaakibat nito ang malaking responsibilidad na dapat niyang pagbutihin. “…Kabado, kasi malaki ‘yung responsibility na panghahawakan, and all eyes are on us din since we’re the 60th batch ng JC-NEB,” pagsasaad ni Camus. Kabilang sa kanyang mga responsibilidad ang pagdalo sa mga pagpupulong na ginaganap linggolinggo, kung saan pinagpaplanuhan nila ang iba’t ibang proyekto na kanilang pamumunuan. Samantala, ipinahayag naman ni Camus na hindi niya maaaring ibahagi ang mga detalye sa pagpasok sa CMLI, ngunit aminado siyang mahirap na proseso ang kanyang pinagdaanan bago makamit ang naturang posisyon.

Camus. Kuha ni Miguel Martin Saligumba

Kaugnay nito, nag-iwan din siya ng mensahe para sa mga nagnanais na maging miyembro ng CMLI sa susunod na taon. Ayon sa kanya, mahirap, nakakakaba, at nakakapagod ang proseso, ngunit kanyang ipinaalala na hindi dapat malimutan ng mga kabataan ang dahilan kung bakit nila ninais sumali sa naturang organisasyon. “You joined this organization to empower, lead, and inspire the youth with great excellence, all for God and the nation,” paninindigan ni Camus. Isang taong maninilbihan si Camus bilang parte ng JC-NEB, na may adbokasiyang hubugin ang kakayahan ng mga kabataang Pilipino.



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La Estrella Verde The Official Senior High School Student Publication of De La Salle University - Dasmariñas

EDITORIAL BOARD A.Y. 2017-2018 Micah Juliana Montano EDITOR IN CHIEF Nathan Kristoffer Manikan ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jean Geibrielle Romero MANAGING EDITOR Warren David Saga COPY EDITOR Lance Angelo Mejico NEWS-IN-CHARGE Jelo Ritzhie Mantaring FEATURES EDITOR Wynona Raechel Magnaye SPORTS EDITOR Elaissa Bautista LITERARY EDITOR Romeo Christopher Avila ART-IN-CHARGE Leerick Bautista LAYOUT EDITOR Miguel Martin Saligumba PHOTO EDITOR Maeca Louisse Camus WEB EDITOR Kiela Aivory Fonte RADIO PROGRAM MANAGER NEWS

Beatrice Katherine Aguilar, Lexi France Angeles, Charliemagne Asuncion, Xander Lauren Cipriano, Sean Patrick Dela Cruz, Gayle Josrel Esquida, Arjielene Javier, Andrea Oesmer, Leiddy Hazel Peñamora


Kristine Mae Evangelista, Leenarc Ashley Delos Reyes, Jennifer Santos, Zion Jil Villela


Angelica Alcaraz, Ingrid Del Rosario, Franceska Nicole Canquin, Gian Elrich Sandoval


Liana, Bongao, Geraldine Rambano, Elli Isaiah Amado, Katherine Anne del Rosario, Blesilda Mae Padolina, Kim Nicole Toledo, Sofia Clyde Vinuya


Cris Matthew Canada, Jennifer Diola, Ailene Joyce Puzon, Ayumi Wada


Wella Jean Mae Abobo, Willem Dominic Dimas, Angelica Marie Dionisio, Izabelle Mari Siarot


Juvilee Galacgac, Klensch Guevarra, Mark Fernan Ignacio, Princess Mijares, Mary Joyce Simon, Caryl Mae Soler


Martha Ann Abesamis, Nadine Claire Bautista, Leila Gomez, Julian Patric Semilla


Two years for brighter tomorrows After two years of going through a novel, untested, and grueling experiment designed for “better futures”, the first batch of senior high school (SHS) students are now poised to brave the next step of their journeys―may it be tertiary education or seeking employment. The K-12 curriculum boasts a rather hefty notion; however, two years do not seem to be enough time to actually prepare SHS graduates for “brighter tomorrows”. SHS, which encompasses Grades 11 and 12, refers to the additional two years in the country’s basic education cycle that was implemented nationwide in S.Y. 2016-2017 under Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10533). It covers the last two years of the K-12 program where the students will take up core, applied, and specialized subjects under a track of their choice. Its objective is to ensure that by the time students graduate after Grade 12, they will have the standard knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to go to college, or to start working in the industry. In recent months however, concerns regarding the readiness of K-12 graduates have started coming up, generating a buzz both online, and off. Many netizens, particularly SHS students themselves, have expressed their opinions, with some stating that the two additional years of SHS did not produce college-ready students, and instead “nobody has [the] motivation to go to college anymore.” Moreover, another stated that the K-12 curriculum wasn’t able to do its job of producing “efficient, skilled, and work-ready” students, instead yielding “sleepdeprived, mentally drained, and depressed” students. These claims are quite alarming, as numerous people were in agreement. ACT Teacher Representative France Castro also stated that K-12 graduates will not have easier access to job opportunities, contrary to DepEd’s promise, adding that even college graduates “have a hard time looking for jobs with decent wages… how much more do we expect from Grade 12 graduates?” The K-12 curriculum, and the additional two years of SHS were laid out with good intentions, understandably. It has had its benefits, as some subjects commonly taken in the first or second year of college have already been taught in SHS, decreasing the number of units to take in college. It has also given students learning experiences that are not confined in the four walls of classrooms, as Grade 12 students are required to go through work immersion as a requirement for graduation, equipping them with knowledge and basic industry skills on their chosen field. However, in the process of producing future-ready students, important personal aspects such as the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of these students are sacrificed. SHS students have described their “guinea pig” experiences to be filled with anguish and turmoil that have took a toll on them, multiple times. Some even have stated that K-12 didn’t make them college-ready at all, as it made them more undecided on the programs they will pursue for tertiary education. Perhaps a better way to ensure that SHS students are more enthusiastic of pursuing their desired undertakings upon graduating is to invest more on providing them with knowledge in the working environment of their chosen fields, in lieu of the tremendous amounts of academic outputs they are expected to produce, even though some are not even relevant to their desired fields. In doing so, not only do SHS students become more well-equipped future workers, they are also exposed better to their potential professions, and are allowed to cultivate their passions in the process. Ensuring that K-12 graduates are also given good job opportunities, through the government’s efforts, after their completion of SHS could also motivate students to enter the workplace and be productive citizens of our country. The K-12 curriculum and SHS have had its ups and downs. However, these speed bumps do not spell the end for the K-12 learners’ journeys towards success. Through further improvement on the system, continuous efforts of ardent educators, and unbridled passion in the minds and hearts of students, we will be able to secure a better future and a brighter tomorrow, with K-12.


Elli Isaiah Amado, Regina Noreen Arahan, Charliemagne Asuncion, Sophia Therese Cano, Christian Geoffrey Capistrano, Xander Lauren Cipriano, Nia Sara Marjael Masbad, Lance Angelo Mejico, Ciela Andrea Roasa, Blesilda Mae Padolina


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November 2017 - April 2018

Method to the Madness

Nathan Kristoffer Manikan


how of hands, everybody. Raise your hands if you’ve held disappointment towards an instance that occurred, within the grounds of our beloved University, that you wanted to offer your two cents and say something but were too afraid of being reprimanded by doing so. Now, if that seems familiar to you, then congratulations, you are aware of the crime of speaking one’s mind. It’s no secret that all administrations want to keep their reputations as clean as possible. However, the thing is, not everyone will find themselves satisfied by everything an administration does. Take for instance, our own University’s SHS students. It’s no rarity that students tend to flock to social media to speak their minds, or as condescending people would say, “rant” whenever something unpleasing for them occurs, particularly when it comes to their educational experience. Unfortunately,

What lies ahead of us? Obiter Dicta Micah Juliana Montano


s I was writing my last column for La Estrella Verde (LEV), Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” played over and over again in my head, and it got me a little teary. Although, it’s not actually the end of me yet, but soon, we will be passing over LEV’s legacy to the next batch, and that soon is very near. Oh, how I remember how we started from scratch—literally nothing. Well, aside from the aforementioned transition of the editorial board of LEV, a great switch is also about to happen in the lives of the Grade 12 students, as this is the last semester of their senior high school (SHS) life. Moving along with the season of college applications, the graduating SHS students took several college entrance tests (CETs) to try their shot in their dream university/universities. Most of them applied for the Big 4 Schools in the Philippines, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and University of Santo Tomas, for different reasons, such as: (1) quality of education, (2) facilities and innovations, (3) diverse range of courses offered, (4) university organizations, (5) cost of fees, and (6) career opportunities. Every now and then, we see posts from our friends who have passed their CETs and have their minds settled already for what they want to pursue in the future. And maybe, if you are someone who’s still uncertain with

what you want to do with your life after SHS, you may find these posts stressful, rather than something encouraging and inspiring. If this is the case, then you have to let yourself stop for a while and breathe. Shut all the voices and expectations down and just listen to your own heart. What do YOU want to do? Where do YOU want to go? You have to understand that choosing what university and course to take is one tough and dreading decision to make. It can also be as pressuring and as compelling as you think. But, is it really a university that will determine one’s future?

Shut all the voices and expectations down”

Being able to take the course that you want in the university that you’ve always dreamt of—wow, what a concept. But. if things don’t go the way that you have planned or imagined them, it is okay. It doesn’t mean that you are not as good or as smart as those who have passed. It’s just that God has better plans for you; trust Him and His ways, darling. And one day, you will realize that it was worth it. So, to my fellow Grade 12 students, graduation is fast approaching. Are you ready to face the next chapter of your life?

The Crime of Speaking One’s Mind this act is often punished by the administration itself, even when the student has a sensible reason to say his piece. With this, I think it says a lot about how oppressive an administration is when it cannot even take criticism from the very people it should be serving, which, in the case of the administration in question, are the students. Yes, at times, some students’ comments get a little bit overboard and too harsh already, and in no way should this behavior be encouraged. However, if a student is expressing his or her sentiments in a non-derogatory manner, then why must it be censored? Do you think a student would just make a comment on how, for example, some of his professors spend more time dressing themselves up to look good rather than actually providing quality education just for the heck of it? No! He gives a piece of his mind because he knows what he deserves as a student, as a paying student for

that matter, out of his educators, the administration, and the school. Additionally, what exactly is the point of monitoring students’ social media lives, as with Twitter and Snapchat? Yes, understandably, one’s

Suppressing voices isn’t discipline, it’s tyranny” discipline should extend even outside the campus. However, is this really something an administration should trouble itself to do? Why not start with providing more professional and quality educators, holding more activities that will both benefit and be of the students’ interests, looking after the students’ welfare, and implementing better policies to help avoid untoward incidents within the

campus? Wouldn’t that lessen the amount of “rants” more effectively and efficiently, and benefit both parties, compared to silencing the students, invalidating their concerns, and even punishing them for it? Suppressing voices isn’t discipline, it’s tyranny. Does it honestly make our University look better if the administration needs to extinguish any form of disagreement towards their actions? Quite the opposite, friends. In no way is one side more correct than another, for both have their own share of flaws and faults. So, let’s bridge the gap. Instead of animosity and punishment being both sides’ respective first moves, why don’t we try establishing a better sense of communication, one wherein both parties know how to bravely share their sentiments, and also respectfully listen to that of the other. Speaking one’s mind should never have been a crime to begin with, and I hope that one day, it will not be, anymore.


November 2017 - April 2018

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On answering back Between those Words Jean Geibrielle Romero

“Aba, sumasagot-sagot ka na ngayon!” hat’s wrong with defending yourself ? What’s wrong in explaining yourself ? When did it become illegal to say your side on an incident? Most Filipino children have experienced getting scolded for answering or talking back to their parents. Indeed, it’s true that it is not right for kids, or any child, to talk back to their parents, that they must always listen to whatever their parents say and never disrespect them. But sometimes, it is their parents who seem to forget to listen to their children. They think that being respectful is being obedient, and not obeying means disrespecting. It is never about being disrespectful, it is about being disobedient. Showing authority over your children or to young ones is not bad, since it instills in their minds that they need to show respect to those around them. But let us remember that they also have the right to be heard; it is never wrong to stand up for what you believe in, as long as you’re in the right track. This isn’t about letting them make excuses for whatever they did, it is about making a healthier relationship between parents and children. It is about


building and showing trust. It is about making and helping them grow as successful individuals. It is a big deal for Filipino families whenever the younger ones try to answer or talk back to their parents or any elders. People often see this as something disrespectful. People expect you to respect everyone older than you, simply because they’re older. Age can be a factor to show the experiences one has, but it doesn’t necessarily give anyone the license to be respected; respect is earned, and is not just given to anyone you meet.

