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The Student-Teacher Exchange

Program was truly a BIG step! The

Malaysian Delegates of Wesley
Methodist School Ipoh (WMSI) ar-
rived at the Camp 7 campus of Small
World last May 31, 2013, and stayed
until June 9, 2013, to commence the
Student-Teacher Exchange Program
2013 (S.T.E.P. 2013). The goal of this
partnership program was to build a
broad and competent international
learning environment for the stu-
dents from a Christian standpoint.
The Malaysian team was composed
of four male students, namely
Elikrines Ng , Ng Kin Sern, Jason
Cheah and Chee Yao Kin; and four
females, namely Benita Yim, Jaime
Lim, Joycelyn Lim and Choong Sze
Chee. Two teachers accompanied
them: Ms. Nishabel Anbalakan and
Mr. Francis Thermalingam. After
roughly a month, students from
Small World Christian School Foun-
dation (SWCSF) travelled to WMSI
and stayed there from July 4 to July
15. The Philippine delegation was
also composed of four males and four
females, namely Rhedge Ballesteros,
Arsenio Baylon, Jr., Charles Cas-
tillo, Jeremy Javillonar, Jr. Kathe-
rine Ang, Karin Bangsoy, Nicole
Carmen and Kate Fernandez. The
Filipino students were accompanied
by teacher Virene Azarcon.
Upon the arrival of each dele-
gation, students and teachers of the
host school immediately started the
immersion process. When the Malay-
sian delegates arrived in Small
World, teachers, administrators,
young leaders, SBC officers, and sen-
ior class accommodated them. In a
short span of time, several students
took the time to tour the Malaysians
around the school, as well as get to
know them.
by Kate Fernandez and Karin Bangsoy
SW Delegates pioneer Student-Teacher Exchange Program
ManilaGrade 10 Dauntlesss Katherine Ang represented Baguio City
and the Rotary Club of Baguio Sunrise to the 12th Voice of Our Youth (VoOY)
Impromptu Speech Competition. The National Finals was held last February
22 at the Tanghalang Yaman Lahi Theater in the Ermita District.
The competition was a collaboration between the Philippine National
Bank (PNB), the Department of Education, and Rotary Club Philippines.
Fourteen-year-old Katherine placed second-runner up during the October
2012 Club eliminations and first runner-up during the November 2012 Dis-
trict eliminations. Nikki Lucenario from Miriam College High School emerged
as the VoOY champion, while Anton Sison from Ateneo de Manila High School
followed as first runner-up.

By Charity Grace Rosario
SW G10 Student is Voice of
Our Youth Grand Finalist
Small World Christian School Foundation once again held the well-known annu-
al event, the Student Body Council Elections. This year, however, the SBC elections
were slightly different since parties were permitted to campaign this 2013.
The filing for the SBC Party candidates started last January 21. The following
parties running for the SBC were ASTIG (Aspiring Servants That Initiate Growth)
with Rhedge Ballesteros as President, STARS (Students That Are Ready to Serve)
with Karin Bangsoy as President, and STEP (Students Trailblazing for Excellence
and Probity) with Kate Fernandez as President.
By Corinne Casas
Student Body Council Elections
SMALL WORLD BIG VOICE. Photo taken at Manila by Teacher Charity Rosario
EDUCATION ACROSS BORDERS. (Bottom right) SWCSF Grade 10 student Kate Fernandez (left) takes notes alongside WMSI Head Pre-
fect Haan Xi Yu (right). - Photo by Rhedge Ballesteros

The Journey staffers made
their way to the top as they joined the
annual Division Schools Press Confer-
ence held at the Main Campus of
Pines City National High School last
January 26, 2013. Out of seven, three
staffers garnered a place in their re-
spective events.
Mervine Aquino (10-EUNOIA)
won First Place in Editorial Writing
and Karin Bangsoy also bagged First
Place in Secondary Feature Writing-
English. Regine Madayag landed as
Second Place in Secondary News Writ-
ing-English. The other events were
also participated by Paula Javillonar
for Editorial Cartooning, Kate Fer-
nandez for Sports Writing, Noel Diaz
for Copy Reading and Headline Writ-
ing, and Gail Viaje for Photojournal-
The winning Journey staffers,
accompanied by their adviser Charity
Grace Rosario, are slated to join the
Regional Schools Press Conference at
Bontoc, Mountain Province on Febru-
ary 9-13, 2013.
By Regine Madayag
Journey Staffers emerge
triumphantly in DSPC
Representing the Division of Ba-
guio in the recently concluded Regional
Schools Press Conference, the team of
SWCSFs The Journey which is com-
posed of Mervine Aquino, Karin Bang-
soy, and Regine Madayag are still
blessed despite not being part of CARs
delegations for the National Schools
Press Conference which was held in Ley-
te last April 7-13, 2013.
Mervine Aquino was declared
fifth placer in Editorial Writing, but only
the champion until the third place is giv-
en the opportunity to join the National
Schools Press Conference.
Indeed, it was a survival of the
fittest and the team is still proud to have
represented Gods glory, Baguio City,
and Small World Christian School. They
were accompanied by Charity Grace Ro-
sario, the Coach/School Paper Adviser.
By Regine Madayag
Regionals School PressCon 2013
The Third YLTC, which focused
on First Aid training, was held in Small
World on July 20. The training was sup-
ported by Red Cross Volunteers and the
teachers of Small World. The trainees
were taught how to give CPR and other
basic First Aid techniques.
The fourth camp was held in
Neverland Mountain resort. The camp
focused on swimming and water safety.
It was a fun learning experience for all
of us Cora Vega, from Grade 7 Lion-
Hearted explained, Aside from learning
about survival and first aid, we learned
that God gave us different unique abili-
ties for us to use in our daily lives.
The campers are now currently
preparing for the National Camp which
will be held in Iba, Zambales on Novem-
ber 20-23.
By Eloiza Dirige
Third and Fourth BGB YLTC
BACK TO THE BASICS. Photo taken at Neverland Mountain Resort by Teacher Virene
REGIONAL SCHOOLS PRESS CONFERENCE. Photo taken at Bontoc, Mountain
Province by Teacher Charity Rosario.
Small Worlds present and
prospective young leaders united with
Guiding Light Christian Church
(GLCC) for the Summer Youth Camp
that was held last May 23-25 in
Neverland Mountain Resort in Tuba,
With the theme Fierce for
the Gospel, the Youth Camp aims to
challenge the young people to stand
up for the truth and to fight for the
gospel of Jesus Christ in the face of
the many influences and philosophies
of the world that seek to shake the
foundations of young peoples faith.
The said Summer Youth Camp was
organized and supervised by GLCC,
but was also a SWSCF-BGB event,
therefore combining the 1st and 2nd
BGB camps with the program.
The three-day program
brought together almost 150 students
both from GLCC and SWCSF, partici-
pating in introductory games and in-
teractive gospel sharing between as-
signed groups. One of the various ac-
tivities in the three-day camp was the
most awaited Amazing Race wherein
the different groups had to race
against time with their creating ex-
clusive strategies to hold the title as
winners in the end. The students and
teachers were also engaged in team
building activities. The SW campers
were accompanied by Jemma San
Pedro and Donald Espenilla, two of
the schools teachers in charge of the
said event.
By Regine Madayag
BGB YLTC partners with
GLCC for Youth Camp
On May 11, 2013, SWCSF
hosted a Mothers Day event entitled
Mothers on the Go.
The program officially started
at 8:45 AM with Dance Aerobics
which was followed by a light break-
fast at 9:45 AM. The event was con-
cluded by a message from a guest
speaker, Mrs. Anna Mae Gonzales.
Mrs. Magdalen Cayat, mother
of two, stated that she found the event
very enjoyable and lively, and that she
will spend the rest of Mothers Day
with her kids. Another mother, Mrs.
Suzanne Villanueva said that: It is
nice to get to know other mothers ex-
periences. When asked about Moth-
ers Day, she simply said: I think that
we will just eat out and just relax.
In a fathers perspective,
Teacher Donald Espenilla, remarked:
This is an important day, we are abl
to see the importance of mothers and
the special opportunity to express the
deep appreciation we have for them.
And this day, we are really able to
focus on the unnoticed efforts of
By Noel Mozart Diaz
Mothers On The Go
ZUMBA. Photo taken by Teacher Irene Domondon.

