CyberFair Project ID: 1973

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Pintados-Kasadyaan
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Leyte National High School
    Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines

7 students, ages from 16 to 17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 30, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: IV-Darwin, IV-Einstein, IV-Galileo, IV-Bell

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Our School's Web Site: http:///

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Description of the community. Tacloban City is the regional capital of Region VIII called the Eastern Visayas region. It is also the capital city of the province of Leyte. The city is already a cosmopolitan with residents coming from the different parts of the country. Although Waray is generally spoken, big business establishments and hospitals use Tagalog for communication and English at government offices and Cebuano at grocery stores and supermarkets. Tacloban is also the most important seaport on the eastern coast.

2. Summary of Our Project

Summary of the project. This is a research about our local Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival, a festival that is disputed by some critics to be inauthentic.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We are not yet wired although a few computer sets are already in our school. Members of the team usually go to Internet cafes to make their research and to surf the Internet. Some take advantage of their own home PC’s or use the ones at their parents’ offices for easier connection with the ISP’s.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Problems we had to overcome. At first, a lot of the graduating senior students volunteered to join the contest. Some of them worked hard to make this project a reality. Others, unfortunately, did not. At the end, the project was finished with less than the original number of teammates participating.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Sound Bite. Many residents of Tacloban City, especially the younger generations, actually don’t know that the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival was only conceived recently. This project aims to inform them about the entirety of this festival.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

How did your activities and research for this International Schools Cyber Fair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards? The project is aimed at rediscovering cultural heritages and analyzing festivals. It helped us to be discriminative as we read articles concerning festivals. It also taught us to be honest in the presentation of activities that may not be authentically ours. The project also enabled us to connect to the English class and succeeded in negotiating with some of our English teachers to use it to satisfy a requirement in research.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Technologies used: telephone libraries books, newspapers oral interviews PHP4 Dynamic HTML

Among these, the most important

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Ambassadors. It was very encouraging to note that when we started to approach teachers, cultural activities trainers and acquaintances about the project, people readily gave their commentaries on those festivals--- some favorable, others, not favorable. What helped us greatly, however, were the brochures and handouts from the organizers and from the government offices that we compared with the articles and commentaries we read.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Impact to the community. Today, a lot of questions have been raised questioning the observance of the annual festivals of Tacloban, ranging from the issue on economic wastage to their authenticity as the city’s and the province’s cultural revival of what used to be practiced by our ancestors. The project hopes to give a balanced presentation, leaving it to the visitor to make up his mind if he wants to make a stand on his own.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Involvement. The project enabled us to approach different offices, interview a lot of people, asking for handouts, digging at old newspaper articles, making social networking especially through parents, relatives and friends. We also got a lot of advise from them and helped us in the data gathering. Friends from organizations, such as MPh, and especially Philweavers Network, directed us to files, articles, and resources formerly unknown to us. For example, a weaver from Alchemy Solutions offered us sponsored webhosting when he found out at the Philweavers forum about our urgent need for hosting with PHP capabilities. Another weaver from also helped us retrieve some 1998 Inquirer articles which were no longer available at the website's public archive. Many people, mostly ones that we never have personally met, have in fact helped us through the Internet.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

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