Listen to them. Let them speak.” Being an adult or someone older doesn’t mean that you are always right, that you always do good, and that you are better than the younger ones. “Papunta ka pa lang, pabalik na kami.” Elders justify themselves with this statement. Children before could have even experienced various ways of disciplinary actions done by their parents because of answering back, trying to explain themselves. People need to accept and learn that whatever they have experienced before doesn’t always apply today. One’s generation

doesn’t define the other, and they will never forever be right. To the adults, there would be instances where you are the ones who are wrong, and you need to accept that. Set aside your pride. Your child is more important that your ego. Learn to apologize and say sorry to your child. This would help them trust you more and be open to you without fear of being scolded or something. This would help them grow as a person, and learn that being mature is by accepting your own mistakes and knowing when to say sorry. Listen to them, let them speak, let them explain themselves. This is the only way you can better connect and understand your children; it is one of the best ways on how you can show your trust to your child, and on how to build a closer relationship with them. ..Let them feel that their thoughts matter, that they’re someone worth listening to. After all, they are not just somebody else, they are your own children, your own blood. Remember that listening to them doesn’t mean tolerating them on answering back and disobeying you. Listening to them is somehow training them to learn to stand on what they know and believe is right, and to stand for themselves because after all, we cannot always be on their side to protect them, no one will defend them except themselves.

Experiment 747: Lab Report Devoir versus Delight Warren David Saga


xperiments aren’t only conducted by scientists—students, teachers, people of curious and answer-seeking minds, and the like—they can as well. And they don’t always have to be done in laboratories, nor are they required to involve test tubes, graduated cylinders, and chemical explosions. Sometimes, they involve government officials, an entire country, and fourth year high school students—Grade 10 students, I mean. This particular experiment is the K-12 Program which, I am confident that you are familiar with. Tell me, how does it feel to be a lab rat? We’ll get to why you were just referred to as an animal in a short while; let’s first discuss said experiment’s origin. The Philippines, with its steadfast attempts towards development and desire for global competitiveness, strives and exerts visible efforts to achieve said goals. The year is 2011, and the government noticed that almost all countries worldwide have something in common with their education: they all have 12 years of basic education instead of 10. Seeking to be on the same level, on May 15, 2013, former president Benigno Aguino III approved the Republic Act No. 10533, or the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013”. It, unfortunately, ensued a widespread backlash from the citizens, who argued that it is unfair for those who would not be affected or are “safe from the curse”, referring to the batch of students who graduated fourth year high school year 2016 and earlier, since they are able to proceed to tertiary education sans the twoyear inclusion. The apparent problem is that students (or more particularly, their parents/families), therefore, who are unwillingly affected, would have

to spend more money for tuition fees. This is why the “senior high school” is most commonly denoted as a burden to the Filipinos. Despite its existence for a few years now, it is still being criticized by the common folk. The implementation of the act led the supposed-to-be-high-schoolgraduates into a fork in the road: one path leading to college, the other to employment. Since there are evidently quite a huge number of lowincome and impecunious people in the country, the latter path sounded reassuring, with its ability to vaporize two years’ worth of college education, therefore requiring a lesser time to land a job for those who do not want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, their dreams were crushed, like the air crushing a soda can in an air pressure experiment, when, recently, the Philippine Chamber of

(Experiments) don’t always have to be done in labs... Sometimes, they involve government officials, an entire country, and...high school students” Commerce and Industry declared that K-12 graduates are seemingly not work-ready, despite the two years of added secondary education, which included in its curriculum specialized and applied subjects distinct for each track, and an immersion process in

which students engaged in different jobs suited to their chosen courses. As a devastating result, employers will be hesitant in accepting, or, worse, will not accept K-12 graduates at all, deeming them unequipped with the necessary skills needed for jobs. This will leave those hopeful students and families with a broken promise—a shattered Erlenmeyer flask, which only meant one thing: the experiment was a failure. Experiments do not guarantee success. That’s why they are being done in the first place—you are testing something to see if your hypothesis is right, regardless of whether it yields fruitful results or unfortunate failures. But, risks are needed to be weighed and taken into account to identify if the venture will be worthwhile and not regrettable. In the event that the risk concerns most of the nation’s citizens, people overseeing the experiment must be of broad knowledge and keen discernment to successfully ascertain if it is worth conducting or not, and must consider everything and everyone that would be affected in the process. Does our government fit into said description? Others might not agree. They wanted a shortcut to the future, but it was a shortcoming that they produced. It is not the Bunsen burner’s fault that dismay was brewed instead of satisfaction. Analyze this risk: millions of students across the country, who were supposed to head to college after four years of high school, but took a roundabout route and, instead, had two more years added, waving goodbye to hundreds of thousands of money, with the promise of a chance at employment afterwards, hoodwinked and said to that they are not yet ready for and worthy of jobs—is it worth it? For the country and the people’s sake, I truly hope it is.


Separated Council Beyond Sound Waves Lance Angelo Mejico


or two consecutive years, we are being governed by three different Track Councils who have provided us school affairs that unleashed our potentials and greatness. They are the minds behind the school activities which momentarily distanced us from the academic world and have enlivened our slumbered spirits. But despite the perseverance that they have shown for their projects, they still received criticisms from the SHS community, due to their failures to do their jobs flawlessly. Personally, I agree that our Student Council hadn’t raised a solid and flawless school affair, especially this academic year. Most of their projects are comprised of cluttered events, rushed preparations, and repetitive programs. For me, the Track Councils lack a lot of unity and harmony, which may be the cause of these noticeable deficiencies. But we couldn’t put all the blame of these imperfections on them. Based from my observations, not having one supreme council for the SHS community made them divided and disunited. Obviously, this does not only affect their personal relationships, but it also affects the common good of the entire student body. But aside from that, this present government has to be discussed by the administration, as there are several effects that are visible, and might emerge in the future. First, this led them to experience miscommunication in their projects. The cluttered Students’ Week 2017, controversial Intramurals, and apathetic LSF 2018 Celebration are the results of said factor. Also, there are times where separate announcements

coming from the three councils in the Facebook group are being posted, despite it containing the same information. Second, this federalism-like council creates a tendency for a certain event to be one track-centered. One great example is this year’s LSF Celebration. Most of the programs that were created are in favor of STEM students, and there were limited programs intended for other tracks. Additionally, there were no activities allotted for ABM and ADV students for the whole duration of the LSF week. This tendency is really possible with this kind of council, as they tend to focus on their own fields of specialization.

It’s the time for break divisions.”

And lastly, it affects their relationship with other council members. As I have observed, our Track Councils are distant with each other, which affects their goal of harmonizing the SHS community. They seem to be disconnected, which resulted to split decisions and segregated programs. Well, they can’t unify the whole student body, if they are not unified themselves. I wrote this article not to rebuke the deficiencies of our student leaders, but to raise awareness on what is happening, and what might possibly happen with the existing type of student government that we have. Truth be told, it is the time for change. It is the time to take action. It is the time to break divisions. Sometimes, too much quantity affects the quality of certain things. What we need is not a quality of quantity, but to have a quantity of quality.

Of revolutions and democracies The Unscripted Elaissa Bautista


grew up with words being the ones to destroy me and, at the same time, put me back to pieces. I was told a lot of times as a child that I must not stop myself from saying anything I wanted to say, because freedom of speech was one of the perks of a democratic country— something I did not realize the importance of, until I became a student journalist. My previous teachers told me that words can be mighty, just like how our national hero, Jose Rizal, brought sweet independence to us through his writings. I always thought words were my ally, until one day, in junior high school, when I respectfully stood in front of our principal to speak up about some of our class’s concerns regarding our school’s system and new regulations. After being the talk of the entire faculty for weeks because I was politely speaking up about something I believed in, I realized that the words I once thought were free—were actually caged. The people who taught us freedom were the same people who suppressed us. It was distressing how I wanted to become more than just a person. I wanted to be influenced and, at the same time, I wanted to influence others. But, slowly, as I went to the long ride, I learned that the influence I always desired will be challenging, especially

when you are a teenager in this country of masked democracy. When Jose Rizal said that “Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan,” I think he did not intend to say “Kabataan ang pagasa ng bayan, pero sundin mo lahat ng sinasabi ng nakakatanda sa iyo kasi sila lang ang nakakaalam ng tama.” Teenagers nowadays have strong spirits of democracy, using every opportunity they can get to speak their minds out, despite being argued by the more experienced citizens of the country. Hindering democracy just because we are younger and less experienced does not connote righteousness. This should be the perfect time to welcome the new generation of influencers and game-changers which starts within us: the youth.

I wanted to become more than just a person”

Protests headed by college students from various universities across the country, young and fresh ideas from the emerging activism in the arts, and even histories being brought back to life through veracious journalism— all brought to life by the 21st century Filipino youth. At the end the the day, revolution comes in a form of democracy, and democracy comes in a form of revolution.



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November 2017 - April 2018

Tamang timpla ng sinigang at representasyon Metered Verbosity

Jelo Ritzhie Mantaring


a araw na mababasa mo ito, umere na ang teleseryeng Bagani, na kung saan bida si Liza Soberano. Noong nakaraan, samu’t saring tweets at posts ang naglalaman ng opinyon sa teleserye, pati na rin sa pagganap ng iilang artista. Kung titingnan, naghatid ito ng kontrobersiya, dahil lumabas ang isyu na hindi naman daw Pilipino si Liza, na naging ugat sa pagsagot din ng naturang artista. Nagbunsod ito ng pagkapanganak ng panibagong meme na pinagpiyestahan ng netizens. Paunahan sila sa pagiging witty sa pag-tweet patungkol sa paboritong pagkain bilang isang basehan sa pagka-Pilipino. Siguro sa isang buwan ng pag-ere ng Bagani, laos na ang isyu ng sinigang at pumapatok na rin ang teleserye na ito, pero ang isyu ng representasyon, na ngayon ay patuloy na binubuksan, ay hindi malalaos. Ang representasyon ng isang lahi sa mga plataporma ng media ang nagiging daan upang maibahagi ang kultura nito sa iba pang lahi. Bawat aksyon at desisyong gagawin ng karakter, ang pananamit at pananalita, ang buong katauhan nito, ang maaaring maging isang salamin upang masabi ng nakatanggap ng impormasyon,

“Ay, ganoon pala sila?” Ang hitsurang makikita ng mga manonood, kung sa telebisyon man ito, ang magtatakda kung natanggap na ba natin ang sariling atin. Alam naman natin na kayumanggi, pango ang ilong, at siguro may makapal ang labi ang isang tipikal na Pinoy. Hindi man natin maikakaila na patuloy pa ring pinagtatawanan at hindi maiging tinatanggap ang mga katangiang ito. Ngunit sa paggamit ng social media, tahasang ipinapaabot ang mga opinyong kailangang marinig. Kailangan marinig ng lahat na ito na ang oras sa pagkamit ng

Hindi isang rason ang paggamit ng piksyon” maayos na representasyon nating mga Pilipino sa media. Isang kahibangan ang pagtutol dito sa pagsabi ng, “Bakit noong mga naunang Darna, ‘di kayo nagsalita?” Mulat na ang iba sa atin at untiunti na nilang nilalakasan ang kanilang mga boses. Hinihingi na ang tamang representasyon para sa ikabubuti ng ating lahi. Hindi lang dapat maisalamin na mabait,

magalang, at hospitable ang mga Pinoy, kung hindi ay ipinagmamalaki rin dapat natin ang hitsura ng mga ninuno natin. Ngunit may naiwang tanong sa ere: bakit hindi pa ibase mismo sa mga pre-colonial na Pilipinong istorya at mitolohiya ang lahat ng elemento sa teleserye? Bakit kailangan pang panindigan na ito ay kathang-isip lamang? Na ito ay isang mundong nakabase sa piksyon? Hindi isang rason ang paggamit ng piksyon upang hindi maging responsable sa paghahatid ng kamalayan na dapat tanggapin ang mga tipikal na karakteristik ng isang Pinoy. Mapa-katotohanan o kathangisip man, ang mga impormasyong ihahain ay siyang magtatakda sa kung anong daanan ang lalakaran ng isang indibidwal. Lahat naman tayo ay may kalayaan na sundin ang ating imahinasyon, pananaw, at pinaniniwalaan, pero kalakip ng kalayaan na ito ang isang adhikain na magsimula ng isang pagbabago para sa isang maayos na lipunan. Ang likhang gawa ng dila at salita, kamay at imahinasyon, ang magiging daan upang maisakatuparan ang pagiging Pilipino natin. Kaya, kakain ka na lang ba ng sinigang upang masabi na Pilipino ka? Matanong lang.

Down the drain What’s the Sitch?

