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A.A.J.A. AWARD FOR DECHAVEZ. Educator and community leader Willie D.
Dechavez (center) shows the recognition award he received from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. With him in photo are State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood (left) and journalist Ron Jacinto. Dechavez will also receive the Everyday Hero award on March 9, 2011 from Verizon and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

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FilAmCCos annual celebration of Philippine independence

By: Filipino Star News

2010 Kalayaan Picnic

FilAmCCos annual celebration of Philippine independence. There were 30 plus Fil-Am organizations in Michigan that commemorated the event. Lots of food, fun and dancing!


2010 Kalayaan Picnic – University of Michigan Fil-Am Students dance number

Members of the Filipino American Students Association of University of Michign perform a dance number at the 2010 Kalayaan picnic held last June 5 at Halmich Park in Warren. There were some 30 plus FilAmCCo organizations that graced the annual celebration to commemorate Philippine independence from Spanish rule

2010 Kalayaan Picnic Square Dancing

Participants at the FilAmCCo’s 2010 Kalayaan Picnic dancing to Stevie Wonder’s “My Eyes Don’t Cry No More” held last June 5 at Halmich Park in Warren

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Filipino-American Athlete Wins New England’s “Karate Kid” Challenge and Needs Help in Internet Voting

Written by Audrey Reyes-So/Mabuhay Radio     

Photo Credit: Mat Corral

 Steven So, an American karate enthusiast of Filipino descent, won the Karate Kid challenge at Six Flags theme park in New England. He is now competing through online voting with the other winners from all the Six Flags locations in the United States. The winner gets to go to the “Karate Kid” movie premiere and meet the cast.
 
To participate in the online voting, interested Filipinos anywhere in the world simply have to access this hyperlink,
www.yahoovoteforthekaratekid.com
 

The online voting will end on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Votes can be cast once per day until May 25th.
 

Steven and his sensei are under the entry:
Brian C., Steven S.
Springfield, MA
Six Flags New England

 
Steven So is the taller guy to the left in the flyer and video. He is a scion of the So Family of Matnog, Sorsogon Province in the Bicol Region, Philippines. 

Source: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/sports/6134-filipino-american-athlete-wins-new-englands-karate-kid-challenge-and-needs-help-in-internet-voting.html

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Jovit Baldivino-an Ordinary boy with Extraordinary voice

Last  Saturday night, I was so excited to watch the semi finals of Pilinas Got Talent because I am following Jovit Baldivino’s next performance…and my waiting paid off.  When he sang the song popularized by Europe Band “Carrie”, it was another amazing performance that caused the audience to give him an standing ovation. I believed that he will be the next Arnel Pineda or Bugoy Drilon. What do you think?  PGT judge Ai Ai said “tumatayo ang aking balahibo”:) :), while Kris Aquino reagrded him as the “Male version of  Charice Pempengco”. Wow! I didn’t expect Jovit to actually possess a voice like that of European Band’s vocalist & the legendary Journey-Steve Perry.

I was so inspired to feature him on this site to give  tribute and  to those who have the power to make their dreams come true. Because this is what our youth needs today. He  just  proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success. That our youth must aim high and follow their dreams and never give up. Truly, Jovit Baldivino is a good model for our youth. I am sure that we can see a lot more of him in the future.

His touching story …..

  • A humble 16-year old  who was born to a poor parents from Marilag, Batangas
  • He used to sell Siomai at the market after his classes to augment his family income
  • He joined the audition to help his family and to become a good example among the youth.
  • His simple wish is to finish studies and his own little way help his parents.
  • He won the audition by singing “faithfully” as popularized by journey.
  • He wants to  become a popular singer.
  • He quoted that “win or loss” he is proud to be a Filipino showing his talent to the whole world.

Sorsogoñeous! join me in hearing his music, his story plus his simple dreams.

When lights go down, I see no reason
For you to cry. We’ve been through this before
In every time, in every season,
God knows I’ve tried
So please don’t ask for more.

Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again somewhere again

I read your mind, with no intentions
Of being unkind, I wish I could explain
It all takes time, a whole lot of patience
If it’s a crime, how come I feel no pain.

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again somewhere again

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Promoting our very own Sorsogon Tourism

To Ms. Christine S. Dayrit of (The Philippines Star).  We would like to thank you for your contribution in promoting our very own Sorsogon Tourism. This will help a lot in inviting locals & foreigners to visit our beautiful places here. We are looking forward for more articles you can share with us.

Sensational Sorsogon

RENDEZVOUS By Christine S. Dayrit (The Philippine Star)

Updated April 11, 2010 12:00 AM


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Discover the hidden jewel of Matnog, Sorsogon

In his recent award-winning film Up in the Air, George Clooney attempts to accumulate 10 million frequent flyer miles for his many trips taken. He advocates, “To know me is to travel with me.” Personally, I am far from hitting the 10-million mileage mark but am passionately working at it.

I decided it was time to embark on a very exciting local sojourn. This time, to sensational Sorsogon, in the stunningly beautiful province of Bicol.

