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March 2011

Family Day 2010

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“Pamilyang nagkakaisa susi sa lakas, katatagan at pag-unlad ng bansa” was the theme of the GSCS Family Day which was spearheaded by the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) last December 4, 2010.

The whole day event enjoined the students, their family members and teachers a time to be together and have fun.

Mrs. Emma M. Abella, PTA adviser and former president and  Mr. Rodolfo J. Morales, Mathematics teacher, hosted the program.

The event formally started with the Entrance of Colors which was led by Mr. Francis D. Gepolane. Rev. Pacifico A. Sardido Jr, the school chaplain, led the opening prayer. Mrs. Delna C. Moralita, principal, welcomed the parents and guests in her  opening remarks after the singing of the National Anthem which was led by Mrs. Eunice C. Liwanag.Mr. Joseling M. Hernandez, PTA president, gave his greetings. The GSCS Chorale and the group MiLk gave their special numbers. Mr. Edward H. Mesina Jr. and the Praise and Worship team presented their song numbers.  Da Capo Redeemer Dancers, Mrs. Marilen Ramos and the SOLOMON Kids, Alexa Encabo/Blezzy Rivera, the Soul Winners Club, Ian King Sarmiento, and selected VI-Exodus girls also came out with entertaining numbers.Terence Claire Sigua, Angela Louise Rutaquio, and Arriane Therese Arbolano,  I-Matthew students presented a medley of OPM songs. The sophomores Austin Seth Ignacio, Alecson Guido, and Keziah Custodio performed a song number.
Patrick Colina, Dexter Cruz, Andrei Lazaro (III-Matthew) and Jonas Galang (III-Mark) rendered an acoustic version of the song “Baby” by Justin Bieber. Renz Moraga, Gladys Reyes, (III-Mark) and Aaron Herrera (IV- Matthew) also offered a song number. Alexandra Ramos, accompanied by Sir Allan San Pedro, gave a special number.

Outdoor games were also featured on this day of fun.  The traditional tug of war between the different year levels challenged the unity, cooperation and strength of the group of students.

This event was also highlighted by the raffle draw. The major prize was a brand new 24” Sanyo LCD TV set which was won by Mrs. Zenaida Deslate. Mrs. Evelyn O. Obien gave her closing remarks. Pastor Erwin S. Pelayo concluded the ceremony in prayer.

By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco

“eyOw pfOuhsZ! mUzt4H pfOuh?”

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Recognize these words? Maybe you have encountered one of these one time or another. In that case, you came across with a “Jejemon” and they call it the “Jejemon language”. It’s the habit of texting, chatting, or typing in alternating capital and lower-case letters with some letters being replaced by symbols. For some, it’s the new trend and for others, it’s quite alarming.

According to Wikipedia, “Jejemon” is made up of the term “jeje” which originated from online users’ penchant to type in “hehehe” and replaced it with “jejeje.” Followed by “-mon” that came from the Japanese anime “Pokémon,” with “-mon” meant as “monster,” hence “jeje monsters.” Moreover, defines it as “anyone with a low tolerance in correct punctuation, syntax and grammar.”

Those who aren’t familiar with “Jejemon” would have a hard time understanding it, even read a simple one. They add extra letters that aren’t necessary to a word which makes it longer. But if you think about it, we tend to write messages as short and simple as possible. So why would they make the effort of writing it longer than usual and distorting their sentences? People will need to decipher it first before they could read the whole thing.

When there are “Jejemons,” there are also people who are against them. They call themselves “Jejebusters,” a group of Filipino grammar vigilantes in the internet. Their aim: to get rid of jejetyping and jejemon existence. Yet, stopping it seems unlikely to happen. “Jejemon” has simply taken over the youth and evolved. Moreover, it’s their right to have their own way of communicating since there’s no law or criminal offense against the inappropriate use of the language. We can say that it’s their style and no one could ever change or dictate people on how to express themselves.

“Jejemon” isn’t really a language, but the youth’s very own improvised manner of texting and typing. It’s just something that they’ve come up with and that’s what they want. The sad truth is that they carry this habit to school, even in their everyday life. This is what the DepEd is trying to straighten out. Students tend to misspell and even have a hard time pronouncing Filipino and English words correctly. It has destroyed the efforts of DepEd in pushing better quality of education.

The Philippines is known to be the world’s third largest English-speaking nation. However, if this goes on, the future leaders of our country could have problems in constructing sentences and as a result, face difficulty in communicating with foreigner
This is what we’re facing today, the youth, being creative with letters and having them typed their own way. Schools can only teach the rules in using the language the proper manner but can never change what the students want to do. It’s their freedom of expression, whether it’s right or wrong. They don’t care about what other people say. What’s important is that they know they belonged to a group, a social group that nowadays is considered prominent.

But let’s not wait for newspapers and books be written in “Jejemon.” I do hope and pray for a change. That one day, they might get tired of the said trend. All we can do is to prevent it to be passed on to the little children. Let’s teach the right rules, the right spelling and the right construction from the start. Parents and teachers should be aware of what their kids are learning and not let them be influenced by merely new internet or texting fashion. Let’s not deteriorate the beautiful language that we have.

Yet, no matter how they came to existence, it’s hard to deny that “Jejemon” has added color and laughter to the country’s current situation. These people, who have their very own way of communicating, have made others smile. Jejeje!

