Post-evaluation/Sharing of Experiences during the Community Programs

This morning, our dear GAS students shared their experiences in the preparation and implementation of their community program/immersion/outreach and all the thoughts, feelings and insights they learned throughout the whole process. It’s really wonderful to see how these kids fulfill something which only started as a concept paper but later on became a mission for other people. How these kids transformed little by little as responsible, compassionate and worthy individuals through this activity was a very beautiful process. No grade or remuneration in any form can equate this kind of experience!

It was really fulfilling as a teacher to become part of this and we really hope for the best to come to these kids! Congratulations GAS!

2017-03-21 08.07.02

Community Programs by General Academic Strand (GAS) Students

Art Workshop by Beverly Magsumbol, Rejean Hernandez and Lean May Rocha

March 4, 2017, Brgy. Castañas (Sitio Taywanak)


Tree Planting, Coastal Clean-up and Recycling Workshop by Vanessa Mercado, Shara Vergara and Diana Marie Briones

March 4, 2017, Brgy. Talaan Aplaya

Mar 04, 2017 11:39am


Tutorial and Painting Workshop with Zumba by Revelyn Perez, Jhonalyn Laresma and Estifanie Saludez

March 5, 2017, Brgy. Castañas (Sitio Bacungan)


Preparing for Success: A Program to Teach Entrepreneurship among Children by Gemry Gisell Bertumen, Rochel Mendoza and Daisy Sequijor

March 5, 2017, Brgy. Castañas (Sitio Curba)


Knowledge and Happiness through Dancing with God by Danessa Taguitay, Rica Mae Alvarez and Nympha Aera Balanac

March 11, 2017, Brgy. Limbon


Palarong Balibol by Mike Cabaysa and Sherlyn Jane Abadilla

March 11, 2017, Brgy. Castañas (Sitio Bacungan)


Strengthening Faith, Education and Health Program by Karen Salodez, Crispina Robiso and Carla Villano

March 11, 2017, Brgy. Castañas (Sitio Bacungan)


A Poem Writing, Reading and Storytelling Program by Kaye Karla Urquiola, Maica Krizna Canlas and Alyssa Jane Dimapindan

March 12, 2017, Brgy. Castañas


A Way to a Better Health by Rhea Oborza, Ma. Czarina De Chavez and Caila Ibarrola

March 18, 2017, Brgy. Castañas

Mar 18, 2017 9:35am


Giving Care and Teaching to Become Safe by Dave Laracas, Arlyn Arnoco and Jasmin Manalo

March 18, 2017, Brgy. Castañas

Mar 18, 2017 4:49pm



Nakiisa ang Castañas National High School – Senior High School sa ginanap na pagdarasal at rally laban sa Coal-Fired Thermal Powerplant na planong itayo sa Brgy. Castañas, Sariaya, Quezon. Kaisa kami sa panawagan laban sa pagtatayo ng planta na nakaambang wasakin ang kabuhayan, buhay at pamumuhay ng mga residente ng Castañas, Talaan, San Roque at Guis-guis gayundin ng kalikasan, kagandahan ng kapaligiran at likas na yaman sa baybaying dagat ng Sariaya. Pakinggan nawa ng Poong Maykapal at ng mga awtoridad ang aming dasal-panawagan.



Jan 31, 2017 8:31am

#NotoCoal #YestoGod #NotoCoalPowerPlant

Castañas NHS Senior High School: Activities, Accomplishments and Aspirations

During the Career Guidance Program for Grade 10 students last Friday, I was tasked to present the Senior High School Updates of Castañas National High School. But I was wondering for a while on what updates to present so I thought of presenting the activities, accomplishments and aspirations instead.

Senior High School Updates

First, I asked the Grade 10 students on their perceptions on Senior High School. They were positive on the benefits they could gain through the program. Then I told them the program offerings of Castañas NHS – Senior High School which are:

  1. Academic Track – General Academic Strand
  2. Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Track
    1. Electrical Installation and Maintenance
    2. Fish and Food Processing

I also introduced the instructors teaching at Castañas SHS. So, here we are. Let’s meet the young and vibrant instructors of Castañas SHS, including me of course:

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Senior High School activities aim for the holistic development of the learners in personal, intellectual, social, civic, religious, physical and moral aspects. During the first five months, we had conducted varied activities shown below.

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The orientation happened during the first three weeks of the present school year. I could say that they enjoyed the activities and prepared themselves well for the academic and skills development of senior high school.