It dawned on me that there is no better way to kick off the summer than to go swimming with the gentle submarine-sized whale sharks that shyly feed on tiny krill fish; explore lovely world-class boutique hotels, experience a multitude of  fireflies that illumine the ebony night like Tinkerbell fairies bathing in the moonlight; stroll in the charming courtyards of old churches and antique homes.

Here, every epicurean’s wish to savor mouth-savoring delicacies is satisfied and one is privileged to enjoy Mother Nature’s finest treasures — luscious lakes and rivers, glorious waterfalls, steaming hot springs, refreshing cold springs, medicinal salt springs, indigenous flora and faunas, fertile emerald fields where pili, coconuts, abaca and more produce grow abundantly.

From Manila, a brief and comfortable flight on Cebu Pacific took us to Legazpi City. We had a quick snack at Small Talk Café where my dear friends who hail from Bicol — DOT regional director Nini Ravanilla and TOYM awardee for agriculture Lyndon Tan — vowed that the pinangat pasta, a delightful combination of gabi leaves, coco cream and fiery chili, is a must-have.

My dear sister Michelle Dayrit-Soliven was invited by her Divine Healing Servants Foundation Group — headed by gracious Fr. Gerard Deveza, president Gerard Reonisto, treasurer Lucy Lee, assistant treasurer Joy Sy, Tonton and Tasha Sy, Benny Soliven, Edwin Tang, Ding Mercado, Nino and Arlene Mabanta — to be the inspirational speaker at the first-ever elementary graduation of the Divine Healer Learning Center in El Retiro Compound, Cabid-an, Sorsogon.

“Follow your dreams,” Michelle enthused in this very special ceremony that took our gregarious traveling group to a land blessed by providence, where life, love, laughter and prayer emanate from the heart and souls of its residents. The Divine Healer Learning Center is a school founded by Fr. Gerard Deveza and is a dream come true for this kindhearted healing priest who wanted to help the underprivileged children of Sorsogon by providing them a quality education.

After the graduation, we discovered more the sights and sounds of this lovely sanctuary. After an hour-and-a-half drive from Cabid-an, we entered the quaint town of Donsol, Sorsogon, the famous whale shark capital of the world. Disembarking from our van, we were given the standard briefing complete with a video — on the whale shark interaction.

Whale sharks (Rhicodon typus) are known locally as butanding or balilan, and grow up to 45 feet. The biggest fish of the world, the whale shark resembles a slow-moving underwater island because of its size. It is sometimes found near the surface while feeding. October to May is the official season of whale shark sightings but the peak season is in April.

It was Michelle’s very first encounter with the whale sharks and she was rather frightened at first. We were able to convince my beautiful alabaster-skinned sister to embark on the activity by making her realize how blessed she was to have the opportunity to see the whale sharks. She finally took the plunge and was ecstatic to have six encounters with the whale sharks in just 10-minute intervals of each other.

After our glorious encounter with the whale sharks, we proceeded to Sta. Clara Ridge Inn, our home away from home in Sorsogon City. It is owned by Tony Maligaso, an advocate of peace and serenity. His inn-timate lodging is creatively built on a hill slope where the cool shade of narra trees and serene view of rice fields and mountain range greet you every morning. The staff is most cordial and accommodating, while the bedrooms, decorated by Tony himself, feature Ethan Allen-country style furnishings. 

In the duration of our stay in Sorsogon, we were pampered to no end by gracious Gov. Sally Lee and her charming husband Tito Raul Lee. They prepared our every meal showcasing the best local cuisine ever. Aside from pinangat, topping our list also included tinoktok (meat of freshwater shrimp and young, tender coconut au gratin, wrapped in gabi leaves and simmered in thick gata), tinagoktok (fresh water fish, preferably dalag or mudfish cooked on a bed of petchay, plus various other ingredients in a more diluted solution of gata), and bayway (pork marinated in vinegar and various spices and herbs for at least two days before being fried).

Local folklore has it that Sorsogon got its name when a group of Spaniards got lost somewhere around the bay. Fortunately, they chanced upon a local fisherman whom they asked for the name of the place. The fisherman, thinking that the strangers were asking for directions, simply said “Sorsogon,” (which meant “Follow or trace the path”) while pointing to the river upstream. The name stuck, evolving from Sosogon to Solsogon, to Sorsogon.

In Sorsogon, a must-see place is Lake Bulusan, dubbed the “Switzerland of the Orient.” It lies at the heart of the National Park, which covers a land area of 3,672 hectares. On our way to Lake Bulusan, we were escorted by gentle rain showers over the emerald green rice fields and the wildly growing lavender orchids blooming profusely on full-grown trees along the way.

Fr. Gerard described the moment as a scene straight out of the movie Lost Horizon. My brother-in-law Benny and my nephew Vincent kayaked while the rest of us did the trek around the lake, discovering Avatar-like scenes, ancient trees and insects and Tarzan-like vines and humongous rocks which we climbed. Those who didn’t engage in outdoor activities opted for a relaxing massage.

