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Theresa Lopez, Undercovered

(Third Place)

Maria Theresa A. Lopez

          Talking about herself and the ups and downs of her life, Ms. Lopez takes a trip to the memory lane.

          As a child, she grew up from a family close to God.  Her mother and father belong to a Christian community, as well as her brother and sister.

          When she started schooling, she has received many awards and is a consistent honor student.  “It’s hard to grow up in a family of five ’cause you have to live up to the expectations of your parents and there’s so much pressure.”, says Theresa.  But even if she found it hard, it didn’t stop her from doing her best.

           In her high school years, she had a hard time adjusting to the changes.  Cliques, dramas, and the likes are all there.  “I used to be an outcast because my classmates hate me.”, she shares.

          Being an outcast is hard and sometimes traumatic.  I asked her how she coped with it.  “Well, at first I asked myself, Why me?  but I realized that I’ve been trying so hard to fit in and in order for me to do that, I have to be someone else.  That’s when I told myself to stop and just be myself and if they don’t like the real me, then I don’t need them.”

          As she takes a sip of water, I asked, “You’ve been through a lot and yet you are sitting here with  a smile on your face like you’ve never been hurt.  Is that one of your strengths?”  She replied, “I guess so.  But my mom and dad raised me to be strong so I don’ think of it as one of my strengths.”  “Well, then what are your strengths?”, I queried.  “Hmm. I’ve always been tough and easy to approach to and I’m loyal.”, she replied.

          Being more engrossed in our conversation, I asked her of her weaknesses.  “I trust a person way too much for my own good.”, she replied with smile twinkling in her eyes.

          I also asked what are the opportunities for her.  “I can adjust to the kind of people I am with.”, she replied.  “When there are opportunities, there are also limitations, so what are yours?”, I asked.  “I get mad easily and sometimes very vulgar and violent.”, she replied while laughing.

         “Coping up with the hardships in life is not easy.  But then again, it’s God’s way of making sure you remember Him.” -Theresa Lopez

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Slices of a Busy Life

(Second Place)

Gillian Rey A. Cara

         ” Given the chance to live my life again, I’ll always choose to be my own critic.”

          These are her words to live by.  As I approached this lady for an interview, I can feel her anticipation, laced with anxiety.  As she nervously shuffled around, I felt that she was planning the rest of her day.  That was no doubt though, because she’s one of the busiest people around school.  She’s Gillian Rey Cara, a campus journalist, choir president and science curriculum student.

          And so my interview with her commenced.  I inquired about her abilities with which she responded with a shy smile.  “Well, I don’t have any abilities, but the good Lord has given me the gift of language and the soul of music.”  With that I saw a playful twinkle flash across her brown eyes.  “But that’s not all.”, she added.  “I also has the misfortune to be very clumsy and shy.”  Upon hearing this, I laughed softly.  Because right there and then, I discovered that a student of such caliber also has weaknesses.  “But nevertheless, I still feel very blessed.”  That sparked my interest, so I wished to know these blessings she spoke of.  “Oh that.  Well, I was born normal, if that counts!  But seriously, they say that I’ve got a commanding air that lands me anywhere I want.  But I doubt that.”, she laughed.  However, I noticed that she winced.  I just asked her about it and she said, “Oh, don’t mind it.  It’s just that I have a lot of back pain hat interferes with the relationship I have with my myriad of work.”

         After asking a lot about her profile.  I decided that I must also know her work.  “I juggle between being a jovial choir president, a trusty journalist and a busy student, trying to clock in 32 hours a day.”, she replied.  Cool.  Upon hearing that, I realized- that must be hard.  But here she was, squeezing me and my interview in her long list of activities.  When I asked her how she was able to do so, she said, “You just have to love what you’re doing.  A task becomes a hobby if you’re happy with it.”  With this, I thanked her and we parted.  She immediately dashed off to her next task.  What a busy lady she was.

          As I thought about my encounter with her, I realized that a little time management can go a long way.  Having said that, I view time management as an essential tool to get through the day without mishap.  I learned from her that it’s not just all work and no play.  You’ve just got to work quick, then play!