Senior High School Updates

Senior High School Updates

The incoming Grade 11 students may not encounter the “Brgy. Hall experience” anymore since we occupy the new building right now. But I really wanted to show them how life was at the temporary place we had for three months.

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The most exciting and memorable experience the Grade 11 students had was the Acquaintance Party and Team-Building Activity held on August 4, 2016 at Oyayi. The photos show their happiness, right?

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I also presented some of the classroom activities in Oral Communication such as the group activities, mock job interview and public speaking.

Senior High School Updates

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We also participated in the Buwan ng Wika Celebration of the Junior High School. Pretty good to have runner up awards!

Senior High School Updates

As part of Personal Development, First Friday Mass is conducted monthly. Thanks to our parish priest Rev. Fr. Raffy Tolentino and Sir Paul Marquez who initiated the activity. He’s our resident pianist, too! Awesome dude, right?

Senior High School Updates

We have managed to put the two vacant hours during Friday afternoon. So we had extra-curricular activities during this period. You wanna hear SHS Choir sing? Come visit our school programs sometimes especially this December for our proposed benefit concert.

Senior High School Updates



For the first semester of the first year of the implementation of Senior High School, Castañas NHS Senior High School has accomplished modestly in terms of instruction, facilities and community involvement. We had some adjustments in the program. Nevertheless, we did what we could to accomplish some of our goals.

The first of these many goals was to occupy the new building. So, we transferred on September 2, 2016. The inauguration followed on September 9, 2016 with Congressman Vicente “Kulit” Alcala as our guest speaker.

Senior High School Updates

As soon as we transferred to the new building, the construction of the book shelves started, book donations were delivered and materials were arranged. Yet, the flat-screen TV is not yet purchased because the building is not yet fully secured. We plan to have a soft opening on the first Monday of the second semester. That is November 7. I hope we can prepare everything before the said date. Crossed fingers! (For your donations, please see this link:

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The soon-to-furnish laboratories of EIM and FFP only contain a few tools, materials, and equipment now. We hope we can have the basic resources soon.

Senior High School Updates

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We also had some equipment available such as ray tube TV, projector, refrigerator and printer. These pretty much are our helpful buddies especially the printer.

I also showed the ID cards of our SHS students. Sir Paul is also talented in layouting, eh? Good job Sir!

Senior High School Updates

We still don’t have the water system. So we need to fetch water manually. This equipment was a gift from our municipal mayor.

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Castañas NHS Senior High School strives to equip the students the necessary tools, materials and equipment needed in doing practical activities in Electrical Installation and Maintenance and Food and Fish Processing. Likewise, providing learning materials and equipment necessary for academic undertakings is also part of the goals.

For the EIM / FFP Laboratories, we plan to solicit from stakeholders the needed tools, materials and equipment for these laboratories. Meanwhile, the homeroom projects of EIM and FFP are boards for EIM and kitchen tables for FFP.

For the Learning Resource Center / Audio-Visual Room, as I have said earlier, a flat screen TV will be purchased before the second semester starts. Sound system is also requested from a private organization. ›We also hope to have a sala set / table set for the LRC. ›Additional materials for the LRC/AVR will also be outsourced.

We are telling these to you so you can join with us in praying for all of these to happen. I hope this Gava website also fulfills its mission to help us. (Please see this link,

One of the fund-raising activities we plan to have this December is a benefit concert entitled “The Reason for the Season”. We are really praying very hard for the approval of this event. The proceeds of the concert will be used to purchase tools, materials and equipment for EIM and FFP Laboratories. Learning materials will also be procured.

When I watch Minute to Win It, the idea of joining the show always crosses my mind. To win a million in the show can be very helpful not only to my family but also to the school where I am teaching. I am really willing to buy the basic tools, materials and equipment needed from my winnings. (Do you know how to join the show, anyone?)

Though we only have the first semester to finish this Friday, October 21, I can say that the first five months of teaching at Castañas Senior High School is one challenging yet fun roller coaster ride. We might not have the necessary resources right now but we still have the rest of the school year to do our best to provide for the students. I hope anyone reading this may also consider giving a hand. Thank you for reading this entry, too! God bless us all!

Signing offand going home at this minute,

Titser Donna



Wanted: Donors for LRC/AVR

I am working on a project. This project aims to broaden the perspectives of the learners in different fields as they can explore various learning materials in a place where they can be free to ask and be creative. You might think it’s a library. But I prefer to call it a learning resource center. Plus a flat screen TV and it’s an audio-visual room combined.