By Maia Boncan
SW conducts
outreach in Camp
7 Elementary
Last May 13, 2013 was the day of
the Philippine National and Local Elec-
tions. For the campaigning of candidates
for Congressman, Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and
Councilor, COMELEC had set January 13,
2013 as the beginning of the election peri-
od. There were over 52 million eligible vot-
ers to vote for the 18,000 positions. In ad-
dition, police and military forces were put
on higher alert for expectations of violence
during the campaign which had resulted
in about 60 deaths since the campaigning
period had begun.
As of the Baguio-Benguet elec-
tions, there had been a total of 90,048 of
146,230 registered voters, with 186 of 215
election returns. The top candidates of the
local election go as follows: Nicasio Aliping
Jr. as Congressman, with a total of 33,402
votes; Mauricio Domogan as Mayor, with a
total of 43,218 votes; Daniel Farias as
Vice-Mayor, with a total of 67,883 votes;
and Edison Bilog as Councilor, with a total
of 46,566 votes.
By Corinne Casas
Elections 2013
Disasters are inevitable, and it
is everyones responsibility to
prepare for them. That is why
Small World Christian School
Foundation has the annual
Disaster Week which has a
compilation of activities to edu-
cate and prepare students for
possible natural disasters. This
year, the schools Disaster
Week was held from August 1
to August10. The activity schedule included a simulation drill to be done
by the entire school and lectures from different response groups in Baguio;
namely the Baguio City Fire Department, Baguio City Police Department,
and the BB-PICAG (Baguio-Benguet Public Information and Civic Action
Group Philippines, Inc.)
The simulation earthquake drill was designed to be as realistic as
possible in order to adequately practice emergency evacuation and proce-
dures. The teachers mobilized and prepared the student response teams
as well, to train them and teach them what to do. Four student teams
were gathered from the high school department: the Fire Brigade, Search
and Rescue, and the Medical Team. Students in these teams were given
training beforehand, such as how to properly extinguish fires, proper car-
rying and patient transport techniques, and adequate bandaging and first
aid. Certain students and teachers were also picked to play the roles of
victims, and actual fires and obstacles were situated around the school to
make the simulation more realistic.
At the sound of a long bell, all students and teachers would prac-
tice the duck, cover and hold technique and wait for the bell to stop. After-
wards, all students and teachers would calmly exit the school building
and gather per class in the designated safe zone: the schools basketball
court. After the teachers and class presidents conducted head counts,
numbers would be reported in order to see if any had been left behind.
After doing so, members of faculty would do a primary sweep of the build-
ing and outline the hazardous and unsafe places. When deemed ready, the
student teams would mobilize in order to begin the search and rescue.
Medical teams were stationed at the court while some first aiders accom-
panied the able-bodied search and rescue teams. Victims were posi-
tioned inside classrooms and in different areas around the school. The
injuries ranged from mere panic attacks to spinal injury to even death.
The most severe injuries required the students to perform spine board
immobilization, which they accomplished.
On March 1, 2013, the students of
Small World Christian School Foundation
went to Camp 7 Elementary School for the
annual H.E.A.R.T. Reach. For this
H.E.A.R.T. Reach Program, as Teacher
Jons Aquicio mentions, We extend sup-
port to a group, community, or institution
for a certain amount of years. And my fa-
vorite part is to see students their school
giving us a warm welcome, participating
in our activities, and showing interest in
what we are doing. They even asked us to
come back! There were selected primary
students and Grades 5 to 10 who came to
help the Camp 7 students grow in their
knowledge in Health, the Environment,
Aesthetics, Recreation, and as we do our
task of Teaching.
The high school students readily
transported noodles and soup for the chil-
dren. However, it was a challenging task
that Teacher Jons commends, I would say
that our students really did a good job, and
no one got tired bringing the thermos [that
had soup inside] from our school to another
school. The high school boys were tired but
didnt complain. They were eager to be com-
manded. Simultaneously, other high school
students were teaching the children how to
make seat cushions out of used snack wrap-
pers, or were teaching the children about
the Word of God; the noodles and soup ar-
rived promptly in each designated class-
Both of the schools students and
teachers had an hour of lunch break after-
wards. Teachers told exciting stories about
their earlier experiences of teaching to us.
By Karin Bangsoy
Last June 17, 2013, Small World
Christian School Foundation held the an-
nual Fathers Day Challenge. The event
started off with the father-son race at
7:30am, and was followed by breakfast at
9:00. Afterwards, an inspirational talk
with Mr. Alexander Bangsoy.
The route began in the school, on
to the highway, and until Camp 7 Elemen-
tary School, where the runners turned
around and started the route back through
Rich Gate Subdivision. The route was 4.5
km in total and was challenging according
to some runners.
The winners were: Mr. Alexander
Cenzon and Anton Calaycay as the first
placers, Mr. Mario Benitez as the oldest
runner, and the Beyom Kim family who
had the biggest number of runners in a
single family. To finish the event, the dads
and the SWCSF team went head-to-head
in a basketball game, where the dads de-
feated the sons to uphold their winning
By Noel Mozart Diaz
Fathers Day
The Company Camp, a two-day pro-
gram in which students from pre-school up
to Grade 10 were required to participate,
began on the 28th of April lasting until the
next day, the 29th.
The activity, proposed by the Stu-
dent Body Council, was a prerequisite in
order to join the four SWCSF-BGB Young
Leaders Training Camps.
God as the Creator of All Things,
the programs theme, was the subject mat-
ter of all activities that were to be done
during the camp, such were the role plays
regarding the six days of creation and the
gospel teaching by Teacher Jons Aquicio.
The students from grades 5 to 10
were to stay overnight, having enough
time to bond with other school mates
through cooking their own meals and per-
forming skits in front of the others.
The students were dismissed at 12
noon the next day.
By Sean Tristan Francisco
Company Camp
By Karin Bangsoy
SW coordinates with World
Vision for Market Fair 2013
The World Vision Market
Fair at Small World was a first-
time occurrence, although the
school has been raising money for
World Vision for four years. This
year, on July 26, Small World opted
to have a market fair instead of a
DIY Famine. Organized by the Stu-
dent Body Council in cooperation
with World Vision, the school raised
enough funds to continue their
sponsorship of 14 children for one
more year.

Students and faculty were
divided into 4 teams: Purple, Red,
Green, and Blue. Each team was
tasked to raise as much funds as
they could through activities and
selling of food and merchandise. In
order to keep track of the money
circulation, tarpo currency was im-
plemented. One tarpo was bought
for PhP 11 with a worth of PhP 10.
The one peso was given to World
Vision. Items and activities were
sold and bought in tarpo money.

The Market Fair was a
whole day affair, although the
teams had started raising money in
the days before. Activities included
games such as the Playstation3,
Wii, facepainting, and others. Food
was also sold on that day. After all
the tarpos had been remitted and
money counted, the Red Team
emerged as the victor.

The money earned from the
Market Fair will all go to the con-
tinuation of Small Worlds sponsor-
ship of 14 children through World
Visions child sponsorship program.

By Nicole Anne Carmen
Dauntless Destinations
Seni or year!
Without a doubt, is the
best time for us to decide
on our college courses
and to focus on our cho-
sen field. This is a very
essential decision to an
incoming college fresh-
mans life simply be-
cause this decision will
lead each one of us to
our future and our ca-
reer relies on it as well.
We started our
journey on the evening
of February 18, 2013,
using the schools new
coaster with Manong
Joey as our driver. On
the 19
, we had our
breakfast in McDonalds
and afterwards, the first
university we visited
was UE, or the Universi-
ty of the East. It is locat-
ed at Recto Avenue, Ma-
nila, and is owned by
Lucio Tan. The people
were very welcoming,
hospitable, and the tour
they gave us was very
informative. The campus
had six libraries and
each one was very amus-
ing. Moreover, dentistry
is one of their top cours-
es and the building they
have for it was impres-
sive. Imagine a floor full
of dental chairs, dentis-
try students, patients,
and the scent of the den-
tal clinic all in one. We
also had our lunch in
their cafeteria.
Our second des-
tination was located in
McKinley Hill, Fort Bon-
ifacio, Taguig. We were
going to the luxurious
university, Enderun.
Our very own alumnus,
ate Zheri de Vera, gave
us a tour around the
campus and enlightened
us about her school. The
campus was astonishing,
prestigious, and it made
us feel like we were in a
different country. I
would highly recom-
mend this university if
you have courses like
culinary arts or Hotel
and Restaurant Manage-
ment in mind. Wearing
your corporate attire
every day is like your
own school uniform and
that sophisticated-look
would definitely be seen
in you. The campus caf-
eteria looked more of a
restaurant and eating
there was very delight-
ful. The food they served
was very appetizing and
the ambiance was also
very uplifting.
For the second
day of our campus tour,
we were headed to the
home of the Blue Eagles
Ateneo. If youre the
type of person who is
business-minded and
youre up for courses
related to that, you
should absolutely con-
sider this university. In
touring the campus, we
were divided into two
groups. The other group
was led by Small Worlds
alumnus, kuya Tim Ru-
fino and the other group
was led by other Ateneo
students. During the
tour, we met some of the
Small World Alumni.
Going around the cam-
pus made us feel like we
were actually students
of the university and the
experience was a blast.
As we went to the souve-
nir shop, we made sure
all of us had that I
PRE-COLLEGE. The Grade 10 students are introduced to college life at various colleges:
(clockwise from left) Enderun Colleges, Far Eastern University, De La SalleCollege of
Saint Benilde, -Photos by Gian Estandian and Grace Garcia
A Flambeaux Foray
By Prezil Dana Ong
The Grade 8 class was very
eager to have their much-awaited
Ilocos Fieldtrip. It was our first field-
trip that was quite distant from Ba-
guio and going as a class was exciting
for each of us. The fieldtrip was from
February 4 to February 6. Those are
the days we will cherish for the rest
of our youth as we get ready to em-
bark on a journey that we will not
easily forget. It was a 7 hour trip;
however no one was bored because
everybody was overjoyed!
Reaching Ilocos, the first
place that we visited was the Cotton
Farm. In here, we learned about the
different types of cotton and how
each of them grew. It was very fasci-
nating. Next, we were headed to the
historical Paoay Church. One story
we learned about the said church was
that the bell would be rang more and
louder each time if it's the wedding of
a prominent family. Our next desti-
nation is the Sinking Bell Tower. We
were surprised when we were told
that the Sinking Bell Tower sinks an
inch every year! We also visited the
Tobacco Monopoly and learned more
about the place and why it was called
such. For some of us like me, we had
a chance to taste a dragon fruit for
the first time when we went to the
REFMAD Dragon Fruit Farm.
We then headed to the wind-
mills located at Bangui, Ilocos Norte.
It is the first "wind farm" in the Phil-
ippines and considered to be the big-
gest in Southeast Asia, providing
40% of the
ILOCANDIA. The Grade 8 students experience living history at Ilocos Sur and
Ilocos Norte. Photoa by Maia Boncan

Magnanimous Mission
By Gail Viaje
It was a Monday and we,
the Grade 9 Magnanimous class
was beaming with excitement for
what we used to dream was about
to become a reality. Our trip to
Zambales was just a sleep away.
When I got to the lobby,
everybody was giddy from thought
of going to this place unknown to
them with the people who they
came to know as family. I too, was
very eager to hop on the bus and
go to what was going to be consid-
ered as the trip of the year. While
everyone was aboard in the bus,
the speakers were brought out and
most of us sang along to the Pitch
Perfect rendition of Kelly Clark-
sons Since You Been Gone. Sing-
ing or not, we were all happy.
As we reach Pundaquit,
Zambales, the sun was scorching
and many were noting how hot it
was! It was like being a penguin in
the dessert. After getting settled,
we headed to a small pantalan or
dock to stay in Nagsasa Cove, a
small inlet at the Bay of Nagsasa.
The class was divided into two
boats since our class was too big
(figuratively and literally) to fit in
one boat. I was aboard the second
boat which took about fifteen
minutes to get to shore. In the
middle of the boat ride, our boat
stopped! Everyone on the boat was
blaming those of relatively larger
mass than the rest of us. However,
after a few pulls here and there,
the boat was up and about! After
fifteen or so minutes of loud boat
shrills, we arrived safely at Nag-
sasa cove, and boy, was everyone
glad to be back on land.
We were ready set to hike
up a mountain for a refreshing
swim at the infamous waterfalls
after eating our breakfast of Mai-
ling meatloaves, Ligo Mackerel
canned goods of all kinds. As we
got to our destination, we were
somehow disappointed for the wa-
terfalls have dried out. On the
bright side, the water was cold!
Just what our scorched bodies
needed. Even if there was no wa-
terfall, we had fun spending hours
of splashing each other and show-
ing of acrobatic tricks. Once every-
one has refreshed themselves, we
headed back to camp to eat lunch.
All that walking and trekking
made us like ravenous creatures,
tired and hungry. Hiking up a
mountain in slippers is not easy, I
tell you.
Although we were enjoy-
ing the waves, goofing around, we
were not wholeheartedly wel-
comed by the sea as Teacher Vi-
rene was stung by an invisible
creature of the water, a jellyfish.
Nevertheless Teacher Vie was still
smiling and grateful that she was
the one who got stung and not us.
Talk about martyrdom! When we
were all worn-out from swimming
to and fro, we had dinner of what
came to be the food of the trip:
canned goods! Even after hiking,
swimming and whatnot, we were
not yet tired! We still decided to
play and run around the shore
line. Slowly getting exhausted
from playing, all of us simply lied
down, looked at the stars and sang
Pitch Perfect songs. The following
day, it was time to say good-bye to
the hidden paradise. Nonetheless,
before leaving for an open sea
swim, we took pictures with the
kind manongs of Nagsasa Cove
and bid farewell.
Having arrived at the re-
sort in Iba, Zambales, everyone
stood in awe of how beautiful the
place was! The place was clean
and serene. After settling down,
playing pool, and swimming, we
headed to their town center to eat.
All of us were excited to finally be
able to eat real food. Our livers
were probably as strained as we
were. It was also Argylles birth-
day, so we requested the live band
to greet and sing him a happy
birthday! It must have been a
memorable birthday for him!
When we finished eating, we
looked around, bought some
things and headed back to the re-
sort to prepare for what the high-
light of the trip was: cooking for a
family and meeting our sponsored
With some few hours of
sleep, it was time to say goodbye
to my bed, but it seemed to sing to
me, Baby, come back! As much
as I hated having to leave, it was
time to go and experience a once
in a lifetime opportunity. Every-
one was very excited to be able to
meet the children we had been
writing letters to. It was like
meeting old new friends. As soon
as we arrived Lupang Pangako,
we were offered kamote and saba.
And to our excitement, our spon-
sored children were there! We
cheerfully walked over to them
and started small talks about how
they were. We also planted trees
using their method of planting,
taught the children the Word of
God and how much He loves us,
and held some games for the kids.