Another truly precious find in this haven is the Sirangan Beach Resort, one of the illustrious properties under the Fork & Pillow Group, which includes the Hotel Trias in Palamos, La Malcontenta Hotel in Palamos, Market Hotel in Barcelona, Spain. Sirangan Beach Resort in the Philippines, located in Bacon Beach, Sorsogon, has a long stretch of caramel and white sand cooled by clear-blue waters. It is owned and run by Vicky Duran, a passionate, well-traveled and proud-to-be Sorsoganon whose tasteful style is reflected in every corner of the resort. I remembered another wonderful lady who hails from Sorsogon, my dear friend Loida Nicholas Lewis who intimated that I ought to stay in Fernando’s Hotel, a cozy boutique hotel of old-world charm situated in the heart of Sorsogon City. I vow to check it out on my next visit.

It is also a must to see Matnog Islands where guests are instantaneously transported to a pristine paradise with white fine-sand beaches and gardens of reef corals. The Manta Bowl, a 60-minute drive from Sorsogon Beach Resort, is also a paradise for those who want a close encounter with dolphins and manta rays.

Trekking Mount Pulog at the end of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, which extends from the north of Luzon to the south and ends in Bacon, Sorsogon, also gives an exhilarating high. Here, you will find geothermal steam wells and other small steaming geysers that extend to the Pacific Ocean.

The sunset at Donsol Beach was made more unforgettable with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Gerard for our group. We all prayed with reverence to the Almighty for all the blessings experienced in Sorsogon.

On our last night, we cruised the river on a bamboo houseboat that had tables and benches. Trees by the bank of the river were aglow like Christmas trees as colonies of fireflies twinkled in the dark. Some friendly fireflies darted playfully around us and gently landed on our outstretched hands.

This memorable sojourn to Sorsogon further reinforced my personal belief that I really was a Bicolana in my past life. No matter how many times I visit here, I am always mesmerized by its beauty and grace. Besides, I believe there is always something peculiarly steaming in Bicol and it isn’t just from the smoldering lava of the active volcano. Here, I feel connected to the land, the cuisine, the culture, the people. There exists a deep sense of appreciation and belonging. To have a sensational summer, believe me, Sorsogon is the place to be.

* * *

For more information on whale shark interaction, call Omar Nepomuceno at 0927-9989289 or e-mail him at omarnepomuceno@yahoo.com. Santa Clara Ridge Inn can be reached at telefax (056) 211- 5413 or 0910-7166535.) Cebu Pacific flies two times daily to Legazpi, for reservation please call 702-0888.

E-mail the author at miladay.star@gmail.com.


Sensational Sorsogon
RENDEZVOUS By Christine S. Dayrit(The Philippine Star) Updated April 11, 2010 12:00 AM


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Discover the hidden jewel of Matnog, Sorsogon
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In his recent award-winning film Up in the Air, George Clooney attempts to accumulate 10 million frequent flyer miles for his many trips taken. He advocates, “To know me is to travel

with me.” Personally, I am far from hitting the 10-million mileage mark but am passionately working at it.

I decided it was time to embark on a very exciting local sojourn. This time, to sensational Sorsogon, in the stunningly beautiful province of Bicol.

It dawned on me that there is no better way to kick off the summer than to go swimming with the gentle submarine-sized whale sharks that shyly feed on tiny krill fish; explore lovely world-class boutique hotels, experience a multitude of  fireflies that illumine the ebony night like Tinkerbell fairies bathing in the moonlight; stroll in the charming courtyards of old churches and antique homes.

Here, every epicurean’s wish to savor mouth-savoring delicacies is satisfied and one is privileged to enjoy Mother Nature’s finest treasures — luscious lakes and rivers, glorious waterfalls, steaming hot springs, refreshing cold springs, medicinal salt springs, indigenous flora and faunas, fertile emerald fields where pili, coconuts, abaca and more produce grow abundantly.

From Manila, a brief and comfortable flight on Cebu Pacific took us to Legazpi City. We had a quick snack at Small Talk Café where my dear friends who hail from Bicol — DOT regional director Nini Ravanilla and TOYM awardee for agriculture Lyndon Tan — vowed that the pinangat pasta, a delightful combination of gabi leaves, coco cream and fiery chili, is a must-have.

My dear sister Michelle Dayrit-Soliven was invited by her Divine Healing Servants Foundation Group — headed by gracious Fr. Gerard Deveza, president Gerard Reonisto, treasurer Lucy Lee, assistant treasurer Joy Sy, Tonton and Tasha Sy, Benny Soliven, Edwin Tang, Ding Mercado, Nino and Arlene Mabanta — to be the inspirational speaker at the first-ever elementary graduation of the Divine Healer Learning Center in El Retiro Compound, Cabid-an, Sorsogon.

“Follow your dreams,” Michelle enthused in this very special ceremony that took our gregarious traveling group to a land blessed by providence, where life, love, laughter and prayer emanate from the heart and souls of its residents. The Divine Healer Learning Center is a school founded by Fr. Gerard Deveza and is a dream come true for this kindhearted healing priest who wanted to help the underprivileged children of Sorsogon by providing them a quality education.