But there’s a big problem. I don’t have money for this project. The DepEd fund allotted for Castañas NHS – Senior High School would not be sufficient for the expenses in establishing an audio-visual room and a learning resource center. So, I am writing this to appeal to good-hearted donors out there.

You may donate any amount or anything that can help in building this project. Be it a book, a cabinet, an electric fan, a table, etc. Anything that is from your generous hearts would be appreciated.

If you would contribute some amount, the first thing we would buy is a flat-screen TV. Whether it’s 24 inches which costs almost P10,000.00 or 50 inches which can cost from P25,000.00 to P50,000.00 (SOURCE:, the viewing experience is far more satisfying than watching from my 15″ laptop screen or the pale view from the old projector of my new co-teacher (peace Sir Paul!).

So why not a projector instead of flat screen TV? The idea here is to fix the equipment on the wall. The more frequent it is carried around, the more it may suffer from damages. And according to my students, they appreciate the color better from my laptop than from a projector.

It has always been my dream to put up a community library or a place where books are read, ideas are shared, dreams are woven. Now that I am teaching in my community, I really want to pursue this mission to help the youngsters build their dreams and ambitions. In this learning resource center/audio-visual room, our students would find a place where they can explore things beyond the ordinary walls of a formal classroom. Here they can be creative, they can think ideas out of the box, they can make a lot of things.

That’s why I write this post. I am looking for donors for this project. And if you’re reading this, I hope you will be the one I am looking for.

Friends, you may contact me personally to chip in your donations. Or you may contact me through my cellphone # (09305797848). If you wish to send in donations through a bank account, this is the joint account we opened for this cause:

Donna C Regulto and Paul Clifford N Marquez


SM Lucena BDO

Thank you for taking time to read this! And THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!


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Proposal Page 2

Solicitation letter copy

My Assumptions on Second Language Learning

As one of the final requirements in our subject ELT 501 Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Foundations of Language Teaching taught by Prof. Alice Karaan at Philippine Normal University, I listed my assumptions on second language learning. So far, in my eight years of teaching, I have believed that these assumptions are true. These are also the bases of the activities and projects I designed for my classes. I wish to elaborate on these in more comprehensive posts.


Ms. Donna C. Regulto

ELT 501 (2:00-5:00 pm)

May 8, 2009

My Assumptions on Second Language Learning

  1. To make students participate actively, make them aware of the goals of each learning activity. I believe that if students understand why they do such activities, they will get involved very willingly.
  2. Teachers must adjust their wait time so that students could process the input well.
  3. Language learning activities must include real-life situations to create meaningful context and the language forms and skills would be more useful to students.
  4. Teachers need to design activities like games that encourage meaningful practice of the English patterns.
  5. In testing students’ language forms and skills, teachers can use performance-based test so that students could produce outputs in a communicative way.
  6. Teachers need to understand that learners, especially beginners, rely on their knowledge of their first language for the hypotheses about how English works so errors caused by the differences between L1 and L2 would be inevitable.
  7. Teachers need to respond carefully and appropriately to grammar errors that students commit when engaged in communication to avoid fossilization of these errors.
  8. In planning and preparing activities, teachers must assure that students can show and develop their different skills and interests.
  9. Teachers must encourage students and provide them opportunities that would help them develop their learning strategies so that learning will be easier, faster and more effective.
  10. Knowing their students’ style preferences will help teachers provide the needed instructions in various forms.

On Teaching Performance

People expect some inspiration from people who are above them. At least for some reasons, they are attracted to them because of their leadership, motivation and objective/constructive criticisms using the appropriate words played in this world of professionals. When these all fail, it is really hard to draw something from within that makes the another person really superior in terms of intellect, position, and personality. And then, as I remember for my former colleague, “do not depend your performance on someone who is above you, but for someone who needs your service.” That makes us still at the core of our vocation, to love, to teach, to become one with people who are most needy.

A Narrative Report on Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) and Other Campus Journalism Activities of Ang Kanda AY 2015-2016

For AY 2015-2016, Ang Kanda staffers and aspiring writers first convened for the preparation of sports coverage for Intramurals (July 3, 2015) on July 1 and 2, 2015. Ms. Donna C. Regulto gave lectures on Sports Writing. Meanwhile, Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela taught techniques in photojournalism. Mrs. Ana D. Arandia and Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea taught the basics of news writing. After the coverage of the sports events, Ang Kanda staffers were identified and listed. On July 24-25, the staffers once again covered sports events in Municipal Meet as part of their trainings.

