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BSE Alumna: Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines 2016

Dr. Katherine Faith Adalem Maddela-Bustos, an alumna of Aldersgate College from pre-school to college, bagged the award for the Search for Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines 2016 by the Metrobank Foundation, Incorporated.

Dr. Bustos, a graduate of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education, the First Honors of the ACES, the AC High School Batch ’97 salutatorian, a part-time professor of Aldersgate College Graduate School and currently an English teacher (Master Teacher 1) at the Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, is named by MBFI as one of the 10 awardees of the Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines after undergoing rigorous teaching demonstrations and panel interviews before the final board of judges, which was chaired by Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and co-chaired by Rep. Romero Federico “Miro” S. Quimbo (2nd District, Marikina City) and members: Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. De La Peña; Court of Appeals presiding Justice Roman G. Del Rosario; Cebu Governor Hilario “Jun-jun” P. Davide III; the Ambassador of India to the Philippines, His Excellency Lalduhthlana Ralte, the New Era University President, Dr. Nilo L. Rosas; and, inquirer.net Editor-in-Chief and Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Editor and senior journalist John Nery.

The 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Awardees of 2016 are comprised of four elementary teachers, four high school teachers and two college teachers. They were presented together with the 2016 awardees of the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service and Soldiers collectively known as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos in a formal awarding ceremony on September 5, 2016 as part of Metrobank’s 54th anniversary celebration. They received cash award amounting to Php 500,000.00, a medal and a trophy and were awarded plaque of recognition during the recognition rites led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Malacañang Palace last September 12.

“The series of screenings were very rigid and tough but at long last with God’s help, I survived and prevailed,” said Kathy in her speech during the program in recognition of her achievements held at the AC grounds.

She is an advocate of combining vital teaching skills with technology to better engage the 21st century learners. In line with this, she pioneered the development of the NVGCHS English online Facebook page which promotes continued academic discussion online resulting in better performance of her students. DepEd has likewise tapped her as trainer for its Computerization Program.

For more than 30 years, Search for Outstanding Teachers has shown respect and esteem to the teaching profession, acknowledging those who exhibit competence, remarkable dedication to their work and effective educational leadership, as well as their various community involvements. It is implemented by MBFI in partnership with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.#cdp

SSG hails teachers

LOVE SPELLED OUT .Teachers were confined in a dark room to receive their students message to them on the celebration of the World’s Teachers’ Day. Cup cakes with lighted candles on top conveyed the students gratefulness to their teacher.

To pay tribute for their teachers’ sacrifices and hardships, the Student Supreme Government (SSG) graced the celebration of World’s Teachers’ Day held at the AC quadrangle, October 5, 2012.

Christian Hector Misanes, SSG President, led the studentry in the short program given for teachers. The giving of tokens and gifts by the students highlighted the celebration. Like last year’s commemoration, the presidents of the different classes extended their gratitude to their teachers for mentoring them.

The program ended by a response coming from the adviser of the IV-Babbage, Ms. Abigail Quirit.

“Paying back to our teachers doesn’t necessarily mean giving them gifts materially. Listening attentively to the discussions, behaving during classes and understanding the lessons are abstract things which are more meaningful to them.” Says Kathleen Pojas, a third year student.

Intramural wobbles AC ground

With raging spirit  and soaring enthusiasm, students, and employees of Aldersgate College gathered at the AC quadrangle to memorialize  the opening of Intramurals 2012  with the theme” Defining who we were, Defining who we are and who we wish to be “, last September 24.

Despite the scorching heat of the sun,  ACians unified in a  parade around the town  at 8:00 a.m. led by the Solano PNP Force followed by all athletic contingents, Midget, Junior, and Senior Division and the Elementary as well as the High School band.

The opening ceremonies focused on the raising of contingent banners by the captain ball and muse of  each team, the  oath of amateurism by  all athletes, the ceremonial tossing of the ball,  the      relay and lighting of the torch of sportsmanship by the team managers, the Athletic Director, Mr. Emerson Castañeto and the AC president Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan.

The quadrangle soon resounded with the loud cheers of the throng when the cheer dance competition started with the  four teams of the college participating;  the SERPENTS of the of the School of Medical Sciences(SMS) and the College of Engineering and Technology (CET); the RAPTORS of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) with the School of Criminology  (SC); the TYCOONS of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) and the PHOENIX of the School of Informatics and Hospitality Management (SIHM). The competition ended as the Raptors settled as champion gaining them a shrilling applause from the spectators.

The Arnis and Taekwondo Clubs of the elementary and high school astounded the crowd with their sizzling and awesome exhibition that showed their prowess in poomse and self defense. The participants in taekwondo who started their training last summer are currently enrolled in the school’s taekwondo program under the initiative of the elementary school principal Mr. Rommel Alejos. Though considered greenhorn in the field, most of them were medalist in the Luzon Taekwondo Championship held recently at Solano.