Showcasing Ipoh
By Karin Bangsoy
Coming from a country
where our main exposure to Ma-
laysian culture is the dubious Dis-
ney show of Upin and Ipin, we did-
nt know what to expect when we
landed on Malaysian soil. Howev-
er, the shows view of Malaysia
was very different from the Ipoh
that we experienced during our
On one of our sightseeing
trips, we were toured around Ipo-
hs Tin Museum. Ipoh has its roots
as a mining town, as it is sur-
rounded by huge hills of limestone
and tin mines. Through our muse-
um visit, we learned that mining
was an integral part of Ipohs his-
tory, although recently bigger cor-
porations are dominating the in-
dustry. But like all of history, Ipoh
started small. In the museum, we
were shown life-size dioramas of
how the first Ipoh miners found
precious metals the primitive
action of panning the streams and
sifting them in order to come up
with their quota for the day. Simi-
lar to the California Gold Rush,
the Malaysians eventually
brought in more sophisticated
equipment in order to make the
process more efficient. Tin was one
of Ipohs main aspects in its econo-
my, and it still thrives up to this
day. Although tin was what main-
ly drove Ipohs mining industry,
other substances such as kaolin,
zircon, and limestone were found
in Ipohs mines.
Ipoh has also much to offer
in the culinary experience. The
region is famous for its chicken
rice and white coffee, which our
host families ensured we tasted.
Due to its mixture and blend of
cultures, the food was also very
varied. Chicken satay, which is
chicken barbeque dipped in pea-
nut sauce, was one of the common
examples. From the Chinese cul-
ture, noodles and dumplings were
also fairly common. Indian and
Malay food such as roti canai
(Indian bread) and char kway te-
ow (Malaysian savory noodles)
were also in abundance. The food
culture is also very similar to that
of the Philippines in that every
house or food establishment has
its own recipe for a particular
dish. Every gathering became a
Guided by Malaysian
teachers and students, teacher
Virene Azarcon was also able to
experience Ipohs Heritage Trail.
PRE-COLLEGE. The Grade 10 students are introduced
to college life at various colleges: (clockwise from left)
Enderun Colleges, Far Eastern University, De La
PRE-COLLEGE. The Grade 10 students are intro-
duced to college life at various colleges: (clockwise

A Unique
Signature in
the World
By Noel Mozart Diaz
What is a country? What
makes a country, any country,
unique? Is it the sights, the colors,
the food or the culture? Do any of
these define a country? According to
encyclopedias yes, they do; but
how do we differentiate our country
from others? Whats the piece of
cloth suspended there, waving in
the wind mean?
Its our identity, the symbol of
our country, the flag sewn together by
the blood, sweat and tears of the patri-
ots and heroes.
Blue, the faith and belief of our
country, is held in the highest honor
and will continue to wave as we rise
from the many traps that was set for us.
It represents the people, striving to-
wards better futures and presents.
Red, the pride and esteem of the
country, is held lower than any other
symbol in the flag, to keep ourselves
controlled even when taunted the dis-
cipline of the people. It represents the
blood and dedication of the heroes and
unsung heroes who sowed the seed of
patriotism in the heart of hearts of the
The stars and the sun represent
the perpetual illumination of our liberty
and freedom; they are symbols that
show that we will never fall to abuse
and tyranny again.
And lastly the white, our equity,
unity and purity, shows the final and
the accomplishment of our independ-
ence. It represents our unity and compe-
tence as a state; it also represents our
democracy through equity.
These are all symbols that mean
something to me. The colors and sym-
bols of the flag-these are what I see be-
yond the casual meanings, beyond
peace, beyond courage and beyond the
faade. This is the flag that sewn to-
gether by countless deaths and uncount-
able drops of blood; this is a flag that is
standing the test of time.
And this is what makes a coun-
try unique; the faith and love of its peo-
ple for it, the hope and beliefs that are
simply symbolized by the flag. And
there is always more to a flag than it
The Flag
is Raised
By Kate Fernandez
What is a country? What
makes a country, any country,
unique? Is it the sights, the colors,
the food or the culture? Do any of
these define a country? According
to encyclopedias yes, they do;
but how do we differentiate our
country from others? Whats the
piece of cloth suspended there,
waving in the wind mean?
Its our identity, the sym-
bol of our country, the flag sewn
together by the blood, sweat and
tears of the patriots and heroes.
Blue, the faith and belief
of our country, is held in the high-
est honor and will continue to
wave as we rise from the many
traps that was set for us. It repre-
sents the people, striving towards
better futures and presents.
Red, the pride and esteem
of the country, is held lower than
any other symbol in the flag, to
keep ourselves controlled even
when taunted the discipline of
the people. It represents the blood
and dedication of the heroes and
unsung heroes who sowed the seed
of patriotism in the heart of hearts
of the masses.
The stars and the sun rep-
resent the perpetual illumination
of our liberty and freedom; they
are symbols that show that we will
never fall to abuse and tyranny
And lastly the white, our
equity, unity and purity, shows
the final and the accomplishment
of our independence. It represents
our unity and competence as a
state; it also represents our de-
mocracy through equity.
These are all symbols that
mean something to me. The colors
and symbols of the flag-these are
what I see beyond the casual
meanings, beyond peace, beyond
courage and beyond the faade.
This is the flag that sewn together
by countless deaths and uncounta-
ble drops of blood; this is a flag
that is standing the test of time.
And this is what makes a
country unique; the faith and love
of its people for it, the hope and
beliefs that are simply symbolized
by the flag. And there is always
more to a flag than it seems.
Manong Bernardo:
The Fireman-Teacher
By Kate Fernandez
At first glance, Manong Bernardo seems like
your typical fireman if firemen could be described
as typical. Certainly the profession deserves more
appreciation than it actually gets, but Manong Ber-
nardo seems to want none of the fame only the
fulfilment. His humble, easygoing persona belies
what lies underneath: a heart of gold, carried not
just by him but also by his colleagues the people
who wouldnt think twice about going into a burning

Manong Bernardo C. Bravo, holding the po-
sition of Senior Fire Officer 2 (Sergeant) has been a
fireman long enough to cultivate a love-hate rela-
tionship with the job. He is 45 years old and has
been a firefighter for 23 years. When asked what he
loved most about the job, he readily answered:
lahat ng pagod mawawala when youre able to save
a life. (All the fatigue goes away when youre able
to save a life.) It is obvious that he loves what he
does, and begins to talk animatedly about the differ-
ent aspects of being a fireman.

We asked him what his worst fear as fire-
man was. His answer was straight to the point:
Syempre, ang pag-iiwan sa pamilya. Kase walang
peace of mind kapag tinutulungan mo ang ibang tao
pero iniiwan mo ang pamilya mo. Hindi mo alam
kung iyon ang huli mong pagsakay sa fire truck.
You dont know. [(My worst fear is) leaving family.
You cant have peace of mind while helping other
people but leaving your family. You dont know if
that would be your last time to ride the fire truck.
You dont know.]

By Kate Fernandez
Last July 31, 2013, I was
finally able to watch the movie
Ive been waiting to see; Boses
the story of a young boy named
Onyok under the care of an abu-
sive father, but learns to over-
come the trauma he has experi-
enced through the help of music.
Accompanied by other charac-
ters, such as Ariel a distraught
man who taught Onyok to play
the violin, they were not only
good actors, but good violinists
as well! Watching this movie,
you could really feel the realness
of the fear and pain experienced
by the child. No wonder many
institutions such as the Depart-
ment of Education, Commission
on Higher Education, and World
Vision recommend this film, for
its plot may be simple, but the
message it conveys is indeed,
very powerful and poignant.
Growing up in fear of
getting hurt by my parents was
never a problem of mine. Yes, I
would get spanked as a conse-
quence of doing something
wrong, but I always knew they
did it in love, not in anger or
hate. After watching Boses, it
made me realize how blessed I
am with parents who love me
and do not hurt me out of anger.
It also made appreciate them,
despite my shortcomings and
hardheadedness, they are still
patient with and they still do
their best to provide for my
Another great point
greatly stated in the movie is the
ability of music to bring peace to
ones heart. This just proves that
music is a great therapy, and
that it is not just for the old, but
for everyone.
This film is not only for
those who experience the pain
and trauma caused by abuse,
but also for the bully, that they
will also have their day.
I highly recommend this
for children and parents alike,
and surely their hearts will be
touched and they will not leave
the cinema unaffected
by this movie.
PHILIPPINE FLAG ART. Photo from deviantART.com

The Sea
By Gail Viaje
Oh, the waves I miss,
I hear it crash over me,
Oh, the sea I truly miss,
Please come back to me
I was sent to a place,
Clean and wiped,
I was dressed and designed,
Gorgeous in sight,
I was hot and steaming,
Beneath the fresh air,
Nothing dirty,
No bugs, no hair.

But then I was sent to this reeking loca-
The worst feeling, the worst sensation,
I was chewed, and mashed, I was grind-
ed up,
And the sudden grasp, I was set-up!

