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Feature Article

posted Jan 27, 2015, 12:43 AM by Federico Araniego



Trischa Sheen A. Dumanjug

 Feature Writer/Broadcast Journalist

Fourth Year Student, Special Science Curriculum

Ozamiz City National High School


   Being enclaved in the bonds of self-expectations did not make it any easier for me as a writer, especially when the adage of ‘writing to express and not to impress’ is left to be a history.

            I had always believed that I could never achieve more unless it is going to be the end of something. Like having to compete in the National School’s Press Conference 2011 when I was at the end of my elementary education and having to experience that again, now that I’m at the verge of graduating from high school. I believed well. History repeats itself, indeed.

            In the days when I was a sprouting writer, I saw no evil, spoke no evil, and thought no evil about the happenstances around me. Everything was picture perfect, in the best of form—in the happiest of view. I got to express my heart’s content without actually caring about the errors in grammar and incoherent ideas—whether the conclusion connects to the introduction or whether the adverbs really weakens the sentences. It was a passionate and carefree writing made in the brightest sheet of paper and finest ink. That remained constant not until I learned how to react cruelly to the social issues in the community and in the nation. I learned how to hold ground to my principles and how to be blunt about my opinions. The world then gradually melted into this ugly reality—no more rainbows and sunshines; no more green grasses and flowers in bloom. I learned how to care about strict subject verb agreements and parallelism; uncommon adjectives and powerful kicks in phrases. That evolution came hand in hand with the mounting self-competition building in my guts.

            In the intense clash of brains during the journalism contests, everyone forgets the axiom they grew in. It was all about the impression. I have no hold against my inner A-game but instead of trying to pull back I allowed it carry me away. Like them, I threw that adage away.

            Disappointment flooded me when I felt like I was being rejected by fate every time the opportunity for Nationals nears me. I did not give anything but my best. I used to wonder how it happened; wonder why it happened.

            Upon another combat in the battlefield, recently at the Island of Camiguin, right about when I expected another rejection, I was hailed silver at the field of my expertise. It was glorious! It was a victory I yearned to achieve.

            As I search for the answers of why I came out the island a triumph, I realized that at that time, at that very seat, I spaced out from the ‘impression’ for my soul led me to the true ‘expression’ my heart has stored for years, in every stroke of the pen I held.

            Not only did my realization hit me hard in the head but also kicked me rigidly, just enough for the blossoming confidence to pour over me and get me ready for this summer’s competition.

            This very adage: “Write to express and not to impress” was not a history after all. 

DepEd Ozamiz Orients Teacher 1 Applicants

posted Jan 25, 2015, 10:08 PM by Federico Araniego

By: Rowell C. Villarubia

The Division of Ozamiz City conducted an orientation about the hiring guidelines stipulated in DepEd Order No. 14, series 2014, to elementary and secondary teacher 1 applicants, school heads and division personnel on January 22, 2015 at Ozamiz City Central School.

Schools Division Superintendent Rebonfamil R. Baguio discussed the details of the hiring guidelines. In his talk, he emphasized that DepEd is in need of teachers who are able to substantially contribute to the development of lifelong learners. He also stressed about the applicant’s honesty as to the documents to be submitted.

An open forum facilitated by SDS Baguio was held to answer queries about the ranking procedures and other related concerns.  Applicants were advised to have a copy of the hiring guidelines for reference.

SDS Baguio directed the new teacher 1 applicants to submit their application letter with corresponding documents on January 26-30, 2015 to the school they are applying. The old ones were instructed to update their records and to write a letter of intent stating that they want to renew their application.

After the submission of documents, the school heads and division personnel who will be serving as the ranking committee shall evaluate each applicant using the following criteria: Education, 20 %; Teaching Experience, 15%; LET Rating, 10%; Experiential Learning Course, 5%; Specialized Training and Skills, 5%; Interview, 10%; Demonstration Teaching, 20 %; and Communication Skills, 15%.

The hiring guidelines were mandated by DepEd to integrate and institutionalize the primary objective of the K to 12 Basic Education Program which is to enhance the overall quality of basic education in the country by hiring highly-competent teachers.


Candid Netizens

posted Jan 20, 2015, 11:06 PM by Federico Araniego

By: Federico B. Araniego, Jr.

The onset of Online Publishing as part of the campus journalism program in our country never flabbergasts everyone in schools considering the trending exposure of learners to interconnectivity. Nowadays, learners are up-to-date social networking sites users.

10859888_10152710423194685_1394033116_n        According to Director Armand Patrick Salamat, Head of the DepEd Communication Unit in an interview conducted by the NToT on Campus Journalism participants that one of the objectives of the K to 12 Curriculum in developing the 21st Century Skills can be applied to Campus Journalism and aimed for a certain mastery or literacy on the internet. What we have started is a shift on what we had in NSPC on Collaborative Publishing. Moreover, we still have a team of students who are not just to produce a 4-page publication in print but to make an online publication too. He further stated that we are on our way to Online Journalism.

    This intervention becomes a timely propelling which supports to a paperless venture in promoting campus journalism. Positively, this develops our learners to mark on expressing opinions and feelings in an honest and sincere way for global competitiveness promoting a more responsible campus journalism community.

    Thus making them as candid netizens.

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