After the graduation, we discovered more the sights and sounds of this lovely sanctuary. After an hour-and-a-half drive from Cabid-an, we entered the quaint town of Donsol, Sorsogon, the famous whale shark capital of the world. Disembarking from our van, we were given the standard briefing complete with a video — on the whale shark interaction.

Whale sharks (Rhicodon typus) are known locally as butanding or balilan, and grow up to 45 feet. The biggest fish of the world, the whale shark resembles a slow-moving underwater island because of its size. It is sometimes found near the surface while feeding. October to May is the official season of whale shark sightings but the peak season is in April.

It was Michelle’s very first encounter with the whale sharks and she was rather frightened at first. We were able to convince my beautiful alabaster-skinned sister to embark on the activity by making her realize how blessed she was to have the opportunity to see the whale sharks. She finally took the plunge and was ecstatic to have six encounters with the whale sharks in just 10-minute intervals of each other.

After our glorious encounter with the whale sharks, we proceeded to Sta. Clara Ridge Inn, our home away from home in Sorsogon City. It is owned by Tony Maligaso, an advocate of peace and serenity. His inn-timate lodging is creatively built on a hill slope where the cool shade of narra trees and serene view of rice fields and mountain range greet you every morning. The staff is most cordial and accommodating, while the bedrooms, decorated by Tony himself, feature Ethan Allen-country style furnishings.

In the duration of our stay in Sorsogon, we were pampered to no end by gracious Gov. Sally Lee and her charming husband Tito Raul Lee. They prepared our every meal showcasing the best local cuisine ever. Aside from pinangat, topping our list also included tinoktok (meat of freshwater shrimp and young, tender coconut au gratin, wrapped in gabi leaves and simmered in thick gata), tinagoktok (fresh water fish, preferably dalag or mudfish cooked on a bed of petchay, plus various other ingredients in a more diluted solution of gata), and bayway (pork marinated in vinegar and various spices and herbs for at least two days before being fried).

Local folklore has it that Sorsogon got its name when a group of Spaniards got lost somewhere around the bay. Fortunately, they chanced upon a local fisherman whom they asked for the name of the place. The fisherman, thinking that the strangers were asking for directions, simply said “Sorsogon,” (which meant “Follow or trace the path”) while pointing to the river upstream. The name stuck, evolving from Sosogon to Solsogon, to Sorsogon.

In Sorsogon, a must-see place is Lake Bulusan, dubbed the “Switzerland of the Orient.” It lies at the heart of the National Park, which covers a land area of 3,672 hectares. On our way to Lake Bulusan, we were escorted by gentle rain showers over the emerald green rice fields and the wildly growing lavender orchids blooming profusely on full-grown trees along the way.

Fr. Gerard described the moment as a scene straight out of the movie Lost Horizon. My brother-in-law Benny and my nephew Vincent kayaked while the rest of us did the trek around the lake, discovering Avatar-like scenes, ancient trees and insects and Tarzan-like vines and humongous rocks which we climbed. Those who didn’t engage in outdoor activities opted for a relaxing massage.

Another truly precious find in this haven is the Sirangan Beach Resort, one of the illustrious properties under the Fork & Pillow Group, which includes the Hotel Trias in Palamos, La Malcontenta Hotel in Palamos, Market Hotel in Barcelona, Spain. Sirangan Beach Resort in the Philippines, located in Bacon Beach, Sorsogon, has a long stretch of caramel and white sand cooled by clear-blue waters. It is owned and run by Vicky Duran, a passionate, well-traveled and proud-to-be Sorsoganon whose tasteful style is reflected in every corner of the resort. I remembered another wonderful lady who hails from Sorsogon, my dear friend Loida Nicholas Lewis who intimated that I ought to stay in Fernando’s Hotel, a cozy boutique hotel of old-world charm situated in the heart of Sorsogon City. I vow to check it out on my next visit.

It is also a must to see Matnog Islands where guests are instantaneously transported to a pristine paradise with white fine-sand beaches and gardens of reef corals. The Manta Bowl, a 60-minute drive from Sorsogon Beach Resort, is also a paradise for those who want a close encounter with dolphins and manta rays.

Trekking Mount Pulog at the end of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, which extends from the north of Luzon to the south and ends in Bacon, Sorsogon, also gives an exhilarating high. Here, you will find geothermal steam wells and other small steaming geysers that extend to the Pacific Ocean.

The sunset at Donsol Beach was made more unforgettable with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Gerard for our group. We all prayed with reverence to the Almighty for all the blessings experienced in Sorsogon.

On our last night, we cruised the river on a bamboo houseboat that had tables and benches. Trees by the bank of the river were aglow like Christmas trees as colonies of fireflies twinkled in the dark. Some friendly fireflies darted playfully around us and gently landed on our outstretched hands.

