We were expecting too see 250 students to attend the mass, and 99 4th year student to participate in the values formation. Just like in Basey National High School we had our down moments in Simeon Ocdol National High School in Brgy San Antonio Basey Samar. Estimating the numbers of students who attended the mass I think it was 40 plus and the students who participated in the formation was only 34 students. Yes 40 out of 250 and 34 out of 99. Crazy! I know. It was planned ahead of time, my aunts and our guest went to that school to talk to the principal and the teachers to inform about the activity. They confirm the attendees! My aunt ordered food for the number they confirm that will attend. Yes the teachers and the principal in that school is more disappointing!! See the waste?! It was a blessing that no food was wasted, thank you Lord. It was sad but at the same time it was also a blessing in disguise because there were only 3 facilitators and it is better to handle small number of people than a big group. We can observe each participants very well.
I can say that the students were excited for the values formation. They were really participating. Observing them in small sharing group, they are really sharing even in the big group. Some students even cried in the big group sharing. I was amazed to see that. All of them are really prepared they were able to bring the things we ask them, to use in some of the activities during the formation. Even in the activities given to them as I observed they were really giving their all especially in the love letter making “love letter to God.”
(students who attended the values formation)
(little sharing group)
(large sharing group)
(vision board making)
(Gerardo sharing his vision board in the large group)
(get out in the circle activity)
(love letter writing)
(burning of the love letter)
We may have our down moments before the values formation but seeing the students enjoyed it and see that they are touch in a way it was priceless!
I there for conclude that the teachers are the one who should have attended the Values Formation. No offence!
[July 14, 2012 Simeon Ocdol National High School Brgy San Antonio Basey, Samar]
Over 200 plus 4th year students who attended the Values Formation in Basey National High School. The Values Formation was my auntie’s idea for her Hermana Mayor activity. We chose the 4th yr because of the reason that they about to enter college, for them to be prepared not only mentally but also emotionally and spiritually. The formation was given my the two members of Fondacio Maricar Ocdol and Becky Garces and yours truly help facilitate the values formation.
Fondacio Christians for the world is an international Community of Christians committed to basing her life on the Gospel and to serving the world. She is based in France, is Catholic by faith and ecumenical in spirit, animated by a spirituality of Blessing, Docility to the Holy Spirit, Communion and Apostolic Mission.
(in blue blouse and purple tshirt are the two facilitators with one student sharing in the big group)
In every activity that Fondacio does, I always have expectations. My expectation is not really good at all, its all negative. I was expecting we wont be able to pull things of because I know how teens here in Basey they are hard to handle especially the boys! In fairness my expectation were right but the good thing was not everyone is like that. I was stun to those student who were very symbolic, I mean. I can’t imagine they were that “matalinghaga” or “makata” ika nga “may pinaghuhugutan.” I started appreciating the formation as the activity goes along especially for there are students who are so active even though there are students who were so naughty even the teachers can’t handle. My favorite part of the formation was when the students were assign to choose any symbol to represent their selves. I have five favorites you will see it below this blog. The title are the symbol they chose Notebook, Mango, Wristwatch, Egg, and Music. It’s in tagalog I will try to translate it some other day for my foreign readers.
Having this values formation made me see how the education here in the Philippines especially in public schools needs a lot of IMPROVEMENT not only academically, in resources but also the IMPROVEMENT in TEACHERS!!Yes you read it right teachers!!! I was so disappointed with the teachers in this school. They were already informed that visitors will come and will give Values Formation and yet during the activity its like they were not prepared. In short they are not realy prepared! Even in choosing the emcee?! Nagturuan pa sila! San ka pa?! Asal estudyante din sila. I wasn’t disappointed with the students I mean its normal for them to be “pasaway” but the teachers??! They are not supposed to be like that.
The activity also made me see the poor relationship of the students in Catholic church especially those who are Christian Catholic. In the mass that was held on that day, it was my first time to see in a communion rite not one student stood up and have a communion even the teachers only the principal. Maiiyak ka talaga pag nandun ka at makita nyo ang mga nakita ko.
It was not a perfect values formation because we had our down moments but I know that God wants me to witness all of this. How we hurt Him so much.
Why am I blogging this?? I may not have lots of followers but I know I can use networking sites like this to share awareness to everyone!!! Yes everyone!! Isa ka dun kaibigan. Lets help make a change. Even in a very simple way.