A large sound in that certain location,
Down I went, with the worst frustra-
I looked at myself, as unsightly I was,
I remembered the minutes,
Those short, precious minutes,
I was beautiful and gorgeous,
By David Bae
The Eyes of a
By David Bae
The eyes of a wanderer,
Though how curious it may be,
Not knowing what will happen,
Until the eyes are there to see,

The eyes of a wanderer,
Though its sight so wide,
Can still figure out,
A spheres tiniest side.
Made of More
By Jeremy Javillonar
There is a titillating pleasure in looking back at the past and asking
oneself, what would have happened if and substituting one chance
occurrence for another, observing how, from a gray, barren, humdrum
moment in ones life, there grows forth a marvelous rosy event that in
reality had failed to flower. A mysterious thing, this branching struc-
ture of life: one senses in every instant a parting of ways, a thus and
an otherwise, with innumerable dazzling zigzags bifurcating and
trifurcating against the dark background of the past.
- The Eye, Vladimir Nabokov
The works of human kind, books and writings go back thousands of
years in history. Writings that express character in ways such as biog-
raphies, novels, poems, and books; literature is the form of communi-
cation that we use for understanding problems. And to express ideas
that are of great interest to a numerous number of people. Literature
is a great accomplishment towards how, past and present, humans use
to record special events, rare extraordinary phenomena, etc.
Philosophers, historians, poets, and writers; these are people
who practice that art of literature, people who love to study literature.
Love of literature drives our thirst to know, discover, and explore, to
inevitably be curious. This love makes us do things that extend our
reach and expand our thinking. It isnt simply about the words and
floating adjectives. It is made of so much more. It is made up of all the
identities of countless writers. It is made up of the passion of different
generations. It is simply made of more, more than what we know.
Pessimism Deterred
By Karin Bangsoy
Kept for another time
All the dreams of yes-
Shelved and boxed
and put away
Never again to see the
light of day

You thought that they
were superficial
Birds without wings
set into motion
Sometimes you dont
need to fly to touch
the sky

I dont know if you see
My dreams, my hopes
Wrapped up in it
Hidden away, youll
never find it
And thats the joy of
keeping it.
By Katherine Ang
I was walking in the sky. I felt like a butterfly.
The clouds were my home. Everything was illuminat-
ed with the suns gracious light. When I look up I see
a haze of blue that slowly changes as the sun goes to
bed. When I look down I see the earths colors.
I was walking in the sky. I felt like a butterfly
One day the clouds broke away. I fell like the fallen.
I crashed on the earth. The blow was hard and pain-
ful. The rock pierced my skin. I look down to find my-
self divided. I cried and cried, for my other half
couldnt. I have the eyes and she has the legs.
That day the clouds broke away. I fell like the fallen.
I went to the heavens. My arms climbed up the high
I knocked on the saintly gates hoping to get in. I
pleaded with the guard. I was the upper half. Surely
I belonged among the saintly. I had a mouth to sing
and hands to pray. But I did not have legs to kneel.
You are too broken, he told me.
I went to the heavens. My arms climbed down the
high mountains.
She went to the pits of hell. Her legs moved down.
She knocked on the gates of hell hoping to get in. She
stood there silently. She was the lower half. Surely
she belonged among the sinners. Her legs can com-
mit all harm. But she did not have the mouth to
speak. You are too broken, even for hell, he told
She went to the pits of hell. Her legs moved up.
We should shed a thousand tears. But she could not
cry, so I cried two thousand.
We walked around aimlessly hoping to belong. But
neither heaven nor hell wanted us. We were imper-
fect- destroyed and separated. Nobody wanted the
imperfect. Nobody wanted us. We were rejected.
We should shed a thousand tears. But she could not
cry, so I cried two thousand.
In all those years of being lost, I found her. And she
found me.
Now we were complete again. We were the whole
that we should be. We had eyes to see, a mouth to
speak, and legs to walk the miles. We were not per-
fect anymore but at least we were whole.
In all those years of being lost, I found her. And she
found me.
Now heaven wanted us. Hell wanted us.
But we did not want them. They turned us away be-
cause we were not complete. They were too perfect to
be tarnished by our flaws. Now we turned them away
because we still arent complete. We are still broken.
Now heaven wanted us. Hell wanted us.
We gathered my tears. Now it is a sea.
We accept anyone, we accept the imperfect. We ac-
cept man whose body was dumped on our shores. We
accept the woman who jumped from the cliffs. Our
arms wrap around them, because we know how being
broken feels like.
We gathered my tears. Now its a sea.

Because we were unwanted.
So bright,
Without control
Things cant go right.
A little spark can make fire,
And if not careful, itll be very dire,
Fire helps hum survive, abused and it will deploy,
The great destruction of many lives with fire thats finally employed.
But in the bright side, fire is why we are here, why we live today,
But keep in mind that great fear of carelessness and dismay.
We use fire for many things, like cooking and warmness.
And to us it brings life, hope and brightness.
Energy, Power, and Rebirth
Because I Was
The Flame
By Philip Ang




Countries of Europe
Find and circle all the Countries of Europe
that are hidden in the grid.
By Kate Fernandez
The book is actually of
a dystopian genre. It
introduces its readers
to a society that isnt
so idealistic, but dif-
ferent from the world
we live in. The world
has been grouped into
five different factions,
all equally contrib-
uting to civilization.
There was Abnegation
- the selfless, Candor-
the honest, Dauntless-
the brave, Erudite-
the intelligent and
Amity- the peaceful.
At sixteen, under one
of these factions, is
where every individu-
al must decide to be-
long to. Choose to stay
and live as youve
lived before or aban-
don the past and enter
a new domain. Your
decision will dictate
your fate forever.
But what if you were-
nt fit for any? What if
you weren't limited to
one preference among
five choices? What if
you were different?
All her life, Beatrice
Prior was taught to
always give way to
others. The walls built
around her were de-
signed to remind
her that others
had to go first.
But as much as
she tried to con-
vince herself that
she belonged to
Abnegation, she
knew she didnt.
She was merely
living life to meet
the expectations of
others. Then where
did she belong? What
was she? But most
importantly, who was
She meets the turna-
round after finding
out the aptitude test
results. She wasnt
made for one faction
at all, because she
was fit for three, Ab-
negation, Dauntless
and Erudite. Although
it seemed promising
to be a Divergent, it
wasnt conventional.
And that made her a
threat, a threat to
those who wanted to
be in control.
But the old Beatrice
Prior just isnt who
she used to be. She is
now Tris, stronger
and determined. With
a hint of willpower
and motivation, she is
compelled to make it
through the Dauntless
initiation. In an at-
tempt to face her
fears, she surrounds
herself with people
who can aid and brace
her. She meets Four,
who happens to be a
Dauntless instructor.
But she finds out hes
more than that. He
was also from Abnega-
tion. He was a fellow
Divergent. And he had
the answers she need-
Along with her com-
panions, she embarks
on a ride thatll
change everything.
Their seemingly flaw-
less society actually
isnt as good as it
sounds. And although
Tris is bound to con-
cealing her being a
Divergent, she be-
lieves that disclosing
it may be the solution
to fixing a world thats
falling apart. And alt-
hough it seems hope-
ful, it may also be the
key to her oblitera-
tion. She doesnt know
how it will end, but
she knew it was about
time to wake up from
the horrible night-
mares and fears. It
was time to embrace
difference. And it was
time someone started
This story is about
deciding for you and
for others. All our
choices come at a cost.
Now, are we willing to
meet the prerequisites
of our daily battles to
sustain ourselves and
others? Are we willing
to pay the necessary
balances to ensure
hope? Are we willing
to risk a seemingly
perfect today for an
uncertain tomorrow?
DIVERGENT. Photo from
Photo from deviantART.com
Its flagrant light,
Shinning in the gloom,
With its undying sight,
Whether in cave or in
Its shimmering beam,
Though how small it
may seem,
Like a flower that
Spreading to every

Latest gadgets you say?
Apple has been in the
world of business since the year
1976 which is founded by the fa-
mous Steve Jobs (1955-2011). Ste-
ve Jobs has made an incredible
change in the world of technology.
He has been famous for his origi-
nal iPhone, which has been devel-
oped over the years. Do you want
an inner look to Apples latest
Here is the famous iPhone
5 by Apple. We heard some stories
that it is one of the worlds great-
est gadgets ever invented. But I
want to show you my opinions and
experiences about the iPhone 5.
Yes, the iPhone 5 can be the latest
gadget in world but, there are
some features that are still has
that apple signature.
I will first talk to you
about its differences and similari-
ties between the past gadget which
is the iPhone 4s. I have to say that
the iPhone 5 doesnt have that
much difference as the iPhone 4s.
The shape and texture of its frame
and body has been changed into
something thinner, yes but, how
about its difference in the gadget
The iPhone 5 has that
unique and smaller charger that
can go any way you want when
you put in the USB connector, un-
like the iPhone 4s, you cant actu-
ally have that both-ways charger.
It also has new ear pods which has
a better quality in the sound of
your music. The iPhone 5 also has
8 hours of battery life with the use
of your internet or WiFi Connec-
tion while the iPhone 4s has only 6
hours of battery life. Its cameras
quality has the same 8 megapixels
as the iPhone 4s. And finally, the
iPhone 5 is lighter than the iPhone
The new iPhone 5 is an
excellent gadget and the prices has
gone off lower in stores right now.
Just have some responsibility in
taking care of it and you will be
fine. I have been very happy with
my iPhone 5 and I hope that you
will be funned of it too.
iPhone 5 Student Review
By Grace Garcia
APPLE iPHONE 5. Photo from Forbes.com
Microsoft has unveiled
its new and improved version of
their operating system named
Windows 8. It has a new metro
design and a new full screen
Start screen with Live Tiles
which replaces all the small
icons in the Start menu from the
past versions of the operating
system. More features have been
added to the operating system
such as the new Marketplace
where you can download applica-
tions like Facebook, Twitter, and
YouTube- limiting the use of the
internet browser. They also re-
moved the Start button in the
taskbar because of the new Start
screen. They also unveiled new
tile logos during the launch.
And it doesnt stop there,
Microsoft announced another
sweet surprise! They unveiled
that all desktop computers, tab-
lets and laptops will have a bet-
ter experience with Windows 8
since that this operating system
has touch capability. You wont
need a mouse to go around open-
ing a file or a keyboard to type a
document. With that being said,
Microsoft also launched their
own line of tablet computers
running the new OS that you
can detach the keyboard so that
it can turn into a tablet.
The pros of this Operating
System is that it has a more
clean design with respect to the
desktop interface. Another is
that it is more responsive when
it comes to updates. The cons,
its hard to navigate throughout
the whole new Start Screen un-
less your ultrabook half a tablet
and half a laptop.
With the launch of this
new Operating System, Mi-
crosoft also launched a new line
of ultrabooks called Surface and
a new whole design of the Win-
dows and Microsoft logo.
Metro User Interfaces
and touchscreen operating sys-
tems are just the beginning of
the new digital age. We will ex-
pect more improvement in the
world of technology in the future
as it continues to grow.
Within regards to answer
the question whether it is better
than the previous version, Win-
dows 7, it depends on the user.
Windows 8 brought a new
desktop experience that may
need a long time to get use to.
Windows 8
By Vohn Benedict Duran
Apple-manufacturer and
developer of iPhones, iPads, and
iPods- is on the decline. As seen
in declining shares and profit,
Apple is losing a large portion of
its customers to its other com-
petitors. By comparison, Sam-
sung is doing much better with
its modestly priced phones and
effective operating systems.
Over the past few months, Apple
has released a number of new
products which helped ease the
low earnings of the iPhone 5.
However, even these products
received much criticism due to
their glitches, flaws, and contro-
versial properties.
Many people specu-
late that the decline is due to the
absence of former CEO Steve
Jobs- after all he was the person
who turned Apple into the global
market it is today. However, Ap-
ple co-founder, Steve Wozniak,
dubbed Apples recent flops as
just a bad day for Apple.
However, Apples de-
cline is getting more and more
evident. Unless it can come up
with a completely new product-
one that isnt just a repackaging
of the previous product- we
might see Apple fall to other
The Decline of Apple, Inc.
By Noel Mozart Diaz

- Elbert Hubbary
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature
but plunges him more deeplyinto them.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
THE NEW MICROSOFT. Photos from Wikipedia.org

This plain periodic table
(characterized only by dots),
is created by graphic designer
Alison Haigh. Haigh is cur-
rently a graphic designer in
Proud Creative, a creatively
led multidisciplinary design
studio based in London.
Each element in this
easy-to-read periodic table is
presented with only the visu-
alization of its electronic
structure, instead of the actu-
al numbers and letters. An
elements electrons are pre-
cisely displayed only by dots.
Getting Hydrogen as an ex-
ample, having only 1 elec-
tron, is represented by a sin-
gle dot in the upper left hand
corner of the picture.
The electron orbit level,
with the corresponding num-
ber of electrons in each, is
also shown in an elements
dot representation as like 2 in
the first orbital, 8 in the sec-
ond and so on and so forth.
Here is a closer look at
an example: the radioactive
synthetic element Copernici-
um, which has an atomic
number of 112.
The Periodic Table of
Elements in Dots
By Regine Madayag
STRUCTURE. Photo by Allison Haigh
to by Allison Haigh
SUPER SCIENCE. Grade 7 students portrayal of their own heroes from Science & Technology.
2013 International Consumer Electronics Show which was on January 8-11, 2013
The Light Toshiba Ultrabook U925t Meet the new Samsung Curved OLED TV
The new, waterproof , yes waterproof! Sony Xperia Z.

