by: Dianne Joyce Matic

Members of Pisay–CVC Journalism team flaunt their trophies during the awarding of the search of the Best School Publication during the 2015 RSPC, February 13–16, 2015.

Reaping top awards in team, individual and newspaper categories, Philippine Science High School journalism team made waves at Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) held last December 13–16, 2015 at Santiago City, Isabela, where 11 Pisay CVC scribes qualified to the nationals.

Collaborative Publishing English team, composed of Cyril Francis Wakit, Adrian Bayle, Clark Denmark Recile, Tom Ivan Binbinon, Alfrancis Gacutan, Alliyah Maxyne Tello and Dianne Joyce Matic, won 1st place, earning them a ticket to the National Schools Press Conference.

“It’s such a rare opportunity, being given the chance to participate in the NSPC, and I’m very excited. This year, I participated in my first DSPC, and I was surrounded by great and talented people. I’m proud that a lot of them are participating in the NSPC as well,” Recile said.

On the individual categories, Ma. Shaira Lei Daludado (News Writing – English), Percival Carpio III (Sports Writing-English), and John Lian Mar Catli (Sports Writing – Filipino) landed in 2nd place.

Additionally, sophomore Fredelito Liquigan Jr. bagged 3rd place in Copy Reading and Headline Writing - Filipino.

“Initially, we had a lot of misunderstandings. But I guess what changed this year was that we had a lot of training. This had taught us that we always had each other’s backs and that we were a family in a sense. The contest this year was very different because we didn’t argue anymore. Thus, we had finished on time and won,” Tello said.

“To qualify in the NSPC is not a fluke. I’m glad that all the time we toil for practices paid off,” said coach Harold Gallo.

Jubilee Balonkita and Maria Stella Guia Miguel garnered 6th place and 7th place, respectively, in the Science and Health Writing.

In the search for the Best School Publication, The Pisay Explorer clinched the overall title while Ang Siklab placed 6th overall.

Finally, Gallo, copped the Most Outstanding Secondary School Paper Adviser plum.

National Schools Press Conference is to be held at Koronadal City, South Cotabato on February 22–26, 2016.

by: Jubilee G. Balonkita

“Ano ‘pong password ng WiFi ‘nyo?” Ito ang karaniwang tanong sa mga mangagawa ng mga restawran, malls, o kahit sa kapit-bahay lang. Inilalagay ang WiFi sa mga pasyalan upang makaakit ng mas maraming mamimili dahil sa panahon ngayon ay sa social media na gaya ng Facebook, Twitter at Instagram ang tutok ng mga tao lalo na sa mga kabataan.

Bilang teenadyer ng lipunan, hindi ko maikukubli na like na like ko rin ang pag–bisita sa birtwal na mundo ng internet. Bukod sa makulay, nakatatawa at maimpormasyon ang mga websites sa internet ay nakatutulong din ito para mapagtibay ang relasyon ng kahit sino sa kani–kanilang mga kaibigan.

Datapwat tulad ng lahat ng bagay, may mga peligro ring dala ang internet. Nang dahil dito ay dumarami ang nagiging biktima ng hacking at nabubuksan ang mga personal na bagay–bagay sa internet. Ayon sa pahayagang Inquirer, 1.5 milyong katao sa Pilipinas ang na-hahack araw–araw. Dahil din sa internet ay mas mabilis na napapalaganap ang mga kalakarang ilegal tulad ng bogus–buying sa online shops, pang–aangkin ng mga katha ng iba o plagiarism at mga online dating sites na maaaring maging kasangkapan sa paggawa ng krimen.

Bakit nga ba nahihilig ang kabataan sa paggamit ng internet? Sinasabi sa pagsasaliksik ni Kraut noong 1998, ‘di umano’y ang paggamit ng internet ay mas nakakapagtaas ng bahagdan ng pagkakaroon ng depresyon, stress at pagkamalungkutin. Tinatawag itong “Internet Paradox” dahil taliwas ang katotohanan sa tunay na nangyayari.

Mahal na mahal ng kabataan ang internet dahil dito, nakakagawa sila ng mundong inihahabi ayon sa kanilang kagustuhan. Sa internet maaaring makagawa sila ng ibang persona na mas–in, mas–cool at mas–havey sa mata ng publiko. Animo’y mascara ang internet para itago ang mukhang malayo sa kabihasnan.

Ang akin lang naman, ilugar ang paggamit sa internet. Ilagay ang paa sa lupa upang huwag mailipad ng umiihip na hangin ng buhay social media. Hindi rin palusot ang kawalan ng WiFi sa hindi mo nagawang proyekto; dahil bago pa man naimbento ang internet ay namuhay ang mga tao sa tulong ng mga libro at natural na kagustuhang matuto. Hindi dapat gamitin ang internet para bumati ng “HBD” o “Happy Birthday” na may emoticon sa huli para sa isang kaibigan. Hindi drive–thru ang internet para makakuha ng larawan ng iyong iniibig at iedit ito gamit ang Photoshop.

Kaya ikaw, oo ikaw! Naka-WiFi ka na ba? Dahil kung naka–WiFi ka na, abot mo na ang kalawakan sa isang pindot mo lamang. Pero mag–ingat–ingat lang at baka ma–auto-correct ka diyan.

by: Harold V. Gallo

In a rare chance of showing their athletic prowess, seven (7) Philippine Science High School campuses together with the Office of the Executive Director locked horns in a sportsfest, where the alliance of Cagayan Valley–Cordillera Administrative Region–Ilocos Region campuses swept all the sporting events and emerged as the overall champion, last December 14–17, at Subic, Zambales.

Proclaiming themselves as the Solid North trifecta, they lorded over and proclaimed overall champion against the alliances of White team, comprised of CLC and BRC and Yellow team, composed of Main Campus, Calabarzon Campus and OED.

White Team bagged second place and Yellow Team landed third, respectively.

“This is a rare opportunity for the Luzon campuses to gather together and go outside of their work parameters,” CLC Campus Director Lilia Habacon said in her opening remarks during the opening program held at the Seorabeol Leisure Hotel and Resort, as quoted in

The sportsfest was conducted as part of the joint Gender Sensitivity Training where Mr. Peter Fermin Dajime, PSHS Main Campus PE instructor and trainer, shared his ideas on epidemiology and stressed the importance of physical activity in order to decrease the risk of age-related and lifestyle diseases such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, obesity.

An aggregate of 381 faculty and non-faculty personnel headed by their respective campus directors participated in the activity.

Furthermore, CVC claimed the Talent Contest during the fellowship night as they showcased their gender-sensitive themed sing–and–dance–presentation.

Here is the full results of the sportsfest posted by the official website of the PSHSS: (Basketball) 1st – Blue Team, 2nd – White Team and 3rd – Yellow Team; (Men's Volleyball) 1st – Blue, 2nd – White, 3rd – Yellow; (Women's Volleyball) 1st – Blue, 2nd – White, 3rd – Yellow; (Table Tennis) 1st – Blue, 2nd –White, 3rd – Yellow; (Badminton) 1st – Blue, 2nd – Yellow, 3rd – White; (Chess) 1st – Blue, 2nd – Yellow, 3rd – White.

“We anticipated tough games against our fellows and we are glad we won it all and that is because we have a good chemistry with our partner campuses,” said hoops Point–Forward Jesse Brian Basilio, PSHS–CVC Guidance Counselor.

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by: Dianne Joyce Matic

Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus emerged as this year’s champion in the recently held Valleygsahan last December 19 and 20, 2015 at Cauayan City, Isabela.

The victories assured ensured 12 scholars for the Patalasanlahi 2016, the national stage of the competition, pitting them against other winners from other regions.

With a whooping score of 93 points, Pisay CVC Team B – composed of Cedric John Marc Catacutan, Earvin Michael Bibay and Mark Ely Namoro cruised past their counterparts region and reaped 1st place in the quiz bee competition.

Team A, composed of Rench Consumido, Beaver Sean Caraan and Christlen Olivares, landed second place with a 72-point finish.

“We allotted time for such event to somehow reciprocate the funds and efforts exerted by the school, or the nation's contributions to us, and of course in for Pisay community to be proud of us,” Caraan proudly acclaimed.

According to Consumido, it was a challenge to prove that hardwork pays off.

“Winning felt great and wonderful. I didn't expect the school to take the title as based on the previous years. Honestly, I really didn't expect our team to top the eliminations and finally clinch the second place in the quiz bee,” Olivares said.

Pisay’s debate team, comprised of Jubilee Balonkita, Reynaldo Jaime Gonzalez, Hannah Keren Duque, garnered 1st place and Duque clinched the Best Debater plum.

In Essay Writing tilt, Marie Guia Stella Miguel (English) and Precious Jane Guerrero (Filipino) placed third and second, respectively, in Essay Writing.

To complete the list of Patalasanlahi qualifiers, Betina Nicole Pascual managed to grab 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speaking – Filipino.

Elaine Adami participated in poster making contest while Alfrancis Gacutan competed for Extemporaneous Speaking – English.

"It was worth it to compete even though it was our Christmas break. I experienced a breath–taking crowd worth having a heart attack with. It was a shiny moment for all of us to go up in the stage and represent the province. I learned new tremendous things and it was overwhelming," Gacutan admitted.

University of the Philippines – Diliman will host the Patalasanlahi 2016.

By: Jubilee Balonkita

Lindol sa Chile, 1960, sa Alaska, 1964, sa Indonesia, 2004 — ilan lamang ang mga ito sa lahat ng lindol na yumanig sa ating mundo na may lakas na magnitude 8 pataas. Libu-libong katao ang namatay nang dahil sa lindol. Libu-libo ang nasayang na pera sa impastraktura. At napakaraming mga nakaligtas na nagsabing sana’y nawala na rin lang sila kasama ang mga mahal sa buhay.

Ngayon, unti-unti tayong lumalapit sa araw na walang nakakaalam kung kailan ngunit alam nating dadating — ang araw ng “The Big One”.

Ang “The Big One” ay isang pinaniniwalaang malakas na lindol na may magnitude na 7.2 at posibleng magmula sa pagkiskis ng West Valley Fault sa Metro Manila. Ayon sa PHIVOLCS ay mangyayari ito sa ating henerasyon o sa susunod, hindi man alam kung kailan ang eksaktong araw at oras.

Ang West Valley Fault ay may habang mula sa bulubundukin ng Sierra Madre pababa sa Laguna, dadaan sa silangang bahagi ng Lungsod Quezon, Makati, Taguig at Muntinlupa; at sa kanluran naman ng Marikina at Pasig.

Nang dahil sa matataas na gusali na nakatirik sa mabuhangin na lupa ng Maynila, pinaghahanda na ang mga paaralan sa lugar at sa iba pang karatig nito. Inaalam na ng pamunuan ng mga paaralan kung saan puwedeng lumipat ang mga estudyante kung sakaling dumating nga ang lindol.

Sari–saring mga makabuluhang pagtitipon din ang isinasagawa upang mabigyang kaalaman ang mga paaralan sa kung ano ang dapat at hindi dapat gawin kapag lumilindol. Ika nga, mas mabuti nang handa sa sakuna dahil ang pagsisisi ay laging nasa huli.

Hindi lahat ng pangyayari ay ating mahuhulaan. Hindi lahat ay ating matatakasan. Kaya’t mas mabuti nang lagi tayong handa sa isip at gawa. Upang sa kahit anong oras na tumama ang “The Big One”, walang madidisgrasya at walang madadala sa yanig na hatid niya.