This memorable sojourn to Sorsogon further reinforced my personal belief that I really was a Bicolana in my past life. No matter how many times I visit here, I am always mesmerized by its beauty and grace. Besides, I believe there is always something peculiarly steaming in Bicol and it isn’t just from the smoldering lava of the active volcano. Here, I feel connected to the land, the cuisine, the culture, the people. There exists a deep sense of appreciation and belonging. To have a sensational summer, believe me, Sorsogon is the place to be.

* * *

For more information on whale shark interaction, call Omar Nepomuceno at 0927-9989289 or e-mail him at omarnepomuceno@yahoo.com. Santa Clara Ridge Inn can be reached at telefax (056) 211- 5413 or 0910-7166535.) Cebu Pacific flies two times daily to Legazpi, for reservation please call 702-0888.

E-mail the author at miladay.star@gmail.com.


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Jesus L. Huenda-Damath learning math the Pinoy way

 
 

  

Jesus L. Huenda

 

Damath comes from the Pinoy checker boardgame called “dama” and mathematics. It blends local culture, education and digital technology that aim to make math teaching and learning child-friendly, challenging and interactive. In its unique way, damath boardgame ushers the Filipino school kids into the new millennium by equipping them with competitive life-long learning for understanding and ICT-fluency skills. 

 When school children play damath boardgame they also learn to explore, firm-up, deepen, and transfer to daily tasks the concepts of real numbers and its properties and operations. 

Moreover, it stimulates the children’s capability to think deeper through creative math storytelling, flowchart, concept map, tree diagram, picture riddle, haiku, cryptogram, secret code decoding, simulation, role playing, jingle or rap composing, reflection journal writing, and problem solving. 

This joyful and practical approach to contextualized teaching and learning math is the brainchild of 1981 presidential merit medal awardee teacher Jesus L. Huenda. 

As a public high school teacher in Sorsogon, Huenda always thinks of ways to optimize his talents to help others. This describes best this ordinary teacher who was cited by no less than the President of the Republic for his out-of-the-box “contribution in terms of innovative approaches in teaching and learning mathematics”. 

According to Huenda, this is how damath works: “I integrate some math concepts and numeracy skills in the indigenous boardgame of dama. In the 32 white squares (the other 32 alternately arranged squares are colored green) of the 8×8-square damath playing board, I put the symbols of mathematical operations like addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (×) and division (÷). The 12 damath chips for each player are divided into two sets (blue and red chips): those with zero, and even numbers with positive sign (+); while odd numbers have negative (-) sign. The two players try to capture chips by adapting the existing dama rules to numeracy skills which result to higher positive points, while evading those with lower negative points.” When the learners play damath, they aim to get higher point over the opponent. Capturing the opponent’s dama chips is strategically planned such that a player would target a chip representing high number. The game becomes a combination of strategic higher order thinking skills and basic mathematical operations. 

This strategy in teaching and learning math with Understanding by Design (UbD) framework has helped students look at Mathematics as a subject not so difficult to learn. 

“Unknowingly, the players are using the mathematical fundamentals when they play damath”, Mr. Huenda explained. “Those who used to dislike math is actually learning how to use math when he/she plays the boardgame and in the process learn the subject,” he added. 

Aside from “damath”, Mr. Huenda has also developed the “pierdi-gana” boardgame. He calls this boardgame “scidama”. This is the opposite of damath in the sense that the players’ main target is to have their dama chips consumed by their opponent in order to win. Scidama is focused on bringing about environmental consciousness among the school children. 

Literally, pierdi-gana means to let go by disposing water, fuel and energy consumption that contribute to global warming and climate change. The main objective of the players in scidama is to divest themselves of extravagant consumptions that can lead to environmental degradation. Here, the scidama chips represent kilowatt hours of electricity used, cubic meters of water consumed, liters of oil consumed, cooking gas used among others. 

The players strategize in such a way that they will have to reduce their consumption of these resources and in the process help in arresting global warming and climate change. “The less you consume resources, the less you contribute to the destruction of the environment. This is what we want to instill in the minds of our learners,” Huenda pointed out. 

In the scidama, the player’s main objective is to have his/her dama chips be captured by the opponent in order to win. The player who first has his/her chips decimated by the opponent wins the game. This means that the winner is able to divest himself/herself of these resources and does not use them unnecessarily. 

|“Kabaliktaran ng damath ang scidama kasi ito ay pierdi-gana o ubusan ng chips. Dapat maubos ang chips mo para manalo. In other words, I have to dispose off my expenses in water, electricity, oil and others so that I will not contribute to global warming and climate change. Kung malaki konsumo ko, I will contribute to the destruction of the environment. Gagawa ka ng plano na pagkatapos ng laro konti lang konsumo mo at ibibigay mo ang dapat mong konsumo sa kalaban mo upang hindi ka makasali sa paglubha ng kapaligiran”, Huenda added. 

Another collaborative innovation which Huenda did in cooperation with some Computer Science students is the “eDamath” which uses digital technology in playing damath against the computer itself. The damath computer game helps develop the strategic and analytical thinking skills of the students. Similarly, when two players are interconnected in their computers through the Local Area Network, they can play damath in a remote platform and the computer becomes the arbiter or scorer. 

