CyberFair Project ID: 7338

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Handumanan
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Antique National School
    San Jose, Antique, Philippines

5 students, ages ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011

Classes and Teachers: Jocelyn Remonte

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Antique, home to the “Binirayan Festival” which commemorates the landing of Bornean Datus led by Datu Puti and Datu Sumakwel during the 13th Century. Antique is gifted with rich natural resources which abounds the entire coastline up to the vastness of its highlands. It shapes the sapphire crystals of the Sulu Sea where it meets a vast line of mountain ranges. It is known as “where the mountains meet the sea.”

Antique is endowed by God with beauties and riches. One of this is San Remigio, a 4th class municipality in the province. It is about 21 kilometers from the provincial capital, San Jose de Buenavista. San Remigio is home to natural attractions like the Igbaclag Cave, Bato Cueva, Kanyugan Cave, Magpungay Cave, Pula Falls, Timbaban Falls and Batuan Falls, the lakes of Maylumboy and Danao, the stone of Datu Sumakwel, Bato Bintana and White Castle Stone, and the mountain ranges of San Remigio. The rivers are blessed with Gem stones and the biggest flower RAFFLESIA can be seen in the upland barangays of Tubudan and La union.

And another town, is known as “The Rice Bowl Capital and Gemstone Capital of Antique”. Sibalom's tourism industry saw the light of day after the proclamation of Mt. Porras and surrounding areas as Protected Area. Later declared Sibalom Natural Park by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 282 and the first Protected Area in the island of Panay, Sibalom now boasts of its local tourism potentials. Foremost to the attractions Sibalom has to offer, is the Rafflesia, recently discovered to exist in Mt. Porras and surrounding Barangays. Dubbed as the biggest bloom in the world, its discovery catapulted the town in the map of tourist stopovers in the Philippines. Aside from the park and its endangered flora and fauna, Sibalom also has century old industries and structures worth the visit of potential tourists, as well as boulders of gemstones to rock-hound and treacherous mountain trails to trek. Through the assistance of the Provincial Tourism …

2. Summary of Our Project

Handumanan, a local dialect which means “memories”. Antique, a paradise where the crested oceans kiss its valleys of dreams. Within the place exists the mementos of forever. It was as if yesterday the jasmine bloomed and the sun smiled, yet as time runs threats grow. And before our fears surround us, let us look back to the haven of joy for Antiqueños, to save and preserve a world that is ours to hold out.

Various human activities and the developing urbanization posed a great threat from natural calamities such as floods, landslides and the like. There is also an increase in the extinction of its rare flora and fauna. The once untouched environment is ravaged by pollution and destruction of nature. Because of this, the project was done. The different threats to the environment were identified, banned illegal practices that are harmful to the environment were determined, conservation efforts were made, and an effective method of conveying these to the information of the general public were the aims that has to be accomplished.

All over the recent years the place suffered the effects of flashfloods caused by typhoons. Through the investigative work done, the fears and anxiety of the people of San Remigio, Sibalom and the rest of Panay Island about the excessive flooding they experience during rainy seasons has come to a solution. The various species of flora and fauna concerning their protection has been brought to light. Natural Parks were explored and the risk in their continued existence has been identified. Furthermore, the people of Antique become more aware of taking care of their land through social unity and actions made in protecting Antique's treasure.

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:more than 6

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

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

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

Now that our school has 72 computer units, with 40 computers having Internet connection, both the Special Science Class (SSC),the Revised Basic Education Curriculum(RBEC) and the Special Program in the Arts (SPA) students taking Computer Education as their Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) subject and enjoy free Internet access. Activities in relation to the Cyberfair Competition were mostly done in school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Since the students who were participating in the Cyberfair are all graduating and they all belong the Special Science Class Curriculum, we find it hard to manage and divide our time for schoolwork, school organizations responsibilities and in doing the project since it is conflicting with our schedules and other requirements. There was just not enough time alloted to finish the project since the finals were fast approaching and the students needed to focus on their studies or else failure will be at hand. Another problem is the frequent brownouts in our area which adds to the inconvenience it finishing the website. The upside to all of these was all the students who helped in making the project have computers and internet access at home so it was easy for us to communicate with each other and easily assign task to each member of the team. These tasks were sent to the team leader via e-mail, and she compiles it. Despite all the troubles, the hectic schedules and other obstacles we faced along the way, we still managed to finish the subject through our combined efforts, skills and sense of responisbility. Throughout the duration of the project, we did not only feature the products of our local community but also the product of our combined will, skill, patience, hardwork and time management. We would also like to add that this project would not have been possible without our teachers who were always there to urge us, our family and friends for giving us the inspiration for the project, and the the Almighty from whom all these came from and whom all of these are for.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

'Believe in what you see. Survive all the challenges.'

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

The Cyberfair is the application of the things we have learned in the four corners of the classroom in the subjects namely Research, Journalism and Computer Education. Photo editing, web designing, and photography were the knowledge and skills that were developed through the duration of the project. Also, intrapersonal relationship of each member was developed. This project also taught us the proper way of approaching people in interviewing and gathering information that may be possible to be used in the website. These character-formation values could be applied in the future as professionals.

Project Elements

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

The students used magazines, flyers, and blogs about their topic. Aside from that, we distributed questionnaires and interviewed local community personnel and some officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The data gathered had been the brain of our project, without which (the team) could not be able to produce a sound informative project. The most essestial gadget for the accomplishment of this was the computer, both at home and at school. Other technologies used were phones, scanners, and cameras.

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

Through our Cyberfair project, we were able to enhance our abilities in dealing and interviewing various persons and digging secondary information in the most unlikely sources. We were able to present a webpage to people, both Antiqueños and non-local folks, who are interested about our chosen topic. Besides, we had presented the beauty of Antique, the practices that must be done in order to preserve the environment which we are sure is now slowly fading in the minds of the Antiqueños. We also showed to the community that the Antique is a diverse ecosystem which God has blessed with splendor and riches. With all our hearts and senses we are honored to be a tool for the completion of this venture. We believe that what we have reunited our goals and dreams to achieve excellence and honor.

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

The team wanted to take away the fear for what had happened during the onslaught of the typhoon frank. Through this project, we were able to rediscover the roots of Antique’s treasures and show the community its majesty and uniqueness. We believe that we have helped in making the local people take actions in protecting the environment and become new agents of change. Furthermore, the local government officials and the people in the community were encouraged to help support for the conservation of our environment.

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

Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. This project would have been possible without the combined efforts of the participating students who devoted their time and skills for the finishing of this project. Of course, it would not have been possible for the students to make this project without the help of their local community members, their teachers Mrs. Jocelyn Remonte and Mr. Leonil Gallano for their consistent instructions. Mr. Rodolfo J. Caberoy, the Principal IV of the school for allowing the students to participate in the Cyberfair.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources for their suggestions, cooperation and contributions in terms of resources and second hand information that were used for the project. And, of course, the local folks of the Province of Antique from whom we recieved our information that existed for generations within the realm of Antiqueño knowledge.


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