The unfailing weather favored the athletic competition that lasted for four days. It concluded with the Closing and Awarding Ceremony with the Raptors as the overall champion of the Senior Division, the Stallions of the Junior Division and the Tigers of the Midget Division. /Mjjt/

The Tycoons

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High School Alumni Homecoming held Next Homecoming slated, 2013

 

 

Marching on the same ground, and singing the familiar AC March, 214 alumni of Aldersgate College Science High School trooped back to their Alma Mater to reunite with former schoolmates and faculty and breathe the sweet air of nostalgia that only their school can exude. The High School Alumni Association Batch 1980 led by their president Mrs. Emely M. Baptista and Batch 1986 headed by their president Mr. Noli Domincel hosted the Alumni Homecoming last December 30 at the school grounds. Well-attended by alumni, administrators, faculty and employees alike, the get-together featured games, raffle draws and competitions among groups.  A Thanksgiving Service preceded the parade, program and banquet.

The reunion was graced by Hon. Board Member Epifanio Lambert D. Galima, Member of the AC-BOT and son of the founder of the institution who came to represent the congressman of the province. Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan, AC President, on the other hand welcomed and thanked the alumni in his short message.

The after-lunch program’s highlight was the recognition ceremony of an Outstanding Alumna, Ms. Maricel Sopongco-Franco of Batch 1987 who was adjudged by the Metrobank as one of the nation’s Outstanding Teachers. The election of officers per batch followed and the proclamation of the next Alumni Homecoming which is December, 2013.

Engr. Eric Van Sesbreño, the Alumni Association President initiated a fund campaign to finance the building of ten classrooms of the high school under the CSS Building which was supported by the alumni through their pledges and their commitment to reach out for their batch mates to relay this campaign which is expected to materialize on the 2013 Homecoming. Sesbreño, who donated cash prizes for the games and contest during the homecoming, is currently financing 17 AC Scholars since year 2010 and also urged the alumni in his speech to campaign for more enrollees for Aldersgate College.

Host Batch 1986 solicited for the raffle draw prizes and the proceeds from the sold tickets was also donated to the High School Funds. The 2013 Alumni Homecoming will be hosted by following batches 1992, 1993, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987 qnd 2003.

The homecoming was made successful through the concerted efforts of the High School Alumni Association and the High School Faculty and staff under the leadership of Dr. Divina Gracia B. Apolonio, the principal and the administration. #Mariz Taguinod

ACians shine in DSPC

Four journalists of Aldersgate College Science High School  proved their talents and mastery by winning various places in the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), held at Solano National High School, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya last December 1-3.

With 35 competing journalists of 35 secondary schools province wide, AC’s bets Celene Angeli Dumaguing, the Editor-in-chief of the Paragon placed third in Photojournalism English; Jon Raenier Fernadez, a sophomore placed 5th in Sports Writing English; Mar Jonathan Dave Fabro, a junior got 6th place in Sports Writing Filipino and Andell Jan Almendra, a senior placed 6th in News Writing Filipino.

The winners together with their trainer Mrs. Marissa J. Taguinod will advance to the Regional Schools Press Conference which will be held in Calaoagan Dakkel Gattaran, Cagayan on December 15-17, 2011.MJJT

Intramural quakes AC ground

Heated by breathtaking cheerdances, blaring yells, unstoppable spikes, smashes and lay-ups, the 2011 AC Intramurals quaked the AC grounds with the theme” Raising the Banners of Excellence Through Sports”, last October 10-12.

Despite the scorching heat of the sun, all ACians gathered and paraded around the town proper 7:30 a.m. lead by the Solano PNP Force followed by all athletic contingents, Midget, Junior, and Senior Division with the float of the newly crowned Miss Solano, Miss Niña Katherine Gambo and Runner up Miss Aiza Labog with the AC elementary and High School bands,

The opening ceremony started with a prayer led by Mrs. Prescilla A. Soriano, Senior Executive Assistant for Education (SExAE) and the singing of the National Anthem, AC March a well as Vizcaya March. All team muses and captains raised their banners followed by the opening remarks of the DSA, Mr. Jenifer Raymond Tallungan.

The relay and lighting of the torch of sportsmanship and the proclamation of the formal opening of the Intramural Meet 2011 highlighted the ceremony with the presentation of Mr. & Ms Campus Personality candidates and the ceremonial tossing of the ball by Miss AC 2011 Meryl Joyce Graneta.

The quadrangle soon resonated with the loud cheers of spectators when the cheerdance competition started with two teams competing in the elementary, the Tigers and the Wolverines; and the four teams of the high school Fighting Zebras, Thunder Hounds, War Hawks and the Wild Stallions. Dancesport competition among college students as well as the high school followed which generated shrilling applause from the throng.

Athletic competitions started in the afternoon and all the remaining days of the intramurals despite the unpredictable weather.#kid/Mjjt

AC backs Eco drive through YES-O

Celine Angeli Dumaguing, Andell Jan Almendra and Wrixi Vyne Arzadon advocate disaster preparedness in a documentary Brigada Kalikasan the school’s entry to the YES-O Science Camp held at Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya.