Mr. Huenda’s electronic damath playing board can be accessed through the DepEd website (http://www.deped.gov.ph/BSE/iDEP). The eDamath appears in the computer monitor together with the damath chips that are properly labeled with positive and negative signs in even and odd numbers, respectively. 

Playing the electronic damath is also a contest on who gets the higher positive score which entails the use of the fundamental operations in math. “When students play the game, they tend to have deeper consciousness on the intricacies of the game. They get to consider every step that they make and how this can contribute to winning the game. In the process they develop analytical thinking skills,” Huenda explained. 

And there is no stopping Huenda from inventing edutainment games that teach students the basics in living such as entrepreneurship. Thus he came up with “entrepinoy damath,” a business venture game. 

Here, the fundamental operations of math and basic accounting are also used in the board game including debit and credit, simple bookkeeping, balance sheet and the like. The first set of damath chips represent rent, taxes, salaries, bonuses, discounts, cost price, and other operating expenses. The other half represents income like selling price, profit, savings, real property, building, equipment, etc. 

The game is played with the damath chips properly labeled: business expenses on one hand and business income on the other hand. The game is won by the one who has captured more chips representing incomes rather than expenses. “With this learning for understanding approach, the learners are honed on strategic business models like the efficiency of incurring less cost in order to have more income. The learners also become conscious of effectively running a business venture,” Huenda explained. 

But in business as in life, the learners still have to be trained on values and ethics. So he came up with “damath de honor”. Here the damath pieces represent positive and negative Filipino ways including interpersonal relation, consumer protection, anti-corruption and red-tape practices. 

“Ipapakain mo ang negative values at makakaipon ka ng positive values. Dapat walang greed na siyang dahilan ng corruption at illegal business transaction,” he emphasized. 

“Have you heard of damath on health and nutrition, People Power EDSA revolution, English-Filipino-Korean vocabulary-building? Or damath with three players? This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Huenda shared. 

Huenda remains a very active staff at the DepEd Central Office. Although he is a superintendent-eligible, Huenda opted to focus on educational technology innovations that will make a difference in basic education. The beneficiaries, no doubt, are the young school children who never imagined that the lowly boardgame of dama would ever play a significant role in their learning of life’s lessons. 

  

Originally posted: http://teachers-students-corner.info/2010/03/damath-learning-math-pinoy-way.html 

  

  

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Pablo D. Ayo- At 85, inventor keeps creative mind active

SORSOGON CITY, Philippines—Pablo D. Ayo Sr., who at 85 has survived two major strokes, is still inventing and designing devices that perform functions ordinary people would think impossible. One of these is a gadget that makes burnt out fluorescent bulbs light.

Ayo
, who earned his doctorate in astrophysics at Princeton University in New Jersey and is a former student of world-renowned genius-scientist Albert Einstein in 1949, still possesses the scientific creativity to invent a gadget called the EAD or electro activator device, which virtually makes an electric bulb last even with its filament broken.

Half the size of the ballast of a fluorescent bulb, the EAD increases the voltage, allowing it to jump from end to end of the broken filament and make an unbroken bulb light again.

A patent holder, Ayo has invented several gadgets, including prototypes of a rocket, voice-activated phonograph, household mini hydro generators, solar panel, tidal electric generators and photon-run car.

He was born to a poor family from the former town of Bacon, Sorsogon (now a district of Sorsogon City).

Self-supported

His parents died when he was young so he supported himself to school until he earned a scholarship to study at Princeton.

He said he had read articles on electronics and automotive when he was a teenager and learned by himself the principles and laws that govern mechanical and electronic devices.

Ayo went to Manila when he was a teenager and landed a job in an engineering company at Port Area. This allowed him to continue his college education at Arellano University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Physics.

While studying, he remembered that he had befriended a man who shared his interest in electronics and automotive. “In tandem, we won in a competition of flying miniature airplanes that we assembled. This became our ticket to study in the United States, which brought me to Princeton University in 1945,” Ayo said.

After he finished his doctorate, Ayo came home but went back to the United States to serve as a consultant of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the central civilian agency for direction of the US space exploration program established in 1958.

By late 1960s, he was back again in Sorsogon, married Raquel Diokino, a school teacher, and established his own business called Prama Electronic Center that provided electronic services and sold electronic and scientific gadgets and equipment.

Mini hydro plant

Ayo developed the first mini hydro plant in Bacon that produced 20 kilowatts of electricity.

He developed a rocket with a remote control that traveled 20 miles per hour.

Lawrence, the second eldest among Ayo’s five children, said he was amazed at how his father created in 1972 a phonograph that played music on voice command using the jukebox mechanism.

“That was before the information technology. What fascinated me was not only how he developed that phonograph but also how it responded when you say ‘Please,’” said Lawrence, a civil and electronic engineer.

Photo-run car

Ayo also developed a prototype car that runs on photon, an elementary particle that is the quantum of the electromagnetic field and basic unit of light.