Little Steps
By Nicole Anne Carmen
I want my mommy! says the little girl to her
teacher. She then starts crying and shouting
MOMMYYYYYY! as she would chase after her, trying
to cling on to mommys legs. The preparatory years,
how can I ever forget? As I look back to those years, I
cant stop but think, Im really growing up! When I
was in pre-school, I remember seeing kids like me cry-
ing because they want to go home, seeing kids playing
around, chasing each other or the I have my own
world type who stays alone in the corner. I was a jolly,
little fat child and to me, school was like a huge learn-
ing playground. SWCSF pre-school uniform with
matching knee-high socks, bunned pigtails tied with
colourful fluffy hair ties my usual appearance.
My much-loved hang out area was the swing. I
had the dream of flying. As I swing back and forth, I
just thought of me, embracing the morning breeze and
swinging like theres no tomorrow. Sadly, we had to
take turns in swinging, so I had to patiently wait for
my turn, again.
Snack time! Oh, definitely my favorite! Open-
ing my Rugrats lunchbox, I was excited to see whatever
I had inside. Cubee, Teenie Winnie, Oreo, drinks like
Dutchmill, Chamito or Chuckie were some of what I
would usually have and I dont seem to get tired of
them. As I enjoy my baon, my classmates would start
asking each other Whats your food? or May I have?
Teacher would even join us and tell us stories while
were eating. We just cant help but love her stories! As
soon as we start getting noisy, teacher would remind us
of the Best Behavior Award. If you get this award, you
have the chance to play with the computer games for
about fifteen minutes and your classmates would just
watch you. All of us wanted this award badly, so every
time teacher reminds us to behave, best behaviors up!
We are going, we are going, now good-bye,
now good-bye, see you all tomorrow, see you all tomor-
row, now good-bye, now good-bye! Despite how long I
last sang this song, I can still hear me and my class-
mates singing it in my head. Sometimes I would imag-
ine how it would be like if every going home time, we
would still sing this song. Would it still sound as cute
singing it now like it did before? I dont think so.
As I arrive home, Blues Clues would still be
showing. It was number one favorite cartoon back then,
and believe it or not, but Dora was at the end of that
list. My favourite character was Steve. At times, I
would even imitate him by also having my own Handy-
Dandy Notebook! Trying to draw what Steve drew, I
would feel disappointed they didnt look like his draw-
ing. Afterwards, Hi-5 would be showing next. Kelly,
Nathan, Kathleen, Charlie and Tim were the best! My
morning would always feel complete watching them.
On the other hand, I miss those shows. I also miss
those days.
Truly, change is inevitable. Time really does
fly fast and the best way to deal with it is to relish each
and every moment. Sometimes, you have to enjoy the
little things and see how big the impact can be in your

With the recent slew of harsh maltreatment of
working Filipinos abroad executions in China, verbal
and written degradation in Hong Kong, physical abuse in
Taiwan it is no wonder that even Filipino tourists who
want to take a trip abroad are doubtful and afraid of how
they will be treated. After all, widespread misconception
about the Filipino people has already taken its toll, most
noticeably in the nearest Southeast Asian countries.
In July, nine Filipinos (eight students and one
teacher) pioneered the first undertaking of the schools
Student-Teacher Exchange Program in Ipoh, Malaysia.
This was almost directly in the time period aftermath of
the recent Malaysia-Philippines conflict over Sabah in
June. In fact, it was delayed because tensions underlying
the issue were still high.
To their pleasant surprise, these delegates experi-
enced none of the animosity that had currently bannered
news reports all over the country. At most, they experi-
enced well-placed curiosity about the Filipino culture and
way of life. What a contrast to the widespread anger and
They were taken in and hosted by willing Malaysi-
an families for the entire duration of their stay, and day
after day were completely surprised and amazed by the
generosity and love poured out by these families.
Depressing news reports such as the ones we reg-
ularly see concerning the treatment of Filipinos abroad do
not represent the entire worlds view of the Filipino race.
There are people, nationalities that appreciate what we do
and why we do it. There are people willing to make peace,
willing to forge the first bonds of friendship: and these are
the youth.
When the eight students started their school week
in Wesley Methodist School Ipoh, they were able to expe-
rience the difference of culture in terms of the younger
generation. Malaysia is a melting pot; these eight stu-
dents were able to experience the views and opinions of
the three races that populated Malaysia through their
different classmates. And what they discovered was that
even though these students had heard of the horror sto-
ries and misconceptions about the Philippines, they were
willing to learn the truth.
Seeing this, there is hope for the Filipino abroad.
For even though humans are quick to jump to conclusions
and base their opinions on dramatic events, there is hope
that one day there will be bonds of friendship that will
grow from undertakings such as these, stronger than the
shackles of hate which so enrapture and deceive.
So from we who left our country for nine days to
our kababayans who have been abroad for years, we sa-
lute you. We cannot thank you enough for your sacrifice;
and we want you to know that you are not just held in
high regard in our hearts, but there are those in the world
who see what you do and appreciate you for it. But most
importantly, we beseech you to keep your head up despite
what is happening around you and keep your faith
grounded in the Most High; for with Him, there is always
hope. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday
there will be more bridges for you to cross cultures and
misconceptions, built from these friendships of the yester-
From Baguio to Ipoh:
Building Bridges
Tablet Children
By Gail Viaje
Wherever I go, may it be a mall or a restaurant a park
or a party, I always see children, children of all kinds :
quiet ones and noisy ones, or those in dresses or those
in pants, those with scabs on their knees or those fairer
than me. Whichever part in the Philippines you may
be, there will always be children just outside your win-
But along the side the child, I see not teddy bears ,
dolls, or books, but I see tablets, cellular phones or any-
thing with bright flashing lights. And it got me think-
ing: Are these what children venture out with now a
When I was younger, I remember playing with my
cousin and we would pretend that we owned, as funny
as it may be, a gulaman stand. We would crush Bou-
gainvillea petals and add water to it and that would be
the gulaman that we would sell to our older cousins,
and just with that, we were already having fun. But
sometimes, I would drool over the newest Barbie dolls
that get advertised on television and beg my parents to
get me one if I did my best in school. But even if I didnt
get that, I would cry for a while but I would then be
reminded of my kingdom waiting at home. Yes, I had
a kingdom at home! All thanks to a friend who makes
everything better: my imagination. With that, a double
bunk bed became a secret lair filled with hidden treas-
ures which were really just my toys. Books were also
what I considered to be gems even if I didnt know how
to read yet. I remember the first book that I was able to
read was something my father bought for 10 pesos at
Book Sale. Even without the latest iPad mini or a Nin-
tendo DS, I could say my childhood was a happy one.
But now a days, all I see are children clinging a tablet
closely to their faces as if their lives depended on it. If
you take it away from them, theyll throw tantrums and

Confessions of a Panganay
I am the eldest of five siblings. Needless to say,
mine is quite a different kind of role in the family
compared with my youngest sibling, for example. It is
a role full of responsibility, joy, anger, and yes, even
sadness. These are sentiments that I am sure are
shared with many of my classmates and schoolmates,
expressed many times during idle moments in class.
Growing up, I could hardly remember a time
when there wasnt a smaller human being crawling
around, following me or just being there, cradled in
Mommys arms. For as long as I can remember, there
was always somebody there. And as we grew up,
these somebodies multiplied. Now there are four,
each human beings who are slowly developing into
their own personalities and characters. And I would-
nt have it any other way. This might seem to be a
strange way to describe a sibling, but honestly there
seemed a time when they didnt seem like human

