by Cathleen Baroy
This is what it takes to save a life: a hundred compressions and no more than eight breaths per minute. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a common health procedure, making sure that one still has a (slim) chance of being alive. Anyone can perform the technique, and it doesn’t take a lot of equipment to pull it off. Its commonality is a testament to its vitality. After all, it targets the heart: an organ that must not stop beating at all costs.
It’s safe to say that the education system is akin to the muscular organ. It’s what makes sure nations have an endless supply of competent and intelligent citizens. Education is liberation, and it is what allows individuals to go beyond the cards they are dealt with. …
by Gwen Valimento
I was obsessed with sticky notes.
Around this time last year, my window would be covered in those pieces of paper: Math quiz tom! Tournament on Saturday. Research proposal due Wed.
I believe in preparation: to finish an essay at least three days before, to not cram for an exam, to properly allocate resources and time.
Could anyone have prepared for this new normal? That Monday in March plucked us from the four walls of our classrooms and dumped us in our homes. I don’t think anything could have prepared us for something that takes our colorful life, desaturates it, and cramps it all in a 4.7-inch …
by Daniella de Guzman
I have yet to see a sunset more beautiful than the sunsets I’ve seen with my friends. I can only think about those moments of peace now, as if the pictures in my mind have grayed with time. It hasn’t been very long, but the last I heard of their voices were through online calls, with all the energy an exasperated student could muster through the static of overused phones. And I miss them. More than that sunset, more than the forgotten normalcy of the pre-pandemic.
Ever since the lockdown began, our lives have all shifted to the internet. We’ve been using it for work, for “I miss you”s, and for daily COVID updates. We’ve all learned to use the internet as a substitute for what used to be physical connections. And that should be fine, if only we could trust the internet. But we can’t, because rumors used to look like whispers. They used to look like your sleight of hand, that sly little wink. Rumors used to look all frumpy with its patchwork of clashing colors. But after months in a pandemic, they’ve come to look like twitter threads punctuated by bright emojis and haunting photos. These tweets get lots of interactions, and suddenly they’ve graduated from ragged clothes to tuxedoed get-ups. Rumors have the potential to grow larger than the truth — don’t be fooled by all the pretty words and bold statements. …
by Katrina Isabelle P. Dela Rama
At first, the phrase “may you live in interesting times” seems to be a blessing. Who wouldn’t want to have an interesting life like a story protagonist? In reality, the phrase is a Chinese curse, popularized by Robert Kennedy during a speech he made in Cape Town in June of 1966. Quoting him, “Like it or not we live in interesting times.” To me, interesting is an understatement of the year 2020. Ever since the year started, there’s been one crisis after another and everyone is struggling to keep up. Even as we go into the new year, the Pisay system still struggles with creating an online learning environment that would maximize students’ learning while also taking care of their mental health. …
by Nathan Kyle R. Cometa
As we inch closer to the beginning of 2021, we ought to take time to reflect on our current year, 2020. There can be no doubt that this year was overflowing with influential adversities and tragedies: adversities and tragedies that have altered the course of human lives for years to come, whether for better or worse. Of course, the newly-discovered coronavirus brought about the global COVID-19 pandemic, forcing millions to quarantine at home, worsening the worldwide economy, and kickstarting what would come to be known as “the new normal.” Moreover, amid this pandemic, three Caucasian policemen killed George Floyd, a Black man, outside a store. …
by Kurt Travis C. Canico
A young mind exposed to the danger of worldwide devastation is frightening, but the mere existence of the youth is the light at the end of the tunnel.
As a young scholar in the Philippines, I know for a fact that the pandemic being faced is a danger to the existence and progress of the human race. Humanity itself learned plenty for the past millennium. We learned our history, we discovered how the world worked, and having some of us dedicate their lives to even the most insignificant portion of the realm of science, all for the sake of our species. We have mapped the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, even a significant portion of the observable universe. …
by Talia Araña, Sam Gianan, and Gwen Valimento
O n one Friday, usually meant for a non-academic day, students entered the meeting room for a seminar. The seminar was about writing during the pandemic. After enough students had entered, the speaker appeared.
He turned on his microphone and introduced himself. Some students then turned on their cameras. The setting of the seminar was then revealed: a Zoom meeting, with only a few cameras turned on. This was how this school year’s Humanities Festival was held in the midst of the online setup.
Every Friday from December 4 to 18, students, teachers, and staff gathered for webinars and activities that educated and inspired the students on different topics related to the humanities subjects. …
by Fran Fabricante
It’s the first of December and the house looks more decorative than usual. More lights, more ornaments, some hints of green and red here and there; but for some reason, it doesn’t really feel like Christmas.
During the typical Christmas season, everything is busier: the “Christmas Rush” as they would call it. As stores would get filled with people purchasing their last minute gifts, everything would eventually wind down as families start gathering together on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the holiday season which Filipinos love the most.
As early as September, Christmas already begins here in the Philippines. However, the pandemic has greatly affected the Christmas traditions Filipinos look forward to. If your favorite tradition was eating some bibingka or puto bumbong after Mass, or maybe caroling with your family, the Philippine government has established some protocols that have put some traditions to a halt. Some of these include avoiding singing, coming in close contact with others, and limiting the number of people in gatherings. …
by Atila Vinculado, Ramon Jurelle Perez, and Vyan Abella
Students from Batches 2025 and 2026 attended various events throughout two days of the annual Humanities Festival with the theme “Humanidades sa Bagong Kadawyan: Kapit-Bisig sa mga Hamon at Pagbabago ng Lipunan sa Kasalukuyang Panahon.”
The first webinar for Batch 2026, The Philippines Before and After Magellan’s Arrival, was held on December 4 and hosted by Ma’am Joana Soriano and facilitated by Sir Edwin Del Rosario, both from the English Unit. Dr. Sophia Martha Marco, a History Instructor at the University of Asia and the Pacific, was the invited speaker.
Dr. Marco began by discussing how Magellan and Lapu-Lapu’s rivalry was not all about the battle but also the humanity and compassion Filipinos showed to Magelllan and his starving crew.She moved on to the Baptism of Humabon and his people, which marked the first dissemination of Christianity in the Philippines. Afterwards, she showed a comic-type illustration of the Battle of Mactan and how outnumbered the Spaniards were compared to the natives. …
by Alex Anthony Andal and Bianca Marie Sacramento
December 11, 2020 — Students from Batches 2023 and 2024 participated in various webinars for the second day of the Humanities Festival (HumFest), with the theme “Humanidades sa Bagong Kadawyan: Kapit-Bisig sa mga Hamon at Pagbabago ng Lipunan sa Kasalukuyang Panahon.”
(Re)Kindling our Love for Literature in the Time of COVID-19
As an opener, the Grade 9 and 10 students attended a webinar involving the field of literature, with Sir Brian Villanueva and Ma’am Sarah Napoles of the English Unit as hosts, and Ma’am Kornellie Raquitico, another teacher of the English Unit and graduate of the Philippine Normal University, as the speaker. …