[July 13, 2012 Basey, Samar]
Buhay ko parang music. Minsan masaya, minsan malungkot. Ang mga pangarap ay parang mataas na nota na pagnaabot mo, kasiyahan ang idudulot sayo. Ang lyrics ay parang problema na pag hindi mo ito maintindihan, hindi ka makakasunod sa agos ng buhay. Pag nawala ka sa tono, hindi ibig sabihin nito ay hindi ka na ulit makakasabay dito. Dahil habang may buhay, may pag-asa.
IV-Diamond Basey National High School
Sa lahat ng mga bagay, ang itlog ang aking pinili na ipaghahambing ko sa aking sarili, dahil sa mga taong kilala ko lalo na yung mga kaibigan ko, na isa akong matatag at strong ng babae dahil ako man ay isang babae, ay hindi ako madaling masaktan o mapagod sa ano mang ikinakaharap ko. Pero pag sa loob na ang pinaguusapan ay sabihin nalang natin na isang malaking kaibahan sa aking panlabas na anyo, dahil sa loob ako’y super sensitive talaga lalo na pagparte ng pamilya ko dahil sila ang pinakaimportanteng parte sa aking buhay, lalo na yung nanay ko, pag siya’y inaatake ng high blood as in super nag-aalala talaga ako na hindi ko na alam kung anong gagawin ko baka dahil ito sa pagmamahal ko sa nanay ko kahit hindi ko siya gaano ka-close ay nag-aalala talaga ako sa kanya ng sobra. Kaya ikinukumpara ko yung sarili ko sa isang itlog #Hard on the outside but soft in the inside.”
-Maria Carmen C.Cajarop
IV-Sapphire Basey National High School
Maihahalintulad ko ang aking sarili sa isang orasan. Orasan sapagkat ito ay may apat na bahagi.Unang bahagi ay ang kamay para sa segundo. Ito ay sumisimbolo sa mga rush decision. Nagagawa natin ang mga rush decision dahil narin sa pagkabigla. May mga sitwasyong na bigla na lamang sumusulpot sa buhay natin. Ito yung mga sitwasyong nagbibigay sa atin ng magulong pag-iisip na humahantong sa magulong pagpapasya. Pangalawa ay kamay para sa minuto. Sumisimbolo naman ito sa mga taong nakapaligid sa akin. Once na nadaanan ng rush decision ang mga nakapaligid sa atin, sila yung nagsu-suffer ng mga maling pag-papasya natin. Minsan, nasasaktan natin sila kahit hindi natin sinasadya. Ang ikatlo naman ay kamay para sa oras at sumisimbolo sa pamilya. Ang lahat ng kamay nakadepende sasa oras. Hindi tayo magkakaroon ng rush decision, hindi tayo makakasakit ng tao kung makikisama tayo sa pamilya. Pamilya ang isa sa mapagkukunan natin ng lakas ng loob. Huli ang bracelet ay humahawak sa ating kamay, tulad ng panginoon, hindi niya tayo iiwan. Whenever we are, whatever we do, God is always there for us.
-Marvin O. Jadloc
IV-Sapphire Basey National High School
Nasabi ko pong para akong isang mangga kasi iba-iba ang lasa nito, merong matamis, maasim, at matabang. Naihambing ko ang sarili ko sa prutas na’to kasi minsan iba-iba rin ang ipinapakita kong ugali kahit mabuti ang loob ng isang tao kinokontra ko po ito ng masamang ugali. Hindi ko po kasi maintindihan kung anong ugali meron ako kasi parang mabait, na masungit po ako sa isang tao kaya dito ko po naihambing ang aking sarili.
by: Melissa D. Octa
IV-Pearl Basey, National High School
Para sa akin maihahalintulad ko ang aking sarili sa isang notebook dahil ang notebook parang isang araw na lahata ng problems or happy moments na darating sa araw ko ay masusulat ko. Then darating yung araw na kailangan kong mag next page, para sa bago na darating sa aking buhay or para sa masusulat ko sa buhay kona idadaan ko sa isang noetbook, then kung may mga problems man ako, yunay ang mga erasure sa mga sinulat ko.
by: Nikka Mae B. Froilan
IV-Ruby Basey, National High School