CyberFair Project ID: 5987

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: 'Pinakurat the Wonder Sawsawan'
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Iligan City East High School
    Iligan City, Iligan City, Philippines

8 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 28, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006

Classes and Teachers: Mrs. Lorena E. Pagarigan,Mr. Jaime V. Ybañez

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The city of Iligan (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Iligan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Iligan) is a highly urbanized city north of the province of Lanao Del Norte, Philippines, and the province’s former capital. It is a pproximately 795 kilometers southeast of Manila. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 399,061 people. Iligan is predominantly Christian (93.61%). Iliganons are a mixture of the Muslim and Cebuano population with a bit of Tagalog and some other cultural group minorities and immigrants from other places. Cebuano is the major dialect in the city (about 93%)- the rest speak Tagalog, Maranao, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Chavacano, and Waray-waray. The majority of the population is fluent in English.

2. Summary of Our Project

“Pinakurat” a Sebuano language which means a sudden surprised. Now a very famous brand name of several innovative, unique and highly regarded food products, foremost is the “Sukang Pinakurat”, spicy vinegar made from pure fermented coconut nectar and spices germane from the farmlands of Iligan City, Philippines. Literally, Pinakurat took everyone by surprise, given how gastronomically nostalgic goodness gets, everyone can’t help to get more of the “Sukang Pnakurat”. Even other nationalities have been amazed by its taste. According to them, “It was exotic, a lip-numbing fire, but it doesn’t linger. It is a world away from the common spiced vinegar, with finger chilies, garlic and pepper. This vinegar had a body it gave a whole new perspective to the dishes and food”. At present, it has been exported to other countries such as US, Canada, Japan, French speaking countries and more. Because of the undeniable success of “Sukang Pinakurat” it had brought hope, livelihood, glory and pride to Filipinos.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

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

All of us are using computers both in school and at home with an internet connection. In the computer laboratory, we finished our diff. projects. Our school has been connected to the Internet for two to three years now and it has four computer laboratories. Each computer lab. has 50 workstations and with an internet access at a speed of 1 GBS. The computer we used has a brand name called IBM. It has 2.4 GHz, 256 MB of Ram. Our Internet Provider is Smart Broadband.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Our schedules are very hectic. We, as typical students, have a lot of projects to be submitted on time. We also have piles of quizzes to be taken every day and we have numerous extra – curricular activities in and out of the school so we have a hard time in dividing our time but still we tend to conquer these circumstances through time management. It was mid December, when we knew we will participate in the CyberFair and we had no idea what to do. Likewise, we also have poor communication. Since we have Christmas and New Year break, some of us still don’t know about the CyberFair so we communicated via Facebook and through email. Unfortunately, not all of us participated in the said meeting because some of us don’t have an account in Facebook. Thanks to Noraynie she contacted our remaining fellow students and informed them about the CyberFair. Since we started this project in December, we’ve done lots of interviews wherein we also encountered a lot of dilemmas during the interview proper. We had a tough time to communicate and set up an appointment with the people behind the global product. But, despite all the problems we had faced, we relied on the thought of finishing our project and winning the CyberFair.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We’ve found out throughout this project, “Sukang Pinakurat” lifts the vinegar to the level where its distinct taste is experienced by all. A small taste and dip of “Sukang Pinakurat” with just about anything can bring you a sense of after – delight and lip – numbing fire, but it doesn’t linger. In addition to the insistence on the exotic flavor, what really impresses us most is the nobility of the Stuart Del Rosario Family. We could relate their hardworking and determined spirit from a small micro cottage enterprise to a developing and blooming enterprise. They have once again risen above the trials they went through. Indeed, nothing like family that works together. We hope that many people will strive to be hardworking and determined enough despite all the problems they had to overcome and we also hope that “Sukang Pinakurat” will be further recognize throughout the world.

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

By participating in these contents, these could heighten my skills, my knowledge about other types of software programming, arts, mental capacity and also other things that we have not yet encountered or about to encounter.These new encountered skills have also given us opportunities and also given us fame that we have mastered and known other uncommon skills. The Internet is the most used to people for their educational purposes because this is the most easiest way to access other things.

Project Elements

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

The tools we used during our project are computers with an Internet Connection so that we can compiled and finalized our project. We were also using laptop so we can make or edit our project anywhere, anytime we want. Flash disk, where we save our unfinished work papers; Cellular phones and telephones to contact our group mates and our teachers. We were using also print materials such as brochures and maps to get more informations with regard to location; where it came from, what's the history and how it was made. Another thing is digital camera to take pictures and at the same time to video some important things. In software, we were getting some info. from Internet Browser (IE, Firefox) and to browse our web sites and to submit our projects, too; MS Word, Notepad, Macromedi Flash Player 8 and Adobe Photoshop where we made our data and designing, and the picture and background of our webpage. We were conducting interviews from the workers where most of our information and data came from. It was the most valuable because we learned more about the subject. All the tools mentioned above were important for us. Without them, our project would not be materialized or completed.

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

As an ambassador, we are considering Iligan City as our embassy, a place wherein we should be responsible of. This project is an inimitable and distinctive way of promoting Iligan City by means of its creativity and originality in producing one of a kind product such as “Sukang Pinakurat”. What makes “Sukang Pinakurat” unique is the way it is made, ie, via fermentation of organic coconut sap and mixed in with natural spices blended to perfect harmony with organic “kulikot” chilis harvested from the mountains of Iligan City in the Philippines province of Lanao del Norte in the island of Mindanao. Thus, it is a way of representing Iligan City and Lanao through the wellness, uniqueness, and special skills and capabilities of Iliganons.

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

In general, it can influence other people to avail and use vinegar made from fermented coconut nectar which is the “Sukang Pinakurat” and to visit Iligan City. It can inform the readers also that “Sukang Pinakurat” is not only kwon and used locally but internationally. It is considered as the “pasalubong ng bayan”, replacing all the others. Vinegar is a staple condiment in Philippine households yet through innovation the company was able to add value to this popular Filipino sawsawan (dipping sauce). The company developed the old-fashioned vinegar into a distinct line of gourmet vinegar. What’s good about pinakurat is its exotic taste coming from natural ingredients plus it is made by the golden hands of people in Iligan and Lanao. In which it is the top choice to give to our friends and family who are based here and abroad. Through this project, Iligan City will be known internationally since it is the place where the top choice of vinegar is made from.

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

We were very thankful that our principal offered her pleading support in pursuing the said competition. Of course, we couldn’t have done it also without the guidance of our coach Mrs. Lorna E. Pagarigan who has been there throughout the activity. She has been with us wherever we go. In addition, since she is a TLE teacher master in Computer Science, she taught us a few lessons in web-paging.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We, students open the grounds for our new journey. We engage into different undertakings because we seek to make a better fortune by bold and discreditable means. Furthermore, this activity entitled “cyberfair” has helped us mold our talents in terms of writing articles and web-paging. We have discovered “sukang pinakurat” which has been on the forefront in promoting a different economic boom here in Iligan City. We knew that there are natural processes involved in making the product. Basically, Sukang Pnakurat is a traditional Iliganon dish made from wild boar meat “sulop” cooked only by a flame-shut pot of boiling coco vinegar, chillies and spices. We knew that the ingredients of “sukang pinakurat” are white coconut vinegar(bahal na tuba) or white sugarcane vinegar, hot chili or siling kulibot, garlic, ginger and salted fish or salt. In addition, sukang pinakurat is also exported throughout different continents. It has been competing in the international market such as in United States, Australia, and Europe.


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