The detailed design of the photon-run car shows a battery-like gadget that traps photons triggered by solar energy and produces electric power.

Ayo said a Japanese investor got interested with his invention but the deal did not push through because the latter would only pay him if he would go to Japan.

In 1982, Ayo developed his tidal electric generator but this did not push through on the issue of sharing even as he said the project could have been profitable using clean energy source from tidal water on Kalintaan Island in Matnog.

The $5-billion project can produce one gigawatt (GW) of electricity with 10 turbines producing 100 megawatts. It surpasses the combined power production of the Bacman geothermal plant at 150 MW and the Tiwi geothermal plant at 300 MW, according to Lawrence, who works as electronic engineer at the Bacman plant.

He said 1,000 MW is equivalent to 1 GW or one billion watts of electricity.

Ayo said his project could have made the country an exporter of electric power if it was implemented and replicated in other areas.


By Juan Escandor Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20100224-255167/At-85-inventor-keeps-creative-mind-active

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William Dechavez – Sterling Heights TV show spotlights diversity

Sterling Heights — City officials are using a new public access television show to showcase the city’s diversity.

“What we’re looking for is educating people about who we are,” said William Dechavez, a Filipino resident who moved to the city 28 years ago and is a member of the Ethnic Community Committee, which sponsors the show. “We have several ethnic groups in Sterling Heights.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte said the show fits in well with the city’s mission to embrace a diverse community.

“We are like the melting pot of the world,” he said. “The city welcomes all cultures and likes to work with everybody and try to learn from each other.”

According to the American Community Survey posted on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site, from 2006-08 the three-year estimated average population included 112,407 whites, 5,133 African-Americans, 539 American Indians, 8,804 Asians and 2,879 Hispanics.

“Getting to Know Your Neighbor” features interviews with immigrants who have settled in Sterling Heights.

The show also wants to feature war veterans, Holocaust survivors and others involved in historic events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Show host Dennis Burin, 50, interviews residents. A Sterling Heights resident, Burin is a program curriculum coordinator for the Hazel Park Schools and a Wayne State University adjunct professor of world regional geography.

“I think this is such an important topic,” he said. “We run across people of various backgrounds in our daily lives and don’t talk.”

The first episode of the show, which aired last month, featured Iqbal Singh, chairman of the Ethnic Community Committee, who was born in India. In the second episode, Dechavez talked about how he came from the Philippines to the United States for more opportunities. He works as a special education resource room teacher for Detroit Public Schools.

“It was really relaxed and an informal conversation,” he said. He encourages other immigrants to participate.

By: Candice Williams / The Detroit News
From The Detroit News:  http://detnews.com/article/20100218/METRO03/2180399/Sterling-Heights-TV-show-spotlights-diversity

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The correct way of preparing the authentic BICOL EXPRESS

Here’s  correct way of preparing the authentic ” BICOL EXPRESS”. So, if you want to make Bicol express where everyone will enjoy, you may follow the recipe shared by Rogerelauria below. Maray na aldaw po saindo gabos!

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JB Line – Bicol Express, simbolo kan mga bikolnon

Guiromdom pa nindo? Iyo ini ang original na bicol express-JB line ang simbolo kan mga bikolnon-sorsoganon. Kaogmang balikan ta ang mga memories sa BUS na ini. Ang mga driver kaini dating mga piloto siguro? ta kun mina padalagan kan mga bus ninda garu dai tatao mag-minor..ka-kaskas baya 🙂 exciting na maray lalo na sa mga kurbada ay sus…magdara ka na ki pangakod ta basi mahulog ka ! Pero ang BUS na ini ang  nagdara sa mga dating estudyante na yaraon na ngonian sa iba-ibang nasyon. Kagayon kun igwa sana kutang mga INVESTORS para maibalik ang PANGARAN kan BICOL EXPRESS.

The original bicol express

The original bicol express

Mga kababayan ko, kung igwa po kamong storya manungod sa JB line..pa post sana digdi. Dios Mabalos!!

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Care for a cup of coffee? (The Francisco Aranda story)

Care for a cup of coffee?

By Mabelle R. Ilan

As more and more Filipinos are born, the demand for coffee also increases. Filipinos cannot do away with coffee and drinking coffee is a favorite pastime and an engaging social activity. Coffee shop nowadays is a thriving business and for coffee lovers no coffee can taste good without sending a sweet aroma to the nostrils. Aside from this, many people could not start their day without a cup of coffee to perk up their morning. That’s why Francisco Aranda “Frank” to friends and relatives invested in coffee production because coffee will never lose its market. Blend

Determined to have a coffee plantation, Mang Frank settled in Sorsogon City in 1984. He started from scratch. He is popular among the Sorsogueños as the peddler of vinegar and soy sauce. Daily he would roam around the city carrying bottles of vinegar and soy sauce on his shoulder. His industry and perseverance paid off. He was able to buy five hectares farmland in Bgy. Cabid-an Sorsogon City.