To support DepEd program on ecology, Aldersgate College Science High School participated the Youth for Environment School Organization (YES-O) Camp held in Bagabag National High School on September 17-18, 2011.

This program through the leadership of Mrs. Evelyn C. Apuya, Education Program Supervisor I of Science (Secondary), highlighted activities which were carried out to attain the YES-O mandates  include conduct of school-based YES-O camp; tree planting and growing; solid waste management and entrepreneurship; watershed protection and conservation; and community outreach.

The Aldersgate College Science High School defied what it takes to be a greenhorn after excelling in the various contested activities of the Provincial Youth for Environment School Organization (YES-O) Continue reading

Stallions hinder Hounds roar anew

Firing up the AC ground with their gritty display of Stunts, Steps and Smiles, the Stallions secured the glamour of the judges via unanimous decision and hooked the cheerdance dance crown during the AC Intrams.

After five years of nailing the cheer dance title to the name of the sophomores, the Wild Stallions finally broke the ice cold monotony to bring home this year’s cheer dance crown, during the opening program of the Aldersgate College Intramurals held last October 11 at the AC Quadrangle.

The simple costumes and props of the fourth year performers were overshadowed by their intricate but synchronized choreography, overflowing charm and energy that made the AC ground burning as they carried out their presentation.

The Hounds in glaring green costume and neo-inspired hair makeover, after having showed off their routines with high energy and sturdy stunts, placed second. The Hawks, notching 3rd place, proved that they are not left out in the said battle, with a bright pomelo get-up, displaying a character that blew away the Zebras who landed 4th.

Highlighting the three-day event with a display of gymnastic skills, creativity and talents of the students, the cheer dance competition is one of the most awaited activities of the Intramurals in which a variety of choreography, routines, stunts and costumes are shown.

“The innate dancing skills of the fourth year students, who happened to be members of the Bungkos Sining, made them bring home the bacon.” said Fernando B. Pili Jr., trainer of the Wild Stallions cheering squad.

“Like gems, the stallions have been shaped up and kept brilliant by their dance trainings in the early years.” he added. #AndellJan24/Mjjt

Metrobank names AC Alumna ,Outstanding Teacher

Mrs. Maricel S. Franco, posed with Vice President Jejomar Binay during the awarding ceremony at Metrobank Plaza, Makati.

Mrs. Maricel Sopongco Franco alumna of Aldersgate College and valedictorian of batch 1987 was adjudged as one of the 2011 Metrobank’s  Outstanding Teachers in the country  awarded by  President Simeon Benigno Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace last August 25 and Metrobank Plaza Makati City, Sept. 5 respectively.

Franco is currently connected with the Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School (NVGCHS) Bayombong handling Physics who  was  newly promoted to Master Teacher 1 for her achievement.

Among the 175 nominees from both public and private schools in the country, Franco  clinched  as one of the eight public teachers from the secondary levels who qualified as a national finalist  in the 2011 Metrobank Foundation search for outstanding teachers after surpassing her rivals in the screening.

The outstanding teachers together with the country’s outstanding policemen and soldiers were given gold medals, plaques, and a total cash prize close to 10 million pesos for the three searches .The outstanding teachers were judged by Sen. Loren Legarda and Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin S. Villarama.

Prior to his assignment at NVGCHS, she served her alma mater, Aldersgate College as a  Physics teacher. She developed instructional materials in Physics and several researches in science some of which won titles in regional as well as national competitions.  She is also a national trainer for the Intel Teach Program and the moderator of the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) since 1990. Franco who is affiliated with the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is  active in the church  as a   “Mangaawit” and a Youth Choir leader.

Its is a big step toward a goal for a teacher like Franco to serve as an inspiration among her students, colleagues and Aldersgate College her alma mater.#MJJT-

K+12 POLICY FRAMEWORK: Pessimistic, Optimistic or Realistic?

image courtesy of www.proactiveinvestors.com

COCOPEA North Luzon Consultation
November 27, 2010  at the University of Baguio, Baguio City

I. COMPREHENSIVE POLICY IMPACT ANALYSIS

The formulation of Policy for the K+12 Education System requires rigorous systems analysis. Many patchwork of issues, opinions and statistical analysis have already been presented by so many sectors in so many meetings and consultations.  But what is more important to see now is the entire picture, the whole tapestry of Cause-Effects and Costs-Benefits that the policy, if adopted, will create.

Actually we did this partially today. But it seems we also need the help of Education Economists to prepare a comprehensive policy impact analysis and simulate varying policy options under different policy assumptions and conditions.

II. DIFFERENT CONDITIONS, DIFFERENT ASSUMPTIONS, DIFFERENT POLICIES

Different conditions generate different assumptions, which in turn create different policies. The success of any policy depends on the correctness of its policy assumptions.

Taking this fact into consideration, should we make policy assumptions based on current realities? Or should policy be based on policy conditions we would want to happen, but which may not exist by the time we start implementing the policy? Continue reading

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