Wynona Raechel Magnaye


he stench of dirty water that greeted me as I entered the room, as always, made even my eyes puke. A trip to the bathroom was always an adventure. I took in my last breath of fresh air before charging into one of the stalls. Around two minutes was all I had before I pass out from lack of oxygen. I went straight to business; time check: 30 seconds left. If I wasn’t raised with bathroom courtesy I might’ve made it, but unfortunately, I was. I pressed the handle to flush any evidence of my presence. Silence was all that followed. With no choice, I breathe in the bathroom air and tried flushing again, but it was all in vain. Enter the realization that, once again, there was a problem with the water pressure or the water supply itself, which meant no water in the bathrooms. Coming up to my second year at the University, the situation doesn’t surprise nor bother me anymore. I have become all to familiar with the occasional “water shortage” in the comfort rooms, but I shouldn’t be. Just like any student, I pay my tuition fee to study at the school. So, why are there still facilities that provide substandard service for the money I pay? And it’s not just the toilets. I can “proudly” say that for all the semesters

I have studied at De La Salle, not once have I experienced a classroom with a functioning TV. It even got to the point where the room had no TV at all. We had to improvise with projectors. Therein lies the problem. We, loyal, paying students, are forced to adjust to our situations and find a way to make it work. We pay almost P50,000 per semester, only to be provided with waterless bathrooms, flashing ceiling lights, caving ceilings, broken down ceiling fans, and defective TVs. Surely this isn’t what we paid for, or, more correctly, what our parents paid for Aside from the [roughly] 30,000peso tuition fee, students are also charged with several payments that cover the use of facilities and other miscellaneous items. Every semester, we are credited with an additional 10,000 pesos yet there seems to be no improvement in the state of the utilities and equipment we are given. Albeit we are not given the breakdown of these costs, the university compensates by creating programs and installing new technology to appease the crowds by giving them tangible developments. One example is the free WiFi. Established only last year, the free WiFi provides Lasallians in the West Campus with internet connection in hopes of aiding their education. However great this service is, we should not be satisfied by a few minor upgrades when the funds could be used to advance the much-needed utilities such as broken screen projectors or lack of proper air conditioning in the

classrooms. . We should be getting quality facilities with functioning utilities just like we were promised. According to a study, the learning environment a student is in is just as important as the teachers they have. Universities shouldn’t shy away from these problems but instead try to fix them for the benefit of their clients.

“Why should

we adjust?” The initiative of the university to change also lies in us. We have to help the school so that it can help us. As students, we need to respect the equipment and facilities we are using. Technically, these are still owned by the school, so we should learn to take care of it and return it to the proper manner. If we save the school money on repairs and maintenance, they can use it on new, functional, and much needed equipment. Keep in mind that these things will still be used by other strands and students. Learn to take care of the stuff and not vandalize any school property. Maybe then the university can make investments on things we actually need, so that our money doesn’t just go down the drain.

Unpopular opinions in a nest Bird Life Kiela Aivory Fonte


witter has become the nest of people tweeting about their unpopular opinions. Before Twitter updated, a new user will start as an egg, and his tweets will represent his bird life. As the number of Twitter users grew, people became more open with their thoughts. From tweeting what has happened about their day, throwing shades, and spilling teas, to finally speaking up about their opinions. Not only has Twitter evolved, but the people using it as well. Since then, Twitter has become the home of woke people. People started to bicker about sinigang or adobo, pineapple on pizza (which has always been an issue on Twitter), avocado being overrated, and the flourishing OPM bands. And here’s my unpopular opinion: Twitter is where drama happens. It’s a nest full of preaches, receipts, aesthetic pictures with lyrics on it, lock screens, and astrology. Twitter can literally make Libras fight the Capricorns. As unpopular opinions bud on Twitter, people get to share about what they like or dislike. They make polls about the latest trends, and turn petty quarrels into an entertaining argument. Not only has Twitter been a place for leisure, but it has also become a spot for latest controversies. It is important that we are up-to-date in political and social issues because, as Filipino citizens, it is our responsibility to contribute and protect our county. Twitter is just another gateway to voice out your thoughts and discover different perceptions. You might not

understand the latest news you’ve read online, but someone could sum it all up in a thread. It has also become a norm in Twitter where people share insights from effective hacks to mind blowing history facts. Some users would say, “Twitter is not toxic if you follow the right people.” We might not get to pick the people we work with but we get to choose to follow the people who will empowerall genders. These people will enlighten us about humanity, equality, and other issues that we don’t really understand. Let’s make Twitter become our

Twitter is where drama happens” source of education other than the school and observe what’s happeningin the different parts of the world. Let us socialize and talk about everything that matter, even the underrated and overrated ones. Let us continue to keep our culture and preserve the things that represent our history. As time goes by, people are getting more aware about everything and everyone by just scrolling through their timeline. People are getting more confident about their unpopular opinions and, when the right time comes, these unpopular opinions could grow and improve our perspectives in life.


November 2017 - April 2018

Eyes on reforging what used to be

From the fossils Jason Ybarrita


t could have been some sort of a fruit of curious thoughts, a strangely knee-jerk moment, or a very compelling pull from that seemingly harmless guitar, which someone had oddly given you of all the imaginable gifts to give, that made you pick it up, fiddle with the strings, attempt to learn how to play it and eventually be rad with it. It must have been something you have seen the grownups do during your springtime days of discovery and adventure, or in reversal, something you have heard as the latest trend among the youngsters of today. With your interests piqued and the need to experience at the vanguard of your track of thought, you decide that carrying out whatever you have in mind might be the only form of absolution in sight. This is how some come across a hobby that morphs into a passion, a calling or a journey. We discern our love for writing, dancing, singing, playing, or any activity that has drawn our attention— from the generic what-is-your-hobby

responses to the particularly peculiar ones—early on. It surely is something to get excited about or be proud of whenever we achieve goals within the scope of our avocation. More often than not, our hobbies and passion begin to hold power over us that they incrementally become our source of inspiration, a safe haven and a go-to getaway. Being able to revel in the pleasure and satisfaction brought about by our individual passion is the down-the-line ideal. No matter how easy or difficult, our pursuit to get better at it becomes more evident through the times. You see it in the way your friends become focused whenever they try to land a perfect skateboard stunt, or in the way their shoulders sag whenever they fail to take a single win in an online game. We treat them as personal as we can, because a part of us already belongs to it. That is why it is quite saddening and nostalgic that as we go through a period of conception, we realize that those things we enjoyed and

Heads Up Miguel Martin Saligumba Leerick Bautista

consistently pursued back then are either currently bordering the to-beforgotten zone or are, as it turned out, just nothing more than a figment of what used to be.

your heart will do the talking” “I used to draw years ago. Things happened, so now I’m just admiring those who do.” People usually get sidetracked by many circumstances that require full attention and effort. The first thing that might come to mind is your academics, but albeit it is, every story is different. Every reason is of substance. You might have found another thing to focus on. You might have been dealing with a situation that diverted your interest. You might have been discouraged to continue,

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ridiculed for what you do, or scared to underwhelm. You keep looking around to see all these great people whom you share the same interest with rally with great outcomes, and sometimes, it is just somewhat a crippling reality check. And as days roll in, you move on. In sporadic moments or after ten years, you might remember. The way you feel so pumped up just thinking about getting home to finish your painting, the beat of your heart when you are about to pin all your hopes for that one shot, the settling in of nerves before your turn in a singing competition—those things happened. Those feelings existed. Some learn that they are better at something new. And what’s good is that they are enjoying it wholeheartedly. Some desire to trace back what they have left behind, and perhaps relive it. But even as the need comes back with force, the fear is just as strong. Fear that maybe it is too late—or too soon. It is a state of impasse. It is like a game you used to always play, but now, you are debating whether to delete it or just let it sit between your other


games or applications. You are worried playing it again bears no good results since many have already progressed and reached endgame. How lightening could it be to be able to live out your passion without doubts, pressure, or fears. I remember one night. In some timely fashion, I had what I could call an “adult conversation” with someone I just met on my way home. The recipe for the talk is the usual: “I’m taking this course, but I don’t know if years from now, I would still be approving of my past decisions in life.” He said some things I have heard before, but I was really enticed by his life story—on how after he graduated, he was still able to do the thing he genuinely loves because he latched onto it. And that’s somewhat comforting to know that there is still a chance to reforge forgotten paths. Even with just an inkling of hope, this passion you used to love and do might still get a second life. Things might not be the same way, but as long as you realize that it is what you truly enjoy and adore, your heart will do the talking.

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The line between O and A Zion Jil Villela

Growing up as Filipinos, we are traditionally taught to accept that there are only two ways to identify ourselves: a man or a woman, and nothing in between. As the LGBTQ community rises in the modern society, the concepts about gender have grown into more complex ways in identifying individuals. One can call their self as genderqueer (also known as non-binary) or the people who do not identify as either a he or a she. Yet in this society, identifying yourself with the names and labels you are associated with is highly regarded. For generations, the natives of the Philippines has always been Filipino for men and Filipina for women. But how about the nonbinary people who see themselves in the line between the two? X in between The term “Filipinx” (pronounced as fi-li-pin-ex or fi-li-pinks) is an emerging concept as the non-binary alternative for Filipino or Filipina. Anyone can identify as a Filipinx as it doesn’t follow any traditional binary gender identity. AnneMarie of the blog “Formation of a Filipinx American” is one of the first people to raise awareness about the use of the term. This concept is similar to “Latinx,” the alternative for Latino/Latina. Both cultures are using the male variant as the gender-neutral forms if there are no non-binary terms on a noun. But truth be told, it hasn’t established itself in the communities of the Philippines, especially in the Senior High School (SHS) of the University,

and still lives in the comforts of blogs. If embraced, Mark John Quilatan, a SHS faculty member, said that, “Isa sa pinaka-[posibleng] mangyayari is that it will create more conflict.” He clarified that he stands for gender equality and believes that equality should “go for all genders.” But Filipinx is still considered a strange term in the Philippines, as most identify as Filipinos, and gender neutrality is not widely understood. Identification of Filipinx may cause quite a stir on the traditional outlooks of some Filipinos. In an x-ray vision The modern concepts of gender are still taboo in the Philippines. Men are usually seen as “macho” or a really strong masculine image, and for women, having a Maria Clara or a feminine image is the standard for everyone. The phrases “kababae mong tao” and “kalalaki mong tao” are also used to point out a person’s difference from the norm. Another thing is that religion plays a major role in seeing these concepts

in a different light. Commonly raised as Christians, gender is usually seen as male and female only. In this point of view, being somewhere in between the lines of the two is wrong and is considered a sin. “When it comes to religions, isang part siya kung saan natin hinuhugot ang moral values natin,” Sociology major and SHS faculty member Christian Catinguil explained. He, however, believes that no matter what religion a person is in, he/she can accept new concepts on gender. As a generation, SHS students are open-minded in the concepts of gender because of education. “Dahil sa education, ang mga tao ay mas nagiging liberal and nagiging more open,” Catinguil added. That’s why now, the Philippines tries to hold on and is slowly taking steps into accepting new concepts, though held closely by tight-knit tradition and values. With these steps, it will be easier for Filipinos to reshape our culture into a more accepting and open one.

Checking the Xs and filling the O’s House Bill No. 4982 or the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Bill” is eyeing to be birthed in the laws of the Philippine land. The Bill provides provisions for equality of every person of every gender identity and protection from discrimination. One’s gender identity will be hopefully safe as hands of malicious people who unequally justify their beliefs will be tied up and be put behind bars. Also one of the latest initiatives to promote new concepts in the Philippines is by installing genderneutral restrooms for all gender identities. This is a step to promote anti-discrimination towards the LGBTQ community. People who have felt discrimination even inside the restrooms felt a huge relief as they are given the freedom to go to genderneutral washrooms and restrooms without the fear of disgusted looks and discriminatory statements.

Our generation also seems to be more accepting to new concepts about gender identity. In the 2017 GLAAD Accelerating Accepting Report, millennials have the higher possibility to identify members of the LGBTQ community. The younger generation of Filipinos are also perceived to be more open and more accepting to the new concepts of gender. “Sa observation ko ngayon...[in] this generation, mas nagiging educated ‘yung mga tao when it comes to gender,” Catinguil stated. He observed that in his classes, some don’t care about the gender of his students’ partners. For him, it means they are more accepting and open-minded regarding their classmates’ genders. *** It still boils down to this: the SHS students of the University is aware about the concept of Filipinx. Appropriating Filipinx as a genderfluid term for Catinguil would only be a confusion, and just for the sake of making it nationalistic. He also added, “This term is nothing but an influence from other countries, and is not really born out of our own culture,” he uttered. As for Quilatan, “Filipino” encompasses both Filipino and Filipina, which, according to him, is because the place we live in is the one who nurtures us. In the bigger picture, there’s already equal representation for both genders. So he suggested, “Why not settle to its most basic form, ‘di ba? Call someone “tao” if you want. That’s as neutral as it gets if they want.”