The annual Division Schools Press Conference was conducted at Atimonan District on October 24-26, 2015. The continuous effort of the Division of Quezon to promote the development and growth of campus journalism in strong support of R.A. 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991 was reflected in this activity as this year’s conference had more than a thousand delegates from both elementary and secondary schools all over the province. As regular attendees of this conference, Ang Kanda staffers once again participated in DSPC.

To train the staffers and select the individual contestants, the advisers Mrs. Ana Arandia and Ms. Donna C. Regulto conducted the School-Based Campus Journalism Workshop on July 17-18, 2015. Then, 2nd Young Writers’ Camp for Campus Journalism was organized by Ang Kanda of Canda NHS and The Bridge of Lutucan NHS for the journalists from different high schools in the town to have training and individual competitions. It was conducted at Canda NHS on August 7-9, 2015 and participated in by the aspiring campus journalism from all public high schools in Sariaya. The results of the individual contests gave the advisers some ideas on who performed well and could join to DSPC and win the contests.


Mrs. Ana D. Arandia lectures on Science Writing during the School-based Campus Journalism Training on July 18, 2015.


The winners in Editorial Writing pose holding their certificates with their adviser, Ms. Donna Regulto and the resource speaker, Mr. Nicanor Guinto (August 9, 2015).

The announcement of the details in joining DSPC was held at the training of school paper advisers attended by Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela on September 9-11, 2015 at Sevilla’s Resort, Lucena City. It was emphasized that the participating school must submit the school paper as a requirement before joining the individual competitions for students. Thus, the preparation for the school paper side by side the selection and training of individual contestants started. Moreover, the articles centered on the theme “The Role of 21st Century Journalist in Upholding Good Governance, Leadership and Transparency” as announced by Mrs. Jennifer Lopez, Regional EPS for English and Campus Journalism. Meanwhile, some of the staffers accompanied by Ms. Donna C. Regulto covered the sports events at the Congressional Meet at San Antonio, Quezon on September 9-10, 2015.

(Photo – Staff Meeting) Ms. Donna C. Regulto announces the individual contestants who would participate in DSPC during the staff meeting on September 1, 2015.

On September 15, 2015, the editors and the advisers convened for the planning/recollection of the news stories and articles to be written. The meeting continued in the afternoon and the articles were assigned to specific staffers from Grade 7 to Grade 10. The data were gathered in the succeeding weeks and the articles were revised. The layouting of the school paper started on September 28, 2015. Revisions of the articles and polishing of the layout were done during the remaining weeks before the competition.

(Photos – Editors’ Meeting) Ms. Donna C. Regulto guides the editors in selecting issues and news stories to be included in their sections (September 15, 2015).

The editors and advisers discuss and finalize the list of stories and articles on September 15, 2015.

The editors distribute the news stories to be written by the staffers on September 15, 2015.

The editors and advisers start to encode the articles submitted by the staffers on September 21, 2015.

The date of the competition finally arrived. On October 23, 2015, the delegates travelled to Atimonan, Quezon with their six copies of Ang Kanda Vol. XX (computer-print only) and with high hopes that they would win the individual contests and school paper category.

(Photo – Departure) The delegates wait for the van to Atimonan at SM Terminal (October 23, 2015).

(Photo – Quarters) The delegates review techniques on the night before the competition starts (October 23, 2015).

All the individual writing competitions happened on October 24, 2015. Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea and Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela went to the venue to guide the contestants together with Ms. Donna C. Regulto. The rest day for the contestants was the second day, October 25, 2015 (Sunday). Then, the awarding finally arrived on October 26, 2015. Ang Kanda Vol. XX No. 1 got the following awards in the different sections among more or less 20 school paper entries:



News Page 7th Place
Editorial Page 10th Place
Feature Page 4th Place
Science 4th Place
Sports 3rd Place
Layouting 8th Place
Overall Rank

5th Place

For the individual categories, Archie Linsasagin won 4th place in writing feature articles (Filipino) and qualified for the Regional Schools Press Conference. Meanwhile, Romel Sangalang also clinched on the 7th place for editorial writing (Filipino). The announcement for his win was missed on the awarding ceremony. Hence, only the division memorandum for the cliniquing informed the advisers. Nevertheless, the two individual winners went through the division cliniquing of winners on November 20-22, 2015 at Sevilla’s Resort, Lucena City.