When I was around three years old, my brother
was born. I dont remember anything from back then,
although my parents told me I would talk to him
when he was still in mommys tummy. When we
both got older, there were around five years where it
was just him and me. I remember him during those
years as a playmate, one who was very much willing
to engage his Ate in rough wrestling on the bed.
Although I dont remember much, the pictures serve
as evidence to his shall we say, cute (?) - appear-
ance. But then, I will stop myself before he comes
storming after me for embarrassing him in the Jour-
ney. Suffice it to say that if we wrestled now, he
could probably kill me.
After those five years, my first sister came along.
You can imagine my elated reaction. Finally, another
girl in the house! I was an Ate twice over. I remem-
ber being in grade 2 at that time, excitedly sharing
the news with anyone who would care to listen. In
fact, it even found a place on my narrative for that
term. But my initial happiness was dampened a bit
when my brother and I found out that we would have
to endure nights of endless wailing. It was an una-
voidable situation as our family slept all in one room.
We quickly learned the art of blocking out the cries
and trying our best to sleep before we had to wake up
for school. And this was before either of us had head-
Then, the next beings entered my life in quick
succession, with only two years in between. After my
sister, another brother came. At this point, I was
slowly accepting that while being an Ate was the best
thing that happened to me, it was not without its low
points. By this time, I was enjoying the feeling of
being the one that Mommy and Daddy put in-
charge, lording it over my first brother. Of course,
this also meant that I would usually be blamed even
when I had nothing to do with it, having to be the
example and all. This, I am sure, is common to all
oldest children.
After another two years, my youngest sister came
along. I was twelve years old, quite adapted to the
rigours of being an Ate, such as sleeping through the
new-borns wailing. In all honesty, what was running
through my thoughts at first was, Oh, another one.
In retrospect, I realize how easy it was for me to take
them for granted. But now, as all of us are growing
up, I too grow as an Ate because I see how different
each of my siblings are, but I still love them equally.
When they were born, I didnt feel the typical first-
child syndrome where they feel that they are being
replaced or that Mommy and Daddy wont love them
anymore. I scoffed at the idea, secure in the fact that
my parents would love me still no matter how many
more came along. That, however, didnt stop me from
playing the Im-older-so-follow-me card to the hilt.
Since the gap between me and my first brother is
only three years, my mom often comments that it
seems the other three are our cousins because of the
obvious age difference. It is now currently described
as the big ones and the three little ones or the
babies. Recently, my first sister is now balking at
being called a little one. She insists that shes a big
girl now, taking on the name the big little one. Af-
ter all, shes already eight years old. Its so much
more accurate.
Having been the older sister to babies for so long,
I can honestly say that I cannot believe that they will
grow up. And yet they are, they will and I cant stop
it. Someday I will come home and realize that they
have indeed grown. Maybe they will be big little
ones the first time, and then theyll be teens going
through puberty the next time Ate comes home. In
fact, I am almost sure that the term little brothers
wont apply anymore in, oh, ten years?
I am leaving home for college soon, and things will
be a little different. I wont be able to hug them as
often, talk to them as often or even see them every
day. Thanks to technology, it might be possible; but
it wont be the same. Theyll be growing up too, enter-
ing pre-school, primary, intermediate, and high
school. Ive gone through all these, and I can say that
although they will be treasured years, they werent
I wont always be there when my sisters come
home with the news that their friend fought with
them or didnt want to be friends anymore, or when
my brothers arrive with stories from sports training.
I wont always be there when the oh-so-detestable
crush makes itself known, when I could console them
and prepare them to endure the constant teasing
while perhaps adding a little of my own (wink). I
wont always be there, physically.
I think that is the fear of every oldest child: that
your siblings will go through the trials that you go
through now, and the feeling that you cant shelter
them forever. That sense of protectiveness comes
over you, but you cant do anything. They will have to
be exposed to the world, and you can only pray that
they will stand strong in the foundations that were
built in their early years.
As I write this, I am surrounded with different
paraphernalia, each telling of a different child and a
different story. The three-year-olds high chair sits
beside the sofa, its covering peeling and covered with
tape so as to last one more baby. That high chair is
another story entirely, for yours truly was the first to
sit in it. Not far from the chair, a pair of football
cleats lies strewn carelessly across the floor, which I
am sure will merit another lecture from Mommy in
the morning while my first brother sheepishly picks
them up and deposits them in their rightful place. In
front of the television set lies the testimony to a six-
year-old boy in the house. The floor is full of dino-
saurs, train tracks (with the trains) and cars as well
as Lego houses painstakingly built. On the sofa, prin-
cess and Barbie dolls abound. Most of these toys were
bought for them, but some were heirlooms from yours
I cannot help but think that this scene will change
in the next few years, with books hopefully outnum-
bering the toys, when the little boys and girls become
men and women a-star with hopes and dreams. But
until then, I will relish the moments where I can
hug, comfort, and still order them around. Hey, you
train them when theyre young, and they will not
depart from it! So said King Solomon, but I doubt my
version was what he had in mind.
By Karin Bangsoy
Freshman Year
A new year, a new beginning! As a freshman student of this school
year 2013-2014, I find it as a new journey to start off with the high
school life. I know will have more challenges and problems to over-
come, mistakes and failures to learn from and experiences to discov-
er new things. We may not know what these are yet and what they
may bring to us, but surely, we will be able to overcome, discover,
and learn from them. To add to that, God will always be by our side.
He will always be guiding and helping us no matter what we do and
wherever we go in this journey because He is omnipotent and omni-
In this freshman year, this is the perfect quote to define it,
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure,
a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights
called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flat tires
called Jobs, but if you have a spare called Determination, an engine
called Perseverance, a driver called God, you will make it to a place
called Success. This means to say that in life, there are many
things we will go through, but no matter what happens, if we give
our best in doing the things we need to do, it will lead us to success.
Connecting it to us, students, we have to study hard to be successful
in the future.
Everything this year of being a freshman may not go as
some of my classmates or even I would expect: everything will be
easy, will always be having fun, good grades, and more; although,
we all know that when God says "no" to our prayer requests, He has
something better to give us. So now, all in all, I find this school year,
as a freshman, a year to learn new skills to be used for the next
years of high school life.
By Patricia Madayag
I'm not into nostalgia, and I only look back to find lessons.

- Ian Shrager
As summer arrives (and ends), I cant help noticing that
this year is going faster and faster. It seems like the older I
get, the faster the years come and go. I remember being
Grade 1 and feeling like that year (2004) was the longest of
my life. Now in Grade 10, it seems like time is just zipping
Like Adele sings, We were born and raised/in a summer
haze. Indeed, it may seem to most of us that our childhood
memories are some of the most fleeting, yet most treasured
parts of our lives. We werent afraid to run and trip, and per-
haps gain some skinned knees in the process. We werent
afraid to make friends. We looked at the world through a
childs eye: both a blessing and a curse.
And now? Were teenagers. We are sometimes afraid of
stepping out of our comfort zones, wary of getting hurt or un-
comfortable. Our friendships are erratic, hating this person
one day then spending time with them on the next. We look
at the world somewhat cynically, our wonder replaced with
criticism. And yet, we are much more ready to take on the
world. Dreams and aspirations abound, as well as hopes for
the future.
Such is growing up: bittersweet. And yet, there will al-
ways be the memories. Much more so, there will always be
opportunities to make new ones. In this issue, you will find
new occurrences, old-but-gold happenings, and an extra dose
of nostalgia.
Carpe diem. And while youre at it, never forget to remember.

STEP 2013 from front page

After a while, the Ma-
laysians were then endorsed to
their host families with whom
they would be living with for
nine days. These families were
also in charge of touring the
Malaysian delegates around
Baguio City. Teachers were
not left out Ms. Nishabel was
hosted by teacher Virene and
Mr. Francis was hosted by the
Peralta family.
It was the same wel-
come for the Philippine delega-
tion. Upon arrival, the Malay-
sian students and teachers
also toured the Philippine del-
egation around WMSI, and
host families welcomed each
delegate. Teacher Virene was
also hosted by Ms. Goh Kai
Lian and Ms. Nishabel. Dur-
ing the course of their stay,
the Malaysian students and
parents also took the time to
show the Filipinos various as-
pects of their culture such as
the food, language, and differ-
ent tourist spots around Ipoh.
The purpose of having these
students live with host fami-
lies was so that they could ex-
perience closely on a first-hand
basis the Filipino or Malaysian
family, and at the same time
get a feel of Philippine and
Malaysian culture.
The Grade 10 students
of SW brought the Malaysian
delegates to various tourist
spots such as The Mansion,
Mines View, and Camp John
Hay. It was a time for the Ma-
laysians to truly experience
Baguio and all it had to offer.
They were amazed by the dif-
ferent tourist spots and en-
joyed the different views and
scenery. On Sunday, the host
families also took them to
church at Guiding Light Chris-
tian Church. During their time
with the host families, the Ma-
laysian delegates were also
able to taste Filipino food and
also teach games to their host
families. The interaction be-
tween the families and the
delegates was a very integral
part of the program, as it was
the main way for the delegates
to experience the Filipino cul-
ture first hand.
The exchange program
was a way to foster the hospi-
tality of both nations and host
schools. In the same way that
Small World and its host fami-
lies showed Filipino hospitali-
ty to the Malaysian delegates,
the Philippine delegation to
Malaysia also experienced Ma-
laysian hospitality. The Filipi-
no students were also en-
dorsed to Malaysian host fami-
lies, who did all they could to
make the delegates stay fun
and enjoyable. They brought
the Filipino students to differ-
ent tourist spots like Ipohs
Tin Museum, the Lost World
of Tambun (a waterpark),
night markets like Desert
Street, and historical land-
marks such as Ipohs Heritage
Trail. On Sunday, the host
families brought the Philip-
pine delegates to Christ
Church Ipoh. Through this
immersion with the host fami-
lies, the Philippine delegates
were able to experience the
vibrant Malaysian culture.
Another important
aspect of the STEP was the
educational process. Noting
the difference in educational
system Malaysia implement-
ing the British system and
Philippines implementing the
American system - exchange
students studied in the host
school and experienced their
way of learning. The Malaysi-
an delegates were welcomed
warmly on their first day of
classes. They were divided into
two groups; one group was to
stay with the senior class, and
the other with the junior class.
And with that, the start of the
educational process began.
Although there were
differences between SWCSF
and WMSI, the adjustment
wasnt hard to do. The Malay-
sian delegates were articulate
enough in English that the
language barrier was not a
problem. They took Small
World high schools classes
and extra-curricular activities.
The boys learned basketball,
while the girls tried volleyball.
They also joined our art CCAs,
like dance, guitar, drama, and
vocals. Yao and Sze Chee even
joined the vocals club as they
led the singing of Lupang
Hinirang for our Pass and
Review BGB (Boys and Girls
Brigade) ceremony. The Ma-
laysian teachers also had the
opportunity to teach Small
World high school classes
Ms. Nishabel taught English
classes while Mr. Francis
taught history.
Malaysia is a melting
pot of three cultures Malay,
Chinese, and Indian so the
language barrier for the Phil-
ippine delegation was a bit
harder to overcome. Delegates
were hosted by Chinese fami-
lies, but the school had Malay
and Indian teachers. In the
same way that the Malaysian
delegates attended Filipino
classes in SWCSF, the Philip-
pine delegation also attended
Bahasa Malay classes in
WMSI. The Filipino students
also attended the schools aca-
demic classes and extra-
curricular activities such as
playing Net Ball and singing
in the voice choir. Teacher Vi-
rene Azarcon also had the op-
portunity to teach classes such
as biology and volleyball for
physical education.
The last school day for
each program was reserved for
the culminating ceremony. On
their last school day in the
Small World, the Malaysians
showed several presentations
about Malaysia and their
school itself. They also took
the time to thank the school,
teachers, students, and host
families that made their trip
unforgettable. They also had a
try of rappelling from the
fourth floor all the way down
to the school court. Although
some of them were marked
with nervousness and fear of
heights, they still tried, and in
the end found themselves en-
joying it. The Grade 9, in line
with their TLE subject, also
held a special lunch for the
Malaysians, while the Grade 7
presented a skit on Filipino
For their presentations
in WMSI on their last school
day, the Philippine delegation
opted to present a dance show-
casing the different cultures of
Luzon, Visayas, and Minda-
nao. They also presented sev-
eral videos: the Department of
Tourisms Its More Fun In
The Philippines ad, a video
about Baguio City, a school
video showcasing SWCSF, a
video outlining the schools
different outreach projects,
and an overview video of the
Philippine delegates stay in
Malaysia. Except for the ad by
the Department of Tourism,
all the videos were produced
by the students of the Philip-
pine delegation. In turn, the
students of WMSI also pre-
sented several dances Indian
and Chinese - coming from
their different cultures.
At both closing pro-
grams, certificates and awards
of completion were awarded by
both schools. Mrs. Imelda Ca-
suga and Ms. Goh Kai Lian
the school heads of SWCSF
and WMSI respectively ex-
changed tokens of gratitude
and awards of completion. Be-
fore each delegation left, more
tokens and souvenirs were giv-
en to express gratitude. Each
delegation was effective in ac-
complishing the goals of the
program: friendship and fel-
lowship with other Christians
in the ASEAN region, learning
to understand and appreciate
the varied cultures through
first-hand experience and ex-
posure, and improvement of
each host school through the
exchange of students and
SBC ELECTIONS from front page