Sa observation ko ngayon...[in] this generation, mas nagiging educated ‘yung mga tao when it comes to gender,”

Art by Wella Jean Mae Abobo


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Culture stroll Jennifer Santos and Jelo Ritzhie Mantaring

Art by Wella Jean Mae Abobo

One may say that as new members of the society are arising, it can gradually result to a new culture that sets apart generation from generation. And maybe, when a senior high school (SHS) student strolls along the path passing through the JFH/CTHM kubo area, or on the ramp by the payment counters in front of waiting clients, or at any hallway or road in the campus that is expectedly filled with humans, they unconsciously ask: “Pangit ba ako? Kapalit-palit ba ako?” Kidding aside, SHS students being millennials (or part of Generation Z) have been endlessly talked about in any occasion there may be. Their changed behaviors and how everything transforms into a “new” culture are always a part of small talks. Hall of mirrors In this generation, the first thing that comes to mind are selfies, and, if translated into something deep, vanity. With the rapid emergence of new and modern standards mostly maintained by teenagers, today’s generation has long been self-conscious but, at the same time, shows too much pride on one’s self. However, in the words of Shekinah De Villeres (ABM23), as she is “sometimes, a vain person,” being self-conscious is acceptable. “It’s actually okay to be self-conscious as long as you’re not hurting anyone. And, this trait is an essential part of maturity as well,” she said. Sheina Balayao (STM13) agrees to this as well. As part of this generation, she sees vanity as part of the norms. Although, having it in a millennial’s culture is unhealthy. “I think that’s really deteriorating in terms of building up one’s self-confidence,” she explained. Vanity may be something that is only associated with today’s generation, but Jose Apollo Mabini, a Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) faculty of DLSU-D SHS, sees it as a part of a culture since it’s a value. “Vanity, for me, is a folkway, wherein it can be considered [as] fashion or a fad,” he said. This then shows how when they pass through the halls of life, their faces mirror various sides or stories embedded within their culture. Corridor of stories Stories of millennials are then posted, broadcasted, and shared through social media. This somehow shapes and manipulates the current generation, especially in the Philippines, where roughly 48 million are social media users, according to We Are Social in 2016. With media

in general, Mabini also said that “it can change the Lasallian Senior High School students’ approach and attitude towards culture.” With this, Balayao thinks that media becomes an important role to the millennials’ identity. “It…influences people, either good or bad… drastically,” she said. This platform continuously produces millennials to a new upbringing, a new lifestyle. That’s why Mabini sends a message that “culture can also influence the people to have some information that can be learned and shared.” As he also observed that the SHS students of the University tend to know everything because of the Internet, they now have information influx. “Ang mga estudyante ay parang sponge, absorb na lang nang absorb,” he stated. The information influx effect, according to Ryan Foote, talks about creating and processing information while taking into consideration the comprehension of this. Mabini also added, “Nagiging trend na ito sa mga kabataan: lahat ng nakikita nila sa mga social media ay tama.” Now, as various issues also circle around media nowadays, it manipulates culture identity. In the corridors, the SHS students share stories and even experiences in life and academics, which somehow summarizes their culture. And their Critical Thinking and Media and Information Literacy classes can be of help for them to be informed and educated about media, culture, and life. Still, Mabini reminded the Lasallians, “The use of Internet can promote positive and negative effects to change our behaviors.” Aisle of voices The rampant debates and arguments are not only happening in classroom settings, but also in a nationwide scale. It is with this generation that society becomes open to raise their voices and lay down issues to be addressed. Though the generation’s hypersensitivity was raised in a recent exchanges of tweets, Winona Alindogan (ABM13) asked, “For

how else can change occur if the people who can potentially instigate it are silenced?” She believes that one shouldn’t be afraid to voice out their opinions and thoughts as long as they have the right knowledge and just be respectful. Though it may be evident in social media that millennials are loud and proud with their voices and opinions, Mabini argues that they, particularly the post-millennials, let their actions do the talking. “The way they think and [how] they see things in our society, whether it is positive or negative, their actions can [be] put into words by means of understanding them; answering the questions ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘when’, and ‘how’,” he said. This shows that in an aisle where voices are raised, proper reasoning and critical thinking are needed. In all of this, SHS students then also have the characteristics and culture of millennials. Actually, it’s Dr. Finn Majlergaard’s assumption that all millennials “are not

m u c h different with each other” since they possess a global mindset. It is not only in the University that this culture is thriving, it is also within the nation and the world. A generation has its own identity, and millennials are no exception. So, maybe when a SHS student strolls around the halls, roams on the corridors, and even passes by the aisles, he/she unconsciously ask, “Pangit ba culture namin? Kabago-bago ba talaga ‘to?” And the answer lies in a place where everything comes from and is understood—the human heart and soul.

Nagiging trend na ito sa mga kabataan: lahat ng nakikita nila sa mga social media ay tama.”


MAGALING by Ayumi Wada

BADUY by Cris Matthew Canada

SINGLE by RC Avila

DISTORTION by Ailene Joyce Puzon

HANAHAKI DISEASE by Ailene Joyce Puzon

LUCKY by RC Avila

Photojournalists: Miguel Martin Saligumba, Maeca Camus, Juvilee Galacgac, Princess Mijares, and Maryjoyce Simon Layout artist: Leerick Bautista

Road to Forever? Never-ending construction

Roads are the way for places to connect. They serve as convenient pathways in our everyday destinations. These roads are greatly used by humans in their everyday lives, and because of that, obstruction in the use of these roads happen because of the need for repair. Unlike our TVs, the reconstruction of roads takes a lot of time and effort. As we all know, the Philippines is a country where vehicles are used in a great extent. We are also known to be one of the countries that experience the worst traffic in the whole world. Imagine living near a road being repaired. Experiencing gridlock in its best form because only a lane from the original two is available. Traffic is not the only problem; the air becomes filled with dust making it harder for you to breathe. Who do we blame for this? The contractor? The government? The workers? It really differs depending on how well you know. But one thing’s for sure. The long duration of reconstruction is a hassle for everyone.


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A walk-through on woke culture Leenarc Ashley De Los Reyes

Art by Leerick Bautista

Admit it or not, we check our social media accounts first thing in the morning. It’s like a daily routine of scrolling, checking, and knowing past and present trends. Yet, things that can spice up our day are the speculations battled within by social media users, especially the millennials and Generation Z, or the “woke” people of the society. “Woke” in today’s context is commonly defined as “being aware of systematic injustices and prejudices, especially those that are related to human rights.” In layman’s term, it’s like having social awareness and being able to speak out your judgments. Yet, out of all the words that can be used, why woke? The term originated from the movement #BlackLivesMatter, which surfaced in 2013, because of the death of Trayvon Martin, an African American who was shot and wasn’t given any justice. People started to remind each other to stay woke or aware of the inequality and racist system that the United States has. As of today, it became the way to a great cultural understanding because of much more appreciation on the culture of others. The “woke culture” is then imbibed by us, both by Filipino and Lasallian millennials, and not just only where it all started. “Twitter helps me to be informed and to inform. It helps us spread facts that other people

should know, and be informed by the news given by others,” Decerry Paulme (ENG25) said. Twitter, or social media in general, houses known influencers such as Juan Miguel Severo, Jai Cabajar, Keikamatsu, IrishDDizon, etc., who deeply advocate social consciousness by their thoughts and views. Twitter’s accessibility openly exposes users to various opinions and insights, which makes one walk on the path of consciousness and “woke-ness.” In this arising culture, it can be observed that the DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) students are also involved with this trend of being woke, as most of us are also seen sharing or “tweeting” our insights on different issues. Woke culture strides to obtain equality among the people of the society, and aids in developing the sense of consciousness and concern to the issues in the society. Awareness then conditions the SHS students to be active members of the society. According to Gale Martinez (SOC21),

“Maganda na nakikita, nararamdaman, at nayuutilize natin ‘yung improvements sa pagkalat ng information needed para maging socially aware.” Although issues sprout out as we are called hypersensitive, Martinez defends that the society can’t blame a person’s hunger for change while being in an oppressive system. The way how this new culture propagates consciousness supports one’s society in undergoing setbacks for us to be more perceptive and knowledgeable. “As a Lasallian student and student journalist, I think I owe it to the community to spread awareness about certain topics that concerns society as a whole, especially those who are ill-informed,” Katherine Anne Del Rosario (HPS22) shared. She holds firmly that being part of the woke culture can contribute in carrying out the Lasallian value of the students. As one of the values of being a Lasallian is zeal for service, defined as integral salvation of persons, especially the poor and the excluded, it guides

Problem-melting smiles Kristine Evangelista

In a world full of differences, there is still a trait that stands out the most—the cheer and joy that Filipinos bring.

Too precious, one would say, the Philippines has been ranked as the third happiest country around the world. Filipinos have been the kind of people who really smile brightly despite life’s problems. It was as if the Philippines was buzzing of honey and bees, that the sweetness of each smiling face is something that will be engraved in each and everyone’s hearts. But the question remains unasked, why are Filipinos happy? Ironically, at the same time, almost 800,000 people have taken their life every year due to suicide, according to a fact sheet published on January of this year by the World Health Organization. What would have made Filipinos so happy that sometimes they are mistakenly called as “people who are high”? Some say it is because of the Vitamin D that the tropical sun gives, which boosts our happiness hormone— serotonin. (The funny thing is, Filipinos are gravely in big hatred of the heat, resulting in a frown instead of a smile.) Some say it’s deeply rooted from “solid”

families. And some also say it’s because of Filipinos’ resilience—they are known to never back down at anything. We’ve seen smiles too much in our lives—from frames to polaroids—but a Filipino’s smile, that has nothing but the thought of wanting to make other people happy, is something that can make any problem melt. And Junior Rivera (HMS11), who has been in the Philippines for almost three years now, could testify to that. “They were really welcoming, and it’s true that they are always smiling,” he genuinely uttered. The smiles, for him, are really heart-warming and noticeable, too. However, Junior had a difficult time approaching the Filipinos for he can’t speak Filipino and speaks little to no English. When asked about how he approached the students, he revealed that he actually had a hard time thinking of a topic to talk about with his classmates. “There’s really no difference [between] Korea and the Philippines for me,” he said. What really catches Junior’s eyes the

most is that Filipinos seem so chill about life. He stated that Korean students are really serious about studies and they have no rest, unlike the Filipinos, who are intelligent yet do not forget to rest and stay happy. “Filipinos are not afraid to show themselves,” Junior knowingly stated. He is amazed on how the Filipinos are not shy to dance, sing, or even play instruments. And within the years he has been here in the Philippines, Junior has learned to grasp on how to be happy like the rest of the Filipinos. The University has been a home for diversity as incredible Lasallians broke the barrier of locales and foreigners. Junior himself is not an exemption. He is now surrounded by his classmates who turned out to be wonderful people, and is indeed something that can’t easily be granted to someone who came from a different country. Just like Geraldine Rambano, a Filipino and a classmate of Junior, who is one of the people who broke the barrier the Korean boy put up for his

people who are vulnerable to be empowered with truth and justice. As most of the issues presented by the society are more on human rights and equality despite of differences, being woke helps in performing service to others by letting them know the true state of each predicament, and how we can contribute in creating social order. As the society continuously pushes people to pick their own sides, being vigilant and conscious awakens the woke-ness within us. One can make a change in securing the freedom of their fellowmen. Not just Lasallians, millennials, and Generation Z, but all who care for their society. As it somehow becomes a trend, millennials make sure that being woke becomes a relevant thing in the community. Setting their own stand by having deeper understanding and appreciation on the rights of the people brings change to the society. It doesn’t just set up a trend; it plants a culture that guards everyone from society’s crisis.

Filipinos are not afraid to show themselves”

Art by Leerick Bautista

defense, with her genuine desire to give him a friendly hand. Being groupmates for a school project, she helped eased off his nerves as, apparently, Junior lacks in his public speaking skills. “We just kept in contact over the Christmas break and New Year and it was all easy going from there,” she explained. Geraldine has been speaking English with her online friends so the language was a breeze for her. Junior, on the other hand, when seen with Geraldine and company, has been a great sight, for many of his classmates have seen the progress on how well he has adapted to the place. Geraldine also stated that their classmates were really open about a lot of things, and it amazes Junior. So now Junior takes all of his courage to be as open as them, creating a wonderful clique of friends, not minding the differences they have. His time in the University has helped him in various ways, maybe even knowing what happiness really is. Junior has become someone who knows no boundaries, and has been partaking on the road to happiness with his friends and family alongside him. Filipinos are indeed happy, but Lasallians have shown him another side to the great merriment of the Philippines.

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Mula kaliwa: Betilla, Pugay, Fernandez, Managuelod, at Taguas. Ipinamalas ng Pulse, mga estudyante sa ika-11 baitang, ang kanilang galing sa pagsasayaw. Kuha ni Princess Mijares

Pulse, bagong dance group na inaantabayan sa DLSU-D SHS Charliemagne Asuncion

Patuloy na lumilikha ng ingay ang dance group na Pulse bilang katangi-tanging grupo mula sa Grade 11 na nakipagsabayan sa mga mananayaw mula sa Grade 12 sa iba’t ibang pagdiriwang ng Unibersidad tulad ng Students’ Week at Intramurals 2018. Naging sunod-sunod ang partisipasyon ng naturang grupo sa iba’t ibang aktibidad ng institusyon, matapos nilang padagundungin ang entablado noong Acquaintance Party nitong nakaraang Disyembre. Binubuo ang Pulse ng anim na mahuhusay na mananayaw sa Grade 11, na kinabibilangan nina Carina Mari Taguas (ABM12), Phillip Powelle Pugay (STM14), Cherry Mae Betila (HMS11), Ray Managuelod (STM15), Lorraine Gabrielle Fernandez (STM13), at Mark Angelo Fabella (HMS12). Ayon kay Pugay, isa ang pagbibigay ng kanilang buong lakas at puso sa entablado sa kanilang mga sikreto sa pagsasayaw, kung saan itinuturing nila ang bawat indak bilang huling

sayaw ng kanilang grupo. “We use the differences of each other to fill the gaps of one another. Pulse is different for we are not just an ordinary dance group...we are [a] family,” dagdag pa ni Pugay. Sa isang panayam, iginiit naman ni Pugay na hindi nila kahinaan ang pagiging isang Grade 11 na dance group, bagkus ay nagsisilbi itong hamon sa kanila upang higit pang paghusayan ang kanilang mga talento. Samantala, itinanggi naman ni Taguas ang di-umanong kompetisyon sa pagitan ng mga mananayaw ng Grade 11 at Grade 12. “Kasi ang tinitingnan namin is ‘yung sarili po namin…nag-co-compete kami sa sarili namin na dapat mas better ‘yung next performances namin. We aim to be better,” paglalahad ni Taguas.

