Thursday, April 30, 2015

School homecomings and reunions: Are they still socially-relevant?

THE FIRST four months of any given year in the Philippines can be safely and generally labeled as high school homecoming and reunion season.  For us, overseas residents, it has become common news to hear about family, friends and acquaintances excitedly planning on a trip to the old country to attend and participate in this yearly exercise. There must be something enigmatic about high school, this phase of anyone’s educational journey that makes it better remembered, cherished and celebrated with so much fondness and nostalgia.  But I’d rather not venture into any kind of speculation about this now.
 
Are homecomings, jubilee celebrations and reunions relevant?  Given today’s societal atmosphere, do they still occupy a space in the social value hierarchy?  Or, have they become so securely entrenched in our customs and traditions that being so, their relevance and worth should be better left unchallenged? To partly answer the question, I am privileged to feature in this column two contrasting opinions on the topic, short of quoting these almost verbatim. 

Juliet S. Pascual, a journalist friend, in a guest article featured in our 2015 Dingras High School Alumni Homecoming souvenir program, has this to say: “Class reunions, just like family get-togethers, are inclusive that open the golden opportunity for former classmates to reconnect with one another and who just simply walk down the memory lane sans stories of success, travels and wealth.  The class members’ perspective on many things --- attitudes, values, aspirations, dreams --- will once more come to the fore as they share stories of friends, even enemies, and teachers who modeled the way.  Unfortunately, a good number of friends I know are somewhat reluctant to attend homecomings simply because these rare gatherings are being used as venues  to flaunt stories of “successes, wealth and achievements” instead of using them as opportunities to share in the happiness of seeing old classmates again ….When classmates get together after a long lapse of time, they should look at reunions in a profound way and see these not merely as reconnection but a homecoming in a different light imbued with a sense of purpose.” 

Personal perspectives examined
“Reunions show the classmates’ perspectives if these have leveled up and have attuned to their teachers’ or their role models’ profound ideals of wisdom, compassion and humility.  They show how the class members have faced the challenges that bear witness to their struggles to improve their lives as they waded in a different playing field.  Life-changing experiences can lead to redirected perspectives that allow old classmates to take stock of their accomplishments and share the joy and fulfillment of having done something good that benefited others in their journey. Still, reunions lead class members to see beyond the obvious, and simply give of themselves,” she concludes.

“Common now, who are we kidding?” counters a pragmatic-sounding guy who is hiding under the moniker, Proud Coward of the County. “Most go to gatherings like homecomings and reunions for self-serving and self-gratifying reasons.  They go to these events to, among others, flaunt the result of their many trips to the plastic surgeon or dermatologist: a totally-overhauled face, a magically-firmed up you-know-what, a nicely replanted or camouflaged hair space or a glutathione-Vicky-Belo beaten skin.  Others go to these gatherings to parade jewelry-laden or Christian-Dior/Ralph-Lauren-wrapped bodies.  Those who fall short under the preceding categories simply resort to the most convenient of ways: tell a tall story even the most-hardened skeptics could not resist embracing … a lie!  After all, who would ever go to great lengths to check?  Now, will all of those uneducated, silent trippers, anti-socials and virtual nobodies like me just please move out of the way?  Or, if your stomach is thickly-lined enough to digest any or all of the above scenes, just you watch and listen in prolonged and excruciating agony and pain!”


Need I say more?  What’s your take on the matter, folks?       

DOST recognizes student-achievers in int’l science, math tilts

By Raquel M. Espiritu
DOST 1

The Department of Science and Technology, through the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), has institutionalized a recognition system for youth achievers in international science and mathematics competitions that have been duly registered with SEI-DOST by national organizers.

The Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards is being implemented yearly to further motivate and inspire the youth to strive for excellence in the fields of science and mathematics.  The medals of distinction are conferred by the DOST Secretary or the DOST Regional Director to young Filipino students who are able to win gold, silver and bronze medals in the DOST-SEI recognized international science and math competitions.

Region 1 has a total of 33 students who topped in international science and mathematics competitions in CY 2014.  These students came from 12 leading secondary educational institutions in the region. 

To celebrate the remarkable feat of the regional awardees, DOST Region 1 held an awarding ceremonies on April 16, 2015 at 1pm – 5pm at the Diego Silang Hall, La Union Provincial Capitol, City of San Fernando, La Union. 