The parties had about a week to
prepare for the campaigning. All
three parties worked hard on their
proper assigned tasks to get the po-
sition as the Student Body Council,
namely everything that was neces-
sary for the campaign, planning for
the school activities they would like
to impose, and preparing the props
and tokens for the students they
would be campaigning to.
Indeed the two-day campaign-
ing was a serious battle between
the parties. During these days that
lasted from January 28 to 29,
asked to present the students their
ideas of the activities they had
planned for Small World. The stu-
dents had casted their votes a day
after the campaigns and everyone
was to wait for the pending results.
The results came out on Jan-
uary 31. The team whom God called
to be this years Student Body
Council is the STEP party. The
STEP candidates were over-
whelmed at the announcement, and
were called over to the stage for the
SBC Oath Taking, with the whole
school witnessing the special event.
Now it is up to STEP to take
responsibility for the school, be-
cause it is by Gods grace that they
were able to get this special posi-
tion. We are continually praying
that God will guide STEP as they
lead us throughout a whole new
school year.
It was a close fight, as the
following top 2 candidates did not
have that far a number of votes
from the winners: Mark Go
(Congressional candidate), having
31,529 votes; Jose Molintas
(Mayoral candidate), having
39,073 votes; and Bobby Ortega
(Council candidate), having 45,340
H.E.A.R.T. REACH from Page 3
While other students rat-
tled on with each other about the
classes they taught, what the reac-
tions of the children were, and who
they found to be the cutest kids.
Humorously enough, some stu-
dents bought small, cheap water
guns. Small World students were
running around, chasing each oth-
er, and laughing at those who were
sprayed. This helped the weary
students, boosting up our strength
to teach even more. After an hour
of food indulging, fun, and story
sharing, we all returned to our
assigned tasks.
The outreach lasted until
the afternoon; Small World stu-
dents were now entering the class-
rooms they havent been to yet.
Each of our students wanted to be
there, which aided the passion of
the lesson being taught. Since eve-
ry class was extremely eager to
learn our lessons, it brightened
our day increasingly and we felt
like we were a part of the large,
connected family. It was, as if we
could feel their love for learning.
Later, the primary stu-
dents were brought to the school
so that they could be brought
home already. After an exhausting
day of teaching, the shuttle service
brought the drained, yet satisfied
high school students back to
school. We students loved talking
about how the children at Camp 7
Elementary School reacted to our
lessons, and how they were avid
about our presence there. We all
had a wonderful experience teach-
ing, and most especially, learning
from them. Teacher Jons felt the
same thing as the Small World
students did, All of us went home

Victims were brought down to the court
where the stationed medical team took care
of them further. A service vehicle of the
school was commissioned to be the days
ambulance in order to shuttle the victims
outside of school. In event of a real disaster,
the vehicle would bring them to the nearest
hospital and come back for more victims.
All in all, the simulation drill was a
huge success because it accomplished its
goal of educating the students on what to
do and what not to do when an earthquake
strikes. Another program of the Disaster
Week was the lecture. Different response
groups came to the school to discuss the
different aspects of their job and raise the
students awareness on topics such as fire,
crime, and basic responses such as first-aid.

The Baguio Fire Department came
and talked about the dangers of fire in civil-
ian homes and the ways students could pre-
vent a fire from happening. They also
shared about what it was like to be a fire-
man the different risks and rewards of
the job. In order to raise the students safe-
ty awareness, they also gave tips on how to
survive a fire and get out safely. The Ba-
guio Police Department discussed more so-
cial dangers to the students such as crime
and bullying. They outlined safety proce-
dures such as curfew, and they told stu-
dents what to do in case they were the vic-
tims of a crime. The BB-PICAG discussion
was about how students could get involved.
They talked about their first-aid and search
and rescue trainings for civilians and even
invited the high school students who were
of age.

from Page 5
they have also won various awards be-
cause of this. Moreover, it is a Chris-
tian School and they put God above all
things. After, traveling to the next uni-
versity took some time because of the
heavy traffic in Manila. As we arrived
the University of Asia and the Pacific
(UA&P) in Pasig, our tour guide wel-
comed us cordially. Business Marketing
is one of the top courses in the universi-
ty and finding your way in the campus
is not a hard thing. The classrooms
were nice and seeing them makes you
feel like you want to try being in one of
them. Our tour guides were active and
even if we were quite weary, their opti-
mistic approach uplifted us and kept us
On the last day of our campus
tour, the first university to start our
day was the University of Santo Tomas
(UST). We had breakfast within the
campus too and by just seeing the cor-
ners of the university, we wanted to
explore. UST is known to be the oldest
existing university in Asia. It is also
known as The Catholic University of
the Philippines. The school has been
standing for about 400 years and along
with this, they have surpassed the
standards. Our class took some time in
taking photos in and out of the campus
because it was antiquated yet exquisite.
The setting also reminded us of the
novel Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal.
Small Worlds alumnus, kuya Marchell
Logronio, gladly spent the tour with us.
If you want to be a doctor or
nurse, or you have that medical edge,
Far Eastern University or FEU is the
school for you. It is located at Sam-
paloc, Manila, and is nearly neighbors
with UE. We were able to experience
how to take care of patients with their
true to life human-dolls and the dolls
were in fact realistic.
Last but surely not the least,
we went to Taft Avenue to tour around
the home of the Green Archers, De La
Salle College of Saint Benilde. In here,
they offer more of the arts and design
courses, one reason why it can be called
an Arts School. The campus shows
the view of the city of Manila and the
white paint that colors the walls help
you think clearly, it keeps you relaxed,
and it helps that creative side in you
burst into color. Our tour guides were
very approachable, friendly, and they
gave us so much information about the
school that all of us paid attention to
and enjoyed. The studios, the theatres,
the classrooms, the facilities it was all
Everyone enjoyed one of our
last fieldtrips as a class and it also
made us realize how time flies so fast.
While heading back to Baguio,
all of us started having ideas and clear-
er thoughts of what and where we want
to be, especially as we enter a new sec-
tion of our life, college.

power requirements of the whole Ilocos
Norte. After the windmills, we went to
the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation,
where we enjoyed and took pictures of
its beautiful scenery. Our last destina-
tion for that day was in Arnulfo's Salt
Farm where we observed how they
made salt.
On the second day, all of us
were excited as we headed to the Fish-
ing Village. There we rode a bangka to
explore around the beautiful scenery of
the lake. Later that day, we had our
outreach project in the Feeding Center.
It was a worthwhile experience, I can
say, to be a part of the feeding program
of that barangay. We were all given the
chance to feed the children, play games
with them, and even teach them some
praise songs. We realized how blessed
we are and to be humble for what we
have. We were also given a chance to
teach at Villamar Elementary School.
The students were very cooperative and
with this, it was easier to manage our
time in teaching. We were entertained
by their joyful and jolly reactions. Tru-
ly, it was unforgettable and the funny
experiences are to cherish.
On our last day in Ilocos, we
went on tour to Marcos' Ancestral
House, also known as his mansion. We
were amazed of the house itself and its
cultural and historical heritage. It had
such fantastic scenery! We then contin-
ued our tour to the Marcos Museum
and Mausoleum where we saw former
President Ferdinand Marcos' timeline
of his childhood until his death. In the
Mausoleum, seeing Marcos body laid
there was a goose bump experience
for me.
After, we visited the making of
clay-pots. In here, they showed and
taught us how to mold pots which I find
very interesting. We also had a botani-
cal tour at the Hidden Garden where
you can stroll around and see the differ-
ent types of plants they have there.
Time to go to Baluarte Zoo! The
zoo is owned by Gov. Chavit Singson of
Ilocos Sur. He keeps some of his pet
tigers there. We also had a chance to
ride a kalesa within the vicinity. Our
last but definitely not the least destina-
tion was the Crisologo Street, which is
also known as one of Vigan's major at-
tractions. The street is filled with his-
torical heritage of Spanish-style houses
and cobblestone walkway. Being in this
tourist attraction was very exciting,
especially because as you tour around,
the setting of the place is historical,
classy, and magnificent.
I can say that this field trip is a
memorable and enriching experience
for me. It's like a "time machine" expe-
rience that lets you explore and experi-
ence History and at the same time,
have fun.
It was finally lunch time a cue for us to
cook for our designated families. I went
to the house of an aling with her fami-
ly, which was the farthest from the
church where we will be gathering lat-
er on with a World Vision staff and one
of our sponsored children. My group
was assigned to cook adobo for a family
of seven and that was when I realized
how hard life outside my comfort zone
is. To them, eating adobo as a viand is
already a feast, but to us, its just
something, nothing special that our
yayas or moms would serve to us at the
dinner table every once in a while.
I always knew that there are
many poor people her in the Philip-
pines, but it didnt really hit me until I
got to be with a family less fortunate
than mine. Its really different when
you just see it on television. Yes, you
understand their situation, but you
dont really feel it until you see it in
real life. And with that, I felt absolute-
ly and genuinely blessed that I get to
eat three square meals a day, or some-
times even more; I have a room with no
one to share with while they have to
share a small room with several other
I also got the chance to talk to
one of our sponsored children. He said
he wants to become a seaman when he
grows up. When I asked him why, he
immediately answered because he
wanted to help his family. It made me
teary-eyed, and once again made me
realize that I am truly blessed because
I study without giving much thought to
it, knowing I am not the one whos go-
ing to feed my family when I graduate.
For him, though, he studies because he
needs to help his family once hes done
After cooking our adobo, we
headed back to the church to share
with each other what we have cooked.
Pancit, adobo, and the other viands
that the other groups cooked were all
there. It was pretty exciting for most of
my classmates since it would be the
first time that they would eat using
banana leaves as plates and our fingers
as spoons and forks.
Sadly, it was time to go back
home. The feeling was bittersweet. Bit-
ter since God knows when were going
to see each other again, yet sweet be-
cause of the all memories to be remem-
bered, friends that were gained, laugh-
ter that was shared and truths that
were realized.
This trip was full of laughter,
sweat, Pitch Perfect songs, lessons
learned, and lessons gained. If I were
given a chance to go back, I would, in a
from front page
Meanwhile, Katherine claimed
that the being in the competition alone
was reward enough for her. It was
nice to be able to voice your opinion
without having other people contradict
you, she stated, I guess thats one of
the most beautiful things about being
up theresharing the stories I experi-
enced in class, sharing the lessons I
never thought I needed. It felt good.
Sharing without losing anything.
Lucio Tan founded the VoOY
Impromptu Speech Competition in
1989. Its objective is to develop the
Filipino youths communication skills
and help them attain world-class profi-
ciency in the English language.
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Manong Bernardo comes from a
family of law enforcement. He tells us
that his brothers are all policemen, and
he is the only one to venture into the
profession of firefighting.
At his current age, Manong
Bernardo is 11 years away from retire-
ment. When asked what legacy he
would like to leave to the city and the
fire department, he said: I would like
to give the best of me.