Our grooves (come) from the pump [of] our hearts that you call ‘pulse.’”

Nagsimulang mabuo ang naturang grupo nang sila ay nagkakilala sa Dance Club ng DLSU-D Junior High School. Kwento ni Pugay, hango ang pangalang Pulse sa nakaimprentang pangalan sa isang speaker na kanilang ginagamit sa pag-eensayo. “‘Pulse,’ as we know, is what we feel when blood travels through our (bodies). We dance with our hearts, that (pump) the blood through our bodies. Our grooves (come) from the pump [of] our hearts that you call ‘pulse,’” dagdag pa ni Pugay. Sa ngayon, wala pang nakalinyang performance ang Pulse bunsod ng iba’t ibang iskedyul ng mga miyembro, ngunit bukas ang kanilang pintuan sa mga pagkakataong makasayaw at makapagbigay ng ngiti sa komunidad ng DLSU-D SHS. Art by Willem Dimas

Epekto ng TRAIN Law sa komunidad ng SHS, nararamdaman na Xander Lauren Cipriano

“Epekto nga ba ng Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin?”—tanong ito mula sa mga mag-aaral ng DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS), ukol sa di-umanong epekto ng bagong panukala sa bansa, kung saan naaapektuhan maging ang presyo ng mga bilihin sa Unibersidad. Sambit ng ilang mga estudyante, kapansinpansin ang biglaang dagdag presyo ng ilang pagkain sa loob ng Unibersidad. Ayon kay Shen Javier (HMS11), napansin niya ang pagtaas ng isa sa mga ulam na kanyang binibili, na umangat di-umano ng P10, na dati’y P35 lamang. Dagdag pa dito, ibinahagi rin ni Trish Regis (ABM11) na hindi lamang pagkain ang tinaasan ng singil, bagkus ay umangat din ang presyo ng ilang inumin na kanyang binibili. “‘Yung dati niyang (inumin) presyo [ay] P25, tapos ngayon, P28 na,” paglalahad ni Regis. Samantala, kinumpirma naman ni William Hernandez, kinatawan ng may-ari ng Jefcees, na tumaas na ang presyo ng kanilang mga inumin, partikular ang softdrinks, noon pang Enero. Dagdag pa ni Hernandez, kinailangan nilang punuin muli ang kanilang mga stocks, sapagkat naubos na ang suplay ng ilan nilang mga sangkap, katulad ng mga powder juices.

Aniya, kinailangan din nilang magdagdag-singil sa presyo ng mga paninda nilang juice nitong nakaraang Pebrero, sapagkat tumaas rin ang presyo nito sa merkado. Kaugnay nito, higit naman itong ipinagtibay ni Ian Cruz, may-ari ng Mila’s Diner, na sinabing malaki talaga ang itinaas ng mga bilihin, partikular na sa mga sugar drinks. “Malaki yung increase, parang per bottle ng mga 500 mL, around P4,” pagsasaad niya. Gayunpaman, nilinaw naman ni Cruz na hindi pa gaanong mararamdaman sa ngayon ang pag-angat ng presyo ng mga pagkain, sapagkat mababa lamang ang porsyentong itinaas nito sa merkado, taliwas sa pag-aakala ng mga estudyante. “Marami lang talagang parang nagtetake advantage sa TRAIN Law, nag-i-increase,” dagdag pa ni Cruz. Sinang-ayunan rin ito ni Hernandez, na sinabing hindi pa masyadong apektado sa ngayon

...kung ginagamit ‘yun sa business, magiging ‘price taker’ ang buyer. Bibilhin pa rin nila kahit tumataas.”

ang iba nilang pagkain, sapagkat napapanahon ang ilan nilang sangkap. “‘Yung ibang items kasi, katulad ng mga ibang vegetables at prutas... seasonal,” pagbabahagi ni Hernandez. Samantala, ipinaliwanag naman ni Accounting and Business Management professor Norman Gomez ang epekto ng supply at demand ng mga nasabing produkto. Aniya, nakadepende sa produkto ang naturang epekto, sapagkat iba’t iba ang magiging kalalabasan nito. “Kung pang-household consumption lang, s’yempre mababawasan ‘yung demand niya. Pero kung ginagamit ‘yun sa business, magiging ‘price taker’ ang buyer. Bibilhin pa rin nila kahit tumataas,” paglalahad ni Gomez. Matatandaang nilagdaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong ika-19 ng Disyembre nang nakaraang taon ang Republic Act No. 10963 o TRAIN Law, na epektibong ipinatupad simula noong Enero 1 ngayong taon.


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Students’ Week 2017 receives mixed feedback from SHS community Lexi France Angeles The much anticipated Students’ Week 2017 celebration, which unleashed diverse talents and potentials of the Senior High School (SHS) students, received a combination of praises and criticisms from both the Grade 11 and 12 students.

According to some students, the week-long celebration served as a ground in unfolding their innate potentials and abilities, which was the main goal of the said event. “The event actually helped me improve my skills in a way that I was able to find genres that I have yet to find,” singing contestant Kristine Evangelista (HMS11) said. She also added that the celebration helped her gain friends, knowledge, and self-confidence. Meanwhile, some Grade 12 students also mentioned that there was an improvement in this year’s Students’ Week compared to last year’s celebration, as it offered a wider variety of contests for the SHS community. “I think the advisers and the head organizers of the program, as well as the student organizers, are well-prepared, wanting to serve better activities that the students will enjoy, especially (since) there are new members of the DLSU-D SHS Community— the Grade 11,” Edrea Ramacula (HPS21) stated. Negativities However, the event also received negative feedback from some students, due to rushed preparations for some competitions. “Considering the song writing contest, I had to make the song for, like,two days, which is a pressure. It was enjoyable, but at the same time, I felt like the time to make it is not exactly [enough],” Evangelista said. Some students also slammed the overlapping schedules of Students’

Acquaintance Night. Grade 11 and 12 students danced the night out in the closing party of Students’ Week 2017. Photo by Caryl Mae Soler.

Week and Intramurals try-outs, which caused various complications. “Maybe, the reason why some students didn’t participate [in the] Students’ Week [activities] this year was because it was the same week when the try-outs for Intramurals were done,” Ariane Francesca Estira (ICT22) stated. On the other hand, ABM/GAS/ HUMSS President and Student Chair Kristian Saflor addressed

various complaints and criticisms of SHS students. According to Saflor, the announcement regarding the contests was already posted in the DLSU-D SHS Lasallian Facebook Group on Nov. 17, a month before the celebration. He also affirmed that they had already extended the given deadlines, as they moved it from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4. “In total, the contestants were given 17

I am definitely proud of the achievements of our students, especially because we are a new Senior High School”

Br. Richie praises SHS achievers, urges students to strive for the best Arjielene Javier “Continue inspiring us (the DLSU-D Senior High School yourselves (student achievers) to become the best that you can Br. Richie Yap FSC, when asked about his message to the exemplary performances in the academic, sports, leadership, A.Y. 2017-2018.

In an e-mail, Yap expressed his pride and delight in the different achievements the SHS students have been receiving recently. “I am definitely proud of the achievements of our students, especially because we are a new Senior High School,” he said. Yap also challenged the students to further enhance their skills and aptitudes, saying that their accomplishments won’t just serve as an honor to them, but also a motivation to their fellow Lasallians. “As Lasallians, remember that you

(SHS) administration) by pushing be,” said DLSU-D Board of Trustee SHS achievers, who have shown and journalism fields during the

need to challenge your peers as well, so that they too will become achievers in their own unique ways,” Yap said. He also reminded the achievers to always keep their feet on the ground, stating that they should always remain humble in their victories and hopeful in their defeats. On the other hand, Yap also expressed his satisfaction to the SHS administration for giving the students the possibilities of exploring and honing their individual capabilities. “It was good that there was support from the administration in providing

the students opportunities to compete and showcase their gifts,” he shared. It could be noted that DLSU-D SHS students have been recognized in different journalism and sports competitions, conquering the national, regional, and division ranks. Student journalists from La Estrella Verde received 99 awards in the Honors Assembly for their performances in different journalism conferences, while varsity teams received 75 awards for their notable performance in various athletic leagues during the first semester of the academic year.

days to prepare,” Saflor said. He added that contestants should have expected a time pressure from the head committee, as it would test their competency and reveal their potentialsin a given time frame. When asked about details on the scheduling conflicts, Saflor stated that it was an idea of Sports Moderator Alex Balbio. “Sinabi rin ni Sir Alex na ginawang gano’n kasi may mga students talaga na hindi

[pumapasok] tuwing Students’ Week, katulad last year, so ngayon, may purpose na sila sa pagpasok,” Saflor explained. Despite negative criticisms, Saflor owed the success of the event to the faculty members, SC officers, and the SHS students themselves. “I am looking forward for next year’s improvement, imparting more opportunities to execute a unique event,” Saflor added.

SHS Lasallian joins 11th APLYC Andrea Oesmer With the aim of building networks among Lasallian youths, DLSU-D Senior High School’s (SHS) Reine Joshua Cruz (EDU21) participated in the 11th Asia Pacific Lasallian Youth Congress (APLYC11) held on Dec. 3-9 at DLSU-D.

Cruz, along with John Benedict Silla and Israel Pajarillo from the University’s Junior High School and College departments, respectively, attended the youth congress that gathered over 130 Lasallian delegates from the Asia Pacific Region, such as Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. According to Cruz, his involvement in the said congress helped him to know himself as a Lasallian and how he can apply the meaning of the five-pointed Lasallian star in his own life. He also added that the congress paved a way for him to be aware on how he can create possibilities for the poor and neglected individuals. “Isa ito sa mga naging hakbang para makilala ko ’yung sarili ko as a Lasallian,” Cruz stated. In an interview, Cruz also revealed that part of their activities was a community exposure, wherein they were assigned to various communities and institutions, like boarding schools

for street children, local jails, and more. They also had several sessions with the Lasallian Brothers, and some APLYC alumni, which focused on how they can help the least, lost, and the less. When asked about his relationship with his fellow Lasallian delegates, Cruz admitted that there are various barriers at first, but these didn’t stop them to form a strong bond with each other. “Masaya kasi kahit galing kami sa iba’t ibang bansa...nakita pa rin namin ‘yung pagiging Lasallian one,” Cruz said. Moreover, Presidential Management Office Director and APLYC Spokesperson Jose Ritche Bongcaron shared that the congress’s main goal is for Lasallian youths to learn from one another’s culture and experiences, and serve communities through the camaraderie that they have built among themselves. APLYC is an ordinary Lasallian gathering which usually happens every two years, with its main goal of teaching the youth on how they can exercise the Lasallian principles, spirit, and core values.


November 2017 - April 2018

La Estrella Verde




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Bilang ng kaso ng pangongopya, cutting classes, bumaba Mga kaso ng pag-inom, tumaas Gayle Josrel Esquida Bumaba ang bilang ng mga kaso ng pangongopya at paglabas ng kampus ng walang pahintulot sa komunidad ng DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) kumpara noong nakaraang taon, paglalahad ni Prefect of Discipline Albert John Puchero.

Ayon kay Puchero, ang paglalabas ng kanyang opisina ng konkretong patakaran ukol sa tamang pagproproktor ng mga guro tuwing may pagsusulit ang maaaring dahilan ng pagbaba ng mga kaso ng pangongopya. Nang tanungin naman sa posibleng rason ng pagbaba ng kaso ng cutting classes, ibinahagi niya na dulot ito umano ng kanilang pagpapatupad ng pagkakaroon ng iba’t ibang kulay ng sticker para sa mga sasakyan

ng mga estudyante ng SHS, hindi katulad noong nakaraang taon na kapareho lamang nito ang sticker ng kolehiyo. Pagtaas ng kaso ng pag-iinom Samantala, ibinahagi rin ni Puchero sa isang panayam ang kanyang pagkaalarma sa patuloy na pagtaas ng mga kaso ng pag-inom ng mga estudyante. Dagdag pa niya, nagkaroon ng report mula sa mga guwardiya na mayroong mga estudyanteng pumapasok sa klase

na di-umano’y nakainom. Taliwas ito sa mga kaso noong nakaraang taon, kung saan isa hanggang dalawang kaso ng pag-inom lamang ang naitala. Kaugnay nito, ipinahayag naman ni Puchero na magsasagawa sila ng koordinasyon sa lokal na pamahalaan, upang masugpo ang nasabing isyu. “That is one thing that we have to look into as a university, in coordination with the local government,” pagsasaad niya. Idiniin rin ni Puchero na ang pagkakaroon ng mabusising

I hope with the conversation that I have, [it will be] more than enough for them to realize their mistakes”

talakayan sa mga estudyante ang pinakamagandang solusyon upang maidisiplina nang wasto ang kanilang mga pagkakamali. “Mas mahalaga para sa akin ay personal conversation that I do para sa mga student... I hope with the conversation that I have, [it will be] more than enough for them to realize their mistakes,” paglilinaw ni Puchero. Sa ngayon, patuloy namang binabantayan at aaksyunan ng Office of the Prefect of Discipline ang mga kasong nabanggit.

