Current Events and Issues Affecting the Philippines

Education

Manny Pacquiao plans to finish college

Manila, Philippines –

Fast hands, quick wits, that’s Manny. Admitting that his glory in boxing will not last forever, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao acknowledged the value of education and plans to finish college. It’s a welcome news to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus as it will strengthen DepEd’s Alternative Learning System. The program which aims to encourage out of school children and adults to go back to school will gain more attention having Manny as a spokesman.

Kudos Manny! May you continue inspiring the Filipino nation both inside and outside the ring.


Science textbooks in DepEd grounds destroyed by termites

Pasig, Philippines –

An unlikely scene caught media attention at the parking lot of the Department of Education (DepEd) compound in Pasig City last Monday. Hundreds of “Science and Health” and chemistry textbooks destoyed by termites were scattered on the ground. This despite the request of DepEd for funds for additional textbooks to reach their goal of 1:1 student-textbook ratio in public elementary and high schools. (more…)


Barack Obama and the Filipino Youth

Manila, Philippines –

The president of the Philippines may have been ignored but not the Filipino youth. Two Filipino students have been invited to attend the induction of Barack Obama as 44th U.S. President at the White House on January 20, 2009.

College freshmen Anne Marie Liwanag and Paul Michael Thomas Cruz are expected to be part of the historic ceremony which shall forever be remembered by America and the rest of the world. (more…)


Filipino-made robots – Toward environment preservation

Credits to Cate Trotter

Credits to Cate Trotter

Yokohama, Japan –

One more feat for Filipinos. This time, it’s in the field of robotics.

Aptly named Gracean Whizkids, the team of Joseph Aldrin Chua, Edrich Hans Chua and Dominique Hannah Sy bagged the silver medal at the recently concluded World Robot Olympiad 2008 held in Yokohama, Japan. Coached by Melanie Tizon, the team from Grace Christian Elementary School beat 21 other schools in the Open Category for the Primary Level. (more…)


A moment that truly MATH-ers

Manila, Philippines –
Mathematics is one discipline I will never tire of immersing myself into. It’s simply fascinating. Having been an educator for four years, I can still recall how I would casually challenge my students to disprove me that mathematics is both fun and meaningful.

One need not be a Euclid or a Sir Isaac Newton or a Carl Friedrich Gauss to embrace mathematics. It is an essential tool, a life-skill we all use in any field of study. That’s why it is very important that concepts are presented in the context of daily living for it to be better appreciated. Whether it be algebra, geometry, calculus, or applied mathematics, the beauty of math lies in how we use it to solve real everyday problems.

In the recently concluded Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) conducted by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), a number of Filipino math wizards once again made our country proud. Ten students were presented prize awards while 38 other students received high distinction certificates and certificates of prudence in the awarding ceremonies held at Manila Grand Opera Hotel. The ceremonies were led by Australian Ambassador Rod Smith and Peter Taylor, Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust together with Dr Estrella Alabastro, Secretary for the Department of Science and Technology, Dr Simon Chua, President of the Mathematics Trainers Guild of the Philippines and Philippine National AMC Director, Dr. Filma Brawner, Executive Director of the Philippine Science High School, and Lilia Lauron of the Science Education Institute.

The awardees are Dann Julius Tan-fourth year high school, Chiang Kai Shek College; Carmela Antonette Lao-second year HS, Saint Jude Catholic School; Henry Jeffrson Morco first year HS, Chiang Kai Shek College; and Jose Enrico Leceta-fourth year HS, Quezon City Science High School Main. For the complete list of awardees, you may refer to this write up by Rainier Allan Ronda in Philstar entitled Australia honors 59 Pinoy whiz kids.

To all these brilliant students, their beaming parents, and their tireless mentors, congratulations! May your triumph inspire every Filipino to use their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the nation.