Manong Bernardo is not just a
fireman; he is also an informal teacher,
who works mainly for public infor-
mation/education. It is obvious he is
also at ease in teaching he was the
fire departments main speaker at the
lecture on fire safety in Small World.
When asked why he worked as a teach-
er, he cited the advantage of being able
to continue his studies. He has worked
14 years as a fire investigator and 8
years as an informal educator, giving
free reviews to interns in Baguio City.
He joined the fire department as an in-
tern at 20 years old, and has continued
in the department until this day.
Although mining played a very big
part in Ipohs economy, it also has its
own vibrant history and culture. It is
evident alone from the sections of the
region: Menglembu, for example, used
to be a famous mining town, and evi-
dences of it being so are still obvious in
the houses and the buildings. Old
Town Ipoh is the location of many his-
torical landmarks such as Ipohs Rail-
way Station, War Memorial, High
Court, and others. New Ipoh, however,
is more modern but still retains its old-
time charm. Not as cosmopolitan as
Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh has much to offer
in its preserved culture without being
too provincial.
All in all, we really enjoyed
experiencing Ipoh and all it has to of-
fer. When we came back to the Philip-
pines and saw Upin and Ipin again, at
least we could confidently say that the
Malaysia we experienced was a far cry
from Disneys portrayal of it. Terima
kasih! (Thank you!)

Goal! Yes, thats the word everyone
wants to hear during a soccer match.
It brings excitement, thrill, and sus-
pense to the game. Strikers are
trained to make goals, but one thing
hinders them from doing so and they
are Goal Keepers.
Blocking every goal attempt and sacri-
ficing their bodies to help their team
clinch a victory. This is what Jon
Shadrach Codiase Bangsoys job on the
soccer field. He has joined numerous
soccer leagues and competitions. Last
December, Jon protected the goal for
the District 2 Team who soon became
the champions in the Palarong
Panlungsod where he was awarded
Best Goal Keeper. This was in the
twelve and under age category.
Jon had also been drafted for the team
that represented Baguio during this
years CARAA (CAR Athletic Associa-
tion) held last February in Apayao.
The team brought home silver medals.
This was also in the 12 and under age
Next, Jon went on to claim yet another
title of Best Goal Keeper in the Straw-
berry Festival Tournament held in La
Trinidad last March 29-30. Despite
being only twelve years old, he was
able to prove his skills by playing in
the 13 and under category.
Now, Jon is now part of the team
which representing CAR in the 12 and
under category for the Palarong Pam-
bansa which is still ongoing.
By JR Baylon
The month of August is the month for
celebrating the Filipino culture includ-
ing Filipino games. As such, it was the
perfect time to set the avenue for the
Palarong Pinoy - a day of enjoying and
celebrating Filipino games where the
whole student body had been divided
into four different colors and teams.
The different team colors were Red,
Yellow, Green, and Blue. These were
the trams that the student body had
been divided among.
Certain examples of games
were the Karera sa Kawayan, where a
group of people would run with bamboo
between their legs and try to get to the
finish before the other teams, and
Tulakan, where bamboo was used to
push forward against the strength of
the opposing team. Basically, the
tulakan game is the opposite of tug-of-
war where you have to overcome the
pulling strength of the enemy team to a
certain extent to win the game. Anoth-
er game which was familiar to the stu-
dents of Small World was Patintero,
where a group of people must pass
through the defense of the other team.
They were supposed to pass without
getting touched by the other team and
whoever can pass through the defense
would give a point to their team. These
were just 3 games that were in the Pal-
arong Pinoy. However, PE teacher Oli-
ver Ongat stated that: The point of the
games is not a competition, but it was
based on fun and letting the students
enjoy Filipino games.
The whole-day event devoted to
Filipino games was a fun way to cele-
brate the culture of Philippine enjoy-
ment. The games came from different
parts of the country, and that made it
interesting for many of the students
because they have never seen or played
that type of game before. For many of
the students especially foreigners -
the new games had them caught in an-
ticipation, suspense and excitement.
The day of fun and excitement had
most of the students lining up to try all
the games they can. Even students who
didnt have a chance of playing all
games enjoyed how the game was
played by their classmates. The Pala-
rong Pinoy also had a challenge for
every team - win as many games as
you can in order to get points for your
team. At the end of the day, points
were added and a winner was decided
on. At the end of the day, the Green
team bagged the victory for having the
most points in all of the games. Both
Yellow and Red gained the second posi-
tion, leaving the Blue team in 3rd
One day for playing Filipino
games gave the students a sense of
how much fun they could have with the
games of Filipino culture. Next time -
instead of the ubiquitous basketball or
volleyball - why not try patintero?
Palarong Pinoy 2013
By Jeremy Javillonar
The NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant is
suffering from an Achilles Tendon
Injury that he acquired during a cru-
cial 118-116 win over the Golden
State Warriors last April 12, 2013.
The injury occurred just a few
minutes to the end of the game.
There were speculations about how
this occurred, ranging from his over-
time to a possible offence made by
the other teams defender. But Dr.
Silverman, an orthopedic, discussed
that even if Kobe Bryant didnt go
overtime this would happen eventu-
ally. Kobe did play professional bas-
ketball for about twenty years, inju-
ries like are bound to happen. Right
now he is sidelined for 6-9 months
and is currently out for the season.
Not only did the injury leave
Kobe devastated, but also his fans.
One die hard Lakers fan from the
SW basketball varsity team said in
an interview, Kobe is the driving
force that lifts the hopes in the team.
He is a player with skill and talent,
with one goal-- to win. No matter
what happens to him in the process.
Kobe was one of the reasons but not
the only reason, why the LA Lakers
got so far. Each player has their
share of impressive stats. Like Ive
mentioned, his driving force rubs off
to his teammates. His ability to hone
not only his abilities but also his
teammates is one of the reasons why
they are in the playoffs.
Rhedge Ballesteros shows his sup-
port for the Lakers even with Kobe
Bryant. He says, Not only will they
reach the semis but the finals. But
without their key player, Kobe, this
might be a long shot. The LA Lakers
is my team and Im bleeding purple
and yellow! Lakers All the Way ba-
It wasnt the best way to start
of the season, a winner in exchange a
player. The Lakers have a long way
ahead of them. They are currently
struggling in the Playoffs; theyre
uncomfortably sitting in the 7th spot
in the Western Conference with 45
wins and 37 losses.
Fast forward a couple of
games and the Lakers are truly out
off the game. The loss between the
San Antonio Spurs sealed the deal at
103-82. Gasol shot the most points
for the Lakers, but clearly it wasnt
enough to get them through the play-
offs. This was the most devastating
loss for all the Lakers fans.
Kobes Out!
By JR Baylon
On June 5, 2013 Net Ball and Captain
Ball was introduced to Small World
Christian School Foundation by Sir
Francis, a teacher from the STEP
(Student-teacher exchange program).
The sports had a mixture of rules that
could be found in other games.
Net Ball is a mixture of soccer, basket-
ball, and American doge ball. It also
resembles water polo, without the wa-
ter, Sir Francis would joke. The sport
was pretty simple; each team is made
out of seven members. One would be
the goalie, three attackers, two defend-
ers and a center. The game begins with
a coin toss, to determine the possession
of the ball. The players transport the
ball by dribbling, once the player stops
he/she should pass the ball. Theyre
allowed to rotate but they are not al-
lowed to take a step. In terms of scor-
ing, the players have to get it past the
goalie just like soccer. Now the differ-
ence between the two sports is that,
there is a specific boundary where the
defenders of the team can stay but not
the other teams players. The only way
to score it that area is to jump and
throw the ball past the goalie. Both
feet should not touch the ground. Its
simple and fun.
Another fun sport that was newly in-
troduced was Captain Ball, a sport that
contains similar mechanics to Frisbee
and basketball. The game starts off
with a jump ball. There are twelve
members, and each team has one cap-
tain. The captain stays at the end of
the court. The ball has to be passed to
the captain to gain a point. Now in this
game the players cannot dribble the
ball but they can have two steps and
pass it on. If they are on the third step
and they havent passed it, it becomes
a penalty. It requires both teamwork
and strategy, for the players to pass it
to their captains.
This was a result of the STEP, we
thank Sir Francis and the Malaysian
delegates for sharing these sports with
Net Ball and Captain Ball
By Katherine Ang

Once again, the SW athletes participated in
the yearly ABBCS Sportsfest. The 8th ABBCS SPUR
Sportsfest participated by those who are part of the As-
sociation of Baguio-Benguet Christian Schools, was
held from January 31- February 2 at the Wangal Sports
Complex for the Track and Field participants and Hope
Christian School Academy, La Trinidad for the other
held events, namely: basketball, volleyball, badminton,
table tennis, Scrabble, Word Factory and chess.
The SW Elementary and High School Basket-
ball Team continue to dominate and bring up the
schools pride with yet another championship taken
from their rivals, Hope. For the High school Basketball
team, they have now won seven consecutive champion-
ship trophies.
The High School Womens Volleyball Team also made it
up to 1st Runner Up. Athletics champions: Nicole Car-
men (Grade 10- Dauntless) and Chloe Rivera (Grade 8-
Flambeux) won 1st place in their respective categories
after participating in the Long Jump and Triple Jump
Girls Division. And an addition to the remarks, is Kyla
Alcan (Grade 9- Magnanimous) who won 1st Runner
Up in the Badminton Womens Single Division.

The 9th ABBCS SPUR Sport fest is very
much anticipated by students who are interested to join
and compete, giving their best to train this year, to be
able to make it to the championships in the next years
sports fest. The school, also, hoping for more students
to participate and represent the school in the said
SW continues
to dominate in
ABBCS 2013
Since the discontinuation of last years
Judo CCA (Co-curricular Activity), the
one judoka left fighting and joining the
tournaments is Grade 10 student, Rich-
elle Mae Laberinto. She once again
joined two tournaments (this time for
the national level) for the month of May
representing both the school and the
Last May 4, 2013, she joined the 6TH
ISM Fort Bonifacio Gymnasium, Taguig
City, Manila. Having only three days to
train, she was able to bag the 1st Place-
Gold Medal in the Girls Middleweight
Category. Also, being the youngest and
the lightest (having her opponents as
college varsity players and 5 kilos heavi-
er than her) she r Girls Division Middle-
weight Category. Her opponents were
College University (La Salle, Ateneo,
UST and UP) varsity players.
Also last May 27- June 2, 2013, she
joined another National tournament.
MENT held in the Amoranto Sports
Complex, Quezon City, Manila. Despite
not being to bring home a medal, she
was glad to have been able to join the
tournament. Being the youngest from all
the (200+) players in the ladies category,
it was a brave step for her to participate
in this event, having only a day to train
for it and having given the chance to
play with good College University varsi-
ty players.

She is looking forward to participate in
the tournaments ahead and is training
for it too. Another upcoming tournament
she is planning to join again is the BA-
TOURNAMENT, which may be held
around September in Zamboanga.
My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do.
And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.

- Michael Jordan
By Richelle Laberinto
SWCSF Judoka for Nationals
By Richelle Laberinto
ABBCS 2013. Photos taken at Hope Christian Academy by Jorel Anthony Garcia .
1st UC Invitational Judo Chapionship.Photos taken by Richelle Laberinto at
University of the Cordilleras Gym.

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