STEM SC clarifies LSF 2018 ‘limited programs’ Beatrice Katherine Aguilar “Everything was planned out until a last-minute change in the University activity that greatly affected the time schedule of [the] SHS (Senior High School) activity,” said STEM Student Council Adviser and Lasallian Festival (LSF) Committee Head Aron Dave Umali, when asked on reasons behind the limited activities for this year’s LSF.

According to Umali, there were minimal activities for SHS due to conflicting schedules, stating that they have made some adjustments, particularly in schedules and venues, in order to pave way to various programs of the different colleges. “We also had...some difficulty in planning, as our original plans [were] not able to materialize since there are some guidelines that (are) yet to be established in the SHS,” he added. On the other hand, Umali also said that prepping up the said celebration

was a “real challenge,” considering the first month of the year was hectic for the entire SHS community. “… January was the month that everybody was busy for the preparation for [the] Intramurals week,” he stated. Meanwhile, STEM Student Council President Ryan James Bawasanta also addressed the said issue, saying that what they had prepared was all for the benefit of SHS students. “We focused on the things that would benefit us… without risking the students’ mental health, and still having the time to

celebrate their youthful years,” he said. Bawasanta added that the planning phase was also difficult for their part, as it was given to them during their holiday break. The SHS LSF 2018 was a fourday celebration, which was shorter compared to the five-day festival during the previous academic year. Nevertheless, it showcased the students’ talents in regional dance, band, vocal, and short film-making competitions, as well as exhibits, expos, forums, and industry exposures.

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President Shawn Andrei Gonzales addressed controversies on Intramurals 2018, admitting that their council lacked adequate cooperation, which affected the organization of some events. Relationship with SC members When asked on his relationship with his fellow council members, Gonzales stated that he experienced minor problems with the TVL officers at times. “Meron kaming dapat aasikasuhin [for Intramurals], pero hindi naasikaso nang maayos dahil nga nawalan ng cooperation ‘yung [TVL council].” Meanwhile, he also said that their camaraderie with other Track SCs was good, but admitted that they were having several problems in communication, specifically with the STEM Track officers. In an interview, Gonzales also revealed that communication between his council and

Accountancy, Business, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, General Academic Strand (AGH) SC was better relative compared to the STEM council. This sentiment was confirmed by Bawasanta. “…Mahirap ang komunikasyon ng aming council sa iba pang council sapagkat malayo ang office nila (ABM/HUMSS/GAS and TVL) sa office ng STEM Track, kaya ang palitan ng impormasyon ay hindi ganoon kaayos ang pagdaloy,” he said. Meanwhile, AGH Track President Kristian Saflor clarified that they are trying their best to communicate with other councils effectively, to achieve a higher quality of service for the student body. “From the given current happenings, I can say that we are really trying our best to be in good terms despite our distinctiveness,” Saflor said. USC VP recommends solution The University Student Council (USC) Vice

President Mark Angelo Dela Cruz said that one step towards establishing better cooperation could be a change in the existing SC system of the SHS Community. He stated that having one supreme government could be a ground in improving and unifying the SC members. “For me, maganda na meron mga Track Student Councils, pero mas magiging maganda siya kung meron tayong magiging under isang umbrella council, parang USC ng Senior High…dapat meron talagang nag-ooversee, na siya yung nag-u-unify [sa SC Officers],” he mentioned. In an interview, Dela Cruz also shared the benefits of having a central council in the tertiary level, which could be applied to the SHS community. “When it comes to activities, the USC, less talaga kami sa activites, kasi we don’t want to interfere sa mga Collegiate Student Council (CSC), kasi basically CSCs are the ones who’s providing events and programs para

masuportahan, ma-supplement [ang] needs of their students,” he said. Having a supreme council was part of the initial plan for the current academic year as revealed by TVL Track Council Adviser Patricia Lina, but this was shelved due to scarcity of time and resources. She added that this would require them to form political parties, which involve different aspects that have to be considered and discussed in a longer period of time. “Hindi pa talaga siguro ngayon ‘yung panahon ng magkakaroon tayo [USC for SHS]…nagsisimula pa lang tayo, siguro pagtagal-tagal pa,” Lina added. Meanwhile, Dela Cruz emphasized what USC can bring to the SHS community once it pushes through. “The USC’s main job is to voice the student’s concerns…USC will be the channel or the medium on how the student can say their concerns, na makakarating siya sa administration,” Dela Cruz emphasized.

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Hidden Truths Geraldine Rambano


veil of light turned the back of his eyelids red. He stirred and grabbed onto the dusty dashboard for leverage, shuffling in his seat as he pulled his bag tightly on his lap. Context came to him through bits and pieces. He was running late for first period, he’d slept through a good ten minutes of his alarm blaring right at his ear. Traffic jams. He blinked the sleep out of his eyes, squinting through the vertigo. They were stuck in a traffic jam, if the smoke blowing in his face was any indication. If you lived in this country long enough, traffic jams may have been more alive than patriotism. At the very least, they were nearing his stop. “Gate one ka, ‘di ba?” the driver asked. He glanced up at the rearview mirror of the jeep,

seeing the driver look at his general direction on the passenger side seat. He nodded back, mumbling affirmative when he remembered his manners. He’ll berate himself about not meeting the driver’s eyes later. That was rude of him. His mother didn’t like when he was rude, she had very rough hands and harder broomsticks. The driver took his response as an invitation to talk. He hated these types of people, regardless of the intent of their babbling. Growing up, he learned that the ignorant always assumed that their good intentions wouldn’t end with bad results. The driver said something about how he shouldn’t be falling asleep during commute, knowing the area. He could almost see them agreeing with each other when it came to

assumptions, but the driver kept on blabbering on about things that were irrelevant to him, like women’s safety and school girls being a target for the crooks in the area. Things about not falling asleep on the passenger seat of a jeepney, about getting groped, kidnapped, raped or robbed. “Maraming ‘studyanteng nakakatulog sa biyahe, ate. Okay lang naman umiglip, pero sa panahon natin ngayon…” He kept on nodding—the driver had good intentions—not bothering to mask the fact that he was uninterested in the conversation the moment it started. Though most of it couldn’t exclude him, it was still irrelevant to him. The whole vehicle lurched, the gas pedal propelling them forward as the road cleared in front of them. The conversation stopped when

they got out of traffic. He took solace in sticking his earphones on and grabbing his ID from his bag. The driver kept saying something after he did this, but he didn’t care anymore. Another lurch, his stop. He jumped out of the jeep and shouldered his bag. “Ingat ka, iha, ah!” Feeling the warm sunlight creep sweat up the back of his neck, he stepped into campus and pretended not to hear. Every step forward was him recovering his balance for the day, to remember who he is to himself and what he is to other people. One wrong word and he was out. With a minute to spare before second period started, he tried to remember he was himself.

Nilamay, Nilamay


Sofia Vinuya

alaging gumagala rito ang mga espiritu. Kapag bumibisita kayo sa mga museo o sa mga lugar na napapalibutan pa ng bato, andiyan sila, nagbabantay. Matagal na sila rito, kaya matutong rumespeto. Alam nila lahat ng nagdaan sa lugar na ito. Bawat saya. Bawat pighati. Alam nila gamitin ang bawat kanyon at mga istorya sa likod ng mga obra maestra. Kaya nila ilahad ang buong kasaysayan kung gugustuhin mo. Nandiyan lamang ang mga espiritu. Malimit silang makikita sa mga eskinita, kung saan palaging mayroong bakas ng mga bagay na hindi maganda ang mga sahig. Kahit sa kalsada na puno na ng poste ng ilaw, naroroon sila. Naghahanap ng hustisya sa kanilang pagkawala, hindi makapaniwala na natiyempohan sila ng paghina ng liwanag. Minsan, napagkakamalang kaisa sila ng usok at alikabok. May tinatanging hiling ang mga espiritu: ang pag-alaala. Ayaw nilang natatakot tayo sa kanila sapagkat, kinakailangan munang lumimot upang mawala ang takot. Sa halip, nais nilang maging gabay para maging buo ang katawan at kalooban natin na harapin ang mas nakakatakot kaysa sa kanila: ang hinaharap.

Puting Simbolo


Bles Padolina

a halimuyak ng bulaklak na aking binibili, Sa tuwing dumaraan sa bangketa, Kung saan bumabalik sa akin ang mga alaala— Katotohanang pilit itinatago sa isang sampaguita. Limang taon simula nang ako ay mamulat. Unang nasilayan mga kabata kong nanghihikayat, Bumili ng bulaklak kanilang inilalako, “Pangkain lang po,” sambit ng mga ito. Hanggang sa lumaki ako at nagka-isip, Ang mga mata ko’y nanatiling nakapikit. Tuloy lamang ang pagbili bawat linggo, Ng sampaguitang ating naging simbolo. Pero ngayon, unti-unti ko nang napagtatanto, Gaano man kaaya-aya ang mga talulot sa paningin, O kung gaano ito kabango kung amuyin, Hindi na nito maitatago ang realidad ng mga batang Pilipino. Kahit kumakalam ang mga sikmura, Sa ilalim ng araw na nakakapaso’t nakakasilaw, May sumisilay na ngiti sa bawat bulaklak na ibinebenta, Iyan ang katotohanang pilit itinatago sa isang sampaguita.

Art by Wella Jean Mae Abobo


November 2017 - April 2018

: Provincial Director Cavite Police Provincial Office General E Topacio St. Poblacion 1-A, Imus, Cavite


: Chief of Police, SPS


: The Break-In/Shooting Incident That Resulted to the Death of JUAN DELA CRUZ


: February 11, 2018


1. On February 11, 2018 at around 1:00 in the morning, residents of Kalye St., Baryo, Cavite woke up to sounds of screaming from the Dela Cruz residence—seemingly an argument between two men—followed by three gunshots. The suspect then fled from the scene and was promptly pursued by bystanders, and was later identified as PEDRO SANTOS, 28 years old, married, farmer, and resident of Malakas Village, Baryo, Cavite. Upon arrival at the scene, JUAN DELA CRUZ, 32 years old, single, market vendor, and resident of Kalye St., was found on the floor with several gunshot wounds in his chest. He was rushed to the Baryo Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician thereat. 2. The suspect did not put up a fight, but was crying and praying fervently when he was brought to the station. “I did not mean to shoot him. I really didn’t. I was just so angry—I was not thinking!” He was asked repeatedly why he did it, but he refused to answer. “Real men don’t tattle,” he insisted. 3. According to MARIA BERSAMINA, cousin of Pedro Santos, Dela Cruz did not pay Santos for the rice he harvested the day before, claiming it had low quality and “wasn’t worth the 150 pesos”. However, Santos had a sick daughter, and he needed the money to buy her medicine. He allegedly tried to talk to Dela Cruz and ask for the money, but the latter refused to cooperate. This was when the screaming began. The Senior Inspector took this as a cue to investigate Santos’s background, and found out that he did not actually have a daughter, but a 4-month-old son. 4. On the other hand, NEZAIDA MARTINEZ, neighbor of Juan Dela Cruz, claimed it was a spat over a woman. Apparently, Dela Cruz had slept with Santos’s wife. Martinez believed Santos learned about their clandestine relationship and was enraged. She even declared having seen Mrs. Santos sneak out of Juan’s house before her husband came. However, the CCTV footage showed a cat running off into the night instead of a woman at around 12:50 in the morning. 5. Meanwhile, ISABEL SANTOS, wife of Pedro Santos, firmly denied the affair and said she suspected that both her husband and Dela Cruz were involved in drugs. She claimed that ever since he met Dela Cruz, Santos had acquired a “funny scent” and was once grumbling about the former not paying him back. However, further testing and investigation on Dela Cruz revealed that he neither used drugs nor had any in his house. 6. At this point, the Senior Inspector started to realize that she must not rely on hearsay and that chismis will get her nowhere in solving this case. 7. The weapon used in the commission of the crime was surrendered to the station and the cadaver of the victim was moved to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office for autopsy. 8. Progress Report will follow.