(Photo – Awarding)  Archie Linsasagin holds his certificate for winning 4th place in  feature writing category (October 26, 2015).

Ang Kanda Vol. XX No. 1 also received constructive criticisms during the cliniquing. All these suggestions were applied in the re-layouting and revising of articles on November 23-25, 2015. The final version for RSPC were printed digitally at CA Copy Center in Lucena City on November 25, 2015 and the six copies were submitted personally by Mrs. Ana D. Arandia and Ms. Donna C. Regulto to EPS Angelina B. Castillo at Sevilla’s Resort at around 8pm on the same date.  Finally, the two advisers went to printing press on November 26, 2015 to submit the copy for mass production. The copies of the school paper arrived to school on December 4, 2015.


The judge and critic for Editorial page gives his comments on the issue discussed in each editorial article of Ang Kanda Vol. XX No. 1 (November 22, 2015).

The Regional Schools Press Conference was conducted at Imus, Cavite on December 7-8, 2015. Mrs. Ana D. Arandia accompanied Archie Linsasagin and Romel Sangalang in competing in their respective categories. The school paper category was judged from November 27-December 8, 2015. However, the awarding was not conducted this time. The winners for both school paper and individual categories were announced through a memorandum which was uploaded at DepEd Region IV-A website on December 21, 2015. Fortunately, Ang Kanda Science and Technology Page won 11th place. Though the school paper did not

qualify for the National Schools Press Conference, it was still a great feat for a first-timer in 20-page school paper competition.

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Summary of Campus Journalism Activities

AY 2015-2016 

Time Frame


July – November 2015 Coverage of Different Activities in School and Community
July 1-2, 2015 Training for Sports Coverage during Intrams
July 3, 2015 Sports Coverage during Intrams
July 4-7, 2015 Meetings and Preparation of Documents for District Camp
July 8-10, 2015 Submission of Training Proposal to DO and Request for Approval
July 6-16, 2015 Submission of Sports Articles
July 17-18, 2015 School-based Campus Journalism Training
July 20-23, 2015 Meetings for Sports Coverage during Municipal Meet
July 24-25, 2015 Sports Coverage during Municipal Meet
July 11-August 6, 2015 Preparation for District Camp for Journalism
August 7-9, 2015 Conduct of District Camp for Journalism at Canda NHS
August 10-31, 2015 Monitoring of Students’ Development
September 1, 2015 Announcement of Individual Contestants for DSPC
September 9-11, 2015 Division Training for School Paper Advisers
September 9-10, 2015 Sports Coverage of Congressional Meet at San Antonio, Quezon
September 15, 2015 Meeting and Planning for School Paper Articles and Sections
September 15-October 23, 2015 Gathering of Data, Writing of Articles, Layouting of School Paper, Revision of Articles
October 23-26, 2015 Division Schools Press Conference at Atimonan, Quezon
November 5, 2015 Courtesy Call at the Office of the Municipal Mayor
November 14, 2015 Photo Walk Contest for Children’s Month Celebration conducted by MSWD Sariaya – Participated in by 5 Photojournalists accompanied by Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea
November 20-22, 2015 Cliniquing of School Paper and Individual Winners
November 23-25, 2015 Revision of Articles, Re-layouting and submission of copies for RSPC
November 26, 2015 Submission of Copy to Printing Press for Mass Production
December 4, 2015 Arrival of School Papers in School
December 7-8, 2015 Regional Schools Press Conference at Imus, Cavite
December 21, 2015 Announcement of Winners through Memorandum uploaded at DepEd Region IV-A website

Other Snapshots

(Photo) Ang Kanda staffers pose for a photo while waiting for track and field events during the Municipal Meet on July 24, 2015.

20150910_151300Ang Kanda staffers break for a photo session during the Congressional Meet at San Antonio on September 9, 2015.

(Photo) Snapshot during one of the nights the staffers stay in school, October 8, 2015.

(Photo) Mrs. Marietta B. Cabuyao, Principal II, Ms. Donna C. Regulto and Archie Linsasagin report to the office of the municipal mayor to extend gratitude for the support to DSPC delegation and school paper competitions (November 5, 2015).

(Photo) Romel Sangalang and Archie Linsasagin pose for a photograph at their quarters. (December 8, 2015).