The following are the student-medalists with their corresponding school and award/s:

SCHOOL
STUDENT
AWARD
TITLE OF COMPETITION
DATE
VENUE
LA UNION
BHC Educational Institution Inc.
Argana, Ralph Ernest
Gold
2014 I LOVE MATH SUMMER CAMP
July 26-29, 2014
Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou City, China
Calica, Lorraine Joy
Silver
2014 “Chong Hua Cup” Creative Mathematics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Gold
2014 Hong Kong Search for Star of the Math Olympics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Calubayan, Phylline
Bronze
King of Mathematics
June 28 – July 1, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Naraval, Paul Jeremiah
Silver
2014 “Chong Hua Cup” Creative Mathematics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Silver
2014 Hong Kong Search for Star of the Math Olympics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Nullar, Lovely Anne
Bronze
World Math Invitational
August 9-13, 2014
Taiwan
Ordono, Brylle Jade Lousie
Gold
2014 I LOVE MATH SUMMER CAMP
July 26-29, 2014
Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou City, China
Prestoza, Bert Joseph
Bronze
IMC – Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore



SCHOOL
STUDENT
AWARD
TITLE OF COMPETITION
DATE
VENUE
La Union Cultural Institute
Dy, Maxine
Bronze
World Math Invitational
August 9-13, 2014
Taiwan
Agoo Kiddie Special School
Carpio, Moses Christopher
Bronze
Pan Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
June 28 – July 1, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Bronze
King of Mathematics
June 28 – July 1, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Vineyard Christian Academy
Sabado, McGil
Bronze
2014 “Chong Hua Cup” Creative Mathematics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
ILOCOS SUR
Philippine Science High School – Ilocos Region Campus
Liclican, Sephi Mariz
Gold
2014 International Youth Mathematics Convention
December    2-5, 2014
Lucknow, India
Bronze
(Team Award)
2014 International Youth Mathematics Convention
December    2-5, 2014
Lucknow, India
Saint Paul College of Ilocos Sur
Domenden, Bijan
Bronze
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Corpuz, Llloyd Andrei
Silver
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Isaguirre, Jairus Carle
Silver
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Lapastora, Justin Matthew
Silver
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Chan, Raya Colleen
Silver
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
PANGASINAN
Merryland Motessori and High School
Alipio, Kiersten Tom
Bronze
Pan Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
June 28 – July 1, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Bolinao Integrated School
Dela Cruz, Cris Magdalene
Bronze
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Divine Word Academy of Dagupan
Cuna, Russlyn Coleen
Bronze
2014 I LOVE MATH SUMMER CAMP
July 26-29, 2014
Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou City, China
KAJ School
Pascua, Francis Matthew
Bronze
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Mother Goose Special Science High School, Inc.
Bonifacio, Anika Bettina
Gold
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Escano, Isabella Marie
Bronze
2014 Hong Kong Search for Star of the Math Olympics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Silver
2014 “Chong Hua Cup” Creative Mathematics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)



SCHOOL
STUDENT
AWARD
TITLE OF COMPETITION
DATE
VENUE
Mother Goose Special Science High School, Inc.
Lim, Ryanne Spencer
Gold
2014 I LOVE MATH SUMMER CAMP
July 26-29, 2014
Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou City, China
Moreno, Rufino Ser Louis IV
Silver
2014 I LOVE MATH SUMMER CAMP
July 26-29, 2014
Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou City, China
Pena, Janssen Reign
Silver
Malaysia International Mathematics Olympiad
November
21-24, 2014
Malaysia
Ragudo, Jan Hazel
Bronze
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Tamayo, Lyle Wynzel
Silver
11th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO) for Primary School Students
October 5-11, 2014
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Tamayo, Lyra Winette
Bronze
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Maala, Cathlyn Therese
Silver
2014 Hong Kong Search for Star of the Math Olympics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Gold
2014 “Chong Hua Cup” Creative Mathematics
July 19-22, 2014
Hong Kong (China)
Quintin, Jan Cedrick
Bronze
11th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO) for Primary School Students
October 5-11, 2014
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Gold (Prize)
2014 Australian Mathematics Competition
August 7, 2014
Philippines
Bronze
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore
Pangasinan Universal Institute
Cua, Mark Davidson
Gold (Individual and Team Award)
2014 International Youth Mathematics Convention
December    2-5, 2014
Lucknow, India
Jabanes, Jeffrey Jan
Bronze
World Math Invitational
August 9-13, 2014
Taiwan
Lim, Sean Christian
Silver
IMC - Singapore
August 1-4, 2014
Singapore


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