Elli Amado

a pamamagitan ng pagsibol ng hangin sa dalampasigan, ako’y napatungo sa aking pinanggalingan. Hindi mawari kung nasaan ang dating tagpuan, na nagtataglay ng tiyak na kaginhawaan. Ngunit ako’y biglang tumilapon, nang nakarating sa hinahangad na paroroon, na para bang sinakluban ng sako ang tinatamong kinabukasan, at walang awang binugbog ng mapait na paglipas ng panahon. Ano na nga ba ang nangyari sa minahal kong nasyon? Tila ba parang isang ibon na nalaglag mula sa kanyang katipon, walang habas na sinayad ang balahibo sa bubong ng nalagas na bansa,

na parang pag-asang unti-unting kinulong ng nangalawang hawla, at ako’y napaluhod nalang dahil wala na siyang natanaw na tala. Ngunit, sa ganitong pagkakataon para sa tulad kong umaasa, isang kalabit ang natamo mula sa ngumingiting bata, sabay pakita ng kanyang natatagong pagkabihasa, sa larangan ng kaibuturan ng pagiging makabansa. Ang kanyang ngiti’y tila ba’y nakakahawa, Sabay tulo ng luha sa kanyang kanang mata. “Wag kang mag-alala,” ang kanyang wika, “Bayan man ay lumipas, ako’y patuloy na kakaripas.”

Everyday Shadows


Liana Bongao

ive not into what made all the difference Rather in what was once the united front To act with competence and not just damaged ignorance And forego what can easily be undone The naïve sense of security one would relish Isn’t but a dream far gone, sailing across uncharted waters And what we’re doing is something dark and something hellish


“Pepe” Kim Nicole Toledo


lue stands for the willingness to sacrifice oneself for freedom, peace, truth, and justice. In a serene state, his feet marched towards his final stance; without any remorse crippling inside him, without any guilt, and with the burning passion in his chest, he looked up once again and adored the pearl that he had always fought for. Red stands for courage and patriotism. “Fuego!” The firing squad heard the command and every bullet pierced into his body—he decided to turn around to see the firing squad that had a vivid mission to end his life. The golden sun with eight rays symbolizes unity, democracy, and sovereignty. His body betrayed his commands; instead of facing the firing squad, it turned to the right—directly to the morning sun. He saw the revolution that was bound to happen, the thirst he let his countrymen feel.


BayPas (Bayang Lumpas)


La Estrella Verde

White is liberty and equality. The white and pure clouds hovering above witnessed his life—the way he ignited light, the way he fought, and the way he craved for freedom. “Consummatum est,” he spoke, as he closed his eyes.

Art by Ayumi Wada

What remains a problem left unattended, a potential slaughter Neither discrete nor hidden, our shadows thrive off fear Perhaps pitifully lyrical but still here


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Lady Patriots sweep ISVL, take home 3rd title Ingrid Del Rosario

The DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Lady Patriots showed no fear, as they demolished the St. Francis of Assisi College (SFAC) Bacoor Lady Doves in a thrilling championship match, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, at the Imus Institute of Science and Technology (IIST) Gymnasium on March 4. “Teamwork talaga, ta’s communication, tapos konting angas, kasi ‘yung confidence talaga ‘yung nagdadala sa amin,” said team captain Jubilee Anne Del Rosario, who also bagged the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the league after scoring 8 aces, 8 attacks, and 2 solid blocks. The Lady Patriots came out swinging, pummeling their opponents with loaded services and strong attacks, making the Lady Doves struggle to return the ball. SFAC crawled up to tie the match, but with another service ace, Del Rosario clinched the first set, 25-21. Coming into the second set, jersey number 9 of La Salle, Auby Protacio, was all fired up,

scoring a total of six points in the second set that secured them the win, 25-23. As the third leg went underway, Cuaresma of the Lady Doves built up her own wall at the net, shutting down attacks from the Lady Patriots, keeping her team alive by securing the set, 22-25. With the wild cheers of the crowd boosting their confidence, the Lady Doves were able to drag out the game and even the score at 15, all in the fourth set. Rivaling the player’s energy, the Lasallian crowd erupted after Lady Patriot Sophia Hapa smashed through the block of the giant Cuaresma to score, turning the tide of the game. Since then, the girls were on the prowl and

Solid defense. Del Rosario and Tono obstruct compact spikes from opponent all for the Gold in ISVL at IIST, March 4. Photo by Mary Joyce Simon

ready to kill, pumping out consistent spikes and aces that left SFAC in a daze, allowing the Lady Patriots to bag the championship crown, 25-22. Apart from the glory of the title, three of the Lady Patriots, setter Ethel Tono, and outside hitters Sophia Hapa and Auby Protacio, were

also hailed as the part of the ISVL Mythical 6. The victory against the provincial team marks the Lady Patriots’ third Championship this season, including the CDAPS and CISAA titles, and cements their legacy as the first SHS Women’s Volleyball team.

Patriots settled for 3rd in ISVL Ingrid Del Rosario

The DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Patriots open up the day with a win after facing the Seven Seas Academy (SSA) Seasians in the Battle-for-Third match of the Inter School Volleyball League (ISVL), 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22, at the Imus Institute of Science and Technology (IIST) Gymnasium on March 4. “Sinimulan ulit namin sa maayos na depensa, atake, at usap. Nung nakuha na namin ‘yung momentum, tinuloy-tuloy namin ang ingay sa court, at ‘yon ang nagpanalo sa amin,” stated the captain Yukio Estrella, when asked on how they survived the last set. The Patriots had a slow start, struggling to find their timing on blocks and defenses; they were able to turn things around after maximizing their offense on the service line to gain the set, 25-22. In the second set, the team was now ready for the attacks of the Seasians, and showed solid defense on the net and on the floor, 25-21. Coming into the third set, the Seasians flooded the court with fast plays and powerful spikes that silenced the Patriots and gained them the set, 25-19. Starting the fourth set was once again tough for the men in green and white, but an attack from the captain, Yukio Estrella, brought back the spirit within the team and continued to soar until they had secured the spot for the third runner up of the ISVL. Aside from winning the third place, Estrella was also hailed one of the league’s Mythical 6. Defending Flight. Latag and De Pedro attempt to stop a drop at the IIST Gymnasium, Feb. 28. Photo by Miguel Saligumba


Tinte, malikhaing linya ng mga Pilipino Nicole Canquin Matatandaang kabilang sa palarong Pinoy noong nakaraang Intramurals ang patintero. Isa ang patintero, na tinatawag din bilang harang-taga, sa mga kilalang laro sa Pilipinas na hindi nangangailangan ng kahit ano pa mang instrumento. Ang pinakalayunin ng larong ito ay ang maharangan ang kabilang koponan sa pagdaan.

Maaring laruin ang patintero ng tatlo hanggang limang manlalaro. Nararapat na pantay ang bilang ng miyembro ng bawat koponan. Kailangang gumuhit ng markang parisukat bago magumpisa ang tunggalian. Ang salitang patintero ay nagmula sa salitang tinte na ngangahulugang linya. Tatayo ang bawat kalahok sa likod ng linyang ginuhit, samantalang maaari naming tumawid ang taya na nakatayo sa gitna sa iba pang linya upang mapadali ang pagkakataon na mahuli ang kalaban. Dapat makatawid at makabalik ang mga kalahok ng kabilang grupo na hindi nahuhuli ng tayang koponan.

Kapag mayroong nakatawid at nakabalik sa pinagmulan na hindi nahuhuli ng mga taya, madadagdagan ang puntos nito. Magiging taya naman ang mga tumatakbo kapag mayroong isa sa kanila ang mahuli ng kabilang koponan. Ang unang grupo na makakakuha sa pinag-usapang dami ng puntos ay ang siyang tatanghaling nagwagi. Tunay ngang makikita sa ating kultura ang pagiging malikhain at masayahin. Maging ang isang simpleng laro ay sumisimbulo sa pagiging magaling ng mga Pilipino.

Fight to win. Balomaga and Dizon fight over the loose ball against AMA at ULS on March 21. Photo by Caryl Mae Soler

AMA Titans sweep DLSU-D’s NCRAA debut, 69-83 Pauline Meneses

Kicking off their first game in the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA), the DLSU-D High School Patriots were thrashed off by the AMA University Junior Titans after being dominated by a 14-point deficit, on March 21 at Ugnayang La Salle (ULS).

The cagers of both squads played a tight run in the first quarter, with the Patriots gaining the five-point advantage at 5:36. After calling a time-out, the Titans stretched their momentum, snatching the lead from the boys in green, ending the quarter at 24-22. Opening the second quarter, the Titans played tight defenses and banked shot after shot. The last three minutes saw AMA marking and maintaining an eight-point lead, leaving the Patriots struggling to keep up with the Makatibased squad, trailing at 36-47 at the end of the first half. Determined to bounce back, the Patriots rallied shots by the latter end of the third quarter, despite AMA establishing a firm 10-point advantage above them and several miscommunications

beforehand. Irald Balomaga, Donneether Dizon, and Ian Suasba helped the team get back on track, yet the Titans were dominant the game with a 6252 advantage at the end of the third quarter. To start their run in the last set, the Patriots took advantage of the Titans’ fouls, courtesy of Rasheed Taban and Renz Miranda’s free throw points. Despite the Patriots’ efforts, a secondchance shot in the last minutes of the game secured AMA’s victory, capping the game at 83-69. Ian Blasquino gave the team a “thumbs up” despite the loss and the lack of preparations. “To be honest, hindi talaga kami prepared sa game... Pero despite the loss, still, nabigyan namin ng magandang game ‘yung kalaban namin… We can’t promise the win, but we’ll promise to do better and perform the best of what our team has in store,” he ended.

Green Incredible Hulks outlast Red Flaming Stallions Pauline Meneses The Green Incredible Hulks dominated the court as they won gold in both the Basketball Boys and Girls divisions of the Intramurals 2018 against the Red Flaming Stallions at Ugnayang La Salle.

The Lady Hulks spiked up to the standings, leaving the Yellow Blazing Titans and Black Daredevils early in the eliminations. After redeeming themselves, the Lady Daredevils once again competed with the Lady Hulks, losing to a 20-point deficit by the end of two quarters. The Red Flaming Stallions battled with the Lady Daredevils for bronze, finishing them over with a 23-point advantage at 39-16. The Lady Stallions faced the Lady Hulks for the gold on Feb. 8. Gel Malabonga led the squad to victory, finishing at 35-17 and garnering 27 points, and was crowned the Most Valuable Player of the Division and became one of the Mythical 5. Garnering the first slot of the waiting game, the Green Incredible

Hulks first faced the Red Flaming Stallions, defeating them at 59-52. The team jumped up to the semi-finals, reigning over the Black Daredevils with a 20-point advantage at 78-58. Outshining the Blue Shark Defenders at 53-46 in the semi-finals, the Red Flaming Stallions faced the Black Daredevils to a close fight for the championship, almost gaining an overtime at 65-63. Facing off once again, the Red Stallions rallied the championship against the Green Hulks to a tight run at 7:55 of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a fouled lay-up and free throw by Alfred Katipunan, tying the game at 50 all. The two teams scored hoop after hoop, but the Incredible Hulks were able to break away after two consecutive three-point shots. They

maintained momentum despite the tight defense and offense shown by the Flaming Stallions, and claimed the championship at 73-62. Jayson Gono was awarded Most Valuable Player, amassing 24 points.


November 2017 - April 2018


As seasons change Wynona Magnaye

Art by Willem Dimas All great things come to an end. As the season closes, the DLSU-D Grade 12 Patriots will have to face their greatest challenge yet: bidding farewell to their Lasallian family. Although they only bonded for a short period of time, the teammates have been through the highs, the lows, and everything in between, sharing countless memories and triumphs. Being the pioneer team of the Senior High School (SHS) and garnering several championships and recognitions, the Grade 12 students have a hand in shaping the reputation


My last playing year was lit! ‘Di ko aakalain na makakauwi kami ng maraming gold...from CDAPS up to ISVL. This team became a family to me. My most unforgettable part is ‘yung mga ngiti at tawa ng mga ka-teammates ko everytime na may laro at nanalo, at sa training din...their tears kapag nahihirapan na and kapag may regrets sila. Ito talaga ‘yung pinakana-engrave sa heart ko.” – Jubilee “Bilay” Del Rosario, Team Captain

Blue and Red hailed as kings and queens of kickball Ingrid Del Rosario

The Shark Defenders and the Flaming Stallions snatched the Kickball championship for boys and girls division, respectively, in the DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Intramurals 2018.

of the University in the athletic scene. In return, La Salle has served as a two-year home to the Patriots, and provided each and every one of them with unique and memorable journeys. Leaving behind their legacy and their juniors, the athletes of DLSU-D look back on their ride and share a few of their sentiments about their years. Like seasons change, the off-season brings the inevitable departure of the seniors, but their achievements and legacy will never be forgotten.

