LRC on its First Year

The product of a vision that started last July 2016 with the help of the generous sponsors all over the world…a place of fun, scholarly works, creative ideas and recreation…Castañas NHS – SHS Learning Resource Center is a place well-loved by students and teachers alike. Today, we celebrate the first anniversary of its formal opening on December 1, 2016. Happy Reading! Come to our LRC! đŸ˜ŠđŸ“šđŸ’»đŸ“ș

20171201_151412Thank you very much sponsors! It’s been a year and it’s only now that I post your names online. My gratitude to you all!

Name of Donors (Cash) Address / Hometown
Jesse Gabrido USA/Sariaya
Rhoda Nanong Lucban
Mario Gariando Manila
Jeffrey Anog Dubai/Sariaya
Bessie Regulto Makati/Sariaya
Jay Allen Villon Manila/Lucban
Khrisna Quemado Manila
Marien Blanco Manila
Ladylen Vidal Qatar/Sariaya
Ronilo Albestor Vietnam/Sariaya
Mary Jane Panaligan Macau/Sariaya
Marcel Manrique USA/Lucban
Joselito Tenorio Taiwan/Sariaya
Arlene Genove Sariaya
Shirley Conde Lucban
Adelfa Alcantara Taiwan/Sariaya
John Henry Salayo Manila/Sampaloc
Mailene Perez Dimaculangan Dubai/Sariaya
Jayson Deapera Makati/Lucban
Bernard Babat Taguig/Lucban
Richelle Delas Alas Tayabas
Rowena Coloma QC/Sariaya
Ruby Calixtro Sariaya
Judith Capuno Lucena City
Name of Book Donors Address /


Anna Leah De Castro Mercado Sariaya Fiction Books, Novels, National Geographic, Time Magazines, Textbooks, etc.
Helen Cabatbat Navotas City Fiction Books, Business Books, Novels, Magazines
Tess Tala Abo Singapore/Sariaya Children’s Books, Magazines, Brochures, Textbooks
Lynard Adrian L. Rivera Lucena City Senior High School Textbooks
Paul Clifford & Emerita Marquez / Mhey Resplandor Fajutagana Tayabas City Children’s Books, Board Games, Magazines, Fiction Books, Textbooks
John Chua Lucena City Nursing Books, Researches, Textbooks
Name of Donors (In Kind) Address /


Vice-Governor Sam Nantes Provincial Government of Quezon TV
Ignacio & Delia Regulto/ Daryl Jean and Peter Carlo Abo Sariaya Lumber, Decorations
Joie Mendoza Gunos Lucena City Decorations

Yours truly also donated some of my books, fiction books, novels, magazines, textbooks, researches, and board games with high hopes that they can be beneficial to all the students. I am also thankful to Ms. Nica Mandigma and Ms. Margie Tan because they went to the school to cover my project for a website fund sourcing article at I was very elated to see Ms. Nica’s article and Ms. Margie’s photos of me on the website.

Two computers were also donated by Development Academy of the Philippines as solicited by Sir Paul. Sir Jerson Jolo, one of the new teachers in SHS in June 2017, also became instrumental in the book donations of his former student, Lynard Adrian L. Rivera. He was also able to solicit a set of volleyball (net plus ball). Our gratitude also to the General PTA last school year. The fund collected for the GPTA Project was used to have the wall between the classroom and the Learning Resource Center.

This is how the LRC looks like right now. Big thanks to the creativity of Ms. Racquel De Torres, our volunteer LRC staff. By the way, the flat-screen TV was fixed on my classroom because the Audio-Visual Room we had last school year is now used as a classroom.


Hallelujah! Thank you Lord.

P.S. This is the original post I wrote for this project:

We are still accepting donations in any kind. Feel free to message me. Thank you very much!



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!

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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

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

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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



CamSur visits Canda NHS – Senior High

Almost one hundred DepEd key officials, supervisors, and teachers from Division of Camarines Sur of Region V visited Canda National High School today. They looked on how Senior High School Program is implemented in our small school. They were curious on how a regular high school came up with enough courage to volunteer in modelling the proposed Senior High School Program. They also wanted to know the strengths and weaknesses of the program and most importantly, how the whole Senior High School struggled to continue despite the shortcomings and lacks in different aspects.

It was not the first time that teachers from other school bench-marked on the SHS Modelling Program in our school but it was the first time that a whole division from another region came to visit our remote high school. Thus, it took us a really huge preparation not only for the Senior High School Department but for the whole school as well.

The highlight of the visit was the presentation of the humble beginnings of the modelling and early implementation program. It was our pride to say that our school was the first regular public school in the whole Region IV-A CALABARZON to respond to the call of modelling the implementation. In Quezon Province, there are two other model schools but they are specialized high schools who are enjoined to implement early.

The proponent of the Senior High School Modelling Program was Mr. Jessie V. Vasquez, the former principal of the school. With a very positive outlook and a strong sense of being a risk taker, Sir Jessie accepted the challenge bravely. At his side in taking the very first steps toward the grant of permit to implement was Mrs. Marita Resurreccion, designated Senior High School Coordinator. The two of them successfully negotiated with the partner higher education institution and partner industries to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on this academic cooperation.

Campaign through text, word by mouth, ‘bandilyo’, radio advertisement, and others were done. Everyone helped to disseminate the information to interested high school graduates and potential enrolees for the program. When it started in June 2013,  there were many students who enrolled but withdrew after some time. The remaining students were only 28. They were the first graduates in March 2015. We’re proud to say that they were all employed in different industries and one of them continued higher education at Computer Systems Technological College, Inc.

During the orientation program, I was the only instructor to present the best practices in teaching. I have taught Oral Communication and Research. I presented the photos of the activities conducted in these subjects and answered some inquiries. I feel elated sharing the strategies and methods I used during my teaching in consideration of the 21st Century Skills (—Digital Literacy, —Inventive Thinking, —Effective Communication, —High Productivity – NCREL & Metiri  Group, 2003) and the exits of the K to 12 Curriculum (Higher Education, —Middle Level Skills Development, —Entrepreneurship, —Employment -Department of Education).

Some of these are presented below:

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I ended my presentation with this evaluative comment on the whole program:

“—Senior High School Modelling Program equipped high school graduates with work skills and positive attitudes to go on with life more productively. —As an instructor, I got the best opportunity to plow on a fertile land of aspiring students who want to change their lives and to become part of the labor force. —Despite of all the challenges we faced during the first two years of implementation, I still believe that SHSMP has marked a difference to the lives of the first batch of graduates.”

The CamSur visit was made possible through coordination with the Division Office of Quezon. We were glad that they mentioned positive comments after the visit according to Sir Don. This simply was a testament of the hard work and dedication of the people behind this program. 🙂



Royal Treats to Teachers on World Teachers’ Day (September 30 – October 4, 2013)

The teachers, students and parents of Canda National High School celebrated the Annual World Teachers’ Month (September 5 – October 5) and marked a very memorable and terrific festivity honoring the nobleness of the teaching profession during the last week of the Teachers’ Month, September 30-October 4, 2013. With the theme, “My Teacher, My Hero”, the celebration is indeed a recognition and exaltation of the heroism of the teachers all over the world.

The celebration started at the flag raising ceremony on September 30, Monday, with greetings and a prayer for teachers led by the Supreme Students Government officers. The heartfelt greetings extended throughout the whole week giving some inkling on the surprises being prepared by the SSG officers and class officers. Of course, the teachers did not spoil the surprises and let the SSG and class officers prepare for the celebration.

On October 1, 2013, the teachers were first offered by the General Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Officers a fun-filled treat during the entire afternoon. The GPTA Officers (I included as member of the BOD) prepared parlor games such as egg relay, calamansi relay, and eggplant game. After the parlor games, the teachers and parents shared a sumptuous merienda.


The GPTA Officers pose together with the principal, Ms. Agnes E. Da Silva during the opening program.


The faculty members enjoy the parlor games prepared by the GPTA officers.


Pretty Ma’am Ana happily reaps her prize (yes, the pail, haha).

On October 3-4, 2013, the students led by the Supreme Student Government (SSG) President Marjun Mendoza prepared lots of surprises for the teachers. For the entire morning of Thursday, October 3, the teachers enjoyed a movie treat; a Bollywood family-oriented film entitled “We are Family”. The film shows how a divorced mother who suffers from cancer tries to protect her kids and keep her family in tact by letting the girlfriend of her former husband take her place and learn to be a mother to the three children.


Marjun Mendoza, SSG President, gives welcome remarks to start the tribute for teachers.


With much interest, the teachers attentively watch the family-oriented film. 

After the movie treat, the teachers were given a massage by the students.


Mrs. Alodia Albestor and Mr. Aldie Tagara expressed delight on the free massage by the students.

The grand celebration of the World Teachers’ Day happened on October 4, Friday. Greetings were everywhere and the students showed much love and gratitude to every teacher they met. Each classroom was also decorated and prepared for the celebration. A royal invitation was also distributed by the SSG officers to all the teachers.

At around 8:30 am, my students fetched me at the ICT room and blindfolded me for a surprise in the classroom. While taking the steps down at the stairs, I trusted my students that they would not let me fall down or that anything undesirable might happen. When we arrived at the classroom, the students removed the blindfold and now I saw a decorated room with red lights like in a disco. Greetings surfaced on the air with matching balloons, flowers, doodles on the blackboard, and music. The boys also offered flowers while dancing with me in the tune of sweet music. After a while, the class president, Jinky Ann Perez read a poem dedicated to me as their teacher-adviser. The rest of the students gave their individual messages and I also reciprocated a heartfelt message to them. The party went on and the whole class enjoyed two boxes of brownies after the program.


Flowers, balloons, and greetings made me really feel special and honored for being an educator.



I danced with my students like a royal princess.


I shared the two boxes of brownies joyfully with all the students.


The dancers of the class presented a special number.


The social dance and fun extended ‘til 11 am.


After the program, everyone posed for a photograph. 


At around 11 am, all the students gathered at the pavements and at the covered court for the royal entrance of the teachers with the music of the drum and lyre band.


After the red carpet entrance, the royal queens and kings sat down steadily on their seats ready for the presentation and surprise numbers.



The KDT under the supervision of Mr. Ramil Matala presents a dance doxology.


On her inspirational message, Ms. Agnes E. Da Silva related a story about teachers and also expressed her commendation to the efforts extended by the SSG and class officers for the success of the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day.


Composing a rock band, the teachers present song numbers which delight the teachers and students.



The teachers who are grouped by the year level they handle also enjoy the ‘Picture Perfect’ game.


All the teachers are awarded medals of honors by the students.


My student, Cris John Morales, wins the first place for a creative contest featuring their special gift for their class adviser.

As a reflection of my first World Teachers’ Day Celebration as a class adviser here at Canda National High School, I was reminded of the poem I have read two years ago.

Author Unknown

“Whose child is this?” I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
“Mine”, said the parent with a tender smile
“Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should”

“Whose child is this?” I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in

 “Mine”, said the teacher with the same tender smile

“Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school”

“Whose child is this?” I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
“Ours” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
“Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever.”


“Ang trabaho ng guro ay hindi gawang biro.” I have realized this during my practice teacher days and have embraced my duty with full dedication, love, and care throughout these years. As my constant prayer, I ask the Good Lord to always renew and rekindle the flame of my passion for teaching as I live bearing my name ‘Titser Donna’. As a final analysis, I would say that this year’s Teachers’ Day Celebration served as a fuel to that flame, a reminder of our enormous obligation, and a celebration of the noble profession which has been bestowed to us by the Great Teacher.

To Ma’am Jennie Sayson

To my adviser,

It seems like yesterday when we were young and noisy kids who entered to this school in June 1998. We were welcomed by Mrs. Ma. Jennie L. Sayson as our class adviser. I-JLS kami noon. Na-extend ang aming samahan nang sumunod na taon dahil si Mam pa rin ang adviser. One event na hindi naming makakalimutan ay ang aming summer outing at Talaw-talaw, Lucena City. It was our first class outing at talaga namang we had beautiful memories. Ka-laro pa po namin ang mga anak ni Mam, sina Ice, Angge, etc. We parted ways in our third year then naging adviser uli namin siya nung fourth year. One momentous event we shared was our Christmas party sa bahay mismo ni Mam sa Lucena. Ang tanda ko may litson at ang daming handa. Dumugin ba naman ang bahay ni Mam Jennie ng sangkatutak na dalaga’t binata na noon. We had games, kwentuhan, at kung ano ano pa. The next day, we had swimming at Fresh Air Hotel. Umuwi kami nang busog na busog sa saya at sa pagmamahal. Alam naming sobrang laki ng nagastos ni Mam Jennie sa outing na yon.

Hindi ko rin makakalimutan ay ang aming poetry reading demonstration nung fourth year. Pinahiram kami ni Mam Sayson ng mga sandals and step-ins. Ang dami naming nakagamit sa mga sandals at damit ng mga teachers. Nagkaroon din kami ng class observation sa English IV. Palakpak ang mga observers sa galling ni Mam Jennie. Super proud kami syempre.

As certified JLS advisees, lagi rin kami nanalo sa Best Decoration sa classroom. Nagspend pa kami overnight sa school nung fourth year kami to decorate our classroom at pagandahin ang aming garden. Hanggang ngayon naaalala ko pa ung malaki naming drift wood na pinintahan ng pinturang puti. Naging parang tambayan at kung ano ano para sa amin yun.

When graduation came, ang always glamorous naming adviser ang una naming hinug at sympre hinila sa picturan. De film pa dati ay kaya pagpasensyahan nyo na po ang naisalba kung picture namin noon. Alaala ng lumipas na taon ng aming pinagsamahan.

Sa totoo lang po, hindi ko inakala na magiging ganito ang pagkikita naming muli ni Mam Sayson sa loob ng paaralan ito. Waring ipinamana ng dating guro ang kanyang puwesto sa kanyang dating estudyante.

In behalf po ng aking mga kaklase, taos puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa gurong naging nanay namin sa tatlong taon dito sa CNHS. Kulang po ang mga salita upang maipahayag ang aming pagbati, pasasalamat at pagmamahal sa aming natatanging adviser. Kung madadala ko lamang po silang lahat dito ngayon, alam ko pong matutuwa kayo dahil kami ay may narating sa buhay dahil sa inspirasyon, pag-aalaga at pagmamahal na iniukol nyo sa amin.

The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. – Anne Michaels

Tunay pong kami ay napakaswerte dahil kami ay minahal ng isang dakilang guro. Mam Jennie, maraming maraming salamat po!

  • Message during Ma’am Jennie Sayson’s Early Retirement Program on February 14, 2013



High School Graduation, March 25, 2002