Paalam, Kapitan Torio!

Maiiyak na lang sa nangyari. Mapapapikit at mapapausal ng dasal habang malinaw pa din sa isipan ang larawan ni Kapitan Torio na nakabulagta sa gilid ng classroom, umaagos ang dugo mula sa tama ng baril sa ulo, nakahandusay at nakalaylay pa ang ulo sa tabi ng plant box. Labis ang gulat, pighati at galit ng mga kamag-anak, mga mamamayan, mga mag-aaral, mga guro at mga magulang sa pangyayari kahapon. Isang trahedya, isang pagpatay sa kaliwanagan ng araw, tanghali nang ito’y naganap (bandang 12:25), sa karamihan ng tao, sa lugar kung saan kumakadlo ng pag-asa ang mga magulang at nga mamamayan para sa pag-unlad ng bayan, sa isang paaralang si Kap. Torio mismo ang nagtaguyod.

Ang saklap ng pangyayari. O Diyos, nawa kami ay iyong tulungan na makamit ang hustisya. Yakapin mo po kami at protektahan laban sa mga taong katulad ng pumatay at nagpapatay kay Kapitan.

Apr 08, 2017 6:14am

Isang magiting na pinuno ng barangay si Kapitan Victorio Buhat Luna. Isang muog ng kauna-unahang baryo ng Sariaya, Quezon, ng Parokya ng Niña Maria at ng Castañas National High School. Kung gaano nila kalupit binaril at pinatay ang Ama ng Barangay, ganun din naman nila pinaigting ang pagmamahal ng lahat para kay Kapitan Torio. Sa kanyang pagkamatay, ang kanyang kagitingan ay nagningning nang lubusan. Nawalan man ng isang bayaning maituturing ng mga Castañasin at ng lahat ng Sariayahin, mananatili naman ang kanyang alaala at kabayanihan sa puso ng bawat isa. Paalam Kap Tors. Paalam sa isang magiting na bayani.

Apr 09, 2017 3:45pm

Kinupkop ang Senior High School Grade 11 students ni Kapitan Torio Luna noon Hunyo hanggang Agosto 2016 nang ang building ay ginagawa pa. Marami din kaming abala sa kanya simula nang nagsimula ang SHS. Nakakalungkot na wala nang dadalaw sa bagong site at sa pamilya ng SHS.

NAKIKIRAMAY po kaming lahat mula sa Castanas NHS – Senior High School.

Apr 13, 2017 1:31pm

Kasama si Kapitan Torio sa mga mahahalagang bisita noong binasbasan ang bagong SHS building noong Setyembre 9, 2016.

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Pinaunlakan ni Kapitan Torio ang imbitasyon namin sa isang simpleng opening ng Learning Resource Center and Audio-Visual Room ng Senior High School noong Disyembre 1, 2016.

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Tuwang-tuwa siya sa mga may ‘pakana’ ng Poem Writing, Reading and Story Telling Program na ito para sa mga batang Castañasin noong Marso 12, 2017. Sa kanyang pananalita, hinikayat pa niya ang mga kabataan na pahalagahan ang edukasyon at ipagpatuloy ang pagsuporta sa Castañas National High School. Tapusin nila ang pag-aaral nila hanggang Senior High School.

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Sa makalawa, Abril 20, 2017, ililibing na ang bangkay ni Kapitan Torio. Iniwan niya ang mundo pero ang kanyang mga alaala at mga nagawa ay mananatiling buhay. Paalam, Kapitan Torio!

P. S. Para sa impormasyon sa kanyang pagkapatay, maaring pumunta sa link na ito:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/887408/abc-president-in-quezon-town-gunned-down

Subalit, itatama ko lang ang balita. Namatay si Kapitan Torio on the spot pagkatapos mabaril. Hindi na nadala sa ospital salungat sa impormasyong nasa balita.

“Baasis said Luna was shot at close range and died while being taken to a hospital.”

Mga huling kuhang larawan ni G. John Chua noong Moving Up Ceremony, Abril 7, 2017, bago maganap ang pagbaril kay Kapitan Torio:

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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.

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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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ACTIVITIES

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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS›

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: https://titserdonna.com/2016/07/12/wanted-donors-for-lrcavr)

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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!

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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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ASPIRATIONS

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, https://www.gavagives.com/the-dream-to-cultivate-more-dreams/).

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

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Teaching in my Community

Three years ago, I went back to my town to teach high school students in my alma mater, Canda National High School. It was a decision made from a six-month sabbatical leave from teaching at Southern Luzon State University Laboratory Schools for more than four years. Just so lucky that I fitted in a vacant position left by my former English teacher and adviser, Mrs. Ma. Jennie L. Sayson. Those three years went fast and now I have moved into another school nearer my house. I am now teaching at Castañas NHS – Senior High School.

Why did I choose to teach in the community where I live? My new school is even nearer to my house. First reason, of course, is convenience. Since my father was the one to drive for me and fetch me to and from Canda NHS, I had to wait for his available time. I felt the burden on my father’s shoulders. I practiced how to drive our motorcycle though but I had a little accident. Moreover, the travel from our house in Limbon to Canda included passing by the river. So, it’s really tough especially in wet season. There were times we slipped and my father’s hands got injured. Rainy season dipped our motorcycle in more twisted fate because the river flooded so we needed to travel through the Eco-tourism Road sometimes. Or, I just needed to squeeze myself among passengers in not-so-safe trolleys travelling on slippery railroads.

Secondly, there was this desire to know the people near my place better. I was an SK councilor in 2002 to 2007. That was the last time I made some connections to our local folks. I don’t know now the teenagers who are the young children when I was visible in our local barangay. In transferring to the school where they go and learn, I believe that I can serve better and make meaningful connections with the people in my community.

The third reason is personal. Since my Ate Diane died, I long for longer family time and want to spend more time at home. Since my school now is nearer, I can go home anytime and in no time.

Deciding to teach at Castañas NHS seemed to be hasty decision especially to my principal at Canda NHS. But I had the later part of May to spend in coming up with this decision. Teaching in my community is, I think, a good choice and if given the chance, I would like to enjoy the rest of my teaching career here.