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Who Am I?

(Second Place)

Sarah Grace L. Baltazar

          How well do you know yourself?

          I interviewed someone to see how well she knows herself.  As I asked her what her strengths are, she proudly told me that she is good in singing, writing, studying and playing volleyball and table tennis.  She exhibits a positive outlook in life.  She faces challenges with a smile.  She loves the Lord unconditionally and trusts Him completely.

          When I asked her for her weakness, she answered with a grin.  Her only weakness is seeing her mom and sister cry.  It pains her when she sees them cry making her feel useless and helpless.  She is an adopted child.  The family she has is her mom and sister.  As much as possible, she will do everything to make them happy.  Problems are too many to carry all by herself.  But that doesn’t stop her to pursue her ambitions and dreams.  There are many opportunities around her.  One of her cousins offered help and is willing to get her as soon as she finish her studies.  She can go to abroad and then get her mom and sister after two years.  Problem is, they do not have money to spend on her studies.  So she applied to many schools and took scholarship exams.  Hopefully, she passed one of them.  One threat she has is that they are financially disabled.  That hinders her from everything but she never questioned God and trusted Him for everything.  As of now, she’s doing her best, studying and aiming for the best.

          How well do you know yourself?

            If you are letting problems hinder you from pursuing your dreams then think again.  As for the girl I interviewed, she said that problems are there to make us stronger.  We should let God be the center of our life and give everything in His hands.  He will show us many wonderful things if we believe in Him.  From the bible verse Romans 8:28,  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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An Interview with a Stranger

(First Place)

Christine Faith C. Gabuya

          We are all united as one; we live in the same place, same time, same planet.  We all have our objectives and not a single one of them are alike.  Similar to our purpose, we too, have our own characteristics, rare and can never be found in someone else.  At least that is what I have pondered after an interrogation with this one person I just recently knew.

          The room was dark.  I sat beside her in the cold draft of the room that was let in by the window panes.  I stood there optimistic, hoping that I would probably get something useful and inspiring from her.  I was at my best- hair combed, face powdered and dressed to impress.  But when I saw her, she was pale.  She had short black hair like me and she was wearing the exact same dress that I had on.  The only difference between me and her is that on her face, one cannot simply trace the gaze of happiness.  Her eyes were dull and stared blankly at nothing.  I wouldn’t believe that I could be a person like that.

         So there, since I was desperate for this article to be included in our school paper, I started the interview right away.

          I sat in front of her.  As  I stared to her face, she stared directly to mine.  It was like at every direction I would look at, her blank gaze would follow.  Despite of this, I started the conversation to break the ice.

          I greeted her good evening and asked if she won’t mind if I ask her some questions for the paper.  She stared long at me before opening her mouth to say something.  She nodded her head and stared at me with a grin.  At this part, I was frightened.  This person was a stranger to me.  I have been close with my family and friends, but this person,  she was completely alien to me.

          I felt the comfort of my chair.  And so the interview started.  I asked her what her strengths and weaknesses are and she answered with a smile that she is just like me.  I whispered to myself in complete shock of how she knew who I was.  I sat in silence and listened to her response.

          She told me that she lives with her grandparents.  Her parents are too careless to take care of her so she lives with her grandparents.  They love and care for her very much so that is why she thinks that is a strength to her.  And in addition, she told me that another strength of her is her deep faith and trust to her friends, family and God.

          I asked her about her weakness.  Pessimism, that is the only word that she spoke of and soon expanded it by saying that in all her life, she was living with the darkness, consuming here all up and she described that it doesn’t seem to leave her alone.

          Finally, I asked for the opportunities and threats in her surroundings.  She told me that opportunities never run out and so does the threats., she dead panned.  She explained that threats often outweigh opportunities.  I wanted her to make clear of what she just said but she might get upset.  But I was so desperate.  So I asked her and found out that opportunity for her, is at the same time threat for her- her school life.  She pointed to me the phone accessories given by her cliques and friends, and also she pointed the slashes she made on her left wrist caused to her by the latter.

          Before I was with my interview, she whispered something to my ear, that I should not let her on my way.  Her black dilated pupils were staring directly into my soul.  I was terrified.

          My grandmother suddenly called out to me for dinner.  I told her I was coming.  I stood up from my seat and in the mirror, I saw the girl disappear before my eyes as I hurried downstairs.

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SPEJA Poetry Writing Winners

Philippines:  A Nation Making a Legacy

(Third Place)

Jhon Mark O. Trinidad

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As the brilliance of the searing sun glows

An image of a place comes in my mind

Declared as the “Pearl of the Orient Sea”

Philippines, a paradise of beauty

Truly magnificent and enthralling

A place where meek and kind people reside

Nurtured with its peculiar history

And culture which other nations admire

Philippines, a country of the faithfuls

With proud lambs of God exalting His name

A nation instilling humility

Humble as a dove in times of glory

Philippines, embodiment of triumph

Makin a legacy to the whole world

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Never Alone

(Second Place)

Marvin Joseph R. Occeño

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Deep inside I think of uncertainties

That hinder my courage and bring me fear

Still finding ways to solve difficulties

I can’t make up my mind, present are tears

It seems that I face such darkness alone

But I wonder why I feel such great love

Despite my worries, I believe in grace

This is from God, I know I will be saved

In every step I take I can realize

That in Him, I am loved and forgiven

As I look into the blue skies I smile

For I am blessed and now I’m faith-driven

From this point I’m not afraid anymore

God is the greatest, with this I am sure

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Madness

(First Place)

Ariza Nicole Ong

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She leans on a wall that supports nothing

Crying a river til she falls asleep

The next teardrop will be drop of blood

Dying and living again everyday

The silent screams show everlasting pain

She just sold her life to get her soul crushed

Isolated from freedom, she’s in chains

“Could this be the end?” She’s begging for death

She falls to her knees and silently prayed…

My Dear, your prayer will be heard by Him

You’re a gift to man, you deserve better

Sing a song with your voice and a purpose

I raise this glass to all of the beaten

Stand up for our children and our women

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SPEJA Pagsulat ng Tula Winners

Third Place

Pilipino, Bangon Na!!!

by Michelle M. Albano

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Aking pagsamo dito sa mundo

Nawa’y tinig ko ay pakinggan mo

Damdamin ko na may kinikimkim

Dulot nitong pusong nagninimdim

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Antas ng tao hindi pantay-pantay

May mahirap hanggang mamatay

Mga mayayaman habang buhay

Hay… Nakalulungkot nga namang tunay

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Ang aking tinig na di marinig

Impit ‘pagkat walang nakikinig

Mga kababayan ko, tayo na

Halina’t tayo’y magsama-sama

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Lahat tayo’y di dapat mangamba

Posas, kadena, ay kalagin na

Iwan ang lungkot at pagdurusa

Ikaw at ako ay lalaya na

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Second Place

Ang Anak sa Haligi

Lee Ann Q. Catacutan

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Kay tagal nang lumipas ang oras

Naghihintay sa loob ng rehas

Nagbabakasakaling makalabas

Na ikaw mismo ang magbubukas

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Mga hikbi, Ina’y ang nagpawi

Ala-alang di maitatanggi

Pagsubok mo ay di mawawari

Dapat diyan ay ipagpunyagi

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Eskwelahan man ‘tay, ‘kaw ang hanap

Bitbit man amam nila sa harap

‘di ako maiinggit nang tapat

‘pagkat ika’y nasa pusong sapat

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Sana’s magalak sa gawang ito

Ako’y maghihintay sa iyo

Siguraduhing sa pagdating mo

Medalya ko’y iaalay sa ‘yo

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First Place

Kabataan, Asan Ka Na Nga Ba?

Kim Elizabeth V. Maxwell 

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Oh, Kabataan iyong pagmasdan

Ang iyong mundong ginagalawan

Tinalikuran ang ating Diyos

Upang luho’y masunod nang lubos

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Kabataan ako’y nagtataka

Ikaw ay nakita sa balita

Nagnanakaw ng gamit ng iba

Isang gabi sa may eskinita

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Kabataan, asan ka nga ba?

Ikaw na dapat ang magkukusa

Bumangon sa pagkakasala

Sabi nga ni Inay, May bukas pa

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Iyong tandaan, Oh Kabataan

Pagmamahal ng Diyos ating Ama

Ipalaganap, gawain Niya

At mabuhay sa pag-ibig Niya 

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SPEJA Editorial Cartooning Winners

The Effects of the Internet to the Secondary School Students

Third Place

Colin James Naranjo

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Second Place

Joseph L. Fraylon

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First Place

Jeremiah L. Nataba

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First Place

Jethro T. Ramirez

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SPEJA Sports Writing Winners (ad verbatim)

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Sports Writing

Sports Editorial

SPORTS-SONA


Third Place (Regine C. Pustadan)

“Kicking With No Ball”      

          As we all know Philippine Azkals, Philippine Volcanoes and Philippine Dragon Boat Team had collected honors.  Previously, the Philippine Azkals had a great contribution in raising the interest of young Filipinos in playing football and in Philippine Dragon Boat Team, who buried gold medals.

          But, unfortunately their kicks, paddles and throws are not supported, by our Department of Sports because they are unregistered players.  Is our government responsible for supporting the budget of our master players even if they are unregistered?

          Rules are rules, we cannot break the rules because without them our democratic country will be unorganized.  A democratic country is that the good and thoughts of more people will be granted as long as there are no bad contribution in our country.

          If they really want to give Philippines- the name, game and fame, they must be responsible in registering themselves to DOS even if they have to go on a hard training.

          Luckily, the Lucio Tan Airlines supplied the budget of Philippine Dragon Boat Team.

          On the other hand, the fact that Philippine players expand our knowledge about sportsmanship and foreign sports, so we- the Filipino people must hold them tight so they can feel our support to them.

          Of them are strong individuals.  Their weakness is their failings, their strength is us.  We must encourage them to pursue their passion and love to sports.

          So, them and all the Philippine officials just wait them and you will see a big difference to the new generation -no drugs, no alcohol and no bad habits- just sports playing.


Second Place (Paola Marie A. Rivera)

Philippines, Together All Throughout

          “One for all, All for one.”

          This quote is instilled down in the Filipinos mind.

          It was a stunning start, the Filipinos celebrate for this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).  Sports, includes the overwhelming victory of the Philippine Azkals (Football) over Kuwait and their latest ran-off with Macau.  Team Azkals were supported by the government all through out.  Many teams like the Philippine Dragon Boat, The Ultimate (Frisbee)  where Derek Ramsey and other Filipinos belong joined and received honors.  They were not title-hungry but still aiming for the help of their country and the government.

          Last year the attention of the Philippines was focused on the Philippine Azkals.  But they barely know that Filipinos are also concern on what is happening on other games.

          We don’t need to fight for attention of the people or the government.  Just think of what we achieve and whom are we playing for.  Don’t be greedy about te title, it will be yours eventually.

          If you win a game and give honor to your country, you will realize that, “It is worth playing for.”


First Place (Mark Abraham Arduo)

World Renound “Carabaws”

          After the hopeful years of waiting and much expectations, the Filipino Athletes had already reached a golden glamorous step in the Global Rank where in the race discrimination of Juan dela Cruz, is now on Efren Peñaflorida in fame, whom we consider as heroes of our own, striving for success in the sports industry.

          1987. the year when the last qualification of the Basketball Team took place in the FIBA World Cup.  Several decades indicate a handicapped Filipino Athlete in the international scene.  Paeng Nepomuceno, Eugene Torre, Efren “Bata” Reyes, only a few of those who were considered the last ones to blow an astonishing outside possessions.  These show a dreary feeling covered up the scoring sections, disabling us to make a goal, a waste for a long period of leisure.

          There sprouted a General Santos Pride, whom without any jump, shoot and kick possessions, served as a concrete Filipino in body and in mind, and passed through all circumstances, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.  A boiling blood of true Juan dela Cruz now made a big turning point lately inthe sports industry.

          The Philippine Dragon Boat Team lately won several Gold and Silver medals in the International Meets.  Proving that the word Tagalog, that comes from the Filipino term Taga-ilog, is in advantage of our sailors.  After 24 years, the Team Pilipinas finally scored a spot on the FIBA World Cup.  Several games of the Philippine Azkals awake the worldwide minds that Filipinos now kick and take advantage of their heights.

          Why need to compare to a carabaw?  A carabaw as we’ve known are used in farming.  Slow in movement.  Sometimes replaced by machineries.  In nature, Filipinos are farmers and carabaws.  Even being slow at some points in the field, but moving a sure and gradual step for a successful reach.  Filipino Athletes only need a support from our government whom in the past decades giving a minimal push through our boxes.  A big need in responsible leaders has been sung.

          “I wanted  to see Filipinos kicking for gold”, said by Younghusband on their last attempt to introduce the Philippine Football to the Global Brain.  This will not be impossible if there’s a unity in help and support, sometimes we utter that Filipinos in the sport industry don’t know how, but likewise as we’ve known, a gradual possession for a hopeful success is in us like what we’ve been told as the world Renound “Carabaws”.

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SPEJA Editorial Writing Winners (ad verbatim)

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Editorial Writing

Editorial of Argumentation

When should the school year start, June or September?

Provide your own title.

Third Place

Marian Elisha Cinderella P. Sarcia

When, June or September?

          Every school year is a brand new journey for every student.  Students prepare themselves for different challenges that will possibly come along their way.  Just before the month of June is here, everyone gathers everything they need for the next school year.  But then again, to start another year of learning in the month of June brings problem to those areas affected with the natural calamities, with the month of June being a rainy season.  This is one of the reasons why the issue of starting our school years during September arouse.

          When should the school year start, June or September?  Because of the problem in Global warming that grows worse and worse each day, our country has been experiencing climate changes which affect our daily lives.  It affects the routines that we do and the scheduled activities are delayed.  In school, even the students’ activities are affected.  The students are forced not to go to school during calamities.  The school facilities malfunction because of typhoons.  The days that were suppose to be spent in school, learning anew lesson became days of boredom, if not, these became days of suffering.

          Our government is planning to have the first day of school in September instead.  Do they not notice that the worst typhoons that came across our country happened mostly during the month of September?  Typhoon ‘Ondoy’ washed out Luzon in September 2009 and now, Typhoons ‘Pedring’ and ‘Quiel’ just left us soaked in floodwater.  If we are to start our school year in September, imagine the hardships and the sacrifices of the students.  Their studies will be affected because of suspended classes.  Most of them would probably catch different diseases caused  by the rain and the flood.  The schools their enrolled in would also be affected by flood and destruction brought by natural disaster.

          As of now, June would be the best month to start a new school year.  Yes, it is a rainy season, but seeing the situation of our fellow countrymen, still, the month of June as the start of every school year is hard to replace in our systems.  For it has been this way ever since.

          Being a student is not as easy as you might think.  Having another problem (flooded house, food/water shortage, disease) added to our burdens can cause us to lose track and fail.  But we should never give up, instead, we have to be strong enough to face these problems and solve them.

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Second Place

Marvin Joseph R. Occeño

GO WITH JUNE OR LEARN WITH SEPTEMBER?.

          It is good to hear that Philippines is an educated nation, a nation built with its own learning system.  There comes the time when certain educational issues arise which in effect results to debates but nothing is clearly solved.  One topic tackles the month when the school year should start.  Is it June or is it September?  If not resolved, this might be a conflicting question forever.

          Filipino children, those who are educated, have undergone series of school years that always start with June.  But why do others prefer September as the first academic month?  Is it because of a longer vacation?  It is standardized that a school must have 10 successive months of leaning.  Be it June or September, students are required to comply the days of education.

          There will be lots of adjustments to be made if September will be the start of the school year.  There might be such removal of activities or modifications.  And, can the students adjust easily?  Well, uncertainties will come not only to students but also to teachers who have planned already.

          With the passing of time from one generation to another, everyone can realize the tradition of beginning the academic year with June.  It’s already a great content to those who strive to learn and to remove illiteracy.

          Let it be a beaming fact that what has set will always be set.  This country had already chosen June before the issues caused our minds to be doubtful.  What’s important here is to have responsible students that will eventually upgrade this nation to an educated country anchored on our tradition.

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First Place

Kenji D. Muramatsu

Back to School in September?.

          As typhoon Pedring visited the Philippines on the last week of September, focusing on the northern parts of Luzon, two days of learning were suspended yet again.  The suspension of classes are now a regular part of a school year.  We can say that this is the only reason for DepEd to transfer the start of school year from June to September.  We don’t need to change just to satisfy one situation, do we?

          As our country traveled from time to time, even during the time of our grandfathers and grandmothers, June is always marked as the start of the school yer in the Philippines whereas in other countries, September is the start of the studying season.  All of the students in the Philippines know that June is the season when school days start.  This is already a part of a student’s cycle per year.  If we change the start of the school year to September, the students will experience what we call, “jet-lag system”.  They have to cope up with this “new”  cycle and it might have been worse in the part of a student.

          Before the proposition is amended, have we questioned ourselves?  In what months did typhoons Ondoy, Pedring and Milenyo come for a visit?  They all visited us in September.  If September is the for “Back to school”, what the students will witness at the start of the school year are stronger typhoons, and the classes will be suspended again.  The students will lose a day of orientation and learning; hence they suffer.

          If we count ten months, which is the standard duration of a school year, including September, we will realize that the year of learning will intersect the summer season, that is, hot and not conducive for learning.  We are in a planet that is now facing climate change.  Summer months are much warmer.  Furthermore, the sun’s rays may cause sun stroke.  Again, the students suffer.

          With regard to summer months and the students are in school during the time, family relationships may break down because of lack of bonding.  April and May (the months of vacation if June is the start of the school year) are more suitable for travels compared to June, July and August.  The latter set is rainy so families tend to stay home whereas the former is when families can enjoy the sun and bond with each other in different places.  Yet again, the students suffer.

          To sum up all the points, adapting to global changes may be good for others.  But if we look at the consequences and evaluate who are going to suffer, we can see that we are lucky enough to have what we have now as it is.  There are some things that are ought to be changed and there are things that are ought to be retained as it is.  And the month for the start of the school year belongs to the latter.

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SPEJA News Writing Winners (ad verbatim)

SPEJA

News Writing

Advanced News Story

Write an advanced news story based on the following details: (hypothetical)

  • The Interact Club of St. Peter International School (ICSPIS) will organize a concert entitled, “YOUr happiness is Their Happiness” or simply, YOUTH.
  • The concert aims to raise fund for its upcoming outreach project, “Give a Toy, Share a Joy”.
  • Yeng Constantino, Aiza Seguerra and bands like Pupil and Rivermaya will perform in the concert.
  • A surprise guest is also expected to perform.
  • The Spies, the official band of St. Peter International School will open the concert.
  • ICSPIS Vice President Johnie Crus and Secretary Anney Zantos will host the event.
  • Tickets are available in ICSPIS Office at 200 pesos each.
  • An Interact Club is a Rotary-sponsored organization which caters to youth with ages that range from 12 to 18.
  • ICSPIS is sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Peter East.
  • YOUTH will take place in St. Peter International School Auditorium on October 14, 2011 at 8 PM.
  • Give a Toy, Share a Joy intends to give joy to 100 “Mangangalahig” children of Southside Dumpsite inSan Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna by giving educational toys.
  • Give a Toy, Share a Joy is slated on December 23, 2011, 9 AM inSouthside Basketball Court, Southside, San Pedro Laguna.
  • ICSPIS President Klarc Velasquez was quoted saying, “Two hundred pesos may cost us much or nothing at all, but the happiness it will bring to the underprivileged children is priceless.”
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Third Place