Seniors Retreat 2011

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62 students attended the retreat for seniors held at  Divine Grace Seminar House Training and Development Center at LPL Compound Lipa City, Batangas last January 20-21 2011.

The theme was “Growing in the Lord: Pathway to Success.”

On the first day, students listened to inspirational messages delivered by Ptr. Lito Obien, Ptr. Erwin Pelayo and Mrs. Delna Moralita, principal.

In the afternoon, the students had group dynamics and played games that they enjoyed and learned important lessons from.

At nighttime, open forum was conducted to address issues concerning family, school, friends and faith.

The students then enjoyed the music played by the Praise and Worship team and the different teams performed their skits in the Fun Night.

Ms. Jihrene Sardido shared insights about getting ready for college. Ptr. Erwin Pelayo gave the final message. He encouraged the students to acknowledge their friends, classmates and teachers by thanking them. Tears were seen in the eyes of the students who took that opportunity to thank the Lord and their friends.

The retreat which was done annually aims to address the spiritual needs of the seniors and help them prepare to face the challenges of college life.

Meanwhile, the Grade Six pupils also had their retreat at the same venue last November 25-26 2010 to strengthen their faith and equip them to face the challenges of high school life.

By Trina Marie B. Agres

GSP Medal Scheme Project

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Jamielyn Dela Cruz (IV-Matthew), a Senior Girl Scout, through the initiative of the GSP Coordinator Ms. Angelita Berces, started the Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme Project in August 2010. The said medal scheme project is a one-year task to be taken by a Girl Scout who aims the highest achievement in the Girl Scout Movement.

The project is classified into four categories including: (1) Health which is about feeding program for unfortunate children, (2) Livelihood – focuses on food processing and preservation, (3) Cultural Heritage – preservation and promotion of Philippine customs and traditions, and (4) Ecology, which is about beautification of neglected area(s).

Dela Cruz chose to focus on the Ecological aspect.  She selected the third plant box near the school at F. Ortigas Street and partnered with some barangay officials and students.

By September and October 2010, Dela Cruz had a consultation with the barangay leaders regarding her target area of work. As she took her ecological work, her heart and attention focused on the embellishment of the area.
On November 24, 2010, as part of her requirements, Dela Cruz conducted the Launching Ceremony.

Ms. Cynthia Jusay, GSP Mandaluyong Council Executive, Mrs. Delna Moralita, principal, Mrs. Rosalia Sardido, High School Coordinator, Kgd. Ben Orge and Mrs. Liza Cruz of brgy. New Zaniga and Ms. Angelita Berces, GSCS Senior Scouts Coordinator attended the program.

On the third day of December 2010, together with her chosen work group mates Debby Grace Albano, Geraldine Tanya, and Alyanna Joy Hernandez (IV-Matthew), Yvonne Cabalejo, Isabel Luzuriaga, Marian Uy, and Fatima De Leon (II-Matthew), and the Barangay officials led by Hon. Ben Orge, Dela Cruz began to clean the area and painted the walls of the plot. They divided the plot into three by planting three kinds of vegetables: Pechay, Mustasa, and Okra.

The group made their first harvest of mustasa (mustard leaves) on February 25 and is scheduled to harvest pechay and okra on March 7. Kgd. Orge will be replanting on the area after the harvest.

The project is expected to end by June 2011 after the interview and final evaluation of the GSP Regional Office and Turn Over Ceremony.

“Para sa akin, ang project na ito ay malaking tulong upang maging bahagi ako sa pag-unlad ng Ekolohiya. Sa pagsisikap ko, nakikita ko ang magandang bunga ng mga ito.” Dela Cruz said.

Bringing Home the Gold

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Bringing Home the Gold”By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco

2010 has just gone by and a new year is laid before us. Though we don’t know exactly what is in store for us this year, one thing is for sure: a new year is the beginning of brand new CHALLENGES.

As we move forward and upward in life, the trials we meet also move forward and upward. They get more and more complicated each time. The problem is, most of the time, when we face an obstacle in our path that we have not encountered before, we just decide to give up.

They say that the key to success is by having integrity. Integrity means having good life principles or beliefs AND sticking to them. I know a lot of people who have good principles and beliefs but only a few actually stick to them. When we try doing something good that is beyond our comfort zone, we usually give up trying.

Imagine this: As a seatwork, your Math teacher asked you to solve a very tricky equation. After a few seconds of staring at the whiteboard, you say “Ang hirap naman niyan! Hindi ko na nga sasagutan! Bahala na si Batman!” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?Why do people frequently give up when coming across a rough problem? As implied in the situation above, people always complain before they even try doing the task entrusted to them or a dilemma they are up against. This shows that the only actual difference between a hard task and an easy task is one’s attitude towards it. When one’s mind is already set on hating a certain errand, one ends up not trying it; and when one does try but still does not change one’s mind set, one becomes unwilling to continue.

We should be like an athlete competing in a hurdle race.  Though different obstacles come their way, these never stopped them from reaching the finish line and bringing home the gold. When hurdles arise, do not think of it as difficult or impossible to go through, instead, think of it as your next step to success. Remember, God will not give us a problem that He knows we cannot overcome. So whenever a new problem comes up, always do your best and ask for His guidance throughout your journey. As Chronicles 15:7 says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Therefore, giving up is not an option!

By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco