Two weeks prior, the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), which is a trustee of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education under the Department of Education, already confirmed that St. Bridget successfully passed the PEAC Recertification process for the continuance of its Education Service Contracting (ESC) Program.
By: Isabel Marie Chavez of Grade 12 STEM
Grade 12 STEM class organized two symposia this school year 2017-2018.
The first symposium was given to invited High School Faculty and Grade 11 students. It focused on the Importance of Information Literacy. This activity is a collaboration of two areas of discipline: Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Social Science.The STEM class’ subject teachers, Ms. Kate Caguioa for MIL and Ms. Divine Mercy Go for Social Sciences, helped in the planning and execution of the whole symposium. To help achieve its objective, the symposium discussed the movie PK (which in English means “tipsy”). This is a 2014 Indian satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.
The second symposium, a requirement of the class’ Biology subject, was given to select Senior High School Faculty and the Grade 12 HUMSS students. It aimed to inform and widen the audience’s knowledge on food and diet matters that have effects on wellbeing, fitness, and health. Specifically, the symposium discussed different nutrients our body needs. The STEM speakers also talked about the advantages and disadvantages of consuming certain types of food. They also addressed misconceptions their audience have about the food that they eat. This activity was done under the guidance of the class’ Biology teacher, Mr. Justine Eusebio. The Grade 12 STEM class found the organization and execution of these symposia very helpful in developing in the students the value of confidence, especially when speaking in front of varied audience. The class also benefitted in terms of improving their communication skills improvement. Overall, there was a sense of satisfaction in being able to impart valuable knowledge to others.
Aguhon, a Filipino word for compass, was placed in the title because, just like the instrument that is used to give direction by always pointing to the North, CMLI wanted to help the youth choose the right path towards their destination. CMLI would also like to inspire the young student leaders of the country to succeed by being fair to all, and not stepping on others. Likewise, it hopes to encourage them to help the country achieve peace, and freedom from corruption, discrimination, hate, and anger.
CMLI, in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights, invited several speakers to give us an idea about how the commission works and what its role in the country is. This is to refute the claims of those who say that the agency has not done anything good and is, thereby, useless. Such erroneous belief was seconded by the House of Representatives who decided to give the commission a budget of only Php1,000.00 for the year 2018.
In this one-day activity, we, the delegates from St. Bridget School were given the opportunity to share our experiences and knowledge about the issues facing the Philippines right now. We were able to put what we learned into action by making a feasibility project, wherein we came up with a proposal that will center on the protection and implementation of human rights.
Being in an event like this gave us the chance to create something new beyond what we usually do in school, and interact with people aside from those inside our campus. CMLI deserves a big thank you for organizing this event, because it inspired us to engage ourselves in actions that will help shape the communities around us to be better versions of themselves.
Below are the SBS Senior High Student Delegates and their teacher-moderator:
Crissalyn Mae C. Asuncion
Karissa Lorraine C. De Leon
Joanne Marie D. Felix
Jean Viktoria S. Getubig
Jhastyn Irish Mae A. Guevarra
Christine T. Itchon Andrea Marie
lle P. OliverosPatricia C. Samson
Josh Trina P. Vasquez
Teacher: Ms. Divine Mercy M. Go
Before walking to the convent where the activities will be held, we prepared a banner with a message stating the purpose of this campaign. Although the weather was not on our side during our short walk along Aurora Boulevard, we still pushed through carrying our banners and displaying our orange ribbons and wrist bands. The color orange was chosen by the United Nations to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
Upon reaching the convent, one of the sisters led the opening prayer, which was followed by a dance performance of the girls from the Euphrasian Community. We then listened to an explanation of the purpose of the campaign, and its ultimate goal of eliminating violence against women. Next, we watched a short skit presented by some girls wearing masks. They acted out real-life experiences of victims of human trafficking who ended up in prostitution. What caught my attention was the strength of these women who were able to endure all of the abuses and to escape from their miserable situation. Eventually, they were able to find inner peace in rehabilitation and in the company of those who suffered the same fate like them. They found solace in each other because no one can understand them better than someone who really underwent abuse and felt what it was like. The last part was the launching of the posters that will be displayed in the LRT stations, as well as the pamphlets which will be distributed to the public. They also requested us to show our support for the abused women and children by wearing orange every 25th of the month.
Attending this event was a meaningful and eye-opening experience. At the end, I realized that the monthly convocations in our school are not enough. We need to take action, not only inside our school premises, but also outside the campus. I am glad to know that there are people who are already taking the initiative to put an end to violence. I hope that as Bridgetines, we will also actively involve ourselves in fighting the abuses committed against girls and women. I hope that we will take action, not only because we are partners with the Good Shepherd Congregation, but also because we Bridgetines are girls and women, too. Let us rise to the occasion to help eliminate from our society any form of abuse against women.