YOUTH, a concert for a cause

by Diomellee Jhoana G. dela Cruz
          Aiming to raise funds for its outcoming utreach project (the “Give a Toy, Share a Joy”), the Interact Club of St. Peter International School (ICSPIS) will organize a concert entitled, “YOUr happiness is Their Happiness” (YOUTH), October 13, 2011.
          “The Spies”, official band of the mentioned school will open the program. Johnie Crus, Vice President of the mentioned Club and Anney Zantos, Secretary will be hosting the event.
          ICSPIS is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the east and caters to youth with ages that range from 12 to 18.
          Well-known music artists like Yeng Constantino, Aiza Seguerra, Pupil and Rivermaya are expected to perform.  A surprise guest will also join the cause.
          “Give a Toy, Share a Joy” intends to give joy to 100 “Mangangalahig” children of Southside Dumpsite in San Antonio, San Pedro, LAguna through giving educational toys.  It is slated on December 23, 2011, 9 AM in Southside Basketball Court, Southside.
          YOUTH will take place in St. Peter International School Auditorium at 8 PM.  Tickets are available at ICSPIS office at 200 pesos each.
          “Two hundred pesos may cost us much or nothing at all’ President Klarc Velasquez was quoted saying, “but the happiness it will bring to the underprivileged children is priceless.”
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ICSPIS to Jam for a Costby

by Monica B. Sunga

          Aiming to raise fund for its upcoming outreach project “Give a Toy, Share a Joy”, the Interact club of St. Peter International School (ICSPIS) will organize a concert at St. Peter International School Auditorium on October 14, 8 PM.
          Introduced by the host of the event, ICSPIS President Johnie Crus and Secretary Anney Zantos, The Spies, the official band of St. Peter International School, will open the concert.
          Pinoy Dream Academy winner Yeng Constantino, ASAP sessionista Aiza Seguerra, and bands like Pupil and Rivermaya will perform in the said concert.
          Entitled “YOUr Happiness is Their Happiness” or simply the YOUTH, the concert is a way to launch the “Give a Toy, Share a Joy” that intends to give joy to 100 “Mangangalahig” children of Southside Dumpsite in San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna by giving educational toys.
         “Give a Toy, Share a Joy” is slated on December 23, 2011, 9 AM in Southside Basketball Court located at Southside, San Pedro, Laguna.
          Tickets are available in ICSPIS office at 200 pesos each.
          “Two hundred pesos may cost us much or nothing at all, but the happiness it will bring to the underprivileged children is priceless”, ICSPIS President Klarc Velasquez quoted.
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ICPIS to hold benefit concert;

Proceeds to go to poor children

by Kenji D. Muramatsu
          “It is better to give than to receive.”
          This might be one of the statements that influenced the minds of the members of the Interact Club of St. {eter International School (ICSPIS) in organizing a benefit concert to be held on Oct. 14, 8 PM at St. Peter International School (SPIS) Auditorium.
           The said concert, which is entitled, “YOUr Happiness is Their Happiness (YOUTH)”, has the intention to raise fund to a charity event, “Give a Toy, Share a Joy”.
          The upcoming project aims to give educational toys to 100 “Mangangalahig” children of Southside Dumpsite in San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna.  This gif-giving event is marked on Dec. 23, 9 a.m. at Southside Basketball Court, San Pedro, Laguna.
          The YOUTH concert will feature Yeng Constantino, Aiza Seguerra, Pupil, Rivermaya and The Spies, the official band of SPIS, who will launch the program.
          Each ticket calls for 200 pesos and is available in ICSPIS office.
          “Two hundred pesos may cost us much or nothing at all, ” Klarc Velasquez, the ICSPIS President, claimed regarding the price of the tickets, “but the happiness it will bring to the underprivileged children is priceless.”
          Johnie Crus, the ICSPIS Vice President, and Anney Zantos, the ICSPIS Secretary, will be the masters of the program.