CyberFair Project ID: 7332

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: He Who Dared to Dream
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Claret School of Quezon City
    Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

3 students, ages 15-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 16, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2008, 2009, 2010

Classes and Teachers: John Christopher P. Sicat, Jose Edgardo N. Rivera, Mel Marvin S. Villarante, Mr. Roxan Ruchillo Cosico,

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community, Quezon City is located on Luzon, the biggest island of the Philippines. Quezon City was the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. Today it constitutes one of the sixteen cities that make up Metro Manila / National Capital Region of the Philippines. Quezon City is named after Past President Manuel L. Quezon. The city has four congressional districts under each of which are barangays. Quezon City boasts of the two most notable institutions of higher learning in the country: the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University, and two notable public high schools : Philippine Science High School Main Campus and Quezon City Science High School. It also has the largest number of private elementary and secondary schools in Metro Manila. Located within our community are many of the top hospitals including Philippine Heart Center, the Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney and Transplant Institute and St. Luke’s Medical Center. A few kilometers away from our school is the 'Batasang Pambansa' or the House of Representatives where our chosen local leader, World Boxing Champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, fights another battle like that of eliminating poverty and human trafficking. Our school, Claret School of Quezon City is located in the heart of the city and a few blocks away from the city’s seat of governance. Our school is exclusive for boys. It has a student population of about 4000 from pre-school, elementary and high school. In addition to the regular academic offerings, our school offers many extra-curricular activities which the students can join in order to hone their talents and inclinations. One of its many activities is participating in various competitions, both academics and non-academics, among which is the National and International Schools CyberFair.

2. Summary of Our Project

Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers who entered the ring. Although many know that Manny Pacquiao rose from humble beginnings, very few people really know how poor Manny Pacquiao and his family were back when he was a little boy. To learn about what his childhood was really like, to know how he beat hardship and poverty in order to become what and who he is today, is a moving and awe-inspiring tale to show and tell. Congressman Manny Pacquiao is a living testament of how hard work and dedication leads to success. He is already a hero in the eyes of his fellow Filipinos because he has brought pride and honor to the Philippines. Filipinos all around the globe celebrate with him in his victories for they believe his achievements are theirs as well. He is a man of great faith, knowing everything comes from God. He has never forgotten to give something back, especially to his community. He became a public servant; becoming a congressman for the province of Saranggani. He is also very vocal when it comes to the controversial RH Bill, supporting those who are against it. His life is very inspiring and motivates the younger generations to be like him - a person who values excellence, humility, fear of God and service to others. His story is what our team will try to do justice to – the story of the man who dared to dream.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

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

The team used computers both in school and at home. More than 75% of the students in our school have internet connection at their respective homes. In school we have more than 6 workstations with Internet access in the classroom. Claret school has been wired to the internet since 1999 and uses a dedicated connection with PLDT DSDL as its Internet provider. There are four computer laboratories with 50 workstations in each lab. Each laboratory is equipped with IBM computer units, 2.4GHz, 256 MB of RAM

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We have joined CyberFair of Schools in the past and have had our share of problems. However this year, we almost did not get to make our CyberFair dream a reality. We are all fourth year high school students, that is, we are graduating from high school and hence have been bogged down with academics, entrance exams to the universities, exams in school, numerous project deadlines and a horde of extra-curricular activities - all of which had on multiple occasions hindered our progress in completing the work needed here for this competition. We really brought the meaning of ‘time-constraints’ and ‘deadlines’ to the fullest. However, as this year’s theme goes, “Dream and Unite”. And that is exactly what we did – dreamed of what we would like our project to be like, and work closely together with our different skills to build and complete this project and make it worthy enough to realize our dream of earning a slot in the prestigious list of winners.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through this project we aim to make our fellow students, our school and our community realize that hard work, sheer determination and God’s Grace can make one’s dreams become a reality as Manny Pacquiao has humbly exemplified. With this project, we pay tribute to him, the People’s Champ in more ways than one.

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

The International Schools CyberFair Project involves activities which are integrated in many of our school’s and the country’s Department of Education’s curriculum. The work we did in accomplishing this project involved learning done in the fields of Computer education, the English language, Creative Arts, Social Studies, Research and Values education. Equally important in the production of our work are the real life values we learned which have helped and will help us in future. By these we mean teamwork, camaraderie, sportsmanship, perseverance, humility and respect for each other’s opinions and work. In addition, this year we ventured into areas of skills which are new to us like using a programming language for the navigation bar and incorporating a flash slide show as a banner, things which we did not use before.

Project Elements

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

The following tools and technologies were used to complete our CyberFair project: At least 3 computers with internet connection, laptops, USBs, External Hard Drive, cellular phones and landlines, Print Materials (Books, magazines, newspapers), Videos, Software Internet Browser ( Firefox, Google Chrome), Microsoft Word, NotePad (HTML, Java, CSS), Adobe Photoshop CS5, Flash.

Each of these tools contributed to the completion of the whole project. These are located in school and our various homes. The most valuable among these tools and technologies were the computers with their software and internet connection.

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

We acted as “ambassadors” because we are the representatives of our school from the making up to the final realization of this project. Talking to other people about our CyberFair project not only introduced and enlightened other people to this competition and the opportunities that International Schools CyberFair brings to students, but it also helped other people to get to know more about our school. As of this writing, the team is still trying to obtain a personal interview with our very busy Congressman.

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

Manny Pacquiao is known all over the world and you might ask how our project could in any way make an impact on our community and the world. True, Manny Pacquiao is famous the world over and our countrymen and other nationals know that he was once poor, yet few really know what his life was truly like- where he grew up, how they lived then, how his dreams back then was just to have a roof without holes and a bed to sleep on. Students and adults who will read our project will learn, be enlightened and what is more important and what we what to do, is make people aware and be inspired by everything that Manny Pacquiao has done to be where he is today and continues to strive to make a bigger mark in the lives of his people. We believe that this medium will make a bigger impact than if our work was on print because not all people love to read plus books can end up to be quite expensive. On the other hand, someone who does not own a computer can get access to a PC and internet with just a few pesos in an internet café.

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

Our project is the product of not just us on the team, but also the guidance, input and support of our Moderator, Mr. Roxan Cosico, our friends and our parents. They have not only given valuable input but helped inform us of sources like books on our local leader and have also helped us in trying to secure an interview with the People’s Champ. We would also like to thank our school administration for the opportunity to join the International Schools CyberFair.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

As it has been in the past two previous years that we had joined International Schools CyberFair, it has been an enriching and altogether satisfying learning experience. Despite the really, really tight schedule, we managed to dream and conceptualize our project and combine and unite each of our different talents and skills to make this project product a reality. This time around we also discovered, learned and applied new skills to improve our project from past projects and it definitely was not easy task to try and surpass our previous works.


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