1. Description of Our Community
Cebu is the Queen City of the South and the country's oldest city dating back to Magellan's arrival in 1521. Cebuano is the term used to refer to the locals and the dialect. The Cebuano dialect is common in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Though Filipino is the national language, English is widely used. Many tourists visit the island to witness its fine attractions, exquisite sights and rich history. What makes it so historical? Magellan's Cross was placed as a marker where the first baptism in 1521, that of Rajah Humabon and his men, occurred. The image of the Santo Niño that was presented by Magellan as a gift to Rajah Humabon's wife is housed at the Basilica del Santo Niño, the earliest established Roman Catholic church located in the island of Cebu. Sinulog, the biggest festival in the Philippines in honor of Santo Niño is also celebrated here. People come and witness the magnificent sights and sounds of this weeklong celebration that includes concerts, street dancing, fluvial parade and the re-enactment of the first baptism of the Philippines. Today, Cebu has the highest economic growth in the country and leads in traditional and non-traditional exports. In contrast to the bustling metropolis, the rest of Cebu's 167 islets and islands are lined with idyllic white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters. Cebu is truly one place that every human being should go to and unfold its secret's and true beauty.
2. Summary of Our Project
This site contains information about Sinulog. We decided to have Sinulog as our topic since it is the biggest festival in the country and Cebu’s best. We were witnesses of the huge support given by the Cebuanos to this grand celebration of faith and we would like to share to the world the source of Cebu’s pride. We feel honored to be part of this celebration by bringing the sights and sounds of Sinulog to everyone through this project. We believe that this site will bring interest to the people and will become a main confirmation that Sinulog is an event not to be missed.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We have 2 computer laboratories with 16 computers in each lab. All computers have Internet connection. The students have their own web pages and email addresses. They also have easy Internet access at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
When our team had accepted the responsibility of creating our school's first entry into the national CyberFair competition, we knew that the path to accomplishing it would not be an easy one, due to several difficulties that we had encountered along the way. Firstly, we thought that there would be plenty of time to work on this project, since it was assigned to us almost five months in advanced. However, due to our school's involvement in a numerous activities and the implementation of several new subjects in our curriculum, we found it extremely difficult to find time in our already hectic schedule to concentrate on the construction of this page. Secondly, since the Sinulog celebration is best described when one actually attends it and experiences it for him or herself, we had to wait until the actual celebration took place, which was less than two months before the project's final deadline. This complication proved to be extremely challenging when collecting the data and multimedia necessary in building a comprehensive website that did justice to such a grand celebration that we were trying to bring to the world... But of course, as we struggled through these difficult times, we have made it through every obstacle, through every step, through every trial all thanks to the guidance and light of our ever – loving God... Thank you, God…..
5. Our Project Sound Bite
“Sinulog: One Beat, One Rhythm, One Nation” – Our participation in the CyberFair gave us the chance to share Cebu’s best, Sinulog, not just to the Philippines but also to the world. It made us proud to become junior ambassadors of Cebu in our own little way.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project enhanced our abilities to:
Gather - This pertains to gathering as a team and gathering information. We learned to work with the other members of the team. We proved that there is no task too difficult for a team whose members are willing to share their talents and skills for a common goal. We had to collect significant data through research, discussions and interviews. We learned that there is more information than what is available in the Internet. We asked updates from the people directly involved in the Sinulog celebration.
Relate - We learned to communicate and keep in touch with the members of the community to get their views on the topic. We built bridges connecting us with those who keep the stories about Sinulog. Then we told the stories in this site.
Observe - We learned to apply a personal touch to our work so we made it a point to see for ourselves the events, read the stories and find out the reasons behind Sinulog’s grandeur. We added our own insights. And now, we know.
Work - We applied the skills we learned in school. From the technical aspect like designing web pages and making animations; to the artistic side like deciding on how to present the information to the people in a way that’s creative, festive and colorful (very Sinulog); to the writing and communication skills like transforming all the stories into interesting write-ups and embracing all important observations (including our own); to our inner part like working with discipline, purpose, determination and strength of faith, mind and character.