How he started-

With the help of his children, Mang Frank cleared the area and started to make a layout. He brought a sack of coffee berries from their farm in Batangas and produced his own seedlings. “Producing seedlings before quite tedious” says Mang Frank. You have to prepare a raised seedbed because there were no plastic bags for use in propagation. He painstakingly planted the berries and was able to produce the seedlings needed for his farm. then removed the pulp by hand and soaked the beans for 24 hours to remove the mucilage. He removed the floaters as these are not good ones. He prepared a germination bed with 1 meter width and of convenient length. He sow the seeds at ¾ inch deep and covered with fine soil. After 7 to 8 months he was able to produce thousands of seedlings.frank

“Kapeng barako”or Liberica is well adopted in Sorsogon” says Mang Frank. The berries are plump, big and rounded. It is known for its distinct taste, aroma and flavor. It is tolerant to drought and could be grown in a wider type of soil.

Planting/Fertilizer Application

Transplanting of seedling was done during the onset of the rainy season. He chose coffee seedlings with six pairs of leaves. He followed the 3 x 3 meters distance of planting. Mang Frank explains that he has to dig bigger and wider holes to accommodate the ball of soil attached to the seedlings to keep the roots intact. He also added compost and chicken manure. After a year he applied complete fertilizer (14-14-14) at 250 grams per tree. frank2

Regular pruning is one technology he adopted. This is to ensure that the trees are shorter for easy harvesting and to facilitate other farm operations. Likewise, pruning shoots helps produce more branches, more flowers and berries. It also promotes better light penetration and aeration.

Harvesting/Processing

With a total of 4,500 trees he is now harvesting berries every 8 months. In Sorsogon harvest starts in October until March. Coffee is picked / harvested individually to avoid presence of pedicels. To maintain quality coffee, berries must be matured. Oftentimes it is colored red. He harvests an average of 147 sacks of coffee berries. He is happy because he is now providing jobs to his neighbors especially during harvest. Coffee is dried for 8 to 9 days in concrete drying pavement. The secret to quality coffee is the roasting process. Roasting is the process of applying heat to transform the chemical and physical properties of coffee beans into roasted coffee products. The right amount of heat, the right timing in a uniform manner are required to achieve the desired flavor from the beans. He said that coffee roasting involves proper heat application, and the common problems encountered include uneven distribution of heat inside the roasting chamber and the lack of insulating materials which results to excessive heat loss. Poorly roasted beans would yield poor tasting coffee drink. With the absence of hauler and roasting equipment Mang Frank has to bring dried coffee beans to Lipa City in Batangas to have the outermost cover removed and then roasted. He has to pay P8 per kilo for de-hauling and Ps 9 per kilo for roasting. Likewise, an added cost is incurred for transportation of the coffee berries to Batangas then back to Sorsogon.

Marketing

Mang Frank emphasized that pricing depends on the quality of the beans and the variety. But coffee always commands a good price in the market. A sack of roasted coffee costs Ps 8,900. Mang Frank sells milled coffee at Ps 260 per kilo.With the help of the Department of Trade and Industry he already has his brand name “Uncle Franks roasted coffee”. His packaging was improved and he now sells coffee in 250 grams, 500 grams, and 1 kilogram packaging.

Mang Frank has a bit of advice to those who want to venture into coffee production: “Make sure that you get good quality product to make it big in business. Once you hit the market, make sure it attracts buyers”. That is why during exhibits, he displays his products and even provided free taste to visitors.

He readily offers his area for techno demo because he wants to learn new technologies and techniques. In return he also teaches his fellow coffee growers of the techniques he learned. He also hosted field days for them to see the crop stand and the effects or the impact of the technologies adopted.

As president of the Para Café’ kan Sorsogon City Association, Mang Frank shares his technologies to its members so that they too could produce quality coffee. They envisioned to place Sorsogon in the map of those leading provinces producing coffee in the country. The group is determined to realize their vision by producing coffee not only for its aroma and taste but as source of livelihood for the Sorsogueños.

When all these things happen, a brighter future will surely await the coffee growers of Sorsogon and no one will no longer say no to coffee growing. As Mang Frank’s slogan goes “May pera sa kape….tanim na!”.

 

via Care for a cup of coffee? (The Francisco Aranda story).

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Sorsogon Surgical Mission

Do you know any surgical/medical mission coming to sorsogon? Feel free to post it here. Thank you!

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A letter from Mr. Gilbert Manere

Source: Mr. Gilbert Manere (UAE) a Civil Engineer from Sorsogon City:

Salam! Salamat sa pag gibo kaining web site kan mga taga sorsogon, maski kami hararayo naka update kami kan mga ngayayari jan, sana umabot su panahon na mahatagan ini kan atensyon kan satuyang namamayo jan sa sorsogon magayunun ini, sana dakul pa su maging members kaini, pihihikayat ko su gabos kun sisay man may kakayahan sa anu man na paagi na makatabang jan satuya kan mga saday nyatong sorsoganon na tabangan lalo na sa oras kan mga kalamidad. sana magkaigwa ki fund raising sa paagi sadi na web site para tumabang sa dapat tabangan jan, dios mabalos po!

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