Para sa’kin, sobrang fulfilling na may titles kayong ibinigay sa school niyo, at dahil sa pagsisikap at tiwala ay na-achieve namin ‘yon. Hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yung hard trainings, home and away games, lahat ng tinuro sa’min ni coach para mag-improve kami, at lahat ng tao at bagay na tumulong sa’kin para mas mag-grow ako, lalong-lalo na ‘yung mga teammates ko.” – Auby Protacio

Blue domination The Blue Shark Defenders reign the Kickball Boys Division as they swept all of their games and defeated the mighty Orange Colossal Hawks, 10-7, in the DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Intramurals 2018. The Shark Defenders had a tight match against their first opponent, the Green Incredible Hulks, but powered through the match and showed dominance after the game. Their streak continued, as no team could come close to the prowess of the Grade 12 team, beating out every opponent to easily secure their spot in the finals. Serving as their final hurdle, the Orange Colossal Hawks put up a fight and surprised the

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I am very thankful for being part of DLSU-D boys’ volleyball team. The team helped me develop my sense of responsibility and leadership... As the Team Captain of the boys’ volleyball team, I will have no regrets knowing my junior teammates will acquire the perseverance, attitude, and equal treatment that I have shown to each one of them, in and out of the court.” – Gwen Alejos, Team Captain

Masaya dahil sa dami ng naglalaro ng volleyball sa school, isa ako sa mga i-represent ito. Malungkot dahil eto na ang huling taon ko dito sa SHS. Hindi ko naibigay sa team ang inaasam namin na championship. Pero hindi na din naman masama ang natapos namin sa mga sinalihan naming liga. Green and white forever!” – Reine Joshua Cruz


My last year was filled with excitement, pressure of ending our high school careers with a blast, hopes for the future. I am grateful for all our supporters, especially our coaches and trainers, our families, and of course, my brother, Dereck Stephenson. I’ll never forget the road trips, the games, the trainings, and the experience of having your teammates as your family. I know that my boys will do well on the next following years. I would also like to thank DLSU-D for blessing me with this opportunity.” – Dexter Stephenson, Team Captain

I am so thankful that I got to play with my team even after my injury. My only regret is I feel like I didn’t give my all, I could have done more. But I am happy that I got to experience a game with my teammates one last time.” – Renz Miranda

Sharks with their skills. Nevertheless, the Sharks dominated the field and their proud crowd had been building their morals as they face the Colossal Hawks. Both teams and both crowds were putting their hearts out through the game, but as the last inning entered, the Shark Defenders pulled away and brought home the bacon, 10-7. Red team on the rocks After being beaten by the Blue Shark Defenders in their first match, the Red Flaming Stallions were hungry for revenge and dominated their lined opponents. A rematch between the blue and the red saw the more determined Flaming Stallions set the

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This last school year for me is [a] really... happy but...sad year as well, because I’ll soon be a college student with different/new classmates and professors to be with. This will be the most memorable year of my high school life, since this is another big step closer to my success, since I...[wanted] to have better skills and more...knowledge and understandings in any aspect of life.” – Alyza Balleza


“Faith is the key to confidence and success. When playing, you should never give up and just shout it all out. Errors are part of the game. Take your time and learn from your mistakes, one by one.” – Chanel Buenaventura It is always with great honor and pleasure playing for our school. I wouldn’t have my last playing year any other way, thanks to my teammates. Best of luck, athletes. Animo!” – Gerlyn Aytalin


My last year was memorable, because of all the happiness and hardships that I have gone through with my teammates, like the CISAA finals. Honestly, I’m really thankful and feel blessed for my teammates because we bond, train, laugh, etc., and we treat our TEAM as a FAMILY, and I hope that everyone of us will succeed in pursuing our dreams in our life.” – Pholee Carandag

Happy ako [na] naging part ako sa isang team na competitive and, at the same time, fun to be with and professionals. Mami-miss ko ‘yung bonding with my teammates, and ‘yung mga tawanan, crucial games na naipanalo namin together, and, s’yempre, ‘yung overall experience.” – Luis Bangalan

match with a different end, and won against the Shark Defenders. Arriving at the finals, the team faced a huge disadvantage going head-to-head with the undefeated Orange Colossal Hawks, who held a twice-to-beat advantage in their arsenal. The team settled with the mindset of one game at a time and played against the Colossal Hawks with no fear seen on their faces, proving effective in the first match as they outran the Colossal Hawks, 7-6. As the players were scorched from the afternoon heat, the do-or-die game started. With juices still left in their tanks, the Stallions had the upper hand and cemented their spot in the championship circle, 7-5.

Defenders, Hulks dominate SHS Intramurals volleyball Gian Eldrich Sandoval

The Blue Shark Defenders and Green Incredible Hulks swept the competition and overpowered the other teams in the Volleyball Boys and Girls competitions, respectively, as they bag gold in the second DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Intramurals held on Feb. 5-9 at the Ugnayang La Salle. Defenders vs. Hulks With no plans of losing their winning streak, the Defenders peppered the Hulks in a compelling 25-7, 25-17 victory in the championship game of the Volleyball Boys competition. The blue team seemed to put up a volleyball clinic, as the players leaned on their vast experiences and played through the game with ease. Displaying their prowess, Juro Cruz, Vince Fabian, and Emelio Januto II of the Defenders executed whopping spikes combined with the team’s strategic plays, which helped them seal their victory. The Defenders dominated in the first set; showing no mercy, they ended the set with an 18-point advantage over the Hulks, 25-7. Not showing signs of giving up, the Hulks fought hard to keep the game going, but the Defenders continued attacks and fast plays ended the second set with 25-17, hailing them as champions for this year’s SHS Intramurals.

Rain Albao, Cruz, Fabian, and Januto of the Defenders all took a place in the Mythical 6, with Cruz also being awarded as the Most Valuable Player of the competition. Vincent Adornado of the Hulks was also awarded as part of the Mythical 6. Lady Hulks vs. Lady Stallions Hungry for the title, the Lady Hulks showed no fear against the Red Flaming Stallions, clinching the championship title with a 25-23, 25-20 triumph in the finals of the Volleyball Girls competition. The Lady Hulks had a good start in the first set with consecutive service aces fired by Tonette Ledesma that helped them gain an early 12-point advantage, 13-1. The Lady Stallions did not lose hope, as they were able to catch up on the Lady Hulks with a series of smart plays and a few errors coming from the green team. Bombing five points to stop the Lady Hulks

from stealing the first set that easy, 24-19, the ladies in red showed no signs of stopping as they fire another four points, hoping to get a deuce, 24-23, but it did not deter the confidence of the Lady Hulks as they still managed to steal the first set with a slim two-point deficit, 25-23. The Lady Hulks continued to execute flawless plays and service aces, gaining the upper hand of the second set, 11-3. The seesaw battle between the green and red dragged on as the Lady Stallions continued to score points off of the continuous errors committed by the green team. Service aces coming from Angel Hapin of the green team covered the series of mistakes amassed by their team, which helped them get back on track and build their momentum, 21-15. Seeing the title at arm’s reach, the Lady Hulks made no room for errors, leaving the red team in the dust to snatch the set, 25-20. Ledesma and Andrea Eunice Valdez of the Lady Hulks obtained a place in the Mythical

6, with Ledesma earning the title of Most Valuable Player for this year’s competition. Chiara Caraig of the Lady Stallions also made it to the Mythical 6.

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Patriots pull off history-making wins in 2017-2018 sports season

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Wynona Magnaye

Despite being the new team on the block, the DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) athletic team pulled off an epic season, taking home 19 golds, 8 silvers, and 8 bronze titles, in only their second year, making history as the SHS’s pioneer team. Under the watchful eye of Sports Moderator Alex Balbio, the DLSU-D jocks brought out their killer instincts in every game, reaching no lower than the semi-finals in their battles in various competitions such as the City of Dasmariñas Private School-Athletic League (CDAPS-AL), Dasmariñas City Meet, Cavite Schools Cultural and Athletic Association (CAVSCAA) league, Cavite Inter School Athletic Association (CISAA) league, Inter School Volleyball League (ISVL), and National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Northwest Cavite League. Kicking off Joining forces with the Junior High School (JHS) team, the DLSU-D Booters earned the championship title in the CDAPS-AL v2017, and moved forward to be hailed as third runner-up in the Dasmariñas City Meet 2017. Coach Shiela Tablangcora proved that hard work and dedication made a difference, giving her time to train the team and practice drills well into the night. Smashing through Also taking the role as their head coach, Balbio led the DLSU-D Badminton team to glory in all their leagues. The Lady Smashers were able to land two team-event championships from CAVSCAA and CISAA 2017, as well as two singles championships care of Nicole Gernale. Of course, the men didn’t sit back and took home their own team-event championship and first

runner-up title. Luis Bangalan also claimed the first runner-up spot in the CDAPS-AL 2017. Floating in glory Veterans Jericho Milagrosa and Alyza Baleza both racked up four golds, two silvers, and one bronze medal each. Under the management of Coach Vernon Himor, the DLSU-D Swimming team has taken off and started making a name for itself. A slam dunk Despite the loss of their big man Renz Miranda, the DLSU-D Cagers were unfazed going into their second season as a SHS team. With the guidance of Coach Arnold Olivarez and the blazing spirit of their team captain Dexter Stephenson, the green and white Cagers added the CISAA 2017 second runner-up, City Meet 2017 first runner-up, and CDAPSAL 2017 championship title to their long list of achievements. The good fortune kept coming, as Miranda was able to return mid-season and help the team reach the semi-finals of the NBTC 2017. Rallying on Sole SHS representative Mykaila Arrianne Paez displayed her prowess in table tennis and made La Salle proud in her first playing year as part of the SHS team. The Lady Paddler hooked two championship titles from the CDAPSAL and City Meet 2017, as well as a bronze medal in the CISAA 2017. With one more year left in her high school

career, Paez could lead the DLSU-D table tennis team to a new level.

Smashing through With Coach Joven Racelis taking the team under his wing, the Men’s Volleyball team reached new heights by winning silver in CDAPS-AL 2017, and bronze in CAVSCAA and CISAA 2017. Bringing their experience from their JHS days, the six new recruits from Grade 11 brought a new vibe to the team, which helped them up their game in this year’s season. Soaring high Marking an awe-inspiring season, the DLSU-D Lady Spikers took home three championship titles from CDAPS-AL, CISAA, and ISVL. Team Captain Jubilee Del Rosario was celebrated as the Most Valuable Player in all three leagues and, along with libero Faye Villalobos and setter Karyl Chiquito, was part of the CDAPSAL Mythical 6. Sophia Hapa and Ethel Tono also received additional recognition in the CISAA league and, with Auby Protacio, gained a spot in the ISVL Mythical 6. Coach Raymond Ramirez, only on his second year of coaching, couldn’t be prouder and attributed their wins to “The Big 3”: teamwork, communication, and selfconfidence. Seizing the title of Overall Champion in CISAA 2017 was the icing on the cake for the DLSU-D Patriots, cementing their name in the record books. With the beginning of the off-season, the teams are taking a well-deserved break before hitting the court to prepare for another season.

SHS athletes’ medal count. Photos by LEV Photo Team.

Newbies come from behind to reign Intramurals 2018 Orange Colossal Hawks hailed champions Pauline Meneses Expressing various responses to the jaw-dropping results, the Orange Colossal Hawks were crowned as the overall champions of the DLSU-D Senior High School (SHS) Intramurals 2018, reigning over the Green Incredible Hulks (first runner-up), Red Flaming Stallions (second runner-up), Blue Shark Defenders, Yellow Blazing Titans, and the Black Daredevils, during the closing ceremony on Feb. 9 at Ugnayang La Salle (ULS). With their significant triumph in the Cheer Dance and Hiphop Dance Competitions, placing first runner-up in both events, together with James Zagada winning Mr. Intramurals 2018 and runners up finish in other team events, the team accumulated a total of 1,600 points after their 200-point deduction and sealed their victory. Another rookie team who won a special award was the Black Daredevils, who was named as the Most Disciplined Team. The Daredevils received the lowest deduction of 100 points.

Scores courtesy of TVL Student Council. Photos by LEV Photo Team

Big wins Intramurals 2018 witnessed wins from all the six competing teams. The Blue Shark Defenders took home the Cheer Dance competition with their heart-stopping stunts and dazzling

moves. The Orange Colossal Hawks and Green Incredible Hulks emerged as the first and second runners-up, respectively. The Yellow Blazing Titans, on the other hand, was declared as champions in the much-awaited Hiphop Dance competition, followed by the Orange Colossal Hawks as the first runner-up, and the Green Incredible Hulks as the second runner-up. The Orange Colossal Hawks and the Blue Shark Defenders reigned in the Mr. and Ms. Intramurals 2018 as James Zagada of the Orange Colossal Hawks and Kristel Ibarra of the Blue Shark Defenders took home the titles, garnering 96.67% and 99% of the judges’ votes, respectively. On the other hand, Bruce Riñosa of the Blue Shark Defenders and Monica Montaño of the Black Daredevils rose

as the first runners-up, while Shane Jhastin Picson of the Black Daredevils and Sidra Mirza of the Yellow Blazing Titans claimed the third spot. Filling the MTH Covered Court, ULS, Track and Field Oval, and the Olympic Pool, ball games, Philippine games and individual/dual sports simultaneously ran over the course of the whole week, from the afternoon of Feb. 5 until the morning of Feb. 9. It should be noted that most of the sports events were won by the Green Incredible Hulks and the Red Flaming Stallions, with the two teams leading in the first and second places before the point deductions on attendance and other violations were given. With the Hulks’ 600-point deductions and the Stallions’ 300-point deductions, the two teams dropped to the second and third places, respectively.

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