CyberFair Project ID: 2947

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Sinulog: One Beat, One Rhythm, One Nation
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Centre for International Education Science and Tec
    Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

4 students, ages 15-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 28, 2003. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003

Classes and Teachers: Jose Carlo Abucay – Level 11, Nikki Alvarez – Level 11, Keith Andrew Chan – Level 11, Rhea Xyza Villanueva – Level 11, Edward Matuguina - Coach

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Project Overview

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.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Since the Cyberfair is an exchange of information by providing educational resources in the Internet, we had to use every technology in every field to the fullest of its potentials, making even the simplest of tools yield the most impressive results. Firstly, we equipped ourselves with the fundamental applications of every good HTML programmer: Windows notepad for simple HTML positioning, Microsoft FrontPage for more advanced HTML executions and Macromedia Flash for smooth multimedia and graphical interfaces. Secondly, the school provided us with several other technologies that proved unavailable to many of us such as scanners for providing digital scanned images of our pictures obtained from other non-digital sources, digital video cameras in order to save us from the hassle of developing and scanning pictures as well as camcorders and their appropriate M-peg conversion hardware. Lastly, for several other sources of information, we had to resort to simple technology such as phones, hand written correspondence and even things as simple as requests and conversations with candle vendors.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

In this age where information is readily available with just a click of the mouse, making a web site about Sinulog is the best way for us to become ambassadors not just for Cebu but also for the whole country. We made all information on the grandest Philippine festival available for the world to know. People who learned about this site may also spread the information to others and they will be aware that there is a good tourist destination in this side of the world. In this way, we act as ambassadors not just on-line.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Just like our project title “Sinulog: One Beat, One Rhythm, One Nation”, we were able to form a bond between the school and the community. The Cebuanos gave their share for the completion of this project and we know that what we accomplished is something that the whole Cebuano community can be proud of. Sinulog to the young generation may seem only as a festival in honor of the Santo Niño but because of this site, they will know that there is more to that knowledge. Sinulog is more than just a festival; it is an event that unites the Cebuanos in tradition, culture and faith.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

A lot of people were involved in the completion of this project and we would like to extend our gratitude to each one of them. The list includes the members of the Sinulog Foundation for giving us easy access to the activities. There were a lot of spectators in the Sinulog festival and we were able to get the best seats with their help. They also provided us the complete schedule of activities. We were also given access to the re-enactment of the first baptism through the help of the members of the choir who performed in the mass and the guards controlling the crowd. The candle vendors at the Santo Niño Church also helped us by showing us the original Sinulog dance steps. The guards during the main parade and the procession for allowing us to stay close to the streets. The Sinulog spectators and other members of the community for sharing to us their views. Our school for providing us a domain for this project and for allowing us to join an interschool contest for the first time. Our teacher, Edward Matuguina, for the support. Our parents for allowing us to work on our project after classes and during weekends. Our gratitude is also extended to Bayani Garcia, son of the President of SunStar publications, for providing us the picture files used in their newspaper; Kimberley Anne Dacay, member of a prominent clan in Cebu, for some pictures; Frances Crystal, daughter of a professional photographer, for additional pictures; and all those who supported us and gave us inspiration to complete this project. Thank you very much.


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